Both semifinals matches and the grand final were planned for the third and final day of Esports Championship Series Season 5. LAN-finals, and none of them disappointed! Ultimately though it was the Danes that prevailed once again, reaffirming that they are indeed the best team in the world.
Semifinal - Team Liquid 2 - 0 NRG Esports
Inferno was the first map of choice in the first semifinals match-up of the day, and it firmly went in the favour of Team Liquid. Starting off on T side, the North American squad managed to amass 10 of the 15 available rounds - setting up a simple win in the second half. Moving onto their CT side, they easily claimed the six rounds they needed and closed out the map 16-6. NRG Esports just couldn't compete with their opponents' cohesion and superior gun skill.
Nuke was the second map of choice and a must-win for NRG Esports should they want to stay alive in the tournament. Unfortunately for them, their opponents were still firing on all cylinders. With both Keith "NAF" Markovic and Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski playing - and slaying - out of their minds, it was always going to be an uphill struggle for NRG Esports to find any sort of lead. The first half ended 8-7 in favour of Team Liquid, but the end score was 16-8 - it's clear that NRG Esports ran out of steam towards the end of their tenure at the event.
Semifinal - Astralis 2 - 0 FaZe Clan
The two best teams in the world weren't destined to face off against each other in the finals of the tournament, instead they'd be forced to play in the second semifinal of the day. FaZe Clan were playing this event with Jørgen "cromen" Robertsen in place of Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer, so automatically they were at a disadvantage in terms of chemistry. Despite this, Train was incredibly close; ending 16-14 in the favour of the Danish side after being 5-10 in the first half. It was an amazing turnaround and such a close game towards the end.
Astralis, with momentum on their side, had a solid T side on Inferno. Entering their CT side with a 10-5 advantage, FaZe Clan seemed to struggle to piece things together in terms of economy - a vital component of the game - which ultimately proved to be their downfall. Astralis won 16-8 overall to progress to the final.
Final - Astralis 2 - 0 Team Liquid
The first map of the grand finals between Astralis and Team Liquid was Mirage. A strong choice for both teams, it was the Danes who started off hot - starting the match with a 9-0 lead. By the end of their CT side it ended 11-4 - Team Liquid started to show signs of life towards the mid-game. The second half was miraculous for the North Americans, stringing 10 rounds together in a row - taking the map to the very last round. In the end, Nicolai "device" Reedtz beat Nick "nitr0" Cannella with his trusty AWP to claim the first map for Astralis. It truly could have gone either way in the late stages of the match though, proving just how strong both sides are.
Dust2 seemed destined to be Team Liquid's map after a particularly strong T side on their behalf - convincingly taking the first half 10-5. Astralis proved yet again that they are a championship calibre squad on their T side, though, seemingly making a comeback. With the help of insane individual plays such as Emil "Magisk" Reif's insane three piece in the second pistol round, they managed to drop only one round in the entire second half. The end score was 16-11, but Astralis did seem vulnerable for a good portion of the game - nonetheless, they won their second championship in a row!
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