1st place at DreamHack Montreal! Donating all of my winnings towards hurricane Irma relief. Thank you for your support guys! pic.twitter.com/tNmBAwMEIE
— Du Dang (@LiquidNuckleDu) September 10, 2017
NuckleDu swept the tournament without losing a series, defeating Echo Fox‘s Justin Wong in the grand finals and taking home the championship title. The player from Tampa, Florida isn’t new to acts of philanthropy, as during EVO earlier this year he sponsored three players with free trips to Las Vegas.
The tournament featured prominent names like Kenneth “K-Brad” Bradley, Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez, Naoki “Nemo” Nemoto, and John Takeuchi. Initially sent to the losers bracket by NuckleDu in the winners finals, JWong eliminated K-Brad in the losers finals 3-1 and earned a second shot against NuckleDu. After a close five-game series, JWong walked away with second place, but with a significant boost from his 14th place finish at EVO in July.
Hurrican Irma made landfall Sunday in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. It weakened from the Category 5 state it held earlier in the week, but it still hammered the state with high winds and heavy rain. An estimated 6.5 million residents were ordered to evacuate their homes.
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