MOUZ And BIG Qualify For Thunderpick World Championship 2023

13 Aug 2023
Tit Krajnik 13 Aug 2023
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  • MOUZ and BIG qualify for For Thunderpick World Championship 2023
  • A 16-team $500,000 CS:GO tournament
  • Only ten more spots are left up for grabs
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MOUZ and BIG reached the finals of Thunderpick World Championship 2023: European Series #1, guaranteeing the two European Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams a spot at the main event. BIG and MOUZ now round up a list of six teams that are guaranteed to attend the $500,000 tournament, which will welcome 16 participants.

Thunderpick World Championship 2023 is an upcoming online Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament organised by an esports crypto bookmaker, ThunderPick. The event will take place on October 27 – November 5, featuring 16 CS:GO teams competing for the lion’s share of the $500,000 prize pool.

As revealed by tournament organisers, Thunderpick World Championship 2023 will welcome eight directly invited teams, while the remaining eight spots will be filled in by squads who make it through their respective regional qualifiers – in Europe and North America. 

The qualifiers are divided into two stages – Series #1 and Series #2, the first scheduled for late July and early August and the latter for late August and early September.

As we get closer to the tournament, kick off the list of participating teams slowly fills up. The organisers previously announced ENCE and Heroic as two directly invited teams, while Wildcard Gaming and M80 were the first two other teams to earn a spot at the tournament, having made it through the North American qualifying series 1.

On Saturday, August 12, two more teams – MOUZ and BIG – earned their spot at Thunderpick World Championship 2023 by reaching the finals of Thunderpick World Championship 2023: European Series #1.

BIG had a reasonably straightforward run through the European qualifiers, beating Sprout (2-1), ALTERNATE aTTax (2-0), and Looking4Org (2-0). Likewise, MOUZ haven’t struggled to reach the final stage of the qualifiers either, making light work of Team Sampi (2-0) and 500 (2-0) before they had to dig deep to reverse-sweep Eternal Fire (2-1) in the semifinals.

The first European qualifiers also saw a couple of big names struggling to make it far, most notably the current no.13 team in the world, Apeks lost against ALTERNATE aTTaX (1-2) in the third round, while got upset by Looking4Org (1-2) in the quarterfinals.

With MOUZ and BIG securing their Thunderpick World Championship 2023 tickets, there are just ten more spots left up for grabs. Six will be handed out to directly invited teams, while the remaining four berths will be handed out via North America and Europe’s final qualifying series.