Party Astronauts win iBUYPOWER Mythic Masters Winter over Extra Salt

The Ben "⁠ben1337⁠" Smith-led team are establishing their position at the top of tier two in North America.

Party Astronauts emerged victorious in iBUYPOWER Mythic Masters Winter 2021 on Sunday, defeating Extra Salt 2-0 in the grand final and securing the first place prize of $25,000.

The win comes after a run which saw the organization-less team defeat every other majority North American team at the event, including the Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik-led mix Kings of Content.

PwnAlone is showing that age is just a number

The group stage of the event went off mainly as one would expect, although Kings of Content did score a series victory over MIBR in their opening game. Party Astronauts dominated RBG and then eased past tarik's mix to top Group A, and MIBR were able to recover from their initial loss and got revenge against Kings of Content to also advance to playoffs.

Group B saw Extra Salt take down both ATK and Bad News Bears to book their spot in the bracket stage, while Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson and company beat TeamOne in two close three-map series to advance in second place.

Party Astronauts continued their dominance in the playoffs as they defeated Bad News Bears in the semi-finals. Extra Salt easily took down MIBR themselves, setting up a rematch of the grand final of ESEA Premier Season 38 NA. Despite the roster change to bring in Ricky "⁠floppy⁠" Kemery for Aran "⁠Sonic⁠" Groesbeek, Extra Salt were unable to stop the onslaught of Josh "⁠PwnAlone⁠" Pigue's AWP, and fell in the final once again.

 Party Astronauts K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
54 - 34 +20 85.9 1.48
45 - 29 +16 81.1 1.30
48 - 36 +12 89.6 1.27
30 - 40 -10 73.0 0.92
22 - 35 -13 53.5 0.75
 Extra Salt K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
35 - 38 -3 65.5 0.98
35 - 37 -2 74.2 0.97
33 - 40 -7 69.7 0.96
37 - 44 -7 75.2 0.93
34 - 40 -6 74.9 0.91

The final standings for iBUYPOWER Mythic Masters Winer 2021 are as follows:

1. United States Party Astronauts - $25,000
2. North America Extra Salt - $10,000
3-4. United States Bad News Bears - $5,000
3-4. Brazil MIBR - $5,000
5-6. Brazil TeamOne - $1,500
5-6. United States Kings of Content - $1,500
7-8. South Africa ATK - $1,000
7-8. United States RBG - $1,000

United States Ben 'ben1337' Smith
Ben 'ben1337' Smith
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
795
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.69
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
940
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
United States Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
699
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1438
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
United States Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue
Josh 'PwnAlone' Pigue
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
773
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
359
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
W Seriously though, what happened to Extra Salt?
2021-11-15 21:18
10 replies
#5
Calyx | 
Europe Kephea
NA cs KEKW
2021-11-15 21:18
"ibuypower"
2021-11-15 21:18
1 reply
LUL +1
2021-11-15 21:42
nt from them
2021-11-15 21:20
#16
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United States Festive_
floppy hasn't been back for that long so i'd give them a bit more time before passing too much judgement. plus PA played out of their minds this tournament
2021-11-15 21:22
1 reply
+1
2021-11-16 17:21
#18
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United States hjhjghj23
they have definitely gone downhill, but this is their first loss in a long time
2021-11-15 21:27
They deserve some time tbh
2021-11-16 02:00
#51
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Indonesia draizze
It's like their old C9 days, started well then going downhill. Maybe there's problem with JT's IGL-ing, He kinda remind me of daps, they like very structured way of playing, probably their opponent kinda figured them out after a while especially in online environment where they meet similar opponent very often.
2021-11-16 02:29
Some of many off days They will be back after building more synergy
2021-11-16 04:42
POGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG
2021-11-15 21:18
1 reply
cringe
2021-11-16 17:43
How...
2021-11-15 21:18
#4
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United States peter2kk
damn with a b.
2021-11-15 21:18
1 reply
#8
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United States peter2kk
(oSee didn't show up???)
2021-11-15 21:19
it was yesterday btw
2021-11-15 21:19
1 reply
#11
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Austria Ostmark
who would want to write an article about tier5 cs???
2021-11-15 21:20
gg
2021-11-15 21:19
#12
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Latvia heywire
Pwnalone and cynic so underrated
2021-11-15 21:20
4 replies
+1 cynic got kicked from a better team , goes to this worst team to igl, and makes them win this event.
2021-11-15 22:04
2 replies
Im pretty sure cynic leave triumph since they are not a salaried team anymore or some shit like that, and this teams is better than his old team
2021-11-15 22:59
#57
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United States B0b3rT
Ben1337 is igl
2021-11-16 04:58
#61
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Canada AyyyJayyy
+1
2021-11-16 08:01
extra salt is good but ben1337 is better. actual god
2021-11-15 21:21
#14
FaNg | 
Canada JC_123
Wtf
2021-11-15 21:21
#15
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Ukraine futplxyer
wp PA deserved tbh, ES are becoming frauds in finals it seems.
2021-11-15 21:22
#17
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United States B0b3rT
So fucking easy
2021-11-15 21:23
#19
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Pakistan LoOuU2
18 hours late with the article btw, but at least it's here. PA on a rise! Good to see them doing well, it's necessary for the NA scene to have some thriving T2 scene and makes it even more important to get them an org. They have great potential with some exciting talent who are proving a point now.
2021-11-15 21:27
lmao why so long to post about it? come on, give some more respect to NA
2021-11-15 21:29
1 reply
pls thank you :) fhak the NA CS joke is so old, i fucking love this game and i just want a scene to redevelop in this region to have something to look forward to
2021-11-17 17:48
#21
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Germany midas1
fucking pwn is 30 and thriving
2021-11-15 21:31
mirage insta ban ofc they win it, extra salt ez next time
2021-11-15 21:37
Somedy forgot to write thisss
2021-11-15 21:41
#25
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Equatorial Guinea NkdKMS
NA cs, ok
2021-11-15 21:44
#26
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Laos axemin
Wtf this news. It was yesterday
2021-11-15 21:45
maybe PwnAlone can get a chance at t1 cs in EU now, he is the most overrated player atm
2021-11-15 21:48
#28
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Papua New Guinea AlphaSwede
Floppy is back + 'PwnAlone' 30yo Talent let's go poggers
2021-11-15 21:48
"PwnAlone is showing that age is just a number" sus
2021-11-15 21:50
who are those people?
2021-11-15 21:52
#31
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Chile 1cristiaan
sad4es
2021-11-15 21:54
extra shit disband when?
2021-11-15 21:59
1 reply
Team placed 2nd and your saying they should disband
2021-11-16 01:45
cynic IGL underrated
2021-11-15 22:04
god cynic
2021-11-15 22:17
#36
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United States Phamous3k
Well. Let’s go NA CS!!
2021-11-15 22:21
#37
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Italy NotNew
can't believe this guy is called pwnalone
2021-11-15 22:22
The "I" in winter is capitalized, typo?
2021-11-15 23:04
#40
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United States Teztyment
Good job PA. Literally every player on Extra Salt is a loser except for jL. Floppy is so shitty and kid weights about 105 pounds too yet talks like he's a big badass. Can't stand players like that.
2021-11-15 23:06
2 replies
#41
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United States Teztyment
And I've played with and against PwnAlone since the 1.6 days. I was miles ahead of him skill wise back then. He must have really grinded and found his groove in csgo. He always had a good attitude too and that's always a plus.
2021-11-15 23:13
#42
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United States Bearthorne
jL is on mad lions, and Osee isn’t a loser
2021-11-15 23:21
#43
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Brazil Bronly
i wonder where are the kiddo that was saying that ES is tier1 and they will never lose a match in tier2 anymore? omegalul
2021-11-15 23:26
#44
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Brazil Lok72
tournament celebrating IBP who matchfixed and has a stain in e-sports, no wonder esic won't investigate any match, cs is doomed
2021-11-16 00:43
1 reply
No IBP hosted this event
2021-11-16 02:04
#45
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Brazil Anarchybr
Nice, well played PA
2021-11-16 01:22
Happy for PwnAlone
2021-11-16 01:58
A bit disappointing for extra salt
2021-11-16 02:04
4 replies
#53
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United States Teztyment
Not really. PA have better players. Extra Salt just has players that are more known. that's literally it.
2021-11-16 02:46
3 replies
I disagree, there is a reason they are more known
2021-11-16 07:27
2 replies
#69
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United States Teztyment
You can disagree all you want I live in NA and been playing with and vs these players for over 15+ years.
2021-11-16 15:45
1 reply
alright if you say so)
2021-11-16 20:53
PA to EG?
2021-11-16 02:45
#54
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Brazil wololo10
Good job paumalone
2021-11-16 02:57
#55
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African Union mikecool
Paid actors kekw
2021-11-16 03:04
this man is so old he gotta wear a mask on lan rofl
2021-11-16 07:41
#60
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Canada AyyyJayyy
PwnAlone, the best NA CS player ever to never get a chance at tier 1 :(
2021-11-16 08:01
#62
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United Kingdom JupiterACE
That's scuffed. Extra Salt should be playing way better, they were memed as supposed to save NA CS and now Party Astronauts are overtaking them - well done PA but shame on ES
2021-11-16 08:38
Instead of getting these young talents lick quit decide to get a 30 year old man who's first language isn't even English goes to show you how unintelligent NA scene is.
2021-11-16 10:00
3 replies
tryna bank on jersey sales ig? I still agree with your opinion tho. Trying to know why they got shox (if it actually happened) is a super mindfuck for me
2021-11-16 10:22
2 replies
French scene gets old washed up players=suck ass NA scene recycling old washed up players like seangares,nothing, shazam=suck ass CIS=kick players as soon as they age and begin to decline= win multiple LANS and bring in CIS era Denmark=bring in young talents and already have CPF as a tier 1 See a trend here? I do kick old men and get young players to be relevant in tier 1 scene.
2021-11-16 18:50
1 reply
+1 I agree
2021-11-17 02:53
#65
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Chile StfanoLELE
I remembwr marke in the prime days of rank S, he was rekting everyone and some thought that he was going to be the next big thing in NA He ended up being average
2021-11-16 13:45
Top teams not signed gg NACS
2021-11-16 15:03
extra salt went from #17 in the world to this
2021-11-16 15:07
Pwn is actually the best "star" player in NA. He is destructive with AWP and as a rifler
2021-11-16 15:26
pwnAlone young talent
2021-11-16 18:04
1 reply
the absolute 30yo talent fr
2021-11-18 07:17
very good this PARTY team, success for you, NA needs new talent...
2021-11-16 21:17
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