Astralis claimed their third ECS Finals title after winning a 2-0 nailbiter against MIBR at ECS Season 6 grand finals in Arlington, Texas.
Both teams came from group A with the Americans seizing a surprise 2-0 score after winning their opener against mouseports followed by a 2-1 upset against the eventual champions. Astralis meanwhile had to go through a decider match to make it to the playoffs.
Come playoffs, the two teams managed to dismiss their group B counterparts. Astralis turned the heat against Ninjas in Pyjamas while MIBR worked on North in a series of lopsided maps.
Map 1: Inferno
The Danes opened the grand finals with a 6-2 run in their map pic Inferno before MIBR answered with rounds of their own. The exchange between the two squads went back and forth until the end of the half where the Danes held a glimmer 8-7 lead.
Looking to increase the gap, Astralis went on a 5 map streak to open their CT side, but Marcelo "coldzera" David was resilient enough as he came to aid MIBR for a 6-1 rally to cut back the lead to just one. However Nicolai "device" Reedtz went online as he clutches two kills in match point to close them out 16-14.
Map 2: Overpass
MIBR interestingly picked Overpass for the first time in the tournament – and it seemed they have a good reason to do so looking at the first half of the map. Despite Astralis gaining a 3-0 headstart, Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip and the rest of the crew went for a 7-0 run of their own to win the half 7-8.
Switching sides, Astralis once again took the pistol round but MIBR was quick to answer as soon as money went decent for them. They looked ready to force a map 3 as they lead 11-15 but Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander clutched their way to overtime as they won the final four rounds of regulation.
MIBR was steady enough to keep in phase with the momentum of the Danish side after verging 18-17 towards the championship. They managed to force a second overtime and fight behind Tarik "tarik" Celik's heroics that include a 1v4 clutch play. But gla1ve again shut them down with a 4k defense in crunch time to earn series point and defend their ECS title capped off by the first hat trick in history of ECS.