Astralis to EL semis over NiP
Astralis have advanced to ELEAGUE Season 2 semi-finals after defeating NiP 2-1 (Cobblestone 13-16, Train 16-2, Overpass 16-10).
NiP and Astralis went back and forth in the first four rounds of Cobblestone with each side winning a forcebuy on the back of great individual play from Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg and Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye.
The Danes managed to stabilize the situation, getting up to a 5-2 lead before Richard "Xizt" Landström's quad in another forcebuy gave NiP two in a row. Before the half ended, each side won three rounds to make it 8-7 in favor of Astralis on the CT side.
A pistol round win sent Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's team to 11-7, but a great combination from f0rest and Adam "friberg" Friberg on A long - and the latter's solo triple on the same bombsite - set off a five-round streak for NiP. As most of those rounds were close, Astralis only needed one round to break their opponents' economy, but yet another huge play from friberg, this time with a stolen gun in an eco, gave NiP a 14-12 lead.
Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen gave Astralis a lifeline when he got a triple in a disadvantageous situation on the B bombsite, although friberg saved the day again in the following eco to help his team close out Cobblestone at 16-13.
friberg had immense impact on Cobblestone
Nicolai "device" Reedtz started off Train with a triple in a 2v3 in the pistol round, which took his team to a 3-0 lead as Counter-Terrorists. A B attack in the first gunround went NiP's way comfortably, but Astralis retook two similar ones in the following two rounds to go up 6-1.
NiP could barely get a footing in their next strategies, while Astralis continued to dominate the map until it was 10-1. f0rest then got a big double in a quasi-buy, but once yet another retake on the B bombsite went the other way, the Danes looked fantastic going over to Terrorists with 13-2.
Astralis decimated NiP on Train
dupreeh and company got off to another flying start, as they went up 5-0 as CT on the decider, Overpass. friberg's two entries gave NiP their first round, but Astralis broke their economy right afterwards and extended their lead to 9-1 after gla1ve clutched a 1v2.
A single round in which Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and f0rest combined for a 2v4 afterplant win gave them a breather in the form of an anti-eco, which allowed NiP to lower the deficit to 6-9 at halftime with five rounds in a row.
Doubles from the aforementioned duo in the following pistol round equalized the score at 9-9, but Astralis were the ones to take control of the first few gunrounds to regain the lead.
A dangerous round on the B bombsite went to the hands of the Danish squad, and two entries from dupreeh forced NiP on an eco. Solo doubles from GeT_RiGhT and friberg towards the B bombsite were all for naught, as from there on Astralis picked up six rounds in a row, two of which were saved by Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth to finish the series off at 16-10.
K - D
Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye
72 - 43
Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice
60 - 46
Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x
56 - 37
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh
48 - 43
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve
46 - 48