The entire framework on which the Champions Cup Finals is built is that of thinking big, especially for local standards, by establishing a $300,000 competitive CS:GO event preceded by 2 separate qualifiers together with invitational spots, in which 8 champions will compete. Ironically, one of the teams competing at the event is adequately named BIG, (short for Berlin International Gaming). Let’s take a closer look in order to understand their journey leading up to the Champions Cup Finals.
BIG qualified for the Champions Cup Finals through a commendable performance at the European Champions Cup, placing second, right under Hard Legion Esports. So much so, that BIG headed their opening group with a flawless 2-0 scoreline, moving on to the playoffs where they sent OpTic Gaming packing. Following a few more games across the Final Stage, taking out team after team, they were finally stopped in the Finals by, you guessed it, Hard Legion Esports. The following roster accomplished this, earning their spot as champions:
- Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz (Captain)
- Johannes “nex” Maget
- Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch
- Owen “smooya” Butterfield
- Can “XANTARES” Dortkardes
- Tobias “tow b” Herberhold (Coach)
Overall, 2019 hasn’t been to eventful for them, with a single third place finish at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational 2019, and they look to make up for it at the Champions Cup Finals. This may have also been caused due to the multiple issues the roster has had through the year such as “smooya” stepping down in February, “nex” returning only to face health problems to then have to be replaced by a quick substitute, to another retiring in August while “nex” was still out due to health reasons and generally rounding off mid-August. Certain uncontrollable factors, such as contracts expiring and health issues, have made 2019 difficult for the roster. However, since then, no problems have cropped up and the team has had the opportunity to invest in quality practice, as evident in their partial dominance during the qualifier.
What the other competitors should fear in BIG is not the name of each player, the pedigree of the organization or their preparation, but their hunger to end the year with a bang. We’ll wait and see how they meet these expectations on the 18th!
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