Astralis are the 2019 StarLadder Berlin champions after beating AVANGAR in the Grand Finale 2 – 0. Sunday saw the final game in the StarLadder Berlin 2019 playoffs take place, teams battling it out for their share of the $1,000,000 USD prize pool. After finishing 3rd in New Legends Stage, Astralis certainly weren’t favourites going into the playoff rounds, however convincing victories against Team Liquid and NRG Esports, Astralis were able to take down AVANGAR in the final and the take home the top prize of $500,000.
Astralis faced off against Team Liquid in the StarLadder Berlin 2019 quarter finals. After showing good form in the group stages and finishing with a 3 & 1 record, Astralis started the final stages well and quickly put away what was a mid-table Team Liquid. The Bo3 game finished 2 – 0 and Astralis moved on to the semis where they would face a 2nd placed NRG Esports team, in excellent form. After beating Natus Vincere (7th) in the quarter finals NRG probably came into the game as favourites, but Astralis finished them off 2 – 0 also, making their way into the StarLadder Berlin Grand Finale and setting up a mouth-water match-up with AVANGAR.
AVANGAR’s route to the finale was definitely surprising. After a disappointing 7th placed finish in the New Legends Stage and a 3 & 1 record, AVANGAR were paired up with an in-form Team Vitality who had finished 4th in the group respectively. After a glorious battle, AVANGAR were able to upset Team Vitality winning 2 – 1 and advanced to the semi finals where they would take on an unpredictable Renegades team. After finishing 8th in the group and getting paired up with a dominant ENCE team (1st), not many people predicted for Renegades to make it to the semis. AVANGAR proved their class though, dealing with Renegades pretty easily, winning 2 – 0 and moved on to face Astralis in the final match of the CS:GO major competition.
So it was 3rd vs 7th in the StarLadder Berlin final and CS:GO fans all around the world looked on with eager eyes. AVANGAR started well but couldn’t turn their good start into points, Astralis able to keep them at bay. A few surprising moves from Astralis key player Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz and Astralis were able to take the first map of the game Inferno. The second map Dust was also eventually dominated by Astralis who claimed the victory, making the score 2 – 0 and giving Astralis their second major CS:GO trophy of the year, after winning the IEM Major in Katowice back in March.
The next major CS:GO competition will be the 2019 BLAST Pro Series in Moscow this month. Can Astralis make it 2 in a row? Can ENCE make up for an embarrassing loss in the quarter finals against a mid-table Renegades team? Stay tuned at Esportsnow.bet and find out.