BLAST Pro Series Istanbul at the Ülker Sports Arena in Istanbul ended earlier today and Astralis have come out on top once again.
In a rematch of the first-ever BLAST Pro Series in Copenhagen, Denmark in late November of 2017, Astralis finally got their long-awaited revenge against the Brazilians. After a day and a half of best-of-one group matches that included top teams such as Cloud9, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Space Soldiers, and Virtus.Pro, Astralis and MIBR emerged on top to stage their rematch.
The #1 ranked and #4 ranked CS:GO teams in the world then battled in a best-of-three Finals on Train, Overpass, and Inferno to end the BLAST Pro Series Istanbul on a high note.
An Instant Classic at the BLAST Pro Series Istanbul Finals
Playing in Train, the Danish powerhouse stormed out of the gates strong. Playing on the Counter-Terrorist first, Astralis raced out to a 13-2 score in the opening half. It didn’t take much longer after for Astralis to close out the first map after switching over to the Terrorist side. They finished the map with a commanding 16-3 score and star AWper Nicolai ‘dev1ce‘ Reedtz getting nearly as many kills on his own than the entire MIBR team combined (34 to 39).
Map two, Overpass, went a little bit differently. Although Astralis were, once again, able to come out strong and led 10-5 in the opening half, MIBR, with Jacky ‘Stewie2K‘ Yip and his aggressive plays leading the way, would not let themselves get swept.
After switching over to the Terrorist side, MIBR took control of the game, even going as far as to reset Astralis twice, and ultimately tied the game 12-12. Astralis were able to push MIBR back a bit to extend their lead 14-12. MIBR was relentless, though, and their sheer tenacity and aggression allowed them to take 4 straight rounds to tie the series.
Played on the iconic map, Inferno, the pistol round of the third map went the way of MIBR on the T-side, but Astralis were quick to take the momentum of the game back as the two teams went round for round in both halves with the Danes eventually winning out 16-14.
What’s Next for Astralis?
MIBR on Dust2, Ninjas in Pyjamas on Nuke, and finally, MIBR once again on Inferno, these are three games during the BLAST Pro Series Istanbul that Astralis looked rather vulnerable during the first half of the game only to finish strong on the backs of a dominant second half.
At this point, it’s fair to wonder if Astralis are doing this on purpose to challenge themselves and make matches more entertaining. Or, perhaps, it’s a way to trick enemy teams into a fall sense of security. Although, you’d have to agree, if it’s the former, then the third map against MIBR in the Finals was a bit too close for comfort and they most likely will want to avoid such a scenario in the future.
Either way, Astralis are now champions once again after winning BLAST Pro Series Istanbul. They have now won 6 LAN tournaments this year, including the big one at the FACEIT London Major 2018.
A lineup full of players who are the best at their respective roles, it’s clearly Astralis‘ world right now and we’re all just living in it.
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