With a number of great teams in attendance at ESL One New York 2018, it's surprising to see both Team Liquid and mousesports in the grand final. Both Natus Vincere and FaZe Clan crashed out of the tournament before the playoffs even began, so it was a good opportunity for an unexpected team to step up.
Team Liquid got off to a hot start with Russell "Twistzz" Van Dulken seemingly connecting with every single bullet, but it wasn't enough for them to go into the second half with a lead — mousesports finished with a marginal 8:7 advantage. Team Liquid's Terrorist side was just as close with both teams trading rounds back and forth, until the last few rounds where mousesports pulled away to win 16:12.
Team Liquid won the pistol on their CT side, and while it certainly wasn't easy for them, they managed to end the half with an impressive 11:4 lead thanks to a particularly strong performance from Nick "nitr0" Cannella. The latter half of Nuke even harsher for mousesports, with clinical individual plays helping Team Liquid to close it out 16:7.
Things were looking good for Team Liquid going into Inferno, winning the opening pistol round and using that to build momentum. mousesports managed to slow them down to make things closer, ending the half 6:9. They went on to win the second pistol round, but their opponents got off to another hot start and couldn't be cooled down until they reached map point — in the end, Team Liquid came out with a 16:10 win and a 2:1 lead in the series.
Team Liquid claimed the first pistol round in a campaign to cement the championship. While mousesports answered back early on, the series leaders managed to edge past them in terms of rounds and momentum soon picked up, with the half ending 11:4 to Team Liquid. With such a deficit, it was almost an impossible task for mousesports to answer back on Dust II. That didn't stop them from leveling up the map 14:14, however. Keith "NAF" Markovic won a huge 1v1 against Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski to get to championship point, but mousesports squared things up once more to take it to overtime.
Team Liquid won the first half of overtime with a 17:16 scoreline, but mousesports managed to win 19:17 in the second half to force a fifth map: Mirage.
It was 4-1 to Team Liquid at the start of Mirage, and after plenty of clutch plays, it turned to 10:5 in favour of mousesports. The former seemed to be a tad broken down after their gutting loss on the previous map, whereas it reinvigorated the latter. The second half was more of the same; mousesports were too tight-knit and clutch for Team Liquid, ultimately winning them the map 16:8, the series 3:2, and the championship!