Clan-Mystik have completed their fairy tale by defeating VeryGames in the grand final of ESWC 2013 with a 2-0 score (16-11 on de_inferno & 16-12 on de_mirage) to win $12,500.
With $12,500 on the line, the all-French grand final of ESWC 2013 featured the surprise of the tournament Clan-Mystik and the heavily favored VeryGames.
All seats were filled in front of the main stage despite the early hour, and the action started without much delay. The first map was Clan-Mystik's pick de_inferno, on which they have been a perfect three for three in this tournament.
Getting to pick the side as well, Mystik took advantage and went ahead early 4-0 after winning the pistol and the early buy.
Even though VG got on the scoreboard then, their economy was immediately reset at 5-1, with Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian already sitting on 11 kills.
Michael "HaRts" Zanatta's squad had all the money control they wanted after resetting VeryGames' economy once again after 7-2, and they won another key round 2-on-2 situation for 9-2.
After another eco, the EMS One champions finally found a way to break the defense and they clinched the last 3 rounds of the half for a 10-5 result.
Jeremy "ioRek" Vuillermet's 1-on-3 in the second pistol round brought the momentum back to Clan-Mystik, but VeryGames quickly reversed the fortunes by winning the following eco round for 11-6.
The first buy round came down to the wire, and it was Fabien "KIOSHIMA" Fiey who had the most composure to win a 1vs1 and put his team ahead 12-7.
Nevertheless, VeryGames were not done yet and Richard "shox" Papillon and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux won a 2-on-3 retake in the B site to start a run for their team.
They edged nearer round by round, but at 12-11 Clan-Mystik put a stop to it and won 2 in a row, forcing VeryGames to go on an eco which led to 15-11.
The last round once again saw Fiey pull of some heroics as he killed the last two opponents in a 2-on-2 situation despite having single digit HP, resulting in a 16-11 de_inferno win.
The second map, de_mirage, was VeryGames' selection and they chose to start on the CT side. It all the started looking easy for them as they went up 7-0 before Zanatta finally won a 1vs1 for his team to get on the scoreboard. VG continued dealing with the attacks easily, and they finished the half with a 12-3 lead following some timely round wins that reset their opponents' economy.
KIOSHIMA was a key player in the final
Clan-Mystik didn't seem to have much to offer on this map, but a storming pistol round by Fiey who recorded 3 headshots brought their faith back and they began their own CT-side run.
The momentum was fully on Mystik's side after winning the first buy as well, and they kept denying VG's buy rounds until 12-10 when Kevin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans decided to use an eco round as a timeout.
That didn't help VeryGames though, as the score was evened at 12-12, and they still had no solution how to breakthrough to either bombsite.
Everything went right for Mystik now and they flew away to match point at 15-12 with no troubles. The next and what turned out to be the last round came down to the wire, but Zanatta took out both opponents in a 2-on-2, making the final score 16-12 and queing the celebrations on the stage as ESWC found its new champions.
Clan-Mystik with their cheque and trophy
ESWC 2013 final standings
1. Clan-Mystik – $12,500
2. VeryGames - $7,500
3. Astana Dragons - $5,000
5-8. CPH Wolves
Stay tuned to HLTV.org as we will bring you more photos and an interview with the winners.