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ESL One New York 2018 Semi-Final and Grand Final Recap

In case you missed it last weekend, ESL One took to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York, bringing some of the best Counter-Strike:Global Offensive the East Coast has seen this year.  North American teams NRG and Team Liquid were the clear home crowd favorites which meant for an excited and energetic crowd.

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – ESL One New York 2018

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – ESL One New York 2018

Mouseports vs. NRG – Semi-Final #1

The first Semi-Final match-up took place Saturday between Mousesports and NRG.  While the audience audibly favored NRG, the cheers for Mousesports were apparent.  It was clear Snax was a crowd favorite with everyone chanting his name to get his attention.

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – Snax of Mousesports

It eventually paid off and the crowd caught a wave.

Map 1 (Inferno)

The first map of the best of 3 was Inferno, which was NRG‘s first pick, having removed Dust2.  Despite NRG’s best effort, Inferno went in favor of Mousesports who won the map 16-12.  

Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi  ended the map with 31 kills and only 18 deaths.  He was the only player on his team over 100 ADR that map.

Map 2 (Nuke)

Mousesports also took map 2, Nuke, with a 16-11 scoreline.

This time Chris ‘chrisJ’ de Jong lead the team in kills, breaking 100 ADR and sending Mousesports to the Grand Final stage.

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – Daps of NRG playing against Mousesports in the Semi-Finals of ESL One New York 2018.

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – Brehze of NRG  playing against Mousesports in the Semi-Finals of ESL One New York 2018.


Team Liquid vs. Gambit Gaming – Semi-Final #2

The second match of the day was between Team Liquid and Gambit Gaming.  As the teams were introduced to the stage, it was clear that Team Liquid would have the benefit of playing with the crowd on their side.

However, Dosia earned his fair share of chants and cheers, considering he is the X God and all.

Map 1 (Nuke)

Map 1, picked by Gambit, wasn’t much of a competition for the Team Liquid side.  Starting on the CT was enough for Team Liquid to pick up 10 rounds in the first half, and only conceding 1 more round in the second half.   Nick nitr0′ Cannella ended the game with 27 kills and an insane 9 deaths.

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – Nitr0 of Team Liquid playing against Gambit Gaming in the Semi-Finals of ESL One New York 2018.

Team Liquid took the first map, 16-6 against Gambit Gaming.

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – Dosia of Gambit Gaming playing against Team Liquid in the Semi-Finals of ESL One New York 2018.

Map 2 (Inferno)

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – ESL One New York 2018

Another blow out by Team Liquid as they defeated Gambit 16-3 on Inferno, which was Team Liquids pick.  Epitacio ‘Taco’ de Melo, who can usually be found lurking around the map, finished Inferno with an impressive 18-6 K/D.

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – ESL One New York 2018

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – ESL One New York 2018

Gambit Gaming didn’t prove as much of a match for Team Liquid as Team Liquid wins the BO3 to advance to the Grand Finals against Mousesports.


Mousesports vs. Team Liquid – Grand Final

TL;DR: Mousesports defeated Team Liquid in a BO5 Grand Final to become the ESL One New York 2018 Champions, and winners of $125,000.

Map 1 – Cache

The first map, Cache, picked by Team Liquid went in favor of the Mousesports side, 16-12.

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial

A lackluster performance from the Team Liquid in-game leader nitr0 allowed Mousesports to close out the map, despite Twistzz dropping 28 kills.

Map 2 – Nuke

Team Liquid were able to turn things around on Nuke, Mousesports pick.  Liquid started on the CT side and managed 11 rounds in the first half.  They were able to close it out 16-7, dominating Mousesports in what looked like a very one-sided match.

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – ESL One New York 2018

nitr0 certainly redeemed himself, ending the map with a 26-10 K/D ratio, along side Twistzz.

Map 3 – Inferno

Liquids second map pick, Inferno, also went in favor of Team Liquid.   Coming hot out of the gates on the Terrorist side, liquid won the first half 9-6 and only gave up 4 rounds on their CT side before closing out the map, winning 16-10.

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – ESL One New York 2018

Map 4 – Dust2

Map 4 was the first chance for Team Liquid to close out the Grand Final and become the ESL One New York Champions.  They were 4 rounds away from lifting the trophy before Mousesports clawed their way back, closing the gap and eventually taking the lead on Dust2.

Team Liquid, despite the momentum and crowd on their side, managed to lose Map 4 in overtime.  Mousesports took the map 19-17.

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – ESL One New York 2018

Map 5 – Mirage

With the tournament at their finger tips quickly slipping away, Team Liquid looked defeated moving in to the final map.  Losing the first half on their CT side 5-10, Team Liquid had no chance against Mousesports as they began putting the nail in the coffin.


ChrisJ’s Play of the Tournament

To make it map and Grand Final point, ChrisJ picked up the AWP on CT Mirage and Aced and entire Team Liquid squad.

And what a way to end it.  Mousesports close out the 5th and final map 16-8, dominating Team Liquid and declaring themselves the ESL One New York 2018 Champions, and $125,000 richer.

We also had the chance to talk with Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert as he played some PUBG squad matches at the AT&T Interactive Booth.

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – ESL One New York 2018

Photo credit: Francesco Mazzotta | Gaming Editorial – Interview with FaZe Guardian

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