The ESEA Mountain Dew League LAN finals have concluded and Rogue stole the show with its 2-0 grand final victory. The win not only crowned them champions and put an extra $18,000 in the team's bank account, but also moved them into the WWG CSGO Team Rankings at No. 25 as the team it defeated in the semifinals, Kinguin, has fallen out of the top 25 from No. 24 last week.
After starting the event with a 16-5 loss at the hands of its eventual grand finals opponent, LDLC, Rogue would go undefeated on its way to winning the premier level LAN. Taking down Team SoloMid, Bravado, Kinguin, and LDLC all in 2-0 fashion on its way to victory.
This was the first tournament win for Rogue in Counter-Strike but solidified the team’s status as a rising team with victories over Kinguin and LDLC, two teams that have been known to take maps and series from top level teams.
Prior to this event, Rogue's last victory over a team ranked in the top 25 of the WWG CSGO Team Rankings was a best-of-three win over No. 10 GODSENT.
The LAN did cause issues, however, as the team will be unable to make it back from North America in time to participate in DreamHack Masters Qualifier, missing out on the chance to play in the $450,000 event. Regardless of this, Rogue has plenty to be proud of and this will certainly not be the last we see of the squad.
The real question is will they be able to maintain their spot in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings? Moving just inside at No. 25 make it easy for an exit, the team will need several more top-level victories to get a better hold on the top 25.
Final MDL standings:
1. Rogue - $18,000
2. LDLC - $10,000
3-4. Kinguin - $5,000
3-4. Tainted Minds - $5,000
5-6. Bravado - $3,000
5-6. Muffin Lightning - $3,000
7-8. Rush - $3,000
7-8. Team SoloMid - $3,000