Mousesports have won their third tournament in a row by defeating G2 2-1 in the final of cs_summit 5 whilst using a stand-in and their coach! ”Karrigan” had to leave after winning the first map Mirage in overtime. He did this because he had to catch a flight to Ukraine where he will get a visa so he can play at EPICENTER 2019. This meant that coach Allan “Rejin” Petersen who hasn’t played pro-counter-strike since 2015 and was never a top tier player, had to step in for ”Karrigan”. Also, Mousesports was playing with Niels Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen who was standing in for Özgür “woxic” Eker who missed the event due to visa issues.
However, things didn’t go according to plan on Vertigo, as G2 dominated the entire game with the score ending 16-1. Many people (me included) seemed to think the series was over and that there was no way Mousesports could win without their IGL and AWPer. And then a miracle occurred; this ragtag group of individuals managed to secure five rounds on T-Side before moving over to the CT-Side and pushed forward to take Train 16-14!
This had to be the first time a team has won an event with both a stand-in and a coach! Mousesports is looking insane right now, (no matter the lineup) and I really hope they can keep this form going into 2020 because they are an absolute blast to watch at the moment! G2 will be hoping they can put this failure behind them atthe Champions Cup Finals starting on the 19th of December. Meanwhile, Mousesports will have to quickly recover and fight the jet lag as they will play at EPICENTER 2019 starting on the 17th of December.
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Virtus Pro, Goodbye Polish CS.
Virtus Pro has had an all-Polish counter-strike team since January 2014. However, it has been announced that VP will be replacing their Polish roster with the CIS AVANGAR roster. AVANGAR is most famous for finishing 2nd at the Starladder Berlin Major and winning BLAST Pro Series: Moscow soon after. While recent results for the CIS roster have not been spectacular, they are a significantly better roster than this current Polish Virtus Pro lineup. It was a solid last hurrah from this Virtus Pro as they made the Semi-Final and even managed to take a map off of G2. With this acquisition, Virtus Pro now sit #15 in the HLTV Rankings and will perform at EPICENTER 2019.
OG Enter The Scene!
The worst-kept Esports secret finally happened! In case you have been living under a rock, OG (the organisation famous for winning Dota 2’s International 2018 and 2019) finally announced their entry into the CS:GO scene with former ENCE IGL “Aleksib” and Vitality support player “NBK-“ being the standout players. cs_summit 5 was OG’s first runout as a new roster. However, the first two days of the summit were rough for OG, being defeated by Mousesports and struggling to a draw with Virtus Pro.
Thankfully, Day 3 was where it clicked for OG, defeating both Brazilian teams before falling in the Semi-Final to Mousesports, although they did manage to take a map off the eventual champions. Considering how this new roster hasn’t had a lot of time to gel, this tournament went about as well as expected. I look forward to seeing how this new fresh roster performs over the course of 2020.
On December 14, 2019, Astralis overpowered Team Liquid to win BLAST Pro Series: Global Final 2019 securing $350,000 in the process!
Meanwhile, one of the last Counter-Strike tournaments before the new decade will be EPICENTER 2019. The Russian tournament will take place in Moscow with a total prize pool of $500,000. The group stage is planned for December 17-19 with the playoffs scheduled for December 21-22. At this event, we will see top teams such as Natus Vincere, Evil Geniuses and Team Vitality in their final appearances before 2020.