MAD Lions beat MIBR to win Flashpoint 1
The Danish team picked up their first title since the V4 Future Sports Festival, when they were still known as Tricked, after a messy series that was not for the faint-hearted. It was yet another painful night for Brazilian fans, who saw their team throw away a one-map lead and a 12-1 advantage on the decider map after some horrendous blunders. For a large portion of the series, it looked like MIBR would finally end an almost 20-month wait for a title that has felt like an eternity. But it was just not meant to be.
Fernando "fer" Alvarenga put in yet another vintage performance and Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo was also at times a key contributor, but none of that mattered in the end as the team collapsed at the final hurdle. The manner in which MIBR lost the series, after a shockingly poor offensive display on Train, which has been one of their best maps in the last three months, could have serious repercussions on the team, especially as we approach the start of the qualifying road for the ESL One Rio Major.
Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen and Frederik "acoR" Gyldstrand were both solid performers for MAD Lions, but it was their new in-game leader, Asger "AcilioN" Larsen, who took the team through the finish line on the final map, silencing the critics of his signing. The Flashpoint title and the $500,000 cheque come as a massive boost for the young Danes and will help to ease the pain of missing out on the ESL One: Road to Rio tournament.
The series kicked off on Mirage, the one map that MAD Lions had won in the upper bracket final, five days earlier. The Danish team got off to a strong start to their T side as they won the opening four rounds of the game in convincing fashion, but their momentum was brought to a halt by a technical pause due to ping issues.
MIBR, who went to Yeah's gaming house to play the rest of the match, used that break to their advantage and immediately got on the board on a very weak buy. The Brazilians rode that momentum and ended the half with a narrow 8-7 lead thanks to some key rounds from fer, who was sitting atop the scoreboard with 14 kills to his name and a 106 ADR.
After switching to the CT side, MAD Lions found an equaliser by winning a chaotic pistol round, and they followed that up with the next two rounds to get into double-digit territory. But they began to crumble once the game entered the gun stages: their defense was prised apart ruthlessly by MIBR's fast-paced approach as fer and FalleN constantly poked holes in the Danes' setup with brute-force domination. The few rounds that AcilioN's troops won were few and far between, and without a solid presence on the map they were unable to prevent their opponents from running away with the lead.
Inferno began in the same manner as the previous map as MAD Lions picked up an early four-round lead, only to lose control of the game straight afterward. This time around, MIBR couldn't rely on FalleN, who at one point was sitting on a 0-9 score, but they were still in control for the rest of the half and took a narrow lead into the break.
Now playing on the T side, MAD Lions showed their pistol round prowess once again in a messy round, but there was no follow-up as they were caught off-guard after not respecting Ignacio "meyern" Meyer and his Desert Eagle over in mid. MIBR put together a string of rounds to secure an 11-9 lead, but then their defense broke down. They looked disheartened and struggled for ideas as to how to stop the Danes, who locked down the map thanks to great offensive displays from acoR and Bubzkji.
Train witnessed the return of MIBR's deadly duo of FalleN and fer, who helped the team to a 7-0 start with some stellar rounds. Rasmus "sjuush" Beck then single-handedly rescued MAD Lions with a quad-kill, but the experience chasm between the two teams prevented the Danes from delivering a blow to the Brazilians' economy. MIBR continued to add rounds to their tally, going into the break with a commanding 12-3 lead.
And that's when insanity began. Nerves took over MIBR's players, who suddenly forgot the fundamentals and wasted countless post-plant situations that appeared to be all but won, even allowing a defuse to come through with four players on the site. As rounds continued to go MAD Lions' way, everything seemed to be in a state of disarray for MIBR, who could only muster one round in a painful half that will certainly sting for many weeks.
|MIBR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||77 - 59||+18||91.7||1.30|
|Vito 'kNgV-' GiuseppekNgV-||66 - 61||+5||80.0||1.10|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||55 - 52||+3||68.1||1.02|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||42 - 59||-17||60.5||0.85|
|Ignacio 'meyern' Meyermeyern||42 - 58||-16||57.8||0.82|
|MAD Lions||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Lucas 'Bubzkji' AndersenBubzkji||62 - 60||+2||82.6||1.13|
|Frederik 'acoR' GyldstrandacoR||57 - 49||+8||75.0||1.13|
|Asger 'AcilioN' LarsenAcilioN||66 - 56||+10||74.6||1.11|
|Rasmus 'sjuush' Becksjuush||60 - 59||+1||73.0||1.01|
|Fredrik 'roeJ' JørgensenroeJ||43 - 58||-15||51.1||0.80|
Flashpoint 1 final standings: