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.
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.
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.
K - D
Nikola 'LEGIJA' NinićLEGIJA
49 - 43
Johannes 'tabseN' WodarztabseN
47 - 50
Johannes 'nex' Magetnex
45 - 39
Tizian 'tiziaN' FeldbuschtiziaN
41 - 41
Fatih 'gob b' Dayikgob b
43 - 45