North overcome Astralis to win DreamHack Masters Stockholm
North started the grand final furiously, grabbing a 6-0 T-side lead on Dust2, Astralis' map pick, without much resistance being put up by their opponents. After a tactical timeout from Astralis, Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's team went for a swift B-split which resulted in Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye catching Emil "Magisk" Reif off-guard, and the rest of his team overwhelming the site.
As the match continued, Astralis struggled to hold off the fast map control attempts from North, winning only two opening duels as they went 10-0 down to their Danish rivals. With kills from Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, Astralis finally managed to open up the round in a positive manner, and got themselves on the board. However, MSL secured all three kills in a 2v3 afterplant and Kjaerbye salvaged the ensuing anti-force, breaking Astralis' bank (12-1).
Following a 14-1 first half, Philip "aizy" Aistrup had a massive performance in the second pistol and single-handedly secured the round for his side, picking off three Astralis members with the USP-S as they tried to cross from long towards A. North closed out the game right away, 16-1, moving on to Train.
A fast B approach from Astralis fell flat in the opening of Train, with North using that to grab a 3-0 lead as CTs on their map pick. Despite losing the first buy, gla1ve's team could muster another rifle round and got on the board with it, breaking North's economy soon to tie the score at 3-3.
With a strong economy, Astralis started dictating the pace of the game and picking apart their opponents' defences, going up 8-4 shortly. Nicolai "device" Reedtz shone as North struggled to hold against the A-splits that kept coming round after round, but finally added another round to their tally when Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså got a quad-kill, locking down B (10-5).
After switching to the CT side, Astralis managed tight B site retakes in both the pistol and the following force-buy to advance their lead, getting to the brink of the map win. Kjaerbye's quick entry on B won North the first Terrorist rifle round, but Astralis managed to save three guns and strike right back with a three-man B halls aggression strategy (14-6). By shutting down two limited buys from North, Astralis finished off the map 16-6.
Magisk's triple with the Glock was pivotal to Astralis winning the T pistol on Overpass and saw them kick-off the decider on the right foot. The approach to both sites was shut down by North in the first rifle round, Kjaerbye's aggressive position was hard for Astralis to deal with in the follow-up, and shortly, the score was tied at 3-3.
After a B-site execute worked out for Astralis, they focused on the site for a couple of rounds in a row, finding success each time, with frags from Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen proving crucial (8-3). A mid-round adaptation and a hat-trick of kills from MSL with the AWP stopped the bleeding for North, they made the game competitive, but Xyp9x still clutched out the last round of the half to give his side a comfortable three-round lead.
It didn't take long for North to get back to business, though, as North won the pistol and the followups to tie the score at 9-9 before taking the lead with a very fast A Long push, which caught device out of position. The score was 12-9 for North when Astralis started scraping together some tight rounds, but North then broke through the B site defences, took the round, and broke Astralis' economy, closing the map out shortly 16-11.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||44 - 40||+4||70.5||1.06|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||44 - 46||-2||86.0||1.02|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||36 - 40||-4||65.6||0.98|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||37 - 48||-11||66.6||0.96|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||42 - 45||-3||65.1||0.86|
|North||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL||51 - 42||+9||84.2||1.20|
|Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy||43 - 38||+5||81.7||1.17|
|Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde||42 - 38||+4||74.9||1.06|
|Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye||46 - 43||+3||75.5||1.05|
|Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko||37 - 42||-5||63.8||0.94|
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