mousesports have secured a spot in the Flashpoint 3 grand final following a 2-0 victory over G2 in the upper bracket final. Nemanja “nexa” Isaković‘s squad will have another chance to reach the title decider as they have dropped to the consolidation final, in which they will face off against the winner of Heroic and NIP on Friday.
With their fourth consecutive victory, the Christopher “dexter” Nong-led side has continued a stunning run through the first Regional Major Ranking tournament of the year after having previously defeated fnatic, BIG, and Astralis without losing a single map in the process.
The European side are now eyeing up their first big-event victory in the online era and their first with the current iteration of the lineup after undergoing an overhaul earlier this year with the additions of dexter and Frederik “acoR” Gyldstrand.
A forcebuy back-and-forth opened up the action on Inferno, with mousesports finding the edge on the back of Aurimas “Bymas” Pipiras‘s 1v3 despite conceding the initial pistol round. G2 struggled to find gaps in the defense, but they ended up just one round behind after all when they closed out the half with a four-round run. Another strong start from dexter‘s men in the second half saw mouz reach double digits first, and a second 1v3 clutch — this time courtesy of ropz — helped them claim a series lead just a few rounds later.
G2 looked to muster a forceful reply on their opponents’ pick, Nuke, getting off on the right foot once the forcebuy battles went their way for a change and paving the way for a dominant performance in the first half. The tide changed at 10-2 when mousesports finally found some footing with the last three rounds of the half as well as a pistol round victory, in which David “frozen” Čerňanský stepped up to the plate with a quad-kill, spelling all kinds of trouble for the French-Balkan side.
mouz were suddenly not only back in contention but in the lead of the map, and although G2 showed signs of life again with a successful upper execute and a halfbuy win the dexter-led squad completed the comeback and locked their spot in the grand final at 16-13, 2-0.