Astralis, SK secure first victory at IEM Katowice

Astralis and SK defeated Renegades and AVANGAR, respectively, to start off their IEM Katowice 2018 campaign on the right foot.

The first match of the event kicked off on Train, with Renegades picking up their CT pistol with a double-kill from Karlo "USTILO" Pivac in a B retake. And even though Astralis then put up a fight with nothing but pistols, Renegades further added to their lead fairly easily, 4-0.

With their economy back on track, the IEM Katowice 2017 champions hit their first round on a board with a near-flawless B execution, but then Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad immediately responded with a triple-kill for his team to remain in the driving seat.

Astralis came back from a 4-11 half-time deficit

Renegades kept tearing Astralis apart with a very tight defence until the 11th round, when the Danish side was finally able to win their second round of the game. Still, the Australians strung two rounds together with back-to-back clutches - a 1v2 from Aaron "AZR" Ward and a 1v1 from Justin "jks" Savage - to hit 11 rounds, but could not prevail in the last two rounds of the half.

Astralis did not want to back down and came from the break set to turn the game around, winning five rounds in a row to reduce the deficit to 9-11. Renegades then picked up their first as Terrorists, but the Danes proved to be far too hot to handle and lost only one more round before wrapping things up, 16-13.

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 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 18 - 21 -3 73.4 0.94
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 20 - 21 -1 68.2 0.93
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 16 - 21 -5 59.3 0.87
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 14 - 19 -5 57.3 0.84
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' PivacUSTILO 13 - 23 -10 51.6 0.62
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 29 - 20 +9 102.2 1.54
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 22 - 14 +8 85.2 1.28
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 21 - 15 +6 82.1 1.22
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 21 - 15 +6 66.7 1.20
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 12 - 17 -5 44.7 0.76

On the secondary stream, SK and AVANGAR battled it out on Cache. The Kazakhs started things off on the right foot, securing their Terrorist pistol much thanks to a triple-kill from Timur "buster" Tulepov, and following that up with the subsequent anti-ecos.

From that point, however, SK constantly prevailed despite the efforts from their opponents, who could not secure more than two rounds with guns as Terrorists.

In the second half, Aidyn "KrizzeN" Turlybekov and buster clutched a 2v3 to secure their team's T-side pistol, but it was in vain as the Brazilians instantly responded with a successful force-buy, paving the way to bag a 13-6 lead.

Although AVANGAR then found a lifeline after losing only one of the next five rounds, SK simply would not let a comeback happen, and eventually finished things off, 16-10, with a quad-kill from Marcelo "coldzera" David which included a 1v2 clutch.

Brazil
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 SK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 30 - 12 +18 103.8 1.76
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 20 - 15 +5 80.4 1.23
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 19 - 17 +2 80.4 1.13
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 17 - 14 +3 82.1 1.12
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 12 - 15 -3 58.7 0.90
 AVANGAR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Kazakhstan Dmitry 'dimasick' Matvienkodimasick 19 - 20 -1 83.7 1.12
Kazakhstan Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert 21 - 20 +1 94.7 1.10
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster 15 - 19 -4 52.0 0.79
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame 11 - 21 -10 55.5 0.70
Kazakhstan Aidyn 'KrizzeN' TurlybekovKrizzeN 7 - 18 -11 36.8 0.44

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
Kazakhstan Aidyn 'KrizzeN' Turlybekov
Aidyn 'KrizzeN' Turlybekov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
576
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
857
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
720
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
822
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
854
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
890
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Easy for SK Have a very first day! VeryFirstGuy
2018-02-27 13:23
D:
2018-02-27 13:23
Astralis <3
2018-02-27 13:23
TO THE STARS!
2018-02-27 13:23
Oh a rival appeared, won't surpass my 22 #1 :l
2018-02-27 14:08
I just started trying :D, I had like 2 before
2018-02-27 14:08
GL Mr. MrFuccboi
2018-02-27 14:10
expected
2018-02-27 13:23
#7
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Poland FOXiuu 
Ez for godzera
2018-02-27 13:24
ez for baitzera
2018-02-27 13:28
#21
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Poland FOXiuu 
Also ez for comebackstralis
2018-02-27 13:29
RNG Did quite well, Astralis' train is a very tough obstacle.
2018-02-27 13:25
#9
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Poland mYcore 
Not bad, Astralis good comeback, SK plays very well
2018-02-27 13:25
#10
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Brazil autonozera 
ez for coldzera 30bomb x astralis
2018-02-27 13:25
#11
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Brazil ^7|1 
11-2>>>13-16 EZ
2018-02-27 13:25
almost avangar, nevermind <3
2018-02-27 13:25
#13
anjing | 
Indonesia Fazaa 
Rip jkaem
2018-02-27 13:25
#16
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Brazil br4z1l1an_ 
BOTaco
2018-02-27 13:26
#18
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Finland artyfck 
11-4 > 13-16 lmao
2018-02-27 13:27
Sick comeback by Astralis, lead by Dupreeh. Also solid performances by Magisk and device.
2018-02-27 13:28
#22
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
ustiLUL
2018-02-27 13:29
ofc coldzera boosting his stats
2018-02-27 13:31
#25
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Brazil autonozera 
don't cry respect the best player in the history in CSGO
2018-02-27 13:36
#26
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Latvia FENICH 
lmao
2018-02-27 13:39
#27
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Brazil autonozera 
WHY ? coldzera top 1 again 2018 the year is not over yet it's just starting to wait and you'll see how everyone else 2 years ago
2018-02-27 13:41
#28
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Latvia FENICH 
Lmao
2018-02-27 13:43
#29
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Brazil autonozera 
VP is dead since 2016 lol
2018-02-27 13:45
#30
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Latvia FENICH 
Lmao
2018-02-27 13:46
#31
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Brazil autonozera 
VP customer pick one
2018-02-27 13:47
#32
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Latvia FENICH 
Lmao
2018-02-27 13:47
#33
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Brazil autonozera 
VP disabled
2018-02-27 13:49
#34
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Latvia FENICH 
S1mple > cold everyday
2018-02-27 13:49
#37
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Latvia FENICH 
That doesnt mean anything monkey. Getting kills with bait.
2018-02-27 13:50
But its 2018 now I think?
2018-02-27 13:53
#43
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Brazil autonozera 
2018 Is it over?
2018-02-27 13:54
It isnt but s1mple is currently top1 and niko top2 in terms of skill?
2018-02-27 13:54
#47
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Brazil autonozera 
young the year did not end last year SK also started badly after they started winning several championships so I would not speak ill of them because you know how SK's they can be wrong today but tomorrow they come back with everything
2018-02-27 13:57
"12th of November 2016"
2018-02-27 13:55
2018-02-27 14:15
#54
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Brazil autonozera 
coldzera 1.29 rating this because he did not play anymore if he were to 100% final sure that he was going to be mvp with better rating
2018-02-27 14:19
#55
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Brazil autonozera 
s1mple x SK always plays so poorly
2018-02-27 14:20
s1mple best rated in 2018 at big events. You can be cold's fanboy but its fact that s1mple is the most skilled in the world.
2018-02-27 14:21
#57
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Brazil autonozera 
as I said earlier up there the year is still just beginning we can not judge who will be top 1 2018 but everyone knows how it is after SK start to win coldzera will probably have the best rating compared against all
2018-02-27 14:23
Yeah I respect s1mple but how it relates to this?
2018-02-27 13:52
#62
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
S1mple is the best player in the history of CSGO? My God. HLTV has finally gone full retard.
2018-02-27 17:43
nice comeback from astralis, thought renegades will make it :D
2018-02-27 13:50
expected
2018-02-27 13:51
#48
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Denmark clutchkongen 
They won, but that T side was far from impressive.
2018-02-27 13:59
#49
Indonesia Elce 
+1
2018-02-27 14:07
#58
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France faviere77 
They (SK) will "come back" when they become mIbr in July.
2018-02-27 14:47
#59
speed4k | 
Russia Shkek 
nt avangar
2018-02-27 14:48
#60
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
We did it boys! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-02-27 17:06
#61
FalleN | 
Brazil paumito 
Having coldzera going insane every game is just compensating the fact that Taco sucks every game. Coldzera + Taco is a waste. It's the same as having 2 average tier 1 players in the end, which isn't good enough for SK.
2018-02-27 17:42
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