Astralis see off mousesports to book final spot

Astralis are through to IEM Sydney's title decider after defeating mousesports 2-1 in the semi-finals.

The second semi-final in Sydney kicked off on Dust2, with spectators quickly realising that this would most likely be a very quick game. mousesports, who started out on the Terrorist side, struggled to break through Astralis' defence during the early stages and kept losing all aim duels, reaching the seventh round with a combined six kills.

It was only then that mousesports finally got a round on the board, with Martin "STYKO" Styk following that up with a 1v2 clutch to prevent an economic reset. mousesports would be able to add a third to their tally, but the rest of the half was all about Astralis' double-AWP setup, which helped the Danes to pick up a commanding 12-3 lead.

More misery was to come for the StarSeries champions as Astralis secured the pistol round in convincing fashion, thus quashing any glimmer of hope that their opponents had. The Danish team would not take their foot off the gas, winning three more rounds without response to seal a comprehensive victory.

Astralis took the series with two clean map wins

Carrying their momentum into Inferno, the next map, Astralis got out to a 3-0 lead after punishing mousesports' aggression in banana in the pistol round. But once mousesports got money in the bank, the landscape of the game changed dramatically. Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný's men won eight of the next nine rounds to put Astralis in danger of getting blown out, but the Danes upped the pace and secured the final three rounds of the half to bring the deficit to just one round.

The second half began with mousesports taking the pistol round thanks to a trio of kills from oskar in an A execution. The European mixture picked up the subsequent anti-ecos, bringing the scoreline to 11-7, but then Astralis set up a very strong defence, winning six of the following seven rounds to reclaim the lead for the first time since the start of the game.

mousesports then picked up back-to-back rounds, leaving Astralis' players in a dire economic situation. Luckily for them, Emil "Magisk" Reif came up huge, securing two kills in a risky 3v3 retake on B before securing a trio of kills in the following round. With Astralis on match point, STYKO came to mousesports' rescue as he won a decisive 1v1 to send the game to overtime - in which they would come out victorious with a flawless CT side.

mousesports looked off the pace for most of the series

It all came down to Cache, where Astralis took a 3-0 lead after winning the pistol round with a trio of kills from Nicolai "device" Reedtz. mousesports hit back in the next round, courtesy of a quad-kill from Miikka "suNny" Kemppi, but it would not take long for the Danes to regain control of proceedings.

Astralis did not give their opponents any room to manoeuvre, with the scoreline blooming to a 9-2 advantage for the Danes. A 1v3 clutch from Chris "chrisJ" de Jong still gave mousesports fans some hope, but the CTs quickly bounced back and won the remaining rounds of the half.

In the second half, mousesports found a lifeline as they won a force-buy after losing the pistol round, but it was simply too little, too late, as the Danes would go on to string three rounds together to put the match to bed and seal passage to Sunday's title match,against FaZe.

Matchpage
2
1
5th May 2018
16
Dust2
3
17
Inferno
19
16
Cache
5

 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 68 - 40 +28 94.2 1.47
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 63 - 39 +24 81.9 1.42
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 65 - 43 +22 86.6 1.35
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 53 - 35 +18 71.5 1.25
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 46 - 40 +6 74.9 1.13
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO 47 - 56 -9 64.0 0.88
Finland Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny 41 - 59 -18 61.8 0.75
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar 39 - 58 -19 56.6 0.74
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Koolropz 40 - 59 -19 58.6 0.74
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ 29 - 64 -35 55.4 0.63

Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1086
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
#1
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Estonia VeTox 
rip
2018-05-05 14:17
#15
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Palestine zwe 
EXPECTED
2018-05-05 14:18
#22
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Turkey FaZe|XANTARES 
chrisJ 29-64 xD
2018-05-05 14:23
#105
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Netherlands Captain_Mave 
kebab CS in general xD
2018-05-05 16:31
#117
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Estonia RaimanS2k 
+1
2018-05-05 18:12
#118
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Estonia Vexil 
+1
2018-05-05 19:41
#2
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Czech Republic HunTerOG 
ooh
2018-05-05 14:17
#3
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African Union BoyBetterKnow! 
expected
2018-05-05 14:17
N1
2018-05-05 14:17
That dust2 pick from mouz was really brave, they got overconfident after having beated G2 on it. I have just 1 question - how many months will that domination last? I doubt it can last significantly longer than fnatic's domination with dennis, it took a year for gla1ve to finally build a winning team (and it was a piece of luck that Kjaerbye left and they managed to get a more fitting player), but once it gets successfully countered, he will need another big bunch of months to rebuild it and start winning titles again. The cool part about Astralis though is that they're not really heavyhitting (like KRiMZ some time ago or the ropz+oskar+SuNny trio at SLTV4), just each player plays his role well enough, it's good for them, because even somebody's slump (except for device's) will not make them fall lower than top4. Will FaZe be able to put up a real fight in the final? Doubt so...
2018-05-05 14:17
#18
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United States PepeBizon 
That dust2 pick from mouz was really brave, they got overconfident after having beated G2 on it. I have just 1 question - how many months will that domination last? I doubt it can last significantly longer than fnatic's domination with dennis, it took a year for gla1ve to finally build a winning team (and it was a piece of luck that Kjaerbye left and they managed to get a more fitting player), but once it gets successfully countered, he will need another big bunch of months to rebuild it and start winning titles again. The cool part about Astralis though is that they're not really heavyhitting (like KRiMZ some time ago or the ropz+oskar+SuNny trio at SLTV4), just each player plays his role well enough, it's good for them, because even somebody's slump (except for device's) will not make them fall lower than top4. Will FaZe be able to put up a real fight in the final? Doubt so...
2018-05-05 14:18
#87
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Poland Coldharbour 
Astralis was top1 for some period last year and they were always a threat to any team. In csgo every domination ends one day - look at SK, but dominating the scene even for one month is an achievment. Also - another final for Faze this year, at least they are consistent in making deep run.
2018-05-05 14:59
I actually think the faze will put up a great fight and it will be the best series in 2018. Pls faze don't choke. I want it to be close but Astralis should win.
2018-05-05 14:19
Yea, map pool of Astralis is way better than that of FaZe.
2018-05-05 14:27
#95
zonic | 
Denmark 4stalis 
+1
2018-05-05 15:32
#103
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Australia SUNSPY 
I don't think FaZe can handle them at all right now. The main reason Astralis are playing this well is individuals are all playing well and yes Magisk has fitted in so well as more of a rock than Kjaerbye and also more capable as a playmaker as a bonus. The system is such that yes, even if they all drop off they're a solid team who will still win some games, if most players are on point they can finish top 4. Right now though, every team that is potentially better, is crippled with systemic or human problems like communication issues; or are rebuilding after changes (or combinations of problems). So unless FaZe players all show up and some of those unpredictable factors in CSGO swing the game their way, 3-0 is realistic, 3-1 with FaZe winning Inferno is pretty likely. Something like FaZe winning 3-0 would just blow my mind though. Hopefully they win a map and make the others close
2018-05-05 16:20
is your mind blown? LOL
2018-05-06 14:36
#152
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Australia SUNSPY 
FaZe is back ! lul now the pressure will be back on them to win everything tho ._.
2018-05-07 22:00
#143
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India grinchxd 
is your mind blown? LOL
2018-05-06 18:57
+1
2018-05-05 16:39
#111
device | 
Denmark CaraX_ 
FaZe Will Get steamrolled
2018-05-05 17:10
#144
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India grinchxd 
You tried
2018-05-06 18:57
Back when dignitas/tsm was the best dust2 team in the world 😯😯
2018-05-05 20:35
Are you from Sweden =D. You really sound like a guy that wants Sweden to look better than it is at cs.. And for slumps and teams that has been on the top and havent grinded there way back.. It took Fnatic 2 years to grind back.. And now they are falling short once again =). Lasted 1 lan for them.. Astralis has consistently been beating teams 16-5, 16-3, 16-2,16-4,16-3... They are so strong right now, and if i know Gla1ve well it will take them much longer to fall. Cause he is going to push them harder from every win.
2018-05-05 21:57
#6
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Europe Stanaks 
amazing
2018-05-05 14:17
Gg
2018-05-05 14:18
Expected
2018-05-05 14:18
#9
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United States PepeBizon 
Expected
2018-05-05 14:18
Ez4 faze
2018-05-05 14:18
Null elememt
2018-05-05 14:18
Nice.. How does it feel that Denmark will take another big lan, while your shit scene struggles to even qualify for a big lan?
2018-05-05 21:58
Lmao chokestralis just choked 3 games in a row. If i were you i'd just stfu and go back under the rock you live in. =DD
2018-05-06 12:00
Finnish scene
2018-05-06 18:10
Ast
2018-05-05 14:18
#14
HeatoN | 
Denmark zanti0z 
Nice
2018-05-05 14:18
U know something is wrong when Styko is top fragging
2018-05-05 14:18
#83
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Hungary StraYzie 
+1 But STYKO has been stepping up recently
2018-05-05 14:54
true, looks like his cirurgy was really useful
2018-05-05 15:06
#145
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India grinchxd 
synergy*
2018-05-06 18:58
eye cirurgy mate
2018-05-06 23:02
boekk2
2018-05-05 14:18
#19
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Israel ranco101 
top1
2018-05-05 14:18
#20
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Germany GoBIG0rGoHome 
when styko is topfragging a series u know sth went wrong
2018-05-05 14:18
#21
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Europe b7ack0ut 
gg ez
2018-05-05 14:18
ez
2018-05-05 14:19
The fuck was that veto. Mouz really needs to start play the maps they strong at and not try to pull some stupid risk tricks.
2018-05-05 14:19
#41
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Europe tweekzter 
They are good on nuke and got destroyed there by Astralis. So they took a gamble as mirage got vetoed.
2018-05-05 14:21
Yet on nuke they will always have a chance against anyone. Cache has been their permaban and astralis is very good at it. The results show. Stupid stupid stupid risk that went as expected.
2018-05-05 14:22
#47
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Europe tweekzter 
Yeah, as I said. They took a gamble, as it worked well against G2. Didn't pay off against AST obviously. mouz' map pool is just too shallow.
2018-05-05 14:28
I can understand the gamble with dust2, but not with the decider. Astralis would have likely gone to train, because you do not want to play map like nuke twice against same team. And nuke and train are strong maps for mouz.
2018-05-05 14:27
#58
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Europe tweekzter 
they don't want to play overpass as well. that's the problem. But I guess you mean, they should have banned cache instead of nuke.
2018-05-05 14:31
What I mean is that astralis is strong on all maps currently. Dust2 was the only question mark. So the logical choice for mouz outside dust2 is to aim for maps they are themselves strong at, like mirage, train, nuke, and inferno. Cache and overpass were almost 100% suicides for mouz against astralis, which is very strong on both of those.
2018-05-05 14:36
#50
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Europe Conq 
Nuke strongest map of mouz 2 days ago astralis won on nuke 16-5 sad
2018-05-05 14:25
Mouz is definitely top3 team at nuke. But astralis would have most likely picked train as third, because it is quite common to try avoid playing same strong team on same maps twice in the tournament. Nevertheless, the chances would have been much better at either train or nuke, as astralis is so much more stronger team on cache than mouz.
2018-05-05 14:29
#63
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Europe Conq 
astralis is almost top1 team on every map right now
2018-05-05 14:32
Yeah, and mouz is like below top20 on cache. Which is kinda the point.
2018-05-05 14:34
#62
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Latvia Cozt 
Everything doesn't work so linearly, for your peanut brain to understand. Results are impacted by many factors, not just how good 1 team is on a map.
2018-05-05 14:31
#65
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Europe Conq 
cry mouz fan
2018-05-05 14:33
#71
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Latvia Cozt 
I'm suprised you weren't aborted bud.
2018-05-05 14:36
exactly, that map veto was disgusting from mouz
2018-05-05 17:26
Yeah cause its all up to them.. Jesus christ
2018-05-05 21:59
noobs
2018-05-05 14:19
deserved. good luck against ChokeNiKo, rainChoka, karriganChoke, GuardiaN and Xizt
2018-05-05 14:19
#146
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India grinchxd 
Nt
2018-05-06 18:59
i got hacked. hacker wrote that
2018-05-06 19:01
#28
Turkey ckr^ 
-35
2018-05-05 14:19
Great second map; anticlimactic first and third ones unfortunately.
2018-05-05 14:19
Damn boy. Not 1st
2018-05-05 14:19
#33
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Denmark DanishDelight 
Too ez for Astralis atm. Final at 7 in the morning that sucks, but to be expected when playing on the other side of the world. At least it's a bo5 so can hopefully catch the last couple of maps.
2018-05-05 14:19
The worst situation for you is Ast win 3-0
2018-05-05 15:26
Lets hope for 3-2 astralis win so we get tons of good cs ^^...unless faze chokes and ends 3-0 for astralis
2018-05-05 20:08
#147
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India grinchxd 
Nt
2018-05-06 18:59
Astralis will win the tournament. Faze down.
2018-05-05 14:19
#148
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India grinchxd 
Nt
2018-05-06 18:59
Why is astralis the most hated team on the planet. Easy answer. They all have faces you would wanna knock the fk out. Honestly.. all look like big sloppy dick faces
2018-05-05 14:20
#60
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El Salvador EzLife 
Emilia hult disagrees
2018-05-05 14:30
#72
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Czech Republic BlaweR 
+1
2018-05-05 14:38
You can't knock anyone out you thin-armed ugly-looking piece of shit. Every single one of them Astralis guys would laugh directly into your ugly-ass face.
2018-05-05 15:13
I'm Swedish idiot. I was born good looking lol. I'm sorry that you have an attraction for these dick faced looking guys LOL
2018-05-05 23:21
No, you're ugly as fuck. You're a dumb teenage virgin with no friends. Nobody gives a fuck about your opinion.
2018-05-05 23:28
How's the dick sucking of astralis going? I hope you put paper bags on Thier heads to avoid seeing the uglyness xoxo gossip girl
2018-05-08 07:51
Yo fan boy look in the mirror bitch, why you look like some ugly thin-armed nerd? You're ugly as fuck. You can't do shit to anyone.
2018-05-08 07:53
Go back to your ugly retard mother. That dumb bitxh that raised you and ask for a brain.
2018-05-08 07:54
Wow shitkit got mad, probably because he looks like an ugly faggot who even gets beat up by the girls in his school lmao
2018-05-08 07:55
Haha Ive done modeling dude. I look fkn amazing. I know I do. so your comments are a joke to me. Yet you're a small penis faggot who likes ugly boys like astralis LOL. Peaceout bitch
2018-05-08 07:57
You look like shit, and you're a faggot as well apparently. You couldn't hurt a fly. Even dupreeh would knock you the fuck out. You can't do shit to anyone. Pathetic being up here acting tough on HLTV, when everyone reading your comment knows how big a bitch you are.
2018-05-08 07:58
Haha pussy boy LOL. You're a peasant dude.
2018-05-08 07:59
Get schooled boy, know your place.
2018-05-08 07:59
What's your place? Hltv? The internet? lOL you're a joke. Thanks for making me laugh.
2018-05-08 08:00
Your place is bottom of the foot chain. Mine's above yours, obviously... you're beta, I'm alpha.
2018-05-08 08:00
Sad cuz Swedish CS is gone?
2018-05-05 18:03
Err fnatic..
2018-05-05 23:21
#37
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Europe tweekzter 
Styko topfragging
2018-05-05 14:20
Lel ropz
2018-05-05 14:20
fck those au crowds, they ghosting so loud for AS. Everytime mouz enters bombsite, 4 AS players awaits.
2018-05-05 14:20
#44
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Europe tweekzter 
They are butthurt that Renegades lost. Still won't bring them back, except that they lost to a team that had no chance against AST.
2018-05-05 14:23
#40
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Denmark DanishDelight 
ChrisJ 29 kills in 3 maps, woops
2018-05-05 14:20
#52
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Denmark denDAY04 
The lowest fragger on Astralis was just one short of the top one on Mouz. FeelsBad.
2018-05-05 14:26
#89
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Denmark DanishDelight 
Ja det sgu suverænt nok. Ærgeligt den ikke blev 2-0, men et ekstra nemt map tager man da altid med ;)
2018-05-05 15:03
#43
kNgV- | 
Brazil matwoks 
Ez 4 Astralis x)
2018-05-05 14:22
#46
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
Lol bo5 final, too ez astralis. Not sure how they are playing at this level
2018-05-05 14:24
#48
Finland FliE 
That was awful from mouz. A pathetic showing, making such idiotic plays and decision that they absolutely did not deserve to even that one map.
2018-05-05 14:24
Im sure they deserved they're achievements much more than Finland
2018-05-05 22:00
ChrisJ fiflaren's performance level (-35)
2018-05-05 14:26
#54
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Europe tweekzter 
If mouz truly wants to evolve, they need to focus on strats and a little antistratting as well. On top tier level, pugging isn't enough.
2018-05-05 14:27
#55
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Europe Conq 
Dupreeh said they will win 3-1 ez ast
2018-05-05 14:27
Glaive hacking btw :)
2018-05-05 14:30
Coming from a german.. hahahaha
2018-05-05 22:00
Magisk for mvp
2018-05-05 14:33
#102
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Denmark iaintnojoke 
So happy for him, he got screwed over hard on North when they added Aizy and OpTic wasn't a smashing success (at least not with the time they had).
2018-05-05 16:17
#66
device | 
Denmark vyzepr 
Magisk is actually on fire atm
2018-05-05 14:33
Yes he is fucking sick
2018-05-05 22:00
REMAAAAAAAAAATCH!!!!!!
2018-05-05 14:39
#74
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Georgia Fatal Fighter 
Poor Faze, 2nd place once again.
2018-05-05 14:41
#150
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India grinchxd 
aRe yOu sUrE aBoUt tHaT
2018-05-06 19:01
You know something is wrong when styko has the most kills...
2018-05-05 14:44
#77
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Sweden Swedz 
ty 50€ +1.5 mouz
2018-05-05 14:46
Ropz on lan ???
2018-05-05 14:47
#84
ropz | 
Czech Republic rusteD 
bot styko top fragging for mouz xddd plsss
2018-05-05 14:55
#85
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Korea ecsta_s1 
Magisk's team was the problem
2018-05-05 14:56
#88
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Malaysia byaIi 
+28
2018-05-05 15:01
#90
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Brazil gbz1^ 
Astralis top1
2018-05-05 15:04
kick styko they said xDDDD
2018-05-05 15:18
#96
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Serbia MAESTRO55 
Ez for Astralis, new champions!
2018-05-05 15:45
Jesus fuck, styko top rated players on mouz? This can only mean that dust2 must be removed
2018-05-05 15:50
Damn mouz played so bad on dust n cache not even close those maps They look good but fail at imp stages They r chokers as well
2018-05-05 15:57
#104
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Australia SUNSPY 
They're just lacking in the finest points, the synergy between players. No team is better at CT fundamentals now that SK are rebuilding. Fnatic are up there but the synergy and tactical level of Astralis is just so suffocating unless you are a team on a similar level when it comes to the details. In one word DEPTH
2018-05-05 16:24
Yea true
2018-05-05 16:36
#108
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China yry666233 
You see? Magisk, the new recruit, is so blended into the team that you feel Magisk has been a part of Ast since a year ago or so. REAL MAGIC.
2018-05-05 16:39
#135
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Australia SUNSPY 
Even without k0nfig you could argue this is a Danish superteam their defense is pretty incredible, getting anywhere near the CSGO skill ceiling is hard but they are doing it
2018-05-06 00:48
#116
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Algeria Bou10BoB 
GL both teams
2018-05-05 18:07
nice
2018-05-05 20:41
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong 29 - 64 lmao what a bot
2018-05-06 00:39
Mouz really played like shit, especially those two maps D2 and cache thats not what we hoped to see at semis , Well Astralis was the better side Dev1ce :3
2018-05-06 06:59
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