The CS:GO squad of FunPlus Phoenix defeated Gambit Esports two games to one in the grand finals of the first Snow Sweet Snow to take home the championship and $40,000 in prize money.
As a result of their triumph, FPX earned their first official trophy in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive since entering the competitive scene in March 2020.
FPX entered the competition as one of the four teams that skipped the regional group stages and entered the playoffs in the quarterfinals. Since then, they dispatched a nail-bitingly close affair with forZe (which went into overtime) and swept Portuguese-Spanish side known as SAW in two games before meeting Gambit, who beat notable mainstay Virtus.Pro en route to the finals.
Asger “Farlig” Jensen led the team to victory over Gambit with his 60-51 KD line with 74.8 ADR across the finals’ three games. He is followed by teammate Jesse ‘zehN’ Linjala with 53-48 and 71.1 ADR.
Farlig shone at his brightest when his team needed it the most in Game 3 in the Dust2 map as he doubled his kills over deaths with a 26-13 on 108.4 ADR to close the tournament and ensure FPX’s victory.
The winning map of the series, Dust2, was previously a thorn for FPX to overcome. For their first encounter with the map in the tournament (QF Game 1), they were bested 16-2. From then on, FPX didn’t look back as they recovered their play and won the next two matches featuring the map.
Today’s result was an interesting repeat of the team’s previous encounter from the semifinals of the DreamHack Open in January 2021 where FPX overcame Gambit in three games to reach the grand finals.
Long before flirting with success, FPX lived a brief existence with its pioneer CS:GO lineup as after they signed the Heroic roster in March 2020, its players returned to their previous organization just a month later. The move unceremoniously ushered in an extended hiatus as the organization continued without fielding a roster for the rest of the year besides picking up Petar “peca” Marković as the general manager in September.
Finally in late January, FPX returned with vigor as their second roster was obtained from GODSENT–including the loan deal made with mousesports one day after for Chris “chrisJ” de Jong–thus paving the way for their eventual success over Gambit.
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