With this victory at ESL Masters Season 8, Movistar Riders will take the bigger slice of the 13,000 prize pool and affirm themselves as the best team in the Iberian region, having defeated the Portuguese side of BET7 SAW, which will also mimic their placement on the last season, finishing in second place.
Starting on their map pick of Vertigo, the Portuguese side was looking to strike first on the series. With a 65% win rate on the map, they shocked the Riders with an 11-4 half and gave them no room to breathe with their defensive side, ending it 16-4.
Movistar Riders was quick to return the favour on Overpass, shutting down any of their opponent’s attempts to get map control, mirroring the half of the first map while this time being the ones in the lead.
Stringing four rounds as they began the T side, it would be an anti-eco to put a stop to BET7 SAW. The team would struggle on following retakes with the Riders climbing up to 14 rounds.
SAW would put a big effort once again to tie things up, but just they were one round apart, the Estonian Kristjan ‘shokz’ Jakobson would score four kills with his Desert Eagle and break the momentum, extending it to a third map.
In the last ESL Masters final, Movistar Riders had swept SAW 2-0
SAW would put a big effort once again to tie things up, but just as they were one round apart, the Estonian Kristjan ‘shokz’ Jakobson would score four kills with his Desert Eagle and break the momentum, extending it to a third map.
Train would decide it all, and Movistar Riders would put up a great start and replicate once again an 11-4 scoreboard by the half, with a confident defensive side. Yet, by the time they hit 14, the European roster would have the same difficulty to close it out.
An astonishing comeback would unfold, with the Portuguese side conquering 10 rounds in a row and putting it 14-14. However, the Riders would shut them down at the last minute, striking the B Site twice to push it through 16-14, seizing the series 2-1 and conquering the title for the second time in a row.