Starladder Berlin Major 2019: The Rookies vs The Veterans

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Astralis and AVANGAR are the last two teams left at the Starladder Berlin Major 2019. Astralis defeated Team Liquid in the quarterfinals which made them a favorite to win the rest of the tournament. Meanwhile Avangar overcame odds with their wins over teams such as Vitality and Team Liquid in various stages of the event. 

The Starladder Berlin Major features a prize pool of $1 million and is underway at the Mercedes Benz Arena. 

The ‘Former’ Best team in the World: Astralis

 

Team Astralis, Starladder Berlin Major 2019.
With Team Liquid out of the way, Astralis are the favorites to win the Berlin Major. Image Credit: Astralis

The Danish team dominated the 2018 CS:GO circuit with precision-level strategies and executions. However, Astralis’ form dropped off in 2019 after a string of absences and Team Liquid’s rise. Team Liquid secured the Intel Grand Slam Season 2 in just five tournaments, eclipsing Astralis, year-long journey for the inaugural season. 

Despite the Danish team’s inability to win matches against Team Liquid, Astralis remained one of the strongest teams in the CS:GO circuit. Team liquid stealing all the headlines drew attention away from Astralis’ preparation for the Berlin Major. 

Astralis CSGO team can win their third Major
Astralis seem to be out of their slump as they reach yet another Major Grand final. Image Credit: BLAST Pro Series

So far at the Berlin Major, Astralis has only lost one series to NRG in the New Legends stage. They secured their revenge in the semifinals after they defeated the North American team 2-0 to move to the Grand Finals. The Danish team is now the favorites to win the Berlin Major as Team Liquid and Vitality are out of the equation. 

Strengths

  • Diverse Map Pool, recently surprised Team Liquid with their Vertigo pick
  • Aggressive CT side to gain information
  • High-skilled individual plays. 

Weaknesses

  • Not at their peak level since last few months
  • Aggressive CT side is a double-edged sword, something that their opponents can use against them. 
  • Heavily reliant on strategies, which can prove beneficial to their opponents 

The Astralis team’s strength outweighs their weaknesses, and that is why they have been the best team in CS:GO for most of the past year. Their shortcomings are subjective to their opponent’s read on their play style. A confident Astralis is always a threat, and they seem to perform to their best at the Majors. 

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The CIS Hope: AVANGAR

 

Similar to Krakow 2017, CIS Avangar looks very strong and might make a dream run towards Victory.
Avangar CSGO Lineup has reached the Grand finals. Image Credit: Avangar

AVANGAR’s storyline differs from Astralis. Astralis is one of the best CSGO teams and AVANGAR is a no-name for the best teams in CS:GO. The CIS team added Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev to their team in June 2019. The CIS roster has a high skill-ceiling with the average player age making them one of the younger teams at the Major. 

AVANGAR does not have a past of good results; they were an average team. None of the analysts gave them a chance against Team Vitality. However, the team play ensured that they could defeat Vitality. 

Qikert is one of the youngest players at the Berlin Major. He plays for Team Avangar.
Qikert declined an offer from Na’Vi to continue with his teammates. Image Credit: HLTV

Jame is the star player on AVANGAR and his consistency throughout the tournament is nauseating. AVANGAR’s gameplay relies on allowing Jame to buy the AWP and moving on from there. The CIS team realizes that their best chance for victory in any match relies on Jame getting an AWP and feeling confident with it. 

However, while Jame has always been consistent for the team, it is the rest of the players who have stepped upon an individual level at the Major. Players such as Buster and Qikert have consistently pushed through smokes, showing little respect for much better-ranked teams. 

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The Berlin Major Grand Finals: What can we expect?

 

Jame from Avangar at Starladder Berlin Major
Team Avangar member Jame has been the standout performer at the Berlin Major.

 

The Berlin Major will see a struggle between an established team and a relatively new but high skill team. Astralis has been the same roster and has a similar play-style since early 2018. AVANGAR’s roster does not extend beyond this Major as they came into existence (in their current form in June 2019). 

However, within the short period, AVANGAR’s chemistry and their team synergy has reached new heights. The players have developed a perfect synergy with each other, often flashing from across bomb-sites for each other. The team still has a long way to go before being favorites in this match-up. 

The Starladder Berlin Major 2019 Grand finals start at 1730 CEST and all matches are available on Starladder’s Twitch channel

 


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