Astralis scoop $1 million Intel Grand Slam prize
Astralis won the $1 million prize from the first season of the Intel Grand Slam (IGS) after coming out on top at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals.
The Danish giants beat Liquid 3-1 in the grand final at a packed Sparekassen Fyn Arena, in Odense, to lift their fourth Intel Grand Slam title, after DreamHack Masters Marseille, the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals and IEM Chicago.
It took Astralis nine IGS-eligible events to scoop the prize, which was created in June 2017 to reward the team who could win four +$200,000 ESL/DreamHack tournaments in the span of ten. Even if Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's troops lost the final in Odense, they would still have another shot at the prize at the IEM Katowice Major, in February.
FaZe was the first team to get within touching distance of the prize after winning ESL One New York 2017, IEM Sydney 2018 and ESL One Belo Horizonte, but they missed out on the chance to make history as they could not secure the title at either ESL One Cologne 2018 or DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018.
Besides Astralis and FaZe, seven teams won Intel Grand Slam tournaments during the first season: SK (now known as MIBR), G2, NiP, fnatic, Natus Vincere, North and mousesports. Of these seven teams, Na`Vi is the only one retaining the roster that won an IGS trophy.
ESL has yet to announce details about the second season of the Intel Grand Slam, but it is expected to start at IEM Katowice, which would make it the first Major to be eligible for the prize.
Below you can find a list of the event that comprised Intel Grand Slam Season 1 and their respective winners:
ESL One Cologne 2017 - SK
DreamHack Masters Malmö 2017 - G2
ESL One New York 2017 - FaZe
IEM Oakland 2017 - NiP
ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals - SK
IEM Katowice 2018 - fnatic
DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 - Astralis
IEM Sydney 2018 - FaZe
ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals - Astralis
ESL One Belo Horizonte - FaZe
ESL One Cologne 2018 - Natus Vincere
DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 - North
ESL One New York 2018 - mousesports
IEM Chicago - Astralis
ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals - Astralis