Yet again, Astralis win a championship title since the start of 2017. The first one being the Eleague Major in Atlanta and then this tournament, IEM Katowice 2017. It is also to note that they were also semifinalists at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas on February 9th. This win solidifies Astralis as the number one team in the world starting off 2017.
The Grand Final put Astralis head-to-head against Faze, who just got a major upgrade to their roster. Former Mousesports star Niko joined the team earlier this year, a sure improvement to their future. While Faze opened up the first map with a win, that is the only map they would get. The next three maps were close but ultimately the Danes emerged victorious. They won 16-12 on Overpass, 16-12 on Nuke, and 16-13 on Inferno, into a cumulative 3-1 score line.
The result rewarded the team $144,000 out of the $250,000 prize pool, with Astralis player xyp9x named the tournaments Most Valuable Player. Despite the loss. Faze Clan shouldn’t be too upset with the outcome, the fresh addition of Niko didn’t give them enough team practice to be at peak condition. A semifinalist spot was good enough for them.
But in the upcoming months, with more practice, Faze has the large potential to be the next dominant team, like SK Gaming and previously Fnatic.