Astralis have successfully silenced any and all of their doubters after a resounding 2-0 win over Avangar at the StarLadder Major Berlin.
It hasn’t been a kind past couple of months for Astralis. Already considered the greatest CS:GO team of all time, Astralis’ lack of results over the past few months put their era of dominance in real jeopardy. It also didn’t help that their rivals, Team Liquid, took advantage of Astralis’ slump to the tune of winning five straight LAN titles, including the Intel Grand Slam, effectively establishing themselves as the best CS:GO team in the world today.
As it turns out, however, Astralis were simply hibernating.
Following months of relatively lackluster results, Astralis were up to their old tricks once again at the StarLadder Major Berlin. Although they didn’t initially look dominant, come the playoffs, Astralis proved that they remain the team to beat.
After quickly dispatching of their rivals, Team Liquid, in the Quarterfinals, Astralis made short work of NRG Esports in the Semifinals before completely dismantling Avangar in the Grand Finals.
Kudos to Avangar for not backing down from the fight.
Composed mostly of inexperienced CS:GO players, especially in Majors, Avangar proved that dreams do indeed come true after making it all the way to the ultimate round of the StarLadder Berlin Major, beating the likes of Team Vitality and Renegades along the way.
Unfortunately for Dauren ‘AdreN‘ Kystaubayev , the Danes just proved too tall of an obstacle to hurdle.
With the win, Astralis have now won a total of four Major titles, the most of any team in CS:GO history.
StarLadder Major Berlin Grand Finals Recap
Long considered as one of Astralis’ best maps, the Danes made short work of their opponents on Inferno. At one point, Astralis had ripped off 8 straight rounds before Avangar were able to take at least one round off. At the half, the score would end up being 12-3. Although Avangar threatened to comeback with 3 straight round wins in the second half, it was all for naught, as all Astralis needed to do was put their foot down on the CT side to eventually win the first map of the series 16-6.
The following map, Dust 2, proved even worse for Avangar.
Initially, it all looked like Avangar had a better chance. This time, Astralis “only” won a couple of rounds before they put themselves up on the board with a successful bomb plant. However, it was but a small victory as Astralis continued to corner Avangar at every moment.
Even when Avangar ended up stealing rounds, Astralis sought to wreak havoc on their opponent’s economy to put a stop to any chances of them staging a comeback.
Finally, after toying with their opponents for much of the first half, Astralis went in for the kill in the second half to win Dust 2 with a 16-5 scoreline.
Nicolai ‘dev1ce‘ Reedtz could not have had a better birthday gift for himself. Not only did he help Astralis win their third straight Major, but he was easily the biggest factor all tournament long. In the Grand Finals, dev1ce posted a 1.71 rating, putting up an average of 1.26 rating across 13 maps at the StarLadder Major Berlin.
For his efforts, dev1ce was named the MVP of the StarLadder Major Berlin, his second overall.
The StarLadder Major Berlin proved quite the tournament.
Astralis’ record-setting win wasn’t the only thing that stood out from it all. Perhaps more so than the previous Major in Katowice, the Berlin Major saw plenty of unlikely teams rise to the occasion. This includes, among others, Avangar, who, heading into the tournament, had players who either never made Legends before nor played in a Major.
But, of course, as is the case with any Major, we also saw a number of teams expected to perform well fall short of expectations.
Teams such as FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere, for one, are huge candidates for a roster shuffle following their disappointing performance. The same applies to ENCE. At the same time, Team Vitality could also head the same road after the tournament proved that they have next to nothing unless Mathieu ‘ZywOo‘ Herbaut.
Finally, Team Liquid’s 5th-8th place finish casts some serious doubt on whether or not the team has what it takes to win when they need to.
All in all, we should expect the CS:GO landscape to change drastically following the StarLadder Major Berlin.
What do you think was the biggest takeaway from the StarLadder Major Berlin? Do you agree that Astralis are now, without a doubt, the best CS:GO team of all time? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.