Mousesports were crowned champions of ESL One New York and did it in style, thanks one of the most insane AWP aces ever from Chris ‘chrisJ’ de Jong.
After an impressive run through the invitational event, taking down Gambit and Fnatic in the group stage, before overcoming an NRG team that had already beaten FaZe earlier in the event.
They faced top North American squad Team Liquid in the finals, who themselves had also impressed on their route to the grand final, NRG, G2 and Gambit.
The Grand Final was a nailbiter, forced all the way to a game five which came down to the wire. With the exception of Nuke, which Liquid won 16-7, every other map was won by a margin of only 6 rounds or less.
Down 2-1 in the series, mousesports won a tense overtime on Dust2 19-17, which gave everyone what they wanted – a game five on Mirage.
It was back and forth, with both teams clearly playing at the very top of their game – showing serious improvement from the London Major. But it was chrisJ’s absolutely ridiculous AWP ace to put mousesports at map point which will be remembered.
With this play pushing mousesports to match and championship point, there was no rebounding for Team Liquid, with the Europeans closing it out 16-8.
Mousesports netted $125,000 for their first place finish, and Liquid take home $50,000. The two teams were undoubtedly deserved finalists, but ESL One New York will be a big wake up call to some of the teams which badly underperformed.
FaZe Clan didn’t put up a fight, and have some serious rethinking to do after finishing 7-8th, as do Fnatic, although they will still be adjusting to the addition of ScreaM.
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