LDLC win ESL Pro European Championship over AGO
Despite starting the grand final a map down due to coming from the lower-bracket, LDLC overcame AGO, 3-2 (16-10 Train, 16-6 Overpass, 8-16 Mirage, 16-7 Dust2) to lift the ESL Pro European Championship trophy.
The ESL Pro European Championship pitted the best teams from ESL's national competitions against each other, with a total of 12 teams competing in the online qualifier. From there, the three best teams advanced to the ~$80,000 LAN finals—LDLC, Epsilon and ALTERNATE aTTaX—, joining AGO who was invited to the LAN in Poznan, Poland directly.
With a 16-12 over ALTERNATE aTTaX and a 2-0 over Epsilon, the home crowd favorites AGO advanced to the grand final without dropping a map, while LDLC had to fight through the lower-bracket to get to the same place after losing to Epsilon, 16-14, in the opener.
In the grand final, LDLC were quick to even out the map score by winning AGO's map pick, Train, where François "AmaNEk" Delaunay stood out with a 1.34 rating. After that, Overpass followed, where the French side was dominant as CT, racking up 13 rounds in the first half. After such a poor start, it was hard for AGO to make the comeback, and LDLC took the lead, 2-1.
AGO didn't manage a strong team performance on Mirage either, but Tomasz "phr" Wójcik single-handedly won them the game with his 32K-15D showing, leading AGO to a 16-8 victory with 141.2 ADR and a 2.08 rating. The Poles weren't able to make the full comeback, though, as on the last map, LDLC's AWPer Antoine "to1nou" Pirard came online and spearheaded the Frenchmen to a 16-7 victory and the ESL Pro European Championship title.
|AGO||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Tomasz 'phr' Wójcikphr||68 - 69||-1||80.5||1.04|
|Grzegorz 'SZPERO' DziamałekSZPERO||64 - 70||-6||70.3||0.93|
|Dominik 'GruBy' SwiderskiGruBy||63 - 72||-9||76.5||0.93|
|Damian 'Furlan' KislowskiFurlan||58 - 80||-22||67.9||0.79|
|Mateusz 'TOAO' ZawistowskiTOAO||43 - 72||-29||53.3||0.77|
|LDLC||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk||82 - 54||+28||90.1||1.40|
|Antoine 'to1nou' Pirardto1nou||83 - 59||+24||80.7||1.24|
|Logan 'LOGAN' CortiLOGAN||67 - 61||+6||83.1||1.19|
|David 'devoduvek' Dobrosavljevicdevoduvek||71 - 63||+8||80.9||1.15|
|Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX||60 - 59||+1||70.5||0.97|