Credit: Jak Howard ESL
BIG and mousesports fought out a grueling match for a spot in the playoffs at ESL Pro League. Both teams came into the match with two wins and two defeats and needed one last win to advance.
For mousesports the recipe for advancement was simple. A win against BIG. For the Berlin-based team, the route was more complicated.
On Nuke it got even more difficult for BIG. A good playing mousesports side took control of the map nicely assisted by their Australian in-game leader Christopher 'dexter' Nong. The former Renegades player was not only top fragging, but he also managed to get his teammates to perform collectively. mouz drew first blood with a 16-12 win.
On to BIG's map pick, Dust2. Here Florian 'syrsoN' Rische and his Scout/AWP came into play. The German sniper was instrumental in BIG's 16-7 victory, which was bigger on paper than reality. A third and deciding map was coming up.
But while the two teams entered the battleground on Mirage, there was bad news for BIG. Both FaZe and Evil Geniuses had lost their matches, which made any advancement for BIG impossible. The match had big implications for the rest of the group though. FaZe was cheering for BIG, while mousesports still had it in their own hands.
BIG made it 8-7 in the first half, but in the second half, the Slovakian dangerman David 'frozen' Čerňanský made all the difference for mousesports, who helped his team make the last push towards victory and a spot in the playoffs after a brawl on Mirage.
mousesports – BIG (2-1) | ESL Pro League Season 14
16-12 (Nuke) | dexter – 1.48 Rating / 27-17 K-D / 99.1 ADR
7-16 (Dust2) | Bymas - 1.40 rating / 25-17 K-D / 104.3 ADR
16-12 (Mirage) | frozen - 1.73 rating / 28-16 K-D / 124.6 ADR
MVP: David 'frozen' Čerňanský | 1.29 rating / 56-45 K-D / 92.0 ADR
The final result of Group C:
6. Evil Geniuses