Two top European squads faced off in the Grand Final of the $200,000 ESL One Belo Horizonte tournament, with FaZe Clan coming out on top on mousesports
The tournament saw eight of the best teams from around the world descend on the sunny Brazilian city, including rival Brazilian teams SK Gaming and Não Tem Como (NTC).
NTC struggled in the group stage however, as did Canadian side Ghost Gaming, while German’s BIG and the top Turkish team Space Soldiers finished third in their respective groups.
With only the top two teams from each group advancing to the elimination bracket, it really was four of the world’s best facing off.
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SK Gaming looked better than the recent form would have indicated, winning a close match against Space Soldiers in groups, but were fairly comfortably beaten by mousesports in the semi final match.
On the other side of the bracket, likely the best North American team currently, Team Liquid, took on the star studded FaZe Clan lineup, who had Jorgen “cromen” Robertson filling in for the inactive Olof “Olofmiester” Kajbjer.
FaZe demolished Liquid on the first map 16-3, and despite Liquid taking map two narrowly, FaZe advanced to the final with a 2-1 win.
So Mouseports and FaZe met up in the grand final, a best of five match that went all the way to the deciding fifth map.
FaZe started strong with a 16-6 win, but mousesports immediately bounced back winning two close maps in a row. FaZe forced the fifth map with a 16-9 win on Mirage.
It was only fitting that the final map took place on the recently returning legendary map Dust2, and FaZe were dominant on the T side, winning 16-8 to win the championship.
ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018 Final Placements
|7-8th||Não Tem Como||$5,000|