The quest for the million bucks is all over.
The victory of Astralis at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals ultimately gave the Danish organization the fourth LAN win to take home the first Season of Intel Grand Slam (IGS) along with its $1 million take-it-all prize.
The world’s top ranking team defeated Team Liquid 3-1 to complete the four necessary IGS LANs with the first three namely DreamHack Masters Marseille, ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals and IEM Chicago – all these titles won within 2018.
Intel will be giving a gold bar to each Astralis member including coach Danny "zonic" Sørensen. Each bars will bear the receiving members’ name along with the four titles that they have won for the IGS prize.
As per Intel, the $1 million pot is the “biggest cash prize in the history of CSGO for a single team”.
Astralis’ IGS win is not easy. The IGS rules indicate that a team must win four tournaments within a window of 10 consecutive events which means that once a team wins an ESL or DreamHack event, they have to win three out of the next 9 events in order to receive the prize. The Danish squad needed 9 events to bag the prize.
The closest rival of Astralis for the IGS pot was Faze Clan. The European mixture had a total of three victories under their belt but the mid-season of 2018 went too harsh for them as their last IGS eligible title was at ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018 last June. They missed the opportunity when they slipped both at ESL One Cologne or DreamHack Masters Stockholm where they finished 3rd-4th and 5th-8th respectively.
ESL and Intel has yet to announce the start for the second season of IGS. But it is expected to start at the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice Major this March. If ever, this will be the first CS:GO Major to become a part of the IGS.