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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Team Liquid took the first map, 16-6 against Gambit Gaming.
Map 2 (Inferno)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.