After a difficult set of matches on Friday, Astralis defeated Evil Geniuses on Saturday during the ECS Season 8 semifinals and will head to the grand finals on Sunday.
#ECS8 GRAND FINAL!! 🔥🇺🇸— Astralis (@astralisgg) November 30, 2019
After a incredibly close game against Evil Geniuses we take a 2-1 victory and advance to the Grand Final here in Dallas.
What a day. Thank you all for the support! 😍#ToTheStars ✨ pic.twitter.com/CPh1tsYoEt
Despite a great outing by both teams today during the ECS Season 8 semifinals, Astralis managed to take down Evil Geniuses 2-1 and will move on to the grand finals of the CS:GO tournament.
The series started off on Evil Geniuses’ map of choice, Inferno, but the Danes were able to keep their wits about them and dominated Evil Geniuses for the better half of the match, leading them to a 16-8 victory following a great CT-side performance. Nicolai “device” Reedtz top-fragged the map with 19 kills, proving that he’s a worth MVP candidate for the team.
Evil Geniuses, however, weren’t going to let Astralis spoil their day too early, as they managed to narrow the gap on the Danes despite their CT-side play. The North Americans gained momentum in the second half after Tarik Celik and Ethan Arnold helped the North American team gain some morale in the second half, allowing the team to win a very crucial round 16-13 with Tarik finishing off the performance on top of the scoreboard with 26 frags.
Astralis continued their great play on T-side Overpass in a first have 10-5 lead and played even better once they switched to the CT-side once more. Evil Geniuses were only able to manage a win in one round thanks in part to Emil “Magisk” Reif being unable to find a defuse kit to disarm the C4 in time, though that didn’t hold off Astralis for long. Astralis ended up winning 16-6 as Magisk finished as the top-fragger alongside his 22 kills.
The duo of @The_nahte and @tarik come in CLUTCH to secure @EvilGeniuses a last second defuse 💣— #ECS8 Finals 🇺🇸 (@ecs) November 30, 2019
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Astralis will look to win their second big LAN tournament in a row tomorrow and will take on the winner of Fnatic and Team Liquid, two of the tournament’s top-four teams, during the ECS Season 8 grand finals on Sunday. The grand finals are schedule to start at 3PM CT.