Astralis won their second consecutive Major championship at IEM Katowice after beating ENCE in Sunday’s final. The win marks Astralis’ third Major title overall, a record they share with Fnatic.
The Danish team had a flawless run through the knock-out stages; they beat NiP and MIBR 2-0 en route to the final. On the other side of the bracket, Finnish outsiders ENCE eliminated two top three ranked teams, Liquid and NaVi, during their fairy-tale run through the tournament.
Astralis was the heavy favourites for the match-up with 99% of pick ’ems predictions selecting the dominant Danes to win. Despite a spirited performance from ENCE on train, the Finns could not overcome the odds and lost 2-0.
After the trophy ceremony, a tearful Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen dedicated his win to his father who recently passed away. He said winning this major was “probably the biggest wish I ever had, to make my father proud and my family but also all of our fans.”
Astralis will defend their title at the next Major, to be held in Berlin this August and September.