forZe edge past BLINK to win Gjirafa50 Masters League Season 2 Finals

The Russian team narrowly secured a 3-2 win in the grand final of the Albanian LAN.

forZe have claimed victory in Tirana, Albania at the Gjirafa50 Masters League Season 2 Finals, completing a run through the lower bracket of the double-elimination event by scraping past BLINK in the grand final.

The four-team tournament, whose competitors all qualified from the online stage, offered a prize pool of $70,972, with BLINK being the sole home squad in attendance.

Andrey "⁠Jerry⁠" Mekhryakov's men kicked the tournament off in poor form, losing their opening match in rather one-sided fashion to AVE, but managed to recover with a win over Trasko before prevailing in a rematch against their fellow Russian squad. BLINK, meanwhile, beat Trasko in their opening match, and fought back from a map deficit against AVE to advance to the grand final.

forZe came out on top in their second LAN appearance of 2021

forZe took an early lead to start the final series, putting up a strong showing on Ancient (16-9) before claiming a closely contested win on Overpass, shutting down a red-hot performance from Rigon "⁠rigoN⁠" Gashi.

Despite the 2-0 lead in the series though, forZe were unable to close things out in swift fashion, and rigoN continued to put up numbers for his side as they battled back to even the series score, winning Inferno (16-9) and rallying back from a 5-13 deficit on Mirage by winning eleven rounds in a row to force a Dust2 decider.

There, rigoN cooled off, but BLINK still made the map a competitive affair despite falling short in the end. Although it was forZe who were in control early on, posting a 9-3 lead, resilience from BLINK saw them fight back in the latter portion of the first half, momentum which they maintained after the side swap to gain the upper hand, 13-11.

However, multi-kill rounds from Evgeny "⁠FL1T⁠" Lebedev helped forZe get back in the running, and they were able to fight back to steal away the map win from the brink of defeat, claiming a series victory.

Matchpage
2
3
10th October 2021
9
Ancient
16
13
Overpass
16
16
Inferno
9
16
Mirage
13
14
Dust2
16
 BLINK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
120 - 100 +20 93.0 1.24
89 - 90 -1 72.3 0.98
86 - 98 -12 77.0 0.97
83 - 90 -7 68.1 0.95
72 - 87 -15 52.1 0.83
 forZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
104 - 91 +13 76.4 1.16
99 - 92 +7 75.8 1.09
93 - 94 -1 72.4 1.00
82 - 88 -6 67.0 0.99
85 - 88 -3 70.8 0.96

Gjirafa50 Masters League Season 2 Finals standings:

1. Russia forZe - $39,888
2. Albania BLINK - $15,249
3. Russia AVE - $9,384
4. Ukraine Trasko - $6,452

Switzerland Rigon 'rigoN' Gashi
Rigon 'rigoN' Gashi
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
218
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.74
Russia Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Andrey 'Jerry' Mekhryakov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
Russia Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev
Evgeny 'FL1T' Lebedev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1145
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
gg
2021-10-10 23:28
#2
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Estonia E$t0
rigoooon
2021-10-10 23:28
Hi
2021-10-10 23:28
#4
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Estonia myrhh
nt Blink
2021-10-10 23:29
#5
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Czech Republic forseti12
Who wins what?
2021-10-10 23:29
1 reply
Reported bb account
2021-10-10 23:39
Gg rigon
2021-10-10 23:29
#7
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United States PP_Bizon
gg on forze for winning the girafe masters cup season 2
2021-10-10 23:31
who cares about giraffe tournament
2021-10-10 23:31
2 replies
respect giraffes, bestest animal
2021-10-10 23:38
1 reply
respect NA, no 1 analog 70k tournament lul
2021-10-11 01:33
#9
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Albania infamousrj1
GG, it was a great tournament. Very close games. Congrats to Forze
2021-10-10 23:32
#10
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Albania venikk1
that 7 min tac pause made BLINK lose
2021-10-10 23:33
2 replies
ah yes, when TO kicks out audience that gives info really doesn't help the team getting it...
2021-10-10 23:39
1 reply
#47
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Albania netflies
what info?! , the players can't hear other than the loud boos, and if they wanted to hear info, they could listen to the casters instead more reliable info no?
2021-10-11 19:34
who cares
2021-10-10 23:35
rigon 22 yo talent
2021-10-10 23:35
#13
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France Kweyy
girafe tournament KEKW
2021-10-10 23:37
Swiss CS no longer noscene 😎
2021-10-10 23:39
#18
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Netherlands Sem0733
Free 40k.
2021-10-10 23:41
rigoN insane on lan wtf he needs a better roster.
2021-10-10 23:42
Damn nt rigon. Juanflatroo made a decent showing throughout the tourney but not so much in the final
2021-10-10 23:43
gxx ruined them, how many free kills can you give before figuring it out...
2021-10-10 23:44
Great finals, Blink close to win against 0 - 2
2021-10-10 23:45
#23
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Israel selukvey
rigoN should have back problems after this game damn
2021-10-10 23:46
#24
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Poland xMBTx
GOD Forze, Major champs soon
2021-10-10 23:53
1 reply
#40
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Sweden Madrigals1
hahahha unluko
2021-10-11 11:00
#25
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North America dicennt
rigoD
2021-10-10 23:53
A BO5 for 40k? lmao
2021-10-10 23:54
1 reply
Still more money than IEM fall LMAO
2021-10-11 00:11
#27
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Belgium BesarJ
man if juanflatroo showed up in the final like he does in 99% of BLINK games this would have looked a lot different
2021-10-10 23:56
#28
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Ukraine VoidWave
oo gg
2021-10-10 23:56
edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past edge past
2021-10-10 23:58
Save rigoN, please.
2021-10-11 00:03
The Arena would have been so awesome if they would’ve won
2021-10-11 00:17
who cars
2021-10-11 01:42
#35
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Brazil hugoooo
WTF all this money for such teams lmao
2021-10-11 02:08
13 replies
Better than NA cs scene
2021-10-11 02:40
10 replies
#37
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Brazil hugoooo
You gotta be either very dumb or very naive to think that these teams are better them Liquid and FURIA
2021-10-11 02:54
9 replies
#39
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Europe funk1rider
FURIA
2021-10-11 10:46
2 replies
#41
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Sweden Madrigals1
and Liquid
2021-10-11 11:01
1 reply
#50
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Europe funk1rider
both shit
2021-10-11 22:15
#45
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Russia CYETA
hltv.org/matches/2348256/forze-vs-furia-.. would probably win shitquid too
2021-10-11 13:48
5 replies
#48
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Brazil hugoooo
junior KEK
2021-10-11 21:50
4 replies
#49
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Russia CYETA
furia were better back then
2021-10-11 22:13
3 replies
#51
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Brazil hugoooo
LMAO what have you drank? They were top6 for months with HEN1, with Junior they were crap. With drop they are playing much better than with honda and Junior.
2021-10-11 22:35
2 replies
#52
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Russia CYETA
playing much better is getting bombed out of tier 3 EU and winning trash NA RMR?
2021-10-11 22:36
1 reply
#53
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Brazil hugoooo
drop played with FURIA in Europe FOUR DAYS after he was announced, obviously they would get thrashed. Since then he adapted to the team and they are playing much better. I bet you don't watch a single match and only talk based on numbers. Todays FURIA is the closest they ever were compared to 2020 FURIA.
2021-10-11 22:43
So? What's wrong with that. This helps the scene.
2021-10-11 05:02
1 reply
+1
2021-10-11 12:36
Zeolikk masters league really cool
2021-10-11 12:16
#44
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Russia mshkoda
34k ok
2021-10-11 13:44
#46
shox | 
France Nooel
albanian cs tier 800
2021-10-11 14:49
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