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FaZe beat Astralis 2-1 for the StarSeries title

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Late Sunday, the European stars of FaZe Clan secured their first ever title, beating Astralis 2-1 in the StarSeries Grand Final. FaZe brought the third and final map, Inferno, to overtime, following a comeback from a 5-10 halftime score.
The grand final between FaZe Clan and Astralis was a rematch from the IEM World Championship in Katowice, that took place in early March. That time, Astralis came out on top beating FaZe 3-1.

Today's series started out on Mirage, the map pick of FaZe Clan, with the multinational team starting out on the Terrorist side. FaZe won the initial three rounds, but Astralis replied in an orderly fashion, securing a 5-4 lead in the ninth round of the map. Then FaZe regained the initiative, winning the first half by a single round.

FaZe Clan, who won all six pistol rounds in yesterday's semi-final against G2 Esports, went on to win the second pistol round of the map. The team then carried on by winning the following eco rounds before Astralis could pinch their first round of the half. Fast forward and the score was suddenly 13-13. Eventually, Astralis turned out to be the stronger team on Mirage, securing the map in the 30th round.

Xyp9x (Astralis) had every reason to feel confident following the first map victory.
Xyp9x (Astralis) had every reason to feel confident following the first map victory.

FaZe stayed ahead in the pistol rounds

The next map to be played was Astralis' pick, Nuke. It was, however, FaZe Clan that opened the map up by winning four straight rounds, playing as the defending team. Astralis then proceeded to win three rounds of their own before FaZe Clan was able to take over the half completely— winning it by 11-4.

The fourth pistol round of the game was won by... you guessed it, FaZe Clan! The team then went on to pick up the following eco rounds, securing 11(!) map points. The Danes in Astralis were only able to play the role of a minor pothole on FaZe Clan's road to tieing up the series. The final score on Nuke was 16-6 in favor of FaZe Clan.

FaZe forced the grand finals into a third map by winning Nuke.
"FaZe forced the grand finals into a third map by winning Nuke.

Overtime needed to crown the champions

Coming into Inferno, Astralis actually picked up their first pistol round of the series. FaZe, however, struck back immediately by winning the next three rounds. The teams went on to trade a couple of rounds before Astralis stepped it up, showing off an impressive defense which secured them a 10-5 lead before swapping sides.

All was back to normal when FaZe Clan picked up the pistol round in the second half, which they then followed up with a victory in the first eco round. Astralis replied by winning the next two rounds. FaZe Clan wouldn't let the title out of sight, however, and brought themselves up to 13 rounds against the 14 for Astralis. The Danish side picked up the next couple of rounds and found themselves at map and match point. But they were unable to seal the deal. FaZe Clan won the last two rounds during the regular time, which sent the final into overtime.

The first half of the overtime was won by Astralis, giving them a 17-16 lead heading into what would become the last three rounds of the grand final— as FaZe Clan, playing as the Terrorist side, managed to win three straight rounds. Which not only secured FaZe the map win, but also the title of StarSeries champions.

Grand Final — StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3

Europe FaZe Clan vs. Denmark Astralis
FaZe: allu, karrigan, kioShiMa, NiKo, rain
Astralis: device, dupreeh, gla1ve, Kjaerbye, Xyp9x

The title also meant that FaZe Clan exacted revenge upon Astralis for defeating them at the IEM Katowice grand finals in March. This is also the squad's first-ever international tournament victory— as well as their second grand finals appearance since superstar Nikola "NiKo" Kovač joined the roster. The team will also be bringing home a total of $125,000 from the event's $300,000 prize pool, while Astralis make due with $50,000. With that said, StarSeries Season 3 has now concluded, and we'd like to thank the people who followed the event through our coverage.

Final standings & Prize distrubition

1. Europe FaZe Clan — 125 000 dollar
2. Denmark Astralis — 50 000 dollar
3-4. Ukraine Natus Vincere — 25 000 dollar
3-4. Europe HellRaisers — 25 000 dollar
5-8. USA Counter Logic Gaming — 10 000 dollar
5-8. Sweden Fnatic — 10 000 dollar
5-8. Denmark North — 10 000 dollar
5-8. France G2 Esports — 10 000 dollar
9-11. Brazil SK Gaming — 6 000 dollar
9-11. Brazil Immortals — 6 000 dollar
9-11. Sweden NiP Gaming — 6 000 dollar
12-14. Korea MVP Project — 4 000 dollar
12-14. CIS Gambit Esports — 4 000 dollar
12-14. Poland Virtus.pro — 4 000 dollar
15-16. China TyLoo — 2 500 dollar
15-16. China UYA — 2 500 dollar

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