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Astralis to face ENCE in Grand Finals of $1mn IEM Katowice 2019

The stage is set for the IEM Katowice 2019 CSGO Major grand finals after Astralis took down MIBR in the semifinals today.

Astralis swept the Brazilian side in two maps, Overpass and Inferno, where they defeated Liquid. Overpass was MIBR map pick, while Astralis chose Inferno. Train was the decider map remaining from the veto process.

Semifinal 2:

  • Astralis won Overpass 16-14
  • Astralis won Inferno 16-7

Map one Overpass was a close bout throughout the first half, with both sides trading tight rounds repeatedly until halftime, where MIBR were leading 9-6. MIBR ran away with the game after the second pistol round, which Astralis won. Astralis closed out Overpass 16-14 while all of its stars were matching each other in the frag column.

tInferno had a different storyline, though, as Astralis kept the MIBR side on their heels the entire time. Following a pistol round clutch from Emil “Magisk” Reif, MIBR had to fend off the relentless aggression on all sides of the map, only to get six successful defensive rounds before halftime.

Astralis then streaked their way to the 2-0 sweep after finishing the game with a scoreline of 16-7.

The grand final of the IEM Katowice Major between Astralis and Ence will begin tomorrow at 23:30pm IST, following the Danger Zone showmatch.

Pranav Nalawade
Pranav Nalawadehttp://www.talkesport.com
As the Director & editor-in-chief at TalkEsport, Pranav is a seasoned journalist with a passion for all things competitive gaming. With 10 years of experience covering the esports industry, Pranav has established a reputation for fair and thorough reporting, bringing the latest and greatest in the world of esports to the site's devoted readers. In their free time, Pranav can be found honing their skills in their favorite games or scouting out up-and-coming talent at local tournaments.

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