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mousesports overcome ex-Winstrike to win Snow Sweet Snow 3

mousesports rallied after a three-map semi-final against fnatic to defeat ex-Winstrike in the Snow Sweet Snow 3 grand final in a two-map series with overtimes on both of the maps to claim the $40,000 grand prize.

The tournament win comes as a breath of fresh air for the squad led by Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong, as they stumbled at ESL Pro League, finishing in 21-24th place with a 1-4 record in Group B, and were eliminated from Fantasy Expo Spring Cup after two best-of-one losses to PACT and DBL PONEY, and will now have a boost of confidence after a rough patch as they set their sights on DreamHack Masters Spring at the end of the month.

ex-Winstrike, who made their European rivals suffer for the victory, won’t have much time to dwell on their close grand final loss, which no doubt will be a tough pill to swallow after taking Evil Geniuses out in the semi-finals, as the CIS squad now has European Development Season 3 and Funspark ULTI Europe Regional Series 1 to put their focus on, as well as their ESEA Premier quarter-final match against AGO also on the horizon.

ropz topped the scoreboard in the final with a 1.36 rating and 100 ADR

The first half of Nuke, mousesports’ map pick, was a close affair as the two teams stayed neck-and-neck since the early rounds with ex-Winstrike winning the first three rounds on the defense before dexter and company brought it to a 4-4 tie by the eighth round. The half ended with the European mixture ahead by one on the attack, but their CIS counterpart tied it right back up on their first round on the offensive.

An ace by Robin “⁠ropz⁠” Kool when down 10-12 got mousesports back on track as the two teams remained close all the way to the end, ultimately sending the map to overtime. It then took the European combine not one or two, but three overtimes to overcome Dmitry “⁠hooch⁠” Bogdanov‘s men and secure their pick and take the lead in the series, 25-22.

mousesports were first out of the gate on Dust2, taking a 4-0 lead on the CT side, but ex-Winstrike didn’t take long to bring it back to a tie and even take the lead, 5-4, in another exciting half that saw the two teams battle to get ahead before switching sides, with mouz taking the half by one round.

The European squad managed to extend their lead in the second pistol round, but were quickly equalized as the two teams continued the nail-biter all the way to the final round, prompting another overtime. This time around mousesports took the lead in the first half and converted after all six extra rounds, 19-17, to secure the series and the title.

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Europe

The Snow Sweet Snow 3 standings are:

1. Europe mousesports – $40,000
2. Russia ex-Winstrike – $4,000
3-4. Sweden fnatic
3-4. United States Evil Geniuses
5-8. Poland Wisla Krakow – $7,000
5-8. Bulgaria SKADE – $7,000
5-8. Sweden Dignitas – $4,000
5-8. Finland HAVU
9-12. Denmark Tricked – $6,000
9-12. Europe Nordavind – $6,000
9-12. Poland Anonymo – $3,000
9-12. Czech Republic Sinners – $3,000
13-15. Russia Trident
13-15. Oceania EXTREMUM
13-15. Germany Sprout
16-18. Portugal OFFSET
16-18. Russia forZe
16-18. Turkey Sangal
19-20. Sweden Galaxy Racer
19-20. Sweden Young Ninjas

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Fantasy game for Snow Sweet Snow 3 group stage goes live

A total of 16 teams are set to compete in the Snow Sweet Snow 3 Swiss Stage, including top 30 teams such as Winstrike and Sprout, which kicks off on March 29. With the start nearing, the accompanying Fantasy game is open for action.

Lekr0’s form and low price tag make him an enticing pick

A player many users will be looking at is DignitasJonas “⁠Lekr0⁠” Olofsson, who averages a 1.20 rating since joining the team and comes in for a bargain price of $197,000. Depending on their results in the playoffs of Nordic Masters Spring 2021 on Sunday, doubling up on the Swedish team might be a good idea.

Talking about big hitters, Winstrike‘s AWPer Aleksey “⁠El1an⁠” Gusev stands out, but will require a s1mple-esque investment ($242,000), with the likes of Josef “⁠faveN⁠” Baumann, Joakim “⁠jkaem⁠” Myrbostad, or Tomáš “⁠oskar⁠” Šťastný being strong picks from the highest-ranked sides.

The HLTV x Gamdom Fantasy league for the Snow Sweet Snow 3 group stage has the following prizes:

1. Specialist Gloves | Buckshot (Field-Tested)
2. AK-47 | Neon Rider (Field-Tested)
3. M4A1-S | Dark Water (Field-Tested)

The winners of the official Fantasy leagues will be contacted via the email provided in their HLTV profile, and are required to respond to the email within a month to be eligible to receive their prizes.

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Gambit, NiP, Cloud9 fall in Snow Sweet Snow 2 quarter-finals

The Snow Sweet Snow 2 quarter-finals have come to a close as the underdogs prevailed in their respective series, which saw HAVU, AGO, Winstrike, and Copenhagen Flames advance to the tournament’s semi-finals. Sprout, NIP, Cloud9, and Gambit have been eliminated from the event.

The day began with a series between Sprout and HAVU, in which former ENCE duo Jani “⁠Aerial⁠” Jussila and Sami “⁠xseveN⁠” Laasanen ensured a 2-1 win for the Finnish side, who had only recently entered the top 30 and now hold a 13-series winning streak.

IEM Katowice champions Gambit were eliminated by Copenhagen Flames

AGO then sent home the struggling NIP side on the back of a massive performance from their AWPer, Michał “⁠snatchie⁠” Rudzki, who averaged 101.4 ADR and a 1.53 rating over three close maps to secure his team a spot in the semi-finals.

Cloud9 haven’t been able to get out of their rut, either, with a loss to Winstrike seeing the Alex “⁠ALEX⁠” McMeekin-led side add another disappointing finish to their resumé following the unsuccessful campaign in the DreamHack Masters Spring closed qualifier last weekend.

The quarter-finals ended with a bout between Gambit and Copenhagen Flames, in which the Danes stunned the IEM Katowice champions as they came back from a narrow opening loss on Vertigo to win Train and Overpass.

The semi-finals and the grand final will take place on Wednesday, with the matchups and schedule looking as follows:

Wednesday, March 10
12:00