25th March, 2020

ASTRALIS

Pro League OVERVIEW

How Astralis got through to the next stage

On March 17th, Astralis took their first steps on the road of ESL Pro League XI, paved with world-class Counter-Strike teams battling for the title, the prize, and the glory. A league Astralis co-owns with ESL and 12 other top Counter-Strike teams

Astralis has not yet reached the end of that road but unlike a number of other teams, the team is still on it and with good grip. It was a rocky start against Ninjas in Pyjamas with a 1-2 loss but from there, Astralis' form took shape. 

The team struck back quickly in their second match against GODSENT with a very convincing series followed by another win against ENCE albeit the latter proving a bigger challenge. After powering through Team Spirit, Astralis' chance to top Group A came down to tough match-up against a strong, all too familiar opponent: Vitality. An intense series concluded with a victorious Astralis, not just against Vitality but of all six teams in Group A.

Astralis locks down Stage 2

Trailing a 4-1 record from Stage 1, Astralis is straight through to Stage 2 alongside NAVI who won in Group B. The two teams will reside here until the last spots are filled.

The winner of Group C will join Astralis and NAVI in Stage 2 and the remaining three spots will be occupied by the 2nd and 3rd best teams of each group playing each other in a BO3 Play-In.

Astralis' strong position on the leaderboard

So far, Astralis is the only team in the league with multiple entries on the leaderboard for best performing individual players. Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth, Nicolai 'dev1ce' Reedtz, and Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen take up 3rd, 4th and 7th place.

Stage 2 - explained

When all the group's strongest teams have been found it's time to commence Stage 2 of ESL Pro League where the grand finalists will be found. 

In Stage 2, Astralis enters a similar format to Stage 1. Six teams compete in a round-robin best-of-three structure where the team with the most wins will go directly to the best-of-five EU Championship Grand Final. 

The 2nd and 3rd best team from Stage 2 will play a best-of-three decider match for the last spot in the Grand Final.

Dates and schedule

Astralis will play again on April 5th when Stage 2 of ESL Pro League XI begins. The match-ups and time slots are yet to be determined but you can always check the Astralis Calendar where the information will be available as soon as we have it. 

Prize pool distribution

The prizemoney for Pro League is distributed as illustrated above. The rest of the $750,000 total prize pool is distributed amongst lower placed teams. ESL and the teams are working on a grand final between the continental winners from Europe and North America.