The Danish team Astralis has taken the first place at IEM Beijing 2019, earning $125,000 of prize money and securing a ticket to IEM Katowice 2020.
Astralis has conquered its fourth title in 2019
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The squad from Denmark started off with matches in Group A, where it managed to seize the highest spot in the group’s standings. There, they took down 100 Thieves and ViCi Gaming. Eventually, Astralis moved on to the semifinals without a loss on their record, with Nicolai "device" Reedtz becoming the most valuable player of the group stage. Prior to the Playoffs, he had a stunning 1.47 rating.
After that, the Danes faced off against FaZe Clan for a grand-final appearance. Viewers at home were anxious to see an intense battle, but the Europeans failed to deliver and won only 2 rounds during the whole series. Astralis crushed FaZe on Dust II, 16-0, and got the job done on Nuke, closing it out at 16-2.
In the final Best of 5, the Danish five met again with the Australians of 100 Thieves, who previously eliminated Team Vitality. They, just like the previous opponents, could not get a single victory and were defeated with a 0-3 score: 14-16 Vertigo, 5-16 Nuke, 3-16 Train.
The final standings:
- 1. Astralis ($125,000 + spot at IEM Katowice 2020)
- 2. 100 Thieves ($50,000)
- 3-4. FaZe Clan, Team Vitality ($22,000)
- 5-6. Evil Geniuses, ENCE Esports ($10,000)
- 7-8. TYLOO, ViCi Gaming ($5,500)
The MVP award at IEM Beijing 2019 was given to the captain of Astralis, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander. It is the first MVP medal in his whole career of an esportsman in CS:GO. His overall KDR at the competition in Beijing stood at 1.48 after nine maps.