BIG qualify for ESL Pro League Season 8 over Windigo

BIG beat Windigo in three maps, Overpass (16-8), Train (1-16), and Dust2 (16-9), and earned a spot in ESL Pro League Season 8.

The ESL Pro League Relegation match between BIG and Windigo kicked off on Overpass, with Johannes "nex" Maget getting a first quad-kill round in pistols to give his team the lead. It didn’t take much for Windigo to tie it up, though, as their forcebuy in the following round stopped BIG from taking a stacked A site. The German squad quickly took the advantage back, though, as they took economic control after losing three rounds in a row and started to rack rounds of their own. Getting close to the half, Windigo got back into it, with Georgi "SHiPZ" Grigorov putting in a big four-kill round in a misplay on B by BIG to help his team take the 8-7 lead.

BIG took the lead back in the second half, winning a pistol round on A and following it up with two rounds, putting the scoreboard at 10-8. Having won the first gun round, BIG then started to run away with the half, taking the following eco and then putting up a wall on the second gun round contesting different parts of the map and coming out on top. Ultimately, nex won a 1vs3 clutch to get BIG on match point, which the German team was able to convert for a 1-0 lead.

BIG will be in ESL Pro League next season

Windigo started on the CT-side of Train, their map pick, and quickly took a hefty lead after winning the pistol round stopping a play on A from the German team and then taking the anti-ecos and first gun round. The Bulgarians won the first five rounds before giving one up, but were then fast to recover, contesting the map and taking a 7-1 lead and ruining BIG’s economy. Not able to recuperate from the blow, the German side capitulated as Windigo won every remaining round.

After a completely dominant half which Windigo took 14-1, the Bulgarian team won the T-side pistol round, putting BIG up against the ropes. With a fast play on the inner site on match point, there was nothing the German side could do with limited kit on the retake. With a 16-1 score on the map, and 1-1 in the series, the match went to the decider, Dust2.

Windigo reacted too late on Dust2

The pistol round was a fight on A long, with Windigo pushing out from the Terrorist side, but a solid defense by the German side gave BIG the first round. Windigo was able to take the first gun round, but BIG took the following two, for an early 6-1 lead. Almost as overwhelmingly as they lost on the first half of Train, BIG won on CT-side Dust2, with an 11-2 start, although Windigo were able to get in the last two rounds of the half.

After a convincing pistol round and sweeping Windigo on the following force buy, BIG won the anti-eco to take a 10-round lead, 14-4 despite four kills by Teodor "SPELLAN" Nikolov with a scout. Windigo then took the first gun round, and followed it up as SPELLAN and Kamen "bubble" Kostadinov eliminated the German team with a triple and double, respectively. The Bulgarian team’s comeback hopes were quickly fading as they lost an eco to BIG, who got on match point. Nikolay "pNshr" Paunin had a heroic four kill round to get it to 7-15, but it was too little too late as BIG closed it out a couple rounds later, 16-9.

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 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Germany Nikola 'LEGIJA' NinićLEGIJA 49 - 43 +6 77.6 1.26
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' WodarztabseN 47 - 50 -3 82.2 1.09
Germany Johannes 'nex' Magetnex 45 - 39 +6 65.2 1.04
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' FeldbuschtiziaN 41 - 41 0 69.5 1.03
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayikgob b 43 - 45 -2 72.9 1.01
 Windigo K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bulgaria Teodor 'SPELLAN' NikolovSPELLAN 53 - 42 +11 88.4 1.29
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinovbubble 54 - 38 +16 82.5 1.24
Bulgaria Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankovv1c7oR 45 - 46 -1 75.5 0.98
Bulgaria Georgi 'SHiPZ' GrigorovSHiPZ 32 - 47 -15 57.2 0.80
Bulgaria Nikolay 'pNshr' PauninpNshr 32 - 53 -21 61.4 0.72

Bulgaria Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1163
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1074
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Nikolay 'pNshr' Paunin
Nikolay 'pNshr' Paunin
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
592
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1643
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov
Georgi 'SHiPZ' Grigorov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
985
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.12
#1
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Poland HotMuslim 
gg carried by legija lul expected from windigo on LAN :/
2018-05-09 15:21
#11
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Sweden ConaN007 
Big if True
2018-05-09 15:22
#13
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Germany GeoRg___J 
ez 4 BiG
2018-05-09 15:22
Big = shit
2018-05-09 15:28
#32
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Austria shaak! 
GERMAN CS IS BACK
2018-05-09 15:30
Expected
2018-05-09 15:40
#60
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Denmark LGoony 
#goBIG
2018-05-09 16:04
#20
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Europe _EpiC_ 
undeserved. Big is so shit they should play teams like mongolz or whatever. D2 cancer
2018-05-09 15:24
how much lost?
2018-05-09 15:26
#25
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Europe _EpiC_ 
didnt bet lul I just can't stand them
2018-05-09 15:27
expected from x-kom fan
2018-05-09 15:27
#28
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Europe _EpiC_ 
best team in PL
2018-05-09 15:27
#35
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Hungary saxxo 
VP? AGO? Kinguin?
2018-05-09 15:32
#37
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Netherlands CaptainMarten 
He's baiting or just blatantly stupid. In both cases you should just ignore him
2018-05-09 15:33
#38
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Hungary saxxo 
Btw he was right, Big didn't deserve this...
2018-05-09 15:36
legija who is not in the team anymore carried them
2018-05-09 15:37
#41
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Hungary saxxo 
Even worse:D
2018-05-09 15:37
#43
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Netherlands CaptainMarten 
How is that? They made finals of esea mdl league, then beat everyone there.
2018-05-09 15:42
#62
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Denmark LGoony 
Why so? Playing good the whole season and beeing #1 in MDL does not deserve to get into epl? Just because they rekt a team from your shithole? E: just saw that your flag has another color constillataion. My point still stands
2018-05-09 16:08
its not called "another color constillation", it's called being uneducated my friend
2018-05-09 16:15
#71
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Denmark LGoony 
Whatsoever. Yet i will earn more than you most likely, so i don't give a flying fuck. "PrettyDude", trying to compensate something in the internet, yes? E: also the hungarian and the bulgarian flag look so different right? It's not like i've seen it by myself 2 secs after i posted it and instantly edited it
2018-05-09 16:59
Even if you are millionaire, you will still be stupid. Yes, they look very different, but not to people under 60 IQ. Have a nice day kangaroo
2018-05-09 17:14
#80
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Denmark LGoony 
lmao
2018-05-09 18:04
#82
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Hungary saxxo 
Don't be so aggresive kid, it says a lot about you...:)
2018-05-09 18:26
why dont they deserve it? they won all matches fair, so obviously they deserve it
2018-05-09 16:44
#87
PokeMon | 
United States Acetk 
tyloo 1 international LAN final in 2018 vp ago x-kom 0 who's best polish team now?
2018-05-09 19:37
+1
2018-05-09 15:54
#2
gob b | 
Germany Fr0Zz3n 
gg
2018-05-09 15:21
#3
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Australia BoyBetterKnow! 
expected for tabseN
2018-05-09 15:21
ez big
2018-05-09 15:21
#5
smooya | 
Germany vlaffi 
Ez 4 Niko <3
2018-05-09 15:21
#6
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Netherlands CaptainMarten 
Gg
2018-05-09 15:21
#7
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North America Catpwnz 
Gx
2018-05-09 15:21
#8
hippien | 
Faroe Islands 4mon 
GOD Legija
2018-05-09 15:21
#9
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Poland sylwo108 
Well done ;p
2018-05-09 15:22
#10
Ireland TGC_ 
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2018-05-09 15:22
ez for GOD LEGIJA, topfragging in epl relegation LUL
2018-05-09 15:22
#14
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Sweden KarlXII 
Thank god.
2018-05-09 15:23
Legija topfragging?
2018-05-09 15:23
#16
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Sweden Trkmag 
smooya in EPL lol, undeserved
2018-05-09 15:23
why?
2018-05-09 15:43
gg
2018-05-09 15:23
ez for Germans cause dust2
2018-05-09 15:23
#31
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Germany svNNN 
:> hehe
2018-05-09 15:30
Ez
2018-05-09 15:24
#21
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Germany Amber! 
ez
2018-05-09 15:24
#22
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Germany jirschi 
Yeeeeeeees
2018-05-09 15:25
ez pz
2018-05-09 15:27
BIG win for BIG
2018-05-09 15:27
Good for them! The grind paid off
2018-05-09 15:29
#33
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Europe Sebikator 
BIG BEST DUST 2 TEAM
2018-05-09 15:31
#34
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Russia RoneEZ 
Btw windigo onliners
2018-05-09 15:31
#36
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Armenia 1915 
Expected
2018-05-09 15:32
#39
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Germany Smelborp 
BIG if true
2018-05-09 15:36
#72
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Denmark Notallama 
haHAA 12 btw
2018-05-09 17:00
#44
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Germany Sabba1 
eZ for GOD LEGIJA
2018-05-09 15:42
legija top fragging.....seems legit.
2018-05-09 15:43
#47
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France Kabby 
They almost took 16-0 in the face tho lol
2018-05-09 15:44
#48
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United States Dr1GeR 
Obv Big Won d2 because of bugs on the new map.
2018-05-09 15:48
Win a map by 16-1, lose the two other maps. Gj Windigo
2018-05-09 15:51
still not quite as bad as north 16-0's ago on inferno and then loses the series 2-1
2018-05-09 15:54
Lul, North is dead already
2018-05-09 15:55
true
2018-05-09 15:56
who ? :>
2018-05-09 16:10
ez 4 german übermacht soon our verbündete mächte from the uk will join the forces and make us even stronger
2018-05-09 15:55
EZ4GERMANY next up: getting carried by british guy LUL
2018-05-09 15:59
#56
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Panama XantabseN 
Now with a better rifler and awper they can win something in epl
2018-05-09 16:00
tabsen needs to step up a little bit. nex is doing great last months, tizian is decent and increased performance consistantly since he joined. And smooya should be a BIG improvement.
2018-05-09 16:05
i agree tabseN isnt in form lately. but it seems to me he's helping gob b a bit with calling (i could be wrong tho) and he tries new stuff (e.g. he played main awp on dust2) -legija +smooya should be a huge improvement, if they finally learn to refrag, they could become top 15 again
2018-05-09 16:50
Windigo offday
2018-05-09 16:01
#58
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Belgium HLTVnewfag 
Ez for budget belgium
2018-05-09 16:04
Retarded move from windigo to play dust2
2018-05-09 16:04
+1
2018-05-09 16:09
bulgarians are good on d2 but so are germans too ;-)
2018-05-09 16:10
#68
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Brazil nakTriceps 
+1 Windigo today is better than BIG. A huge mistake to play d2.
2018-05-09 16:41
where smooya? kicked?
2018-05-09 16:35
He can not play for his team this season due to roster lock.
2018-05-10 02:39
wasted spot they are so bad
2018-05-09 17:37
#75
syrsoN | 
Germany PeKay 
Idk why All are hating big this guys are working their as off and are probably 1 of the Best tactical teams
2018-05-09 17:50
#81
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Germany DaHI 
Train Train Train always fucking Train BIG is so fucking Bad on Train.Why Do they still want to play Train ? Why didnt they banned it?
2018-05-09 18:11
#83
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Well Legija to stay in the team ... Kappa! Gobb to coach! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-05-09 18:52
#95
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Germany GoBIG0rGoHome 
you have seen Qi without gob lol?
2018-05-09 22:44
#96
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
LMFAO, no way you said that bro...
2018-05-09 23:45
#84
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Germany BIG2020 
Nice Jungs! :D
2018-05-09 19:05
#85
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
Can someone tell me why there is a british flag on the article?
2018-05-09 19:08
#90
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Germany Shore 
Because the final was played in Leicester
2018-05-09 20:07
#91
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
Not the season in which they are playing.. :P
2018-05-09 20:08
#92
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Germany Shore 
Season offline, final and global challenge in leicester news comming from leicester - - > british flag
2018-05-09 20:10
#86
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Brazil Euires 
Deserved
2018-05-09 19:16
Ez and without smooYa
2018-05-09 19:38
#89
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Serbia Daki187erz 
ez legija
2018-05-09 20:02
wheres smooya?
2018-05-09 20:26
He is not allowed to play for BIG this season due to roster lock.
2018-05-10 02:40
ty
2018-05-10 03:43
hltv.org/matches/2308712/faze-vs-ldlc-es.. Never forget and ty for 2k $ in this match <3
2018-05-10 12:16
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