Astralis Makes History At Starladder Berlin Major 2019
Posted 10th September 2019 By: Derpina    293 Views
Esports News – Starladder Berlin Major is one of the biggest CS:GO tournaments of the year. It concluded after two weeks’ worth of matches. And Astralis, one of the powerhouse teams this year, took home the title and the $500,000 prize pool.
Astralis’ Starladder Berlin victory isn’t the only big revelation this year, though. So far, Astralis is the only team to win four Majors in three years, including the previous IEM Katowice Major 2019, FACEIT Major: London 2018, and ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017. Three of those wins are back-to-back victories, making Astralis as the first team in CS:GO history to achieve the feat.
Astralis entered the Starladder Berlin Major as one of the Current Legends, so they competed at the New Legends stage of the competition together with other powerhouse teams like ENCE, NRG Esports, Team Vitality, Avangar, and Team Liquid. Astralis bagged the third spot in this stage, winning three matches with one loss and trailing behind ENCE and NRG Esports.
Their 3rd spot allowed them to enter the New Champions Stage where they completely dominated the competition. From day 1 to 3, Astralis defeated Team Vitality, Team Liquid, and NRG Esports. All these victories led to the grand finals.
Astralis faced Avangar in the grand finals. It was obvious that the winning team continued to use their strategies from the New Champions Stage, but Avangar wasn’t taking notes. In the first game, Astralis picked the map Inferno, and all hell broke loose. Astralis won 8 consecutive rounds in the beginning. Avangar managed to score some hits and play the terrorist side, but Astralis closed out the match with a 16-6 score.
In the next map, Dust II, Avangar clinched the pistol round to get an early lead. But Astralis easily memorized their moves and won the following rounds. Astralis closed the first set with an 11-4 score and ended the entire competition with a 16-5 victory.
The next battle waiting for Astralis and other powerhouse teams is at ESL One: New York 2019. If Astralis wins this one, Team Liquid would have a hard time securing their Intel Grand Slam title.
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