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Astralis edge out Team Liquid to win ECS Season 8 – Final Placements

Published: 2/Dec/2019 1:10 Updated: 2/Dec/2019 1:16

by Daniel Cleary


The FACEIT ECS Season 8 Global Finals saw eight of the world’s best CS:GO teams battle it out in the Esports Stadium, Arlington for their share of the $500,000 prize pool.

As the 2019 season is beginning to come to a close, many CS:GO fans were tuned in to see which team would come out on top in one of the final events of the year.

After months of the regional ECS pro leagues in Europe and North America, only eight of the top teams worldwide had earned their chance to compete at the playoffs in Arlington, Texas.

PinnacleEsports, twitterThe top eight CS:GO teams battled it out in the Esports Stadium for the ECS Season 8 Finals title.

One team which stood out to many fans leading into the tournament was the Brazilian Challenger side of Sharks Esports, who had qualified by snatching the 4th NA seed over some of the bigger organizations with their consistent performances in the months prior.

Unfortunately for the underdogs, they fell in the group stage with an 0-2 record despite bringing the Danish powerhouses, Astralis, all the way to overtime in their opening match of the tournament.

As for Astralis, the Berlin Major champions managed to secure their place in the grand finals of the ECS Season 8 Finals, after topping Group B and coming out with an impressive win over a strong Evil Geniuses side in the Semi-Finals.

The Danes were scheduled to face an equally impressive Team Liquid roster, who were also one of the favorites to win the event, in the grand finals of the playoffs in a clash that many fans always look forward to between these two star-studded rosters.

Liquid shocked viewers before the series started, selecting Vertigo, an Astralis favorite, with their map pick. Liquid jumped to a hot start, dominating the first half on CT 11-4, on the shoulders of NAF and nitr0.

Astralis responded with their own strong CT side, tying the map at 13-13, and then tying it again to force overtime. Liquid showcased the T-side rounds they were looking for in regulation, taking their map in overtime 19-15.

Team Liquid looked to carry that form onto Astralis’ pick of Nuke, bursting out with a solid start to their CT-half. However, Astralis brought it back by the end of the half, managing to scrape together seven rounds for themselves.

Moving onto the CT-side for the second half, Astralis put Team Liquid to bed, stringing together a solid run of rounds to take out the map 16-11 and forcing a map three decider.

While many were expecting Team Liquid to keep up their dominant Dust 2 run, Astralis rode their map two momentum into their T-side, breaking out to a quick 9-1 lead. Team Liquid were looking to get back into the game with some close rounds, but struggled to get points on the board after solid starts.

Heading into the second half down three rounds to 12, Team Liquid needed to find some magic to look at forcing overtime, let alone win the map.

However, after dropping the pistol round, the game was all but wrapped up. They managed to salvage a few rounds, but Astralis put Team Liquid to bed 24 rounds into Dust 2, resetting the NA squad’s economy on match point and walking away with the map 16-8.

ECS Season 8 Final Placements

Place Prize Money Team Roster
1 $225,000 Astralis Magisk, xyp9x, gla1ve, dupreeh, device
2 $100,000 Team Liquid Stewie2k, EliGE, Twistzz, nitr0, NAF
3/4 $50,000 Evil Geniuses Brehze, stanislaw, tarik, Ethan, CeRq
3/4 $50,000 Fnatic Brollan, JW, KRIMZ, flusha, Golden
5/6 $25,000 MiBR FalleN, Taco, fer, Lucas1, kngV-
5/6 $25,000 Ninjas in Pyjamas f0rest, REZ, lekr0, plopski, twist
7/8 $12,500 AVANGAR buster, qikert, Jame, AdreN, SANJi
7/8 $12,500 Sharks Esports exit, jnt, meyern, Luken, leo_drunky

Additional reporting by Dexerto’s Scott Robertson and Andrew Amos


BLAST Premier Global Final – Vitality and Astralis through, Complexity out

Published: 22/Jan/2021 0:09

by Albert Petrosyan


BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 

  • Evil Geniuses vs Team Liquid scheduled for 4:30pm CET
  • G2 fall short to astralis 1-2, Vitality sweep Liquid 2-0
  • NAVI eliminate Complexity 2-1

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results




Day 4 — Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 Evil Geniuses vs Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 G2 vs NAVI 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 5 — Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final Astralis vs Team Vitality 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 6 — Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 1 — Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis & G2 edge through to semi-finals

Astralis opened by taking on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with the first map (Inferno) going the way of EG (16-14). The North American’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, as both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) were claimed by the Danes. Xyp9x’s AUG proved too hot to handle on Overpasss — will we see it again?

G2 Esports vs FURIA was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (16-12), snatching FURIA’s map pick. After falling short on Mirage (14-16), G2 bounced back on Nuke (16-10) to clinch the series. NiKo shined, as he clocked out with +20 frags, going 70-50 in three maps.

Day 2 — Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality 2-0 Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  NAVI 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

FURIA bow out early, FalleN’s Liquid surprise Na’Vi

Complexity were unable to perform in their first series of the year, being swept on Mirage (9-16) and Dust2 (8-16). ZywOo shined, delivering 46 kills over two maps. 

A new-look Team Liquid pull the upset against NAVI, dispatching the CIS squad on Inferno (16-6) and Nuke (16-14). S1mple’s 36 kills on Nuke were not enough to keep his team in the upper bracket

Despite a convincing win on Inferno (16-9), FURIA fell short on Mirage (14-16) against Evil Geniuses. Stanislaw and co. followed up with a swift win on Nuke (16-6) to keep their tournament hopes alive.

Day 3 — Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 Complexity 1-2 NAVI 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis 2-1 G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 Vitality 2-0 Team Liquid 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis and Vitality secure top-4, Complexity knocked out

Complexity were eliminated by NAVI after a 1-2 series. Electronic was the star of the show with 75 kills over three maps.

Astralis took down G2 Esports following a thrilling series. The Danes followed Dust2 (14-16) with wins on Vertigo (16-8) and Inferno (16-4) with Dupreeh displaying an impressive 91.5 ADR across three maps.

Team Liquid failed to overcome Vitality falling  short on Vertigo (11-16) after a close game on Nuke (14-16). ZywOo seemed unbeatable in clutches across both maps.

Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

Eight teams are battling it out for their share of $1 million… Additionally, BLAST are gifting the winners an exclusive TW Steel watch to complement the $600k in cash.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
7-8 Complexity $15,000