Astralis shut down any doubters after Blast Pro Series Copenhagen with a 3-0 sweep over Team Liquid to win IEM Chicago.
Team Liquid came out swinging on their first map pick Mirage, but it was to no avail. Astralis would mount a comeback and take the last six rounds to win the map.
The Grand-Final starts with a heartbreak for the NA Crowd, @astralisgg make the comeback happen and beat @TeamLiquid on Mirage 16-14— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) November 11, 2018
Map two is Nuke up next #IEMhttps://t.co/fTBRGvbUbv pic.twitter.com/sfcm4n5tSK
Team Liquid would need a miracle on Nuke to have any chance. That miracle never showed up as Team Liquid was quickly shut down at every corner and Astralis took the 2:0 map lead with a 16-7 win.
Team Liquid's second map choice, Inferno, was just as favorable to Astralis as it was for TL. The first two maps took the wind out of Team Liquid's sails as Astralis took an 11-4 half lead and never let up. Astralis won Inferno with a 16-4 scoreline.
Astralis has been the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive