SK creep past Astralis in OT

SK advances to the playoffs in Atlanta with a 19-17 victory on Dust2 over Astralis. They have one more shot to clear the groups in the coming 2-2 round.

The Danish favorites managed to stabilize early enough in the first gun round after being grinded out by SK's glocks in the pistol, as they asserted map control aggresively to crunch the Brazilian offense for a 5-3 lead. The slow tempo that the defending Major champions were not working in their favor as Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and co. extended the lead on CT.

Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's troops did consistently get both kills and bomb plants in and managing the economy well they kept the pressure up, with Ricardo "fox" Pacheco being succesful in his own rifle duels among other things, securing a solid triple on long in the 14th round and clawed back the half for a respectable 7-8 scoreline at first.


SK are Legends once again

SK rolled onwards with the momentum as Marcelo "coldzera" David took charge of dismantling the lower dark play early with three quick USP kills in the second pistol and regained the lead for his team 12-8, forcing a tactical timeout out of Astralis, but Fernando "fer" Alvarenga made any adjustments null with a cheeky position behind the scaffold near B window to crush the setup before it began.

Little panic was to be seen in the Danish camp though as they composed themselves and got the picks needed to force the CT's out of position and clawed back to 13-14 before another full buy from SK in which they went all-in with three AWP, but as it came down to a 3v2 after plant on the B-site the odds were slim and "" came out of the clutch versus fox in the end.

FalleN's team is not a team that ever backs out and they scraped into overtime with a solid A-defense and the sides were not switched, but Astralis revved back into fifth gear and Nicolai "device" Reedtz almost secured back to back 1v2 clutches to secure a perfect first OT half. fer was not going to stand for such shenanigans as he basically recreated such a scenario in the B-site to eventually close out the map 19-17.

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 SK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 35 - 22 +13 100.5 1.45
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 29 - 28 +1 78.1 1.13
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 23 - 24 -1 79.0 1.05
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pachecofox 22 - 24 -2 72.9 1.05
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 21 - 24 -3 61.8 0.83
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 30 - 25 +5 90.1 1.23
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 28 - 25 +3 72.4 1.15
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 20 - 22 -2 68.5 0.99
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 24 - 31 -7 80.8 0.86
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 20 - 27 -7 61.2 0.82

Current standings:

2W-1L 2W-2L
Kazakhstan Gambit  Denmark North
Europe FaZe France Envy

United States Liquid
 
Sweden GODSENT
  Denmark Astralis
3W-0L 3W-1L
Poland Virtus.pro Sweden fnatic
CIS Natus Vincere  Brazil SK
1W-3L 0W-3L
France G2 Europe HellRaisers
Europe mousesports CIS FlipSid3
North America OpTic

In the last duel of round 4 Gambit will duke it out with FaZe for a spot in the quarter finals.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1083
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Argentina ''
 ''
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
805
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Damn that randomizer not picking train but instead dust2 and still splendid match. SK managed to go playoffs but this also showing us how much firepower Na`Vi actually was having compared to Astralis or SK on their CT side holds, ofcourse timeluck was on Na`Vi's side too yesterday. So far fox is doing his job as stand-in and to be honest most people didn't even expect him to do this well. Interestingly SK never lost on overtimes since columbus too, I believe. If Astralis matches with North, it will be one of the rollercoaster matches for danish fans, I know they want both team to reach playoffs at least but it will be hella funny match to watch.
2017-01-25 22:23
#17
eneshan | 
Poland [P]iku 
meh
2017-01-25 22:23
#20
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Denmark Yung_Leann 
SK has some balls leaving D2 open while they got stomped by Navi on it, i was almost sure that Astralis was goin to win it, props to SK tho.
2017-01-25 22:24
#99
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Brazil CaioOlive 
I said, they lost there cause they wanted!
2017-01-25 22:39
#115
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Poland DzonPrice 
They lost because Navi played amazing CT, the teamplay from Navi is amazing,it looks so hard to get on sides.
2017-01-25 23:06
I dont think their CT setups are that strong, they just gamble almost every time, if they gamble wrong they will pay the price and btw SK played like shit that map
2017-01-25 23:54
This might be true but I still can't see them winming vs NaVi on a BO3
2017-01-26 09:50
#24
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Portugal ReaverpiT 
foxxxxx
2017-01-25 22:24
#26
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Finland joona 
lol
2017-01-25 22:24
#28
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Brazil romp  
WTF
2017-01-25 22:24
They haven't lost on overtimes on Valve-sponsored majors only. Remember that 2-1 against VP?
2017-01-25 22:27
SK lost overtime in NY agaist VP. I was there.
2017-01-25 22:47
GZ SK! #RUNSKG
2017-01-25 22:24
idk how astralis managed to lose from the good comeback they did
2017-01-25 22:23
gg
2017-01-25 22:23
#8
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United States ichibaNcs 
Awesome from SK, comebacking from lost matches every single game. GG astralis played so well, hoping they can get to the quarter finals.
2017-01-25 22:23
#41
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United Kingdom ChrisFroome 
Yeah but they chocked too, from 14-8 to 15-15
2017-01-25 22:24
#58
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United States ichibaNcs 
Of course, but from 8-3 to 14-8 was a hella comeback on the match also they won the last round that was basically lost. but props to astralis they comebacked too
2017-01-25 22:26
#71
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United Kingdom ChrisFroome 
Yes a great match
2017-01-25 22:28
Don't really see them going to playoffs unless they start finding some structure and solid teamplay. Major or not idc about pressure is above normal ground, stupid peaks, bad reads of fallen's location, and dupreeh turning into a silver in a 1v2 tells me they have serious problems. 2-3 Inc. =(
2017-01-25 22:37
#11
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Brazil ZACKK_SP 
SK king of close games. Falador passa mal
2017-01-25 22:24
#109
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Portugal antCB 
2017-01-25 22:56
ez
2017-01-25 22:23
EZ FOR THORIN Kappa
2017-01-25 22:25
#18
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Ethiopia Bloody_Ganker 
so ez
2017-01-25 22:24
#21
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Brazil gustavomaas 
nice!!!!!
2017-01-25 22:24
#22
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Brazil paanic 
Deserved
2017-01-25 22:24
#23
shox | 
Canada dB- 
ez
2017-01-25 22:24
rekt
2017-01-25 22:24
#27
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Brazil klauz1337 
SK are Legends once again
2017-01-25 22:24
#30
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Netherlands Jeppe2209 
Not deserved
2017-01-25 22:24
#33
TACO | 
Brazil torm3ntin 
FACK YEAH SK!!!!!!!!
2017-01-25 22:24
#34
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Russia rainsjer 
Lucky
2017-01-25 22:24
#39
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Denmark danishwarrior 
ez 4 fox
2017-01-25 22:24
#40
ZywOo | 
Asia 7RU7H 
Astralis choke issues again...
2017-01-25 22:24
Thank you for saving me my money GODZERA, I really appreciate that!
2017-01-25 22:25
#50
Bulgaria dz3n 
:D
2017-01-25 22:25
nicely done fox
2017-01-25 22:26
#57
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United States nANDO111 
ferGOD&GODZERA too strong
2017-01-25 22:26
Great game, Astralis deserved too, but they still have a chance.
2017-01-25 22:26
#64
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Sweden hudgun 
expected astralis choke
2017-01-25 22:27
#65
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Brazil rickz1996 
good game omg <3 astralis played very well nt
2017-01-25 22:27
Successful tournament for SK imo. They have no chance of winning the major so they should be happy with securing the legend spot. Even if Astralis make playoffs, they might have to play Navi or VP in the quarter finals. Dust 2 is so boring to watch.
2017-01-25 22:27
SK should've lost the game against FaZe as well as this one (they obviously wouldn't play Astralis if they would've lost against FaZe, but still).
2017-01-25 22:27
ay lmao XD
2017-01-25 22:28
#73
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
First a free game from FaZe, now a free game from Chokestralis... NotLikeThis
2017-01-25 22:29
#74
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Brazil c0nt 
GGWP Astralis! #RUNSK
2017-01-25 22:29
man that hardwork.exe toggle messed up astralis and if your IGL top frags, Astralis you have to take the map
2017-01-25 22:30
#76
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Portugal dracø 
CRLLLLLL!!!!!!! I can't handle this major, I have an hearth disease, SK will be the death of me xD Such a back and forth game, SK could've could have spared me the pain. Fox is such a love-hate player. He did so good at the start of the game, but at the end he made some mistakes that almost cost them the game. Glaive is a truly magnificent IGL, so much impact in every game, and overall amazing calls.
2017-01-25 22:30
#120
Xyp9x | 
Iceland Fridd 
Well said. Fox played really well, I sincerely hope that he will improve and adjust with SK as time follows. As with Gla1ve, he sure was. I hope he will bring that stunning performance back vs the team later!
2017-01-25 23:38
#77
United States M117 
#RUNSK
2017-01-25 22:30
Gla1ve is one of the best fraggin IGL's
2017-01-25 22:31
Nice attempt to win the game but the major choke is stronger ;D
2017-01-25 22:32
#80
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Brazil sprk1 
great game, so intense
2017-01-25 22:32
#84
trace | 
Denmark esAq 
I cried a bit
2017-01-25 22:33
#90
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Denmark clutchkongen 
i know how you feel :(
2017-01-25 22:35
#86
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Brazil romp  
R.I.P THORIN.
2017-01-25 22:33
GG EZ !!
2017-01-25 22:33
That's not luck, that Astralis shows how much they're top 1 and gonna win the major against team, who playing most terrible d2 on the major and had to be 16-3 again. Astralis pls don't try to win the major u don't deserve it
2017-01-25 22:34
#125
trace | 
Denmark esAq 
N1 Engrish
2017-01-26 00:02
nice game from sk
2017-01-25 22:34
sk best ever, with stand in will make top4, THE CRY IS FREE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH xd
2017-01-25 22:35
#95
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Brazil ZACKK_SP 
top 8*
2017-01-25 22:36
nah they will get top4, only trust my friend xD
2017-01-25 22:40
#92
FalleN | 
Brazil tails36 
Astralis vs North in round 5 :>
2017-01-25 22:36
Sk should not have allowed them to comeback damn.... They outplayed them in every aspect, and coldzera showing once more why he's best! Greath match anyway, but i feel that astralis wont make it to the playoffs
2017-01-25 22:36
good job SK!!
2017-01-25 22:39
SK unconvincing with two OT wins and a massive loss to NaVi. They will not make it past the first playoff round
2017-01-25 22:39
HLTV community is just so toxic. Lol. Either someone choked or the other one toggled. SK almost threw the game when it was 14-8, coming back from a 8-3, and then got his sh#t back together to secure the spot in the quarter-finals. It was an insane and epic game. I don't feel this nervous since MIBR.
2017-01-25 22:42
#118
Xyp9x | 
Iceland Fridd 
Well said. The game sure was intense! Hope Astralis make it through.
2017-01-25 23:35
Me too. It would be just sad to have such an incredible team out of the playoffs.
2017-01-26 01:56
Good game for both teams, excellent emotion
2017-01-25 22:48
#107
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Brazil VAC0 
ELEAGUE could allow coldzera to smoke his cigarettes while playing ... he deserves
2017-01-25 22:53
ahhahaah
2017-01-25 23:01
1.44 .-.
2017-01-25 22:57
#114
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Portugal Death_Hack 
EZ 4 SK Gaming , EZ 4 Fox. #SK.FOX Stickers #ObrigadinhoFalleN #RUNSKG #NTC #CRYISFREE
2017-01-25 23:03
#117
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-01-25 23:30
fox was instrumental in dealing with device, so many duels won by the portuguese player.
2017-01-26 03:11
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