Radu M. | 19. September 2022

Team Maikelele win Kinguin Legends

Kunguin Legends was a spectacular tournament that brought together some of CS:GO’s most legendary players. Each of them formed their own teams and took part in the competition for the sake of the good old times.

Team Maikelele were one of the participants and were led by none other than Mikail “Maikelele” Bill, a retired CS:GO player who used to play for Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Kinguin, FaZe Clan, Team Dignitas, GODSENT, and a lot of other small teams.

Conclusions from the Grand Final

Maikelele’s stack looked strong, but not nearly as strong as that of some of the other competitors. Nevertheless, Team Maikelele won the Grand Final of Kinguin Legends against Team Edward, who had to replace two players at the very last minute because of a scheduling conflict.

Sergiy “DemQQ” Demchenko and Evgeniy “j3kie” Sergachev needed to rejoin their respective teams for important professional matches, so Ioann “Edward” Sukhariev, a former Natus Vincere member, invited two players from the current Na’Vi roster to stand-in and, hopefully, to stand out.

Those players were Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev and Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev. With s1mple on his side, Edward was probably convinced that his team would win the tournament. But after a highly disputed Grand Final, Team Maikelele won. The scores were 14-16 on Vertigo, 19-17 on Mirage, and 19-17 on Nuke.

This was a truly epic battle between some truly incredible players. To some it may seem strange that s1mple lost, but let’s not forget that he played with absolutely no practice whatsoever. At this competitive level, a team that hasn’t spent at least 5-10 hours practicing for a tournament will be much weaker than one that has practiced for weeks.

It doesn’t matter how strong the individual players are because among top professionals, the skill difference is usually not that high. What ends up making the difference between success and failure is the ability to execute intelligent strategies and stick to a game plan that’s carefully designed.

S1mple’s performance was decent but not spectacular. He did what was expected of him on the first map but had average scores on the other two maps. As for sdy, he played his usual game: not great, no terrible.

The reason why Team Maikelele won had very little to do with Maikelele’s scores, because they clearly weren’t amazing. Rather, the team won because of Mohammad “BOROS” Malhas, who played really well on all three maps, and also because of the training sessions.

Team Edward had no training and talent alone was not enough to win them the match.

Header: Kinguin