Astralis bested fnatic 2-0 in the second quarter-final at ELEAGUE Premier (Train 16-5, Overpass 16-12) to advance to the semi-finals.
The series began on fnatic's pick of Train, one of the better maps for both teams. The Swedes pulled off a successful fake, but Astralis completed the retake and took the pistol round. fnatic sported a majority Galil buy on round 3, but were unable to put themselves on the board after a nice Popdog hold by Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen.
Astralis continued their CT side domination, racking up eight rounds off of great play from dupreeh, until Golden pulled off a superb 4K to take over the B bombsite and give fnatic their second round. The last few rounds were back and forth, but ultimately the Danes closed out the half with a 12-3 lead.
The second half started with a clean retake by fnatic on the inner site. They then won their first consecutive round as well on the anti-force buy, but were unable to win the first gun round, falling to a fast play by the Astralis guys. fnatic was unable to hold either site, and Astralis just picked apart Golden's team to take the first map 16-5.
Astralis's pick, Overpass, began with another fnatic retake onto the B site, which earned them their first round. Following the pattern of the last map, Astralis won the following round off of some good picks by dupreeh, and tried to set up their economy for the half, but some amazing Deagle kills from Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson in the next round swung the momentum back in fnatic's favor.
The Danes eventually won the back and forth battle, giving themselves a two-round lead. After a timeout, fnatic decided to go for a double-AWP setup, and it paid off, with Jesper "JW" Wecksell's men picking up a third round. A clumsy 1v1 between JW and dupreeh resulted in yet another round going to fnatic, giving the Swedes something to work with. A critical 1v2 clutch from dupreeh on the A site with an AWP propelled his team to with their eighth round, with Astralis following that up with one more round to finish off the first half 9-6.
Nicolai "device" Reedtz and Xyp9x kicked off the second half with two kills each and executed a successful retake to secure their team their second pistol round for the series. Astralis secured the first three rounds of the half, but fnatic won an eco round to put themselves up to 7.
After finally forcing Astralis onto an eco, Golden's men strung together multiple rounds and reduced their round deficit to only two rounds. On the full buy in the 23rd round, fnatic fairly easily took the B site, putting Astralis in a tough situation and furthering their comeback effort. Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander called for a force buy the next round, and after some masterful picks from device, the Danes put themselves back into the driver's seat. After a few back and forth rounds, Astralis finally pulled away and locked down the map, 16-12.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||59 - 21||+38||106.8||1.88|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||49 - 17||+32||87.0||1.57|
|Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye||32 - 30||+2||79.6||1.09|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||30 - 32||-2||81.6||1.05|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||27 - 27||0||72.5||0.99|