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ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals Review

mousesports are the champions of the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals.

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
10th Dec, 2019·☕️ 6 min read
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mousesports are the champions of the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals.

Tournament Winner: mousesports

mousesports
Record: 13 / 0 / 5
Most Played Map: Nuke (50.0%)
Best Map: Train (100.0%)
Worst Map: Overpass (0.0%)

mousesports are the champions of ESL Pro League Season 10 after taking down an in-form fnatic side in the final. Things are finally starting to come together for mousesports, a team that has often struggled in the playoffs of big events throughout 2019.

mousesports started this tournament in Group B, which was a very top-heavy group with Astralis and Team Liquid. However, with three spots in the playoffs up for grabs, mousesports had an excellent chance of making it out as the competition for the final spot was rather lackluster.

mousesports started the tournament off with a win against the North American side ATK on Nuke, a team that would later end up eliminating both North and G2 from the competition.

After a closely contested loss to Team Liquid in the following match, mousesports found themselves in the lower bracket against Renegades. The Australian side had mousesports on the ropes after a 16–14 win on Nuke, but mousesports answered back in a big way with lopsided wins on Inferno and Train.

A win in the lower-bracket final would secure a spot in the playoffs, and mousesports wasted no time, defeating ATK 2–0 after dominant wins on Vertigo and Dust2.

The North American side Evil Geniuses awaited in the quarter-finals. The first map of the series was Train, a map that mousesports won in comfortable fashion. A double AWP setup can be very strong on Train, and it was evident in this match as both woxic and chrisJ were able to find success with the AWP for mousesports. EG would end up forcing a decider after winning Inferno in overtime, however, Nuke was a complete shutout, as mousesports went on to win 16–0 to make it to the semi-finals.

The semi-finals matchup between Astralis and mousesports was probably the match of the tournament. Both teams won their respective map picks to force Dust2 as a decider. Things were looking bleak for mousesports, as Astralis were able to build a sizable lead. However, a complete meltdown from Astralis on their CT-side allowed for a miraculous comeback and mousesports went on to win 16–14 to secure their spot in the finals.

The Swedish team fnatic awaited in the finals after having defeated Team Liquid and NaVi in their side of the bracket. We have seen quite a few lopsided finals recently, and we saw the same thing happen here, as mousesports went on to win 3–0 after rather comfortable wins on Inferno, Train and Mirage.

Featured Match: Astralis vs mousesports (Semi-Finals)

The match of the tournament was quite clearly the match between Astralis and mousesports in the semi-finals.

The first map of the series was Train, a map that mousesports have proven to be very strong on as of late. This map had an abundance of ridiculous plays from both teams, and the perhaps most impactful of all came at the score of 14–12 in favor of Astralis. This was a crucial round for mousesports, as a loss would not only put Astralis at map point, but also shatter the economy of mousesports. However, frozen was able to grab a double kill in pop dog, flank boiler, and gun down three unsuspecting terrorists to secure a vitally important round for his team.

Despite this, it would be Astralis that would end up on map point first. However, karrigan really stepped up for his team and helped secure overtime after some great double-kills in A-main.

The overtime definitely lived up to expectations, and many of the rounds came down to the wire. One of the plays of the tournament happened at the score of 17–17, when dupreeh took care of business with an insane quad-kill in a 2on5 to steal the round for Astralis. However, some excellent AWPing from woxic ended up being the deciding factor, as mousesports closed out the map 22–19 to take us to Overpass.

Initially, it looked like mousesports had a chance on Overpass after an 8–7 scoreline in the first half. However, Astralis were absolutely clinical on their CT-side, winning eight straight rounds and were ultimately able to close it out 16–9 to force a decider.

Dust2 was the decider, a map that both teams are quite comfortable on. For a while, it looked like this tournament was in the bag for Astralis, as just about everything seemed to go their way. However, mousesports were able to mount a miraculous comeback on their T-side to win the map 16–14 to secure the upset and take them to the finals.

Featured Player: ropz (mousesports)

ropz
Team: mousesports
K/D Ratio: 1.38
Headshot Percentage: 45.9%
Assists / Round: 0.13

ropz has gone from strength-to-strength for mousesports since the new roster was formed back in March, and he was a clear standout for his team at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals, ending the tournament with a team-high 379 kills, 82.3 DPR and a K/D ratio of 1.38.

He was also the best player in mousesports’ matches against top competition (vs Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Astralis & fnatic) with a team-high 256 kills, 81.7 DPR and a K/D ratio of 1.31.

ropz was also very effective in clutches at this tournament, leading his team with eight clutches won.

Best Bet

Believers in mousesports definitely cashed in big this week, as a mousesports win paid out at odds of 26.00.

I gave out some big outright wins in my preview for the event as well, with NaVi winning their group at odds of 9.10 and mousesports making the finals at odds of 13.00.

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