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After a long of night games, the THOR OPEN CS:GO qualifier reached its final stage with Danish side of HastaLaVista taking on the completely unknown team of bzsx in the qualifier's grand final. Going up against each other on de_train_se, HastaLaVista were the clear favorites to take the match and the spot in the main tournament, which is to be held in Stockholm in December, however, bzsx fought by the skin of their teeth.
HastaLaVista kicked off de_train_se on the Counter Terrorist side, winning 15 rounds in a row before switching over to the Terrorist side. The Danes were in need of one more round before they could wrap it up, but bzsx wanted it differently. After switching sides, bzsx started to gain momentum which resulted in them grabbing 15 rounds thus taking the match into overtime. After a series of overtimes, HastaLaVista wrapped it up 25-23. Despite winning the THOR OPEN CS:GO qualifier, both HastaLaVista and many followers were left wondering how an unknown team like bzsx could force an established side like HastaLaVista into overtime.
ESPlanet.net sat down with HastaLaVista's Casper "ruggah" due and bzsx's Hampus "hMp" Netzell to hear their thoughts on the grand final.
Casper "ruggah" Due, HastaLaVista:
You've just won over bzsx in the first THOR OPEN CS:GO qualifier grand final. Could you put some words on the very turbulent match?
We are really confident in our game at the moment, which means even though we are up against decent opponents, we tend to get out victiorious on the other side. We had the chance to secure the win rather fast on our T-side, but failed to close it in some clutch situations. In the end we had the routine and experience to win in OT
You won the CT half 15-0 then went on to lose the following T side 15-0. What went through your mind after the two very different halfs?
We were confident going in to the terrorist side, but after losing the first couple of buy rounds, we simply ran out of options, since we were shut down everywhere on the map. We haven't played train_se that much, actually only in a couple of online tournaments, so we don't have any tactics to try and change the pace of the game.
The majority of the people who followed the game through the official stream didn’t think bzsx played by the book. Do you share their views or do you think that you were just completely locked down over a period of time before wrapping it up?
Let's just say, they went from being able to outaim - to playing perfect rounds. I won't go as far to say they are cheating, but I'm awaiting what the admin makes of their playstyle.
Despite the controversial match you still managed to qualify for the THOR OPEN tournament, held in Stockholm later this year. A trip to Stockholm is rather expensive so you will probably need an organization to help you fund the trip. Are you in negotiation with any possible partners as of yet?
We have been contacted by a few organizations, but nothing have really been spot on until now. We hope to start negotiating with a trustworthy organization (hint, not BLIGHT!), that can match our ambitions and goals. If you want to contact us, please feel free to write an e-mail to [email protected]
Hampus "hMp" Netzell, bzsx:
You have just played HastaLaVista in the grand final of the THOR OPEN CS:GO qualifier. Many people have never heard of you but you still managed to take an established team into overtime. How can that be?
We're a couple of friends that been playing source together for like 3 years, mostly me and snokz winning lots of 2on2 tournaments in source. I think everyone got pretty amazing aim, and decent gamesense. In my opinion we stood very strong as CT on _EVERY_ map but lacked as T, tho bendji aka FR asked me and snokz 30min before the tournament started if we wanted to play. I guess source player is far above 1.6 players atm.
What do you make of the accusations against you, so far only stated by people watching the stream? Do you understand the frustrations seeing that you almost took down a team featuring some fairly known players?
We mostly ignore them, also laugh.. for once it feels like Im good at the game. Didn't get enough fame at source. Also every "pro" 1.6 player that lose to some source randoms needs to accuse them for cheats. So standard.
You are aware of the fact that the HastaLaVista line-up consists of players from Counter Strike: Source?
Yeah, but was pointing the most to Team X (pronax) also some randoms at the community fragbite.se
So what is next for your team? Will you be attending any of the upcoming events, now that you took down some big names tonight? It must surely have given you some confidence.
We were a mix so I really got no idea about the future, me, snokz and bendji gonna play together for sure. You'll see me and snokz on DHW12 and some other online tours!
Tomorrow, Fragbite's THOR OPEN CS:GO admin, sozu will issue a statement regarding the grand final. ESPlanet.net will of course bring you all the latest news about the THOR OPEN CS:GO qualifier so do stay tuned.