The international roster of Imperial has shocked OpTic Gaming in the DreamHack Summer CS:GO Grand Final to claim the title in one of the most surprising results of 2018 so far.
The Grand Final started on OpTic Gaming’s map pick, Overpass, but Imperial started strong and quickly raced ahead to a 6-1 lead before René ‘cajunb’ Borg and company started to find their groove.
Imperial held a 9-6 lead heading into the second half and once again got off to a strong start on the CT side. Žygimantas ‘nukkye’ Chmieliauskas was playing particularly well and Rokas ‘EspiranTo’ Milasauskas soon joined the party to extend the lead and eventually help the international roster close out the first map against OpTic with a score of 16-7.
Now that's domininant! @theimperialgg win the first map 16-7, they are up 1-0 in the Grand-Final!
Moving over to Imperial’s map choice, Mirage, OpTic Gaming managed to pick up the T side pistol round win but Imperial bounced right back with a force buy win off the back of a jumping Zeus kill from Kevin ‘kRYSTAL’ Amend which was sure to knock the confidence of the Danes.
OpTic struggled to deal with Imperial’s dynamic early round setups on the CT side but some strong rounds from the likes of Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke eventually managed to even the playing field and reduce Imperial’s lead to 8-7 by halftime.
OpTic took the second pistol, took the lead, and quickly started to race towards a score of 12-8 before Imperial finally came back to life off of the back of an EspiranTo clutch. Imperial went on a streak of their own and eventually regained the lead in round 25.
The team made up of Lithuanians, a Serbian, a German, and a Dane never looked back once they took the lead and eventually closed things out with a score of 16-12 to take the series 2-0 and become one of the most surprising winners at an international tournament in the history of CS:GO.
Imperial will take home a total of $50,000 while OpTic will get £20,000 and be left to wonder how they fell to such an unexpected team after defeating the likes of Gambit and North earlier in the tournament.
We might not be in the Big Apple this year, but IEM New York is still taking place. Three events across North America, Europe, and CIS will take place to crown regional champions in the next stage of the IEM Global Challenge.
ESL One New York in 2019 featured an Astralis vs Evil Geniuses final, where the hometown stars took down the dominant Danes in a convincing 3-1 series. However, the two will be separated into different regional events in 2020.
IEM New York is still taking place online, with 32 teams across three regions invited to take part in the $250,000 event. Across three weeks, different regional champions will be crowned, with RMR points on offer for the best performing teams.
Evil Geniuses won ESL One New York 2019. This year, there’ll be three winners.
IEM New York, being an ESL event, will be streamed on the ESL CS:GO channels on Twitch and YouTube. We’ve embedded the streams below for your convenience.
IEM New York teams
12 North American and CIS teams, plus eight European teams, will be taking part in IEM New York. Despite having the fewest number of teams, Europe boasts the biggest prize pool of $140,000 USD.
The teams will be divided into two sets of groups — six in each NA and CIS group, four in Europe. The best teams in each group will make it to the playoffs. The format for playoffs will be single-elimination in Europe, and double-elimination for North America and CIS.