Outsiders defeat MOUZ to secure IEM Rio grand final berth

The Russians got the better of the European mix in a three-map series to advance to the grand final of the IEM Rio Major.

Outsiders have booked themselves an appearance in the IEM Rio Major grand final by moving past MOUZ 2-0 in the semi-final, sending the European mix home after putting up a 16-10 showing on Ancient, narrowly dropping Overpass 14-16, and then crushing their foes with a 16-7 win on Inferno to wrap the series up.

The Russian team now advance to the grand final of the IEM Rio Major, where they will play the winner of Heroic versus FURIA on Sunday at 19:00 . The result also marks Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali and Alexey "⁠Qikert⁠" Golubev's return to the grand final of a Major for the first time in three years. The two players previously made it to the final hurdle back at the StarLadder Berlin Major in 2019 while playing under the AVANGAR tag, where they finished as runners-up to Astralis after suffering a one-sided defeat (6-16, 5-16).

This loss also marks the end of the road for MOUZ, who finish their run through the IEM Rio Major in 3-4th place. The team around Christopher "⁠dexter⁠" Nong had a relatively successful time whilst in Brazil, putting up an unblemished 3-0 record in the Challengers Stage before clinching a spot in the playoffs with a 3-2 showing in the Legends Stage. They then took down one of the overall favourites for the $1,250,000 event, Cloud9, in the quarter-final to guarantee a top-four finish, before being sent packing by the Russians.

Jame was impactful all series long, averaging a stellar 1.40 rating

The action of the first semi-final of the IEM Rio Major got underway on MOUZ's pick of Ancient. The dexter-led quintet quickly justified their pick, nabbing the pistol round before converting the following three rounds to go 4-0 up on the notoriously difficult T-side. David "⁠n0rb3r7⁠" Danielyan gunned down three on the B site to get his team on the board, the Russian squad using this to spearhead a five-round streak of their own to take the lead, 5-4. This nearly impenetrable defence by Outsiders endured as the remainder of the half progressed, with Jame and company only allowing MOUZ one extra round win by the end of their CT-side to post a comfortable five-round cushion at the break.

A 1vs1 clutch by Ádám "⁠torzsi⁠" Torzsás in the pistol round kicked off the second half, the European roster going on to snatch the next two rounds to edge ever closer to Outsiders on the scoreboard. The storyline of the map shifted at this point, with neither side able to string together more than three rounds at a time. This back-and-forth nature ultimately favoured Outsiders, however, who used this to score crucial round wins and reach match point, 15-9. A stellar showing from torzsi in the 25th round, in which the Hungarian added four more frags to his tally, kept his side in the running for one round longer, but in the end, it wasn't meant to be; Outsiders, armed with a mishmash buy comprising of Tec-9s and MAC-10s, managed to snatch away the final round they needed to lock in a 16-10 victory and send the series to Overpass.

It was time for MOUZ to hit the ground running once Overpass started, and the international lineup had plenty of answers for Outsiders' slow, methodical style to get off to an early 4-1 lead on the CT-side. Outsiders were quick to respond, however, switching things up on the offense to bring things back to a five-round stalemate, powered by high fragging output by Jame and Petr "⁠fame⁠" Bolyshev, who combined for 15 kills. From this point on, things had swung back into the European roster's favour, though, the dexter-led side overturning a lone-round win by the Russians with four uninterrupted rounds of their own to end the opening half with a 9-6 advantage to their name.

Outsiders started to close the gap once it was their turn to defend, taking the lead over the Europeans for the first time in the map thanks to a six-round spree to start their run on the CT-side. MOUZ did wake up slightly as the threat of elimination loomed, bringing the score back to a more equal 11-12, but a heroic 1vs3 clutch from Jame in the 25th allowed the Russians to add two to their name and be within touching distance of victory, 14-11. Alas, with their backs against the wall and the chance of a semi-final exit being on the cards, MOUZ suddenly decided to show up, putting up a fabulous display on the T-side, where they chained together five rounds on the trot to eke out a laborious 16-14 win and send the map to the deciding map of Inferno.

MOUZ continued their streak of round wins at the onset of the Inferno decider, going 2-0 up after winning the pistol and the following conversion. Again, though, Outsiders got right back on the saddle, overpowering their opponents' best T-side efforts by jumping out to their own 7-2 lead, a feat achieved due in part to a newly-found spike in form by Evgenii "⁠FL1T⁠" Lebedev, who had racked up 10 kills by this point. Nonetheless, dexter's troops rallied together in spite of this hefty deficit, though, perfectly-timed site executes by the mix team forcing the Russians to save round after round as MOUZ brought things all the way back to within one, 6-7. Outsiders were able to bring MOUZ's onslaught to a halt in the dying stages of the half, however, clinching the last two rounds of play to lead 9-6 at the side swap and be in good stead to clinch the first grand final spot up for grabs.

Outsiders doubled down when they switched over to the T-side. The Russian outfit extended their lead to 13-7 with relative ease to get the wind firmly in their sails. From here on out, there was little MOUZ could do to stop Outsiders from getting the job done, with Jame pulling another 1vs3 clutch out of his hat in the 22nd round to help his team reach match point, before successfully assaulting the A site in the 23rd to lock in the 16-7 victory and the grand final berth.

Matchpage
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1
12th November 2022
16
Ancient
10
14
Overpass
16
16
Inferno
7
 Outsiders K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 35 +30 79.0 1.40
58 - 42 +16 81.6 1.23
59 - 43 +16 77.8 1.18
48 - 44 +4 66.5 1.04
41 - 47 -6 69.4 1.03
 MOUZ K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
44 - 46 -2 69.0 1.00
45 - 51 -6 60.3 0.95
44 - 58 -14 66.6 0.85
44 - 59 -15 68.3 0.82
32 - 60 -28 48.5 0.65
Russia David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
David 'n0rb3r7' Danielyan
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1125
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Russia Petr 'fame' Bolyshev
Petr 'fame' Bolyshev
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
567
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1238
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Kazakhstan Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1318
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Hungary Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
536
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.61
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1064
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Russia Evgenii 'FL1T' Lebedev
Evgenii 'FL1T' Lebedev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1298
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
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Lets gooo Jame time
2022-11-12 22:26
3 replies
#44
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Germany lawlig
Its life
2022-11-12 22:51
2 replies
If outsiders win major this will officially be the most boring major ever
2022-11-12 23:04
1 reply
#67
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Germany lawlig
Its life
2022-11-13 02:42
#3
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Finland Cucumber))
THE TIME LORD
2022-11-12 22:26
3 replies
#8
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Estonia simondoggo
Surprising!
2022-11-12 22:27
2 replies
#18
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Finland Cucumber))
not really for this exact matchup
2022-11-12 22:28
Not really, their overperformances had to end at one point
2022-11-12 22:31
ns GOD Jame gonna rekt anyone in the final. Astralis in Berlin was too strong. Now is JAME TIME!!!
2022-11-12 22:27
4 replies
Jame prooves that the statue of Jesus Christ is his energy bringer. He was in Rio and won against Furia in the Finals - hltv.org/matches/2332591/furia-vs-avanga.. Now its time to put them again on their place if they will survive against heroic :)
2022-11-12 22:40
3 replies
NO SANJI, NO WIN
2022-11-12 23:05
2 replies
ok
2022-11-12 23:07
Sanji kekw
2022-11-12 23:12
RU & KZ are in Major Grand finals once more! Regardless win or lose tomorrow, ex-Virtus.pro can be proud of this. Too good! Jame, get those 100 subs already youtube.com/c/JAMETIMETV GG BB
2022-11-12 22:26
4 replies
#46
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CIS TheBigSAM
The entire CIS region can be proud of this. Too long has our region been disregarded, we are here to stay
2022-11-12 22:56
2 replies
Only fools have disregarded the region. CIS has 4 teams that can win at any given time.
2022-11-12 23:08
1 reply
#55
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CIS TheBigSAM
They are fools now, for sure :D
2022-11-12 23:09
Great channel! I am more into their travel blogs though. It was amazing how confident players were from the beginning.
2022-11-13 02:07
#6
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Estonia simondoggo
Damn
2022-11-12 22:26
2nd
2022-11-12 22:26
goat Jame
2022-11-12 22:27
JAME TIME BABY!
2022-11-12 22:27
#11
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Finland Palomies
Jame going for a 1v3 is the most amazing shit I've seen in a while
2022-11-12 22:27
JAME IS A GOD AMONG MEN. JESUS GIGACHAD
2022-11-12 22:27
#13
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Brazil isbetter
Jame and associates on the final, this is amazing
2022-11-12 22:27
#14
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Russia brezyyy
lmao S1mple hating on norb3rt unlucko now, Sasha :(
2022-11-12 22:27
EZ 2ND MAJOR FOR ASIA
2022-11-12 22:27
#16
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India Specc_GG
Amazing run from mouz. I really hope to see a lot more out of this roaster.
2022-11-12 22:27
EZ FOR GOD JAMESUS
2022-11-12 22:28
#19
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Russia mrrkmrrk
JAME TIME
2022-11-12 22:29
#20
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Russia mshkoda
WHITE BEARS PURPLE BEARS
2022-11-12 22:29
1 reply
JAME MVP!!!!!
2022-11-12 22:32
The better team won that's all I can say.
2022-11-12 22:29
JAME TIME
2022-11-12 22:31
JAME MVP JAME MVP JAME MVP JAME MVP
2022-11-12 22:32
Hltv rating in a nutshell when you see Mouz players ratings.
2022-11-12 22:32
n0rb3rt in major final POG grats Outsiders
2022-11-12 22:35
#29
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United Kingdom Bullitead
Deserved, Outsiders play great CS.
2022-11-12 22:35
JAME TIME LETS GOOOOOO
2022-11-12 22:37
#31
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Europe tsken
Great semi-final!
2022-11-12 22:38
EZ outsiders darkhorse prediction
2022-11-12 22:38
#34
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
Alga Qikert & Dastan & Outsiders Kazakhstan in the Major Grand Final for the third time POG let’s go get that title back to home
2022-11-12 22:41
2 replies
why we dont see new prospects from KZ anymore tho? we got hobbit, qikert, buster, fitch deserves a mention, but since 2019 i dont see new hot prospects and players from kazakhstan. Is it because of ping or cs fell off?
2022-11-12 22:49
1 reply
#47
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CIS TheBigSAM
Just like in RU region, it took time before fresh new blood could develop and start showing up on the big stage. Give KZ some time, they have some monster players in there
2022-11-12 22:58
Both Virtus and Heroic deserve this Major, BR crowd deserve It too but not furia. This is Jame and ComediaNs Major.
2022-11-12 22:42
Wow
2022-11-12 22:42
There’s NO WAY that outsiders loses tomorrow
2022-11-12 22:43
1 reply
You’re delusional
2022-11-12 23:18
This was a great match, but unfortunately for mouz, they couldn't convert it :/ Still, I'm really impressed and proud, they have a very bright future ahead!
2022-11-12 22:46
#40
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China RADNIKEY
God Jame
2022-11-12 22:49
#41
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Russia AliasNamer
So EZ
2022-11-12 22:49
wp nt chris, did us proud
2022-11-12 22:51
#43
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Argentina ReacC
JAME TIME!
2022-11-12 22:51
2-1 not 2-0 **
2022-11-12 22:55
#48
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CIS TheBigSAM
Jame Time EZ4JESUS
2022-11-12 22:58
#49
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Hungary Scipio
Congrats to Outsiders they played very well. Great job Mouz, the best international team in the major!
2022-11-12 22:59
1 reply
#59
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Brazil InViktor
+1
2022-11-12 23:22
Jame power
2022-11-12 23:08
Crazy every major everyone has been a fan on the favorites for a "long time"
2022-11-12 23:15
NT mouz such a great climb from where they were 6 months or so ago. I hope they keep it up
2022-11-12 23:41
1 reply
Nt mouz nxt
2022-11-13 03:04
lesgo VP
2022-11-13 00:00
#64
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Czech Republic PaYaB
deserved win for outsiders, good run from mouz (best in org history) overall, i expected quarterfinals at best
2022-11-13 00:54
thank you Jame, Mouz winning a major with 3 rookies would be bad
2022-11-13 01:39
Jame time
2022-11-13 04:23
Bow down to the Time Lord
2022-11-13 08:29
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