Astralis beat Na`Vi; to IEM semis

Astralis are through to the last-four stage at IEM Katowice after moving past Natus Vincere on two maps (16-11 on Mirage and 16-2 on Nuke).

The series kicked off on Mirage, where Astralis came out the brighter by going aggressive in the pistol round, which they won without losing a single man. After giving up an eco round, Na`Vi fought back with a third-round buy, but their sloppy A push was punished by Nicolai "device" Reedtz, who got three kills to his name with a Desert Eagle.

Na`Vi pulled back a round after getting an early bomb plant in a 5v4 situation, and the followed it up with another around to equalise the score at 3-3. The CIS team appeared to have finally stabilised, but then Astralis regained control of the game and won several rounds in a row to force their opponents to call a tactical pause.

After the short break, Na`Vi's offence came to life once again, bringing the deficit to a minimum by winning a 2v5 situation, with the half ending in a close 8-7 scoreline in favour of the Danish team.


Astralis advance to the semi-finals in Katowice 

The second half began with Astralis wreaking havoc in A after pushing from connector. The first full gun round went Na`Vi's way, but Astralis hit back right after as device picked up three kills to deny the CIS side the B retake. Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth then secured four kills after a desperate buy from Na`Vi, who saw Astralis eventually reach map point.

With Na`Vi's hopes hanging by a thread, Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács pulled off an incredible ace to keep his team in the game. Two rounds later, it was Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev's time to shine with the Big Green, winning the 11th round for Na`Vi.

The crowd was electric and seemingly fully behind Na`Vi, but Astralis did not let the pressure get to them and finally ended their opponents' resistance with an A execute, with device getting another triple kill.

The map that followed was Nuke, which saw Astralis take the pistol round in convincing fashion with an A split. Utilizing their momentum from the first map, the Danish team would jump out to a 7-0 lead as Na`Vi struggled to keep up with the pace set by their opponents.


Quarter-final exit could spell trouble for Na`Vi 

After calling a timeout, Na`Vi finally pulled back a round, thanks to a trio of kills from GuardiaN, but Astralis quickly regained control of proceedings, closing out the half with a commanding 14-1 lead.

Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev still gave Na`Vi's fans some hope with a triple kill in the pistol round as Terrorists, but the CIS side could not build on that as they were caught off-guard by Astralis' force buy. That round showed the state of disarray Na`Vi had spiralled into, with Astralis hammering the final nail into their opponents' coffin in the following round.

Key Moment: Nicolai "device" Reedtz had many key rounds on Mirage, but one stood out in particular. With the score 11-8 in favor of Astralis, Na`Vi won the first gun round of the second half, but the Danes hit back right after thanks to the 21-year-old getting three quick kills from the B apartments with an AWP. 

PotM: Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth was by far the best player on Mirage, where he had a major contribution in the rounds that Astralis won (24-3 score, 141.1 ADR and two 1vsX situations).

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 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 34 - 22 +12 79.2 1.40
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 37 - 24 +13 91.8 1.37
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 38 - 26 +12 76.4 1.37
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 36 - 23 +13 83.9 1.35
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 36 - 29 +7 87.7 1.31
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 38 - 34 +4 83.7 1.11
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 25 - 36 -11 70.6 0.76
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostinseized 24 - 36 -12 65.1 0.71
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 17 - 35 -18 55.5 0.65
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 20 - 40 -20 47.1 0.49

Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
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
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
#1
Bulgaria dz3n 
rekt
2017-03-03 19:20
#7
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Turkey FaZe|XANTARES 
LMAO
2017-03-03 19:20
+1
2017-03-03 19:21
lol do not get these titles "astralis beat navi" nonono astralis CRUSH navi. this game put them on serious tilt going forward.
2017-03-03 19:45
#3
World xdxdd 
navi played so bad,gz to astralis
2017-03-03 19:21
#4
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Denmark Madoodle 
Expected
2017-03-03 19:21
#5
kissmyass | 
Denmark raaVz 
ez
2017-03-03 19:20
Dupreeh: "I still think that VP, SK are 2nd and 3rd best team in the world." LUL he really thinks Astralis are Top1 by winning one major. Sure Astralis are very gooooooooood, but I arent thinks thats Top1. Also this article took a while to write dudes? This game was done and done after going to half time break 14-1. XD
2017-03-03 19:20
#25
Europe bueR 
top1 by far. vp is close second. sk is top 8 at best.
2017-03-03 19:21
#82
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United States No5712 
top1 by far, vp close second? bit of an oxymoron
2017-03-03 21:40
#27
shaGuar | 
Hong Kong b1uhwk 
your comment took a long time to write lmao r e k t
2017-03-03 19:21
won ECS won major now win katowice SK won what? VP only won dreamhack Astralis top 1 2017 achievements are facts not fanbase trash talk bye
2017-03-03 19:22
retarded? Astralis never won ECS in 2k17 and neither did they won IEM lul. its like saying VP won ELEAGUE and SK won 2 majors
2017-03-03 19:26
ECS was end of 2016 stupid no scene tard katowice who will stop astralis stop the joke wtih FaZe allu is shit and kio is shit astralis knows how karrigan play that the end. ye they won agaisnt Optic but wait, they eliminated SK and VP wasnt even here due of the terrible skills - bye
2017-03-03 19:32
#50
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Croatia DYS7 
The only 2017 achievement of Astralis is the major win get ur facts straight choker
2017-03-03 19:38
Major>DH right? Acutally astralis are in Semi final VP out of group same goes for SK so Astralis #1 get ur facts straight retardo
2017-03-03 19:39
#52
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Croatia DYS7 
I didnt talk about Dh neither did I talk about IEM I only referred to u sayin that ECS belongs to their 2017 achievements but it clearly doesnt, get ur reading straight choker
2017-03-03 19:41
i said ECS end of 2016 learn 2 read tard baguette ye very hard group! only team alive from you group is heroic gj FaZe immortals Astralis in semi, Group B so good clap clap clap
2017-03-03 19:46
#64
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Croatia DYS7 
Where did I say Group B belongs to me? You're just trying to say things about me I never said typical danish choker and yes ik ECS was at the end of 2016 but u included it to astralis' 2k17 achievements Fucking danish choker get a life
2017-03-03 19:56
#70
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Denmark chrkloster 
Just stop wasting your time on those sad fuckers. They're all salty over the fact that Danish CS can dominate everything even though we're around 7 % of the population of Germany, 0,7 % of Europe or 0,008 % of the Worlds population. Denmark also hard dominate western League, Fifa and (I'm not sure about this because I don't follow dota) Dota 2 Danish genes are simply superior to the rest. /Case closed
2017-03-03 20:31
#77
rain | 
Other Mendelev 
Danish scene doesnt exist in Dota. Best fifa country is France.
2017-03-03 21:27
Not a VP fan nor one of those crying salty poorlacks, but Astralis was in a much easier group than VP, they had no real danger except FaZe
2017-03-03 19:45
who the fuck cares if it was end, begin or middle 2k16. you can't count this achievement into this situation. washed up idiot. VP wasn't there due terrible skills lul? Online VP lul
2017-03-03 19:52
won ecs against optic who are top10 hahaha have to be kidding
2017-03-03 19:29
I am a VP fan myself and Astralis is hands down No.1 at the moment, there is no questioning that. Only idiots/ignorrants think otherwise
2017-03-03 20:36
#34
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
You're an idiot. It's pretty close at the top at the moment but Astralis are THE most consistent team right now and definitely the team to beat at pretty much every big tournament.
2017-03-03 19:26
#57
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Switzerland BottomFragger 
Then who is? Guess we'll have to see how SK and VP do.. OH WAIT. Astralis have been the best in the world before this tournament, even if by a close margin, now they'll only make the case clearer.
2017-03-03 19:46
why have they beaten SK and VP in a bo3? Xyp9x is the guy who kept Astralis in this tournament. imagine him not winning so many lucky clutch rounds and Astralis would also be gone... in the groupstage.
2017-03-03 19:53
#65
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Switzerland BottomFragger 
That's not the deciding factor. Portugal is the champion of Europe in soccer, not because they beat many teams, but because they won the key matches. About Xyp carrying: yeah I agree with that. But that's the great thing about Astralis: they don't just have one star player carrying, a different one shows up every time. At the major, it was dev1ce until the final, where kyaerbye showed up, now it's xyp, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. That's the difference to VP: when snax didn't show up, there was absolutely noone there to carry on for him
2017-03-03 20:01
+1 It's like FaZe. So many star players that they have to fall back on each other if one doesn't show up
2017-03-03 21:21
#90
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Netherlands EJVN 
polish can't accept the truth their scene sucks big balls. if there wasn't for snax, VP would be non-existent.
2017-03-04 00:09
#8
France unnn 
lol
2017-03-03 19:20
#10
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Czech Republic exi77 
ez
2017-03-03 19:20
#11
shaGuar | 
Hong Kong b1uhwk 
ez 4 s1mple
2017-03-03 19:20
nice
2017-03-03 19:20
nice
2017-03-03 19:20
#18
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
<33
2017-03-03 19:21
-edward +zeus
2017-03-03 19:21
#20
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Denmark potatomato 
Nice.
2017-03-03 19:21
ez for astra
2017-03-03 19:21
#22
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Russia LANAdelREYlul 
ez faze win finals
2017-03-03 19:21
na`vi go play minecraft
2017-03-03 19:21
-seized +Zeuss
2017-03-03 19:21
im really happy for zypnex, this dude is so underrated. And he showed here why.
2017-03-03 19:21
Astralis in beast mode... no team in the world would have won this match today...
2017-03-03 19:22
#83
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United States No5712 
or na'vi are just dysfunctional af
2017-03-03 21:41
#30
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Russia AR4ER 
Na'Vi wronk - HUNDEN stronk
2017-03-03 19:23
a few months with s1mple.. and navi will be tier5 by the end of 2017
2017-03-03 19:24
Go Immortals, take this
2017-03-03 19:25
#36
Friis | 
Denmark baitzera 
So only team left from the so called best group by far, is Heroic, who many thought was the worst team in the tournament lol
2017-03-03 19:27
Astralis might lose to them, don't be surprised if they do. They have struggled against them before, and with the addition of Jugi they are stronger than ever before!
2017-03-03 19:51
#67
Friis | 
Denmark baitzera 
I know, that's why I have bet on Heroic to win with a crazy odds 7.0! Astralis is so overrated by Danish oddset.
2017-03-03 20:17
GuardiaN playing for the first time since a while good and having a solid rating
2017-03-03 19:28
#45
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Slovakia bombmeister 
this isnt first time, when he played like this...atleast we see, awp isnt main problem of navi...problem is probably in IGL/rifle power.. maybe -edward, +ange1?
2017-03-03 19:35
he was the problem for a long time 2-3 games doesn't change the fact tbh. s1mple could grow as an awper much more and they could hire a new rifler for guardiaN. Also tbh Seized as an IGL is awful - there and here he still has some good plays! i mean he has a good aim , but before the zeus cut came, seized was such an impactful player! a guy you could reli on + he was a solid awper. I mean Edward just raped SK and had a solid tournament before again Astralis came (he had in the Major a good Tournament aswell then Astralis came). i mean the kills he had were impactful but he looked lost (especially on Nuke) the communication they were none. Edward under Zeus was such a good guy but under Seized and with S1mple idk. I mean he looked way better before the rifle update came in (besides few exceptions) but since idk to inconsistent and not reliable. i always cheer for edward and no matter what i won't stop to defend him but this could actually be his last tournament.
2017-03-03 19:50
Zeus was the problem, they say
2017-03-03 19:28
Navi Quarterfinals < Complexity
2017-03-03 19:29
Holy shit that was a powerhouse performance by astralis
2017-03-03 19:29
Navi was bad, we will see on Astralis againts Heroic in nuke
2017-03-03 20:38
Astralis made NaVi bad
2017-03-03 20:55
#84
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United States No5712 
no
2017-03-03 21:42
Yes
2017-03-03 21:50
#93
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United States No5712 
no
2017-03-04 01:16
ok
2017-03-04 01:38
#96
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United States No5712 
:)
2017-03-04 15:48
#42
zonic | 
Denmark KrynexCS 
way too easy for astralis
2017-03-03 19:30
#46
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Maldives Derbyss 
:(
2017-03-03 19:36
pfff expected
2017-03-03 19:36
I like both teams and didnt have any stress about the match result...but damn...this was not fun at all to see NA'Vi crumbling aroung in that manner :/
2017-03-03 19:37
These clowns came here over SK and VP just to suck it to Astralis. I bet if it had been bo3 we wouldn't have seen neither Heroic nor Na`Vi in playoffs. .!. bo1 retarded organizers .!.
2017-03-03 19:38
#97
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Romania Tise 
VP lost their matches on their best maps though
2017-03-04 15:52
Navi have very bad coordination, seized bad IGL and he have not authority in team, Navi need change IGL. Navi have coach and analityc, but they did bad own work, Navi lost tactic very hard in nuke. Somebody think Edward is problem, but we did think so about Zeus and now 95% want comeback him in team. Navi got player with good aim but they lost wise game. Navi just panic in the end, they did stupid mistake, they still can not fight with emotion
2017-03-03 19:44
Doubt Zeus will be willing to let Gambit behind, big potential in this team and he wants to go as far as he can with em
2017-03-03 19:47
Gambit > NaVi at the moment. Agreed.
2017-03-03 22:16
95% want Zeus? Are you high?
2017-03-03 20:30
seized/flamie/edward bottomfragging fever PS: starix is the weak link too imho
2017-03-03 20:29
lol simple destroying another team from inside
2017-03-03 21:19
Zeus was the problem =(
2017-03-03 21:25
Uh-oh. Nothing working out in NAVI chemistry land. Whos going to go first? Build around the toxic s1mple?
2017-03-03 21:30
It was nice seeing Astralis and NaVi having a back and forth-ish kind of match on Mirage, but it seems their map pool isn't working too well in their favour, for NaVi. NaVi being abysmal on Nuke is kinda a bad thing considering how Nuke isn't Astralis' top 5 maps (if i recall correctly, Cache = 5th best map, Nuke = 6th best map, based on what thorin said at the major when Astralis vs Fnatic). I would have rather seen NaVi float Inferno, since NaVi were sorta ok on old inferno. Here's to hoping Astralis prevail over Heroic, despite Heroic's upset potential, and being under RFRSH haha
2017-03-03 21:31
#81
REAL | 
Spain deBurrows 
Xyp9x on fire this tournament and in very good form lately. NaVi are in deep shit.
2017-03-03 21:31
#85
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Portugal Death_Hack 
Zeus was the problem... RiP Navi :(
2017-03-03 21:42
FTS. Because of they got onto Astralis, they'll be allowed to stay in the same squad. - Seized - Flamie Please.
2017-03-03 23:01
#91
vsm | 
Brazil edivan1987 
GG WP Immortals! Won FaZe and Astralis in next matches
2017-03-04 01:09
Man i remeber when Navi had one of the best map pools with Zeus. They really need to start practicing Cache or Nuke if they expect to win any tournaments.
2017-03-04 01:14
#95
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China watanabemayu 
rip guardian who have an fantastic individual performance
2017-03-04 02:26
Navi's shit on nuke lads..
2017-03-06 09:30
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