Jess Colwill, March 6, 2017

CS:GO - Astralis Defeats FaZe to Take First Place at IEM Katowice 2017

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive action at Intel Extreme Masters has now wrapped up for another year, with Astralis beating FaZe in a tense 3-1 series to take first place.

Astralis dominated on Overpass, Nuke and Inferno, while FaZe scored their only victory on Cache. The series initially looked to open in FaZe’s favour as they scored a quick win which included a brutal triple kill from Håvard "rain" Nygaard, wrecking the Astralis economy as they moved into the second game.

Unfortunately for FaZe, another amazing triple pistol kill by Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen on the second map, Overpass, pushed Astralis back into contention and on to victory just when it looked like FaZe were about to take a 2-0 lead.

Astralis then surged ahead on Nuke as FaZe struggled to get through the tight defence from the Danish players, before both teams fought neck and neck to get through Inferno and Astralis just managed to pull ahead right at the end for an incredibly tense 16-13 finish.

IEM Katowice prize pool

Astralis walks away with a cool $104,000, leaving second-place FaZe Clan with only $44,000. Immortals and Heroic tied for third and fourth place, with North and Na’Vi coming in at the fifth and sixth tier.

Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth and Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye of Astralis come out of the match with incredible scores under their belts, enjoying +14 and +14 KDR scores respectively. However for many it’s dupreeh who will remain player of the game, constantly showing up to pull his team out of trouble at the last minute.

Header image from HLTV.

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.