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Astralis' dominant run through DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018

The DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 is over and it has its champion - Astralis. After five days of action-packed matches, the Danish side emerged victorious showing stellar performance throughout the event. We take a look at their spectacular run to become Masters.

Prior to the competition, the team has shown solid play in online matchups and the bulk of their roster had already demonstrated that they can keep that level at LAN events too.

The Danes started off on the right foot in Marseille beating Space Soldiers 16-2 on Day 1. The Turkish side did not stand a chance in this opening game. Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander's squad made it look all too easy as they ran through the Bo1 match on Inferno, taking 13 rounds in the first half as CTs.

Next up was the group D winners’ match in which Astralis were pitted against Liquid. The Danish side lost the first map 14-16 on Mirage which would eventually turn out to be their only dropped map in the tournament. Astralis quickly came back strong on their pick, Overpass, giving Liquid a hard time, as the map’s first half ended in a convincing 12-3 lead and the Danes took the map swiftly in the following three rounds. Astralis went on to win the deciding map, Cache, again in a dominant fashion, topping their group and ready for the playoffs.

In the quarter-final, Astralis met FaZe. Тhe European mixture had already been showing a weaker form than last year and with a recent. Astralis emerged victorious after a 16-11 win Mirage, and a 16-6 on Nuke, for a final 2-0 in the series.

The semi-final was a Scandinavian showdown against fnatic, where Astralis dominated on Overpass but had to fight hard to win on Mirage. On that second map, fnatic secured a comfortable 10-4 lead by halftime, but Astralis managed to climb back in the second half and after winning nine consecutive rounds got the map point at 16-12 and the series 2-0.

Then It all came to the grand final against Natus Vincere, which started on Nuke with Astralis at CTs killing the entire CIS team in a swift pistol round and applying constant pressure to get a comfortable 5-0 lead. The first half ended 13-2 in favour of the Danes. After the switch, Astralis expanded their lead by taking the pistol round. The teams exchanged rounds, and eventually, the map point came from a 1v3 clutch by Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth for Astralis to end the map 16-4.

On the second map, Inferno, Na’Vi looked determined to stop the Danes, but the latter’s tactical superiority was evident. At halftime, the result was 9-6 in favour of Astralis. The Ukrainian team took the pistol round in the second half but could not keep their momentum afterwards. The championship point for Astralis came after a great 1v1 kill by gla1ve through the smoke at ruins.

All in all, Astralis went through the entire event as a dominant force claiming one-sided victories without dropping a single map during the playoffs. All players showed great team play while also shining individually. Their spectacular performance shows they are once again in a perfect form with, eager to win, and a force to be reckoned with at the upcoming tournaments.