Astralis Claims FACEIT London Major Over Natus Vincere
Astralis claimed its fifth premier victory of the year Sunday, stomping Natus Vincere to take home first place at the FACEIT London Major.
Astralis took an early and commanding lead in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive series after a 16-6 win on Nuke, repeatedly shutting down its Ukrainian opponent with unimpeachable decision-making to trump Na'Vi's strong individual performances.
Na'Vi's counter pick of Overpass went marginally better, as the team pulled itself out of a spiral with an impressive string of round wins to keep Astralis off match, and series, point. In the end, however, Astralis cleaned up the map 16-9.
This marks three top two finishes in a row for Astralis, preceded by second place at DreamHack Stockholm and first place at the ELEAGUE Premier, further cementing its position as the single strongest CS:GO team in the world.
As the team finally closed out the series, Daniel "ddk" Kapadia may have said it best: "The Astralis era is absolutely cemented."