FalleN shines as SK beat Astralis to win BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen
SK Gaming came from behind to beat Astralis 2-1 and win BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen.
The first map of the series was Mirage, SK's map pick, where the Brazilians got out to a quick 2-0 lead on the CT side. Astralis then replied on a shoddy buy, with Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth and Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen overturning a 2v3 situation in the following round to tie up the game at 2-2. Even after getting their economy in order, SK could not get a footing in the game as the few rounds they edged out were immediately countered by the Danes, who strolled to a 9-4 lead.
And that's when the dupreeh one-man show began. The 24-year-old won back-to-back clutches, the first one a 1v3 in the connector thanks to a double AWP kill through a smoke, the second one a 1v4 on the B site, putting his team up by seven rounds at the break.
Astralis piled more pressure on their opponents by taking the second half pistol, but SK rallied back immediately courtesy of a quad-kill from Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo. That was the start of a phenomenal run from the Brazilians, who won seven rounds straight to bring the deficit to a minimum.
With almost no room for error, Astralis tightened up their defense and began stringing rounds together. FalleN had a great chance to put SK back in the game, but he missed a clean shot in a 1v2 situation, allowing the Danes to reach match point - with Xyp9x dealing the finishing blow with a quad-kill.
Next up was Inferno, which followed the same pattern as Mirage as SK took a 2-0 lead but were then caught off-guard in a round that clearly should have gone their way. Astralis took that chance and eventually picked up the lead, but as things were beginning to get out of hand, SK reasserted their grip on the game.
The Brazilian giants exerted great banana control for the rest of the half and utilized a variety of different paces to keep the Astralis defense in check, with the only two rounds that the Danes won coming off of individual plays from Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye and Dennis "dennis" Edman.
Down 5-10, Astralis kept themselves in the game with a successful B split in the pistol round, and they followed that up with the subsequent anti-ecos to bring the deficit to just two rounds. But after buying up, SK ran away with the lead as they could not be stopped until they reached 16 rounds thanks to another great streak.
The decider map, Cache, began with a mid to B split from SK that was denied once they approached the site, with dupreeh picking up three great frags in checkers. The Danes' fantastic run continued going into the gun rounds, with the scoreline blooming to a 9-0 advantage as nothing the Brazilians did seemed to work.
After calling a tactical pause, SK finally managed to get a round on the board, taking advantage of the mobility that a pistol execution provides. That round sparked a massive run from the Brazilians, with the half ending in a surprisingly close 9-6 scoreline.
Carrying their momentum into the second half, SK won four of the opening five rounds to equalise the score at 10-10. Astralis then picked up the pace and eventually reached championship point, but SK remained calm and collected, and won the 30th round following three great kills from FalleN - who by now had taken his personal tally to 32 frags on the map.
SK began overtime on the defensive side of the map, taking a 2-1 lead, and they followed that up by winning two rounds in a row as Terrorists to lock down the map, 19-16, and the series.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye||65 - 63||+2||80.8||1.05|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||53 - 61||-8||72.9||0.94|
|Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis||57 - 67||-10||71.7||0.92|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||50 - 57||-7||63.3||0.90|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||35 - 62||-27||64.1||0.80|
|SK||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||83 - 46||+37||102.5||1.63|
|Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz||69 - 56||+13||88.1||1.21|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||52 - 48||+4||69.9||1.04|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||56 - 58||-2||68.0||0.98|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||50 - 52||-2||59.8||0.96|
BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen final standings: