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Splatoon 2 U.S./Canada Inkling Open 2018 Finals Recap

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This past weekend, Nintendo held the Splatoon 2 U.S./Canada Inkling Open 2018 Finals to determine what team would be representing the U.S./Canada regions in the Splatoon 2 World Championships Tournament which will be held at E3 2018 this June. Keep reading after the break for more information on the results from this past weekend’s tournament.

On April 21, open qualifiers were held to determine what 8 teams would be competing to get their spot in the Splatoon 2 World Championships. From the 628 teams that originally competed, only 8 teams battled it out over the weekend, those teams being SetToDestroyX, quantuM, TOMO, Saikai, Vitamin Sea, Komodo, Deep Blues, and Synergy.

Matches were set as team versus team rounds in a best-of-5 in the different Ranked Battle modes, being Splat Zones, Rainmaker, Tower Control, and Clam Blitz. Once a team was eliminated in the Winners Bracket, they had a shot at redemption in the Losers Bracket. If a team lost a best-of-5 in the Losers Bracket, they were out of competition at that point.

While SetToDestroyX (formerly Team Deadbeat, winners of the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational) sailed through the Winners Bracket, their Grand Finals opposing team, TOMO, was eliminated in Round 2 of the Winners Bracket by Saikai in a 3-1, but managed to fight their way back to Grand Finals through the Losers Bracket.

In the Grand Finals, TOMO went up against SetToDestroyX in a best-of-7 through the Ranked Battle modes. Here’s the results from the Grand Finals matchup:

  • Match 1: Splat Zones on Camp Triggerfish- TOMO wins with KO
  • Match 2: Tower Control on Manta Maria- SetToDestroyX wins 80-79
  • Match 3: Rainmaker on Walleye Warehouse- SetToDestroyX wins with KO
  • Match 4: Clam Blitz on Moray Towers- SetToDestroyX wins with KO
  • Match 5: Splat Zones on Starfish Mainstage- SetToDestroyX wins with KO

In the end, SetToDestroyX took a 4-1 win on TOMO, making their team the U.S./Canada representative at the Splatoon 2 World Championship come E3 2018 in June. They will be competing to earn the coveted Splatoon Sterling Squid trophy against Europe representative Gucci Gang, Japan representative GG BoyZ, and Australia representative Yeah Nay.

Be sure to tune into the Splatoon 2 World Championship and watch the battle take place over on Nintendo’s E3 website, and don’t forget to check back here for the results from that tournament once it is completed. Semifinals will be taking place on June 11 from 3:30-6:00pm PT (6:30-9:00pm ET), while the finals will take place on June 12 (time TBA). Check below for the full stream archive of this weekend’s tournament, as well as a look at the finals bracket rundown.

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