Fnatic just got into semis, so they are in the top without even trying. NiP won the closest real tournament before the major in Oakland. Couldn't be that much better for Swedish CS at the moment. Analysts are trying to promote other story lines, Thorin and Moses thinks the Swedes had enough success and they want to promote more tactical things. The truth is Fnatic chocked everyone and performed very well in this major. NiP didn't qualify, sure, but they just won a big tournament before having their fate decided by a bunch of bo1's. If bo1's are so important, GODSENT is better than Astralis, so that doesn't work.
Yeah, they destroyed a new team on a map they never played, I'm impressed! Not at all. Cache was a good win, but a lot of things that went their way and that was just one map. But I said from the beginning that this was a legit win, so it is what it is, good veto skills?
Snax is a great player, the rest of VP, not so much. Second star Byali has shown some weakness in big LAN games before and this wasn't any different. I still don't understand how that team could win anything, but if you look closer you could see a lot of factors that explains it. No skill team, very boring to watch, just Snax keeping them alive.
Best major of ALL TIME skill-wise? You sure? No big favorite tells us that no team were good enough to be the favs, that isn't a good setting for a major. That tells us a lot of skill is lacking and 2 of 4 teams in top 4 had stand-ins, which confirms this notion. Low FNC wins? Funny guy. A lot of great teams back then, a lot more high-skilled teams like Envy and no one had stand-ins back then either. SK also impressive after FNC era, not as much, because they couldn't win anything else, but far more impressive than Astralis, that's for sure. T2 finals isn't unusual in CS, best teams are always in semis, just like this time (Fnatic and SK). Finals are always easy and VP didn't do much to change that.
Yes, we tend to use bo3, but Fnatic still won a lot of bo5 finals outside of the majors. Astralis may have the maps to win a bo5, but would they choke? Very likely. No need for name calling, man, that's just weak. And yes, you are correct, the venue is MUCH smaller and therefore the players won't choke as they would at a real arena. That's why Astralis won't win one of those tournaments, ever.
You are probably the same type of person that said Fnatic wouldn't go to semis before the major and you were proven wrong. So please, don't be so mad, just try to understand that Astralis isn't really that good and they will fall and make room for teams like Fnatic, Envy, SK, NaVi = real teams, again.