After a five-hour marathon, mousesports have won ESG Tour Mykonos following a hard-fought 3-2 win over Team Liquid.
The best-of-five title decider began on Cobblestone, where mousesports drew first blood after a successful B execution in the pistol round. After taking both anti-ecos, the European team remained in the driving seat, which propelled them into a 7-1 lead, with Martin "STYKO" Styk leading the charge.
After a long technical pause, Liquid halted mousesports' momentum with a B stack on eco. That round sparked a great for the North Americans, who won four of the next five rounds before Robin "ropz" Kool gave his team their ninth round of the game with three entry frags in B.
The second half was a complete blowout, with mousesports winning six of the first seven rounds to hit match point. Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski still gave Liquid a lifeline with three kills in a desperate B push, but the Europeans took the next round to secure the first map of the series.
Next up was Inferno, where Liquid won the pistol round despite losing control of the A site as mousesports ran out of time to defuse the bomb. The North American team followed that up with both anti-ecos, but once mousesports had money in the bank the flow of the game changed slightly as the CTs quickly tied up the score at 3-3.
mousesports then got punished for their overaggression in banana, allowing Liquid to regain control of proceedings. The rest of the half would be a one-way street as Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz's men won seven rounds straight before the CTs bagged the final round.
Liquid further added to their lead by winning the pistol round and the following anti-ecos, bringing the score to 14-4. The first full gun round then went mousesports' way, but Liquid hit back immediately with a quad kill from EliGE in B before wrapping things up with another round.
Map three, Train, began with mousesports getting slaugthered on their way to the B site in the pistol round. The Europeans were unfazed by that round, however, and rallied back on a force-buy. mousesports twice took a two-round lead - the second time thanks to an ace from STYKO - but they could not stamp their authority on the game, allowing Liquid to regain control.
Until the end of the half, mousesports struggled to string any rounds together, with Liquid taking nine rounds with them before switching to the Terrorist side.
Miikka "suNny" Kemppi opened up the second half with three kills as mousesports stopped Liquid's push towards the outer site. That was the start of a dominant run from mousesports, who kept their defense very tight and locked down the map without dropping a single round in the half.
On Mirage, Liquid came out of the looking scary, winning eight rounds straight as mousesports had no response to the Terrorists' pace. It was only then that the CTs managed to react, winning four of the next five rounds, with Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný appearing to have finally woken up after clutching a 1v2 situation.
The momentum was now shifting towards mousesports, but the European team fell apart following an eco push from Liquid, who would go on to win the next round to increase their lead to 11-4.
mousesports came out of the break determined to turn the score around. Twice they brought the deficit to a minimum and twice they it slip away against a full eco side. That was the tonic that propelled Liquid to hit map point, with a last-gasp effort from mousesports proving fruitless.
It all came down to Nuke, which began with mousesports cruising to a 9-0 lead on the CT side. Liquid's offense then finally came to life, but they still only managed to claim four rounds before the sides switched.
mousesports piled more misery on Liquid by taking the pistol round as Terrorist and the following two rounds. With a 1v2 clutch from oskar, the European team reached championship point - an opportunity they did not pass up.
|mousesports||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar||92 - 67||+25||75.9||1.20|
|Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny||95 - 81||+14||83.3||1.19|
|Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO||84 - 79||+5||80.7||1.09|
|Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ||69 - 83||-14||71.4||1.04|
|Robin 'ropz' Koolropz||72 - 70||+2||64.7||1.01|
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64||87 - 76||+11||77.6||1.10|
|Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw||85 - 87||-2||84.2||1.03|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||80 - 84||-4||72.8||1.01|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||67 - 80||-13||58.2||0.88|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||60 - 85||-25||61.3||0.87|
ESG Tour Mykonos 2017 final standings:
1. mousesports - $117,500 + spot at next ESG Tour event
2. Liquid - $47,000 + spot at next ESG Tour event
3. SK - $23,500 + spot at next ESG Tour event
4. Virtus.pro - $23,500
5-6. Gambit - $5,875
5-6. BIG - $5,875
7-8. EnVyUs - $5,875
7-8. Heroic - $5,875