Astralis triumphed at the DreamHack Masters in Marseille
The DreamHack Masters Marseille was one hell of a competition and after an exhausting week of quality performances against top notch teams, Astralis can safely say that they are the deserving champions of the prestigious CS:GO tournament that took place in one of Europe’s biggest cities.
After winning in Marseille, Astralis is $100,000.00 richer and it’s easy to say that we’re currently living in the era of this world class CS:GO team. They occupy the position which was once taken by heavyweights such as NiP, VeryGames, Fnatic, EnVyUs, neo-Fnatic, SK Gaming and FaZe Clan as they are at the top of the CS:GO food chain at the moment.
In Marseille, they managed to triumph over some illustrious opponents including FaZe Clan, Fnatic, and Natus Vincere. Their victory over Na’Vi in the grand finals was particularly impressive as it was never actually brought into question.
The biggest reason for this is most definitely the tactical work done by Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Emil “Magisk” Reif who managed to neutralize Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev. A player that is right now head and shoulders above everyone else in the CS:GO world and is to CS:GO what players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are to football.
In the grand finals, Astralis defeated Na’Vi without breaking a sweat and won convincingly on both maps. The first map was Nuke, where Astralis made easy work of their opponents and brushed them aside with a result of 16-4. The second map was Inferno and on this Na’Vi did their very best to bounce back, but there really wasn’t any coming back against the Danish side, which is currently one of the best tactically organized units in the world. They won the map with a score of 16-11.
The Astralis victory could very well have been sensed before the grand finals even started as the Danish team was incredibly prolific in the previous rounds as well. Their semi-final battle against Fnatic was a point in case as the Danes defeated the UK based eSports juggernaut quite convincingly. In fact, their performance in the final, result wise was a mirror image of the outcome of the semi-final battle. In both matches, Astralis won the first map very convincingly (16-5 on Overpass against Fnatic) and managed to deny a spirited comeback in the second map (16-12 on Mirage against Fnatic).
Astralis’ victory at the DreamHack Masters Marseille is their first championship triumph since the IEM Katowice in February 2017. However, the Danes have consistently given impressive performances (except for a decline in the second half of 2017, which was halted by Magisk, who replaced Markus Kjaerbye) and are rightly considered as one of the biggest teams in the history of the game.
The ESL Pro League Season Seven Finals, which is taking place from May 14th to May 20th in Dallas, is going to be the next big tournament in which Astralis will be heading as the biggest favorite to win.