BIG reverse sweep Extra Salt to win FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Final

The North American side was left regretting missed opportunities to close out the BO5 series early.

BIG won FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Final after a marathon series again Extra Salt, taking home the lion's share of the $250,000 prize pool. The Germans showed their grit and determination in the event, recovering from an opening loss to Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou and co. to earn a spot in the grand final by running the gauntlet of the lower bracket.

It took wins over Evil Geniuses, Complexity, HAVU, and forZe to set up the rematch, which Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz's team started one map down. Extra Salt went on to hit hard on Dust2, earning an 15-4 lead before BIG showed signs of life. The map was eventually closed out by Extra Salt, but the rest of the series didn't follow that script.

BIG completed the dream run through the lower bracket

Train was Extra Salt's pick and a map on which they earned a strong T-side score, 8-7, but BIG came back after the switch with an even stronger offence to claim the map. Following a 16-13 on Train, the game moved to Vertigo where the North Americans were 10-5 up after the defensive half, but BIG again pulled off the comeback, 16-14, to force Overpass.

The final map also went all the way, with Extra Salt looking like the team in control after winning a USP-eco to go up 14-12. However, Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne came alive in the dying embers of the match to ensure another bounce back, and the 3-2 victory in the title match.

"It's a huge flashback to all the games that we played very good back in the days, making huge comebacks,", tabseN said in a post-match interview, referring to BIG successful 2020 and their reverse sweep of G2 in the grand final of DreamHack Masters Spring Europe. "It feels amazing to win this tournament".

"It didn't matter how many silly rounds we lost in this tournament, we managed to stay cool", the champion added, whose team earned $150,000 for their efforts. When asked about positional changes in the team, tabseN explained that BIG are in an experimental phase, but are happy with how the changes have been working so far. "Overall, I think we played a good tournament," the in-game leader concluded.

Extra Salt will have to satisfy themselves with a second-place finish after a strong showing at FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe. With Justin "⁠FaNg⁠" Coakley and Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm as their top performers, they managed to reach the grand final in their second tournament in Europe, and are still set to compete in Spring Sweet Spring 1 and DreamHack Masters Spring before returning to North America for cs_summit 8.

Matchpage
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26th April 2021
Germany
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16
Dust2
14
13
Train
16
14
Vertigo
16
14
Overpass
16
 Extra Salt K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
90 - 81 +9 81.0 1.19
84 - 88 -4 77.7 1.07
83 - 80 +3 76.4 1.05
67 - 83 -16 67.2 0.95
73 - 87 -14 69.8 0.91
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
94 - 73 +21 81.5 1.24
91 - 85 +6 75.8 1.16
79 - 77 +2 80.3 1.09
75 - 85 -10 76.5 1.08
80 - 79 +1 68.5 1.01

FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe Final standings:

1. Germany BIG - $150,000
2. North America Extra Salt - $50,000
3. Russia forZe - $15,000
4. Finland HAVU - $15,000
5-6. Sweden Dignitas - $5,000
5-6. Europe Complexity - $5,000
7-8. North America Evil Geniuses - $5,000
7-8. CIS Virtus.pro - $5,000

United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
801
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1666
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
Canada Justin 'FaNg' Coakley
Justin 'FaNg' Coakley
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
352
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
980
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
766
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.67
Great performance from both teams today, this was as close as it gets. GGWP Salters! #GoBIG
2021-04-26 20:22
10 replies
Bro, Is success appearing on hltv? Where is mvp? do you know?
2021-04-26 20:23
3 replies
2021-04-26 20:29
#78
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Turkey Sympson
Xantaress
2021-04-26 21:13
1 reply
Fang should get a mvp he really played good this tourney
2021-04-27 09:51
told u ez big
2021-04-26 20:25
2 replies
+1 you are always right
2021-04-26 20:26
1 reply
impressive comebacks
2021-04-26 20:26
#BIG #BIGGER #BIGGEST
2021-04-26 20:27
gg
2021-04-26 20:29
GG's I hadn't find time to watch but im pretty sure that it was great match from both team. GGWP! #WeAreSmart #WeAreLoyal #WeAreRespectful #WeAreFriendly #WeAreBIG
2021-04-26 22:14
#2
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United States irony_irony
NOOOO RIP :((
2021-04-26 20:22
Ez4BIG wp by ES tho they played quite well this tournament
2021-04-26 20:23
#5
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Netherlands Sem0733
At the end Germans always win. Nt ES!
2021-04-26 20:23
According to HLTV ranking this might just be enough to put BIG back in top 5 again, lul
2021-04-26 20:23
2 replies
#13
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Germany X5ander
Big is top 5. So everything is fine
2021-04-26 20:24
And?
2021-04-26 20:27
#7
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Germany X5ander
Yeeerees. Another title for my boyz. WHat a match. :)
2021-04-26 20:23
#8
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United States Cazoz
16-13 16-14 16-14 what a heartbreaker
2021-04-26 20:24
4 replies
close and tiring series, well played by Extra Salt ngl
2021-04-26 20:24
very ez 4 BIG
2021-04-26 20:24
2 replies
#80
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United States Cazoz
BIG was the better team today no doubt but it definitely wasn’t easy for them, it was a hard fought match
2021-04-26 21:15
1 reply
+1
2021-04-27 13:14
LANTARES!!
2021-04-26 20:24
GG WP SALTERS!!!!
2021-04-26 20:24
Wanted ES to win but gg to BIG
2021-04-26 20:24
1 reply
#56
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United States 3manu3l
gg wp big
2021-04-26 20:36
game
2021-04-26 20:24
really nice final :))
2021-04-26 20:24
#16
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Namibia ALLAHTARES
extra choke lmao
2021-04-26 20:24
#19
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Europe C0MANDANTE
Who mvp ?
2021-04-26 20:25
1 reply
#92
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United States Cazoz
FaNg
2021-04-26 23:08
GG
2021-04-26 20:25
gg Extra Salt ; FaNg !
2021-04-26 20:26
A big nt
2021-04-26 20:26
#29
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Pakistan LoOuU2
What a great and exciting match! All the maps going down to the wire , so many great plays as well as mistakes from both sides. I thought BIG were down losing to 4 usps on 12-13 scoreline but hot damn K1to single-handedly won last both rounds and won the championship. That spray transfer was sickkk! Great showing by Extra Salt here , immense talent in there. Somehow EU is getting the best out of JT and Fang is actually quite a surprise.
2021-04-26 20:27
1 reply
+1
2021-04-27 12:32
Who is mvp? Must be XANTARES.
2021-04-26 20:27
8 replies
k1to got more important kills but both okay for me
2021-04-26 20:30
there will be no mvp for tournament of this caliber not enough tier 1 teams
2021-04-26 20:31
4 replies
eg and col is not enough than sad.
2021-04-26 20:32
#45
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Germany Jonaah
Two top 10 Teams. I thought that this is enough for a mvp
2021-04-26 20:32
2 replies
it is not sadly
2021-04-26 20:33
1 reply
#55
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Russia ToughGuy
it will be tier3 mvp
2021-04-26 20:36
syrson or one of the ES players
2021-04-26 20:59
1 reply
#83
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Germany Jonaah
2021-04-26 21:30
ez
2021-04-26 20:27
nt fang :(
2021-04-26 20:27
Xantares shows smth interestingly
2021-04-26 20:29
Would have been good for NA win against T1 EU teams ggs
2021-04-26 20:30
expected BIG win. ES noobs can't even win with 1 map adv and are too stupid to close out games.
2021-04-26 20:30
#40
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Georgia Megobari
Virtus.Pro last place, OMEGALUL
2021-04-26 20:30
Extra Salt look really good and very promising for the future. Sucks they got eco’d multiple rounds which I think in the end cost them the game but the future looks bright. They had nothing to lose. BIG also played really well.
2021-04-26 20:31
Great Game. It was really close on all Maps but I think BIG deserves the win after the sick comeback on OP.
2021-04-26 20:33
MVP #XANTARES! He carried the team in the last 4 matches.
2021-04-26 20:33
1 reply
"carried" is not the right word.
2021-04-26 20:36
BIG threw some funny rounds but with their experience and talent, it was probably the easiest 10/1 odds to ever bet on in CS
2021-04-26 20:33
#50
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North America guimi
What a game, 119 rounds played out of 120 possible. Great game by both teams
2021-04-26 20:34
#52
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United States LemiTZzZ
This is the closest game I've ever seen in my entire lifetime
2021-04-26 20:35
Nice! BIG not bad overall
2021-04-26 20:35
#57
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Russia ToughGuy
NA and Choke name more iconic duo
2021-04-26 20:36
3 replies
Navi and losing major finals?
2021-04-26 20:41
2 replies
#62
RUSH | 
United States Achops
+1
2021-04-26 20:43
1 reply
#77
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Sweden Iekr0
Pls don't say smth, I always see liquid flashbacks
2021-04-26 21:11
China mafia
2021-04-26 20:39
#60
Snax | 
Poland Mval
Well, that was a dream final scenario, wasn't it? Banger of a game
2021-04-26 20:41
congrats
2021-04-26 20:42
#63
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Austria SplasJ
Probably syrson mvp
2021-04-26 20:47
For all entire tournament plus the final xantares well deserved the MVP of the tournament, kito and tizzian impressed me a lot with improvement, instead of the final syrson done a great job as well tabsen always does his bit , very well played for extra salt they will break a lot of hearts in the future it looks like 👍
2021-04-26 20:47
#65
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Portugal Troll_JuJu
EZ GOD XANTARES
2021-04-26 20:47
#66
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Poland mlodzier
Experience won this series tbh
2021-04-26 20:51
#MVP Xantares
2021-04-26 20:53
twitter.com/HLTVorg/status/1386751714464.. Mvp FaNg??? What a shame...It is an injustice situation for XANTARES. First Top20 rankings issues and now this Mvp award.
2021-04-26 20:55
2 replies
#75
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Poland mlodzier
Xantares needs to step up higher actually
2021-04-26 21:07
i agree bro +1
2021-04-28 03:23
#69
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Hungary szia
super expected. cant stop the germans. ggwp
2021-04-26 20:54
BIG's experience really paid off. ES had issues with map control abuse (alley CT side Train), and fast pressure attacks, generally on CT. Their T sides were ok, but there was a sort of brute force approach to them, where they didn't antagonize other areas of the map or attempt late round lurks (Vertigo was super noticable here). Still, with a bit more luck they could've won any of the maps they lost, but those ecos were extra problematic.
2021-04-26 20:55
NA classic choke
2021-04-26 21:02
C9 Management - Huhh...Extra chokers.
2021-04-26 21:04
4 vs 5 and still BIG wins, congrats tizian clutches and monster XANTARES :) syrson should quit from cs go for some time
2021-04-26 21:06
1 reply
Syrson is playing from home with lag issues. But yeah, his performance was bad. Probably if he landed more shot, big had won more way easily
2021-04-27 05:03
#76
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Argentina lechon
This is massive pain for NA, but I'd still say that they put up a good showing against a team that's been practicing for longer and even got to top 1 last year.
2021-04-26 21:09
Amazing series from both teams, wouldve loved ES to win, but excellent showing from BIG considering how poor they looked prior to the semifinals. Shoutout to the boys from NA showing just how good they are.
2021-04-26 21:16
sucks i wasnt able to watch live, wow !!
2021-04-26 21:53
#85
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African Union mikecool
Crazy gg big
2021-04-26 22:03
#87
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Turkey Rheniel
lets goo
2021-04-26 22:14
#somosBIG
2021-04-26 22:16
#89
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Canada AyyyJayyy
Big (lol) F, nt Extra Salt!
2021-04-26 22:17
ES was pretty positive suprise, maybe NA can compete with EU still
2021-04-26 22:34
Wp both teams ... That usp eco round that big lost I almost had a heart attack ... Imagine if big lost that xD
2021-04-26 22:57
onliners
2021-04-27 01:04
#94
NBK- | 
Malaysia EzioAs
Very shockingly poor performance by Syrson. He missed so many AWP shots.
2021-04-27 01:24
#95
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Canada Lakeside
GGs ES 7 maps today and had a good chance on winning every map played!!!
2021-04-27 02:44
GODTARES carrying BIG, as usual.
2021-04-27 07:01
I'd say XD of Extra Salt cause winning 2-0 and lost 2-3 but also I'd say that was good performance from both teams as score 16-13 16-14 is really alligned game
2021-04-27 09:57
Might sound like a dumb thing to say but ....literally no one in Extra Salt is from Europe xD
2021-04-27 11:54
2 replies
Ehm is that a big surprise in a NA team?
2021-04-27 13:25
1 reply
* FUNSPARK ULTI 2020 EUROPE FINAL *
2021-04-28 13:07
#102
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Finland H0rnPub
Literally fluke
2021-04-27 12:52
BIG is looking really good, but it's still seenable that they need time to adapt to new positions and stuff that they changed. Extra Salt is a great team, I would consider them being a TOP 10 team honestly, they are playing great.
2021-04-27 13:04
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