Astralis topped off an unbelievable performance at the FACEIT Major 2018 with a one-sided win of 2-0 against Natus Vincere in the Grand Finale at the SSE Arena in Wembley.
WE DID IT!
TWO TIMES MAJOR CHAMPIONS! 🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/c5hiANLfy1
— Astralis Counter-Strike (@AstralisCS) September 23, 2018
Keeping to their amazing runs throughout almost the entire year, Astralis had the spotlight in the exciting match against Na’Vi in the finals of the FACEIT Major 2018, the entire time. It was obvious from the start that Na’Vi could do nothing to stop the invincibility of Astralis. Na’Vi did their best to turn the tables on Astralis, but stood no chance against the clever and crisp plays by Astralis.
It looked like there was some hope for Na’Vi when they kicked off the finals with 3 wins in Nuke. Although, as soon as Astralis had enough money to buy, it was only a matter of time before Na’Vi was on it’s knees. Astralis was unbeatable for nine straight rounds despite losing the first three to Na’Vi, killing off any momentum they might have gained by winning those 3 rounds. To our surprise, Aleksander “s1mple” Kostyliev had almost no impact on the entire game. He only managed to get nine kills throught the 16-6 loss in Nuke.
With a chance to pick a map of their choice, Na’Vi had a chance at beating Astralis in Round 2 in Overpass. Although, much like the first round, Astralis seemed to be destroying Na’Vi. Astralis were wrecking the opponents regardless of being Terrorists or Counter-Terrorists, having any weapons they could get their hands on, there was no stopping their winning streak. Regardless of whether it was Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz winning the AWP duel against s1mple, Emil “Magisk” Reif on the UMP getting triple kills or Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander securing bomb sites with an assault rifle, Astralis had the lead on Na’Vi on everything. Na’Vi again tried to take the jump off Astralis late in the match with three straight round wins to close the gap to 14-9, however Astralis put the foot down and annihilated Na’Vi in the last two rounds and secured their victory.
Making history never felt this good.
Major Champions for the second time 🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/qfaGmql1CN
— Astralis Counter-Strike (@AstralisCS) September 24, 2018
Astralis’ win proved their position as the best Counter-Strike team, FACEIT Major being their fifth tournament victory this year so far, and a win of $500,000 from the $1,000,000.