Astralis advance to ECS final over FaZe
The second semi-final of the day kicked off on Train, FaZe's map pick, where Astralis' failed attempt to take control of the A-site resulted in a 5-0 lead for Finn "karrigan" Andersen and his men. The Danes finally got on the board in the following round with Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth holding the post-plant in a 1v1, which sparked life back in Astralis to win three in a row to make it 4-5.
FaZe put an end to Astralis' run with a firm hold on B and continued the same pattern to win four more for a 10-4 lead, with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács doing most of the work. Astralis managed to claim the final round of the half, making it a 10-5 scoreline at halftime.
In the second half, Astralis' solid hold on B earned them the second pistol as well as the following anti-ecos to reduce the deficit by two. The Danes added one more round to their comeback before FaZe won their first of the half and pressed on to add three more to their lead (14-9).
Trailing FaZe, the Danes managed to turn things around with a couple of firm defensive holds to break FaZe's economy for six in a row to reach map point and eventually claim the map and the series lead.
Inferno was the next map, Astralis' pick, where GuardiaN tapped down three with the USP-S on A to secure the pistol for FaZe. However, Astralis returned with another aggressive approach to the A-site this time achieving the eco, which then put the Danes ahead with two more for a 3-1 lead.
FaZe managed to squeeze in a defuse to end the Astralis' streak, but the Danes picked up where they left off and added three more to their lead (6-2). With money in the bank, FaZe began chipping away at the Danes lead, but Astralis remained in the driver's seat and ended the half with a 10-5 scoreline.
A chaotic start to the second half went the way for FaZe with a plant on B to secure the second pistol, which also transpired into the anti-ecos to reduce the deficit by two (8-10). Astralis then came back to snap FaZe's economy winning six in a row to earn their place in the grand final.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||43 - 28||+15||82.4||1.36|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||42 - 31||+11||84.8||1.33|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||36 - 36||0||70.7||1.06|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||34 - 30||+4||74.4||1.00|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||33 - 38||-5||66.5||0.97|