In the latest of a series of gaming tournaments, the e-Sports society of IIT, in collaboration with the Carlton Sports Network, held the very first IICG on the 15th and 16th of March, covering five major titles commonly played competitively in Sri Lanka – Call of Duty 4, DOTA 2, FIFA 11 Mortal Kombat 9 and Need for Speed: Most Wanted. IICG ended up less of an open tournament than a giant battle arena for the virtual rivalries of three of the largest gaming clans in Sri Lanka – namely Tech Morph, Phoenix Gaming and Xiphos eSports, the reincarnated clan born out of Death Company.
Mortal Kombat 9 (Winner: PnX | Demon / Runner-up: PnX | GrimmJow )
A little bit of digital bloodshed kickstarted the event. A little bit of arena drama aside, the final fight boiled town Excalibur and GrimmJow, both from Phoenix Gaming: needless to say, Phoenix took home both slots in this game.
NFS: Most Wanted (Winner: TM | Shaza / Runner-up: TM | Knight)
Historically, the Tech Morph clan have featured large in Most Wanted events. Two Tech Morph members took home the titles for NFS Most Wanted, burning a hefty amount of digital rubber in what’s arguably Sri Lanka’s most famous racing game.
FIFA 11 (Winner: PnX | PaLLu / Runner-up: PnX | Zenith)
FIFA 11, too, ended in an inter-clan matchup, probably due to the large number of Phoenix Gaming members who focused on this title. This time, FIFA took a slight twist: crowd favorites CB and SHARPSHOOT3R, both from Pheonix Gaming, were knocked from their positions by Pallu and Zenith, who clinched the first and second positions.
DOTA 2 (Winner: TM | Death Sentence / Runner-up: PnX Thè Kadè)
Dota is a sport that’s seen a huge amount of rivalry in times both present and past. Death Sentence from Tech Morph went up against Thè Kadè from Phoenix Gaming in a battle of eternal favorites. Both teams have a long history of fierce rivalry behind them: IICG saw Death Sentence secure their title in a best-of-3 match that saw some fierce macro skills at work.