Jess Colwill, January 30, 2017

Astralis Takes ELEAGUE Major, Breaks Twitch Records

Astralis have become the year’s first CS:GO Major champions, following the ELEAGUE Major finals yesterday.  

It didn’t look good for the Danes as the match started with opponents Virtus.pro shooting into the lead on Astralis’ map pick, Nuke. Astralis managed to catch up by the end but not enough to take out the first match, falling 16-12.

The second map, Overpass is one of Astralis’ best maps but VP gave the Danes a run for their money. Ultimately, despite a heroic effort from both teams, Astralis took the lead and rounded out the extremely close game at 16-14, which meant heading to a tie-breaker map.

The final map was Train, on which Virtus.pro are known for destroying their opponents utterly. Despite that, Astralis never backed down, giving an astonishing performance that kept everyone on the edge of their seat. At the end of the first half, the score was sitting at 9-6 with VP in the lead.

Astralis at ELEAGUE Major 2017

After VP took another round—making the score 14-12—it looked like it was all over for the Danes. Somehow though they were able to pull themselves into the lead, taking out four straight rounds, the map, the championship and the $500,000 first prize.

“We’ve been through a tough ride,” Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz said in a press conference after the win.  “Me, xyp9x, and Peter tried all 10 times, and now we succeeded. I think it’s unique because we succeeded at winning the Major without really peaking as a team.

“We saw how strong we were at ECS and we were probably like three times stronger. And we can get even stronger, so I think we actually sent a statement out there today by winning against Virtus and also the last couple of days we’ve beaten Fnatic, we’ve beaten Na’Vi and we haven’t really peaked yet.”

Astralis aren’t the only ones celebrating, though. Twitch’s Senior Esports Manager Cristian Tamas said afterward that the edge-of-your-seat finals broke the previous record for the highest amount of concurrent views on a single stream.

The previous record was held by another Counter-Strike: GO event, the ESL One Cologne in 2016, which garnered 890,000 concurrent viewers. This year’s final made it over the 1 million viewer line, finally peaking at 1,026,000 viewers.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.