Astralis Are the Champions of ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals
The final stage of the eighth season of ESL Pro League has concluded. In the grand finals of the $750,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event Astralis defeated Team Liquid, claiming $250,000 as the event prize money and $1,000,000 for becoming the winners of the first Intel Grand Slam season.
The event was held on December 4th – 9th at Sparekassen Fyn Arena in Odense, Denmark. The list of participants included seven teams from Europe – Astralis, Natus Vincere, BIG, North, HellRaisers, mousesports, G2 Esports, and six teams from North America – MIBR, Ghost Gaming, Team Liquid, NRG Esports, Renegades, INTZ eSports, as well as one team from each Oceania, Asia and South America – ORDER, ViCi Gaming and Sharks Esports respectively. These teams were seeded into two GSL groups with all matches being best-of-three, except for the initial matches which were best-of-one. Then the group stage winners advanced to the semifinals, while the teams placed 2nd and 3rd made it to the quarterfinals. The playoffs stage featured a single-elimination bracket with best-of-three regular matches and best-of-five grand finals.
Both finalists started the competition on Group A. There Astralis defeated Vici Gaming (16:8) and HellRaisers (2-1), while Team Liquid outplayed G2 Esports (16:8) and BIG (2-0). The final series of the upper bracket completed with the 2-0 score in favour of Astralis, so they made it to the semifinals, while Team Liquid placed second in the group and secured their place in the quarterfinals. In the playoffs Team Liquid defeated Natus Vincere (2-0) in the quarterfinals and MIBR (2-0) in the semifinals. In the other part of the bracket Astralis outplayed mousesports (2-0). In the final series Team Liquid managed to win the first map (16:8 at Train), but then Astralis won three maps in a row – Mirage (16:11), Inferno (16:11) and Dust II (16:10).
By winning at ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals Astralis managed to get their fourth point towards Intel Grand Slam Season 1, which granted them $1,000,000 in prize money. Earlier they emerged victorious at IEM XIII – Sydney, ESL Pro league Season 7 Finals and IEM XIII – Chicago. The second season of Intel Grand Slam will begin with IEM Extreme Masters XIII – Katowice Major 2019, which will be held from February 14th – March 3rd.
|5th-6th||$32,000||Renegades, Natus Vincere|
|7th-8th||$24,000||G2 Esports, Ghost Gaming|
|9th-12th||$22,000||BIG, HellRaisers, Sharks Esports, NRG Esports|
|13th-16th||$20,000||ViCi Gaming, INTZ eSports, North, ORDER|