ECS Season 8 Finals Review

Astralis have claimed their fourth ECS title after defeating Team Liquid in the finals of ECS Season 8.

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
5th Dec, 2019·☕️ 6 min read

Astralis have claimed their fourth ECS title after defeating Team Liquid in the finals of ECS Season 8.

Tournament Winner: Astralis

Record: 7 / 0 / 2
Most Played Map: Nuke (75.0%)
Best Map: Inferno (100.0%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (0.0%)

Astralis have defeated long-time rivals Team Liquid in the finals of ECS Season 8 to claim their fourth ECS title.

Astralis survived an early scare against Sharks in the opening match, defeating the South Americans 19–15 on Nuke in overtime to cement their spot in the winners’ bracket.

In the other group stage match, fnatic had made quick work of MIBR to set-up a Scandinavian grudge match between fnatic and Astralis in the winners’ bracket. Astralis were keen to get revenge on the Swedes after losing to them in the finals of DreamHack Masters Malmö back in October, and they did just that — winning 2–0 after victories on Nuke and Inferno.

The North American side Evil Geniuses awaited in the semi-finals, another team that had gotten the better of Astralis recently, having won against the Danes in the finals of ESL One New York. However, this time it would be Astralis that would come out on top. Evil Geniuses were able to snatch a win on Nuke, but Astralis won comfortably on Inferno and Overpass to take the series, 2–1.

In the other semi-finals, Team Liquid would end up defeating fnatic to set up a dream matchup against Astralis in the finals. Team Liquid opened up strong with a win in overtime on Vertigo, but Astralis rallied back with a win of their own on Nuke after some individual brilliance from device. The decider map was Dust2 and Astralis came out guns blazing on their T-side, winning the first half 12–3. Team Liquid would go on a bit of a run of their own as the sides were switched, but it was all for naught as Astralis were able to close out the map 16–8 to win in a packed Esports Arena in Arlington, Texas.

Featured Match: Astralis vs Liquid (Finals)

This tournament was pretty stacked in terms of the top teams that were in attendance. All four of these teams were able to make it through the group stage, setting up a playoff bracket of dreams with Astralis, Liquid, Evil Geniuses and fnatic. But out of all of the matches, it was the final that stood out.

Vertigo was a real nailbiter, where Astralis mounted a big comeback from 11–4 down to take it to overtime despite some individual brilliance from Liquid’s NAF. In overtime, it was EliGE and Stewie2k that were clear standouts for Team Liquid, winning crucial rounds for their side with some timely triple kills.

On Nuke, it was gla1ve that shone the brightest for Astralis. The in-game leader has reached another level in the past few months, and he was crucial for Astralis on Nuke, finding several high impact frags both on the T and CT side. A smoke defuse from nitr0 and some deagle heroics Stewie2k was not enough for Team Liquid, as Astralis took the map 16–11 to bring us to Dust2.

Dust2 is generally regarded as an AWPers playground, so it is perhaps of no surprise that device was the MVP for his side on the final map of the tournament. Liquid simply had no answer for the AWPer of Astralis, and it would get even worse when Astralis switched over to the CT side, as dupreeh was able to find success on the secondary AWP as well.

Featured Player: device (Astralis)

Team: Astralis
K/D Ratio: 1.38
Headshot Percentage: 26.7%
Assists / Round: 0.12

We have become accustomed to seeing great performances from device and this tournament was no exception. device had a fantastic tournament from start to finish, but there were two maps that stood out. The first was his performance on Nuke against fnatic in the group stage, where the Danish AWPer ended the map on a score of 26–11 with 117.8 ADR. He was consistently able to find opening frags against the Swedes, which was a deciding factor in many of the rounds.

The other map that really stood out was Dust2 against Team Liquid in the finals. device topped his performance in the group stage, with a scoreline of 29–12 with 122.0 ADR, which ended up being the dagger in the heart for Team Liquid.

Best Bet

The format was very solid at this tournament. With the exception of the opening BO1 matches, there were not many opportunities for teams to fluke their way to a win. As such, we saw favorites do well, so well in fact, that all of the favorites won their matches from start to finish. The bet that returned the most money ended up being Team Liquid to make finals at odds of 3.00. A win on Astralis paid out at odds of 2.10.


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