Astralis edge past NRG; mousesports dismantle B.O.O.T-d[S]

Astralis and mousesports are through to Group B's upper bracket semi-final at IEM Sydney after defeating NRG and B.O.O.T-d[S], respectively.

The main stream match between NRG and Astralis began with a blazing fast start from the North American team, who picked up the pistol round and the first gun round to secure a 5-0 lead. But once Astralis had money to work with again, the landscape of the game changed dramatically, with the Danish side answering back with a five-round streak of their own, forcing Damian "daps" Steele to call a tactical pause.

NRG's slow and methodical approach was just ineffective against Astralis' defensive setup, so the North Americans tried to up the pace towards the end of the half, but all they got a sole round, courtesy of a 1v2 clutch from daps, with the Danish team leading by three at half-time.

dupreeh kept Astralis in the game against NRG

The North American team came out of the break with a vengeance, winning four rounds in a row to reclaim the lead. It would not last long, though, as Astralis'offence finally came to life, which saw the lead reversed once again.

That was when Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov finally stepped up to the plate. The Bulgarian sniper kept Astralis' players at bay in multiple rounds, allowing his team to build up a solid bank. The North Americans would eventually hit match point in a very messy round and on a weak buy, but Astralis made one final push and sent the game into overtime.

Starting out on the CT side, NRG picked up back-to-back rounds in convincing fashion to give North American fans some hope. But Astralis came fighting back and secured the final round on the offensive side before setting up a tight defence in the second half to pick up a hard-fought victory.

United States
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 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 30 - 22 +8 79.1 1.24
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 25 - 26 -1 77.4 1.12
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 22 - 29 -7 65.6 0.89
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 22 - 28 -6 70.3 0.83
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 16 - 28 -12 57.8 0.81
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 34 - 23 +11 93.8 1.42
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 27 - 24 +3 85.6 1.10
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 21 - 23 -2 81.8 1.10
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 22 - 24 -2 81.9 1.02
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 27 - 21 +6 59.6 0.96

Meanwhile, mousesports and BOOT-d[S] faced off on the secondary stream, with the Europeans picking up a convincing win on Mirage. The early stages of the match were highly contested as neither side could stamp their authority on the game, but then mousesports picked up the pace and won five of the last six rounds of the half to take a 9-6 lead.

The second half was a complete blowout, with mousesports winning six rounds straight to hit match point before Martin "STYKO" Styk clutched a 1v2 in a scrappy round to secure the win. 

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 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny 24 - 13 +11 130.0 1.91
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO 19 - 11 +8 79.4 1.43
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Koolropz 16 - 11 +5 88.0 1.28
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ 15 - 13 +2 59.9 1.02
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar 15 - 14 +1 67.2 0.97
 BOOT-d[S] K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Kazakhstan Alikhan 'w1nt3r' Kopzhanovw1nt3r 14 - 18 -4 78.4 0.86
Singapore Anthony 'ImpressioN' LimImpressioN 13 - 17 -4 59.4 0.79
Singapore Nevin 'splashske' Awsplashske 13 - 17 -4 56.0 0.77
Singapore Kumaresan 'Tommy' RamaniTommy 13 - 17 -4 58.4 0.74
Singapore Benedict 'Benkai' TanBenkai 9 - 20 -11 62.0 0.60

 

Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1084
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
#1
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Germany cartii 
Mouz - Astralis gonna be good (y)
2018-05-01 08:18
Astralis barely won OmegaLuL
2018-05-01 08:40
#13
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United Kingdom SLurSs 
NRG are getting really good
2018-05-01 08:46
yeah their only issue is transferring nearly going undefeated in ECS/EPL to an actual lan
2018-05-01 12:39
+1
2018-05-01 09:02
#2
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Bulgaria nekzcs 
nrg played very good
2018-05-01 08:19
Yeah, almost feel bad they didn't won, but somehow not. xd But, the group. :( It's either Astralis or Mousesports in the Lower Bracket in a BO3 mate.
2018-05-01 09:03
#26
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Bulgaria nekzcs 
NRG can beat mouz
2018-05-01 09:12
Not in BO3. :-)
2018-05-01 10:34
A bo3 series between nrg and mouz would obviously favor mouz, but not as heavily as you'd think. Never underestimate a team with strong aimers and good midround calls
2018-05-01 12:01
#3
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
nt NRG
2018-05-01 08:19
#4
kkt | 
Slovakia ypsylonnn 
wooow
2018-05-01 08:19
Oskar isnt in his great form. That will be factor in upcoming matches.
2018-05-01 08:21
#32
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Asia Ace_Y 
most of the time, oskar shines in matches against better teams
2018-05-01 11:49
yeah that's what i hope for
2018-05-01 13:31
#6
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CIS LRtx 
NT NRG
2018-05-01 08:24
#7
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Denmark clutchkongen 
nrg winning both pistols and early gun rounds! LuL :P
2018-05-01 08:24
And were the heavy underdogs?? Typical astralis fan
2018-05-01 08:56
#27
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Denmark clutchkongen 
“Typical” xD
2018-05-01 09:14
#8
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Russia evg1804 
So, NRG is not onliners like SS as I think. NT but I think Astralis had jetlag in first battle
2018-05-01 08:28
#9
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
Astralis will still dumpster mouse :/ sad to have two of my favourite teams meet this early.
2018-05-01 08:31
Well, Astralis - Mousesports, and after that, Astralis - Fnatic. xd
2018-05-01 09:05
NT NRG
2018-05-01 08:31
#11
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Finland Smoonah 
daps top frag lol
2018-05-01 08:39
#14
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United Kingdom SLurSs 
People shouldn't under estimate NRG
2018-05-01 08:47
#15
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Germany GiiGa88 
Device 27-21 59 adr? 0.96 rating?
2018-05-01 08:49
rigged Danish site
2018-05-01 08:59
#30
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Netherlands jonsve 
xD
2018-05-01 09:59
#19
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United Kingdom mouzgalaxy 
watch the game, there was plently of rounds he exit fragged and saved also 59 adr is pretty bad...
2018-05-01 09:00
#24
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
Im not defending him. But the low ADR might be the result of him shooting guys allready low :) His score is decent enough.
2018-05-01 09:07
#28
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United Kingdom mouzgalaxy 
yh +1
2018-05-01 09:30
#16
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Brazil augusJ 
Nice match, nrg go to playoffs
2018-05-01 08:55
#22
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United States jay_320 
Hope NRG make the playoffs. Think they are going to end up being the next decent NA team. Good IGL in Daps. Great riflers in Ethan and Brehze and an honest to god AWP talent. It seems like forever since a young AWP talent was coming up. They need to move Fugly to the Taco zone though. He's not nearly as good as the rest of the guys.
2018-05-01 09:04
Nice try NRG
2018-05-01 09:08
Dismantle in 2018
2018-05-01 09:55
Good job NRG. Show them you're not just onliners
2018-05-01 12:08
Good job Astralis. Show them you're not just onliners
2018-05-01 12:41
Except nobody thinks Astralis are onliners?
2018-05-01 12:46
Except nobody thinks NRG are onliners?
2018-05-01 13:04
Have you been on hltv or twitter this year?
2018-05-01 13:18
nt nrg
2018-05-01 14:56
#42
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Greece instigator7 
So mousesports "dismantles" BOOT, but C9 just "beats" Grayhound. Tell me how this works.
2018-05-01 15:24
Daps topfragging ok..
2018-05-02 02:31
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