SK and Astralis through to quarter-finals

In the last set of matches of round four, Astralis eased past Heroic 2-0 (Overpass 16-11, Nuke 16-4) and SK beat Natus Vincere 2-0 (Cobblestone 16-12, Inferno 16-7) to earn their spots in the playoffs.

SK picked Cobblestone to start off their series against Natus Vincere, but it was the latter team who established a 6-1 lead early on as CT. However, they then made a series of mistakes when hunting the only remaining player, Marcelo "coldzera" David, in chicken coop, as the superstar clutched a 1v3 to set off a long string rounds going the Brazilians' way.

Natus Vincere could only win the very last round in the half to end it at 7-8, but they soon retook the lead after Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev's triple in the second pistol round. The first gunrounds were split, before a forcebuy from SK and a split towards the A bombsite shifted the momentum back in their favor. At 14-11, Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo barely missed out on a massive 1v4 clutch as he didn't have enough time left, but the fact that he took out all of the opposing players left Natus Vincere with little money as SK cruised to a 16-12 victory.

SK secure a 3-1 record in the group stage to move on to the playoffs

Na`Vi once again got off to the better start on Inferno as CT, leading 3-1 after a second-round forcebuy win, but close rounds meant their economy was on the edge and things turned for the worse when SK netted the fifth round with just pistols. Once Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's team was able to buy up again, they weren't able to capitalize on a 5v3 advantage created by Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev, as the Brazilian side got up to 6-3.

That is when a last-second A push backfired on SK as Denis "electronic" Sharipov put up a triple. That situation repeated itself once more later in the half, with the Russian youngster grabbing a key double to run the time down, but FalleN & co. were still able to get away with a comfortable 9-6 half.

Securing the pistol round as well as the first gunround on the back of FalleN's triple on A, SK were up 13-6. Na`Vi could still buy up in the next round thanks to a bomb plant, but it was all for naught. SK powered to match point and quickly ended the match 16-7, with FalleN's scout play deciding it all.

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Brazil
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Cobblestone
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Inferno
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 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 35 - 40 -5 80.8 0.98
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 31 - 35 -4 71.4 0.93
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 28 - 36 -8 62.0 0.82
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 32 - 46 -14 75.4 0.78
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 21 - 35 -14 51.4 0.70
 SK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 42 - 20 +22 82.1 1.46
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 40 - 28 +12 85.4 1.30
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 39 - 31 +8 86.0 1.26
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 38 - 32 +6 74.7 1.15
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 33 - 36 -3 73.6 0.96

The mostly-Danish matchup saw Astralis take an early lead on their pick, Overpass, as CT with Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander putting up four kills in the pistol round. Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel's 1v2 in the third round then gave Heroic their first entry and soon they picked up three more rounds. From there on, neither of the teams were able to establish a good economy as the rounds went back and forth.

Astralis secured a 8-7 lead in the half, while Heroic came out on top of the second pistol, but more great play by gla1ve and several entry kills by Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen allowed the favorites to mount a solid offense and grab a 16-11 win on the opening map.

Astralis made short work of Heroic on Nuke

Heroic picked Nuke, which underwent several big changes earlier this month, but Astralis seemed to be ready for it as they quickly racked up a big lead on the Terrorist side, in part thanks to winning the second-round forcebuy and the second gunround that broke their opponents' economy twice.

That trend continued as the first half went on, as Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer's quad-kill on upper netted Heroic their third round, but they couldn't string more together following Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth's 1v2 clutch on lower, followed by dupreeh's 1v1 on the same bombsite in the next round. Astralis had little trouble finishing off the first half 11-4 and with the pistol going their way as well, they clinched a playoffs spot at 16-4, 2-0.

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Overpass
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Nuke
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News tags:
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 43 - 23 +20 80.8 1.43
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 39 - 24 +15 89.4 1.41
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 35 - 24 +11 81.3 1.35
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 33 - 29 +4 81.8 1.26
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 27 - 19 +8 61.8 1.17
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 27 - 32 -5 63.0 0.84
Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII 28 - 34 -6 65.7 0.81
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 29 - 36 -7 67.7 0.80
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' VillarroelRUBINO 19 - 36 -17 48.2 0.62
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 16 - 40 -24 56.3 0.53

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20th February 2018
16
Overpass
11
16
Nuke
4

 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 43 - 23 +20 80.8 1.43
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 39 - 24 +15 89.4 1.41
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 35 - 24 +11 81.3 1.35
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 33 - 29 +4 81.8 1.26
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 27 - 19 +8 61.8 1.17
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 27 - 32 -5 63.0 0.84
Sweden Andreas 'MODDII' FridhMODDII 28 - 34 -6 65.7 0.81
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 29 - 36 -7 67.7 0.80
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' VillarroelRUBINO 19 - 36 -17 48.2 0.62
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi 16 - 40 -24 56.3 0.53

With only three matches remaining, here are the current standings of the Swiss stage:

Europe FaZe 3-0
France G2 3-0
North America Liquid 3-1
Denmark Astralis 3-1
Brazil SK 3-1
Australia Renegades  2-2
United States Cloud9 2-2
Europe HellRaisers 2-2
Europe mousesports  2-2
Denmark Heroic 2-2
Ukraine Natus Vincere 2-2
Kazakhstan Gambit 1-3
China TYLOO 1-3
Poland Virtus.pro  1-3
Sweden fnatic 0-3
Korea MVP PK  0-3
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.19
Maps played:
1086
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
971
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Denis 'electronic' Sharipov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Denmark Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Marco 'Snappi' Pfeiffer
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Ioann 'Edward' Sukhariev
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
s1mple ruined Na`Vi. SK are the champions.
2018-02-20 20:55
#11
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Brazil Pedrolc22 
Bring your knife again
2018-02-20 20:55
#26
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Astralis > SK
2018-02-20 20:56
#47
 | 
Brazil Noice_boyzZ 
Ayyyyy
2018-02-20 21:04
#53
 | 
Canada Herodionus 
Ayyyyy
2018-02-20 21:12
#72
 | 
Denmark Twick_ 
Ayyyyyy
2018-02-20 22:02
#80
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Brazil luisss 
end.
2018-02-21 02:04
Making this place like a library
2018-02-21 03:20
#90
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Denmark Twick_ 
Start
2018-02-21 19:15
#71
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Denmark mersault17 
Do you not support Astralis atm?
2018-02-20 21:43
#20
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Brazil mkaking 
So fast
2018-02-20 20:56
ez af for simple
2018-02-20 20:56
#25
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France Gugus_Patacus 
Edward 21-35 LOL ruined
2018-02-20 20:56
#42
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Europe H0wLinqDawN 
ez 4 FaZe
2018-02-20 21:01
#2
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Brazil Collee 
SK lost 2 of the last 23 cobble games they've played. One OT and one 14:16 btw. Good luck not banning it
2018-02-20 20:55
who cares? they could lose to navi if not knife 1v3
2018-02-20 20:56
If If If
2018-02-20 21:00
they've played have played played playe play pla pl l lose
2018-02-20 21:01
#43
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Brazil mrk_92 
cry little baby
2018-02-20 21:02
flag checks out, happy br so happy that they have GOATZERA and fallen which are alone who can even play in br, else like u are 12yo kids which think that "BRAZUIL FAVELASF DA BEST"
2018-02-20 21:04
#51
suNny | 
Finland jakem0n 
Nt fakeflagging no scene
2018-02-20 21:11
so mb checkout my nickname and whos talking?
2018-02-20 21:12
#61
suNny | 
Finland jakem0n 
I read your name before I answered and I can only assume you're total no scener so NICE TRY
2018-02-20 21:20
im sweden and idc about where am from, idc about where are u from, but when shits like favelas talk that br cs is best but they have only 3 normal players, pls get up
2018-02-20 21:24
#76
suNny | 
Finland jakem0n 
Well sweden has 0 normal players then... every swedish player washed up already. At least we Finnish guys have sunny.
2018-02-20 22:25
rip sergej tho:(
2018-02-21 05:16
do I say anything about Swedish scene? Idc about Finnish scene too
2018-02-21 07:32
#70
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Brazil mrk_92 
are ou mad? cuz i not
2018-02-20 21:39
#73
device | 
Portugal exhaIe 
nt
2018-02-20 22:04
#3
 | 
Europe n0kay 
navi it's all because u tried to knife coldzera
2018-02-20 20:55
#82
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Finland Smoonah 
danylows teslenkows
2018-02-21 02:44
#4
fnx | 
Sweden martla 
ns
2018-02-20 20:55
#5
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Vietnam Skull_Ga 
so close but so far
2018-02-20 20:55
ugh not fast enough
2018-02-20 20:55
#7
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Brazil mrk_92 
FalleN the scoutGOD
2018-02-20 20:55
#8
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Brazil Nickzim 
One does not simply knife coldzera
2018-02-20 20:55
Navi could've won but they threw cobble. gg
2018-02-20 20:55
-200IQ Na'Vi
2018-02-20 20:56
#12
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Portugal anomelyxd 
SK GOAT
2018-02-20 20:56
#13
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Brazil MauricioRoy 
S1mple top player omegaLuL
2018-02-20 20:56
Sk back in form
2018-02-20 20:56
#15
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Denmark JustYes 
ez
2018-02-20 20:56
EZ
2018-02-20 20:56
who?
2018-02-20 20:56
nice
2018-02-20 20:56
#19
FalleN | 
Brazil nando1c 
Knife Coldzera LUL
2018-02-20 20:56
#21
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Latvia pumasiK 
I have no words, s1mple, great job! Keep good work up
2018-02-20 20:56
#22
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Brazil janfps 
RIP KNIFE ATTEMPT
2018-02-20 20:56
#24
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Brazil autonozera 
Where are the haters saying that s1mple would destroy SK?
2018-02-20 20:57
heroic - c9 navi - renegades hellraisers - mouz
2018-02-20 20:57
#59
 | 
Canada boofin 
Cloud9 already went against Heroic
2018-02-20 21:18
forgot about that lol, fucked my picks instantly
2018-02-20 21:20
#29
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
So good to see analysts being shut after saying s1mple was the best player in the server before the match started. They keep patronizing cold and fallen...
2018-02-20 20:57
#39
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Brazil onwkase 
+1
2018-02-20 21:00
#55
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Brazil mkaking 
Look, s1mple doesn´t play alone. He is, without a doubt, one of the most talent players in the world. I do think Cold is the best player right now. But SK, as a whole, are better then Na´Vi. Is like comparing CR7-Real (Cold-SK) and Neymar-PSG (s1mple-Na´Vi)...........
2018-02-20 21:13
man navi had a mental breakdown after that knife round which coldzera should have never won and it went along the entire series they went for a retarded play that cost them the entire game in my opinion and s1mple is as good as cold is though they have different play styles.
2018-02-20 21:34
Yeah, I got the same feeling, like kinda put them on a state of "oh, ok they are not just joking around, gotta watch out" and somehow they couldn't step up anymore. Lost confidence so hard. BTW, awp bang from simple on fallen was so sick.
2018-02-20 22:19
They lost because they were not prepared. Skill wise, mental wise. People always try to blame something like, "well, if this didnt happen, the team would win". We have to know that all the mental stuff is a great part of being a pro player (as it is in many sports). But well, even without the knife, i think that sk is superior and should've won. About cold x simple stuff, it probably is a biased opinion, but i think that cold is, with no doubt (for me) superior to simple. Cold is the most consistent player in the scene and for me that's what make him the best.
2018-02-21 07:41
expected. gg SK, deserved!
2018-02-20 20:57
#50
Petra | 
Brazil platypus 
+1
2018-02-20 21:10
Hopr navi will get c9 or mouz
2018-02-20 20:57
#32
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
KNIFE COLD LUL
2018-02-20 20:57
#33
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Latvia Faaakk 
2018-02-20 20:58
#34
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Brazil Charizaldo 
Don't play your little games with the best player in the world
2018-02-20 20:58
Next time bring all five! ;)
2018-02-20 20:58
#36
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Korea haruzi 
pls guys do not bring the knifes next time
2018-02-20 20:58
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA
2018-02-20 20:58
NaVi disgrace and their setups on inferno were so trash wtf
2018-02-20 20:59
#44
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Mongolia justice11 
GODev1ce
2018-02-20 21:02
Thanks for firing up SK with that knife atempt S1mple!
2018-02-20 21:02
Navi deserve to lose.
2018-02-20 21:03
Thx simple for ruining navi lol
2018-02-20 21:04
#54
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Canada Herodionus 
SK AND ASTRALIS ARE BACK, LETS GO BITCHES
2018-02-20 21:13
Astralis vs SK/FaZe final would be sick
2018-02-20 21:17
#65
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Canada Herodionus 
Agreed, best possible matchups
2018-02-20 21:26
+1
2018-02-20 21:18
#66
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Canada Herodionus 
Its like early 2017 again
2018-02-20 21:26
Plus C9 and Liquid are on the block too, now we Just need a swedish team tô be bangin again. NiP w/ dennis?
2018-02-21 05:25
#86
 | 
Canada Herodionus 
Big possibility, but rip fnatic
2018-02-21 05:28
Ripperino
2018-02-21 14:49
#56
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
Edward kek
2018-02-20 21:17
SK and Astralis top 1
2018-02-20 21:18
#64
 | 
Brazil gbz1^ 
N1ce kn1fe
2018-02-20 21:25
ty mr s1mple GL SK
2018-02-20 21:35
#69
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
No s1mple show no Navi win
2018-02-20 21:36
oh god... why not liquid
2018-02-20 22:09
In their latest match against NaVi SK looked really strong to me. Almost a bit like in their times of glory.
2018-02-20 22:57
ez for sk
2018-02-20 23:30
#79
 | 
France remyos 
Glave topfragger wtf? Chapeau
2018-02-20 23:42
#81
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Brazil peret 
ez for 2-time major winner..
2018-02-21 02:32
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