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Astralis win ECS Season 5 Finals Beating Team Liquid in Grand Final – Highlights and Final Placements

Published: 10/Jun/2018 18:45 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Ross Deason


The ECS Grand Final is done and dusted and Astralis are your new champions after defeating Team Liquid in an intense match.

The veto saw both teams deviate somewhat from the maps that have been their bread and butter throughout the tournament as Team Liquid picked Miage and Astralis picked Dust 2. The deciding map, if needed, would be Nuke.


Astralis got off to the perfect start on Mirage with a CT side pistol round followed by the crucial anti-ecos for a perfect 3-0 start. The Danes also managed to pick up the first rifle round and soon raced off to a commanding lead.

So commanding, in fact, that Team Liquid seemed to be completely incapable of getting a single round on the board. As has been the pattern throughout the tournament, Astralis’ CT side seemed impenetrable.


Team Liquid finally managed to get on the board in round 10 and quickly doubled down to get their second. Astralis then looked set to win an incredible eco round but Team Liquid’s youngest star, Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken clutched up to keep them in with a shot.

The North American’s eventually managed to reduce the deficit to 4-11 by the end of the first half but they were still facing an uphill battle after switching to the CT side.

That uphill battle got even steeper when Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen clutched an intense pistol round to give Astralis the economical advantage once again at the start of the second half.


The Danes capitalized on this and soon found themselves on match point with a score of 15-4. Team Liquid had terrible economy going into round 20 but bough up what they could and somehow prevented the inevitable for a moment at least.

The North Americans were able to string a number of impressive rounds together and looked set to make a stunning comeback but Astralis eventually prevailed to take the first map with a score of 16-14.

Astralis opened up on Dust 2 with yet another pistol round win but Team Liquid answered right back with a force buy and started stringing rounds together on the T side to take a comfortable lead.


Astralis eventually got back on the board with a force buy round of their own but Liquid’s 6-2 start to the map was certainly better than their opening rounds on Mirage and they immediately regained control.

It looked like Team Liquid could do no wrong as they won clutch after clutch to continue stretching out their lead. Astralis finally responded in round 13 to reduce the deficit to 3-10 but the half was already a disaster for the Danes.


Halftime saw Team Liquid holding a 10-5 lead but Astralis managed to win a seemingly impossible pistol round to keep themselves in with a shot of making a comeback. Device and co. then started to mirror Liquid’s first half performance and soon drew level at 10-10.

After a tournament that featured some of the most impressive CT sides in recent memory, it was actually Astralis’ T side that was the difference maker on Dust 2 as Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth started to take over the game.

Eventually the Danish side secured map and championship point at 15-12 as Tam Liquid opted to save with four p layers alive as they faced a B site retake.

Unfortunately the North Americans could not extend the match any longer and Astralis eventually secured the tournament win, proving yet again that they are the best team on Earth.

ECS Season 5 Final Placements

Position Team Prize Money
1st Astralis $250,000
2nd Team Liquid $120,000
3rd-4th FaZe Clan $65,000
3rd-4th NRG Esports $65,000
5th-6th G2 Esports $45,000
5th-6th Fnatic $45,000
7th-8th Cloud9 $35,000
7th-8th Luminosity Gaming $35,000

Nadeshot frustrated as ESL shut down his restream of CSGO finals

Published: 19/Oct/2020 0:49 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:59

by Theo Salaun


Ahead of 100 Thieves’ announced departure from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Mathew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag came under a bit of fire for disinterest in his org’s finals match at IEM New York and, subsequently, admonished by ESL for streaming the event.

Nadeshot came home to Los Angeles after 12 hours of travel and was excited to stream some of the Black Ops Cold War open beta for the first time, but, as the stream started, he also mentioned that he wouldn’t be responding to chat as much as usual because 100T was facing Furia in the IEM New York Grand Finals.


Unfortunately, some found it disappointing that the organization’s founder would multitask and play another game during his team’s final CS:GO match ever, with former pro Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill even calling him out.

With people like SPUNJ discrediting Nade’s loyalty to his team and Black Ops Cold War coincidentally crashing, the 100T CEO attempted to switch over to the big match. But, in another string of disappointments, that idea wasn’t meant to be either.


After trying to watch the Grand Finals with about 13,000 viewers, Nade received word that this re-stream was against ESL guidelines and that he was not allowed to do so.

Frustratedly, he returned to his initial Black Ops Cold War plans and expressed some understanding, as well as disappointment with the tournament organizers’ decision.

“At the end of the day, I get it from a business perspective on ESL’s standpoint,” Nadeshot said. “I mean, they pay for broadcast rights and they’re putting on this tournament and all these things.


But, from my perspective, I have all of their sponsors and broadcast assets on my stream … I’m essentially just on a soapbox right now, blasting the stream but with just 12-13,000 more viewers.”

As he explained on stream, by putting the stream on full screen without any of his brandings, he felt that he was just giving the official broadcast more exposure. But, ultimately, he understands why the decision was made.

In a later clip, following his return to streaming BOCW, the 100T head honcho added further clarification.


While affirming that he fully understands why he wasn’t allowed to re-stream the event and that he respects ESL’s business decisions, he felt that this situation was unique and could have been handled differently: “Well, I got your logos up here, I’ve got none of my sponsors up here. Can’t we just make an exception?”

First criticized for not giving his team’s play enough attention and then reprimanded for giving it too much attention, this wasn’t one of Nadeshot’s more fortunate streams. Still, he understands why ESL came down on him and, perhaps more importantly, he did eventually get to play BOCW without his PC crashing.