BIG’s run to the grand final of ESL One Cologne has been nothing short of remarkable, and couldn’t be any better for the Cologne crowd who have been able to cheer on their German favorites all the way.
The Cologne crowd never disappoints, but has certainly outdone itself this year and much of that is thanks to BIG, an almost all German roster, going the distance.
The volume reached peak decibel levels in the ‘Cathedral of Counter-Strike’ when BIG came up against FaZe Clan for their spot in the grand final.
As the BIG grew into the match more and more so did the fans, who were cheering every kill that went the way of their homegrown heroes.
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One surprise package is the only non-German, Englishman Owen “Smooya” Butterfield who only joined the team a matter of weeks before the tournament and has inspired a certain energy in the BIG squad.
He has subsequently become a favorites of the Cologne crowd too, who frequently chant his name when he makes a play – and it is clearly spurring him on given his performance.
But it isn’t just in the arena that fans are making noise, as a video from after the semi-final of attendees leaving the car park shows.
BIG may have upset every team they have faced so far to reach the final, but will still come in as underdogs to the best of five for the trophy and 1st place prize of $125,000.
And Na’Vi also have a strong contingent of fans in attendance who will be making plenty of noise too, so the BIG fans may need to step up their game one last time.