mousesports have come out victorious at the 2019 CS:GO Asia Championships, defeating ENCE in the Grand Final of the Shanghai event.
The European squad took down some big names in their road to victory, defeating Evil Geniuses and hometown favorites TyLoo before reaching the Final. They take home the lion’s share of the $500,000 prize pool along with the CS:GO Asia Championship title.
The series kicked off on Train, the map pick of ENCE. A pistol round win for the Finnish side was quickly countered as mousesports took a 3-1 lead. ENCE put up three rounds of their own, taking back the lead on their offensive side. The score remained close, mousesports taking a 9-6 at the end of the half.
ENCE evened up the scoreline once again, taking three rounds at the start of their defensive half. Another three rounds came the way of mousesports before ENCE managed another one of their own. Poised to move on to the second map, mousesports took the next four rounds to secure the win on map one. AWPer Özgür “woxic” Eker and David “frozen” Čerňanský each put up twenty-three kills to power their team to a 16-10 victory.
The series then went to mousesports’ map choice of Inferno. The Finnish squad looked ready to retaliate as they raced to a 5-0 lead on the defense. mousesports fought back into the map, stringing together eight rounds to steal back the lead. The final two rounds allowed ENCE to maintain only a one-round deficit going into the second half.
ENCE kicked off their offensive half with another lead, taking four rounds before mousesports could put their first on the board. mousesports then hit their stride on their defensive side, huge efforts from Eker being matched by Čerňanský and in-game leader Finn “karrigan” Andersen. Down 8-11, the European side put up eight straight rounds to secure map two 16-11.
mousesports take home the CS:GO Asia Championship title and the $250,000 grand prize. They will next play at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals in Odense, Denmark, in December.