mousesports secured a spot in the closed qualifier’s final after dominant series victories over CR4ZY and SMASH in the previous rounds, which included a 16-0 thrashing of Rokas “EspiranTo” Milasauskas and co. Meanwhile, Heroic set up a match with mousesports following wins over GamerLegion and Danish rivals North on the other side of the bracket.
The grand final kicked off on Vertigo, Heroic’s map pick, where the two teams locked horns early on, which ultimately saw the Danish side narrowly edge ahead 8-7 at the halfway mark. Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer and his squad stormed to a 14-8 lead as the second half ensued, with match point following soon after a string of rounds from mousesports. Despite their best efforts, the European mixture could not tie things up as Heroic shut down the comeback swiftly to pick up the opening map 16-13.
mousesports set out to even the score on Mirage and got off to a great start thanks to a Finn “karrigan” Andersen triple kill, which paved the way for a 9-6 advantage for the European mixture as the two squads swapped sides. Heroic stepped up their game on the defence, however, as the Danish squad grinded out a 16-14 victory, with Martin “stavn” Lund spearheading the comeback.
Heroic are the sixth team confirmed for EPICENTER 2019, joining five already invited top 10 teams, with the final two places up for grabs in the CIS and Chinese closed qualifiers. The participants’ list for the $500,000 event, which is set to take place from December 17-22, looks as follows: