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ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 – Final Placements

Published: 29/Jul/2018 18:10 Updated: 29/Jul/2018 20:46

by Vincent Genova

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Astralis is back on top after winning the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premiere 2018 tournament, taking home the $500,000 prize.

They defeated Team Liquid in a Grand Final that only had brief moments of competitive action.

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The Grand Final predictions were not even as Astralis entered the match as heavy favorites over the Team Liquid squad who has never beaten them.

Astralis proved their favored ranking early, winning the first 14 rounds as a helpless Liquid struggled to match the talent of the number one squad in the world.

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The 14th round was a particularly impressive blowout, with dev1ce’s AWP picking off Liquid one by one as they barely fired back. The crowd was in disbelief as Astralis was rarely challenged.

nitr0 would lead Liquid out of embarrassment in the 15th round, leading his team in elims as they finally picked up a round victory to make the map score 14-1.

It would not last, Astralis shutdown Liquid’s dual pistol strategy to go up 15-1. The map win would elude Astralis for a few rounds before closing out by a count of 16-5 to take the 1-0 lead.

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Team Liquid used their relatively strong finish to take an early lead in Map 2, taking an 8-4 advantage to the 13th round. Astralis re-established their dominance to stop any upset hope, winning six straight rounds to take the lead at 9-8. The teams traded rounds before Astralis pulled away at the end to win the championship with a 16-12 final score and the 2-0 sweep.

Astralis and Liquid both qualified for the Playoffs by advancing out of Group A. Liquid reached the Grand Final by upsetting Group B first seed NaVi, while Astralis handled business against the overmatched mousesports.

The final placements for the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premiere 2018 tournament are below. 

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ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 Final Placements

Position Team Prize Money
1st Astralis $500,000
2nd Team Liquid $200,000
3rd-4th Natus Vincere $80,000
3rd-4th mousesports $80,000
5th-6th Fnatic $40,000
5th-6th MIBR $40,000
7th-8th Cloud9 $30,000
7th-8th FaZe Clan $30,000
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es3tag reportedly leaving Astralis for new role on Cloud9 CSGO squad

Published: 15/Oct/2020 3:23

by Andrew Amos

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Danish CS:GO star Patrick “es3tag” Hansen has only been a part of Astralis for six months, but he’s already moving on from the squad’s ambitious 10-man project. He’s reportedly set to join Cloud9 as the organization rebuilds in Europe.

The Astralis 10-man project could be over before they even reached their lofty goals. The Danish organization went into 2020 with the plans of expanding their roster beyond just five in the server, building out a two-team core to constantly rotate through.

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This was seemingly brought on after long-term Astralis members went on break after a strenuous couple of years that saw them lift four Major titles.

es3tag holding Astralis jersey with Zonic
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es3tag is moving on from Astralis six months after signing.

Patrick “es3tag” Hansen was the first man brought on, but he could be the first major piece to leave. A new report from Danish website TV2 Sport states that Hansen is moving on to join the new Cloud9 colossus for 2021.

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es3tag joined Astralis properly in July 2020, but the move was announced months earlier during Flashpoint Season 1. He was the first part of Astralis’ 10-man puzzle, as the Danish squad looked to implement a new rotation system.

However, the project has seemingly fallen off the tracks. As veteran members like Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Andreas “Xyp9x” Hojsleth return to the roster, the newer teammates like es3tag and Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen have been back to riding the bench.

Jakob “JUGi” Hansen was also a part of the squad earlier in 2020, but left when Astralis onboarded Bubzkji. Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer was temporarily used as a substitute for es3tag as well before his contract with Heroic ran out.

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Cloud9 have announced four of the six pieces of their new CS:GO team after dropping their South African-NA hybrid roster in September.

Ricky “floppy” Kemery is the only player from the former ATK squad remaining, with Cloud9 picking up Alex “Alex” McMeekin, William “mezii” Merriman, and Ozgur “woxic” Eker. They will be coached by former 100 Thieves coach Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunovic.

Astralis, Cloud9, and es3tag are yet to publicly comment on the reports. We will let you know if the move happens.

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