ESL One Cologne, the self-proclaimed ‘cathedral of Counter-Strike, rarely disappoints, and 2018 certainly did not with a slew of upsets and engrossing matches.
CS:GO at the highest level was on display from the international field, but it was the Europeans who faired best overall, with both North and South American teams largely having a tournament to forget.
After a surprising set of semi-finals, BIG and Natus Vincere emerged to face off in the ESL One Cologne Grand Final, with an unpredictable match up the cards.
Na’Vi narrowly took the first map, but BIG didn’t go down without a fight immediately bouncing back to tie it up.
But unsurprisingly, s1mple stole the show in the end, as Na’Vi closed the series out 3-1 with a more convincing win on Inferno, granting them the championship and firmly vindicating s1mple as the game’s best player.