AGO win ESEA S26 MDL Global Challenge over Space Soldiers
AGO have won the ESEA Season 26 MDL Global Challenge after beating Space Soldiers 2-0 in the grand final.
The grand final best-of-three series at the ESEA Season 26 MDL Global Challenge kicked off on Mirage where Space Soldiers started on the T-side. Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli's two opening kills in the pistol round gave the first round to the Turkish side who made it 3-0 after winning the anti-ecos.
Although Space Soldiers lost the following three rounds, they kept planting the bomb and damaged AGO's economy (3-3). Ismailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş & company won five rounds in a row to make it 8-3 and finished the half with a 10-5 lead.
AGO won the T-side pistol round to pick up their sixth but they couldn't start a streak as they lost the anti-eco (11-6). After AGO started a comeback with three round victories, Dominik "GruBy" Swiderski clutched a 1vs3 to give his team their tenth round (11-10). The rounds were back-and-forth and the map went to double overtime where AGO won 22-18.
Starting on the CT-side on Train, Space Soldiers won the first three rounds and were about to win the first weapon round but Engin "ngiN" Kor died to fall damage before he could defuse the bomb (3-1). However, the Turkish squad recovered in the following round and made it 4-1.
When the score was 7-2, AGO picked up a 3vs5 victory to get their third round but they couldn't start a streak once again as they lost the following round (8-3). Space Soldiers won the first half 11-4.
AGO started their CT-side campaign by winning the pistol round. Just like on the first map, the Poles started a comeback effort, winning the following four rounds to trail 11-9. AGO went ahead and were leading 14-11 when Buğra "Calyx" Arkın clutched a 1vs5 to keep his team in the game (14-12). The Poles, unfazed, won the map 16-12 and the series 2-0, becoming champions at the ESEA Season 26 MDL Global Challenge.
The full standings at the event can be found below: