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The final day of the FACEIT Major Champions Stage witnessed the grand finals take place between Astralis and Na’ Vi, the two top-ranked teams in the world.
The fight till the finals was really competitive for both Na'Vi and Astralis. While Navi had to face the likes of BIG and MIBR, Astralis had to deal with FaZe Clan and Team Liquid before squaring off against each other today in the finals.
What a grand finish it was to such a spectacular event. Although the BO3 series didn’t go down to the decider it was still a lot of fun watching the matches proceed with such high-level of deceit and mind games. It is as close as it gets to witnessing a balanced combination of refined skills and polished executions, as the players from Astralis win their second Major CS:GO Tournament.
The first match between the two teams took place on Nuke as Navi started strong with some good aggression playing CT-side. Astralis came out of the shadows and struck a heavy blow, showing incredible composure while executing some cleverly precise plays to consolidate quite a lead. The latter half wasn’t kind on the Ukrainian's as they faltered without much of a fight, losing out on the first match with a score of ‘6-16’.
Determined to take revenge in the next match Navi took the fight to Astralis on Overpass. It seemed grim for the men in yellow as they lost the early rounds getting outplayed at every point due to some great reads by Xyp9x and gla1ve.
But Navi found their way back by playing a slow and controlled game which ensured success but not for long as Astralis started reacting better to Navi’s fakes while constantly finding an early pickoff some way or the other. Soon Navi was in a fix with Astralis requiring to win just two more rounds for victory, the Ukrainian's started their comeback but faltered to a great counter being executed by Astralis who quickly seized the final round as well, winning the second match with a score of ‘16-9’.
With this, Astralis have been crowned the champions of the FACEIT Major: London 2018 as they triumphed over Na’Vi taking the series ‘2-0’ in their favour.
Congratulations Astralis! Stay tuned as we continue exploring the ever interesting world of CS:GO.