The Danish team will fly out to Arlington next month looking to add a fourth ECS title to their cabinet after securing a spot at the prestigious event at their first attempt. After beating m1x and FaZe in convincing fashion in the opening rounds of the tournament, the StarLadder Major champions were made to work hard to overcome a stubborn BIG side, despite opening the series with a blowout victory.
For the second match in a row, Astralis went for a Nuke pick, and they ran over the German team, who even began on the CT side but simply could not keep up with the pace set by their opponents. Nicolai “device” Reedtz led the charge with a 2.55 rating – which goes straight into the top five rated performances of the AWPer’s career.
BIG looked a completely different side on Dust2 and were in control during a large portion of the first half before Astralis battled back to secure a narrow one-round lead before switching sides. The Danish team showed some good pace during the early stages of the second half, but then BIG tightened up their defense and won seven rounds in a row en route to a 16-11 finish.
It all came down to Train, where BIG managed to secure a respectable six rounds on the Terrorist side, half of those off the back of a 1v2 clutch from Owen “smooya” Butterfield. After switching to the CT side, the German team were in control of the game with a deadly double AWP setup, eventually taking a 14-12 lead. With their backs against the wall, Astralis dug deep to grind out a 16-14 victory after punishing their opponents for letting a crucial 5v2 situation slip in the 29th round.
With this victory, Astralis become the fifth team confirmed for the ECS Season 8 Finals, which will be held from November 28 through December 1. A sixth team will be determined later tonight, through the North American clash between Liquid and ATK, with the final two spots being filled by the winners of week five, scheduled for October 28-31.
The team list for the ECS event currently looks as follows: