Bronze Medal in E LEAGUE
The mousesports Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team has won the bronze medal in the first E LEAGUE season ever. After defeating Astralis, the team couldn't pass Virtus.pro in a thrilling semifinal series to finish on third place.
E LEAGUE 2016 was the highest dotated CS:GO championship in history, with $1,400,000 USD prize money on the line, as the best 24 teams worldwide fought for a chance to win E LEAGUE's opening season from May to July.
Mousesports showcased one of their best performances throughout the entire year, as they've managed to win the Last Chance Qualifier after a tough group stage. With victories over G2 Esports, FaZe Clan and Astralis, the team proved that they're a force to be reckoned with in E LEAGUE.
E LEAGUE trophy in reach for mousesports
Struggling in the Group Stage
A good start saw mousesports playing 1-1 against both Flipsid3 and Natus Vincere, before netting a 2-0 victory over Echo Fox to finish the group stage on second place. Entering the playoff series against Flipsid3 as the favorites, mousesports quickly found themselves in a tough situation to deal with, as they've lost 0-2 to finish on third place in group E.
Rise in the playoffs
As one of the two best third place finishers, mousesports secured their spot in the Last Chance Qualifier in which eight teams fought for the two remaining spots in the playoffs. Confronted with a tough bracket, including matchups against both G2 Esports as well as FaZe Clan for a chance to qualify for the playoffs, fans and experts saw mousesports fighting their way through the LCQ with victories over both teams.
mousesports entering the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for the semifinal.
The E LEAGUE quarterfinal matchup against the Danish squad of Astralis was probably the best showing of mousesports in the entire season. A quick 2-0 series with victories on Mirage (16:02) and Dust 2 (16:12) led to the team's first $1M+ semifinal appearance in 2016.
Coming off a motivating victory over Astralis, mousesports faced the likes of Virtus.pro, a team mousesports held a balanced record prior to the match in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. But due to a well-performing Virtus.pro lineup, mousesports didn't had the answers to stop the Polish roster, as they've went down 0-2 on Train (07:16) and Cache (10:16) to finish on third place, while Virtus.pro went on to the win the Grand Final over Fnatic with 2-0 as well.
Photos: E LEAGUE / Turner Broadcasting System (TBS)