Astralis Talent defeat GamerLegion to secure CCT North Europe Series 4 title
The Danish academy squad is now on a nine-match winning streak.
Astralis Talent have been crowned CCT North Europe Series 4 champions after getting the better of GamerLegion in the grand final to secure the $22,000 grand prize. The final was a close two-map affair, as the Danes needed 30 rounds to close out Overpass (16-14) before requiring double overtime on Ancient (22-19).
The title is the biggest success the Astralis Talent have accrued during their time together. They currently sit at #73 in the world rankings and have previously only claimed titles in local events such as Energive Cup 2022 and NPF Invitational 2022.
For GamerLegion, this marks their second grand final loss in a row in the CCT circuit. The European squad were previously upset in the CCT West Europe Series 1 by another academy team, Spirit Academy. A second loss of such nature will be less-than-ideal preparation for the squad's BLAST.tv Paris Major Europe RMR campaign. The Major qualifier event will run April 6-14, and GamerLegion have been placed in Group A alongside teams such as FaZe, Natus Vincere, and Outsiders.
Astralis Talent consists of two players who have had stints in the main team, the duo being Mikkel "MistR" Thomsen and Kristoffer "Kristou" Aamand. They represented the organization together at Elisa Masters Espoo 2022 where they helped Astralis secure a 3-4th finish. Their experience no doubt helped the young roster, but it was Alexander "Altekz" Givskov who topped the charts, putting up a 1.33 rating in the final and a 1.24 rating across the entire tournament.
Astralis Talent started their tournament bid all the way back in the closed qualifier, where they defeated fellow countrymen MASONIC. That qualified them for the Swiss System groups and the Astralis Talent went 3-0 and surprised many higher-ranked teams, namely Sangal, VOYVODA, and Nexus. The academy squad claimed even more scalps during their playoff run, breezing past Copenhagen Flames (2-0) before qualifying for the grand final with 2-1 wins against SINNERS and 500.
Their grand final opponents, GamerLegion, were their toughest test. The European squad are ranked #27 in the world and received a direct invite to the playoff stage, something they made the most out of by defeating ECSTATIC and SAW. Their next opponents were Let us cook, who surprisingly got the better of fnatic earlier on in the tournament. Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski and company took GamerLegion to three maps but were unable to stop them on their way to the grand final.
The Kamil "siuhy" Szkaradek-led team came into the game as massive favorites, but dropped a 7-0 start on the first map of Overpass and failed to close out Ancient after being 14-10 up on the favored CT side to lose their second CCT event final in a row.
|GamerLegion||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|55 - 56||-1||84.2||1.11|
|55 - 50||+5||80.1||1.08|
|47 - 48||-1||68.0||0.98|
|39 - 48||-9||69.9||0.95|
|39 - 48||-9||64.1||0.84|
|Astralis Talent||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|57 - 43||+14||92.9||1.33|
|53 - 45||+8||80.6||1.19|
|48 - 51||-3||70.5||0.98|
|46 - 46||0||68.5||0.95|
|43 - 50||-7||61.1||0.88|
CCT North Europe Series 4 bracket stage final standings:
1. Astralis Talent - $22,000
2. GamerLegion - $10,000
3-4. 500 - $5,000
3-4. Let us cook - $5,000
5-8. SINNERS - $2,000
5-8. 9INE - $2,000
5-8. Monte - $2,000
5-8. SAW - $2,000
9-16. Copenhagen Flames