Mousesports edged out Team Liquid in the 5-map thriller in the sold-out Barclays Center, Brooklyn, to win ESL One New York 2018.
Snax shined as Mouz mounted their comeback after being down 13-4 on the fourth map of the series, Dust2, which they eventually used the momentum of to win the entire series 3-2. As a result of the win, Mouz are your ESL One New York 2018 champions and cashed in on a $125,000 check while also putting themselves on the board for their first ever Intel Grand Slam victory.
Having said that, here are some of the things that we learned from ESL One New York 2018.
Did Mousesports Finally Find Their Footing?
After tapping out of FACEIT London Major 2018, everyone started doubting Mousesports. However, after the Major, they stepped up big time and close the game versus North American side, team Liquid. There are still weaknesses in their game, especially on the maps like Nuke and Inferno, but they look a lot more stable now than a couple of weeks ago.
After a drought of 9 tournaments, Oskars’s squad was finally able to lift the trophy. To be honest, they should not be near this trophy if team Liquid did not choke so hard, especially on Dust 2. Everything was going their way, not being able to close a map, a 13-4 lead, on a CT side of Dust 2 just shows how much some of the teams crumble under the pressure. On the other hand, ever since Snax joined Mousesports, he was barely making an impact, it was very clear that he is still unsettled. But, after this tournament, we can clearly say that he was able to find his footing, as he carried his team in the final with a stellar performance.
Another positive side for Mousesports is their Mirage. Before adding Snax to the roster, they were the best team on the map, however, they were getting stomped on it lately.
In any case, the pieces are finally starting to combine slowly for the German organization, and winning the ESL One New York 2018 is likely just going to be the first of many.
What’s Next for Team Liquid
Everyone who’s following competitive CS:GO can relate to two things: choking and Team Liquid.
At the ESL One New York 2018, Team Liquid had everything going for them in this match-up, but somehow, they just stopped. After playing extremely well, they started relying on individual skill to win rounds, which isn’t exactly a recipe for success. Thankfully, they are a young team filled with talent, and it’s highly likely that the pressure just got the best of them. In all likelihood, they’ll learn from this.
It is just unfortunate that it came at the expense of Russel ‘Twistzz‘ Van Dulken, who got 120 kills through all five maps.
Here’s to hoping that Twistzz doesn’t let this setback get to him, because Team Liquid can only get better, especially if he keeps on performing as he did at the ESL One New York 2018 on a regular basis.
ESL One New York 2018 Viewership = Terrible
Ever since ESL started streaming their tournaments on Facebook, they lost a lot of their fanbase. Case in point, the Grand Finals of the ESL One New York 2018 was only able to attract 9,000 viewers on the said platform. That’s just plain terrible. Especially when you compare it to ESL One New York 2018, which managed to get a peak of 252,348 viewers, excluding the Chinese.
There are numerous other reasons to explain the lower viewership. For instance, the Facebook video play is very laggy, unresponsive, and with random quality switches. Facebook will have to invest a lot more effort if they want to create a gaming section of their social network.
The Winners and Losers of ESL One New York 2018
Unfortunately, with their performance on ESL One New York 2018, FaZe Clan confirmed that changes will have to be made. They were defeat by G2 with a narrow 2-1 victory, and they were annihilated by North American NRG, 2-0. Over the span of those 4 maps, Karrigan was able to crank his K/D difference to -34, and I really think that his saga with FaZe Clan is coming to an end. Especially since Niko confirmed that he will not be in-game leading anymore.
“From now on Karrigan won’t be the in-game leader” -Niko
Swedish roster is on the verge of falling apart. They were poor on FACEIT London Major 2018, and their poor form continued here in ESL One New York 2018. At the end of it all, they managed to win only one map, losing to Mousesports and were outright dominated by the struggling Natus Vincere. However, they did have a stand-in in the likes of one and only, Scream, who was their best performer, and that says a lot. Even JW stated that Fnatic is not the same anymore, they are just making individual plays, without any team effort.
The slump is finally over. Gambit has managed to get out of the group stage, and their star players were firing on all cylinders. They bested Na’Vi twice, and they lost to German, Mousesports. Even though Hobbit is placed on a transfer list, he played a great tournament. Overall, they played with a great level of synergy and individual performance. However, they fell short once they had to face off against team Liquid, who bested them 2-0, which was expected. I am definitely excited to see what does future hold for this line-up.
German roster was on top of the eSports headlines lately. They were in a big slump, and a lot of people called for changes. Everything was pointed at Oskar, who had to perform in order to cement himself as an awper for Mousesports. And he really did, he did not crumble under pressure as he was helping his team to lift the trophy. Mousesports had a difficult task in their group, but they prevailed versus Na’Vi and Gambit. Their newest addition, Snax, is also performing on a good level, which can only benefit the team. We will see if they will be able to endanger Astralis on their throne.
Performance-wise, the ESL One New York 2018 offered a lot of entertaining content. I mean, who does not like a good comeback, especially when it has a happy ending. North America got their MVP, in the likes of Twistzz, but the trophy is travelling to Europe. It was a win-win situation for everyone, for some more than the others. Unfortunately, this event only lacked viewership, as there were not even 10000 people watching it live from their homes.
ESL One New York 2018 also confirmed that some teams will have to adjust, not only with their style of play but with the roster changes, especially FaZe clan. Na’Vi also showed that they are still dependant on one man, that being Simple. However, we saw what Cerq is able to do, and how good of a player he already is.
Also, despite Team Liquid’s loss, it’s clear that the future is bright for North American CS:GO.
What do you think was the biggest takeaway from ESL One New York 2018? Do you think mouz will be able to keep up their performance? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.