.@Omg_Nubcakes wins Week 9 + #WarOfTheGods Season 3 Finale finalized for September 2nd

The final chapter of our open bracket series for War of the Gods Season 3  reached its end last night, and WHAT a climactic conclusion it was.

As previously referenced in our recap for the Week 9 Top 8, a difficult challenge loomed before Coalition's George "Nubcakes" Silva: finish within the Top 2 to pass through a narrow window leading into the Season 3 Finale. As one of the most well-rounded Dark Knights since the days of Injustice 1, Nubcakes was all too willing to meet the challenge head-on.

His first opponent, DF Grr, made an effort to bar Nubcakes from progressing through the Winner's Bracket. Nubcakes responded fiercely, erecting an effective defense against the chaos of Atom's offense while punishing Grr's mistakes accordingly. Nubcakes's consistency rewarded him with a 3-1 victory over the Week 3 champion.

The difficulty level was toned further up a notch, as Noble Semiij, who'd 3-0'ed Emperor Kombat in Winner's Semis, awaited Nubcakes for what would be nothing less than a high-level representation of the classic Bat vs Cat match-up. Semiij was the first to take hold of the reins in their set, only for Nubcakes to wrestle them from his grip as the Dark Knight ascended to a 2-1 lead over his foe. Incensed, Semiij took Game 4 to tie it up, forcing an extremely tense Game 5 between the two.

As the two found their health bars hanging by a literal thread, Nubcakes's steely demeanor remained unbroken. His final Batarang miraculously caught Semiij taking a misstep in the neutral, shattering his final life bar and paving the way for Nubcakes to not only make Grand Finals, but to earn his well-deserved spot in the Season Finale!

Feeling incredibly elated, Nubcakes decided to top off his Week 9 run with a victory to go along with his entrance into the Finale, though DF Grr, having emerged from the Loser's Bracket triumphant, would have an answer for that resolution. In another four-game set that mirrored the outcome of their previous encounter, however, Grr's equation turned up a few variables short against Nubcakes, who proudly stands as the final winner of our Season 3 open brackets!

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Winner: CLN Nubcakes
Prizes: $100 and 150 league points

2nd Place: DF Grr
Prizes: $60 and 125 league points

3rd Place: Noble Semiij
Prizes: $40 and 100 league points

4th Place: TSS Deoxys
Prizes: 80 league points

Prizes: 65 league points

5th Place: sooneo
Prizes: 65 league points

7th Place: akawebbs
Prizes: 50 league points

Prizes: 50 league points

It's not a common occurrence to see a dramatic shake-up in the rankings the week before the Season Finale, but CLN Nubcakes fought his heart out to create a miracle, and his success will go down as one of the trademark moments in War of the Gods history! It is our pleasure to congratulate him for taking the final week of the season!

Missed the Week 9 finals? See our YouTube archive below - you've got a lot of catching up to do.

With that, we are proud to present the eight players who have qualified for the final showdown in Season 3 via the acquisition of league points! In the graphic below, the names highlighted in green indicate the players who have qualified.

To offer a slight clarification concerning the above rankings: as the result of a violation of league rules, EMPEROR KOMBAT has forfeited all of the league points he'd accrued throughout the entire season.

The Season Finale itself is scheduled to take place at 6 P.M. Eastern Time on September 2, 2018. Naturally, the channel where the finale will be broadcast is www.stream.me/war. We advise clicking that link and hitting the follow button so you don't miss out on our heartfelt send-off to Season 3!

The opening bracket for the Season Finale has been finalized and is now available for review. See below for a preview of what is to come...

Finally, a mention on the prizing. By simply qualifying for the finale, every participant has guaranteed themselves a portion of a prize pool totaling up to $3,200 players that will be split across all of the Top 8. The higher our finalists place, the more they add to their pot.

The complete payout for the Season 3 Finale is as follows:

First Place: $1,200
Second Place: $700
Third Place: $500
Fourth Place: $300
Fifth Place (Tie): $150
Seventh Place (Tie): $100

Our commentators, @MisterAquaman and @EchoReborn_, will be joining us for a final time to celebrate our players' talent in War of the Gods Season 3, and we hope that you too will join us this Sunday!

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