Astralis beat FaZe to top Group B in Cancun

Astralis have booked their spot in the semi-final stage of the ECS Season 4 Finals after defeating FaZe 16-13 on Overpass.

The final match of the day in Cancun, featuring two teams in the top three in the world ranking, saw FaZe get out to a quick 3-0 lead after winning the pistol round and the subsequent anti-ecos. The European mixture was then caught off-guard by Astralis' aggression in the first full gun round, with Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye getting two kills on a retake to give his team the round.

Astralis followed that up with two more rounds, restoring parity at 3-3, but they could not take the lead as Nikola "NiKo" Kovač opened up the B site with two great entry frags. The Danes would reply immediately, however, courtesy of a quad-kill from Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel, and they kept their defense very tight, not letting their opponents build up their bank.

RUBINO was Astralis' top performer against FaZe in a messy game

Down 5-7, FaZe found their way back into the game on an extremely shoddy buy, eventually tying up the game 7-7 before Astralis secured the final round of the half.

Finn "karrigan" Andersen came up huge in the second pistol round, pulling off a 1v2 clutch with the bomb planted to equalise the score. FaZe took the next round, but they could do nothing against the Terrorists' third-round buy.

The game then entered a scrappy period of play as rounds went back and forth, with neither side able to find a breakthrough. But then Astralis' offence came out firing on all cylinders as the Danes won five out of six rounds to seal a surprising victory 

Matchpage
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15th December 2017
16
Overpass
13

 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' VillarroelRUBINO 32 - 15 +17 116.6 1.78
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 20 - 14 +6 73.5 1.30
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 21 - 13 +8 75.2 1.21
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 19 - 18 +1 80.1 1.15
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 13 - 18 -5 51.0 0.80
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 21 - 20 +1 71.7 0.99
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 16 - 20 -4 65.2 0.86
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 14 - 21 -7 74.2 0.85
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 14 - 21 -7 50.5 0.76
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 13 - 23 -10 55.0 0.67

Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1327
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
965
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
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Germany VeryNiceGuy 
GG! Rubino played very well, sadly Niko couldnt carry this time! Still #1 tho! Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2017-12-16 00:53
#9
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Denmark chrkloster 
How did FaZe manage to lose to Astralis after winning both pistols and 3 eco rounds...
2017-12-16 00:53
#13
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Germany VeryNiceGuy 
They did their best C9 impression! Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2017-12-16 00:54
LOL
2017-12-16 00:56
#24
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Bulgaria Grezko 
LOL 10/10
2017-12-16 00:58
#31
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Canada JoeKing 
LMAO
2017-12-16 01:02
#43
f0rest | 
Finland Kentab 
Savage
2017-12-16 01:09
Glorious :D
2017-12-16 01:52
#58
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
+HLTV gold
2017-12-16 02:16
Hahah :D
2017-12-16 05:34
#75
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Georgia Fatal Fighter 
dat burn :D
2017-12-16 08:08
give this man a medal plz
2017-12-16 09:27
#91
Maka | 
Russia YIKES! 
holly molly that was hard
2017-12-16 12:15
#100
Hiko | 
Indonesia aceTriX 
AYY LMAOO I AM SO DONE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
2017-12-16 15:36
VeryNiceGuy haha you're not even funny and you act so retarded. Cold is better than NiKo. He already proved that. #FAX
2017-12-16 16:28
#11
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World pcmasterrace 
wrrr
2017-12-16 00:54
#16
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Germany Vini_1337 
"Still #1" ntnt, they wont even win ecs finals without sk participating xd
2017-12-16 00:55
Cause SK is to bad to gualify cry is free hating on other teams
2017-12-16 01:07
#45
ZywOo | 
Brazil smm1le 
felps with 160ms is hard to qualify Sorry for my bad english
2017-12-16 01:13
#54
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Brazil therealNiQz 
he don't even played, this is the worst. It's impossible to play with the manager of the team kkkkk
2017-12-16 01:43
Sorry for your bad english.
2017-12-16 03:39
Yep boltz manager
2017-12-16 23:52
#106
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Brazil therealNiQz 
THEY PLAYED SOME ECS MATCHES WITH DEAD, THE MANAGER OF THE TEAM
2017-12-20 01:33
Yes, almost looked like it was boltz playing ))
2017-12-20 02:53
#94
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Brazil Nickzim 
Too bad to qualify and still too god to rekt Faze on a Bo5 ;)
2017-12-16 14:02
Still lost to Ghost online hahaa worst then Faze losing to top 1 team br = -200 IQ
2017-12-16 14:17
#97
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Brazil Nickzim 
The cry is free ma friend.
2017-12-16 14:32
Ofcourse you cry is free, sk didn't qualify haha noobs. Go steal a bit cause thats the only thing you learn in favela's poor kid
2017-12-16 16:32
#62
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Turkey spaceSfanboi 
WITH A FUCKING STAND IN. Suck on that dick clan
2017-12-16 02:44
device sucks ofc they better with stand in
2017-12-16 10:16
#88
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Germany MerkiNG 
FaZe no. 1 , lmao Astralis getting carried by their stand-in again which is quite embarrissing..
2017-12-16 12:01
#2
Happy | 
Czech Republic TweNyczek 
rubino beast
2017-12-16 00:53
sad
2017-12-16 00:53
#4
Monsen | 
Norway Monseen 
rubino top1
2017-12-16 00:53
#5
chrisJ | 
Netherlands MAScott 
Gg
2017-12-16 00:53
#6
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France root270 
give rubino a real team pls
2017-12-16 00:54
he's in dignitas. but you know what I'm thinking? -MODDII +RUBINO Heroic ez.
2017-12-16 10:03
#86
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Sweden Kasidro 
Dignitas released the whole team like a month ago
2017-12-16 11:50
they still have rubino, fox and cromen on their official page.
2017-12-16 14:09
#93
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France root270 
why not
2017-12-16 12:58
Lets go!!!
2017-12-16 00:53
#8
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Finland perkelemeister 
Wtf
2017-12-16 00:53
#10
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Portugal dracø 
This game goes to show how good astralis's structure is and how overrated device is. Rubino was a true star player even tho he is normally a support player. Hope he gets a good team soon. Luck was the mvp of this game, both teams won retarded amount of rounds without knowing how the fuck it happned LUL
2017-12-16 00:53
#23
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Portugal RKO23 
device is not overrated lol.
2017-12-16 00:58
#29
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Portugal dracø 
Opinions.
2017-12-16 01:01
#39
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Portugal RKO23 
ve-se logo que és pt lol.
2017-12-16 01:07
#44
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Portugal dracø 
Yeah, having 2 flags was not enough right? LUL
2017-12-16 01:09
#74
Aleksib | 
Portugal lies2 
+1 ahaha Poiting out the obvious cuz he wont accept your opinion rofl
2017-12-16 07:28
#85
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Czech Republic realProkda 
fake pt you should huehue and not ahaha busted
2017-12-16 11:47
#90
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Brazil aAlem 
"huehue" is from brazil
2017-12-16 12:11
#34
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Canada gritabit 
Binge-watch all of Thorin's videos and you'll disagree.
2017-12-16 01:03
#37
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Portugal RKO23 
? stop baiting me.
2017-12-16 01:07
Doing well one map doesn't make you a star player...
2017-12-16 00:58
#27
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Portugal dracø 
That's not what I said was it?.. He was a star player this map.
2017-12-16 01:00
#33
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United Kingdom hArdLad 
"Rubino was a true star player"
2017-12-16 01:02
'was', in past tense, referring to the game. If he said 'is' he would've been referring to Rubino's performance as a whole. Come on dude.
2017-12-16 01:07
#42
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Portugal dracø 
Good that someone got what I tried to say. It's funny cuz they are both brits xD
2017-12-16 01:08
#87
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United Kingdom hArdLad 
Not that just the previous game but also the games in the past. Be more specific next time.
2017-12-16 11:53
#103
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Finland mayrakoira 
context? retard trying to be a smartass lul
2017-12-16 18:06
#40
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Portugal dracø 
Wasn't he? He was given room to shine, and he was bright af
2017-12-16 01:07
You cannot be a star player for one map, it's called having a good game. A star player is consistently the best on the team over a period of time, that period of time being (much) more than one map.
2017-12-17 13:02
Astralis plays so good with stand ins, maybe dev1ce was the problem after all :D
2017-12-16 00:54
#46
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Denmark MeToxi 
No, their 'problem' is their playstyle. To predictable. Standins changes it to individual strengths
2017-12-16 01:14
#14
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Spain ChoS3N 
'Australis is the easiest team to play against' guardian -I'm a guardian fan btw
2017-12-16 00:54
#69
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
This just proves him right. Stand in = not predictable = not easiest
2017-12-16 03:08
#15
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Canada gritabit 
Unexpected. GJ Astralis
2017-12-16 00:55
Lul faze
2017-12-16 00:55
#19
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Brazil Collee 
Wp Astralis. RUBINO top 1
2017-12-16 00:56
n0thing too tipsy. Get that ego out of Cancun.
2017-12-16 00:57
#21
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Denmark clutchkongen 
The most pathetic thing about faze is that Astralis lost both pistols AND! lost 2 full anti-eco rounds yet Astralis still rekt them.
2017-12-16 01:01
#22
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
WOW. 32 FRAGS? BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD. #1 CONFIRMED.
2017-12-16 00:58
I appreciated this NiKo fangirl impression, thank you
2017-12-16 14:33
#26
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France kleps0 
Ok Rubino.
2017-12-16 00:59
rubino and dennis carries astrabots xD
2017-12-16 01:00
dupreeh awping for a month still looking more impressive than snatchie and snax combined xD
2017-12-16 02:53
#77
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Algeria rahimou111 
yes dupreeeh's awping is underrated
2017-12-16 08:27
#30
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Brazil HueyNewton 
what a performance by rubino, beautiful game dude. FaZe gave some hesitations that cost the game. WP Astralis
2017-12-16 01:02
#32
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Chile nachooww 
rubino? wow, great one
2017-12-16 01:02
Niko top1 they said
2017-12-16 01:04
#36
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United States DriedMangoes 
rubino carry WTF?
2017-12-16 01:04
Well done Astralis <3 #FazeDown
2017-12-16 01:19
#48
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Serbia Removekebab13 
Astralis vs faze in the final, rubino amd niko 100 kills each
2017-12-16 01:22
wow what an impressive show by Rubino, he stepped up big time here! Go, go rubino, i always had faith in u bro... U can be so sick playaH <3
2017-12-16 01:24
#50
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Croatia Jack Russell 
Device xD
2017-12-16 01:33
what a disgrace making LULBINO look good, hes trash not impressive faze is just retarded making bad kids look good
2017-12-16 01:34
#53
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Denmark iaintnojoke 
Rubino was always like this. He would have insane games and then terrible games. He has awful confidence unfortunately. I think he needs a good coach or a team that keeps his confidence high. People are gonna call me crazy but I would -HS +Rubino on Optic, he's an excellent support and Magisk and Mixwell are plenty fragging power.
2017-12-16 01:38
#57
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Denmark Farven 
-Allu +Rubino
2017-12-16 02:13
#60
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Estonia swag420weed 
He needs a psychologist.
2017-12-16 02:41
why would anyone visit a psychologist?
2017-12-16 03:07
#80
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Finland Hegenege 
Why wouldn't someone visit one? Give me a good reason, i'd like to hear it x)
2017-12-16 09:38
But mixwell is inconsistent as fuck too.He has games where he can compete with the best awpers in the world, and then next map tilt himself to oblivion.
2017-12-16 02:47
#70
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Denmark iaintnojoke 
Maybe. I feel like I never saw that on the old OpTic lineup but there's been a few matches in the EU lineup where he just goes missing.
2017-12-16 03:30
u got some problem mate? rubino is such a good player, ur just another hater. If u dont like him, or astralis just dont watch game
2017-12-16 02:42
Both teams played like crap but ultimately astralis was able to close out the later rounds Gg to them and faze needs to do some work for tomorrow
2017-12-16 01:34
#55
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
Rip Fnatic lol.
2017-12-16 01:49
#59
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Canada Matomoto 
Rubino was a great choice!
2017-12-16 02:34
FAZE TOP1 LUL
2017-12-16 02:45
#65
FalleN | 
Brazil P4ul0 
Losing to RUBINO LUL
2017-12-16 02:48
#81
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Australia Raychippy5 
RUBINO is a good player tho?
2017-12-16 09:58
#66
kNgV- | 
Brazil vini_zan 
Now no one are saying Rubino is trash.
2017-12-16 02:49
#72
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France cedd 
wp by rubino. give this man a good team.
2017-12-16 04:30
#76
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Brazil cadik 
where is 40bomber? oh that was tier1 eu team, so 40bomber decided to choke :---------DDDDDD
2017-12-16 08:21
xdddd as well 27 frags difference between both team, it should have been easy game for astralis. Faze were lucky to put so much rounds on the board
2017-12-16 11:10
gla1ve: let me be really honest, if we had device at ECS Finals, I really believe we would've won the whole tournament
2017-12-16 09:25
#89
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Norway RainTop1HLTV 
RUBINO onFire
2017-12-16 12:06
nice moment for rubino :)
2017-12-16 12:34
Faze is overrated team
2017-12-16 15:24
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