Astralis dominate Optic; SK beat NiP at EPL Finals
Astralis go through in the upper bracket with a convincing win against OpTic on Nuke, while SK had to edge out a victory against NiP on Inferno to do the same.
In the pistol round, Astralis had a free path toward the B site with no-one from OpTic holding ramp. René "cajunb" Borg did his best to bring the round back with three kills, but Astralis closed it out anyway.
OpTic nearly took the second round with Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke showing his prowess with the Deagle. But again, Astralis closed it out and also took the next one to make it 3-0 in spite of a valiant OpTic effort to break Astralis' advantage from the pistol round.
From there, Astralis made quick work of their compatriots despite being on the unfavored T-side, making it to 10-0 without much of a response.
The 11th round saw Nicolai "device" Reedtz and k0nfig in an intense 1v1, with the latter finally putting OpTic on the board. Emil "Magisk" Reif and the rest of Astralis put any hope of an OpTic comeback to rest, though, securing a 13-2 half-time lead.
OpTic won the ensuing pistol round on the T side but wasted the advantage in the next round, which featured an odd scout headshot from device. The standout play from Astralis continued in the 18th round, where Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth pulled off an ace in a clutch situation. It would not take long for the DreamHack Masters Marseille champions to secure the victory in this one-sided Danish derby.
|OpTic||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig||14 - 16||-2||95.5||1.03|
|René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb||11 - 17||-6||87.7||0.83|
|Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi||12 - 15||-3||68.2||0.72|
|Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade||7 - 16||-9||36.8||0.46|
|Marco 'Snappi' PfeifferSnappi||5 - 19||-14||39.4||0.28|
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||21 - 9||+12||107.0||1.91|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||19 - 8||+11||92.8||1.88|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||17 - 11||+6||95.1||1.45|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||16 - 9||+7||87.3||1.36|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||10 - 12||-2||61.6||0.90|
Dennis "dennis" Edman matched his feat in the next round, managing 4 kills with the CZ-75 that led to a diffuse, making the score even. NiP made it to 3-1 with Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg getting another quad kill, the third one in only 4 rounds.
The two teams wrestled for control all the way to the end of the first half, which ended with a 8-7 scoreline in favour of SK.
The Brazilians won the pistol round after moving to the CT side and took the match to 12-8. dennis answered back in the next round with three kills, which NiP capitalized on, bringing the deficit to a solitary round.
SK tightened up their defence and hit match point at 15-12, but could not deal the finishing blow, letting the lead slip as the North Americans went on a three-round streak to take the game to overtime.
coldzera's side won the first two rounds of overtime after retaking the A site, and were looking confident and happy until NiP took a round. The Brazilians ended up fending off another comeback attempt from the Swedes and in the end won the match, 19-16.
|SK||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||32 - 21||+11||89.9||1.41|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||26 - 24||+2||88.9||1.23|
|Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz||21 - 22||-1||73.4||1.05|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||23 - 25||-2||68.2||0.95|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||20 - 24||-4||62.2||0.87|