Astralis win CCT South Europe 4 title
The Danes claim their first title with Alexander "Altekz" Givskov in the main roster.
Astralis defeated Eternal Fire in the grand final of CCT South Europe Series 4 in a three-map series (Vertigo 16-14, Overpass 6-16, Inferno 16-7). The Danish squad have thus claimed their second CCT title of 2023 and the $22,000 grand prize after fighting through Iron Branch, Aurora, and OG on their way to the grand final victory against the Turkish superteam.
The win marks the Danes' first tournament victory since replacing Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth with Altekz, with the event being the youngster's third in the main roster. He has shown solid performances during his short time on the team and had his highest-rated event at CCT South Europe 4 with a 1.10 rating. He also put up a standout performance in the final, topping the server on both Vertigo and Inferno.
For Eternal Fire, this was the first event since re-signing Özgür "woxic" Eker to their ever-changing roster. They will undoubtedly be disappointed that they couldn't go all the way in the online competition, but will still leave with their heads held high, especially due to their captain Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli sitting out the first map of the grand final. woxic also had an admirable individual performance in his return to the squad (1.22 rating across the event), and the Turks will be hoping that their most recent roster move will finally mean the right combination of players.
The title decider started on Vertigo, where Eternal Fire played with Ömer "imoRR" Karataş in place of their captain MAJ3R. The map started well for the Turkish squad as they took an early lead off the back of a pistol round win, but a lack of dedicated caller meant they struggled for the rest of their offensive half. A 6-9 deficit gave them a decent chance at a comeback, and they shortly retook the lead at 14-13 before Astralis closed out the map 16-14. Altekz was the best performer on the server, with the youngster putting up a 1.46-rated performance.
MAJ3R returned for Astralis' pick of Overpass, and the Turkish superteam looked revitalized with their captain back at the helm. Eternal Fire led from the start and clinched a comfortable 16-6 victory, forcing the series on to the classic decider of Inferno.
Astralis started the third map on the T side and looked in control throughout the first half, posting ten rounds at the interval after enjoying a seven-round streak during which Eternal Fire looked completely outmatched. After winning the second pistol and increasing their lead to 12-5, their victory was simply a matter of time, and the Danes eventually won 16-7 to claim the CCT South Europe 4 title.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|55 - 50||+5||83.9||1.16|
|52 - 50||+2||78.4||1.09|
|50 - 48||+2||65.3||1.05|
|49 - 48||+1||72.6||1.05|
|41 - 50||-9||67.4||1.01|
|Eternal Fire||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|60 - 49||+11||86.2||1.23|
|56 - 50||+6||76.2||1.07|
|54 - 53||+1||65.9||0.97|
|42 - 46||-4||65.5||0.95|
|22 - 27||-5||65.0||0.82|
|12 - 24||-12||60.4||0.73|
Astralis will now switch focus to their tier-one return at IEM Dallas. The Danes have been placed in Group B alongside the likes of FaZe, Cloud9, and ENCE, with their first test coming against home-town heroes Liquid on Monday.
CCT South Europe Series 4 bracket stage final standings:
1. Astralis - $22,000
2. Eternal Fire - $10,000
3-4. Endpoint - $5,000
3-4. OG - $5,000
5-8. 500 - $2,000
5-8. Into the Breach - $2,000
5-8. Aurora - $2,000
5-8. EYEBALLERS - $2,000
9-16. Bad News Eagles
9-16. Iron Branch
9-16. 9 Pandas
9-16. ALTERNATE aTTaX