Posted 23rd April 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The first CS:GO Masters tournament of 2018 has ended today, April 23, as Astralis emerged winners by defeating c in the grand finals of DreamHack Masters Marseille. Once again, in front of millions, the Danish team proved that they’re still the best players in the running when it comes to strategies and tactics.
After a long week of non-stop CS:GO competitions in Marseille, France, Astralis defeated multiple teams in three best-of-threes (BO3) formats in the playoffs; these include giant teams that have been the nemesis of Astralis for a few years now: FaZe Clan and Fnatic. In the end, they took down CIS juggernaut Natus Vincere and went home with $250,000.
It was a hard-fought triumph for Astralis for there were many hindrances throughout the entire competition. Top-player Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev was undoubtedly the biggest factor hindering Astralis from taking a smooth victory home since he was one of the top AWpers and Riflers in CS:GO history. He is top-fragged on the server with 22 kills and has a 1.48 HLTV rating.
Astralis won map the first map, Nuke, and easily got a 16-4 scoreline over Natus Vincere. They owned the first few portions of the round, thanks to the Clutch king Andreas “xyp9x” Hojsleth winning a one-vs-three clutch to win Nuke. However, Na’Vi finally turned the tables against Astralis on the next map, Inferno. But that didn’t last for long when Astralis went undefeated with new tactics: Natus Vincere’s Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Emil “Magisk” Reif took some crucial impacts, pushing Astralis much closer to the match point on the CT side. Natus Vincere struggled to get back in the game and Astralis eventually ended the match with a 2-0 score.
The DreamHack Masters Marseille is Astralis’ first championship win this year since IEM Katowice in February of 2017. Now, they are one of the leading teams competing in ESL Pro League Season Seven Finals which will take place from May 14 to 20 in Dallas, Texas. Aside from Astralis’ team victory, Gla1ve was named the grand finals MVP, and s1mple once again won the HLTV MVP award.
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