Neither team has ever been at this stage of a Major but their paths to the grand-final could not be any different. Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko and his teammates are still undefeated and have at least been in the quarter-final of an event of this magnitude before. The path of the individuals on the Brazilian side on the other hand is a completely different story. They had to go the full distance in the group stage, had their backs against the wall in their quarter-final against BiG where they came back from a 0-1 deficit and had to face the hometown heroes of Virtus.pro in the semi-final. During the course of their careers, only two of their five players have ever made it to the playoffs but never more than that. In fact, the rest of the roster has never even attended a Major prior to this one. Both teams were not exactly considered to be favorites at the beginning of the competition but displayed top performances and proved that they belong in the ultimate destination of the spectacle in Krakow.
Let us examine the tournament performances and statistics for each team.
Gambit Gaming 's path to the grand final:
7-1 record on 8 maps.
211 rounds played.
752 total kills and 647 total deaths.
Team K/D ratio of 1.16.
Group stage results:
16-10 vs. mousesports on Inferno
16-06 vs. G2 Esports on Cache
16-11 vs. Virtus.pro on Train
16-14 vs. Fnatic on Train
16-12 vs. Fnatic on Mirage
16-10 vs. Astralis Denmark on Overpass
08-16 vs. Astralis Denmark on Inferno
16-12 vs. Astralis Denmark on Train
Lineup and rating at the Major:
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev (Rating 1.31)
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko (Rating 1.08)
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov (Rating 1.02)
Rustem 'mou' Telepov (Rating 1.12)
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov (Rating 1.13)
Coach:Mykhailo 'kane' Blagin
Immortals ' path to the grand final:
7-3 record on 10 maps.
268 rounds played.
946 total kills and 862 total deaths.
Team K/D ratio of 1.10.
Group stage results:
17-19 in OT vs. Astralis Denmark on Overpass
16-06 vs. Vega Squadron on Train
16-10 vs. Natus Vincere on Overpass
09-16 vs. SK Gaming on Overpass
16-06 vs. Flipside Tactics on Train
17-19 in OT vs. BiG on Cobblestone
16-07 vs. BiG on Inferno
16-14 vs. BiG on Train
16-05 vs. Virtus.pro on Inferno
16-11 vs. Virtus.pro on Mirage
Lineup and rating at the Major::
Vito 'kNg' Giuseppe (Rating: 1.13)
Lucas 'steel' Lopes (Rating: 1.08)
Henrique 'hen1' Teles (Rating: 1.08)
Lucas 'Lucas' Teles (Rating: 1.15)
Ricardo 'boltz' Prass (Rating: 1.11)
Coach:Rafael 'zakk' Fernandes
Power of will. Persistence. Resilience. WE ARE IN THE PGL MAJOR GRAND FINAL!!— Immortals (@Immortals) 22. Juli 2017
Força de vontade. Persistência. Superação. ESTAMOS NA FINAL!! pic.twitter.com/bEQIHLwYhT
Both squads have never attended a Major grand final before and will be hungry to get their first championship. Approximately one million viewers will watch them battle it out for the title. In the end, the team who excels when the spotlight is the brightest will decide the game for themselves. The contestants have the trophy right in front of their fingertips and some of these inexperienced players will feel an amount of stress they have never felt before. Who will crumble under the pressure and who will reach the pinnacle of CS:GO?
Down below we will update you with the latest result and all the final standings as PGL Major Krakow 2017 concludes.
Grand final result:
2017-07-23 17:15 CEST - Gambit Gaming > Immortals: 2:1
4:16 (3:12; 1:4) on Cobblestone. Top fragger: Henrique 'hen1' Teles: 22/4
16:11 (9:6; 7:5) on Train. Top fragger: Rustem 'mou' Telepov: 29/14
16:10 (11:4; 5:6) on Inferno. Top fragger: Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov: 26/14
The roster of Gambit Gaming has won their first Major which caps off their flawless tournament. They did not lose a single game during the course of the event, beat the reigning ELEAGUE Major Atlanta 2017 champions of Astralis Denmark in the semi-final and definitely deserve the title.
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko and his teammates had to come back from an early 0-1 deficit and decided the match on Inferno where our Brazilian friends of Immortals could not get enough control of banana. Our fellow countrymen were too passive on their ct-side and got overrun on the bombsites too often. In addition, they had no answer to the aggressive banana-takes of their opponents when they played as terrorists, which caused the final score of 2-1 for Gambit Gaming.
PGL Major Krakow 2017 Final Standings:
1st: Gambit Gaming - $500,000
2nd: Immortals - $150,000
3rd-4th: Virtus.pro – $70,000
3rd-4th: Astralis Denmark – $70,000
5th-8th: SK Gaming – $35,000
5th-8th: Fnatic – $35,000
5th-8th: BiG – $35,000
5th-8th: North – $35,000
9th-11th: Cloud 9 – $8,750
9th-11th: Flipside Tactics – $8,750
9th-11th: G2 Esports – $8,750
12th-14th: mousesports – $8,750
12th-14th: Natus Vincere – $8,750
12th-14th: PENTA Sports – $8,750
15th-16th: Vega Squadron – $8,750
15th-16th: FaZe – $8,750
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