Those who were expecting a fierce five-map duel in the ESL Pro League Season 10 final may feel unsatisfied. However, this is nothing compared to what CS: GO Fnatic players are currently feeling. Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson and company must swallow a very bitter pill in the form of a defeat against mousesports without getting a single map. Thus, mouz secured not only a cash prize of $250,000 but also a place for Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2020.
The first blow was taken by Fnatic, but mousesports responded quickly and after a few minutes the score was 5: 2 in favor of Mouse. Then the initiative was taken over by orange-blacks, collecting six points in a row and ensuring victory in the first half. It wasn’t that impressive, because the advantage was only three points. The problem is that over time Fnatic actually held “nothing” — after switching sides, mousesports did not hesitate to make up for losses, and soon both formations had nine points to their account. After another glimpse of the Swedes, mouz came forward, surprisingly taking the lead. Ludvig “Brollan” Brolin and colleagues (although the 17-year-old definitely played the first violin) were still trying to get back to the game.
After a few minutes, the action moved to Train, where Fnatic once again took the early lead. After a few minutes, the five under the leadership of Allan “Rejin” Petersen took the initiative, but not for long. The end belonged to Fnatic and for the second time in a row, players representing the orange and black, led the break by three points. This time they even managed to win the pistol round after switching sides although it did little good, because mouz won not only the next skirmish but also the next three, thus leading to a draw. We watched the full domination of the Mousesports to the very end, which was proved best by Finn “Karrigan” Andersen by dealing with all rivals alone in the 23rd round.
If the first two maps taught us something, then the fact that a successful start by Fnatic does not matter much at a later stage. Once again the JW team opened the scoreboard, but mousesports not only managed to equalize early but also won the first half by a score of 10:5 in the lead. At this point, Fnatic’s chances for the 10th season of the ESL Pro League title were hanging in the balance. The fans’ hope re-ignited after the two rounds of winning just after the change of sides, but then mouz came to the forefront putting the end in sight. The orange-blacks once again gathered for the break-up — first JW got rid of four rivals singlehandedly, and in the next round we saw an ace from Brollan. The Swedes came within to two round distance of their rivals before they ran out of steam. Mousesports won 16:11 becoming ESL Pro League champions and securing a spot at IEM Katowice 2020 to held in February.