Danish fans saluted Astralis where the world's No. 1 squad maintained consistency claiming the 8th Season title of the ESL Pro League. With support from the Danish crowd in Odense, the Sparekassen Fyn Arena authenticated back-to-back ESL Pro League championships for Astralis.
Donning the red and white, Astralis replicated an identical 3:1 victory against the cursed rivals of Team Liquid who fell to the Danes in Season 7 with mirrored results. The victory within the 16 team tournament also augmented Astralis’ legacy where the squad won the inaugural Season 1 of the Intel®️ Grand Slam. Earning their golden rewards, Astralis had killed “two birds with one stone” and ensured their No. 1 ranking remained polished on their perch.
The Bane of America: Astralis
Sniper device held a 1.26 rating and 1.37 impact rating in Astralis’ overall performance during the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals earning himself the MVP medallion. Conquering Team Liquid once more cemented the North American curse and liquidated circulating notions of there being worthy opponents for the Danes. The loss for Team Liquid marked the fourth occasion within 2018 that the North Americans placed runners-up to Astralis.
The Astralis era continued to tower over the landscape whereas Team Liquid appeared similarly dominant against the pool of other elite teams. Suffering their initial series loss to Astralis saw Team Liquid vanquish the finals where they defeated Natus Vincere and MIBR in violently convincing series. The showings brightened the hype behind nitr0 and co however quickly dimmed when two rivals entered the server. It was apparent Astralis weren’t slowing down and wished to carry the victory during December as leveraging momentum moving into early 2019.
Rising through the Ranks
North American based squad Renegades possessing three Australian players entered their most successful ESL Pro League event of the organisations history. With the Renegades shining as the leading home for Australian success, Renegades had recruited the services of “liazz” and New Zealand born AWPer “Gratisfaction”. The international mix found success placing 5-6th alongside Natus Vincere, however the victories foreshadowed phenomenal growth where Renegades went on to place Top 8 at the IEM Katowice CS:GO Major Championship in early 2019.
Another Australian squad had successfully qualified for the finals, Team ORDER. The Australian newcomers failed to impactfully announce their arrivals bowing out in Round 1 of the lower bracket where an experienced Ghost Gaming roster eliminated the Aussies. However, the event spoke relevance of their potential where ORDER nearly clinched a victory over Natus Vincere 14:16. Showing promise from their distant continent, Renegades have been blazing a trail for their region in a respectful fashion as they rise through the ranks.
The ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals reminded the world that Astralis remained unsurpassable. Safeguarding their No. 1 title and claiming a pot of gold in the form of the Intel®️ Grand Slam Season 1, closing the year in December with victory shone a rainbow of promise for the Danish decimators moving into 2019.
The 10th Season of the ESL Pro League Finals have been announced and you can find information regarding the event here. With the Finals proceeding in Odense, Denmark once more, no doubt Astralis will be eager to seek revenge for their losses during the recent ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals.