Astralis beat Virtus.pro to qualify for IEM Sydney

eZlo
March 30th, 2018 20:35

Astralis are through to IEM Sydney 2018 following a 2-0 victory over Virtus.pro on Mirage and Inferno.

The grand final of the IEM Sydney 2018 European closed qualifier saw Astralis take on Virtus.pro after leaving behind the likes of Gambit, G2 and NiP in the previous stages of the single-elimination bracket.

The battle for a spot in Sydney kicked off on Virtus.pro's map pick, Mirage, but it was the Danish side who got off to a flying start as CTs, losing only the first gun round before continuously shutting down their opponents to grab an 11-1 lead.

Astralis then lost the last three rounds of the half, but they would hit 14 rounds fairly quickly after picking up the second pistol. From that point, although the Poles kept trying to turn the game around, Astralis remained calm and collected, with Nicolai "device" Reedtz helping his team to seal the deal, 16-13, with a fast quad-kill.

gla1ve's Astralis are back in Sydney after finishing in 3rd-4th place last year

Starting out as Terrorists on their map pick, Inferno, Astralis managed to win the first pistol round thanks to an ace from Emil "Magisk" Reif in a 3v5 situation. From there, the Danes further increased their lead to 7-0.

That was when Virtus.pro's defence came to life, with Michał "MICHU" Müller and co. losing only five more rounds to reduce the deficit to 5-10 by half-time. In the second half, however, Astralis swiftly hit 13 rounds following their fourth successful pistol of the series.

Just like on the previous map, Virtus.pro strung three rounds together before Astralis were able to grab their first with guns. But this time around, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's men did not let their opponents win more than eight rounds before finishing things off to book their spot at IEM Sydney 2018.

 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 44 - 31 +13 86.0 1.30
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 43 - 30 +13 79.1 1.27
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 42 - 35 +7 82.0 1.18
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 35 - 31 +4 76.5 1.15
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 25 - 31 -6 60.5 0.91
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 36 - 36 0 78.5 1.00
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 36 - 36 0 71.0 0.91
Poland Michał 'MICHU' MüllerMICHU 31 - 40 -9 61.9 0.90
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 28 - 38 -10 63.2 0.85
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 27 - 39 -12 57.1 0.74

The 16-team list for the $250,000 event currently looks as follows:

Brazil SK Europe FaZe
Australia Renegades Europe mousesports
United States Cloud9 Ukraine Natus Vincere
Sweden fnatic Denmark Astralis
Europe GG:Origin Qual. North America NA Qual.
Other Asia #1 Other Asia #2
Other Asia #3 Oceania Oceania #1
Oceania Oceania #2 Oceania Oceania #3
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
816
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1238
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1081
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1206
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#1
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Albania ez_first 
rip vp
2018-03-30 20:35
#3
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Malaysia ez4harimaumuda 
cheater
2018-03-30 20:35
#12
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Nepal TYZ4 
-Pasha +TaZ
2018-03-30 20:36
-Snax -Byali +Furlan + Gruby :)
2018-03-30 20:37
of course danish trigger bot and x9
2018-03-30 20:36
It was tweeted before it was posted ayy
2018-03-30 20:36
#28
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Albania ez_first 
ye always the same sometimes there is no option to write a comment because "news not published yet"
2018-03-30 20:41
reported
2018-03-30 20:36
Rip vp long time ago 😂
2018-03-30 21:01
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Reply needs to have actual content
2018-03-30 21:26
#87
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Canada Sipr 
😂😂😂😂😂😂 shut up
2018-03-31 09:08
yo that's not what i meant, nothing to do with vp
2018-03-31 09:09
So expected Edit: 2nd with my phone lmao u guys slow
2018-03-30 20:35
#68
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United States FlagMaster 
its probably because no one gives two shits about teams that don't win anything
2018-03-30 23:20
nt but both teams won an event last year btw astralis>mouz
2018-03-31 07:37
#85
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Korea dev1sta 
+1
2018-03-31 08:13
#92
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United States FlagMaster 
I didn’t know it was 2017
2018-03-31 14:17
#94
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Poland Rhyze 
Next name-change: ObnoxiousNA<Insert future major champions here>Fan
2018-04-01 13:24
#95
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United States FlagMaster 
Too ez for Mouz
2018-04-01 15:57
Defeated G2 just to completely fail against Astralis. -NEO +AdreN
2018-03-30 20:35
#49
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Germany Kaidixdeh 
AdreN... are you retarded?This guy can't even speak polish.
2018-03-30 21:42
EZ4ASTRALIS
2018-03-30 20:35
they look a little down..
2018-03-30 21:03
#86
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Korea dev1sta 
how
2018-03-31 08:14
#6
Lithuania LuXe 
Not rip, they still can qualify through gg origins
2018-03-30 20:36
#8
Zeus | 
CIS LRtx 
ez4australis
2018-03-30 20:36
Ez
2018-03-30 20:36
of course danish trigger bot and x9
2018-03-30 20:36
#14
MICHU | 
Poland papaski2 
still good run for VP, astralis looks kinda unstoppable online rn, let's see how they perform at lan
2018-03-30 20:36
#25
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Sweden wyv0 
Astralis has always been gods online
2018-03-30 20:40
good point, beating G2 and NIP online is still a thing , future looks good :)
2018-03-31 00:11
#74
MICHU | 
Poland papaski2 
yeah considering that VP was always worse online it sounds like they are improving very fast
2018-03-31 00:12
nt
2018-03-30 20:36
#16
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Portugal dracø 
While expected, it was sad af.. Was hoping vp would put up more of a fight. Astralis current form is scary good.
2018-03-30 20:37
VP had Mirage actually almost, inferno never calculated them chances to win it and Train would be a 50-50 match
2018-03-30 20:41
#35
rain | 
Poland yikimo 
VP suck on Inferno so bad ;(
2018-03-30 21:00
#50
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Poland Rhyze 
They suck on inferno and cache the most
2018-03-30 21:55
#59
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World Vidua 
They are far better at cache than at inferno. Inferno should be permanently banned by them but they know it's essential map so they are trying to learn to play it.
2018-03-30 22:31
#61
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Poland Rhyze 
T side on cache sucks ass
2018-03-30 22:37
#83
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Other mikecool 
Agreed. You can tell they run a lot of strats but they fail to execute them well too many times
2018-03-31 07:42
#17
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Brazil EWRO 
ez 4 fnatic
2018-03-30 20:37
#18
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Brazil digozamaral 
Nooo :/
2018-03-30 20:37
who cares?
2018-03-30 20:37
#21
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Russia v1p3rrr 
Too ez They had to invite them
2018-03-30 20:37
#23
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
prob only online, i wonder how they can perform on lan
2018-03-30 20:39
#22
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Dominican Republic WhyUBullyDocc 
Unluko
2018-03-30 20:38
Nice try VP they have shown us that they are still alive. Mirage was their Map but obviously not easy to play vs those pathetic online luckers known as gnomes. Inferno was all day their Map, but on train it would be a 50-50 match
2018-03-30 20:40
#39
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Denmark meganice 
Hope you wont cry your eyes out. Give Astralis a worthy opponents instead of tier 2 VP.
2018-03-30 21:04
#51
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Poland Rhyze 
Tier2 Team bet FaZe Ayelmaoo
2018-03-30 21:56
your comment isn't coherent with your username at all
2018-03-30 23:59
#27
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Poland trancemeister 
3 teams from Asia and 4 from Oceania (with Renegades) O KURWA.
2018-03-30 20:41
#30
MICHU | 
Poland papaski2 
yeah..xD
2018-03-30 20:52
#31
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Denmark Pooplover888 
kinda gay
2018-03-30 20:53
#66
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Poland trancemeister 
father?
2018-03-30 23:07
#53
dupreeh | 
Denmark yez.. 
so many tier2/3 teams that will be destroyed in Sydney lol
2018-03-30 22:05
#84
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Other mikecool 
#experience xD
2018-03-31 07:43
#29
byali | 
Japan KasPro 
Ez vp gonna qualify anyways I guess vp did astralis a favor
2018-03-30 20:43
fuck vp, they jsut waste time of their fans with false hopes
2018-03-30 20:56
#52
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Poland Rhyze 
Not a waste of time for true fans, speak for yourself pal
2018-03-30 21:56
#33
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
fucking damn it
2018-03-30 20:56
NO
2018-03-30 20:57
3 Asia and 3 Oceania spots OMEGALUL
2018-03-30 21:01
#40
NEO | 
Poland camarpl 
REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE onliners
2018-03-30 21:09
Betting against VP on pistol rounds = ez $
2018-03-30 21:10
“Virtus pro is baaaack” polans shouted in the forum earlier today. “Wrong announcement“ polans cried at the end of the day.
2018-03-30 21:10
#54
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
Tho 1 thing They are back and I can't even understand how you don't see it
2018-03-30 22:13
ok
2018-03-30 22:43
#55
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Indonesia Kapa_13 
Beat NiP, beat G2, not too bad for a dead team LUL
2018-03-30 22:13
#58
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Portugal Crazyfm 
They are not "back" but they are definitely showing a lot of improvement.
2018-03-30 22:26
#90
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Poland NinjaBurger 
They are not back and the people who say they are after they beat NIP (not the toughest opponent these days) and G2 (after a roster change) have no clue what they are speaking about. But the fact they can beat top 15 teams now and even 2-0'd Faze shows they are slowly fixing their problems since they lost to tier 5 teams who no one ever heard of three weeks ago. Definitely not back but they are becoming increasingly competitive.
2018-03-31 10:28
Why they didn't remove inferno? They were destroyed in Inferno 2 times in a row
2018-03-30 21:10
#75
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Poland Hello77z 
0% inferno win rate at the major
2018-03-31 00:18
#44
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Finland Slaughtrr 
6 teams from asia and oceania wtf ? HALLO ?
2018-03-30 21:25
#48
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Turkey rasheem 
it's a sydney tournament... expected... but quality is low appearently...
2018-03-30 21:34
#60
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Portugal Crazyfm 
Way too many though, they should've replaced the 3rd place teams of the Oceania/Asia qualifiers for the 2nd place of the Europe/NA qualifiers, that way it's fair and we get better teams.
2018-03-30 22:37
#63
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Finland Slaughtrr 
3 spots is already too much but 6 is just making this tourney tier 100
2018-03-30 22:44
#79
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World neomax360 
Those asian and oceania teams basically never get the chance to play top tier event. If at least at this event they can have enough spot to bring more teams in the tournament, that is good. EU and NA have plenty of others event where they got lot of spots anyway
2018-03-31 01:07
#70
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Slovenia umadbrah 
good to give chances to teams that usualy dont make it to big stages
2018-03-30 23:28
Astralis were on another level today, but VP is slowly coming back
2018-03-30 21:33
#47
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Australia Dadecum 
spewin, wanted pasha to punch me in the face :c
2018-03-30 21:34
virtus pro showing some life again , nice to see
2018-03-30 22:18
#57
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United Kingdom Rynam 
Nip will be guest of honor :)
2018-03-30 22:22
#64
Poland MJP 
nice try VP - well play ! gg Astralis
2018-03-30 22:48
instead of 3 oceania and 3 asian slots, invite good teams
2018-03-30 22:54
but the whole point is to raise awareness for these regions and i mean the event is literally in that region so it saves esl a lot of money
2018-03-30 23:26
i know that really well. but but, i'm a vp fan boy :(
2018-03-31 03:15
#67
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France Deadfish 
Two teams deserved to win.
2018-03-30 23:14
#71
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United Kingdom Bowsette 
1st
2018-03-30 23:40
all the oceania and asia teams for the quals r just gonna get SMACKED i literally see no more than 1 team from both quals getting out of groups if any
2018-03-31 00:26
fucking einstein over here holy crap
2018-03-31 10:29
#77
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Poland mamba99999 
unexpected and unwanted
2018-03-31 00:28
#78
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
Astralis is sick team right now probably top 1 cuz sk g2 nip and faze are not in form
2018-03-31 00:56
we so lit dab like this
2018-03-31 01:53
#89
Dosia | 
Hungary Joco413 
Other Asia #1 Other Asia #2 Other Asia #3 Oceania Oceania #1 Oceania Oceania #2 Oceania Oceania #3 wasted spots
2018-03-31 09:18
#93
suNny | 
Other zanty 
expected but would've wanted vp to win tho
2018-03-31 14:19
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