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Astralis have just banked the biggest payday in CS:GO history. In one night, the Danish side won both the ESL Pro League Season 8 finals and with it, the Intel Grand Slam. Together, their winnings amass to $1.25 million — more than the entire Major prize pool. Astralis’ victory came after a 3-1 victory over their rivals of Team Liquid in what became a 12th win in a row against the American side.

Astralis, who entered the series on a 11-0 streak against Team Liquid, were shocked as Train loaded. The American squad was just phenomenal, taking the first half 11-4. Astralis managed to string some rounds on their own T half, but they never got the ball rolling. Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz was nowhere to be found. The star AWPer finished the map with a 0.69 ranking, only the second lowest on the server behind Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander. Astralis, who are yet to win in front of their home crowd, entered Mirage down 0-1.

With Mirage came more problems for Astralis. Device was still struggling and by the first half, the Danes were struggling 6-9. But then something changed and gla1ve came online. The veteran leader stole the show on the second half, finishing the map on 31 kills and staggering 1.65 record. With key clutches by Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth and some round-opening shots by Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, Astralis turned Mirage around. Team Liquid only won two rounds in the second half and now the score was tied before the roaring Danish crowd.

Inferno came third and for the first time, Astralis finished the second half in the lead at 10-5. But Liquid had still strength in them. The Americans won six of the first seven rounds in the second to tie it at 11-11, but that’s as far as they went. Gla1ve and Xyp9x were once again outstanding for the Danes and with device now recovering form, Astralis had no problems closing it at 16-11. The Major champions were now on championship point.

The first half of what became the final map was a tug of war. After Astralis won the pistol on Dust II, they sprinted to a 4-0 lead but Team Liquid rallied to tie and eventually take the lead at the half 8-7. What followed was an absolute massacre by the Danish T side. Gla1ve and co strung seven rounds together, the championship within their grasp. Liquid returned two rounds at the tail end of the half but the Danes had too much moment. The series, and the tournament, ended at Dust II’s 26th round. Astralis were champions once again.

Astralis’ historic win furthers the argument of them being the best CS:GO team of all time. With the Intel Grand Slam prize pool now also cleared, the season will be reset and the first event for the new Grand Slam will be IEM Katowice next year.

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