VP beat Astralis, to Major semis
Virtus.pro defeated Astralis 2-0 to become the first semi-finalists at ESL One Cologne. (19-17 on Overpass and 19-15 on Train).
The Danes picked up the pistol round after Nicolai "device" Reedtz's opening kill but couldn't stop a triple kill by Paweł "byali" Bieliński in the following round, losing the anti-eco. Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski's 1vs2 clutch gave Virtus.pro their sixth round and they made it 9-1 before Finn "karrigan" Andersen brought a round to his team with a triple kill.
TaZ & co. become semi-finalists
After getting one more round, Astralis' struggle continued and they trailed 3-12 at halftime. The story of the second half was much different as Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth & company grabbed the first seven rounds of the half to come within two rounds of Virtus.pro (12-10).
Astralis even got a match point buy failed to close out as Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski's quad kill took the match to overtime. The CT-sided Astralis were overwhelmed in the first half of overtime, losing all three rounds. Virtus.pro eventually stopped the scary comeback and won Overpass 19-17.
Train was the second map and Astralis won their third pistol round of the series with zonic picking up a triple kill. Virtus.pro answered in the third round with an early weapon purchase and went on a three round streak, taking the lead.
It was another rough game for zonic
Astralis responded harshly, grabbing nine of the ten remaining rounds in the half in a dominant fashion. The Danes led 11-4 at halftime.
The Danish team won yet another pistol round but lost the third round of the half as Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas secured a triple kill and the round (13-5). Virtus.pro's comeback effort kicked off after this point and they managed to make it 14-11 but a 2vs3 victory by karrigan and device gave the Danes four match points. Virtus.pro ultimately were able to take it to overtime with a four round streak.
After giving up two kills in each three first half overtime rounds, Virtus.pro closed out all three of them and finished the match 19-15 and the series 2-0, eliminating Astralis and becoming the first semi-finalists in Cologne.
|Virtus.pro||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps||56 - 47||+9||83.4||1.15|
|Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ||53 - 47||+6||73.2||1.08|
|Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax||42 - 43||-1||72.7||1.05|
|Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali||45 - 46||-1||74.4||1.02|
|Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO||46 - 46||0||73.3||0.99|
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||68 - 43||+25||94.5||1.39|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||55 - 51||+4||84.9||1.09|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||45 - 49||-4||80.5||1.06|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||36 - 46||-10||51.5||0.84|
|Danny 'zonic' Sørensenzonic||25 - 53||-28||53.7||0.65|
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