Astralis beat Liquid to win ECS Season 8 Finals

Astralis came back from a map down to beat Liquid 2-1 and win the eighth season of the Esports Championship Series (ECS).

In the ninth clash of the year between the two best teams of 2019 - the third in grand finals - Astralis passed the test with flying colors to lift their third trophy of the season, after previously winning the StarLadder Major and IEM Beijing. Against a Liquid team chasing their first title in four months, the Danes were out-thought in the draft and found themselves with a one-map deficit despite nearly pulling off a miraculous comeback on Vertigo. The Arlington crowd believed, but Astralis responded to that setback with a prodigious display of power and might as they out-fought their opponents in the next two maps.

Liquid are yet to beat Astralis this season after four attempts, with the Danes looking on course to end the year as the No.1 team in the world. "I think Liquid did pretty well, but we just want to show that 2019 or 2018 is just numbers and that Astralis will always be the best," Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander said after the match when questioned about the fact that the North Americans seemed to have grown in confidence in recent weeks. The two sides could meet again in just a few days, at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals.

Liquid's pick of Vertigo caught many by surprise, Astralis included, with coach Danny "zonic" Sørensen going as far as to say that his team had been "ambushed" in the veto. After all, the Danes had won all six games played on this map over the last three months, two of which against Liquid themselves (at the StarLadder Major and ESL One New York).

The North Americans delivered a statement of intent with a flawless CT pistol and followed that up with the next two rounds to grab a convincing 3-0 lead to delight the Arlington crowd. Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen then went huge as he opened up the A site with three key frags to secure the first round for Astralis, but there was no follow-up on his team's part.

Astralis now have four ECS titles to their name

For the rest of the half, the Danes looked lost on the map and sometimes even afraid to commit to bombsites. Even when they managed to break through the Liquid defense with nothing more than Desert Eagles, they were traded immediately back as they struggled to find holes in the North American defense. A 1v2 clutch from Jake "Stewie2K" Yip in the dying moments gave Liquid their 11th round of the half, but the hero had been Keith "NAF" Markovic with a staggering 22 frags.

The tables turned in the second half as Astralis came out with all guns blazing and shut down any chances of Liquid stringing rounds together, eventually equalising the score at 13-13. With nothing more than a p250, NAF came to Liquid's rescue with a trio of frags, inspiring his team to reach map point, before Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth did the same for Astralis, who cancelled out the home side's lead to take the game to overtime.

It looked like the momentum was firmly in Astralis' favour, but Liquid came out to dominate and won four rounds without response to secure a much-needed victory as they headed into the Danes' home turf of Nuke.

Map two began with a massive blunder from Astralis as they lost a 3v1 situation to Nick "nitr0" Cannella, who killed two opponents before defusing the bomb through a smoke. The North Americans rode that momentum to a 3-0 lead but struggled to sustain the pressure once Astralis had money in the bank. The rest of the half was highly contested as rounds went back and forth and neither side managed to stamp their authority on proceedings, with Liquid securing a narrow 8-7 lead after two victories towards the end of the half with low equipment.

NAF delivered a fantastic performance on Vertigo

Now playing on the Terrorist side, Liquid won the pistol round with a fast A execute and followed that up with the next two rounds to pile even more pressure on Astralis' players. The Danes remained unfazed, though, and put together a water-tight defense with guns in hand to put together a dominant run en route to a 16-11 success.

The first half of Dust2 was a complete blowout: Astralis were in control from the offset and ran all over the Liquid defense, cruising to a 12-3 lead after preventing their opponents from stringing rounds together.

Things went from bad to worse for the North Americans as they lost the pistol round, but gathered themselves impressively and put together a string of rounds thanks to some key plays by Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken, including a 1v3 clutch. But their comeback attempt would be short-lived as Astralis tightened up their defense and won three consecutive rounds to walk away with another tournament victory, their fifth of 2019.

Matchpage
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Vertigo
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Nuke
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Dust2
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 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 68 - 51 +17 83.9 1.23
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 64 - 52 +12 88.0 1.20
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 64 - 55 +9 83.0 1.17
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 55 - 59 -4 70.1 1.05
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 48 - 54 -6 62.9 0.89
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 68 - 59 +9 91.9 1.24
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 56 - 61 -5 74.5 1.02
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 50 - 51 -1 59.9 0.91
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 46 - 61 -15 62.9 0.83
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 51 - 67 -16 66.0 0.81

ECS Season 8 Finals standings:

1. Denmark Astralis - $225,000
2. United States Liquid - $100,000
3-4. Sweden fnatic - $50,000
3-4. United States Evil Geniuses - $50,000
5-6. Brazil MIBR - $25,000
5-6. Sweden NiP - $25,000
7-8. Brazil Sharks - $12,500
7-8. Kazakhstan AVANGAR - $12,500

Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1539
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1225
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1262
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
947
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1596
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1126
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
NA CS KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-12-02 02:02
#38
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Brazil DinooxP 
I didn't even know if I was watching cs or some kind of P*rn stuff because liquid got r*ped
2019-12-02 02:05
LOL
2019-12-02 02:08
#132
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Indonesia lumayan 
2-1 hmm... so raped... hmm... and people above me said LOL hmmm.. wonder whats funny lol? Delusional much
2019-12-02 03:25
#143
JW | 
Greece CMi_ 
When the first map was the pick of liquid and they won due to a missplay from glaive (reloading after spamming through smoke and getting pushed) and the next 2 Maps being 1sided i think its safe to say that Astralis played quite better than liquid.
2019-12-02 06:40
#170
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Indonesia lumayan 
Do u even read the comments? == Why are u replying witch such unrelatable argument lol
2019-12-02 12:00
#184
JW | 
Greece CMi_ 
I think u mean irrelevant. Its 100% relevant since i analysed why it was a very easy game for Astralis.
2019-12-02 14:00
#199
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Indonesia lumayan 
U said its safe to say astralis play quite better than liquid, while my problem with the comments before is the usage of "rape" word
2019-12-03 05:34
#202
JW | 
Greece CMi_ 
I wanted to say it politely but i Guess i gotta say it as it is. The word rape is Kinda heavy, sure but Astralis dominated liquid in the last 2 maps liquid was nowhere To be found. Even on the heavily CT-sided nuke the score was 8-7 in favour of Astralis if im not mistaken.
2019-12-03 11:56
dominated isnt the same as rape
2019-12-03 20:27
+1
2019-12-02 12:49
#192
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Brazil DinooxP 
Looks like you didn't even saw the match because it was 1sided all the time, liquid didn't even got a chance to win the series, vertigo was more like astralis missing some basic that they do than liquid playing relative well
2019-12-02 16:33
#200
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Indonesia lumayan 
So losing 1 game still count as rape? Lol
2019-12-03 05:35
NT NA CANT EVEN WIN ON HOME SOIL
2019-12-02 02:02
Insane! They destroyed all NA fanboys hopes and dreams.
2019-12-02 02:02
#103
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Brazil gresote 
+1
2019-12-02 02:35
#5
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Estonia sux3ss 
too ez for astralis
2019-12-02 02:02
#6
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North America ZachS721 
Na gg
2019-12-02 02:02
#7
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Canada suzi 
Lulquid
2019-12-02 02:02
Name checks out.
2019-12-02 02:03
#186
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Spain nessxA 
+1
2019-12-02 14:49
#9
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Denmark GenericPilot 
ez
2019-12-02 02:03
#104
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Brazil gresote 
+1
2019-12-02 02:35
Device GOD
2019-12-02 02:03
#11
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Denmark QBE_ 
So easy for the GOAT team of CSGO
2019-12-02 02:03
Great game! The greatest team so far still with most major wins recently and lots of top 1 - top 3 finishes! Great teamplay on all of the maps! gj
2019-12-02 02:03
#15
f0rest | 
China hzxhl16 
sad
2019-12-02 02:03
NA CS LULW
2019-12-02 02:03
ggwp
2019-12-02 02:04
#19
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Albania Number1awper 
Liquid is so bad
2019-12-02 02:04
#59
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United States Cadster25 
You won’t be talking when Liquid 16-0 North
2019-12-02 02:10
#180
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Moldova AJollyDoge 
That way Liquid can ACTUALLY win something. Oh wait they will choke that too.
2019-12-02 13:27
#191
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United States Cadster25 
What has G2 done in the past 3 months? Choke out of easy tournament wins?
2019-12-02 16:13
I agree, these shit heads won't be laughing when NA 16-0 Team Heretics hahahahahahaha!!
2019-12-02 22:07
#136
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Denmark Joshua_saunt 
+1
2019-12-02 03:41
On Dust2 they did not have much input, but the two first maps was pretty even. I think Liquid okay.
2019-12-02 17:05
The greatest CSGO team of all time! Dev1ce is GOD.
2019-12-02 02:04
#22
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United States ChocolateLab 
Best of all time.
2019-12-02 02:04
device is truly something else.
2019-12-02 02:04
Ez 4 devi God ANOTHER MVP 4 King
2019-12-02 02:04
#106
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Brazil gresote 
+1
2019-12-02 02:35
#26
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Albania Number1awper 
Elige washed up
2019-12-02 02:04
EZ
2019-12-02 02:04
#105
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Brazil gresote 
+1
2019-12-02 02:35
I wonder who the mvp is magisk or device
2019-12-02 02:04
#41
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Brazil DinooxP 
most likely device
2019-12-02 02:06
device 1.32 magisk 1.18 rating entire tournament
2019-12-02 02:13
Not true at all
2019-12-02 02:07
wtf mens hltv dont lie))))))
2019-12-02 02:13
ok mens jw vac ban hltv dont lie
2019-12-02 15:10
#29
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Spain elskio 
Fiesta! wp
2019-12-02 02:04
GOATS
2019-12-02 02:04
Best team ever, congrats.
2019-12-02 02:05
BOT nitr0
2019-12-02 02:05
yeah he need to raise his low point, that Dust 2 performance is not really acceptable right
2019-12-02 02:05
Congrats guys... great match
2019-12-02 02:05
NA CS LOLLLLLLLLLLLL
2019-12-02 02:05
#36
nitr0 | 
Korea thr33o 
ggwp Astralis! Watching their matches were amazing, T-sides were strong for them. Congrats ya'll!
2019-12-02 02:05
#107
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Brazil gresote 
+1
2019-12-02 02:35
Gg
2019-12-02 02:05
#39
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Denmark McMuffin 
gg wp!
2019-12-02 02:05
#108
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Brazil gresote 
+1
2019-12-02 02:36
#42
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Portugal RCosta14 
Good match, solid win for Astralis, wtf nitr0 you can play much better, Team Liquid play Dust 2 with 4 players, that's not fair 🤷‍♂️🤔😂
2019-12-02 02:06
what a great final, astralis once again showing why they are number 1
2019-12-02 02:06
#109
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Brazil gresote 
+1
2019-12-02 02:36
#45
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United States GiantDays 
Save NAF
2019-12-02 02:07
#64
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Brazil Karlogaria 
NAF, the underrated, low-profile beast as usual
2019-12-02 02:12
#120
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United States GiantDays 
+1
2019-12-02 02:50
GG
2019-12-02 02:07
So boring for a final THESE MAPS SUCK Best Vertigo match in a very long time but Nuke and D2 are soooooooooo trash. VALVE PLS FIX THE MAP POOL
2019-12-02 02:07
If you haven't noticed, valve couldn't care less about CS:GO they just add some fucking skins etc. instead of fixing the fuxking game. Yey more fortnite skins in CS:GO woohoooo! F*ck this shit.
2019-12-02 10:00
yeah m8 i guess you're right the mfs just want our money
2019-12-02 13:09
#48
Twistzz | 
United States LEMQN 
Liquid are trash.
2019-12-02 02:07
#50
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Turkey Diveland 
congrats astralis
2019-12-02 02:07
Goat team nt liquid.
2019-12-02 02:07
At least astralis made it interesting this time
2019-12-02 02:08
#55
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Costa Rica Montanablack 
Gg and cry is free LULQUID
2019-12-02 02:09
another finals, another spanking from Astralis business as usual
2019-12-02 02:09
nitro and elige must be the longest-lasting chokers ever i stg
2019-12-02 02:10
#58
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Brazil Karlogaria 
Everything according to the expected. No hate on Liquid tho, despite nitro's ridiculous performance on dust2, which makes it impossible to win a map
2019-12-02 02:10
#61
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Brazil Maujubudo 
O PINK E O CEREBRO ATACAM NOVAMENTE! What a surprise btw smh
2019-12-02 02:10
#62
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Romania heryu321 
FaZe would have beaten them
2019-12-02 02:11
#67
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Denmark Eagle3y3z 
You mean the faze that got 16-0 on dust 2.. Ye right
2019-12-02 02:13
Yeah I am talking about faze that won 16 rounds in a row against Astralis on their best map
2019-12-02 06:17
#74
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Portugal RCosta14 
Let's see next week in ESL finals
2019-12-02 02:15
#63
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Serbia MAESTRO55 
Ahh that cocky Stewie2k, im so glad my bois won it
2019-12-02 02:11
+1 I wanted TL to lose just because of Stewie Fakin 4 foot guy
2019-12-02 02:14
#77
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
Stewie2k is so toxi, and he loos
2019-12-02 02:18
#96
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Brazil Karlogaria 
I think nobody likes him tbh
2019-12-02 02:25
It really is strange, the most underperforming NA players in their respective top 2 teams are both: - Loud & cocky - Bad - Living off their legacy
2019-12-02 02:38
#116
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United States @FyreCS 
Elige and Twistzz aren’t like this tho... :(
2019-12-02 02:44
I was referring to Stew & Tarik. Not this match in particular, but their overall performance.
2019-12-02 02:52
Fucking baffles me how EU can be this salty even when Astralis wins lmao.
2019-12-02 14:05
#198
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United States @FyreCS 
Ah, my bad. This is accurate then XD I have a love/hate relationship with Stewie smh XD
2019-12-03 05:07
EU best country
2019-12-02 02:13
ok where is pro league fantasy mr nomad
2019-12-02 02:13
#111
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Brazil gresote 
who is nomad?
2019-12-02 02:36
Programmer for hltv
2019-12-02 02:48
Too easy
2019-12-02 02:15
#73
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
Astralis on slump they said 4Head
2019-12-02 02:15
#76
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Brazil renatorib 
Astralis GOAT
2019-12-02 02:18
#112
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Brazil gresote 
+1
2019-12-02 02:36
#78
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Europe sn00b_d0gg 
astralis win ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ boring
2019-12-02 02:19
#129
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Lebanon Amer5800xm 
here's some salt 🧂
2019-12-02 03:14
#166
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
0/8
2019-12-02 11:37
#178
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Europe sn00b_d0gg 
lul i just said truth, i dont even care about ppl commenting
2019-12-02 13:19
#79
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
Astralis ended 2018 as the best team in the world, I think it's pretty safe to say 2019 will be no different. GGWP
2019-12-02 02:19
#113
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Brazil gresote 
+1
2019-12-02 02:37
GOAT
2019-12-02 02:20
#92
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Lebanon Amer5800xm 
#astralis4ever Here's to Fill that Jersey Full of Stars
2019-12-02 02:24
#94
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Russia LeGoBoys 
Professional team at work
2019-12-02 02:24
#102
Zeus | 
Other Chuckeee 
Holy shit
2019-12-02 02:30
#115
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United States @FyreCS 
What a great grand final! Some of the best CS I’ve seen in awhile. (Or at least map 1,2). Great job both teams, can’t wait for another final like this! Liquid hopefully will come back stronger!!
2019-12-02 02:43
#117
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African Union mikecool 
Top 4 rankings should match the results here now imo ;)
2019-12-02 02:44
Yeah. But i dont think hltv ranking will change. Astralis obviously getting 1000 points but nothing will change
2019-12-02 03:26
astralis_4_ecs_4_majors_lulquid_0_ecs_0_majors
2019-12-02 02:50
You can see this team is special when Xyp9x and Dupreeh are far behind in frags (on Nuke) and they still manage to win the map
2019-12-02 02:55
Is this Astralis 2.0?
2019-12-02 02:57
#125
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Russia Uhura666 
Stop pretending to be stewie, Tarik!!..i know it was you when you yelling WOOOOoooo on map 1
2019-12-02 03:00
#126
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Brazil oldStar 
So expected... ¯\_(ºvº)_/¯
2019-12-02 03:00
They need to change the name of the team Liquid for ELIGE and +4 When elige did not play well this team is a shit
2019-12-02 03:03
#137
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China Cloud_Crane 
After you slept and woke up, Astralis won a champion again
2019-12-02 04:01
#139
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Indonesia Exodd 
It's getting old, but hey I learn to live with it maybe they're just that good
2019-12-02 05:13
#204
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China Cloud_Crane 
Alright
2019-12-06 08:22
Ez
2019-12-02 06:37
Imagine being LIQUID and cry for jetlags on EU events. But then loose to a danish team on Home soil.
2019-12-02 06:42
Head to head > Astralis 46 Wins - Liquid 16 Win Oops Sorry Astralis 48 Wins - Liquid 17 Wins OMEGAGIGAEXTRALULLL
2019-12-02 06:48
Cs esport is again boring when astralis win everything. I didnt evem watn to watch a match whole event... #ToTheGround
2019-12-02 06:55
then there's something wrong with you, not the esport
2019-12-02 13:54
“Boring cs”???? Only na kids will say hahaaaa😂😂
2019-12-02 07:09
+1
2019-12-02 07:30
#167
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
+1
2019-12-02 11:38
Boring era. Astralis will probaly also win ESL pro league. What a surprise...
2019-12-02 07:17
I'm not surprised..... GG Astralis
2019-12-02 07:28
Gg’s
2019-12-02 07:36
For a long period I can not remember start when, Astrails is dominated to against TL
2019-12-02 08:39
Bring back cobblestone, thanks. LulQuid nice try.
2019-12-02 10:28
#157
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United Kingdom foolio 
1. EU 2. Canada. 3. Tyloo 4. NA
2019-12-02 10:29
xaxaxaxa
2019-12-02 13:04
Ez for Eu cry cry is free muricans
2019-12-02 10:45
Noob Liquid overrated
2019-12-02 11:09
#163
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Spain akproxx 
Eu na eu na thats good
2019-12-02 11:12
#164
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Germany X5ander 
If Astralis struggle, BIG will step up to the new No. 1 !
2019-12-02 11:18
1) Scandinavia - Denmark - Sweden - Norway (because We Scandinavians are alike) 2) Western Europe 3) NA 4) Eastern Europe 5) Asia
2019-12-02 13:15
true but saying that is very cringy dont do it
2019-12-02 16:11
#183
device | 
Denmark ba0708 
I feel like Vertigo shouldn't have been that close, let alone go the way of Liquid. They won so many weird rounds due to random wallbangs, smoke sprays, force buys, etc. Sure all of these things happen sometimes, but not to that extent. Their money was on edge for so many rounds, and it was mostly hero plays that kept them from ecoing. I think Liquid should be happy to even win the first map, because it wasn't ingenious strats or team play that made it happen.
2019-12-02 13:55
what a class!
2019-12-02 15:35
imagine being danish and sucking at everything IRL then along comes a video game and you got nothing else to do
2019-12-02 15:49
#194
zet | 
Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
what do u mean? olympic medals per capita: denmark rank 9, usa rank 39 average standard of living: denmark > NA i could go on forever like this.. i.e.: denmark > your country
2019-12-02 19:01
0/8 cry more american
2019-12-02 23:37
NA still better than ching chongs cs. Facts
2019-12-02 20:35
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