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