Into The Breach are champions of Assembly Summer 2022, after dominating the competition in Finland. Throughout the entire tournament, the new look roster only dropped one map.
Despite how recently Into The Breach replaced Thomas “Thomas” Utting and Owen “Smooya” Butterfield with the Swedish duo, Alfred “RuStY” Karlsson and the revered AWPer, William “draken” Sundin they are already finding success. The team travelled to Finland earlier this month to compete as the only non-Nordic team, and they made their mark.
It all started in the group stages, whereby Into The Breach strolled past both VISU 16-10 and ENCE Academy 16-7, but this is where the luck of short games ended. Their semi-final match was against HAVU and after two maps and 88 rounds played Into The Breach won. They were led by draken who boasted a 1.22 HLTV rating with a +20 KD during their 28-25 victory on Nuke and then 19-16 victory on Overpass. This nail-biting win secured them a place in the grand final.
The Brits had not lost a map yet heading into their last game and at 11:30 local time, with confidence brewing, the grand finals commenced against JANO. The first map, continued on the same trajectory, going to the absolute limits, but finally, JANO took Mirage 22-18 in double overtime. Into The Breach did not give up, they fought back with their second overtime win on Nuke in the playoffs. The final score was 19-16. Into the depths of the night, almost four hours since the series started Into The Breach secured map three. With a lively crowd cheering against them, they took home Inferno 16-6 and with that, the trophy. 184 rounds played, eight overtimes in one day, but it did not deter them.
Throughout the tournament we saw unreal performances all around, but especially Cai “CYPHER” Watson who was the sixth highest rated player in the tournament with a very applaudable 1.20 HLTV rating across seven maps.
The team are looking to carry this success into ESEA Advanced which starts up after the player break, and then other international tournaments. If they can continue the same form they showed in Finland, it seems like they won’t have trouble doing so.