Astralis are the champions of FACEIT Major 2018
Astralis have become the winners of the thirteenth CS:GO Major, FACEIT Major 2018, after taking down Natus Vincere in the final match. The Danish team defeated Na’Vi with a 2-0 score over the series on Nuke and Overpass.
Astralis turned out to be the strongest team at FACEIT Major
The first map was Nuke, which was chosen by Astralis. Na’Vi used their advantage after winning the pistol, converting it into 3-0, but the Danes prevailed in the first gun round and, after that, tied the score — 3-3. Astralis took the lead, taking away the next six rounds, and then Denis "electronic" Sharipov and his 1v3 clutch stopped their win streak — 9-4. The last two rounds before the switch of sides were taken by the Danish five, ending the half with 11-4 on the scoreboard.
At the beginning of the second half Natus Vincere had success in the pistol round, but this time Astralis bounced back with a force buy — 12-5. Na’Vi responded quickly by the doing the same, making the most from a buy with limited resources, but later they lost a crucial round due to not having the time to plant the C4 — 13-6. Thanks to that, the Danish squad took the initiative back and closed the map at a 16-6 mark.
The match was resumed on Overpass, which was Na’Vi's map-pick. Astralis got off to a good start on the CT-side, winning the pistol and first gun round, while the CIS squad earned its first point after pushing back the opponent on the A plant — 4-1. Later, Natus Vincere closed the gap on 5-5, but it was followed by a failure in anti-eco when Emil "Magisk" Reif had an important triple-kill. Astralis kept the lead in the first half, getting ahead of Na’Vi by three points — 9-6.
The Danish team won the second pistol by a fast attack on the B plant and, after breaking through the enemy’s defense in the first gun round, strengthened its positions at a 13-6 mark. Natus Vincere had a few good rounds after that, but it was not enough for a comeback. At the end of the game, Na’Vi were defeated with a 16-9 score.
By doing so, Astralis became the champions of FACEIT Major: London 2018. This is the second CS:GO Major Championship title in the history of this team, which won ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta at the beginning of 2017. But it’s worth noting that this is the first Major victory for Emil "Magisk" Reif. On the other hand, Natus Vincere, as an organization, lost its third CS:GO Major grand-final. In the past, Na’Vi weren’t able to win at such Valve-sponsored events as DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015 and MLG Columbus 2016.
Distribution of the prize-pool at FACEIT Major 2018:
- • 1st place — Astralis ($500,000)
- • 2nd place — Natus Vincere ($150,000)
- • 3-4th place — MiBR and Team Liquid ($70,000)
- • 5-8th place — compLexity, BIG, FaZe Clan and HellRaisers ($35,000)
- • 9-11th place — G2 Esports, Fnatic and NiP ($8,750)
- • 12-14th place — Vega Squadron, TyLoo and Cloud9 ($8,750)
- • 15-16th place — mousesports and Winstrike ($8,750)
According to HLTV.org, the most valuable player of this tournament is Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz. This is the first MVP award at a CS:GO Major for the Danish AWPer. Reedtz was close to it during the previous championship run for Astralis at ELEAGUE Major 2017, but it was Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye who was declared the best player at that event.