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Published: October 18, 2023

Written by: Stefan Velikov

  • The European roster defeated their Russian opponents 2-1
  • MOUZ will now start their playoffs in the top four of the event
  • The match saw a couple of spectacular clutches and aces from MOUZ

IEM Sydney continues to provide fans with excitingly close matches, one of the latest of which saw MOUZ be set for the event’s semifinals after defeating BetBoom.

MOUZ Defeat BetBoom

European team MOUZ continue bravely forward into IEM Sydney after defeating BetBoom 2-1 in what proved to be a hard-fought victory. The win means MOUZ are set to enter the top-four stage of IEM Sydney on Saturday. Meanwhile, BetBoom will have to settle for starting their playoff campaign in the quarter-finals and will have to face the winner of the match between Complexity and Monte, which will be played on Friday.

MOUZ continue to play well in the event despite missing Jimi “⁠Jimpphat⁠” Salo. Fortunately, his replacement Bram “⁠Nexius⁠” Campana, has averaged a steady 0.99 rating so far, which is a decent result that proves he can pull his own weight during the matches. Kamil “⁠siuhy⁠” Szkaradek was full of praise for the Belgian player, saying that Nexius “makes the process look very smooth, and I’m very happy with him.”

How Did The Game Go?

The match started on Mirage, where BetBoom took the early lead, securing the first half and winning the second half’s pistol round as well, to bring the score up to a dominating 11-3. However, MOUZ finally woke up and started to reduce the deficit. This came in large part thanks to David “⁠frozen⁠” Čerňanský finding a crucial 1vs4 clutch at 11-4. This allowed the European team to stretch out Mirage to overtime, making an impressive comeback, that eventually led to MOUZ winning 19-15.

Emboldened by the reverse sweep they made, MOUZ picked Ancient as the second map, but once again their Russian opponents took the lead. BetBoom eventually took a stable 8-4 first half and maintained their lead throughout the second. It was here where BetBoom’s recent signing of new coach Viacheslav “⁠innersh1ne⁠” Britvin paid off, as the Russian squad quickly wrapped up Ancient with a comfortable 13-7 lead to force a decider.

That was Overpass and after losing the previous map, MOUZ had a major shift in mentality. They hunkered down and awaited BetBoom’s attacks, which worked quite well for the European team as MOUZ strung 6 rounds before their opponents could respond.

However, before the sides switched, BetBoom had narrowed the deficit down to just two rounds and even tied up the score to 10-10 in the second half. Unfortunately for the Russian squad, MOUZ’s frozen found a quad-kill in the penultimate round before Ádám “⁠torzsi⁠” Torzsás wrapped up the match with a spectacular ace.

MOUZ now secured their spot in the semi-finals while BetBoom will try to remain alive by fighting the winner of the match between Complexity and Monte.

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