Astralis beat Liquid in ELEAGUE opener
Astralis begin their run at ELEAGUE Premier with a win over red-hot Liquid to move on to the winners' match.
After swaying away from Overpass at ESL One New York, Astralis left the map into the pool, and the randomizer picked it for the best-of-one opening match.
Liquid began their T side with an A execute, but Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen and Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander put up a solid defense and picked up the pistol round. Despite losing multiple players both rounds, Astralis followed up with second and third round wins, putting their CT economy in a good position. A well-timed flash by the Danes led to Liquid getting shut down in round 5, and Astralis further extended their lead.
Astralis continued their dominant run on the CT side, with Liquid unable to pick up a round. This changed in round 11, in which Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken got some tremendous entry kills on the B site. Liquid then managed only two more rounds in the first half, which they finished with a 3-12 deficit.
Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz kicked off the second half with a double kill with the Dual Elites, opening up the possibility of a comeback. The second round came down to a one on one, with Nick "nitr0" Cannella keeping his team in the game by taking down Nicolai "device" Reedtz on the A site. A triple kill from Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye in the 19th round cracked open the A bombsite and secured Astralis their 13th round. The Danish powerhouse converted the next round to put them up to 14.
nitr0, put into a tight spot, called for a force buy, and thanks to some heroics from Twistzz and nitr0 himself, Liquid remained in the game. The Americans managed to string a few rounds together, stabilizing their economy, and furthered the comeback effort. An amazing retake in round 25 from Twistzz and stanislaw won Liquid their 10th round, and denied Astralis the map win. The final round was a back and forth affair, but Astralis won the trade battle and closed out the map, 16-11.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye||22 - 17||+5||80.5||1.27|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||21 - 17||+4||86.0||1.25|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||21 - 17||+4||78.1||1.16|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||18 - 19||-1||86.8||1.14|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||18 - 13||+5||65.0||1.10|
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||23 - 18||+5||84.9||1.14|
|Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw||20 - 18||+2||71.0||1.00|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||17 - 21||-4||80.7||0.94|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||12 - 19||-7||53.0||0.87|
|Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64||11 - 24||-13||54.7||0.48|