The Checkpoint - Astralis Wins the ELEAGUE Major, Upsets in LCS

by Kevin Knocke

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Today on The Checkpoint, the daily esports show on that airs each weekday at 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT:

  • No. 1 Astralis in the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings won their first Major over the weekend by defeating No. 3 in the finals of the CS:GO ELEAGUE Major 2-1. The match started with a solid victory for VP on Nuke, winning 16-12 over the eventual champions.

    Astralis clawed their way back in on Overpass, the next map, winning very narrowly 16-14 on the back on some clutch performances from Andreas "Xyp9x" Hojsleth, including a 1v3 clutch at 1 hp to secure much needed momentum for his team. The final map, Train, was just as thrilling. Astralis again squeaked out a 16-14 win despite being several rounds down throughout most of the map.

    Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjaerbye stepped up in the clutch for his team in the finals, posted a 29/15 K/D and a 103.0 ADR in the final map of the tournament. VP looked stunned as they walked off the stage but Astralis were the champions.
  • The EU LCS had some interesting developments as Unicorns of Love rolled to a 2-0 victory in sets over the weekend, taking out Origen (expected) and H2k Gaming (unexpected). Group B continues to show it's strength as both H2k and Unicorns of Love look to be capable of competing for the EU LCS championship with Splyce not far behind.

    In Group A, G2 Esports cemented their spot as the top team there by taking out Misfits 2-1 in a close set. However, the dropoff in Group A is more severe after the top two teams, with ROCCAT looking to be the weakest team in the EU LCS at the moment.
  • Suprises continued on the NA LCS side of things with FlyQuest continuing to roll, opening the season 3-0 by taking out CLG 2-0 to open the week's competition. They later narrowly lost to a resurgent Echo Fox 1-2 putting their surprising undefeated run to an end.

    Phoenix1 continues to roll as they knocked out Team EnVyUs and Team Liquid easily 2-0 in each set. Inori in particular looks particularly strong out of the Jungle making several key plays for his team.

Later towards the end of the show, WWG's own Steven Cropley joined to talk about his experience on the ground at the event, including impressions of teams there, what interviews he got from the Fox Theater, and what we can expect next in CS:GO.