Extra Salt edge out forZe to reach FunSpark ULTI grand final

The North American side will be fighting for their first European title on Monday.

Extra Salt have gone from strength to strength in FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Final, their second tournament on European soil, taking down BIG, Dignitas, and now forZe in BO3 series. Their most recent victory, inspired by Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm's consistent contributions, sees them advance to the grand final of the event where they will have a one-map advantage.

The team led by Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou didn't have an easy task dispatching the other surprise of the tournament, forZe, who previously took down Virtus.pro and Complexity. Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov's side did fall flat on Inferno, but took Train and pushed Extra Salt to their limit on Nuke. Ultimately, the North American side managed to keep their composure and take the series after overtime.

To set up a rematch, forZe will have to take another massive scalp on Sunday, as they face BIG in the consolidation final. The Germans have looked better since falling to the lower bracket, though, and will be hoping they can complete the dream run and win the $150,000 first place prize on the final day of the event.

Sonic's team is in the grand final of the $250,000 event

Inferno was a one sided affair in favor of Extra Salt, who schooled forZe on their own map pick. The North American side started things off with a 6-1 run on the defense, before forZe managed to claim three in a row. Justin "⁠FaNg⁠" Coakley and Aran "⁠Sonic⁠" Groesbeek accelerated as the end of the half neared, locking things down to finish it 11-4 ahead. FaNg's T-side pistol ace saw Extra Salt close in towards victory, securing the map comfortably, 16-5.

On Train, forZe gained control on the defense thanks to a second-round force win, moving up to a 5-1 lead early. JT made sure things didn't get out of control, though, finding entries in three of the next four rounds to equalize things at 5-5. The rest of the half was back and forth, ending 8-7 in favor of Jerry's team. forZe's offense was remarkable as they again won the force and went on to reach map point in no time, 15-8. Extra Salt started to put on a comeback, but ultimately fell to a mixed buy, moving things to Nuke.

Focusing on hitting the A site was forZe's approach to Nuke, but it didn't yield much success to the Russian side. Extra Salt's defense of upper was air-tight, losing just a couple of rounds on route to an 11-4 half. What seemed like a massive lead shrunk swiftly after the swap, forZe's six-round streak bringing the gap down to just one (11-10). What didn't work for forZe in the first half paid dividends for JT and co. as repetitive top-side hits found success.

However, forZe held on, seeing the game reach a 15-15 stalemate and go into overtime. In the added rounds, Extra Salt again hammered the A site on the offense to swap sides 2-1 ahead, closing it out on the defense 19-17.

Matchpage
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2
24th April 2021
5
Inferno
16
16
Train
12
17
Nuke
19
 forZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 64 +1 84.3 1.12
56 - 60 -4 73.2 1.02
54 - 55 -1 59.0 0.99
51 - 62 -11 67.7 0.90
50 - 64 -14 69.1 0.88
 Extra Salt K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
71 - 47 +24 77.1 1.20
64 - 58 +6 88.4 1.17
59 - 54 +5 73.4 1.07
56 - 57 -1 76.0 1.06
55 - 60 -5 74.7 1.04
United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
794
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1208
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
777
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
Canada Justin 'FaNg' Coakley
Justin 'FaNg' Coakley
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
345
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
759
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
#2
reiko | 
Mexico alan13
ex-c9 >>>>>>> henrys ex-c9 C9 organisation must be upset lul
2021-04-24 21:11
1 reply
#92
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India MrP!ng
+100
2021-04-25 17:19
na
2021-04-24 21:11
#4
based | 
Germany N4ime
ez
2021-04-24 21:11
#5
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Sweden skorpan
N1
2021-04-24 21:11
Ez na
2021-04-24 21:12
feelsgood for these guys, hope they can do it tomorrow!
2021-04-24 21:12
#8
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Estonia simondoggo
EZ4ES
2021-04-24 21:12
#9
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Europe b7ack0ut
nice
2021-04-24 21:12
oSEE to save NA CS?
2021-04-24 21:13
1 reply
skadoodle but its asian
2021-04-25 11:40
#11
SPUNJ | 
Albania F4lKs
I BELIEVE IN OSEE SUPREMACY
2021-04-24 21:13
#12
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Canada Twlv
oSEE SHINING
2021-04-24 21:14
2EZ 4 oSee
2021-04-24 21:15
#14
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United States Evotion_
EASY FOR OSEE AND MARKE
2021-04-24 21:16
gg Extra Salt, Well played FaNg ;
2021-04-24 21:16
oSee coming to save NA CS
2021-04-24 21:16
#18
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Hungary szia
cloud9 threw away this to build their CoLoSsUs lol ggwp to extra salt
2021-04-24 21:19
7 replies
#19
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Pakistan LoOuU2
They were struggling to beat TeamOne in NA back then when TeamOne wasn't even the best or 2nd best BR team in the reigon
2021-04-24 21:20
5 replies
Tbf those players on TeamOne have shown themselves some of the best in the region. Saffee could go to Europe right now and play really well probably only Chelo would be better besides fallen and furia.
2021-04-24 21:52
yeah cuz they didnt want to kick bot motm. Then c9 scrapped the roster cuz they did not want to make changes. Then they kicked motm anyways xD
2021-04-24 22:36
i think coLULssus would struggle to beat teamone too
2021-04-25 01:25
2 replies
2021-04-25 05:16
1 reply
2-1 lul
2021-04-25 19:54
+1
2021-04-24 21:21
ES saving NA CS?
2021-04-24 21:22
OSEEpremacy is going to save NA
2021-04-24 21:26
1 reply
+111111111
2021-04-25 03:59
Osee just needs to find a good fking team and go tier1 cs
2021-04-24 21:27
gj for NA
2021-04-24 21:28
#27
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United States Festive_
OSEE SUPREMACY
2021-04-24 21:29
nice one! they are winning this event.
2021-04-24 21:30
Seeing Extra Salt in the grand finals of a tournament and Cloud 9 getting out of CS entirely makes me laugh.
2021-04-24 21:32
2 replies
yea its funny af, c9 is a dogshit org
2021-04-24 21:42
1 reply
motm should have been kicked. Last i remember he keep having visitors in clod 9 house even though theg have restrictions.
2021-04-25 00:56
oSee is actually a beast. EU will probably still discredit them though.
2021-04-24 21:32
#34
NAF | 
Canada Femtal
- fallen + oSee - grim + oSee
2021-04-24 21:36
1 reply
#73
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Israel geturlolon
2osee
2021-04-25 03:13
oSee should be added to liquid as a sixth man tbh
2021-04-24 21:42
1 reply
please no, oSee should always play.
2021-04-26 16:30
#39
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United States Phamous3k
NA dead & still in grand finals.
2021-04-24 21:43
5 replies
Not dead my guy
2021-04-24 21:46
#45
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Ones calling NA dead when Liquid, EG, Extra Salt, BnB as well as RGB, High Coast, Triumph exist in low tier are dumb af. Not to mention the BR teams that play there.
2021-04-24 21:56
3 replies
This na rmr will be crazy, it will have a lot of br teams, imperium, team one, godsent, furia, maybe o plano, and pain, also extremum from oceania, and the na teams i think eg, liquid, extra salt, bnb, triumph, high coast, and rbg, the 4 lefts will be open qualifiers (thats how i think it will be)
2021-04-24 22:23
#53
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United States Phamous3k
It’s pretty dead but, we’re doing good with the small playerbase & little investment we have in the scene. It’s cool there will be BR teams in NA rmr though.
2021-04-24 22:36
theres a massive gap between liquid & extra salt compared to the rest of NA tho. extra salt is looking like a scary top 15 team that can fight into top 10 if they win this event the rest are top 20 teams at best imo (not counting the br teams playing in na like pain, o plano and teamone)
2021-04-25 01:27
EZ
2021-04-24 21:47
NA 2 stronkk
2021-04-24 21:51
#46
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United States inflict
Let’s fucking go
2021-04-24 22:04
#47
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South Africa Ston3Cold
Nice one ES! Let's GOOOO boykies!
2021-04-24 22:09
I’m so proud of my ES bois
2021-04-24 22:28
2 replies
#80
JT | 
North America Korama
your name is boomi4 is life wut, u have a fat russain in ur name
2021-04-25 05:06
1 reply
yes, I am boombl4 fan
2021-04-26 17:18
On the event site it says that the grand final is Monday and in the article it says it's Sunday. Which one is it
2021-04-24 22:29
very good for NA CS
2021-04-24 22:41
NA boyz
2021-04-24 22:47
#57
JK | 
Asia flipflop
nt forze
2021-04-24 22:59
NA NOT DEAD YET
2021-04-24 23:06
1 reply
yet being the operative term there lol
2021-04-24 23:27
Gj
2021-04-24 23:27
LETS FUCKING GO
2021-04-24 23:33
NA: Call an ambulance. But not for me!
2021-04-25 00:01
LETS GOOOOOOO
2021-04-25 00:21
Love to see MarKE have success, super cool dude
2021-04-25 00:42
#66
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Poland SebL
Extra Salt is looking great atm., they are a TOP 20 team for me. forZe is looking pretty good aswell, but Extra Salt is just better. They can win this event I feel like.
2021-04-25 00:44
2 replies
theyre honestly top 15 for me, their map pool is good and this roster was always known for having good strats and teamplay even back when floppy was on the roster
2021-04-25 01:28
1 reply
#90
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Poland SebL
I think it's more on their firepower now, if we talk about firepower then I think this lineup is in TOP 15 for sure. They semt to play more on firepower based game where they are just winning 80% of the fights lately, that's atleast how I've seen it. But overall this lineup still needs more experience together but when they get it, then man this can be really strong.
2021-04-25 12:24
#71
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United States ekwi
cloud9 looking longingly at the ES boys
2021-04-25 01:52
#72
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Denmark Vespurr
Extra Salt next major winner Unlike, Gambit, ES is good on LAN
2021-04-25 03:01
#74
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Poland csRIOTgo
Extra Salt last NA hope
2021-04-25 03:35
NA last hope
2021-04-25 03:36
#76
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Samoa h0w666
lucky trash...
2021-04-25 03:39
NA SAVIOR
2021-04-25 03:41
#79
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Indonesia lukerey
Easy $150k for Extra salt lets go!!! They lose 0-2 against spirit after that win a tournament without losing a single series. Ezzz
2021-04-25 04:22
Osee hard carrying NA CS
2021-04-25 05:43
#83
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Brazil Anarchybr
I’m really hoping that ES win this, it would be a nice boost to the NA scene
2021-04-25 06:15
1 reply
True they deserve it cheering for them :)
2021-04-25 09:14
Think about this: Liquid lost nitr0 and kept Stewie, to pick up Grim... When they could've kept nitr0 and picked up oSee, which specifically addressed their biggest issue (fragging AWP). Not that they're bad with FalleN, but it's funny how many people shittalked oSee when he was doing well in NA relative to now.
2021-04-25 07:16
3 replies
#86
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Australia poppyxox
nitr0 left on his own accord, "keeping nitr0" was never an option
2021-04-25 08:31
2 replies
I'm talking way before the Grim pick-up, when Liquid's form was in the dumpster. Nitr0 leaving was a culmination of personal bad form and results, but it was months in the making. Had he been on rifle, and they just picked up a solid AWP for Stewie it could've improved things, and nitr0 may not have left.
2021-04-25 16:05
1 reply
#96
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Australia poppyxox
not wrong.
2021-04-26 15:51
#85
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Australia poppyxox
LETS GO EXTRA SALT, SICK NUKE GAME WIN THAT TROPHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2021-04-25 08:30
wow impressive by ex cloud9
2021-04-25 17:48
Africa cs raising
2021-04-25 23:22
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