Astralis edge past Liquid to secure ECS semis

Astralis have survived a narrow series against Liquid (Train 16-4, Overpass 9-16, Inferno 16-10) in Group B's decider to secure the last spot in ECS Season 3 semi-finals.

Group B's decider began with Liquid starting off their pick, Train, as CT with a pistol round going their way. After getting the bomb down twice in a row, Astralis took over the first gunrounds with a couple of outside executes for a 4-2 lead.

Liquid replied by throwing grenades into A main in the following eco for their third round, but once the Danes bought up again, the half was firmly in their hands. Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth kept picking off aggressors towards the B bombsite for numerous early advantages, and Astralis dominated the half with 12 rounds to their name.

The North American side added another pistol round on the board, but Nicolai "device" Reedtz's triple with the Scout ensured an easy route to victory on map one, which his team clinched at 16-4. 

Astralis to face SK in ECS Season 3 semi-finals

On Astralis' pick, Overpass, which the North American side rarely plays, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander kicked it off with a triple kill in the pistol round as Terrorists to go up 3-0. Liquid then turned around numerous disadvantageous situations with Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski picking up a triple on each bombsite, while Nick "nitr0" Cannella pitched in with three of his own in a B retake.

Astralis broke the five-round streak with one of their own, but found themselves in an economy reset situation as Liquid extended their lead to 7-4. Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye's side then turned a half-buy into a round win, but once again couldn't string rounds together and switched to the CT side with six rounds to their name.

nitr0's quad-kill gave his team the second pistol, followed by two comfortable anti-ecos for 12-6. Despite Xyp9x's efforts in a couple of rounds, including his double in a 2v2 and a 1v1 clutch, Liquid managed to break Astralis twice more and completed the stunning win on Overpass at 16-9.

Liquid shockingly ended Astralis' 9-0 offline streak on Overpass

It came down to Inferno, where Astralis once again got off to the better start, this time as CT. From the first seven rounds, only one went Liquid's way as the Danes fended off several dangerous attacks.

Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz's team started coming back into the half with a couple of successful A hits, closing the gap to 6-4. Astralis then decimated the next quick execute, but Liquid went back to what had worked and proceeded to grab three more rounds out of the last four.

In the second pistol, a full 5v5 retake went their way as well, and so did the first gunround in which Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken put up three quick kills from pit for a 10-8 lead. However, a gap in the B site allowed Astralis to grab a half-buy round and regain their advantage.

It wasn't until 13-10 when it looked like Liquid would get back on the horse, but Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen's 1v2 after a 2v5 disadvantage, as well as device's 1v2 in the following round, secured the match for Astralis who advanced to the ECS Season 3 semi-finals following a 16-10 scoreline.

Matchpage
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Train
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Overpass
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Inferno
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 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 56 - 48 +8 84.6 1.25
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 56 - 49 +7 80.6 1.19
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 48 - 43 +5 82.4 1.17
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 45 - 48 -3 72.8 1.06
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 50 - 49 +1 76.8 1.05
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 60 - 54 +6 91.6 1.21
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 51 - 44 +7 72.2 1.06
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 46 - 51 -5 78.2 1.03
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 37 - 52 -15 62.6 0.83
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 41 - 55 -14 60.5 0.81

Matchpage
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24th June 2017
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Train
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Overpass
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Inferno
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 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 56 - 48 +8 84.6 1.25
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 56 - 49 +7 80.6 1.19
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 48 - 43 +5 82.4 1.17
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 45 - 48 -3 72.8 1.06
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 50 - 49 +1 76.8 1.05
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 60 - 54 +6 91.6 1.21
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 51 - 44 +7 72.2 1.06
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 46 - 51 -5 78.2 1.03
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 37 - 52 -15 62.6 0.83
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 41 - 55 -14 60.5 0.81

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1163
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1219
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1496
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1191
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:
1376
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
910
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1294
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1553
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
972
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
#1
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
<3
2017-06-25 01:22
#12
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Bosnia and Herzegovina nikokokoko 
ezaf
2017-06-25 01:23
TL did really good, and Astralis had to turn up to 100p with the huge clutches. Can TL play on this level or maybe improve just a bit they should have an easy walk at the major qualifier.
2017-06-25 01:32
Liquid did good until 10-8 in inferno, after that omg, loosing to pistols with no kevlar with a retarded hold on B and after that the choke just increased, Astralis didn't had to turn up 100p, Liquid just throwed the game. with that kind of gameplay, Astralis won't beat SK tomorrow.
2017-06-25 01:35
#38
device | 
Albania donzfg 
Looking at your flag, astralis definitely won't beat SK tomorrow
2017-06-25 01:36
+1 SK is in another level, Astralis is losing maps to cloud9 and liquid, can't even compare.
2017-06-25 01:38
#47
device | 
Albania donzfg 
That doesn't even matter, i really think Astralis tomorrow will be very different and they always show up against SK. I expect a tough series but may the best win!
2017-06-25 01:39
I dont expect astralis to win against sk losing maps to liquid and c9 dont have to be brazilian to see that
2017-06-25 01:46
Can't it be that Liquid played an amazing series rather than Astralis being bad?
2017-06-25 06:37
#90
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Hungary Rollie 
That's what I can't understand about these guys... TL really played an amazing game yesterday, and tbh 1 map doesn't really matter
2017-06-25 10:32
"Looking at your flag"
2017-06-25 01:40
yes, my flag reveals the winner of ECS, what about it?
2017-06-25 01:55
No youre a random nobody on a forum from the same country that has 2 good teams. Lol
2017-06-25 03:06
lol, did I said something implying that Im not a random nobody from the same country that have 2 good teams? you must be retarded if you concluded I said anything that goes against it.
2017-06-25 03:28
Hello mr. Random Nobody. I'm glad to inform you that Astralis will penetrate the very buttholes of all the SK players today. It won't be over quickly, they're not gonna like it, and they'll have to crawl their way out of the arena. Sincerely Me
2017-06-25 10:29
Maybe or maybe Godzera will rip Astralis a new one :')
2017-06-25 10:38
I'm pretty sure that coldZEROKILLS will be useless as always <3
2017-06-25 12:00
Haha yeah, and isnt he known to choke in the semis and big matches :DDD or was it someone else?
2017-06-25 14:12
He baited you good.
2017-06-25 14:41
Nah he didnt, I knew it was a bait. I was just playing along
2017-06-26 01:26
what about fnatic? imo the sk- fnatic game was really intense and much closer than what the score said. one single round could've changed everything completely on mirage (taco jumping hs lul, fnatic throwing an anti eco) - still fnatic is losing to teams like c9
2017-06-25 14:42
#58
OCEAN | 
United States 00zach 
ironic
2017-06-25 01:59
#60
device | 
Albania donzfg 
I are think that
2017-06-25 02:00
CHOKE
2017-06-25 01:23
#16
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
nt
2017-06-25 01:23
#28
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France Meerkat_ 
-jdm +ska would make liquid a big contendor
2017-06-25 01:27
I do enjoy this idea
2017-06-25 01:39
-jdm +mixwell would be dream
2017-06-25 03:09
#100
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France Meerkat_ 
nah ska is much better than him as an AWPer, plus mixwell has said many times he really doesn't enjoy AWPing and wants to rifle.
2017-06-25 16:04
Btw. I'm pretty sure that Ska And mixwell wouldn't leave their team.
2017-06-25 04:51
#2
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Belarus ucannon 
top 1
2017-06-25 01:22
#3
smooya | 
Germany topretty 
Gg ez top3
2017-06-25 01:23
All because of that retarded hold on B, what the fuck were they thinking.
2017-06-25 01:23
"Guys theyre eco, lets just stand out in the open and try to make it as easy for Astralis as possible. Let's maybe even lineup so the frags are super easy for them. It's not like this is a super utility based map and we've got full nades vs their eco. Play safe? Crossfires? Don't be so fucking stupid, it's time to fly home."
2017-06-25 01:37
Xdddd n1
2017-06-25 08:07
when liquid goes just hard enough to give you the hope that wasnt there before then lose out
2017-06-25 01:23
Classic Liquid lol
2017-06-25 01:25
#7
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Denmark Madoodle 
ez for #1
2017-06-25 01:23
"ez" 10-8 liquid on inferno, they choke.
2017-06-25 01:37
Ya, group A was very easy for sk indeed
2017-06-25 02:35
expected
2017-06-25 01:23
#9
rain | 
Norway ElectroZz 
weow
2017-06-25 01:23
#10
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Denmark danishwarrior 
Wp
2017-06-25 01:23
congratulations Astralis
2017-06-25 01:23
#14
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France t3r4byt3 
ez 4 Astralis
2017-06-25 01:23
#15
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North America Kyl13 
LULquid
2017-06-25 01:23
#17
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Germany cartii 
Too ez
2017-06-25 01:23
#18
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Denmark BATISTUTA9 
Well done guys!
2017-06-25 01:23
#41
device | 
Albania donzfg 
<3
2017-06-25 01:37
#ToTheStars
2017-06-25 05:41
classic liquid xddd
2017-06-25 01:23
#20
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
easy
2017-06-25 01:23
#21
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Netherlands RichRamp 
Liquid def top 10 team atm
2017-06-25 01:24
Inferno is sooooo random. Fakes every round u just have to keep guessing all the time and keep gambling. It's decent to watch but sooooo random
2017-06-25 01:24
Make sense, sometimes you just can't say it was a good igl call or a "lets pray that they will go here" playing as CT
2017-06-25 01:29
#23
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United States NA_CS_FAN 
FeelsBadMan
2017-06-25 01:24
#70
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Europe kvbb 
+1
2017-06-25 03:02
NA choke
2017-06-25 01:25
ez
2017-06-25 01:25
Sad to say as I was rooting for Liquid to win but that was 100% a choke on inferno. They were 10-8 up and lost to an eco that got Astralis back into the game, not to mention they also lost back to back 2v5s in the last few rounds. And that B hold against the eco... man, they had it all to win and threw it away. Liquid had a really good tournament overall, though. Beating Fnatic in a best of three is something to be happy about and getting this close to beat Astralis (including winning 16-9 on overpass!) is something they should be proud of. Nothing to be ashamed of. They had a really positive tournament. SK/Astralis and Cloud9/FaZe should be great tomorrow.
2017-06-25 01:28
lol no. What choke? They only got 10 rounds. They got schooled. They're still improving so fast and I love them <3 #TLWIN #TLGO
2017-06-25 06:39
#29
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Malta Trance_Lover 
I wouldn't call 41-30 a narrow series lol.
2017-06-25 01:28
#30
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United Kingdom FEodAL 
nice game wp
2017-06-25 01:28
When you thought burgers had a chance...lul
2017-06-25 01:28
Astralis were so lucky on inferno
2017-06-25 01:29
For one round yes then they outplayed liquid like crazy
2017-06-25 01:55
#34
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United States ViKaLiBuR 
To the people who said that they should've won that eco on B... I want to see you go against Astralis with full utility and an M4/AK against Astralis with only glocks... You wouldn't be able to do it would you??
2017-06-25 01:31
nice comment my man, really thought provoking
2017-06-25 01:35
wat lul
2017-06-25 01:37
so true lol
2017-06-25 01:37
you wouldn't be able to do it cause you are a silver, any regular player could do it.
2017-06-25 01:40
+1 my brazilian brother
2017-06-25 01:44
I really hope it will be the classic faze - astralis <3
2017-06-25 01:39
Afraid of sk?
2017-06-25 02:38
#50
cyx | 
Europe SeNSEI^ 
"edge"
2017-06-25 01:40
#51
rain | 
Brazil Intouxe 
Liquid Full choking, what was that B hold? No even on silver 1 u ser that shit.kkkk Astralis playing like this, If SK start like day one, astralis dont have a chance.
2017-06-25 01:42
#52
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Portugal dracø 
FeelsSmokeMan
2017-06-25 01:43
damn what a shame
2017-06-25 01:54
#59
Zeus | 
Spain Alexsna 
i want watch this liquid in cologne and krakow. lets see where they can go they are playing really good (to be a NA team)
2017-06-25 01:59
#61
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Greece her-1g 
Liquid are showing really strong potential. Those who say it was ez for astralis they are completely clueless gold novas.ggwp both
2017-06-25 02:12
#62
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Brazil plc_junkeR 
None smoke grenades can stop Astralis. And there were a lot of kills through them in this Liquid game. Almost suspicious
2017-06-25 02:18
#65
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United States AdAstrax 
So true!! I was sitting there watching like how can this be??? Maybe one or two rounds it helps you but there were 5 or MORE rounds where they were getting doubles through smokes!!
2017-06-25 02:33
#68
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Brazil plc_junkeR 
So true. That double kill in the library through it was really strange. Could be lucky shots? Maybe. But there were a lotta 'lucky' shots in the smokes in their favor
2017-06-25 02:52
Those 2v5 tho... They just outchoked Astralis on a t1 level.
2017-06-25 02:25
Liquid gave it away when the 2 guys on B standing open against glock eco and lose it and after that all these 2 vs 5 jezes
2017-06-25 02:29
#69
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
nice try Liquid <3 Good luck next time! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-06-25 02:59
LOL WHY SO IZZY HUEHEUHUE TOMORROW SK WILL PASSAR A VARA .
2017-06-25 06:18
#79
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Denmark lassealboge 
gg
2017-06-25 06:43
#80
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Poland b000p 
Yet again receiving a free pass to the semis. Mark my words, SK will destroy them.
2017-06-25 06:57
#84
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United States y0rk 
One of these days NA will win something
2017-06-25 08:31
Team WeQuit as always
2017-06-25 08:59
#87
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
"edge past" lul yea so close xD
2017-06-25 09:40
Ez for Astralis... Anyway good performance for Elige
2017-06-25 11:54
#94
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Denmark DanishDelight 
Ez
2017-06-25 12:59
My invite to betting SITE!!! (goo.gl/4qciG4) Site is New , but OK! Used it.
2017-06-25 13:55
#99
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Malaysia phyzell 
The new rookie not saturated well yet. And JDM needs to buy a proper handgun if he doesn't like to use other rifles for close-range combats. GJ at the new horizon.
2017-06-25 14:55
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