Astralis edge past Na`Vi to enter 1-0 pool
The stand-out match of the first round, featuring the top two teams in the ranking, began with a successful A execution from Natus Vincere following a trio of kills by Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev. The Ukrainian team followed that up with both anti-eco rounds, but Astralis fought back after buying up.
The Danish team kept a water-tight defence and cruised to a 7-4 lead after constantly shutting down the offense. A risky force-buy from Na`Vi in the next round paid off and set them up for a great run, with Egor "flamie" Vasilyev getting numerous multi-kills rounds to help his team close out the half with the lead.
Down 7-8, Astralis restored parity with a fast A push, with Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen getting three kills to his name. The Danish team would be caught off-guard in the third round, but they hit back immediately after finding a clear path to the B site. Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth came up huge in the following round with a 1v2 clutch, punishing flamie for missing what appeared to be an easy shot with the AWP.
Astralis rode that momentum and carved out a 13-9 lead, but then they lost control of the game. Even with Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev not contributing, Na`Vi tightened up their defence and dented Astralis' economy, bringing the scoreline to 14-14. The Danish team were unwilling to let the game slip away, however, and responded with two great A executes to seal a hard-fought win that puts them through to the 1-0 pool.
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple||24 - 19||+5||87.9||1.30|
|Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic||22 - 16||+6||78.4||1.29|
|Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie||21 - 18||+3||71.8||1.02|
|Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus||14 - 17||-3||58.0||0.87|
|Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward||6 - 21||-15||40.0||0.57|
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||24 - 17||+7||86.3||1.32|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||22 - 17||+5||77.6||1.28|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||15 - 19||-4||75.7||1.08|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||15 - 17||-2||63.2||0.93|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||15 - 17||-2||45.6||0.90|