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Astralis beat Liquid to win BLAST Pro Series Global Final

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Astralis started the year at the top of HLTV's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) ranking and in June lost the position of best team in the world to Liquid. The fight for the top lasted throughout 2019 and culminated in Saturday's decision in the BLAST Pro Series Global finals title match. In Bahrain, the biggest rivalry in the last 12 months was successful by the Danes of Astralis. By 2-0, they lifted the trophy and took about $ 350,000 to finish the year with 6 titles, including the two Majors: IEM Katowice and Starladder Major Berlin.

Inferno 16×11 Astralis

The confrontation began in Inferno, Liquid's map of choice. The Astralis of CT completely dominated the first half of the match. With an inspired Emil ‘Magisk' Reif and Peter ‘dupreeh' Rasmussen, Liquid managed to win just four rounds of terrorism. With the switch sides, the Americans reacted and took four consecutive rounds when Astralis was just about to close the map. In 2v3 with Peter ‘dupreeh' Rasmussen and Nicolai ‘device' Reedtz, the Danes won the battle 16 to 11. Peter ‘dupreeh' Rasmussen ended Inferno with the most eliminations: 26 in total.

Nicolai ‘device' Reedtz leading the Astralis team to the title. (Image: BLAST)

Nuke 16×12 Astralis

Nuke started off fast. Liquid immediately opened two points by playing CT, but until reaching the fifteenth round the score was well balanced. Highlighted by a Nick ‘nitr0' Cannella move disarming the C4 over the smoke and Nicolai ‘device' Reedtz eliminates the American player with the knife missing 0.35 seconds for the bomb to explode. Liquid ended up halfway up the lead 8 to 7.

In the second half, Astralis grew up making impressive moves and winning consecutive rounds with very creative moves. With Danish coach Danny ‘zonic’ Sørensen's family in the crowd, Astralis lifted the sixth title of the year by 16-12.

Lukas ‘gla1ve' Rossander wins his sixth title in the year 2019. (Image: BLAST)

On Saturday the 14th, the BLAST organization also announced the 12 partner teams for 2020. They are: MIBR, Natus Vincere, Astralis, FaZe, Liquid, OG, Vitality, NiP, 100 Thieves, G2, Evil Geniuses and CompLexity. London will be the first destination of the beginning of the season. Event director Niolas Estrup posted that despite the teams announced, other teams will also be able to compete on BLAST.

Brazilian, 23 years old, I follow eSports since 2010 with a good experience in Counter Strike Global Offensive, Fortnite, League of Legends and Valorant with articles and news published in the electronic sports scene.