AST, Immortals, & FaZe to playoffs
Astralis defeated FaZe 16-8 on Train, while Immortals beat fnatic 16-14 on Mirage in the last matches of Group A at IEM Katowice. Astralis, FaZe, and Immortals all have 4-1 records and will play tiebreaker games to decide the order of the group.
Astralis who had a 3-1 record before their last match in the group stage and FaZe who came into the match having won all four of their previous matches squared off on Train. The T-sided Astralis won the pistol round after Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's opening kill and followed it up with a crucial 2vs4 clutch in the first weapon round where Nicolai "device" Reedtz picked up a quad kill.
Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth clutched a 1vs2 against Finn "karrigan" Andersen and Håvard "rain" Nygaard to make it 5-0 and the clutch galore continued with a 2vs3 (6-0). The Danes started the game 10-0 and finished the half 11-4 ahead.
device's Astralis cruised to victory
Astralis won the second half pistol round with Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen's triple kill but lost the anti-eco, starting a three round FaZe streak. Astralis took control in their next buy round and won the game 16-8. With this result, both teams finished with 4-1 records, alongside Immortals, and tiebreaker games will decide the order of the first three teams.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||25 - 11||+14||104.7||1.67|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||21 - 16||+5||101.6||1.42|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||18 - 13||+5||85.5||1.33|
|Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye||17 - 13||+4||58.5||1.03|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||10 - 20||-10||65.2||0.83|
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||23 - 17||+6||92.5||1.27|
|Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa||17 - 19||-2||74.7||0.90|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||14 - 17||-3||77.2||0.85|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||12 - 21||-9||66.7||0.66|
|Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu||7 - 17||-10||42.8||0.43|
The map was Mirage in the match between fnatic and Immortals and the Swedes who started on the CT-side won the first five rounds by only giving away one kill. Despite a round win, the Brazilians couldn't catch any momentum as fnatic extended their lead to 9-1.
A pistol round victory by fnatic which extended their lead to 13-3 seemed to seal the deal but Immortals fought back, picking up ten rounds in a row to tie the game at 13-13. Dennis "dennis" Edman and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer stepped up with double kills to make it 14-13. Immortals were able to complete the comeback and won the map 16-14.
|Immortals||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz||21 - 23||-2||93.9||1.03|
|Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel||21 - 23||-2||65.8||0.94|
|Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1||20 - 18||+2||58.5||0.93|
|Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1||14 - 23||-9||69.6||0.86|
|Lincoln 'fnx' Laufnx||14 - 19||-5||47.4||0.76|
|fnatic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||25 - 17||+8||93.9||1.49|
|Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha||25 - 19||+6||98.4||1.27|
|Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis||21 - 17||+4||73.7||1.11|
|Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW||20 - 18||+2||71.6||1.02|
|Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ||15 - 19||-4||54.6||0.73|