Astralis have won the IEM Beijing 2019 after a nine-map winning streak, defeating 100 Thieves 3 – 0 in the grand final yesterday. Eight of the world’s best CS:GO teams battled it out in Beijing for the top-prize of $125,000 USD. Astralis easily defeated 100 Thieves adding to their good form for 2019.
The IEM Beijing 2019 took place over the weekend, and saw eight pro CS:GO teams battle it out for their share of the $250,000 USD total prize pool. Astralis came into the competition having shown some excellent form throughout 2019, winning the StarLadder Berlin back in September, winning the BLAST Pro Standoff in Copenhagen just a few weeks ago and qualifying for the ESL Pro League Season 10 European Finals, which are set to take place next month.
The other favourites coming into the competition had to be FaZe Clan, who won the BLAST Pro Series in Copenhagen last weekend, and also Evil Geniuses, who have also shown good form in recent times – beating Fnatic in the grand final of the StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 in Turkey just last month. Both teams found themselves together in group B with Team Vitality and TYLOO, and were obvious favourites to advance to the playoffs in Beijing.
It was Astralis and 100 Thieves that qualified from Group A of the IEM Beijing 2019 in first and second place respectively. Astralis topped the group with a 3 & 0 record having won all their opening group matches, 100 Thieves finishing with a 2 & 2 record, sadly sending ENCE and ViCi Gaming home.
In the other group, Team Vitality finished on top with a 2 & 0 record, followed hotly by FaZe Clan (2 & 1), Evil Geniuses and TYLOO being shown the exit doors in Beijing. This set up some mouth-watering match-ups in the playoff semi finals. No.1 Team Vitality vs no.2 100 Thieves in the first of the semi finals. No.1 Astralis vs no.2 FaZe Clan, in the other.
100 Thieves were able to upset Team Vitality, beating them 2 – 1 in the Bo3 semi final. Astralis brushed aside FaZe Clan 2 – 0, making it look easy despite FaZe Clan having shown some real strength in recent weeks. This set up the 100 Thieves vs Astralis grand final which kicked off yesterday morning. 100 Thieves held Astralis close in the first round of the grand final, narrowly losing out on Vertigo 16-14 in Astralis’ favour.
On Nuke however Astralis took total control, finishing off the game 16 – 5 following this up with a 16 – 3 demolition of 100 Thieves on Train to close out the series, and win the IEM Beijing 2019, and proving that they are one of the biggest forces in CS:GO, not one to be easily reckoned with.
Astralis’ Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander was awarded MVP for his performances during Astralis’ impressive nine-map winning streak. He had the following to say in the post-match interview about what winning such an award felt like: “It feels amazing, I never thought I would get one because I fought for one for so long, and every time I felt like I played a good tournament, especially in 2018, there was a teammate who was better. I was pretty close at DreamHack Masters Marseille last year, but s1mple stole it, so I’m really happy that I got it.”
You can see highlights of the grand final below:
The final CS:GO event of the year is quickly approaching, the Season XIV World Championship, taking place in Katowice early next year! Astralis have bought themselves a spot in the competition by winning the IEM Beijing 2019, as have Fnatic for their victory at the DH Masters Malmo 2019. Who will join them there, stay tuned right here at esportsnow to find out!