Astralis beat Liquid 2-0 to win ECS Season 5

MIRAA
June 10th, 2018 21:59

Astralis have won the fifth season of the Esports Championship Series (ECS) after defeating Liquid 2-0 in the grand final, in London.

Mirage, the first map, was Liquid's pick, but anyone watching the first half would have thought otherwise, as the North American side were dismantled during the early stages of the game. It took Liquid ten rounds and two tactical pauses to finally get something going as Astralis' defence was simply impregnable.

After taking just two rounds, Liquid instantly put Astralis' economy in a very difficult situation. The North Americans were almost caught off-guard in an anti-eco, but Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken saved the day for his team with a 1v3 clutch. The Danes then put their foot down, winning two of the final three rounds of the half to secure a commanding 11-4 lead.

More misery was to come for Liquid, who lost a 2v1 and then a 4v2, which propelled Astralis into a 15-4 lead. The game looked to be done and dusted, but Liquid's players showed great composure and clawed their way back into the game.

Astralis repeat their title from ECS Season 2

With Twistzz and Keith "NAF" Markovic in stunning form, Liquid won many close situations and took the game all the way to the 30th round, but then Nicolai "device" Reedtz denied the overtime with a decisive 1v1 on the B site to give Astralis the lead in the series.

Map two, Dust2, began with Astralis taking the pistol but then losing the next round following a straight B push from Liquid in a force buy. The North American side rode their momentum to a 6-1 lead, forcing the Europeans to call a tactical timeout.

Shortly after the pause, Astralis got their second round on the board, only to get instantly reset following a 1v3 clutch from Epitacio "TACO" de Melo. Liquid remained in the driving seat and brought their lead to 10-2, but Astralis tightened up their defence and bagged the final three rounds of the half to keep their hopes alive.

Liquid lost all four pistol rounds in the series

Now on the offensive side, Astralis bagged a chaotic pistol round thanks to three quick kills from Emil "Magisk" Reif on B, taking advantage of a massive blunder from NAF. That was the start of a phenomenal run from the Danish team, who won eight rounds straight to bring the scoreline to 14-10.

Liquid then finally got a round on the board, but their hopes would soon be crushed as Astralis responded with two rounds in a row to seal a convincing 2-0 victory and pick up the grand prize of $250,000.

Matchpage
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 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 49 - 40 +9 94.1 1.27
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 45 - 38 +7 90.8 1.23
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 41 - 41 0 86.0 1.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 43 - 39 +4 74.0 1.11
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 26 - 44 -18 46.0 0.69
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 48 - 34 +14 79.4 1.23
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 44 - 41 +3 82.0 1.11
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 36 - 42 -6 76.4 1.09
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 40 - 44 -4 84.8 1.02
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 34 - 43 -9 70.2 0.91

ECS Season 5 Finals prize money breakdown:

1. Denmark Astralis - $250,000
2. North America Liquid - $125,000
3-4. United States NRG - $65,000
3-4. Europe FaZe - $65,000
5-6. Sweden fnatic - $45,000
5-6. France G2 - $45,000
7-8. United States Cloud9 - $35,000
7-8. Brazil Luminosity - $35,000

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
835
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
839
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1261
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
948
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
733
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Thanks Astralis, perfect in time to watch E3! Well played both teams, very entertaining final!
2018-06-10 22:00
#23
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Poland inf1niTyS 
ez
2018-06-10 22:00
#80
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Other Roosterboi 
Liquid threw the CT Pistol on Dust 2
2018-06-10 22:19
#101
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Poland inf1niTyS 
still ez
2018-06-10 22:34
ez for taco
2018-06-10 22:35
#112
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Poland inf1niTyS 
1st half on dd2
2018-06-10 22:48
#25
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Brazil rsouzadk 
+1
2018-06-10 22:00
+2
2018-06-10 22:22
+3
2018-06-10 22:40
it wasnt 2 boring teams...
2018-06-10 22:02
#66
NiKo | 
Europe NeO_RiGhT 
Boring cs ever
2018-06-10 22:11
#74
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
meh seeing astralis trash faze is becomming more boring.
2018-06-10 22:15
#148
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Denmark Twick_ 
Plastic fan spotted
2018-06-11 06:53
#159
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
how so?
2018-06-11 16:44
#160
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Denmark Twick_ 
you know it, dont even try to hide it you plastic fan
2018-06-11 17:29
#161
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
LOL okay, if you can't explain it then there isn't much to discuss. Either case you are in the wrong.
2018-06-11 17:36
#165
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Denmark Twick_ 
I don't even know why I'm still responding to your retarded baits lol go do something valuable kid
2018-06-11 21:20
#166
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
lel nt. btw, what makes you sure that what i do is invaluable? and what is it, if i may ask?
2018-06-11 21:22
#167
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Denmark Twick_ 
You on hltv lol that's says enough about your personality.
2018-06-11 21:25
#168
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
answers isnt your strong suit is it? fair enough though, it isnt like im holding you to some kind of standard. I expected the lowest from you and that is basically what i got. one good advice though, try not to selfdiss in the future. good wind.
2018-06-11 21:32
#169
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Denmark Twick_ 
Baited as you didn't even realize hahaha
2018-06-11 21:35
#170
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
lol your second comment gave you away. you are pretty bad at it tbh. but nt, you still have a lot to learn padawan.
2018-06-11 21:38
#171
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Denmark Twick_ 
Don't lie you didn't even realize. Also what is a padawan? Reported for using non English
2018-06-11 21:40
#172
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
LOL as i said you have a lot to learn. i called you by your second comment. git gut
2018-06-11 21:41
#173
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Denmark Twick_ 
(Replying yo here because your texts are too long) kys
2018-06-11 21:41
#174
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
encouraging suicide is considered illegal and can be classified as "hate speech". i could report you to the police tbh. in fact, i can do it online fairly quick. cya
2018-06-11 21:48
#175
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Denmark Twick_ 
Kys means to kiss But you must be fake flagging or else you would know
2018-06-11 21:51
#176
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
"Reported for using non English" but nt kiddo, report will come either way
2018-06-11 21:51
#177
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Denmark Twick_ 
Which report? You book report xaxaxaxa
2018-06-11 21:53
#178
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
i guess you will find out. like a nice little suprise, which is it gonna be? :) exciting isnt it?
2018-06-11 21:54
#179
 | 
Denmark Twick_ 
I really pissed you off didn't I?
2018-06-11 21:56
#180
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
nah im fairly relaxed, a bit tired tbh. but have fun with the report though. do tell me how it goes.
2018-06-11 21:59
#181
 | 
Denmark Twick_ 
Which report? Your book report?
2018-06-11 21:59
#182
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
i guess you will find out. like a nice little suprise, which is it gonna be? :) exciting isnt it?
2018-06-11 21:59
*most interesting CS ever.
2018-06-10 22:42
#82
NiKo | 
India Chichiyum 
Well taco 😂😂😂
2018-06-10 22:19
Big move with TACO. Omg
2018-06-10 23:09
they destroyed every opponent... there's just no game
2018-06-10 22:00
#4
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Austria P0w3RfuL 
ASTRALIS ERA <3
2018-06-10 22:00
#76
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Poland Lepand 
boring era
2018-06-10 22:17
#84
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Europe inSaneMN 
Virtus throw? lmao
2018-06-10 22:20
#85
 | 
Austria P0w3RfuL 
vp never had one, thats why u are jealous :)
2018-06-10 22:20
#93
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Poland Lepand 
Not a cool era when there is no competition, literally every team is just slacking. The matches are just Astralis winning easily. Boring matches
2018-06-10 22:25
#96
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Austria P0w3RfuL 
thats an ERA, when a team have no competitors, that happened with NIP/fnatic/LG too, and in every era there were people like you complaining with the same complain..
2018-06-10 22:37
#100
 | 
Poland Lepand 
They still had closes games though, here it like 2 teams that might challenge them but most likely still lose badly
2018-06-10 22:34
"the matches are just Astralis winning easily" "They still had close games though" I'm not sure if I follow you. Honestly though, of course it's kind of one sided right now but that's the wake up call for every other team to step up their game. Their level of play is unreal, no matter the competition.
2018-06-10 22:44
Astralis is the best team rn by far, but let's see if this year really consolidates as Astralis era. They won only 3 tier1 tournaments so far.
2018-06-11 00:14
yeah I agree. only thing is, I don't get the big hype/discussion about eras because everyone just has different definitions suited to how their fav teams fare with it. If I was Astralis, I wouldn't care about it that much, I'd just focus on practising to become even more solid and to achieve even more within the game, nothing more.
2018-06-11 00:22
I know it's not really useful, but it's part of the fun imo. I consider any team that is clearly the top team in one year to have its era, otherwise it gets too subjective and depending on who you like more or less. Imho every year in csgo had a team that was clearly the top team.
2018-06-11 03:55
#97
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Argentina Renardo 
btw i love to see them playing
2018-06-10 22:29
#78
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
wow. It's so interesting to watch CS when someone has an era with 0 competition to them. holt shit.
2018-06-10 22:18
Stay salty my friend. NOT astralis foult everyone else is shit tier
2018-06-10 22:23
I find it funny that you guys are always the ones who brings more excuses. It lacks any logic. So many s1mple fangays saying he's the best ever in the most hardcore era, winning a tier 2 tournament, but when Astralis wins it's suddenly a 0 competition era.
2018-06-11 00:19
+9000
2018-06-11 00:44
#142
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Denmark mersault17 
Thank you. This is by far one of the best points made to the very simple fans of simple and cis.....
2018-06-11 06:32
#5
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Finland Gl1tCh3D_ 
Expected for top 1 team
2018-06-10 22:00
#6
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Slovenia JerryMcMacy 
Expected after the choke
2018-06-10 22:00
astralis wwooooooo
2018-06-10 22:00
Nice!
2018-06-10 22:00
Expected
2018-06-10 22:00
#13
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Sweden Kaffinerad 
Gg
2018-06-10 22:00
#16
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Brazil rsouzadk 
GGWP Astralis.
2018-06-10 22:00
#17
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Brazil c0nt 
Expected TACO bottom fragger
2018-06-10 22:00
Why do brasilians give taco such a hard time? Just curious
2018-06-11 00:45
Because hes a bot. 1 nice play every 10 bad deaths keeps him relevant
2018-06-11 18:03
#183
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Brazil c0nt 
Nothing personal He is a great person, but facts are facts.
2018-06-11 23:56
ez
2018-06-10 22:00
eZ Astralis, can't be defeted at the moment!
2018-06-10 22:00
#22
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Brazil HueyNewton 
Sad for liquid
2018-06-10 22:00
#24
Dosia | 
United Kingdom SickaBoy 
ez
2018-06-10 22:00
#26
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Norway tobroe 
Ez
2018-06-10 22:00
#28
vsm | 
Brazil UnF4iR 
Taco at his best ROFL
2018-06-10 22:00
L is for Liquid
2018-06-10 22:00
Expected astralis won... Gla1ve is insane
2018-06-10 22:00
#34
BnTeT | 
Indonesia BabyREKT 
well deserved for liquid
2018-06-10 22:01
#36
max | 
Sweden Unluko 
gg...
2018-06-10 22:01
Gg
2018-06-10 22:01
#42
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Brazil _Awper 
Expected from Epitacio de melo
2018-06-10 22:01
#44
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Lithuania aisTISsS 
ofc
2018-06-10 22:01
Liquid continue to show promise.
2018-06-10 22:02
after watching starseries season 5 what an underwhelming lan win - 6 maps!
2018-06-10 22:02
#48
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United States SilveryoHD 
Good try liquid you lost but im proud of my team
2018-06-10 22:02
#49
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Turkey bigretard 
congrats
2018-06-10 22:02
#50
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United States Dr1GeR 
BOTACO
2018-06-10 22:02
#51
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Norway SkaMathias 
GG
2018-06-10 22:02
#52
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Europe KittyChamp 
dev1ce wins the MVP award!
2018-06-10 22:03
Ezstralis
2018-06-10 22:03
#55
s1mple | 
Estonia Rifyy 
Again these fucking ugly ass kids win
2018-06-10 22:04
#64
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Denmark DanishDelight 
fat boy detected
2018-06-10 22:08
#65
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Denmark meganice 
You are not going to cry are you? Ugly ass kids, yeah.. Karrigan is very pretty. Your "girlfriend" is in love with device..
2018-06-10 22:10
#70
s1mple | 
Estonia Rifyy 
Wait why the fuck did you bring Karrigan's name up rn if we are talking about astralis lmao?
2018-06-10 22:11
How did it go with your team? Oh yeah thats right, they got rekt by "ugly ass Kids".. cry
2018-06-10 22:40
#135
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Turkey Mustafa- 
lol u danish guys think all the world cry over us but actually noone gives a shit bruh
2018-06-11 02:35
#143
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Denmark mersault17 
But you just had to comment, although you do not care at all XD
2018-06-11 06:35
#149
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Turkey Mustafa- 
Yes i dont care denmark and scene cuz they will lose theit scene soon
2018-06-11 07:50
#155
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Denmark mersault17 
XD still making comments to non-interested theme
2018-06-11 12:07
Expected Astralis to win, but Liquid performed admirably, particularly in that comeback on Mirage, that was incredible
2018-06-10 22:04
#57
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United States camdavis9 
It really sucks for Liquid because if Astralis was out of the picture Liquid would probably have won ESL Pro League and ECS.
2018-06-10 22:05
#58
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
wow, they won, what a surprise. Having an era is SOOOOO interesting...
2018-06-10 22:05
#144
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Denmark mersault17 
XD
2018-06-11 06:36
#60
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Turkey VeryMusl1mGuy 
astralis so strong my friend :) nvm nice tourney for liquid
2018-06-10 22:05
#61
juul | 
United States LeFronk 
so boring rn in csgo astralis winning everything
2018-06-10 22:05
#69
contE | 
Finland TICOfi 
they are the only one's actually improving the game , developing new meta. the other teams are the one doing the same old shit over and over again, THAT is BORING.
2018-06-10 22:11
correct
2018-06-10 22:23
#95
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United Kingdom 3thanol99 
+1
2018-06-10 22:27
#118
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Europe Vallon 
+1, smart fin.
2018-06-10 23:20
#145
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Denmark mersault17 
Præcis
2018-06-11 06:37
#152
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Indonesia Not_A_Carry 
But i see some teams starting to copy astralis playstyle (perfect nades usage, positioning etc) and astralis is seems cant counter their own tactics which is interesting how they will counter their own tactics in the future
2018-06-11 10:43
#185
contE | 
Finland TICOfi 
copying something actually never works out as well as the one's that originally did it.... Specially when there is only one gla1ve and only one zonic.
2018-06-12 15:02
#62
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Denmark Nix0z 
Danish Pride
2018-06-10 22:06
Pride is for fools... Dupreeh sucked... he has a developing tendency to choke in finals... congrats Astralis!
2018-06-10 22:11
#75
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Denmark Nix0z 
Pride is for fools? Sure thing powerpuffgirl
2018-06-10 22:16
#83
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Serbia NEXIXOX 
familiar face, i remember you from 1.6 section :D
2018-06-10 22:19
#110
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Denmark Nix0z 
Haha ye spot ON! :p
2018-06-10 22:44
Taco meh. Get a good 5th for once, Liquid would be nutty. Poach someone from C9.
2018-06-10 22:12
#79
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Serbia NEXIXOX 
stw for taco :D
2018-06-10 22:18
#141
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
yeah cause sk did the same and it worked right?
2018-06-11 05:18
Wow. Apples and Oranges between my suggestion and what SK did. The same would be if C9 had a Brazilian who barely spoke English, all of Liquid spoke broken Brazilian, and so they picked up the Brazilian C9 player and changed team communications to Brazilian. Good try on the comparison though. I'm very obviously suggesting this: Twistz, Elige, Naf, Nitro, Autimatic OR even Twistz, Elige, Naf, Nitro, RUSH and suggesting Team Liquid would be much better if this occurred.
2018-06-11 15:46
#184
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
apples and oranges are both fruit.
2018-06-12 01:38
Astralis haven't lost any map
2018-06-10 22:12
Congrats Astralis, you look great. Great showing Liquid, Belo Horizonte is yours
2018-06-10 22:13
#153
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Indonesia Not_A_Carry 
Oh wait... Fuck
2018-06-11 10:44
#154
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Indonesia Not_A_Carry 
I thought he said belo horizonte is yours, is referring to astralis lul
2018-06-11 10:45
Ez MVP for Xyp9x
2018-06-10 22:15
#77
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Serbia NEXIXOX 
botco
2018-06-10 22:18
#81
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
Astralis is becoming now second SK..
2018-06-10 22:19
#87
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Europe inSaneMN 
Expected Astralis top1 csgo team in the world!
2018-06-10 22:21
Phew! Round two was close! Best team won though!
2018-06-10 22:21
Ez
2018-06-10 22:22
#98
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Turkey SLendeRuLeZ 
Easiest final for Astralis
2018-06-10 22:31
TACO OMEGALUL
2018-06-10 22:32
So now you know, who gets rectified 🎤
2018-06-10 22:38
#106
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Armenia 1915 
Taco throwing
2018-06-10 22:41
#109
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Xyp had an amazing final. I love that guy!:d
2018-06-10 22:44
#111
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Germany l9nkz 
good game from liquid but astralis better
2018-06-10 22:45
#113
ropz | 
Finland Sandels 
Faze vs astralis was the real final
2018-06-10 22:53
meh, liquid are on par with faze at the moment
2018-06-11 02:49
*better than
2018-06-11 03:38
#146
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Denmark mersault17 
+1
2018-06-11 06:39
dno, maybe faze would have been in as many finals as liquid if they didn't meet astralis in the semis so much lately.
2018-06-11 09:49
#114
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Brazil hugoooo 
TACO with dat typical "SK|TACO" stat
2018-06-10 22:58
#115
 | 
Germany l9nkz 
the 1vs3 was good tho xD
2018-06-10 23:00
#117
 | 
United States johnjay 
What did I say! Never doubt the boyz, Astarlis #1.
2018-06-10 23:12
#119
 | 
Brazil $anji 
SAD!
2018-06-10 23:31
AstraliZzZzZzZzZzzzzzzzzzzz....
2018-06-10 23:36
#147
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Denmark mersault17 
Taz? Is that you? Go and drink some coffee......
2018-06-11 06:41
Winning a tournament in 6 maps is kinda gay... But well played nonetheless.
2018-06-10 23:44
well, the entire online season counts too.. the lan finals are just like a "playoff"
2018-06-11 02:48
True
2018-06-11 18:12
#122
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Denmark Farven 
EZ for Denmark
2018-06-10 23:51
zyp alwaya playing so good in finals
2018-06-10 23:58
#124
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France cedd 
nice adr taco yikers
2018-06-11 00:00
Ez
2018-06-11 00:10
#131
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France Deadfish 
liquid somehow got to final and destroyed by astralis again, this kind of dejavu
2018-06-11 00:46
GG Astralis, expected
2018-06-11 00:47
Time to bring back jdm64?
2018-06-11 01:23
BOTACO IZ BACK LULZ
2018-06-11 01:32
AstralEZ
2018-06-11 03:39
-taco +kazak
2018-06-11 08:39
#156
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Sweden naturen 
boring tournament
2018-06-11 13:18
#157
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Sweden TomodachiOM 
EliGE showcasing why he got 12th spot in the latest top 20. Impressive stuff.
2018-06-11 14:58
- taco + rush
2018-06-11 19:54
Insane teamplay from them, hope they can keep it up in the future!
2018-06-13 18:40
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