When you get to the screen where mod crashes and you are given choice to exit the game or disable mods and return to main menu. Picking disable mods will put the game into stage where it freezes the animations, attempting to launch a server or join game will result in softlock. Opening console and closing will do same thing.
Get a mod crash warning
Click on disable mods
Attempt to open console and close it or join a game.
The moment you see frozen menu animation the game is in unrecoverable state unless you restart the game.