5 Takeaways From IEM Beijing-Haidian

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IEM Beijing-Haidian has come and gone with Astralis hoisting the trophy for the Danes’ first Intel Grand Slam Season 3 victory. Astralis was perfect throughout the entire tournament, leaving fans of other teams worried that the monsters from last year are back to terrorize the CS:GO scene.

Here are five takeaways from IEM Beijing-Haidian.

5. ENCE Isn’t Having an Easy Go

ENCE made a shocking roster move by replacing Aleksib with former mousesports player suNny. At first, many were confused by the change considering how strong the Finnish team started the year. Now, many consider it one of the worst roster changes of all time. ENCE needs to figure out something new or else risk falling further behind.

4. Back to the Drawing Board for Evil Geniuses

Evil Geniuses were the NA hopeful in China after winning ESL One New York and StarSeries Season 8. A tough group saw them come up against FaZe Clan to qualify for the bracket. Unfortunately, their run ended in groups but this team won’t go away quietly. EG is still arguably the top team in NA considering Team Liquid’s drop in form.

3. FaZe Clan is For Real

FaZe Clan is starting to get rolling with its new lineup. Coldzera and Broky are proving to be worthwhile additions to the lineup alongside the tried and true trio. Outside of getting stomped by Astralis, this was a strong follow-up from BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen.

2. A New Organization, No Problem

100 Thieves re-entered CS:GO for IEM Beijing-Haidian acquiring the former Renegades roster. The Aussies picked up right where they left off by making the final after coming out of groups. Just like everyone else, 100T fell to Astralis but the roster showed why it was worth the acquisition.

1. An Astralis in Form is a Scary One

We can argue about whether or not Astralis is back or if the team ever left, but the Danes rolled through the competition. Astralis didn’t drop a single map all tournament and even dropped in a casual 16-0 against FaZe Clan, one of the top teams in attendance.

With the win, Astralis secured its spot at IEM Katowice 2020 and its first win toward Intel Grand Slam Season 3.

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