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CSGO: Astralis make history with win at StarLadder Berlin Major – Final Placements

Published: 7/Sep/2019 22:03 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 12:17

by Albert Petrosyan

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The StarLadder Berlin CS:GO Major 2019 has reached its conclusion, as Astralis takes the title with a dominant, record-setting performance against AVANGAR. You can find the full final placements of all teams, and their share of the prize pool, below. 

Astralis are back on top, and back in the history books as well. With their victory in Berlin, they set two records with three straight major championships (FACEIT London, IEM Katowice, and now StarLadder Berlin) and four overall including ELEAGUE Atlanta.

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Astralis got off to an 8-0 start on their map pick, Inferno, and never let AVANGAR get any momentum going, taking it 16-6. The great Danes didn’t take their feet off the gas for even a second, getting out to a 7-1 lead on Dust II, and maintained their lead en route to a 16-5 final score to take the series and the trophy.

With all that said, here are the final placements and prize shares for all of the teams at Berlin Major 2019.

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Placement Team Prize Money ($USD) Seed
1 Astralis $500,000 Legend Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
2 AVANGAR $150,000 Legend Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
3-4 Renegades $70,000 Legend Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
3-4 NRG Esport $70,000 Legend Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
5-8 ENCE $35,000 Legend Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
5-8 Team Vitality $35,000 Legend Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
5-8 Natus Vincere $35,000 Legend Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
5-8 Team Liquid $35,000 Legend Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
9-11 mousesports $8,750 New Challenger Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
9-11 G2 Esports $8,750 New Challenger Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
9-11 CR4ZY $8,750 New Challenger Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
12-14 MIBR $8,750 New Challenger Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
12-14 FaZe Clan $8,750 New Challenger Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
12-14 North $8,750 New Challenger Status at Spring 2020 CS:GO Major
15-16 Ninjas in Pyjamas $8,750
15-16 DreamEaters $8,750
17-19 forZe
17-19 Grayhound Gaming
17-19 Syman Gaming
20-22 FURIA Esports
20-22 HellRaisers
20-22 Complexity Gaming
23-24 TYLOO
23-24 INTZ eSports

Biggest surprises in Berlin

As with virtually all CSGO Majors, the tournament in Berlin has produced a couple of surprising storylines that will dominate conversation topics for the next few months.

Powerhouse squads Team Liquid and Team Vitality facing early exits in the quarterfinals of the Champions Stage definitely fits that criteria, especially the way tournament-favorites Liquid was disposed of by Astralis.

G2 Esports not even making it that far is another major surprise, as they went 2-3 in the Legends Stage and dropped out before making it to Champions.

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Last but not least, the manner with which FURIA Esports underachieved also raised many eyebrows, as they went 1-3 in the Challengers Stage and couldn’t even make it to Legends.

With the Berlin major now wrapped up, the teams look ahead to the next major in spring 2020. The details and location of that major have not been announced yet. Congratulations again to Astralis.

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How Tabsen rebuilt German Counter-Strike

Published: 13/Oct/2020 1:51

by Alan Bernal

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German Counter-Strike was a marvel to see in the days of 1.6, and it’s been a long time since the scene had much acclaim. But Johannes ‘tabseN’ Wodarz has slowly been building up the country’s prominence in the esport alongside the rest of the BIG lineup.

Hailing from pre-Source era LANs, tabseN was there when the Germans were a force to be reckoned with, alongside the neighboring French teams of the time. But that pales in comparison to modern CS:GO, where a German player has yet to even grace a grand finals for a Major.

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Looking to right that wrong, tabseN would leave NRG Esports in 2017 to create Berlin International Gaming (BIG). He linked up with Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic to take Germany back to its CS glory days.

The early road was rocky, to say the least. Roster changes and injuries marred the first couple years.

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This made it hard for tabseN and co. to put together any meaningful results, with only minor success or deep bracket runs that would fizzle out before reaching the finals. TabseN didn’t win a single championship in 2019, that was his first dry year since 2012.

Then the online era of 2020 rolled around, where he was now the prominent IGL and the team had added Florian ‘syrsoN’ Rische and Nils ‘k1to’ Gruhne to the lineup.

Like classic German engineering, he would create a team that could withstand major obstacles and persist pressure. This is the story of how tabseN rebuilt German Counter-Strike.

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