Astralis and Team Liquid Battle it Out to Decide First Playoff Team at the ECS S5 Live Finals

Mike Kent

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The first team to advance through to ECS Season 5 live finals playoffs will be the Danish squad of Astralis.

The $660,000 live finals are the conclusion of an online season spanning from March, with the top four teams from North America and the top four from Europe reaching the live finals.

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  • The Danish team of Astralis came into the tournament with their heads held high following a convincing win at the ESL Pro League playoffs in May.

Placed into Group A at the ECS S5 live finals, Astralis pulled off an impressive comeback against Cloud9 in their first matchup, winning 16-13 on Inferno.

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Advancing through to the Group A winner bracket matchup, they faced off against Team Liquid after they’d taken down Fnatic in their first game.

What was meant to be a close game turned out to be something of a riot, with Astralis taking a commanding first-half lead 13-2.

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Team Liquid attempted to mount the comeback but ultimately Astralis proved too strong, finishing out the game 16-6

Astralis now advance through to Sunday’s playoff semi-final, where they’ll meet the runners-up of Group B. Team Liquid will face the winner of Cloud9 and Fnatic to conclude Group A.

Follow our coverage of the ECS Season 5 Live Finals via our dedicated coverage hub.