Astralis win ECS Season 8, edging out Team Liquid
Another tournament, another Astralis victory. The current kings of Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Astralis continued their dominant run yesterday with a win at the Esports Championship Series Season 8. The Danish roster defeated Team Liquid in three maps to take home yet another Championship. On a current streak that includes three straight Major tournament wins, there’s no question who is the CS:GO best team in the world. The question now, is Astralis the best CS:GO roster ever?
Astralis takes home another Championship
Back in 2018 when this current roster came to fruition, no one fully expected what was about to happen in CS:GO esports. There’s rarely a run like this in esports, let alone Counter Strike. Astralis continues to show why they should be considered not only the best CS:GO roster in the world but perhaps the best team in esports.
The current Astralis CS:GO roster:
Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz
Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen
Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth
Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander
Emil “Magisk” Reif
Danny “zonic” Sørensen (Head Coach)
The ECS Season 8 Grand Finals against Team Liquid was closer than most recent matches Astalis has played. Liquid is obviously a very talented team but in the end, stood no chance against the giants that are Astralis.
In map one, Team Liquid picked to play Vertigo, arguably their best map. Though Astralis took it to overtime, Liquid took the map with a 19:15 win. Keith “NAF” Markovic was the MVP for Team Liquid this map, as he dropped 36 kills in total. Though this is the outcome many expected, Astralis showed they can put up a fight on any map.
Fast forward to map two and Team Liquid yet again hung in there with Astralis. The champs picked Nuke, which was their best map of the tournament. However, Liquid stuck around throughout, eventually falling 16:11. Astralis’ gla1ve provided the slaying this map, earning 26 kills.
The final map of ECS Season 8 was Dust 2, a favorite among CS:GO viewers. While the first two maps might have indicated this would be close, it was anything but. Astralis showed their dominance on Dust 2, winning 16:8 and closing out the tournament. Astralis player dev1ce garnered a 122 ADR this map, earning him the MVP of ECS Season 8.
It’s not quite clear which team will be good enough to take down Astralis. Right now, they’re undoubtedly the best roster in the world with no one close behind. Astralis is back in action tonight for the ESL Pro League and next week at the BLAST Pro Series Global Final 2019.
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