Astralis win ELEAGUE Group C

stich
June 11th, 2016 07:32

Astralis have won the ELEAGUE Group C final 2-1 over CLG (16-7 on Mirage, 16-19 on Dust2, and 16-11 on Overpass) and advance to the playoffs of the $1.4 million tournament.

The third week of televised finals at Turner's $1.4 million ELEAGUE tournament marked the first time that the two highest seeded competitors in the round robin stage did not meet in the final, as CLG (who played the event with coach Faruk "pita" Pita as a stand-in as they search for a new fifth) were able to take down SK in the semifinals.

Nevertheless, group leaders Astralis remained the heavy favourites going into the Group C final and things indeed looked to start off the way on Mirage as the team's two heavy hitters Nicolai "device" Reedtz and Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen obliterated CLG on the first pistolround as the North American team tried to split onto the A bombsite.


Astralis join Luminosity and NiP in the ELEAGUE playoffs

Astralis continued to hold this position of dominance for much of the early first half, and despite a round where Josh "jdm64" Marzano claimed four crucial T-side kills with his AWP, it was only on the ninth round that the mostly American team began to string some rounds together.

However, with Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye and the rest of his team all hitting their shots and playing aggressive when needed and holding at other times, CLG had not much more egress for their executes and the half finished 11-4 in Astralis' favour.

A strong B hold by CLG, including a final knife kill by Tarik "tarik" Celik, gave the North American team the second pistolround but two opening Deagle kills by device and three P250 kills by Kjaerbye on the anti-eco quickly re-established Astralis' dominance on CLG's map pick.


Despite being a coach-turned-standin, pita had strong moments in the series

Although CLG were able to defend successfully a few more times in the second half, Astralis simply looked too powerful and the Danish team easily cruised to a 16-7 closer on the first map.

The second map was Astralis' pick of Dust2 and CLG fired up the crowd thanks to coach-turned-player pita getting a quad kill on the team's T-side pistolround. Despite a messy second anti-eco round, CLG moved into the first gunround with a 3-0 lead but two strong AWP kills by device put CLG on uneven footing and it was the Danish team who claimed the round.

The next round seemed as if Astralis had it in the bag but jdm64 threw in a classic Lounge nation round, winning a one-versus-four and putting CLG up 4-1. CLG kept the momentum until they reached their sixth point, and then a resurgent Kjaerbye (the new 18-year-old addition to Astralis) powered his team to a strong 9-6 first half closing score.


As expected, LoungeDM had some highlight worthy plays

CLG managed to also win the second pistolround of the map, but a planted bomb allowed Astralis to buy up on the third round of the second half and it was off this round win that the Danes advanced to a 15-9 score.

However, CLG suddenly kicked into comeback mode with James "hazed" Cobb leading the way for his team and began to bring the score ever closer until somewhat improbably the score stood at 15-15. Overtime went even smoother for CLG and a triple kill from jdm64 sealed the map 19-16 for CLG in telegenic fashion, and not to many people's expectations.

Overpass was the decider map and a massive flank in the halls between A and B by pita gave CLG the necessary entries and they thus won the pistolround. CLG seemed like a team possessed and continued to get the necessary picks and pressure pushes and moved ahead to a 7-2 lead, and an upset truly began to look possible.


Astralis' recent addition Kjaerbye spearheaded the second half comeback on Overpass 

Under the auspices of Kjaerbye and device however, the two began to exchange multikill rounds while defending as CT's and the half suddenly narrowed until it ended only 8-7 in favour of CLG.

A strong B-site take by Astralis on the second pistolround equalised the score and a narrowly won one-versus-two by Finn "karrigan" Andersen on the first gunround moved the score even further forward. However, with Astralis leading at 13-8, CLG again started to claw their way back, led by hazed getting three kills on the 22nd round and tarik getting three early M4A1 picks on the 23rd.

With things looking dire at 13-11, dupreeh suddenly picked up two TEC9 kills at short near B-site and the Danes exploded onto the site and planted the bomb, with dupreeh walking away with another two kills at the end of the round. With Astralis having identified that the B site was CLG's weakpoint, the Danes continued punishing pita and the defenders of B and finally cruised to a 16-11 victory.

Matchpage
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United States
16
Mirage
7
16
Dust2
19
16
Overpass
11

 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 76 - 58 +18 100.5 1.44
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 76 - 53 +23 89.6 1.31
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 63 - 48 +15 80.2 1.17
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 60 - 55 +5 71.6 1.07
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 47 - 57 -10 67.1 0.95
 CLG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 67 - 64 +3 79.4 1.11
United States James 'hazed' Cobbhazed 56 - 63 -7 72.3 0.96
United States Stephen 'reltuC' CutlerreltuC 50 - 61 -11 68.9 0.85
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 47 - 65 -18 71.4 0.84
Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk 'pita' Pitapita 51 - 69 -18 69.8 0.80

Next week we will see Group D action of ELEAGUE begin and it will be a big group as we will see fnatic play after much speculation, as well as FaZe, Dignitas, and the North American TSM all coming through Atlanta to compete in the $1.4 million event.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1211
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1091
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
863
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
1216
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk 'pita' Pita
Faruk 'pita' Pita
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
168
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.15
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
720
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
United States James 'hazed' Cobb
James 'hazed' Cobb
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
539
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
n1
2016-06-11 07:32
best cast ever vs go history. james is on fire.
2016-06-11 07:33
casters \_ounging
2016-06-11 07:48
best comment from James 'hes creeping like dan in the club'
2016-06-11 15:21
FYI, Denmark has no women.
2016-06-11 11:24
Oh look a salty NA fan. LUL
2016-06-11 13:50
It's ok. You were adopted... from Sweden.
2016-06-11 22:18
yes
2016-06-11 07:32
#3
Canada ragzy 
hi
2016-06-11 07:32
fuck
2016-06-11 07:32
1
2016-06-11 07:32
Expected
2016-06-11 07:32
gg
2016-06-11 07:32
#8
Brazil cryh9 
rip C\_G
2016-06-11 07:32
#9
 | 
United States julian_stout 
it was a good game at least
2016-06-11 07:32
ez
2016-06-11 07:33
why god
2016-06-11 07:33
yo shoutouts to cindy
2016-06-11 07:33
#14
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United States ViKaLiBuR 
SiEGED | CSGO Genius
2016-06-11 07:33
#15
India anxF 
GG Astralis
2016-06-11 07:34
LoungeDM. N1 HLTV
2016-06-11 07:34
GG!
2016-06-11 07:38
#18
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World navlefnuller 
what is going on ddk and black ddk are killing it! they have been out of balance, but now you have finally hit each other's tones and it is epic
2016-06-11 07:44
nice pic...
2016-06-11 07:51
im hungry
2016-06-11 07:54
#22
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
gg wp!
2016-06-11 07:56
anywhere i can see full vod? not that retarded twitch version
2016-06-11 08:02
They seem to be releasing the full VODs on the YouTube ELEAGUE channel. Should be there somewhere in the next 24 hours.
2016-06-11 08:35
on eleague channel u get retarded version without analyst desk
2016-06-11 11:15
\_OUNGING \_OSERS
2016-06-11 08:10
Kjærbye best!
2016-06-11 08:32
Against stand-in (coach) team I'm sure Ast can't win against LG/NaVi/NiP on LAN
2016-06-11 09:53
That picture still has cajunb in it...
2016-06-11 08:45
#28
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Argentina ZaraLarsson 
E-League is getting so boring with this 1 week groups
2016-06-11 08:48
#29
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Singapore Trisha 
Congrats to CLG making it anyway with a stand-in coach!
2016-06-11 09:12
pita > tarik axaxaxaxa
2016-06-11 10:08
Go men rush B fast ))
2016-06-11 10:41
nice gj liquid.jdm
2016-06-11 11:10
Who is advance to last chance qual from this group? This system is awfull as fuck
2016-06-11 11:45
CLG qualify for the last chance playoff.
2016-06-11 13:37
gratz
2016-06-11 12:00
n1
2016-06-11 12:21
#41
s1mple | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
Well done Astralis. Now keep it going.
2016-06-11 12:29
kjaerbye and device <3
2016-06-11 13:09
Kjærbye on fire!
2016-06-11 13:51
Nice game by CLG but they have no chance at playoff
2016-06-11 14:00
#49
trace | 
Denmark esAq 
GG
2016-06-11 14:27
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