Astralis top ECS Season 7 EU Week 1, lock first finals spot

Astralis have locked themselves the first spot at ECS Season 7 Finals after topping the first week of play in Europe, beating NiP 2-0 in the grand final (Train 16-9, Inferno 16-1).

The first week of ECS Season 7 in Europe saw six teams coming from the previous season joined by forZe and AVANGAR, who finished 3-0 and 3-1 respectively in the preceding Pinnacle Cup, compete for a spot at the $500,000 finals taking place in June.

Unsurprisingly, Astralis made their way to the grand final after beating LDLC and AVANGAR without losing a map, although the latter team put up a respectable fight as both Overpass and Inferno went down to the wire.

Astralis secured the first spot at the ECS Season 7 Finals

The other side of the bracket was more closely contested, as FaZe passed the quarter-finals after a three-map series versus Virtus.pro while NiP dispatched of forZe, with the Swedes then defeating Nikola "NiKo" Kovač & co. 2-1 despite losing the opening Inferno 2-16.

Although NiP started off well in the grand final with a 9-6 scoreline on the CT side of their pick, Train, the series ended up looking like a whitewash once Astralis went 10-0 on their own defense before dismantling their opponents 16-1 on Inferno.

Matchpage
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14th March 2019
Sweden
16
Train
9
16
Inferno
1
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 39 - 24 +15 108.5 1.64
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 37 - 18 +19 88.4 1.48
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 36 - 24 +12 94.6 1.39
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 35 - 19 +16 82.1 1.39
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 25 - 26 -1 58.5 0.97
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden William 'draken' Sundindraken 29 - 30 -1 68.9 0.96
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 24 - 35 -11 63.0 0.75
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 23 - 37 -14 61.0 0.67
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 19 - 35 -16 53.0 0.63
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 16 - 36 -20 52.5 0.48

With the win, the Danes have secured the first European spot at ECS Season 7 Finals out of a total of four allocated to the region, with two more going to winners of week two (March 18-21) and three (April 25-28). The remaining spot will be filled by the team who earned the most prizemoney over the course of the five weeks.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1022
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#1
gla1ve | 
India Taystee 
Easy
2019-03-14 22:01
#4
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Poland F5_detector 
F5
2019-03-14 22:01
Expected
2019-03-14 22:03
#94
ScreaM | 
India AJN_ 
lol
2019-03-15 04:29
#32
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
Expected
2019-03-14 22:14
Ofc
2019-03-14 22:01
#3
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Denmark GODSENT|Klint 
ez far Astralis
2019-03-14 22:01
#5
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Israel Talespin 
So good :)
2019-03-14 22:02
:( men
2019-03-14 22:02
#7
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Portugal ItsAvenn 
16-1? kkkkkkkkk
2019-03-14 22:02
Taking a 14:1 beating on inferno must feel familiar.
2019-03-15 16:59
Lul
2019-03-14 22:02
#9
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Germany GrammarNaziGuy 
Device again bottom
2019-03-14 22:02
#14
Snax | 
United Kingdom LFX 
Ikr it's weird
2019-03-14 22:03
not boosting stats in online easy games but stepping up and carrying most important tournaments and getting mvp there.That's the difference
2019-03-14 22:07
#71
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World WestSideDude 
not sure about "stepping up and carrying" part
2019-03-14 23:49
Me too lul
2019-03-15 06:48
#107
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World WestSideDude 
+1
2019-03-15 09:07
didn't he have a noticeably lower rating in the Katowice major playoffs
2019-03-15 06:50
#105
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World WestSideDude 
+1
2019-03-15 09:06
just because of one bad game vs mibr coz he was sick.
2019-03-15 19:06
So ez
2019-03-14 22:02
#11
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Brazil Kelmec 
wow
2019-03-14 22:02
#12
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Asia CritStarrHD 
ruining pro csgo one tournament at a time.
2019-03-14 22:02
#30
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United States DervGuy 
Okay bud
2019-03-14 22:13
Nah, they are showing how it's done. It up to the other teams to step up their game, which is currently trash compared to Astralis.
2019-03-14 23:05
but he is right tho. without astralis it would have been not so 1sided
2019-03-14 23:13
And who's fault is that exactly ?
2019-03-15 00:24
its not astralis fault, but they destroyed the scene, thats what I tried to say. when astralis goes to a tournemant you can pretty much say its 80-20 that they win it ^^. its just not interesting enough, to see them dominating. I like astralis nevertheless, their playstyle is picture perfect tho.
2019-03-15 10:46
I would argue that it really is the other teams fault for not keeping up with astralis
2019-03-21 20:58
you actually read what I writed? "its not astralis fault,.." also this is 6 days ago bro
2019-03-21 22:14
If 1 sided = ruined then you dont respect proper counterstrike
2019-03-15 06:47
Lol. Not their bad if they just better. Others teams have to step up if they want to merit their rank.... Stop complaining it's the game. Astralis show to the world how the work pay when you do it correctly.... Others teams must do the same.
2019-03-15 10:49
they ruined the scene with their dominance, thats it. I like the way astralis plays. not too agressive and just play with good communications, tactics, and even their individual play is on a very high level. they are insane and that just destroyed the whole scene for me. I'm not saying its boring cs, just saying that other teams cant win a title is whack. its not astralis fault, thats for sure
2019-03-15 10:50
Not completely agree with the fact of "Astralis ruined the scene". It's not false but I think others teams ruined the scene too. They doesn't work enought/correctly to beat Astralis. It's CS:Go Astralis can't step down, others teams can step up... Which is ruining the scene it's the gap between Astralis and others teams that's it...
2019-03-15 11:19
"they ruined the scene" "its not astralis fault" pick one lmao
2019-03-15 11:31
lmao lmao lmao astralis ruined the scene because they have stepped up to gods. but its not astralis fault that the scene is not competing good.
2019-03-15 11:37
Pick glasses my crying friend. When I say "they" I was speaking about the all scene. When a team is bad all people are saying "wtfbdjrufht they are shit wtf gudufhf" and when a team is too good "wtffbdjfjfj they are too good they ruined the scene wtf fkfufh" You, all crying people, you make me laugh lmao. Edit : Oh I forget : Gods doesn't exist ahahah
2019-03-15 12:02
I didnt respond to you and I never said any of that, what are you even talking about? My point is that the scene isnt ruined at all if you appreciate quality counterstrike. If you want to see a rivalry for #1 then I guess it is ruined, FOR YOU, but not from an objective perspective
2019-03-15 12:13
I don't respond only to you neither. Ahah I can't understand what you think if you don't put all the words at the beginning. Then I understand what you mean and I'm agree with that. Don't think I'm a Astralis fan. Me too I can't wait to see other teams be #1 rival
2019-03-15 12:18
I was pointing out the contradiction in his post. He had two directly conflicting statements so I wanted to see which one he actually believed.
2019-03-15 12:20
#82
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France J0riS_ 
+1
2019-03-15 00:19
boring
2019-03-14 22:03
Nah, they are showing how it's done. It up to the other teams to step up their game, which is currently trash compared to Astralis.
2019-03-14 23:05
#73
GeT_RiGhT | 
Czech Republic kl0r 
+1
2019-03-14 23:51
Unexpected
2019-03-14 22:04
#18
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Poland Kleigen 
yaaaaaaawn
2019-03-14 22:05
magisk going to be #1 of astralis.
2019-03-14 22:06
#38
s1mple | 
Ukraine San4o10 
Already
2019-03-14 22:25
Unexpected
2019-03-14 22:07
LuLstralis<3<3
2019-03-14 22:07
GODevice
2019-03-14 22:07
#70
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World WestSideDude 
-1 = GOD? device was WORST from Asstralis
2019-03-14 23:48
He wasnt baiting unlike others
2019-03-15 00:39
#106
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World WestSideDude 
0/8
2019-03-15 09:07
#138
gla1ve | 
Europe catre 
haters nowadays
2019-03-16 04:25
#24
ropz | 
Czech Republic rusteD 
New economy will be a major problem for ecovice Less eco rounds mean worse rating.
2019-03-14 22:09
#95
Xyp9x | 
Indonesia Wawzloll 
XDDD
2019-03-15 05:13
I think astralis need a nerf
2019-03-14 22:10
Top1 team? Boring and suspicious as fuck Every fucking rounds Shoots through the smokes and win Every fucking rounds Playing with fucking 4 eyes i guess LOL
2019-03-14 22:10
how much
2019-03-14 22:31
#41
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Denmark Duke1996 
Zzz
2019-03-14 22:33
Nah, they are showing how it's done. It up to the other teams to step up their game, which is currently trash compared to Astralis.
2019-03-14 23:05
Countnorstrike is about getting headshots and understanding weapons. Just using good stratergy to win easy games is dumbing down the game we all will love. Astralis breaking honor code and winning all money and make the good team's quit building better teams.
2019-03-15 00:00
"Just using good stratergy to win easy games is dumbing down the game we all will love" haha nice bait
2019-03-15 00:04
#85
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Europe Vallon2 
0/8 LOL
2019-03-15 00:31
They are not humans
2019-03-14 22:10
#42
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Denmark Duke1996 
4 of them are real human beings. Xyp is more of a questionmark.
2019-03-14 22:34
#72
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World WestSideDude 
Xyp = alien
2019-03-14 23:49
expected
2019-03-14 22:12
#31
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United States DervGuy 
Amazing how dumb fucks still think Astralis cheat
2019-03-14 22:13
#33
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Europe V3N0M42 
AUGstralis strike again !! Booing team
2019-03-14 22:16
not a boring team per se. just boring that opponents can't challenge them.
2019-03-14 22:50
80)
2019-03-14 22:53
If you think they are boring, I can not understand you see it, if I have seen a movie that I think is boring, then I will not see it again, but you are so stupid that you see the movie again and then chuckles over it...can you se it IDIOT.
2019-03-14 22:52
KUK KUK
2019-03-14 22:54
Device is shit
2019-03-14 22:22
#69
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World WestSideDude 
+1
2019-03-14 23:47
if he was shit, astralis would not be the greatest team of all time..
2019-03-16 04:41
Yet again what a performance by both teams :)))
2019-03-14 22:23
#37
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Myanmar xdcc 
Unexpected
2019-03-14 22:25
Legends
2019-03-14 22:29
#43
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Spain elskio 
EZ for GOAT
2019-03-14 22:36
#44
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Denmark Duke1996 
Impressive streak - no maps dropped. AVANGAR was the toughest opponent. Watch out for them.
2019-03-14 22:38
#45
shox | 
Vietnam buai 
at least they didnt lose 16-0 like M16R did
2019-03-14 22:38
I dont think any team right now who can beat Astralis on inferno. I know about nuke tho
2019-03-14 22:44
who?
2019-03-14 23:11
I meant i dont know any team who can beat sorry
2019-03-14 23:20
MIBR
2019-03-14 23:41
#63
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Brazil Kelmec 
haha
2019-03-14 23:42
KHYN
2019-03-15 00:02
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2019-03-15 00:07
#86
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Europe Vallon2 
HAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHA
2019-03-15 00:32
#126
k0nfig | 
Denmark nalleB 
Maybe they should try overcome a team like Windigo first L O L
2019-03-15 16:04
/s
2019-03-15 17:06
the greatest CS:GO team of all time strikes again
2019-03-14 22:51
Can Astralis play in next series?
2019-03-14 22:54
why should they? probably not
2019-03-14 23:10
they wont. they are in the finals now. there'll be five of these mini tournaments and the winner of each will go on the the finals
2019-03-14 23:44
Just because other teams can win more money, for example NiP, if they win next series can win 17k overall. Or they lose in 4 finals and win in the last, move on by ranking and earn 32k. And Astralis just 12. Its not fair
2019-03-15 00:16
i suppose. but if they win, then they spend their time playing other tournaments and just training aiming to win a big one. and the do want to win, they want to go to the finals
2019-03-15 00:30
oh yeah, I forgot about how top teams "love" online matches
2019-03-15 21:19
Obvious cheaters
2019-03-14 23:30
cry is free
2019-03-14 23:43
The same wrote Swedes about flusha in 2014
2019-03-14 23:44
a lot of swedes admitted he was shady as fuck and there was so many clips that still to this day look like 100% cheat. Astralis are and have always been legit tho. Lets talk about all the micro shaking s1mple does when ever he gets a kill instead ! :)
2019-03-15 00:07
Don't care about sh1tple at all :)
2019-03-15 02:02
You realize the absurdity in thinking that one top 3 team cheats and 1 doesnt right?
2019-03-15 12:16
Cry is free
2019-03-15 00:02
expected af
2019-03-14 23:43
#68
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World WestSideDude 
dev0ce
2019-03-14 23:47
dev3.1415ce
2019-03-15 00:08
#87
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Europe Vallon2 
Did not expect this...
2019-03-15 00:33
Well, they are probably unbeatable since no one will win against them for the next 3 years. Liquid is already decaying, NaVi cant win shit with they "strats", FaZe is FaZe, Mibr is shit rn and probably will stay like that until they release Felps or learn to be humble, ENCE and NiP arent good enough to beat them. Or I can go the easy route and say that these gods reached a level of game sense and skill so high that's its Impossible to defeat them.
2019-03-15 00:38
#91
ANGE1 | 
Russia ultnie 
Friberg: "Smoke bug is on again" Gla1ve: 108 ADR P.S.: it's just a joke Astralis fans, chill.
2019-03-15 02:14
Xd
2019-03-15 10:32
ResidentSleeper
2019-03-15 02:47
#93
f0rest | 
Romania warowl 
In other knews, the sky is blue.
2019-03-15 03:40
16-1 lul
2019-03-15 06:09
wow surprise!
2019-03-15 06:20
#98
BnTeT | 
Indonesia BabyREKT 
Gla1ve highest rating Pog
2019-03-15 06:27
#102
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African Union mikecool 
Nip never stood a chance
2019-03-15 07:43
#103
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Liberia weALLcheat 
How the hell Device went -1 with 16-9 and 16-1, lmao
2019-03-15 08:57
#104
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World WestSideDude 
just another proof that dev2ce is useless
2019-03-15 09:06
Cause its not normal to have off games? Just another proof that your life is useless. Hahaha
2019-03-15 09:54
#109
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World WestSideDude 
Cause his team wins without his exit/eco frags.
2019-03-15 10:23
0/8
2019-03-15 12:21
#125
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World WestSideDude 
this match is actual proof.
2019-03-15 13:14
He dosnt really need to perform against a shitty team like that for astralis to win. Just stop using the same retarded excuses like Classic hltv kids with 0 IQ brain.
2019-03-15 18:03
Then certainly this match must be counter proof hltv.org/stats/matches/64366/ence-vs-ast..
2019-03-15 22:40
#111
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Luxembourg alex24 
NIP reminds me of VP... the downfall began like this.. the polish team barelly gathered 8-10 rounds on 2 maps against most top10 teams
2019-03-15 10:36
#136
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Macedonia ydjoon 
wrong,just 2 weeks ago they lost to astralis 16-14.
2019-03-15 22:48
#140
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Luxembourg alex24 
astralis playing with 4 players
2019-03-18 07:51
#118
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Denmark how_much_ 
EZ Clap
2019-03-15 11:38
I fucking Hate Astralis so fucking much, I hope their reign is ended and they get washed up and don't win shit after that, they are making CS Boring, I no longer feel the use of watching a game that I know the outcome of, CS is no longer fun and enjoyable due to this dumb strats users , they can't win shit without antistrating or nades for example they have lost to liquid on train in esl pro league cause they couldn't antistrat them and almost lost to Nip on dust2 in katowice and to NaVi on Cache . And after all remember they lost to washed up cloud9 in Copenhagen when it was an aim game. They can get smoke kills and nades damage and the they always try to delay or not to take a fights by info peaking and always avoid the aim-game. First Person Shooter is for name sake only when people rarely get the chance to shoot them, I am so done right now. PS: I woke up at 3 in the morning just to watch the game which turned out to be the least entertaining one I re ever witnessed .
2019-03-15 16:39
Noob why do you look at the game if you dont like them are you just dumb? Astralis play so fycking good. And all you are doing are CRYING like a girl! Get a live and if you dont like them then look at them when they are playing. Alot of ppl love to see them play. and them who saying its booring is just mad that their team SUCK! NO BODTY!! and i mean NO BODTY can blame Astralis that they are good!!! Blame the other team for nok playing so good!!! One thing is sure Astralis can lose a game. thats how i will be. they won win forever. And when that day you losers come out and crying again.
2019-03-15 17:21
#133
fnx | 
Brazil Leexo 
expected
2019-03-15 20:07
#137
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Macedonia ydjoon 
i heard most pro players pay a certain amount of money to some csgo developers to protect their cheats but they have to be really really professional in using their cheats. some pay atleast $4k per month and could well above depending on the player.
2019-03-15 22:51
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