Astralis top ECS Season 7 EU Week 1, lock first finals spot
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.
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.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||39 - 24||+15||108.5||1.64|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||37 - 18||+19||88.4||1.48|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||36 - 24||+12||94.6||1.39|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||35 - 19||+16||82.1||1.39|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||25 - 26||-1||58.5||0.97|
|NiP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|William 'draken' Sundindraken||29 - 30||-1||68.9||0.96|
|Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ||24 - 35||-11||63.0||0.75|
|Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest||23 - 37||-14||61.0||0.67|
|Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT||19 - 35||-16||53.0||0.63|
|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.