Paris Saint-Germain eSports just won the DreamHack Open in Leipzig this weekend after a crazy final game against G2 eSports.
The weekend started slowly for Thibault ‘Chausette’ Grzesiak, Victor ‘Ferra’ Francal and Dan ‘Bluey’ Bluett who were doing their comeback after the winter break. This was the perfect way to get back on track with this first major event that was gathering the best teams in the world just before the League return. The beginning of the competition went well with a 2-0 win against Veritas in their only game of preliminary stage.
It is only from the next day that the Paris Saint-Germain eSports’ players were able to get into the serious part playing against Ghost Gaming (3-2) and eQuinox (3-0). The team was qualified after these two wins but Victor ‘Ferra’ Francal partners could have got caught by FlipSid3 Tactics on Sunday. Soon the players were back to the wall, however the Parisians kept composed : « We were a bit surprised with their level at the beginning but we knew what we did wrong during the first two games. It was hard to score because Kuxir is one the best defenders out there in the world and their entire team wouldn’t let us build up as soon as we were trying to go forward. We still managed to flip it around tho. »
After they won their last three games PSG eSports team picked up its ticket for the semi final against Guess Who, the former Mock-It eSports roster who is used to big encounters. In that match, the team won the first two games before getting caught up but once again the players remained calm as Victor ‘Ferra’ Francal explains it : « Their comeback was due to our lack of efficiency in front of the net. We were controlling most of our games and we did not lack any creativity. We stayed calm even at 2-2 we knew that if they kept playing that way, we would win »
Here they were, after only a few months under PSG eSports shirt, the trio were about to play their first final against a very good opponent : G2 Esports, the team who kicked them out of the RLCS world finals in Washington in November. Nervousness was on the Parisian side : « They proved that they were one of the best teams at the RLCS but also during the ELEAGUE. We were focused, we knew they were able to step up their game in offline tournament but we were also aware of our own level. If we kept playing like we did the entire weekend, we stand good chances. »
This chance, the team took advantage of it as much as they could but G2 were not making it easy in that best of 7, they even took the lead 3-2. Once again back to the wall far from being paralysed by the pressure, the PSG eSports players showed great spirit based on Thibault ‘Chausette’ Grzesiak transformation who seemed like a real leader during the game. Thanks to their strong moral the players instituted a 7-1 to Cameron ‘Kronovi’ Bills partners on Wasteland in order to pull one last game.
It had to go to extra time to draw out the two teams and it is Victor ‘Ferra’ Francal who pushed the ball under G2 crossbar in the 39th min to give the win to PSG eSports : « We conceded a dangerous opportunity but we cleared the ball quickly and went on the counter. Chausette hit hard on the crossbar, I immediately saw that Kronovi would not be able to hit the ball, I only had to center my shot. At this moment I was relieved because after such a final it would have been harsh to lose so close. We proved that we were able to improve and that we had what it takes to become one the best team in the world. »
Since they arrived in the club, the PSG Rocket League players have been really effective and they efforts finally paid off this weekend. For Dan ‘Bluey’ Bluett this title has a special taste : « My mom was in the crowd to cheer for us. It gave me a lot of confidence. I think I’ll bring her more often ! » he entrusts with a smile. What could have been better than a major event trophy to start off 2018 ?
Congrats to Thibault ‘Chausette’ Grzesiak, Victor ‘Ferra’ Francal and Dan ‘Bluey’ Bluett who just added the first Rocket league Cup to our trophy cupboard. Next step for the team : the RL Championship Series qualifications in February. Allez Paris !