After an intense tournament calendar, the 2020 CS:GO year ended with the IEM Global Challenge in which eight top teams competed against each other for a $500,000 prize pool. Astralis took the crown at the end of the five-day-long tournament by eliminating Liquid in the grand final.
It was a tough year for Astralis since the team had highs and lows throughout 2020. The roster’s captain gla1ve and Xyp9x gave a break from playing during the season because of burnouts, so they tried a seven-man roster, but fell to 17th place in the World Ranking; however, at the end of the season, the Danish representative managed to take over the first seed again. As legends say “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game. The terrorists must either plant the bomb or defend the hostages, while the Counter-Terrorists must either prevent the bomb from being planted or defuse the bomb. In the end, Astralis Wins.”
The IEM Global Challenge wasn’t crowded in the meaning of team numbers, however the quality was at the highest level. The tournament started with two different groups which consisted of four teams each. After 10 best-of-three series in the group stage, the four teams that qualified for semifinals became clear: BIG and Astralis from Group A, and Natus Vincere and Team Liquid from Group B.
In the semifinals, Liquid made its own way to the grand final easier than Astralis, as the Danish team sweated against Na’Vi. Eventually, the two teams continued their ongoing rivalry which started in 2019.
However, the iconic competition didn’t go as it was expected as Astralis performed solidly in all maps. With a 16-11 score in Inferno, 16-11 in Overpass and 16-10 in Dust2, Liquid wasn’t able to test Astralis’ limits throughout the series. Device’s monster-like performance helped his team secure the championship and move into the first place in the World Ranking again.