This evening, the Champions of the first CS:GO Major of 2019 were crowned. It was an unlikely final. We got to watch possibly the greatest team in CS:GO history Astralis face off against the Finnish underdogs ENCE in the IEM Katowice 2019 final.
How they got here
ENCE started their run at IEM Katowice 2019 in the Challenges Stage. ENCE had to battle their way through both Challengers and Legends before they made it to the Champions Stage.
While they were anticipated to make it through Challengers, many wrote them off regarding advancing from Legends to Champions Stage. They continued the Cinderella story with wins over Liquid and NaVi to book their spot in the final.
On the other hand, Astralis joined the Major at Legends Stage and continued their regular, dominant showings. They only lost one map during their run to the final and were expected to make it there with no questions asked.
Recap of the final
Despite losing the first map, it was considered a good start for ENCE as they managed to win 11 rounds against Astralis. This is a testament to exactly how good the Astralis roster is. However, the map was relatively easy for Astralis.
Astralis were up 11-4 at the half after starting on the Terrorist side. Despite ENCE pulling rounds back in the second half, the game never looked out of Astralis’ control.
Then came the second map, Inferno. Astralis dismantled ENCE in a 16-4 win to secure the series 2-0. Bringing the Cinderella story that ENCE had started to an end and taking home the first Major Championship of the 2019 season.
History in the making
This is the third time in Counter-Strike history that Astralis have been crowned Valve Major Champions. This means they join Fnatic as the only team and organisation to have done so. The powerhouse Danish roster also becomes the third team to win consecutive Majors.
Now the big question must be asked, can anyone stop this roster? They’ve made an incredible argument of being the greatest CS:GO team ever and continuing the rack up Championships just keeps adding more substance to their claim as the best ever.