Astralis defeat FaZe to advance to semis in France
Astralis have beaten FaZe 2-0 in the quarter-finals at DreamHack Masters Marseille to become the third semi-finalists (16-11 on Mirage and 16-6 on Nuke).
The quarter-final best-of-three series featuring Astralis and FaZe kicked off on Mirage where Finn "karrigan" Andersen's squad started on the CT-side. FaZe picked up the pistol round victory by defusing the bomb. After losing the first two rounds, Astralis had an early weapon round and won it after Nicolai "device" Reedtz and Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's opening kills.
The Danes secured two more rounds to take the lead, making it 3-2, but FaZe tied things up with a retake (3-3).FaZe were leading 5-3 when Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth and gla1ve, respectively, won 1vs2 clutches, tying the game at 5-5. Astralis continued their streak until the last round of the half and led 9-6 at halftime.
Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács stepped up in the second half pistol round and got a triple kill in a post-plant situation to give FaZe their first T-side round. Astralis' response was swift as the Danes won the following round cleanly with Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen's triple kill and extended their lead to 10-7.
FaZe fought back and tied the game at 10-10 with three round wins but Astralis' rigid defense prospered, resulting in five round wins in a row for the Danes (15-10). device & company closed out the map with a 16-11 scoreline.
Nuke was the second map in the series and it kicked off with Astralis on the CT-side. dupreeh & Xyp9x both got double-kills in the pistol round to win it but Håvard "rain" Nygaard's triple kill in the following round made it 1-1. Later on, FaZe took a 3-1 lead and had a 3vs2 advantage in a post-plant situation in the fifth round but Xyp9x & device were able to turn it around to trail 3-2.
After losing the following round to trail 4-2, Astralis won eight of the last nine rounds in the half to lead 10-5 at halftime. Astralis had a thunderous start to the second half and won the first three rounds. They were in a disadvantageous position in the first weapon round but Xyp9x bailed them out to make it 14-5. The Danes won the map 16-5 and the series 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals at DreamHack Masters Marseille.
K - D
Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x
45 - 25
Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice
43 - 24
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh
40 - 27
Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk
40 - 30
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve
32 - 29