Ence beat Astralis, the Danish side, with a 2-0 scoreline in the Finals of Blast Pro Madrid. The Finns were crowned champions and took home 125,000$ in prize money.
Ence were on a roll throughout the tournament, finishing at the top of the Group Stage standings with a 4-1 record to book a ticket to the Grand Finals. Astralis followed behind with a line of 4 wins, and a loss.
ENCE VS. ASTRALIS
- Ence won Nuke 16-9
- Ence won Train 16-13
The first map of the Best of 3 series was Nuke, picked by Astralis. The vetoes can be found here:
- Astralis removed Mirage
- ENCE removed Vertigo
- Astralis picked Nuke
- ENCE picked Train
- Astralis removed Overpass
- ENCE removed Inferno
- Dust2 was left over
Astralis have been well known for having a 31-0 unbeatable streak on Nuke. However, it looked like Ence were here to put an end to their unbeatable run.
As the map began, Ence threw Astralis off their feet by picking up the first six rounds in a row, before Astralis was able to pick up two of their own. The first half followed the same storyline and ENCE dominated the Danes to a scoreline of 11-4 in the first half.
However, Astralis showed their magic by taking up the first 3 rounds in the second half and saved their hopes of continuing the streak on Nuke. ENCE were ready to tackle Astralis by the horns and pushed themselves to map point, with the scoreline being 15-7.
Astralis were still fighting tooth and nail and brought back to very close rounds, pushing the score to 15-9. Allu and co. put the final nail in the coffin and broke Astralis’ streak with a scoreline of 16-9.
In the game, it looked like Astralis were not prepared for the aggression from ENCE and succumbed to the Finn’s. Aerial took charge of proceedings on the ENCE side, ending the half with 21 kills and winning 8 out of his 10 opening battles against the Danes.
The teams went to Train for Game 2, where Astralis promptly pulled ahead with an 8-7 lead before switching sides. Aerial led the way once again with 25 kills and only 19 deaths in the map, as Ence eventually sealed the deal with a 16-13 score.
Aerial bagged the tournament MVP award for his stellar performance throughout Ence’s run to the championship, marking the first time he’s won that award in his career. He posted a total of 143 kills with only 126 deaths, dishing out 86.4 average damage per round and an overall rating of 1.28 out of 2.0.
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