mousesports silence the NA crowd after taking down the crowd favourites, Team Liquid, 3-2 in the ESL One New York 2018 Finals to win their first LAN since March earlier this year.
Heading into the tournament, only a few had really expected either one of Team Liquid and mousesports to reach the ESL One New York 2018 Finals. Especially the latter. Most likely had their eyes on FaZe Clan, who seemed to have finally found their footing with Olof ‘olofmeister‘ Kajbjer Gustafsson, and Natus Vincere, who made it to the Finals of the FACEIT London Major 2018 earlier this week.
The 3rd and 6th-ranked CS:GO teams heading into the tournament, as per ESL’s CS:GO world ranking, did not disappoint, however, giving us an action-packed series that went all the way.
mousesports struck first on Team Liquid’s map pick, Cache, to go up 1-0 in the ESL One New York 2018 Finals before Team Liquid bounced back to win the next two maps, Nuke and Inferno, to take the lead 2-1. At Dust2, the series looked like it was all but over as Team Liquid led by as much as 13-4 at one point, but mousesports were able to stage a comeback, forcing overtime and the series to go to a fifth, deciding map going 19-17.
With Team Liquid obviously shaken after basically giving the fourth map of the series away, mousesports rode the momentum of their comeback win to take the series 3-2 with a final map score of 16-8 on Mirage to bring home the ESL One New York 2018 trophy.
Fittingly enough, mousesports‘ longest-tenured player and do-it-all captain, Chris ‘chrisJ‘ De Jong, delivered the finishing blow, going for back-to-back big plays, including a CQC AWP ace, in the final two rounds.
With their upset win, mousesports are now on the board for their first-ever Intel Grand Slam victory, tying them with North, Natus Vincere, Fnatic, MIBR, and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Can Mouz Sustain Their Success?
The past two premiere ESL One events have been big for the parity of the competitive CS:GO scene.
The last time, ESL One Cologne 2018 saw Astralis fall short of winning their third straight LAN as Natus Vincere went on to win the tournament and establish themselves as the No. 2 CS:GO team in the world. This time around, another team in mousesports walked away with the trophy. Albeit, with the Danes nowhere to be found.
With Astralis thousands of miles away at the BLAST Pro Series Istanbul, which they also won, the path to winning ESL One New York 2018 was much clearer. However, where most would have pegged either one of Natus Vincere and Team Liquid to capitalize on the absence of their rivals, it was instead mousesports who snuck in behind everyone’s backs to win the tournament.
While winning ESL One New York 2018 isn’t enough to put mousesports over the top, it is an extremely good start and serves as validation for their decision to bench rifler Martin ‘STYKO‘ Styk and to continue forward with Janusz ‘Snax‘ Pogorzelski.
If they can keep their form and continue performing, mousesports could close out 2018 with a couple more big wins under their belt.
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