theScore esports Daily (March 4): Astralis dominate in Katowice and earn second straight Major win, flusha steps back from competitive play

by Devin Jones Mar 4
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Astralis win second straight CS:GO major

The 2019 IEM Katowice Major crowned its champion on Sunday as Astralis shrugged off surging underdogs ENCE eSports to win their second straight Major, only dropping a single map in the process.

In the grand final's first map of Train, ENCE started off T-side well, winning a scrappy pistol round and converting it to a second. But it wasn't to last, with Astralis winning 11 of the next 13, eventually winning out the map 16-11.

On Inferno ENCE would get on the board only once in the first half before Astralis closed out CT with a commanding 14-1 lead. ENCE started their T-side strong, winning the first three rounds. But the fun stopped there as Astralis put on a clinic, winning Inferno 16-4 and clinching their third Major title.

flusha steps away from Cloud9, Golden returns

After six months with Cloud9, Robin "flusha" Rönnquist is stepping away from the team and competitive CS:GO in general for personal reasons.

“I have been feeling uninspired and exhausted playing competitive CSGO for a while now and I have decided to take an extended break from this, until i feel ready to come back again,”flusha wrote in an extended Twitter post.

Cloud9 also confirmed news that Maikil "Golden" Kunda Selim, who stepped away the team in November 2018 due to health reasons, would be returning to the squad.

flusha emphasized the positive experience of playing with Cloud9, and despite the rocky team performance, stated that he wouldn't have done anything differently.

“We want to express tremendous gratitude towards flusha for his exceptional play and leadership over these past few months," wrote Cloud9 in a press release.

Most recently, Cloud9 were bounced from the Katowice Major New Legends stage, losing 2-0 to FaZe Clan in their elimination match and earning a 9th place finish.

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