Movistar Riders lift ESL Challenger Valencia trophy

The Spaniards cruised through the event with only one map loss.

Movistar Riders came out victorious from the grand final of ESL Challenger Valencia 2022, beating Outsiders 2-1 to lift the team's first LAN trophy of 2022. Alejandro "⁠alex⁠" Masanet's men dropped their first map of the tournament on Inferno (9-16) before bringing the series even on the Russians' pick of Overpass (16-14). A fantastic comeback on Vertigo (16-14) narrowly crowned the home heroes champions in front of the Spanish crowd.

The winners will walk home with a paycheck of $50,000 as well as a guaranteed spot in ESL Pro League Season 17 Conference.

After a flawless run through Group B in which Movistar Riders took down HUMMER and MIBR, the eventual champions also made quick work of Sprout in the semi-final. Their biggest challenge came in the grand final as they faced an Outsiders teams that also swept through their group, but that had shown signs of weakness against Rare Atom earlier today.

Movistar Riders have won their first LAN in 2022

The final got started on Movistar Riders' pick of Inferno and saw Outsiders take the opening pistol and the early lead. It was a very contested half as both teams kept taking and conceding the lead of the series. Petr "⁠fame⁠" Bolyshev shined on the CT side, defending the B site against several pushes from the offense to accumulate a 20-6 K-D in the first half. The Russian squad would eventually secure a 9-6 lead going into the break thanks to three consecutive retakes on the A site.

alex's men failed to claim a good start early in the second half and Outsiders jumped on the opportunity to extend their lead. The Spanish team briefly recovered with a short three-round streak, but even that was cut short by David "⁠n0rb3r7⁠" Danielyan as he forced his way into the A bombsite. The breaking point came on round 24 as Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali was coming alive after a relatively quiet game and converted a 1v3 clutch to steal match point for the Russians. After that crushing play, Outsiders quickly took the last win necessary round to secure a 16-9 victory.

After moving to their pick of Overpass, Jame and co. claimed their third consecutive pistol to gain the early lead on the offensive. Movistar Riders were eventually able to get on the board after the rifles came out, but a series of mistakes from the Spaniards on round 6 gifted Jame another 1v2 clutch. Fortunately for them, a hold on long with a few pistols miraculously flipped the following round in their favor, allowing Movistar Riders to temporarily take the lead. The rest of the half remained competitive, with Outsiders edging an 8-7 advantage before swapping sides.

Spectators were treated to another competitive half, but this time it was the Spanish squad that started off strong with the pistols. Several chaotic rounds ensued as both squads exchanged wins, but a few moments of late indecision from Movistar Riders had seemingly given Outsiders the upper hand as they secured a 13-11 lead on the back of a triple-kill from Alexey "⁠Qikert⁠" Golubev with the Five-SeveN. However, Alejandro "⁠mopoz⁠" Fernández-Quejo Cano was having none of that and powered the Spanish squad as they won five of the remaining six rounds to edge the map 16-14.

mopoz was a crucial piece in the Riders' victory on Overpass

For the first time in the series, Movistar Riders started off red hot on a map, with the Spaniards quickly gathering a 5-0 lead on the back of some hits on the A bombsite. mopoz played a solid half, going 5:0 in opening duels during his stint on the T side, but it was not enough to run away with the half. Outsiders found their footing after their initial struggles, limiting their deficit to 7-8 thanks to a respectable n0rb3r7 performance.

The Russian squad came alive after moving to the offensive side, claiming an 11-10 scoreline following a four-round streak that saw Qikert temporarily take over the server. Despite facing a 14-11 deficit, Movistar Riders did not give up and good economic management, as well as several crucial holds of the A bombsite, led them to a fantastic comeback. Alvaro "⁠SunPayus⁠" Garcia closed the series on B, securing a 16-14 win for the Spaniards.

 Outsiders K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
62 - 60 +2 86.5 1.14
58 - 55 +3 77.8 1.05
58 - 56 +2 67.0 1.05
51 - 44 +7 54.5 1.02
47 - 62 -15 69.0 0.96
 Movistar Riders K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 60 +5 77.4 1.16
57 - 50 +7 75.0 1.12
56 - 54 +2 81.0 1.10
47 - 52 -5 58.0 0.92
51 - 64 -13 67.9 0.92

The final standings of ESL Challenger Valencia 2022 are:

1. Spain Movistar Riders - $50,000
2. Russia Outsiders - $20,000
3-4. China Rare Atom - $10,000
3-4. Europe Sprout - $10,000
5-6. Brazil 00NATION - $3,000
5-6. Brazil MIBR - $3,000
7-8. Brazil FURIA - $2,000
7-8. Brazil HUMMER - $2,000

Russia David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1069
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
Russia Petr 'fame' Bolyshev
Petr 'fame' Bolyshev
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
511
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Spain Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Alejandro 'mopoz' Fernández-Quejo Cano
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Spain Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Alejandro 'alex' Masanet
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1299
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Kazakhstan Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1262
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Spain Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Alvaro 'SunPayus' Garcia
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
315
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.60
It's really special to see Riders winning such an event like this in front of the homecrowd. I'm in tears of joy :)
2022-07-03 21:51
9 replies
lol 4 brazilian teams in bottom 4
2022-07-03 21:53
2 replies
irrelevant
2022-07-03 22:04
1 reply
#53
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North America jcoN
How?
2022-07-03 22:17
I was cheering for them the whole way. They showed so much grit in the final match, coming back from deficits with all the pressure on them. Love seeing the home team win in front of their friends and family. They should be super proud!
2022-07-03 22:12
4 replies
#61
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Afghanistan KabulGamer
+1 Well said my friend , well said
2022-07-03 22:24
That's comparable to the Major qualification for them, so proud of them!!!
2022-07-03 22:26
vamossssssss
2022-07-04 05:47
#102
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Seychelles vikr
+1 they deserved to win
2022-07-04 07:35
congratz man, i wish we have such team in Poland :(
2022-07-03 23:25
LETS GOO RIDERS
2022-07-03 21:50
#5
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Europe xrnavkha
Ez for spain
2022-07-03 21:50
they may have lost their best player but the amount paid by the round seems to remain the same for vp
2022-07-03 21:51
1 reply
lmao
2022-07-04 05:50
JameF
2022-07-03 21:51
Last 4 positions tho
2022-07-03 21:51
#13
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Germany Gundobert
Those Nades when the score was 14:14 were perfect. winning moment
2022-07-03 21:52
#15
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Denmark Marvelw0w
ngl before this event movistar was playing terrible but homecrowd buff was too stronk lmao
2022-07-03 21:53
LETS FKIN GOOO
2022-07-03 21:54
#20
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Finland Mat0n1
Happy to see Riders winning infront of the home crowd!
2022-07-03 21:54
This outsiders roster won't go anywhere
2022-07-03 21:55
gratz
2022-07-03 21:55
#25
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Spain Adruvi
BR people, please dont see the final standings
2022-07-03 21:56
Movistar -bot1g can be very decent team
2022-07-03 21:56
it was a cool final
2022-07-03 21:56
#29
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Spain Dicraftio
Very emotional being within the crowd
2022-07-03 21:57
Very well done Congrats to the guys
2022-07-03 21:57
1 reply
#62
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Germany _car
+1 great run!
2022-07-03 22:25
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2022-07-03 21:57
Has anyone seen Jame on vertigo?
2022-07-03 21:58
#35
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Spain MrAdreai
LET'S GO RIDERS
2022-07-03 21:58
Spanish cs is alive I LOVE U MOPOZ
2022-07-03 21:59
1 reply
we all do
2022-07-03 22:19
I’m happy Movistar Riders pulled off a win here. They’ve been in a slump as of late, but look rejuvenated and played some great CS, especially that comeback on Vertigo at the end. SunPayus came up huge for them. I’ve learned two things from this tournament: 1) I’m excited to see Rare Atom play again 2) FURIA may have a tough time at Cologne.
2022-07-03 22:01
#39
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Spain BlaNcoW
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
2022-07-03 22:04
Good job, they’re in great form just before IEM Cologne. Outsiders wp.
2022-07-03 22:07
so happy for riders man
2022-07-03 22:09
Nice!
2022-07-03 22:09
#44
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Spain kappello
nice comeback boys :) congrats
2022-07-03 22:09
#47
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Chile 1cristiaan
EZ Clap
2022-07-03 22:12
#50
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Tonga systeMMMMM
Today was a good day for Spain B) VAMOOOOOS <3
2022-07-03 22:13
Absolutely deserved, congratz 🌟
2022-07-03 22:14
LETS GOOOO The cherry on top is seeing n0rb3r7 at the bottom of the scoreboard :)
2022-07-03 22:15
That round 29 on vertigo was world class
2022-07-03 22:22
#57
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Sweden nevz26
it’s because they have bladE on coach, think about it
2022-07-03 22:24
#65
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Spain capta1n
Love this especially in front of a home crowd!
2022-07-03 22:29
happy 4 spain sad 4 brazil
2022-07-03 22:29
Lets gooo Ez cologne now
2022-07-03 22:32
#68
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Spain D1N0!
Being in the crowd in Valencia was insane. I want to see more Riders in Cologne now
2022-07-03 22:33
#69
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Sweden deadvein
Congratz Spain, I'm happy for you!
2022-07-03 22:33
GGs Riders, well deserved 😍 Another spanish MVP stealed by HLTV 👎
2022-07-03 22:36
#71
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Portugal dracø
Must be amazing to see your team win in homesoil. Congratz hermanitos
2022-07-03 22:41
Congratz hermanos. U have been deserving this for a long time
2022-07-03 22:48
Last couple months have been rough for the team, but lifting an international tournament in front of your home crowd is something worth working your ass off, and the guys have proved they put everything they had to make it happen. Vamos Riders!
2022-07-03 22:51
Deserved for riders on home soil. Hard work paying off.
2022-07-03 23:13
#76
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Spain lukasgc15
LES GOOOOOOO
2022-07-03 23:17
Does someone know how many ESL points they earned with this trophy?
2022-07-03 23:48
#81
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United States Phanji
Any brazilians wanna talk about it?
2022-07-03 23:57
2 replies
#86
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Brazil Anarchybr
Stop we’re already dead
2022-07-04 01:26
1 reply
#112
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United States Phanji
ok
2022-07-04 21:06
alex & mopoz why I love you so much
2022-07-04 00:35
VAMOOOOOOOOOS RIDERS NOW COLOGNE
2022-07-04 01:12
5 replies
0-3 ez
2022-07-04 14:51
4 replies
yes? hahah see now
2022-07-05 22:47
3 replies
0-3 EASY TIER 3 TEAM
2022-07-06 16:08
2 replies
yes? hahah see now x2
2022-07-07 18:31
1 reply
shuttt
2022-07-07 18:40
well deserved!!
2022-07-04 01:26
#88
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Brazil Anarchybr
Well played Riders, hope you guys keep up and do great at cologne! About the last 4 places, this was probably the biggest embarrassment for our country that ever happened in the history of counter-strike.
2022-07-04 01:27
#103
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Finland Tusku
nice
2022-07-04 08:36
#105
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Indonesia LosD
nobre OMEGALUL
2022-07-04 10:43
Naaaice my bruthaaasss
2022-07-04 11:18
Not the biggest crowd but certainly one of the best, loved seeing Spaniards cheering for their team, Movistar definitely deserved and needed this win..GGWP
2022-07-04 11:22
These guys are doing a great work. MRS
2022-07-05 17:41
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