mousesports came from a map down to beat Natus Vincere 2-1 and win StarSeries i-League Season 4.
The first map of the tournament decider, Overpass, started with Na`Vi taking the pistol with ease and then barely surviving an anti-eco as Robin "ropz" Kool went huge with the Desert Eagle. A surprising third-round buy from mousesports did not pay off, putting them in a dire economic situation.
Na`Vi kept finding opening kills, forcing mousesports to play from behind in multiple rounds, with the scoreline blooming to an 8-1 advantage for the home side. mousesports then finally got a break as they won two rounds in a row, but Na`Vi were soon back at it - running all over the CTs to secure an 11-4 lead.
The Ukrainian team picked up where they had left off and further extended their lead after taking the second pistol of the game. A ropz ace did not keep Na`Vi from reaching map point, but then the home side struggled to put the game to bed, curiously only doing so on a very weak buy after losing two rounds in a row.
mousesports came into Mirage looking a different side and secured a quick 3-0 lead without letting their opponents get a single bomb plant. Natus Vincere then got their first on the board after Egor "flamie" Vasilyev won a 1v2 situation, but the European mixture replied immediately, setting themselves up for a 6-1 lead.
Big plays from Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev allowed Na`Vi to string rounds together for the first time since the start of the map, but the rest of the half was all about mousesports' great defence as Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný's side stormed to an 11-4 lead.
The second half began at a frantic pace as the teams kept trading blows, with s1mple rescuing his team time and time again with vital plays. With the 20-year-old talent in stunning form, Na`Vi managed to bring the deficit to a minimum, but then a team ace from mousesports put them on 14 rounds.
Natus Vincere kept their hopes alive by taking the next round, this way resetting mousesports' economy. The Ukrainians went on another great run, hitting match point, but, with their backs against the well, mouz responded in the 30th round to level up the score at 15-15.
The first overtime failed to determine a winner as both teams won two rounds on the offensive side - Na`Vi only doing so thanks to two 1v2 clutches from Denis "electronic" Sharipov. In the second overtime, Chris "chrisJ" de Jong turned hero as he constantly kept Na`Vi's players at bay with his AWP, helping mousesports to win four consecutive rounds and force a decider map.
With the momentum now swinging in their favour, mousesports got off to a flying start on Train, winning eight of the first nine rounds after abusing the B site - where an out-of-form Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko was stationed.
Na`Vi then finally got a footing in the game as they won three of the next four rounds, but mousesports were unfazed by that and secured the final two rounds of the half to secure an 11-4 lead.
A quad-kill from Edward in a B execution gave Na`Vi the second half pistol and marked the start of a great run from the Ukrainians, who won five rounds in a row to bring the deficit to 9-11. It looked liked mousesports were falling apart but then they set up a very tight defence, winning five rounds in a row en-route to a 16-9 finish.
|mousesports||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Robin 'ropz' Koolropz||65 - 55||+10||76.8||1.13|
|Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ||71 - 61||+10||78.5||1.11|
|Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar||65 - 58||+7||77.1||1.09|
|Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny||60 - 64||-4||79.6||1.02|
|Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO||39 - 60||-21||62.6||0.75|
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple||90 - 53||+37||98.0||1.56|
|Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie||62 - 62||0||79.1||1.06|
|Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward||61 - 61||0||72.6||1.03|
|Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic||47 - 62||-15||67.6||0.93|
|Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus||38 - 62||-24||53.1||0.73|
SL i-League StarSeries Season 4 final standings:
1. mousesports - $130,000
2. Natus Vincere - $50,000
3. Liquid - $30,000
4. FaZe - $15,000
5-8. G2 - $10,000
5-8. SK - $10,000
5-8. Astralis - $10,000
5-8. Renegades - $10,000
9-11. HellRaisers - $6,000
9-11. Heroic - $6,000
9-11. Cloud9 - $6,000
12-14. Virtus.pro - $4,000
12-14. TYLOO - $4,000
12-14. Gambit - $4,000
15-16. fnatic - $2,500
15-16. MVP PK - $2,500