Yes the title is correct, BIG managed to upset FaZe Clan in the grand finals of the $250,000 prize pool Roobet CSGO Cup despite absolutely all csgo odds being against them.
It is important to keep in mind that the German team used former active lineup member and current academy roster player Nils “k1to” Gruhne during the entire playoff run of the competition due to Josef “faveN” Baumann recovering from a strong illness. But this stand-in absolutely came with a vengeance in mind, and did more than a solid job, playing an important role in their victories throughout the series.
Even though BIG eliminated Cloud9 yesterday (an upset in its own sense), just their committed true fans believed they would pull one more upset, this time against the current best team in the world FaZe Clan, who have won three major CS GO betting sites tournaments throughout this year, the last one being the PGL Antwerp Major.
Don’t get me wrong, it was not easy by any means for them, either. After all, the grand finals unexpectedly went all the way to a third map which also finished in overtime, but BIG successfully completed their miracle run.
This was a Very Intense Grand Finals
We can look at one turning point where it all started, with a hard worked victory on Dust II 16 to 13 from BIG, FaZe Clan decided to switch on mentally concluding in an extremely close win on Nuke 16 to 14. At this point, there was a possibility any of the two could pull off the win on the next map “Mirage” and it was BIG who were able to conquer it in the end, even though FaZe Clan won the three last rounds of regulation rounds after a strong push, to take it to overtime.
The Germans then won Mirage 19-17 in another nail biting game, all thanks to a brilliant individual performance from AWP main player Florian “syrsoN” Rische, who commandingly took aggressive angles culminating in 35 frags while only dying in 20 rounds.
This incredible display of talent made syrsoN the MVP of the tournament being the first trophy of the year for him. K1to did not have the same impact syrsoN achieved on Mirage, but he was able to get the second spot for most frags on BIG and the third spot including both teams.
Stand-ins are a Big Deal Right Now
This year has become known as the year of stand-ins and upsets. The Roobet Cup being the second big tournament that was won by a team playing with a substitute. Justin “jks” Savage ironically helped FaZe win IEM Katowice earlier this year and Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski led ENCE to a whopping second place finish at IEM Dallas earlier this month.
This event could be a turning point in the CSGO competitive scene, as players like k1to proved they are too good to just play on BIG’s academy team and just compete at tier two tournaments at best. He also played on English speaking lineups before and that could help him land a spot on a better team in the future, should BIG look to move him to a different roster.
Dark horses such as Heroic, ENCE and now BiG are showing up quite frequently to punish any missteps top tier teams might make.
BIG earned a total of $150,000 for winning the Roobet Cup and FaZe took home $50,000 for second place. These teams will be back on stage next week in IEM Cologne, the last major tier event before the summer player break kicks off on July 5, so be sure to stay tuned for our esports picks. We’ve plenty of CSGO betting for you to consider.