BIG defeat Sprout to qualify for Elisa Masters final

Sprout were defeated after playing the first map with their coach Danny "⁠BERRY⁠" Krüger in place of Laurențiu "⁠lauNX⁠" Țârlea.

BIG overcame Sprout in the semi-final of Elisa Masters Espoo with a 2-1 scoreline to book their place in the grand final. Both teams were not at full strength, as Sprout were forced to use coach BERRY in place of lauNX for the first map after the Romanian rifler suffered medical issues before the game. He returned for the second and third maps but was unable to prevent his team's exit from the tournament despite providing a crucial clutch to close out Nuke.

On the other side of the server BIG are playing without Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische, who tested positive for COVID-19 before the event. Despite the last-minute replacement, the team qualified for the grand final, where they will face the winner of the match between fnatic and Astralis at 18:00 on Sunday. The German team has a chance to win their second title in a year otherwise plagued by forced roster changes, having previously won the online Roobet Cup 2022.

faveN was the star performer with a 1.38 rating against his former team

Overpass began with BIG winning the pistol and following conversion, as Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz had a hot start to a half with eight kills in the first three rounds. Sprout fought back despite playing with coach BERRY, clawing back the deficit and engaging in a back-and-forth that ended with the scores tied up at 6-6. Just as it looked like Sprout were going to edge ahead, Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne showed up with a massive triple with a picked-up AK-47, giving his team the platform for a 9-6 lead at the half.

k1to kept up his fragging on the T half, securing the pistol round for his team with a triple-kill. Sprout successfully force-bought in the second round when Victor "⁠Staehr⁠" Staehr proved to be the difference maker, making his Deagle sing with a well-timed flank on the A site. Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali and company reduced the difference to just one round, but that was as close as they got. Once BIG got the economy under control they took over the map, losing just two more rounds to end the map with a 16-11 win. BERRY held his own on the T side but failed to record a single kill on the CT side, with BIG exploiting that to full effect.

Next up was BIG's pick of Nuke, where lauNX returned to the server after his medical issues lessened. Motivated by the return of their star rifler, Sprout started the map in great form as they raced to a 6-0 lead courtesy of Staehr's performance. With BIG in a spot of bother, they started the comeback attempt as Josef "⁠faveN⁠" Baumann won a 1vs1 clutch against his former team. That revitalized the German side that won all but two rounds in the remainder of the first half, faveN continuing to find impact with his vent dives. Karim "⁠Krimbo⁠" Moussa finished the half off with a 1vs3 clutch, setting up the half-time score at 8-7 in Sprout's favor.

BIG struggled on the defense despite winning the pistol round that got them the lead for the first time on the map. tabseN locked down the outside portion of the map, but his teammates were much less successful, which resulted in a lackluster defense. The majority-Danish team reached map point and needed lauNX to step up with a clutch and move the series onto the decider.

BIG started Mirage in absolutely dominant fashion, winning the first five rounds without breaking a sweat. Sprout eventually stabilized and fought back with a five-round streak, but that was all they got. With the scoreline sitting at 6-5 in the German's favor, BIG won a round with just Deagles and ran away with the half after that. k1to, who picked up the AWP on the T side of Mirage, also got a Deagle highlight of his own, getting an incredible kill on Staehr in a 1vs1 situation.

Sprout picked up the pistol round to give themselves a chance and got within one round of their opponents. BIG then answered with an eco but lost immediately after with the scoreline standing at 11-10. The German squad was once again forced on an eco, which delivered another round win for them. After that, BIG finally won a gun round to increase the deficit to three, eventually reaching series point at 15-10. faveN ended the game against his former team with a collateral AWP kill, with BIG booking their spot in Sunday's grand final.

Matchpage
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19th November 2022
Germany
12
Overpass
16
16
Nuke
12
11
Mirage
16
 Sprout K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
67 - 57 +10 89.6 1.27
62 - 59 +3 85.7 1.10
53 - 64 -11 65.5 0.91
35 - 40 -5 65.7 0.86
41 - 55 -14 53.7 0.86
7 - 24 -17 42.5 0.47
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
72 - 49 +23 93.8 1.38
74 - 56 +18 92.4 1.37
52 - 43 +9 73.9 1.13
58 - 56 +2 67.1 1.03
42 - 61 -19 61.2 0.81
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
2005
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1777
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1327
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Victor 'Staehr' Staehr
Victor 'Staehr' Staehr
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
330
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
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Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1053
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
Germany Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1375
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Romania Laurențiu 'lauNX' Țârlea
Laurențiu 'lauNX' Țârlea
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
332
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Germany Karim 'Krimbo' Moussa
Karim 'Krimbo' Moussa
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
407
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
#1
allu | 
Germany aL1337
EZ
2022-11-19 19:55
7 replies
#6
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Germany EZ_for_BIG
tabseN best fragging igl + cs mastermind
2022-11-19 19:56
6 replies
rly nice to see him performing so well
2022-11-19 20:09
Too bad he is wasting his career in this wasteland. He is imo the best player to never make top 20 these 5 latest years
2022-11-19 20:31
4 replies
Frozen too
2022-11-19 20:58
1 reply
I agree, he should already have made it, but there's no way he doesn't make it this year I wish Vitality either went for him or YEKINDAR instead of a quite unproven Spinx, that had a great six monthes but was already on a downward spiral when they signed him
2022-11-20 15:45
#26
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Finland jpleevi
xantares
2022-11-19 21:49
1 reply
same thing than frozen and tabsen. Should likely have made it already, but I'm quite confident he can make it this year even though he is lacking maps against top 10 opposition
2022-11-20 15:47
pog
2022-11-19 19:56
cool
2022-11-19 19:56
Syrson the Problem
2022-11-19 19:56
1 reply
Doubt it even tho against harder enemies u need him to shine. With s1n they they won't win against better opposition as of now while it is a gamble with syrson still ;(
2022-11-19 22:20
#5
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Germany EZ_for_BIG
VERY EZ. LETS GO CHAMPS
2022-11-19 19:56
Sprout would’ve won if they didn’t have a coach playing for map 1
2022-11-19 19:58
2 replies
Agreed, bad timing for launx to shit his pants
2022-11-19 20:30
1 reply
it happens to the best of us
2022-11-20 00:24
Faven looks like he has some kind of serious illness. What da hell
2022-11-19 19:58
2 replies
Probably playing through sickness or else big has to call up another academy player, which might be inconvenient or impossible
2022-11-19 20:01
he always looks stoned af, thats normal
2022-11-20 00:25
Berry underperform so big can win smh
2022-11-19 19:59
1 reply
+1
2022-11-20 08:14
Unlucky
2022-11-19 20:00
1 reply
#29
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Estonia klyntar666
jep
2022-11-19 22:20
#12
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Turkey TR_top_1
-slaxz +woxic when?
2022-11-19 20:04
1 reply
#25
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Germany X5ander
then sprout no german player, that would be no good. :-(
2022-11-19 21:47
#14
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Afghanistan KabulGamer
Where is syrson? Is he benched?
2022-11-19 20:10
2 replies
#15
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Germany presi1234
tested positive for COVID-19 before the event
2022-11-19 20:17
Covid
2022-11-19 20:32
-slaxz horrible player..
2022-11-19 20:22
vamos big
2022-11-19 20:35
#21
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Hungary szia
was a great game, couldnt cheer for either team, was just hoping that whoever wins wins the event, and now we know that is BIG lets go BIG! ggwp Sprout!
2022-11-19 20:51
BIG started strong in this tournament they could be the champions wont be surprised.
2022-11-19 21:33
1 reply
but also wouldnt be surprised if they lose the final. I mean they lost to fnatic 2:0 in the major.
2022-11-19 21:41
#27
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Spain AlfonGD
Man I feel like slaxz really has to go, there's no way you can win if your AWPer averages 14 kills per game at best, launx almost caught him in kills while playing only 2 out of 3 maps
2022-11-19 21:54
k1to played so strong today god damn
2022-11-19 23:53
BIG started strong in this tournament they could be the champions wont be surprised.
2022-11-20 11:14
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