Posted 11th June 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Esports Championship Series (ECS) is now over and Astralis, the champion for its fifth season, has now crowned itself as one of the best CSGO players in the world after defeating Team Liquid 2-0 in the grand final.
Astralis started its unbeatable stance in Mirage, the first map picked by Team Liquid. Astralis easily led the entire game with an 11:4 score in the early stages. Team Liquid, on the other hand, took ten rounds to catch up with their opponent as they tried to get their heads on the game in the second half. Team Liquid damaged Astralis’ economy and put everything at stake up to the 30th round with the help of their Riflers, Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken and Keith “NAF” Markovic. However, they still lost 2v1 and 4v2 clutches in succession and Astralis’ top player and AWPer, Nicolai “device” Reedtz, halted the overtime with a 1v1 on the B site to help his team secure a 16:14.
Map two, Dust, began in favor of Astralis when they managed to obtain a pistol. But the opportunity died as quickly as it came when they lost the next round succeeding a straight B push from Team Liquid in a force buy. Luckily, they found their momentum right after with a 6-1 lead, forcing Team Liquid to request a tactical timeout.
After the interruption, Astralis went aggressive in the second round. Team Liquid’s top player and Rifler, Epitacio “TACO” de Melo, cornered them in a 1v3 clutch. The score turned 10-2, but it still looked in favor of Astralis. New chaotic pistols, three quick kills from Emil “Magisk” Reif on B, and a massive blunder from NAF were all it took for Astralis to finally seal a 2-0 victory.
With his outstanding contribution to Astralis, Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz is the recipient of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award of the ECS Season 5 Finals by HLTV.org and Betway. He has the best opening kill per round ratio (0.19) the highest success opening duels (71.4%), and the hardest player to kill average of 0.60 deaths per round. Overall, this is Device’s sixth MVP award.
As the ECS Season 5 champion, Astralis went home with the biggest portion of the $660,000. The entire prize pool breakdown for the runner-ups and other finalists are as follow:
1. Denmark Astralis – $250,000
2. North America Liquid – $125,000
3-4. United States NRG – $65,000
3-4. Europe FaZe – $65,000
5-6. Sweden fnatic – $45,000
5-6. France G2 – $45,000
7-8. United States Cloud9 – $35,000
7-8. Brazil Luminosity – $35,000
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