18 June 2018

Probably the most raucous crowd in CS:GO history awaited the teams heading into the ESL One Belo Horizonte Playoffs. With an electric atmosphere more akin to a football match in the packed Mineirinho Arena, would the Brazilians prevail or would their carnival crash and burn?

Semi-final 1: FaZe Clan 2 – 1 Team Liquid

FaZe were playing with Jørgen “cromen” Robertsen as a stand-in, whereas Liquid had their full lineup in Brazil.

This was a big chance for Liquid to make another final and then cement a long-awaited tournament victory. FaZe started with a decisive 16 – 3 demolition of Liquid on Nuke. Liquid struck back with a 5 – 10 Terrorist half on Dust II. In the end they just about managed to hold the FaZe comeback at bay, ending 14 – 16 to take it to Mirage.

Then it was one-way traffic for the Europeans as they squeezed the American roster out of the match, 16 – 7. Despite fanatical support from the crowd, local hero Epitácio “TACO” de Melo and Liquid fell to the FaZe onslaught.

This incredible Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács 1v3 AWP clutch on Nuke, including a sick wallbang, set the tone for the series:

Semi-final 2: Mousesports 2 – 0 SK Gaming

The partisan Brazilian audience was at fever pitch as the teams entered the arena. Mousesports had to overcome a hostile crowd and a emotionally-charged SK. They did just that, even with the retired Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert standing in.

Dust II was an easy 16 – 7 victory for Mouz which did a lot to deflate SK and silence the supporters. SK put on a better show on Train, with the map eventually tied at 12 – 12 before Mouz managed to swing the momentum and close it 16 – 12. It would be two teams fielding stand-ins that would face each other in the final.

Here’s super sub n0thing with a quad kill defensive spray down on Dust II:

Grand final: FaZe Clan 3 – 2 Mousesports

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