Mousesports takes home the ESL NY trophy after winning an exciting 3-2 finals against Team Liquid. The four teams who has won titles in the Intel Grand Slam Series all failed to make this event's playoffs.
Mousesports bounced back from their dismal last-place finish in the recent FACEIT Major: London 2018 in a big way, claiming the ESL One: New York 2018 trophy with a 3-2 win against home crowd favorite Team Liquid. They had to fight uphill in the grand finals, and against a roaring U-S-A chant at the Barclays Center, but not before an eventful event start.
Mousesports claimed a pair of 2-1 victories to notch the top seed in Group A, while Team Liquid also looked great as they racked up two series wins to conquer Group B. Interestingly, four of the favorites in this event ended up missing the stadium playoffs completely as Fnatic, G2 Esports, Natus Vincere, and Faze Clan all ended up within the bottom two of their respective groups.
Mouz was consistently better against NRG in the semifinals, taking a 16-12 win on Inferno and a 16-11 victory on Nuke to advance to the Finals. Meanwhile, Liquid looked superb as they destroyed Gambit Esports with a 16-6 and 16-6 win on Nuke and Inferno respectively.
Team Liquid dropped the first series on the best-of-five finals, but it was them who climbed the hill first with consecutive map wins. With their back against the wall, mousesports delivered - including taking Liquid's championship points in the fourth map that reached overtime. In Mirage, the final map, they rode their momentum en route to the victory. That includes ChrisJ's insane ace to bring the team to their own championship point.
Check out a replay of that in German commentary. Even if you don't understand the language, it is highly-recommended to turn the volume up.
This is the team's first title since adding Snax last June. Their best finish prior to this were podium placements in ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 and DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018.
Mousesports is bringing home 125,000 of the 250,000 USD prize pool of this event. This is their first six digit win since capturing a pair of titles in the first quarter of the year. Team Liquid will be getting 50,000 USD for their runner-up finish.
The next tournament in the Intel Grand Slam series is the massive 750,000 USD ESL Pro League Season 8 - Finals in Odense, Denmark this coming December. However, there are still many other big CS:GO tournaments coming before that, the nearest being the StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6 finals in Kiev this coming October.
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