Liquid have progressed to the semi-finals at ESL One New York after defeating Astralis 2-1.
The best-of-three Group B decider match between Astralis and Liquid started on Inferno where the Danish team started on the T-side. Nicolai "device" Reedtz & company won the pistol round without losing any players but Liquid responded in the second round with Josh "jdm64" Marzano's triple kill.
The North Americans made it 7-2 after coming up top in the early stages of the half but Astralis went on a six round streak to lead 8-7 at halftime. Liquid picked up the second half pistol round but couldn't win against Astralis' force buy in the following round as the Danish squad led 9-8.
Despite having a 13-9 lead, Astralis crumbled, losing six rounds in a row which gave Liquid two map points. Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski's team converted the second map point into the victory to take the lead in the series (16-14).
Astralis got the first four rounds on the CT-side on Cache but lost the fifth round. However, they responded and made it 5-1 in their favor. Liquid were unfazed and won eight of the last nine rounds of the first half to take a 9-6 lead.
After winning the first three rounds of the second half, Astralis lost the first weapon round as Liquid led 10-9. The rest of the half was a very close affair, with Liquid wasting two match points as they allowed Astralis to take the map to overtime, in which the Danes would come out victorious.
It all came down to Mirage, which saw Liquid get out to a 4-0 lead on the Terrorist side. Powered by Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen, Astralis went on a massive run, taking eight rounds in a row as they kept their defense very tight. Liquid would still react before the end of the half, winning two more rounds to keep their hopes alive.
Now on the CT side, Liquid won the pistol round and the following anti-eco. A third-round buy from Astralis failed to bear fruits, leaving them with no money in the bank and giving Liquid the lead for the first time since the early stages of the first half.
Astralis tried to find a way back into the game, but they struggled to break through the North Americans' defense. The rounds won by the Danes were few and far between, which propelled Liquid into a 15-11 lead. After calling a tactical pause, Astralis found a lifeline with an all-out B push, but Liquid fought back immediately to send the Europeans home empty-handed.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||71 - 57||+14||81.5||1.17|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||62 - 60||+2||76.0||1.11|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||66 - 63||+3||80.3||1.07|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||61 - 54||+7||71.7||1.04|
|Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye||46 - 64||-18||51.1||0.81|