Astralis squeeze past Rogue in London
Starting out on the Terrorist side, Rogue got off on the right foot, picking up a 3-0 lead after Casper "cadiaN" Møller and Daniel "vice" Kim clutched a 2v3 post-plant situation in the pistol before the Danish player added a quad-kill to his name. With their economy back on track, Astralis won a flawless gun round, but Rogue immediately responded with a strong display to go up 5-1.
The North Americans nearly won the next round as well, but Nicolai "device" Reedtz stopped them with a crucial triple-kill. Rogue went on to hit eight rounds convincingly, but then the Danish side came back to life, stringing three rounds together. However, Rogue remained calm and collected, breaking through the Danish defence fairly easily to bag a 10-5 half-time lead.
Rogue were eager for the victory, and, with doubles from Spencer "Hiko" Martin and vice, won their second pistol of the game. But then double kills from Emil "Magisk" Reif and device put a halt to Rogue's momentum in the subsequent round, allowing Astralis to reduce the deficit to 8-11.
The two teams then traded rounds, but Rogue's resistance was broken in the 22nd round. Astralis refused to take their foot off the gas and went on a seven round streak to lock down the map at 16-13 and enter the 2-0 pool in the New Challengers Stage.
|Rogue||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Ricardo 'Rickeh' MulhollandRickeh||20 - 17||+3||73.0||1.14|
|Casper 'cadiaN' MøllercadiaN||22 - 17||+5||73.4||1.11|
|Hunter 'SicK' MimsSicK||14 - 20||-6||70.1||0.97|
|Daniel 'vice' Kimvice||14 - 17||-3||48.9||0.79|
|Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko||11 - 22||-11||52.3||0.67|
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||26 - 14||+12||94.1||1.53|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||21 - 14||+7||78.3||1.25|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||17 - 17||0||68.0||1.12|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||16 - 19||-3||67.0||0.92|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||13 - 17||-4||54.7||0.82|