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

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:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1323
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1140
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1319
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1675
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1105
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1358
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1682
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1562
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1384
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1353
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
#1
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Czech Republic HunTerOG
aah feelsbad Liquid
2018-05-21 00:43
wtf so quick
2018-05-21 00:43
EXPECTED
2018-05-21 00:44
Expected
2018-05-21 00:44
#46
NiKo | 
Austria adse_
Expected
2018-05-21 00:44
whole tournament spent on CSRuHub I feel like I'm becoming Russian
2018-05-21 00:45
expected
2018-05-21 00:47
#65
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Palestine zwe
expected
2018-05-21 00:48
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
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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
imo they do this for every big matches liquid feelsbadman
2018-05-21 01:12
#23
mertz | 
Austria frazn
expected
2018-05-21 00:43
#25
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Moldova se!ected
nope
2018-05-21 00:44
#56
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Poland dailyy
prokda why so fast
2018-05-21 00:45
#135
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Australia SUNSPY
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
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
+1
2018-05-21 00:56
nt liquid
2018-05-21 00:43
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
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 Sillychubs
Nt
2018-05-21 00:43
gg wp liquid
2018-05-21 00:43
#10
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Turkey srtn16
nice
2018-05-21 00:43
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
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Denmark Cleandog
+1
2018-05-21 01:01
#15
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New Zealand rOtten_97
Annihilation
2018-05-21 00:45
#16
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United States pes0man
naice
2018-05-21 00:43
ez
2018-05-21 00:43
#18
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United States G0LDEAR
Rip
2018-05-21 00:43
#19
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United States ld_7
GG
2018-05-21 00:43
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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Italy 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
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United States RyxxyR
At least C9 was able to close out a major final.
2018-05-21 01:13
#105
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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
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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
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
Ggwp Liquid. Congrats for Astralis!
2018-05-21 00:44
Gg
2018-05-21 00:44
gg
2018-05-21 00:44
Ez for devve
2018-05-21 00:44
#36
bottle | 
Germany Azes
who cares lol
2018-05-21 00:44
Somebody cares
2018-05-21 00:54
#37
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Iceland 29heldeg
ez
2018-05-21 00:44
#39
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Portugal kippster
gratz
2018-05-21 00:44
magisk god
2018-05-21 00:44
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
#42
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Russia Dedaireks
Epic match!
2018-05-21 00:44
astralis ERA
2018-05-21 00:44
rip faze rain
2018-05-21 00:44
i hope his cigarette will taste good
2018-05-21 00:57
haha
2018-05-21 05:11
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
#50
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Spain xHipeRzZ14
Astralis next major champions?
2018-05-21 00:45
#53
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India mYth_
Nade damage done by Astralis is unreal.. Gg
2018-05-21 00:45
#54
TACO | 
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
Astralis <3 The best team <3
2018-05-21 00:45
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
nt Liquid
2018-05-21 00:47
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
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
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
#78
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
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 wld__
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
astralis era o_O congratz
2018-05-21 01:01
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
device poggers
2018-05-21 01:07
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
glaive best IGL 2018! #ToTheStars
2018-05-21 01:09
dupreeh - MVP ESL Pro League 7
2018-05-21 01:10
"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
Taco was amazing. This guy keeps surprising me.
2018-05-21 01:43
#115
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Finland Smoonah
No.
2018-05-21 01:52
#136
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Australia SUNSPY
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
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Ireland kaffet
device was on fire today !
2018-05-21 01:56
#120
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African Union 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
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
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Kazakhstan RiNat1337
R.i.p Rain! He must to eat cigarette!!!
2018-05-21 04:42
#129
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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
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Europe tweekzter
As soon as FaZe starts to get into a rhythm, Astralis comes around kicking ass.
2018-05-21 08:10
#134
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United Kingdom cowbunga
‘including Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard’ lmao enjoy ur cigarette
2018-05-21 08:20
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
Well deserved win, looking forward to what other teams will do to adapt
2018-05-21 09:53
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 SomeoneUA
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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