Astralis triumph over Liquid in Atlanta

Astralis defeated Liquid on Mirage (16-3) to qualify for the playoffs and brought a close to the ELEAGUE Major Group stage.

Astralis had a good start to the CT side on Mirage with a pistol round win, and Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen and Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye locked down the B site shortly after to make the score 4-2.

Liquid picked up another round by taking over the A site and holding off the 3v3 retake, but got reset shortly after by losing the following round. When the North American team managed their next buy, Astralis were able to read their play and stack four players on B, easily shutting down Nick "nitr0" Cannella and co.

Astralis finally make it out of the groups


Astralis finally make it out of the groups

With a 12-3 lead and Nicolai "device" Reedtz on 23 kills after the first 15 rounds, the Danish team was confident moving into the second half. Their poise showed in the Terrorist pistol round, when Astralis overwhelmed the A site and took down all defending players without a casualty.

After cleaning up the two following rounds, Astralis took care of the first gun round with ease, pushing the A site with a lot of utility to help them take out the defending players.

Matchpage
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26th January 2017
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Mirage
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 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 29 - 6 +23 149.3 2.41
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 24 - 7 +17 106.7 1.87
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 18 - 7 +11 90.9 1.64
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 11 - 9 +2 81.4 1.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 6 - 9 -3 44.6 0.80
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 7 - 17 -10 49.6 0.65
United States Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko 10 - 18 -8 63.0 0.55
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 6 - 16 -10 53.5 0.51
Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' WinnechePimp 8 - 18 -10 41.8 0.45
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 7 - 19 -12 56.4 0.41

Current standings:

3W-0L 3W-1L 3W-2L
Poland Virtus.pro Sweden fnatic Denmark North
CIS Natus Vincere  Brazil SK
Europe FaZe
  Kazakhstan Gambit  Denmark Astralis
0W-3L 1W-3L 2W-3L
CIS FlipSid3 North America OpTic Sweden GODSENT
Europe HellRaisers Europe mousesports France Envy
  France G2 United States Liquid

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Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
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
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
#1
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Bulgaria Molen 
Sad for Liquid, but tbh Astralis is a better team and they deserved it
2017-01-26 03:59
#23
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United States ImFat 
rip my pickem
2017-01-26 03:59
rip na hope
2017-01-26 03:59
well i didnt really expect much i guess
2017-01-26 03:59
gz
2017-01-26 03:58
#5
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CIS sergioff 
GG
2017-01-26 03:58
#6
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France stambert 
device 24 frags on first half. Botlike!
2017-01-26 03:58
gj astralis
2017-01-26 03:59
#9
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Asia bossen1 
ez
2017-01-26 03:59
#10
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Australia CKS 
GG ASTRALIS :D
2017-01-26 03:59
#11
Canada ST2K 
ez
2017-01-26 03:59
OMG
2017-01-26 03:59
ez
2017-01-26 03:59
kek
2017-01-26 03:59
#15
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Denmark BATISTUTA9 
So proud of my fellow danes. Fantastic performance from them all. 11 Danish players represented in the Major playoffs is an astonishing achievement taking our nations population size into consideration. Also super impressed by device, i cant think of anyone as good as him across pistols, rifles and awp while keeping an insane consistency. Best hybrid in the game. No doubt. Looking forward to the coming days.
2017-01-26 04:05
#41
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Denmark Arize 
11 danish players* xD
2017-01-26 04:01
#42
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
You're damn right about device. Also, he is on fire this major.
2017-01-26 04:01
Id say simple is a better hybrid but that because of a vid i saw from thorin where he showed that simples awp kills and rifle kill were split 50-50, the vid was about jdm and was comparing the number of awp kills he had to other awpers and hybrids.
2017-01-26 05:11
#16
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United States donaldjae 
go aster
2017-01-26 03:59
#17
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
RIP NA CS
2017-01-26 03:59
gg
2017-01-26 03:59
device too strong
2017-01-26 03:59
#21
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United States kdpetr0 
Quarter Finals: -North, -FaZe, -Astralis, -fnatic Semi Finals: -SK, -Gambit 2nd place: Na'Vi 1st place: Virtus PLOW i think i am fairly close on this one
2017-01-26 04:01
#22
Argentina ZEJO 
NA 2 bad
2017-01-26 03:59
#24
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Brazil ftf123 
ez
2017-01-26 03:59
EXPECTED
2017-01-26 03:59
#53
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Finland Smoonah 
ye very much so
2017-01-26 04:15
device and Kjaerbye played like fer and cold against FaZe :) NA shit.
2017-01-26 03:59
sex god xypn9x with the 69
2017-01-26 03:59
#33
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Netherlands Krin 
gg, Astralis completely destroyed Liquid. Congrats to all other Legend teams too
2017-01-26 03:59
#36
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France StickyRice 
device 29-6 BOT Xyp9x 6-9, boosted :)
2017-01-26 03:59
#38
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Portugal dracø 
No s1mple, no party. Liquid got nothing on t1 teams. Thank god as well, it's late as fuck :\ No more NA majors plz (production is good.. but fuck this time zone :D )
2017-01-26 04:00
Considering NA is the majority of viewers as well as the reason majors exist, you don't really have the right to complain
2017-01-26 04:03
#50
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Portugal dracø 
Thanks for the majors, but they were better when their were played in Europe. Katowice >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
2017-01-26 04:07
Ehh Katowice the crowd was nice but in NA the production value is so much better in my opinion. Just smoothly running for everything and great transitions etc etc
2017-01-26 04:19
#60
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Denmark regnant 
Let's run the next major in Nigeria
2017-01-26 06:29
What
2017-01-26 12:20
#63
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Bulgaria AboveYall 
Bruh how could you say that when katowice and cologne had much more viewers, also Europe population is a lot more compared to NA. Take for example Texas your biggest state (if we don't count Alaska) and France - same size but France has over 3x Texas population. And when the event is held in Europe, many countries from Asia and Africa are able to watch it with great time for them. I am not saying Na tournaments have to stop but nowdays 80% of all tournaments are held in US which is bullshit for EU viewers. It's been over a year like that it has to stop and have some balance!
2017-01-26 11:01
Yeah I agree with you there that there has to be balance and maybe it seems like there were more viewers in EU majors but we're in the group stage and are hitting 800k viewers. That's really good. The playoffs can only get bettee
2017-01-26 12:21
Lol I had to fk up my own sleep pattern just for this major. Games go from 2am - 2pm Xd so don't complain
2017-01-26 04:04
#49
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Portugal dracø 
Feelsbadman [*]
2017-01-26 04:06
well deserved RIP NA
2017-01-26 04:00
Ian nitro mccay Lol they put the wrong nitro
2017-01-26 04:00
#44
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China Yanick 
Device so F**ing insane, he definitely deserves consecutive year top 3.
2017-01-26 04:03
God deve 2.32 rating...
2017-01-26 04:03
Hiko was top frag.
2017-01-26 04:05
#54
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Finland Smoonah 
that rosey cheeked nubbin? LUL wuw
2017-01-26 04:16
You know they're doomed when hes putting up the numbers.
2017-01-26 04:27
#57
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Finland Smoonah 
I know xD
2017-01-26 05:03
we couldnt get better legends. atleast 8 strong teams has guaranteed their spots to next major.
2017-01-26 04:06
Idk about fnatic. But if former fnatic is returning it's good at least
2017-01-26 05:12
RIP Liquid, Astralis was the better team, they should be in the playoffs either way.
2017-01-26 04:10
NA CS :D
2017-01-26 04:12
good luck to the remaining na cs teams... oh wait, the group stages are done... xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2017-01-26 08:46
EliGe so instable...
2017-01-26 11:23
did Pimp forgot to do his push-ups ?
2017-01-26 11:25
BOT Hiko
2017-01-26 11:27
#67
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Denmark Nix0z 
GG brothers. Go take down Navi ;)
2017-01-26 12:00
Damn. Mirage wasnt the best. Rip NA.
2017-01-26 12:34
#72
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Hong Kong Sample_ 
Sad for North American player Spencer "Hiko" Martin of "Liquid" organization
2017-01-26 16:00
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