Astralis close out the year with a victory at the IEM Global Challenge 2020, mopping Team Liquid with a 3-0 at the Best-of-Five Grand-Finals. This title comes after a bridesmaid placement on BLAST Premier Fall Series and a first place at DreamHack Masters Winter Europe.
The Best-of-Five series had a stunning start on Inferno, with Liquid being able to keep up with Astralis on their map pick. Nevertheless, a quad-kill from Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz would let the Danes escape with a three round lead by the end of the first half.
Now on the defensive side, Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander would lead his team to a 16-11 closer, with some incredible reads netting them a decisive edge.
Astralis would make a brutal statement out of Overpass, faltering only two rounds to the North-American roster in the first half of the map.
Even though device and Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen cooled off once the squad switched over to the offensive side, giving Team Liquid space to get back in the game, it would be too late for the comeback. Astralis was heading into Dust2 on a 2-0 lead in the series.
Team Liquid had to show signs of life if they wanted to extend this series into a fourth map. Starting on the defensive side of Dust2, they answered the call, putting a respectable effort and trailing by just a single round heading into the second half.
However, they wouldn’t have the best of starts in their offensive side, with Astralis getting an early advantage and constantly penalizing the economy of the North American squad. An astonishing ace from device on round 23 would boost the Danes to match-point.
It would take them one round but the coup de grâce would eventually come, as Astralis closed out the tournament on a 16-11 win, claiming the title of IEM Global Challenge 2020 Champions.