Last night, we witnessed the Jame-Train happen at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio.
After helping Outsiders win the IEM Rio CS:GO Major in Brazil today, the 24-year-old Russian captain and sniper Jame received the IEM Rio Major MVP award.
The last time Jame featured in a Major grand final was at the StarLadder Berlin Major in 2019 where they were denied the championship by Astralis. Jame and co then competed under the banner of AVANGAR after being acquired by Virtus.pro soon later.
The Russian in-game leader’s 1.30 rating was the third-highest in the tournament, behind Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov and Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato.
Jame had a notably high impact in Outsiders’ semi-final series against Mousesports, but he remained a stalwart presence in all of their previous matches as well, only going below a 1.20 rating on three maps, and never dropping below 1.12.
For Qikert, Jame, and coach dastan, the grand final win over Heroic serves as redemption for their blowout loss at the StarLadder Berlin as mentioned.
According to statistics from HLTV, Jame led the competition in K/D difference (+98), fewest deaths per round (0.46), KAST (79.6 percent), overall AWP kills (168), and most per round (0.54). As one of the favorites for IEM Rio Major MVP, Jame topped his teammate Pyotr “fame” Bolyshev, Heroic’s stars cadiaN, and Martin “stavn” Lund in the grand finals.
Outsiders have struggled all year at key international events ever since adopting the name. Prior to Rio, they reached the Pro League Season 16 quarterfinals, losing to eventual winners Vitality.
After just five months of changes to their active squad, Outsiders defeated home team FURIA to win the Major. In the Grand Finale, Outsiders handily defeated Heroic on the second map.
This is the first Major trophy for the Outsiders and all five players, and more importantly, an organization with a makeshift identity after ESL cut ties with teams who had affiliations with the Russian Government.
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