Astralis beat FaZe 3 – 1 to win the CS:GO grand finals at IEM Katowice

Astralis have beaten FaZe Clan to take the $100,000 prize at the Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, Poland.

The Danish team took a close fought victory against the all-star roster of FaZe Clan in a close best of five.

Peter “dupreeh” Rothmann, a professional CS:GO player for Astralis, said: “This time we proved again we are the best team in the world, so yeah, I couldn’t be happier.”

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A well deserved victory for team Astralis

As the reigning ELeague Major champions, the pressure was on Astralis to win again in Katowice and after a rocky performance in the group stages, they managed to pull through to take the winning spot.

Finn “Karrigan” Andersen, a professional CS:GO player for FaZe Clan and former in game leader of Astralis, said on Twitter: “Lost 3-1 to @astralisgg in Grand Final. I wanna thank the crowd for a life time experience. We are gonna go home and work harder.”

This tournament saw some major upsets in the group stages, with large names like Virtus.pro, SK Gaming and FNATIC all being eliminated in the group stages, but the playoffs still delivered some excellent CS:GO.

Henry “HenryG” Greer, one of the casters for the finals, said: “Probably my favourite final in recent memory. So many sick moments.”

With no more large LAN events on the horizon, the teams will surely be working on improving for the next event, though with two large LAN event wins under their belts, Astralis have made themselves the team to beat.