Cloud9 have won the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Boston Major. After a hard-fought final against FaZe Clan, the North American underdogs became the first major tournament winners of 2018.
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The team’s journey to the title wasn’t an easy one. Cloud9 had come back from 0-2 down earlier in the competition, and had come up against, and beaten, potential favourites SK Gaming. The North Americans even managed to throw and 8-1 lead in the first game, eventually losing the first map by 14 rounds to 16.
Map 2 was very nearly a similar story. After a second round of incredible clutch plays from Cloud9’s Skadoodle, the Americans reached 15, before taking a further seven rounds to clinch match point. Map three began in Cloud9’s favour, but FaZe tied up the half at 8-7, before progressing to tournament point.
Cloud9 managed to hold on, however, eventually tying up the third map at 15-15, and sending the tournament to overtime. Momentum seemed to be with the home crowd, but FaZe held on to take the competition to a second extra period. Eventually, however, Cloud9 won the (normally best-of-30 map) by 22 rounds to 19, taking home $500,000 and one of the biggest ever wins for NA on the Counter-Strike stage.