A brand new king of Counter-Strike has been topped in Rio de Janiero. Outsiders received the IEM Rio Major right now, dubbed the “Major of Madness” by so many, following a decisive 2-0 victory over Heroic in the grand finals.
Outsiders struck first on their very own map alternative of Mirage, regardless of Heroic retaining it shut in the first half. Outsiders took management on the CT facet, and the trio of fame, FL1T, and Jame mixed for 70 kills on the map to propel their staff to a 16-12 win. Heroic struggled to discover any openings on the T facet of their Overpass choose, trailing 12-3 at half-time after a punishing Outsiders CT facet. Outsiders took command on the first purchase spherical and by no means seemed again, cruising to a 16-5 win on Overpass to clinch the Major trophy.
This is the first Major trophy for all 5 gamers on the Outsiders and the first Major for the Outsiders. If you technically rely the victory as a Major win for Virtus.professional, the group the gamers are contracted underneath, then this is able to be VP’s second Major win after ESL Katowice 2014. For Qikert, Jame, and coach dastan, this grand finals win over Heroic serves as redemption for his or her blowout loss in the grand finals of StarLadder Berlin versus Astralis, after they performed underneath the AVANGAR banner. The 19-year-old fame lifts the trophy in simply his first ever Major.
The outcome is a large breakthrough for Outsiders, who’ve struggled just about all yr at prime worldwide occasions since taking up the Outsiders title. Their highest inserting at a prime occasion this yr prior to Rio was a quarterfinals look at Pro League season 16, the place they fell to eventual winners Vitality.
Despite the loss, with Astralis falling off following the return of Majors in 2021, Heroic continues to be poised to begin their very own Danish dynasty, particularly contemplating that the roster round IGL/AWPer cadiaN as lower than 20 years previous on common. They’re the solely staff apart from NAVI and FURIA to attain the playoffs in all three of the most up-to-date Majors.
The BLAST Paris Major 2023 is about to start May 8, 2023.