Steven R. October 1, 2018
Mousesports' Counter-Strike team is back in business.
After an ugly showing at the FACEIT Major: London, the European side returned to form at ESL One: New York. There, it battled its way to the top of the tournament, taking first place and the $125,000 prize.
ESL One: New York started well for Mouz, as the team went 2-0 to take first place in its group, which also included Gambit Esports, Natus Vincere, and Fnatic. That earned Mouz a spot in the playoffs, where the squad made quick work of NRG Esports in taking a 2-0 victory.
From there, Mousesports faced Team Liquid in the grand finals. After gaining some early momentum with a 16-12 win on Cache, Mouz was pushed to the brink by a pair of lopsided losses on Nuke and Inferno. The team managed to keep itself alive with a hardfought overtime win on Dust2. The deciding game was a wash as Mouz took a 16-8 win to capture the championship trophy.
This was a much-needed showing for Mouz. While the team has been generally solid in 2018, placing in the top four at events like the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier and StarSeries Season 5, Mouz has also suffered several flops throughout the year. The biggest misstep was also the most critical: A winless showing at the London major.
Running the field at ESL One: New York helps Mousesports to regain its footing, and gives the team a strong tailwind heading into events like Epicenter and Intel Extreme Masters: Chicago.