Super syrsoN: BIG shock Vitality & Astralis I Richard Lewis reacts at IEM Global Challenge

Ava Thompson-Powell
With the IEM Global Challenge well underway, there’s much to unpack. Seeing the top teams in the world scrambling for that $500,000 prize pool is some of the fiercest, most intense competition yet.

Richard Lewis reacts to the second day of action at IEM’s Global Challenge, which saw Team Liquid book their spot in Group B’s Winners’ Match, while Vitality cruised to a do-or-die Decider Match in Group A after brushing Complexity aside.

But BIG’s Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische was the star of the show, leading the troops to a convincing 2-0 win over Astralis, who will now meet Vitality in Group A’s sudden deathmatch.

There’s so much to talk about, from Team Liquid’s win against Heroic, or Vitality crushing Complexity. The former is a huge upset due to their current world rankings in comparison, and Vitality’s easy defeat of Complexity due to their stand-in surprised no-one. But these are all expected outcomes. There’s something much more interesting to talk about – BIG’s performance, and one player in particular.

In the summer, BIG was considered to be the number one team in the world. With the ongoing current global affairs bringing about LAN issues, teams aren’t quite at the top of their game as they once were, and BIG was no exception. Watching the demo of the second map, though, it’s clear syrsoN is an absolute star, with some incredibly showstopping talent on display. His skill brought the team right through to the very end, bagging them a phenomenal win. His skill only further proves that greatness awaits on the horizon for this fantastic team.

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