Yesterday, the final ever CSGO Professional League FInal came about with MOUZ and NAVI going face to face in a better of 5. Each groups performed very nicely all through their time within the event. Nevertheless, they took very completely different paths to make it to the ultimate. NAVI dominated within the group stage and shortly certified for the quarter-final the place they beat Everlasting Hearth 2-0. They then went on to face Monte within the Semis with one other 2-0 win. This set expectations excessive for the finals… however MOUZ had a special plan.
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MOUZ Group Levels
Within the group phases, MOUZ began with a 2-1 loss towards MIBR. This put them within the Mid Bracket of Group B giving them one other likelihood on the Playoffs. That is the place the group rallied collectively and commenced one of many best runs in Professional League we’ve ever seen.
The primary match towards Evil Geniuses was very shut regardless of the 2-0 win. This put them in a match towards HEROIC who’re at present seeded 4th within the ESL rankings, the place they once more gained 2-0. The ultimate match MOUZ needed to play within the Mid Bracket was towards MIBR. This was the unique group that beat them in the principle group bracket. Once more, MOUZ went on to beat MIBR 2-0, getting their revenge and happening to the Playoffs within the spherical of 16.
MOUZ Playoff Run
MOUZ entered the playoff within the Spherical of 16 alongside different groups who certified via the Mid and Decrease Brackets. A 2-0 win towards FURIA Esports set them in good stead for the remainder of the event. Though MOUZ is seeded above FURIA within the ESL rankings, they’re nonetheless a formidable opponent with among the finest gamers on the planet.
Sadly, this was the tip of the “straightforward” matches for MOUZ as each group they confronted from right here onwards was seeded above them with FaZe Clan up subsequent within the Spherical of 12. With gamers like Ropz, Broky, and Karrigan, FaZe have been anticipated to dominate MOUZ in a fast sweep, Nevertheless, MOUZ got here out the gates swinging with a 10-16 win within the first match and a 5-16 stomp within the second.
Within the quarter and Semifinals, MOUZ needed to face the #2 and #3 seed groups with G2 Esports and ENCE. MOUZ went on to beat each groups 2-1 in a tricky bout. In each of those sequence’ they gained the primary match giving them a confidence enhance to tackle these titans in a finest of three.
MOUZ Closing Towards NAVI
NAVI is among the high groups within the league. Though seeded seventh, gamers like S1mple, Aleksib, and JL boast a robust presence in any match. Regardless of all the percentages in favor of NAVI, MOUZ didn’t lose a match with a 3-0 win in a better of 5.
The primary match on Inferno was shut, however MOUZ was in a position to choose up a variety of rounds on CT, permitting the group to check the waters when on the T aspect. The second match was an identical story. MOUZ picked up 11 rounds on CT that means they solely needed to get 5 when it got here to the T aspect. Sadly, NAVI didn’t actually stand an opportunity right here because it solely took just a few rounds to interrupt their economic system and choose up some straightforward wins.
Lastly, map 3 on Mirage went to extra time the place MOUZ gained 19-15 and didn’t drop a spherical in extra time. We are able to’t wait to see what MOUZ has in retailer for us sooner or later. With their success in Season 18, the group has an opportunity to leap to the highest.
With the discharge of Counter-Strike 2 mid-playoffs, it was unclear as to how ESL would proceed. Initially, the neighborhood believed they could make a swap to the brand new sport and end Season 18 on CS2. Nevertheless, there have been quite a few points with aggressive integrity and match scoring that will’ve made it tough for groups to compete.
As of now, we’re ready for Season 19 of the ESL Professional League, and the following Main is ready for March 2024 at PGL Copenhagen.