Astralis beat Liquid 3-1 to win ESL Pro League S7

MIRAA
May 21st, 2018 00:43

Astralis have won the seventh edition of the ESL Pro League after taking down Liquid in a four-map series.

Heading into the final match in Dallas, many believed - including FaZe's Håvard "rain" Nygaard - that Astralis' victory was a given and that the only question was whether the Danes would be able to wrap up the series on just three maps. A comprehensive 16-1 victory on Dust2 appeared to indicate that this would be a blowout, but Liquid fought back valiantly and made the Danes sweat to claim the trophy.

The series began on Dust2, Liquid's map pick, but the final score would have suggested otherwise. A triple kill from Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen in the pistol round set Astralis up for a great run. Not only were Liquid losing all aim duels, they also had no response to the Danes' utility usage.

In the seventh round, Keith "NAF" Markovic and Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken came close to overturning a 2v5 situation, but Emil "Magisk" Reif pulled off a 1v2 clutch to keep his team unscathed. Liquid then finally got a round on the board after punishing Astralis' double AWP setup, but the Danes showed no sign of slowing down and won all the rounds until the end of the half to secure a 14-1 lead.

There was more misery to come for Liquid, who could not stop Astralis' A execution in the next pistol round, with Nicolai "device" Reedtz getting three kills to his name. With no money in the bank, the North Americans were helpless to prevent their opponents from taking the map.

Dust2 was a breeze, but then Astralis had to fight hard

Next up was Nuke, where Liquid won a much-needed pistol round and followed that up with an anti-eco. A third-round buy from Astralis paid dividends, but the North Americans responded immediately on a very weak buy thanks to three quick kills from NAF with a galil.

Liquid used that momentum to secure a 5-1 lead but then surprisingly lost a 2v1 to Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander. That ended up being a turning point for Astralis, who took control of proceedings and ran away with the lead, never letting their opponents find a way back into the game.

Now on the CT side, Liquid came into the second half a more determined side and eventually took the lead with a stunning 1v3 clutch from Nick "nitr0" Cannella. Astralis refused to throw in the towel, however, and strung four rounds together to re-take the lead and put pressure on the North American players.

Liquid went on a three-round streak, bringing the scoreline to 14-13 in their favour, but they could not close the map out as Astralis claimed the final three rounds of the half to seal a hard-fought 16-14 win.

NAF inspired Liquid to take Mirage

The game moved onto Mirage, Liquid second pick. This time around, however, the North Americans came out looking sharp, taking the lead with a 1v2 clutch from NAF in the pistol round and responding well to a lost anti-eco round.

Liquid kept pressing on and looked to be in position to take a significant lead, but Astralis would let the game get out of hand and won six of the last seven rounds of the half to take a narrow 8-7 lead into the second half.

A 1v3 clutch from Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth in the following pistol kicked Astralis further into the lead, with the Danes following that up with four more rounds to put the North Americans' hopes hanging by a thread. Down 7-13, Liquid tightened up their defence and started racking up rounds, taking the game all the way to the 30th round, in which NAF's bold triple-kill prevented the bomb plant and earned his team a 16-14 success.

Carrying their momentum into the next map, Inferno, Liquid got off to a flying start on the defensive side by taking five of the first six rounds of the game. The North Americans then made a massive blunder as they allowed Astralis to win an eco round thanks to a quad kill from Xyp9x.

The Danish team put together a small run of rounds and brought the deficit to a minimum, but Liquid would not let their lead slip and dominated the game during the final stages to limit their opponents to just five rounds in the first half.

The second half began with Liquid taking the pistol round following a quad-kill from Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski in a B execution. Astralis fought back immediately, however, and shut down the home team for the remainder of the half, only dropping one more round before locking down the map, 16-12, to pick up their second international trophy in the space of a month.

Matchpage
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20th May 2018
1
Dust2
16
14
Nuke
16
16
Mirage
14
12
Inferno
16

 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 71 - 80 -9 79.0 0.98
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 71 - 80 -9 73.2 0.96
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 68 - 82 -14 72.4 0.93
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 57 - 72 -15 65.5 0.90
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 61 - 79 -18 65.2 0.88
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 92 - 62 +30 92.2 1.38
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 83 - 64 +19 86.8 1.21
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 75 - 76 -1 82.0 1.12
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 71 - 62 +9 74.9 1.09
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 71 - 65 +6 71.2 1.06

ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals standings:

1. Denmark Astralis - $250,000
2. North America Liquid - $110,000
3-4. Europe FaZe - $55,000
3-4. Ukraine Natus Vincere - $55,000
5-6. Europe mousesports - $32,000
5-6. Brazil SK - $32,000
7-8. Denmark OpTic - $24,000
7-8. Europe Heroic - $24,000
9-12. United States Cloud9 - $22,000
9-12. United States NRG - $22,000
9-12. Turkey Space Soldiers - $22,000
9-12. Australia Renegades - $22,000
13-16. Sweden NiP - $20,000
13-16. Korea MVP PK - $20,000
13-16. Australia Grayhound - $20,000
13-16. Brazil Sharks - $20,000

United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
814
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
922
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1413
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
706
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
960
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1356
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1236
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1079
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1005
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
#1
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Czech Republic HunTerIsHere 
aah feelsbad Liquid
2018-05-21 00:43
#20
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China Autumn7 
wtf so quick
2018-05-21 00:43
#28
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Austria shaakeh 
EXPECTED
2018-05-21 00:44
Expected
2018-05-21 00:44
#46
NiKo | 
Austria adse_ 
Expected
2018-05-21 00:44
#51
NEO | 
Poland camarpl 
whole tournament spent on CSRuHub I feel like I'm becoming Russian
2018-05-21 00:45
#61
Gas | 
Germany te1mo 
expected
2018-05-21 00:47
#65
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Palestine zwe 
expected
2018-05-21 00:48
#74
device | 
Denmark CaraX_ 
Expected
2018-05-21 00:54
Expected
2018-05-21 00:59
#87
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Norway tobroe 
Expected
2018-05-21 01:03
Expectrd
2018-05-21 01:17
Not expected
2018-05-21 01:03
#119
swag | 
China braxton6 
+1
2018-05-21 02:07
ez sweden
2018-05-21 00:44
expected
2018-05-21 00:44
lmao they wrote this before match even started xd
2018-05-21 00:45
#101
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China yry666233 
imo they do this for every big matches liquid feelsbadman
2018-05-21 01:12
#23
mertz | 
Austria maj0ra 
expected
2018-05-21 00:43
nope
2018-05-21 00:44
#56
autist | 
Poland dUNaSzo 
prokda why so fast
2018-05-21 00:45
Feels bad to win $110k and show your excellent progression towards a REAL chance at winning a major, has not stopped.. yep feels bad GG guys well done, shit start but otherwise right there with #1, fighting it out and getting over 15k avg each per map after a horror start. They can be very proud. The Astralis core has been building synergy and comfort at this level for what, FOUR FUCKING YEARS ?
2018-05-21 08:39
#2
Maikelele | 
Netherlands xtrmx 
ez kjaerbye
2018-05-21 00:43
well played Liquid
2018-05-21 00:43
ez for astralis hehe
2018-05-21 00:43
#26
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France Astyx 
New Astralis ERA
2018-05-21 00:44
+1
2018-05-21 00:45
#76
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Denmark Valakaz 
+1
2018-05-21 00:56
#5
 | 
China Autumn7 
nt liquid
2018-05-21 00:43
#6
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France PaulST 
Nice match, great performance from both teams. GG to Astralis and Liquid, they had a rough start!
2018-05-21 00:44
#7
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France Astyx 
Gg
2018-05-21 00:43
#8
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CIS mirio 
gg
2018-05-21 00:43
#21
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France Astyx 
Nice try
2018-05-21 00:43
#22
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United States athiccbibba 
Nt
2018-05-21 00:43
#9
TACO | 
Switzerland Jonunivo 
gg wp liquid
2018-05-21 00:43
#10
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Turkey srtn16 
nice
2018-05-21 00:43
#11
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Bulgaria JustBulgarian 
Ezz
2018-05-21 00:43
yes
2018-05-21 00:43
#13
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North America phReakCS 
gg
2018-05-21 00:43
#14
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Denmark C0nd1 
Grtz Astralis, want to show 5 maps, but no. Happy for Astralis :)
2018-05-21 00:44
#85
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Cleandog 
+1
2018-05-21 01:01
Annihilation
2018-05-21 00:45
#16
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United States pes0man 
naice
2018-05-21 00:43
#17
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
ez
2018-05-21 00:43
#18
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United States GoldEar13 
Rip
2018-05-21 00:43
#19
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United States ld_7 
GG
2018-05-21 00:43
#24
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Sweden yayer 
ezezezez
2018-05-21 00:43
#27
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United States Stanzify 
why did kyaerbye have to leave -,-
2018-05-21 00:44
#102
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United States RyxxyR 
Because Astralis doesn’t need trash players kek
2018-05-21 01:12
#148
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United States Stanzify 
Yah. Magisk is a god fr though
2018-05-21 17:20
16-1 is embarrassing
2018-05-21 00:44
#100
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United Kingdom Gio_bose 
Better than cloud9 At least Team Liquid give the NA fans a team to cheer for. C9 can't even make it to the play offs...
2018-05-21 01:11
#104
 | 
United States RyxxyR 
At least C9 was able to close out a major final.
2018-05-21 01:13
#105
 | 
Canada Skadiddle 
Cloud9 1 major Liquid 0
2018-05-21 01:13
And where are the major winners now? Out in group stage
2018-05-21 07:38
#149
 | 
Canada Skadiddle 
Cloud9 1 major Guardian 0 majors
2018-05-21 19:23
Cloud9 1 win Guardian 5 wins
2018-05-22 08:32
#153
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Canada Skadiddle 
Cloud9 1 major Guardian 0 majors
2018-05-23 00:10
Cloud9 1 major Gambit 1 major Both bots both flukes So what
2018-05-23 11:09
#155
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Canada Skadiddle 
NA 1 major India no scene
2018-05-23 15:33
Yeah, your name suggest how much you love sucking C9's dicks. I cba to argue anymore
2018-05-23 16:47
#157
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Canada Skadiddle 
cant counter so you start insulting good job no scene
2018-05-23 16:50
#142
s1mple | 
Asia deTr0 
c9 will go 0-3 in the next major cry is free
2018-05-21 11:05
#30
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
gg
2018-05-21 00:44
#31
 | 
Indonesia ItzRaddy 
Ggwp Liquid. Congrats for Astralis!
2018-05-21 00:44
#32
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Brazil digozamaral 
Gg
2018-05-21 00:44
gg
2018-05-21 00:44
Ez for devve
2018-05-21 00:44
#36
bottle | 
Asia Ace_Y 
who cares lol
2018-05-21 00:44
#73
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
Somebody cares
2018-05-21 00:54
#37
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Iceland Rassaridingar 
ez
2018-05-21 00:44
gratz
2018-05-21 00:44
magisk god
2018-05-21 00:44
#67
shox | 
Vietnam buai 
king of pit
2018-05-21 00:49
god
2018-05-21 00:52
#41
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African Union hdlmb 
ez magisk
2018-05-21 00:44
Epic match!
2018-05-21 00:44
#43
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Portugal raaVz 
astralis ERA
2018-05-21 00:44
#44
 | 
Canada Number1F1fan 
rip faze rain
2018-05-21 00:44
#77
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
i hope his cigarette will taste good
2018-05-21 00:57
haha
2018-05-21 05:11
#146
 | 
Denmark RealPissant 
he would only eat it if had Astralis won 3-0
2018-05-21 15:12
#45
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United States SilveryoHD 
feelsbadman :/
2018-05-21 00:44
devve god
2018-05-21 00:44
#50
 | 
Spain xHipeRzZ14 
Astralis next major champions?
2018-05-21 00:45
#53
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India Atif17penkar 
Nade damage done by Astralis is unreal.. Gg
2018-05-21 00:45
#54
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Brazil RmM_oo 
GG Astralis. Unfortunately Liquid awoke too late. But Astralis's Dust 2 tho what was that õO Other teams will be mirroring Astralis strat for sure.
2018-05-21 00:45
dust 2 will be a map pool for other teams for sure after those astralis plays
2018-05-21 15:36
Dig/tsm was the best dust2 team back then , its not surprising they still dominate in that map
2018-05-22 03:10
gla1ve needs to be MVP this time, otherwise its a robbery, hell man, so many impactful frags, and hes IGL ! Dupreeh adn device are close behind
2018-05-21 00:45
#97
dupreeh | 
Denmark yez.. 
Magisk also had some crucial rounds where he got 2 kills before he got traded
2018-05-21 01:10
Astralis <3 The best team <3
2018-05-21 00:45
#59
JW | 
South Africa Papa_Chango 
ok good game
2018-05-21 00:46
Good luck trying to beat Astralis. These 4 maps they could easily play against anyone, then they didn't even play Cache which they are strong on.
2018-05-21 00:46
#62
shox | 
Vietnam buai 
nt Liquid
2018-05-21 00:47
#63
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Brazil rsouzadk 
GG wp Astralis. Device was so sick! They are too strong now. GG wp for Liquid too. Awesome finals.
2018-05-21 00:48
Tom 'Device' Cruise is back
2018-05-21 01:26
#64
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Poland Viddy 
Astralis still on fire! Nice, WP! :)
2018-05-21 00:48
Nt liquid :(
2018-05-21 00:48
#68
swag | 
Denmark devReedtz 
CHAMPIONS
2018-05-21 00:49
Yeahz no-one saw that coming at all...
2018-05-21 01:05
#69
rain | 
Indonesia lather 
Device M V P
2018-05-21 00:50
kjarbot autist aim was the problem =) gn8 nerds
2018-05-21 00:51
Devve mvp
2018-05-21 00:53
#75
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France Ghoul98 
nt
2018-05-21 00:55
#103
dupreeh | 
Denmark yez.. 
indeed nt. Liquid really showed up after the 1st map. Really strong mentally to come out and forget 1st map and make Nuke (Astralis best team on it) so close. Really impressed by how well Taco is playing in TL
2018-05-21 01:12
#109
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France Ghoul98 
Yeah I'm an IGL of a small team and after 1st matches like these it's easy to feel crushed and just give up, and I'm not even talking of the pressure of a final like this. Stepping up after this shows how far they can go and they didn't prepared much with taco (and he's still able to frag). But anyway it was all win for TL they need this kind of experience everything must look easy after Astralis in final. Gratz to Astralis tho, such an amazing lesson of CS
2018-05-21 01:16
Astralis Era? prob not
2018-05-21 00:57
The ONLY reason liquid looked like they had a chance was because they won 5 pistol Rounds after dust 2 that racked up 15 Rounds.... if they would have lost any of those the match would look different. Astralis just need to work on Those and they are set for the rest of the year. No team has ever showed this level of teamplay in history! And with sk looking this bad... the 2018 will be Astralis
2018-05-21 10:38
#79
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Europe LbJ23 
Gg Liquid, good move with -steel +TACO, he played very well but Astralis when turn GODmode is hard to win against them. Toooooez4Dev1ce
2018-05-21 00:58
#80
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Finland Tertzi 
★ez for ast!★
2018-05-21 00:58
soon sk will come back mark my words fellas
2018-05-21 00:58
Finally devve didn't choked in final, gratz Astralis, nt liquid, twiztz was good, but devve better, should be mvp here
2018-05-21 00:59
#84
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Algeria Bou10BoB 
gg
2018-05-21 00:59
#86
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Italy soulete 
astralis era o_O congratz
2018-05-21 01:01
#89
swag | 
Denmark devReedtz 
WHO MVP?
2018-05-21 01:03
Dupreeh
2018-05-21 01:14
#90
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Turkey Idiotb8er 
Device +30 omg
2018-05-21 01:04
Inflated bcos of dust2 but it's still impressive
2018-05-21 01:06
Rip Rain he has to eat a cigarette
2018-05-21 01:07
#94
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United States PsychoLogical 
device poggers
2018-05-21 01:07
#95
 | 
Denmark [OLD2]Larsen 
WP to Both team, i´m really impressed by Liquid today. If we look past Dust2 which was pretty one sided and dominated by Astralis. Nuke, Mirage and Inferno was very close, and it could easily have gone the way of Liquid, so in fact Liquid has a big part in making this finale good, i was very worried at times i must say ! I really see great things to come for the Liquid team, Taco showing some real nice moves, and the rest isn't bad either ! GG Liquid better luck next time ! :) From an Astralis Fan
2018-05-21 01:08
#96
dupreeh | 
Denmark yez.. 
glaive best IGL 2018! #ToTheStars
2018-05-21 01:09
#98
swag | 
Denmark devReedtz 
dupreeh - MVP ESL Pro League 7
2018-05-21 01:10
honestly, i hope gla1ve gets mvp such an insane fragger while still being able to igl this well. respect.
2018-05-21 01:11
"VACO was the problem".
2018-05-21 01:14
Expected
2018-05-21 01:14
Well played to Liquid but Astralis was clearly better especially Godevice.
2018-05-21 01:20
#113
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Europe vasseldomau 
Taco was amazing. This guy keeps surprising me.
2018-05-21 01:43
No.
2018-05-21 01:52
No surprise, great player his teammates told you so, but you all still flamed shit out of him and made it harder for the whole team XD Lessons to be learnt
2018-05-21 08:43
#114
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United States johnjay 
expected.
2018-05-21 01:47
#116
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Germany sntExz69 
ez pez for astralis
2018-05-21 01:53
Nt liquid You’ll be better next tournament, this one was great for them imo.
2018-05-21 01:56
#118
 | 
Sweden carlssonfja 
device was on fire today !
2018-05-21 01:56
#120
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Other mikecool 
Gg wp. Finally Australis on winning terms.
2018-05-21 02:11
way to easy
2018-05-21 02:17
Rain will eat a cigarette now
2018-05-21 03:21
Who casted with Henry?
2018-05-21 04:30
Harry?
2018-05-21 04:31
#125
 | 
United States gtmaniacmda 
just came back from work, other than that 16-1 it didn't seem like a blowout, too bad I couldn't watch
2018-05-21 04:36
#126
 | 
Kazakhstan RiNat1337 
R.i.p Rain! He must to eat cigarette!!!
2018-05-21 04:42
#129
 | 
Bulgaria nekzcs 
ToTheStars
2018-05-21 06:44
Closer than I thought
2018-05-21 06:56
Heading into the final match in Dallas, many believed - including FaZe's Håvard "rain" Nygaard - that Astralis' victory was a given and that the only question was whether the Danes would be able to wrap up the series on just three maps.
2018-05-21 07:06
#133
 | 
Europe tweekzter 
As soon as FaZe starts to get into a rhythm, Astralis comes around kicking ass.
2018-05-21 08:10
#134
 | 
United Kingdom cowbunga 
‘including Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard’ lmao enjoy ur cigarette
2018-05-21 08:20
#137
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Great play from astralis, especially device really shined in that final. I think we can all agree that its hard to criticize astralis after their performance, but if I have to, then I must admit that I Don't really understand the veto process, but i guess its pretty hard when you dont feel uncomfortable on any map. I Honestly think the smart choice from astralis would have been removing mirage. That being said Liquid really impressed me. Looking forward to see if they can win starseries where there is no astralis to spoil the fun for them :)
2018-05-21 09:07
#138
 | 
Slovakia Legeden 
Well deserved win, looking forward to what other teams will do to adapt
2018-05-21 09:53
#139
dupreeh | 
Denmark 147 
An expected win, but it has to be said, that even after a very embarrassing first map, it was by no means an easy win for what would be considered the best team at the moment. Well done to Liquid, I am sure they will be proud of their own performance as they should be and it will be good to see them grow better after this.
2018-05-21 09:59
#141
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Ukraine Brbeq 
Astralis best team in the world? (NaVi best ;) ) We need to win NaVi!
2018-05-21 10:58
expected
2018-05-21 12:33
ez
2018-05-21 12:33
22 bın dolar çarpı 4 adamlar sampıyondan cok parayla dönmus neredeyse helal olsun spaces
2018-05-21 14:48
devve eco and exit frags lmao.. stat padder
2018-05-21 23:51
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