Mousesports have won their first CS:GO tournament in almost six months by defeating ENCE 2-0 in the Grand Final of the CS:GO Asia Championships 2019!
Mousesports were victorious in Shanghai, China, taking home $250,000 in Prize Money! David ‘Frozen’ Čerňanský and Özgür ‘Woxic’ Eker were by far the best players for Mousesports, both ending with a +20 KD in the Grand Final.
Mousesports, It Finally Clicks! (1st Place)
This Karrigan-led Mousesports roster formed all the way back in March. However, things haven’t gone so well for the squad, having failed to reach the Grand Final several times and finishing well below expectations at many events.
”Woxic” and friends looked rock solid against ENCE, having complete control during both games. It seems the CS:GO Asia Championships 2019 was where it finally clicked with this roster. Hopefully, they can now kick on and become that Top 5 Team we all want them to be. Also, I must give a shoutout to this chicken who bravely went up against the AWP of ”Woxic” in Round 19. Unfortunately, the chicken wasn’t able to get Mid-Control.
ENCE, Close But No Cigar. (2nd Place)
Back in August, just before the Starladder Major, it was announced that ENCE were going to replace in-game leader Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen in favour of Miikka “suNny” Kemppi, with Aleksi “Allu” Jalli taking over the IGL role. This decision was heavily criticised by members of the CS:GO community, and things have only gone from bad to worse for the Finnish roster who have failed to finish higher than 5th place in four back-to-back tournaments. That is why this event was such a positive for ENCE, who managed to make it all the way to the Grand Final, their best performance by far since making the roster change. However, it wasn’t enough, as Mousesports proved too strong in the end with Train ending 16-10 and Inferno ending 16-11.
TYLOO, Very Impressive! (3rd-4th)
Coming into this event, I expect both Chinese teams to finish dead last like they usually do when they go up against Tier One Competition. On the contrary, TYLOO looked amazing at this event, beating both G2 and MIBR 2-0 in the Group Stage. This sent them straight to the Semi-Finals where they unfortunately had to go up against eventual tournament winners Mousesports. However, they took ”Karrigan” and his men to the very limit, taking Overpass 16-6 before falling on Inferno 19-17. In the final map of the series, they played on Dust 2 were they managed to take it to 30 rounds, but they fell just short with the score ending 16-14 in favour of Mousesports.
The standout player for TYLOO at this event had to be Hansel “BnTeT” Ferdinand. He was truly amazing against G2 in particular and Mousesports. I really hope that ”BnTeT” plays on an ”International” team before he retires because he is a real talent! Check out this amazing Pistol Round Ace he scored on Inferno!
MIBR, Better Than Usual. (3rd-4th)
It seems that MIBR is finally starting to show some potential since losing Marcelo “Coldzera” David back in July. Now that Vito “kNgV-“ Giuseppe has had some time to settle in, the Brazilians are starting to show some signs of life. Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo looked truly back to his best at this event, particularly in the Semi-Final against ENCE, finishing with a KD of +20. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as the Finns ultimately prevailed, taking the deciding match Overpass 16-10 to win the series 2-1. MIBR should look back at this event as a positive, and I hope to see them put in a good showing at the upcoming ECS Season 8 – Finals.
Evil Geniuses, Inconsistent Again! (5th-6th Place)
Let’s look at the EG timeline since forming.
1st Place: ESL One: New York 2019
16th Place: DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019
1st Place: StarSeries & i-League Season 8
6th Place: IEM Beijing 2019
6th Place: CS:GO Asia Championships 2019
They just can’t get a consistent run of form going. It’s now been several back-to-back tournaments where they should have have been in the Grand Final, yet they disappoint us yet again! Obviously, there is no need for any roster changes, but if they ever want to get back on top of the World Rankings, they need to get out of their own heads and string together some stable placings.
AVANGAR, It’s All Downhill From Here. (5th-6th Place)
On September 8, 2019, AVANGAR played Astralis in the Grand Final of the Starladder Major! Then went on to win BLAST Pro Series: Moscow 2019, moving up to 3rd in the HLTV Rankings in the process. Since then, results have declined. AVANGAR are currently ranked 9th in the HLTV Rankings, and I only see them falling further as the months go on. To be fair, they did have to play the Group Stage with former major winner Rustem “Mou” Telepov as a stand-in, as Sanjar “SANJI” Kuliev missed the Group Stage due to passport issues. However, they were matched up against MIBR in the Quarterfinals, a match you would expect the CIS squad to win. Yet they were unable to secure the final map Inferno losing eventually in overtime 19-15.
This event surprised me. It had good production value, a large hype crowd and a great selection of commentators and analysts. Some of this stuff is to be expected with a $500,000 Prize Pool on the line. However, events in China usually tend to be awkward and cringeworthy. Having said that, this tournament showed me that CS:GO events in China can work, and maybe China as a region could grow in both fanbase and pro teams.
We won’t have to wait long for more CS:GO action as AVANGAR, Evil Geniuses and MIBR will compete at the ECS Season 8 – Finals, which will begin on the 28th of November 2019!
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