Astana Dragons came on top of mousesports in the grand final of FACEIT October Cup with 2-1 (16-12 on de_cache, 9-16 on de_dust2 and 16-4 on de_mirage).
With a mixture of top and upcoming teams battling for a total of $1,500, October edition of the FACEIT Cup set off in fashion, where we saw Estonian underdogs of MayaM taking SK Gaming to overtime in an real thriller on de_nuke, but eventually they fell short versus a more experienced side.
Initial problems for the Swedes seemed to be reconstructed in the second round, where they were unable to close the deal against mousesports, even though they managed secure the first map in their favour.
On the other side of the bracket, Astana Dragons proved to be a dominant force, tracking their recent strong performance in SLTV StarSeries VIII. Not losing a single map in the process, the Ukrainians set off to face mousesports in the Grand Final.
Akhundov seems to be clicking well with his new team
Taking place on de_cache, the Germans did manage to put a barrier towards their opponents, not letting them to create a bigger score margin until the very end when the Dragons managed to close the deal with 16-12.
Second map on de_dust2 brought us a completely different story, with mousesports taking over the wheel and setting off to a comfortable 9-1 lead. Ukrainians managed to turn the round number eleven, but it didn't seem that the comeback was a valid option, especially after their opponents won remaining three out of four rounds.
Second half started off really well for the Dragons, but the Germans, led by a great performance from Nikola "LEGIJA" Ninić, finished off the map in their favour with 16-9.
Valve's version of de_mirage was the deciding map in the encounter. Ninić continued with the astonishing performance in the knife round as well, clutching a one versus four to determine the sides on the final map.
K - D
Emil 'kUcheR' AkhundovkUcheR
69 - 45
Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN
58 - 48
Mihail 'Dosia' StolyarovDosia
46 - 46
Kirill 'ANGE1' KarasiowANGE1
50 - 56
Yegor 'markeloff' Markelovmarkeloff
30 - 46
Individual performance simply wasn't enough for mousesports in the end, so following their recent roster change, Astana Dragons have managed to win their first title with the newest acquisition Emil "kucher" Akhundov.
FACEIT October final standings:
1. Astana Dragons - $800
2. mousesportss - $400
3-4. SK Gaming- $150
3-4. Generation of Miracles - $150
Next endeavour for the FACEIT organisers will be hosting the Dreamhack Winter online qualification next week, after a variety of problems that occurred, forcing them to postpone the tournament to a latter date.