Posted 27th April 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The DreamHack Masters Marseille Grand Final has finally ended. In the Semi-final, Astralis defeated Fnatic in a 2-0 victory with the upper hand on first map (16-5 Overpass) and an unexpected win on the second one (16-12 Mirage). This placed Astralis on the last grand finals spot.
Astralis had the power to pick the first map, Overpass. With that move, they smoothly defeated Fnatic going 2-0 up on the Terrorist side after winning the pistol round. Onto the third round, Astralis allocated players on the right bombsite, surrounding the weakest spots of Fnatic, with Nicolai “device” Reedtz taking the lead. However, Robin “flusha” Rönnquist’s double entry in the third round gave Fnatic their first next score. Their momentum was short-lived when they didn’t coordinate to plant a bomb after Astralis locked down the map to a 12-3 scoreline.
Fnatic’s AWper, Jesper “JW” Wecksell started the next round while Rifler Freddy “KRIMZ” ended it, giving the third score and the pistol round to Fnatic. They were once again bewitched when the shots from Astralis finally made its way to their base. Astralis’ Rifler Andreas “Xyp9x” Højslet made three kills when his team Astralis went into B on the first gun round to break into Fnatic’s bank (14-5). With Fnatic’s crucial weaknesses, the final round obviously went to Astralis (16-5).
At first glance, one might think that Fnatic will take the next map Mirage because JW once again claimed the first pistol round when he halted the bomb-carrier mid-rotation. But Astralis Rifler Emil “Magisk” Reif heated things up with Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson. Fnatic tried to get back on track by shutting down an A execute, but Astralis stopped them immediately. By then, the score was 5-4 in favor of Astralis. However, Fnatic managed to win another two rounds. Astralis found their rhythm and started building the foundations of their victory with a 10-4 lead score.
Astralis owned half of the round, but Fnatic still tried to reach their peak and was able to narrow down the score to 10-7. After a few more rounds, the score went 12-10. Astralis team leader Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander found an entry towards Fnatic’s doomed, while Xyp9x locked down and pushed B apartments to neutralize KRIMZ. The balance broke and Astralis slowly claimed the next few rounds to gain the 16-12 victory.
Astralis won the title by defeating Natus Vincere in the Grand Final. The winning team won the first map, Nuke, with a 16-4 scoreline. Clutch king Andreas “xyp9x” Hojsleth boasted his skills during the first few rounds in Map 1 by winning a one vs three encounter. The next map, Inferno, was slightly favorable for Natus Vincere. But minutes after, Natus Vincere’s Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Emil “Magisk” Reif were bewitched Astralis who are now a few meters away from the match point on the CT side. With this chain of events, the Astralis claimed the first and second match (2-0).
The title of the DreamHack Masters Marseille is Astralis’ first major championship win this 2018. It was definitely a comeback since their last title was IEM Katowice 2017. Astralis is now one of the top-tier teams going to compete in ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals on May 14 in Dallas, Texas.
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