BLAST Pro Series group stage comes to an end; Astralis pick Cloud9 for Stand-off match

The group stage in Copenhagen has come to an end with NiP and Natus Vincere making it to the grand final while Astralis secured a spot in the Stand-off, in which they picked Cloud9 as a rival.

The last round of matches saw Natus Vincere and NiP go head-to-head, although both teams were mathematically already through to the final. It was played out on Inferno, with the CIS side taking the pistol round on the defending side. The Swedes won the second round with pistol, though, and took the lead in the next round. NiP then went up 5-1, but Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev & co. were quick to even it back up with a solid defense, taking the lead into half-time, 8-7.

Natus Vincere and NiP will play again in the BO3 grand final

NiP then retook their lead, winning the pistol round and the follow-up round. The match once again got turned around, however, as once the CIS side were able to get their hands on weapons they retook the lead, 10-9. Finally, it was Natus Vincere who grabbed the reins of the match and won it out, 16-10.

Matchpage
16
10
3rd November 2018
Sweden
16
Inferno
10
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 21 - 12 +9 84.3 1.36
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 20 - 16 +4 95.0 1.34
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 23 - 16 +7 92.2 1.30
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 21 - 15 +6 72.0 1.10
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 17 - 16 +1 78.3 1.06
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 19 - 19 0 80.5 1.19
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 14 - 21 -7 66.9 0.84
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 15 - 22 -7 61.5 0.83
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 13 - 20 -7 51.4 0.73
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 14 - 20 -6 67.6 0.71

Astralis, who were fighting Cloud9 to secure a spot in the BLAST Pro Series Stand-off, started winning the first three rounds on the attacking side of Inferno. Cloud9 then tied it up, 3-3, but the Danes were quick to run away with it early, winning round after round in the first half of the map for an 11-4 half.

Astralis secure the Stand-off spot over Cloud9 in the last round

Astralis then won the second pistol round, trying to smooth out the way to victory, but Cloud9 didn't make it easy by winning the forcebuy. Slowly but surely, Cloud9, now in control of the economy, were able to start winning rounds to try and mount a comeback. After eight rounds won in a row, Cloud9 made it to 12-12. They then took the lead, but Astralis were finally able to get on the board again, to keep it tied late in the match.

With 14-14 on the board, in a nail-biter of a match, it was the Danes making the crowd at the Royal Arena roar, taking match point into the last round of the match. The Danes were then able to bring it home, 16-14, for a spot in the Stand-off and the shot at an extra $20,000.

Matchpage
14
16
3rd November 2018
14
Inferno
16
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic 24 - 20 +4 88.8 1.24
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 26 - 16 +10 70.8 1.21
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa 20 - 19 +1 62.3 0.90
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden 17 - 24 -7 71.8 0.87
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 14 - 22 -8 86.2 0.86
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 27 - 20 +7 90.7 1.32
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 19 - 18 +1 80.7 1.08
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 17 - 20 -3 77.0 1.06
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 21 - 20 +1 67.1 0.98
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 17 - 23 -6 68.6 0.89

MIBR where the first to strike on Cache, securing the CT pistol and following that up with an anti-eco win. In the third round, FaZe bought and struck back to win their first, although MIBR responded to keep their distance, Finn "karrigan" Andersen & co. marched on, winning the next ten out of eleven rounds to claim the 11-4 half.

With MIBR's back against the wall, FaZe continued their run into the second half, locking down the T pistol and the following anti-ecos, before the Brazilians came alive to add three to the board (14-7). FaZe eventually got their wits together and reached map point, where they would go on to lock down the map 16-7.

Matchpage
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7
3rd November 2018
16
Cache
7
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 21 - 11 +10 82.3 1.53
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 23 - 15 +8 94.7 1.39
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 17 - 10 +7 69.7 1.29
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 16 - 16 0 71.8 1.18
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 12 - 18 -6 77.3 1.04
 MIBR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 17 - 19 -2 88.6 1.04
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 16 - 17 -1 78.6 1.00
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 14 - 19 -5 77.2 0.84
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 14 - 17 -3 57.2 0.75
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 9 - 19 -10 47.6 0.56

Ahead of the 1vs1s BLAST Pro Series Stand-off played for 3rd place and $20,000, as well as the tournament's grand final, the group stage standings are:

Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1543
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
Now mibr will play tier 5 tournaments again so their fanboys think they are improving lmao
2018-11-03 18:19
b-but...g..guys...m-mibr w-won zotac they are i-improving... *whips tears*
2018-11-03 18:19
#5
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Russia GramDEL 
Lmao
2018-11-03 18:19
#31
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Denmark Twick_ 
So sad ;( very good crowd, hope you can hear it over twitch
2018-11-03 18:25
#49
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India Wise_Indian 
Yup Danes are the best :) .
2018-11-03 18:43
#69
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India SK_FrezerCS 
In tier 5 na tournaments have better crouds
2018-11-03 19:48
#76
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Denmark Twick_ 
I guess you have never been to an event before. Pretty sad
2018-11-03 22:15
#77
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India SK_FrezerCS 
I guess you have never been to a na dream hack event or an na item event. They have to mute the Croix so you can hear the casting
2018-11-03 22:40
#78
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Denmark Twick_ 
What is a croix??? Also I have been to esl one New York, and that crowd was as loud as in Copenhagen. Good try though
2018-11-03 22:59
Neither of those are tier 5 events
2018-11-04 06:50
#81
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India SK_FrezerCS 
Nt the dream hack tours have loud audiences and not all events are tier one
2018-11-04 08:32
Not tier one event automatically means tier 5 event. Ok man nice logic.
2018-11-14 07:30
M05R
2018-11-03 18:21
#17
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Bosnia and Herzegovina sPAWNE3 
Not even bolsonaro can fix this shit team
2018-11-03 18:22
+1 OMEGALUL
2018-11-03 18:25
This is so sad, can we get 4000 upvotes
2018-11-03 19:08
#62
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United States Chase12803 
You sound a little triggered buddy
2018-11-03 19:24
#24
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Montenegro G1EX 
+99999 lmao THEY WON MOCHE XL TOURNAMENT AGAINST GIANTS OR SOMETHING
2018-11-03 18:23
+1 xDDD
2018-11-03 18:25
#26
ALEX | 
Sweden 444SEN 
+1
2018-11-03 18:24
#39
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Brazil gustdc 
Yeah, as if this shit format tournament means something with nip in Grand final hahahaha nice try nerd
2018-11-03 18:33
Yeah, for sure winning zotac without top teams means more hahhahahah nice try delusional fanboy
2018-11-03 19:15
#67
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Brazil gustdc 
I didnt say that. Learn how to read, then we can try to talk, byee
2018-11-03 19:46
cry is free
2018-11-03 20:48
but there is no t5 tournamrnts coming.... btw get a life plz
2018-11-03 18:33
cry is free
2018-11-03 19:11
*cheap
2018-11-03 19:13
#61
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Bulgaria coolmen1 
+1000000000 BUT THEY WON ADRENALINE RUSH CYBER LEAGUE, THEY ARE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD AXAXAXAXXA
2018-11-03 19:23
xDDD
2018-11-03 20:48
ROFL
2018-11-05 04:05
#3
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Russia GramDEL 
At least one not lost final for Navi? Or not?
2018-11-03 18:21
#33
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
try hardest vs mibr and scream like won 5th major but dont pick them ? :)
2018-11-03 18:26
wow
2018-11-03 18:19
Omg Astralis. I hoped you would pick FaZe or mibr LUL
2018-11-03 18:20
#53
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Turkey Slapdash 
Ez money they said. Lol
2018-11-03 19:04
No chance against flusha GOD, Golden and the problem LUL
2018-11-03 19:06
#55
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Turkey Slapdash 
They don't say Señor VAC for no reason
2018-11-03 19:07
Good tourney
2018-11-03 18:20
#8
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Spain elskio 
W0W L0L
2018-11-03 18:20
2018-11-03 18:24
#43
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Spain elskio 
I think i explain and show you proof why he isn’t top5 then Shut the fucj up kiddo
2018-11-03 18:34
cry more no scene and chokestalis fan :xD hltv.org/stats?event=3701
2018-11-03 18:41
Guys MiBR is back!!! In last place
2018-11-03 18:20
#19
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Russia GramDEL 
They just want to move to Australia which is why they're first from the bottom :)
2018-11-03 18:22
M16R
2018-11-03 18:20
#11
NEO | 
Macedonia ElGancho 
Pick the team with weakest aimers.. iq200
2018-11-03 18:21
#18
JW | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
Exactly my thought, ez 20k extra. Also auti vs device on the awp will be funny to watch.
2018-11-03 18:22
#63
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Bulgaria coolmen1 
What were you both talking about?
2018-11-03 19:24
#65
JW | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
Sorry I can’t see into the future, making a prediction based on the #1 team in the world playing the #29 team in the world in an aim duel map. I was still half right, auti got rekt by device in the awp match.
2018-11-03 19:30
0/8
2018-11-03 19:40
0/8 knife
2018-11-05 11:50
#12
s1mple | 
CIS avens1s 
mibr bots
2018-11-03 18:21
#13
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Bosnia and Herzegovina sPAWNE3 
0-5 LUL
2018-11-03 18:21
What fnx sayd is happening, they are killing the brazilian brand
2018-11-03 18:25
shouldve stayed 5 brazillians, be like Astralis and work the problems out rather than switch up your team and break up C9
2018-11-05 11:51
good job mi0r!
2018-11-03 18:22
Astralis rats
2018-11-03 18:22
k
2018-11-03 18:22
Mibr hahahahahaaaa
2018-11-03 18:23
#23
Dosia | 
Hungary Joco413 
Boring. Why let them pick? Just have 3rd and 4th spot play...
2018-11-03 18:23
Agreed
2018-11-04 12:53
#28
ALEX | 
Sweden 444SEN 
Astralis should of picked m16r just to keep beating the dead horse
2018-11-03 18:25
i dont understand this format? who made to the playoffs?
2018-11-03 18:25
There is no playoffs, only the grand final which is Navi vs Nip (The top 2 of the table)
2018-11-03 18:33
#32
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Spain 1492 
wtf is this match
2018-11-03 18:25
#34
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Russia Sh0k31 
Ez navi
2018-11-03 18:27
#35
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Denmark Xipingu 
0-5 HAHAHAHaH
2018-11-03 18:28
which team will play the ak vs ak, cz vs cz etc? like in istanbul
2018-11-03 18:29
Astralis vs cloud 9
2018-11-03 18:33
ty
2018-11-03 18:41
Gg
2018-11-03 18:29
#38
Romania jDT 
Lol faze destroyed Navi, but navi will win. Wtf tournament? cs go is dead
2018-11-03 18:32
Yeah man, it's fucked up rn xD Every tournament we have a diff winner xD
2018-11-03 18:34
#51
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India Ad1_KaM 
Fuck logic?
2018-11-03 19:01
#68
Romania jDT 
Man, faze destroyed na vi, na vi crushed astralie, astralis raped faze. These ' surprises' are coming from sponsors, team owners which they made from this sport a money sport. How to threat karrigan that he will be kicked out if is not performing in the next tournament? All the team was down... Astralis they play a lot and in each tournament they won or they reached semi or final. How much do you think that they can play under enormous pressure hundreds of games? If you looked at them all they are making childish mistakes. Make a short comparison with cs 1.6, this is the reason that the teams were 90% constant...they didn' t have so much pressure and explanations after each game because the' no of t shirts dropped:)' food for t...
2018-11-03 19:48
#46
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Slovakia Georgy10 
Astralis why C9 ? Why not FaZe ?
2018-11-03 18:39
GG. I'm happy to see mibr go out in last place with precisely zero points to show for themselves - hopefully this will propel them to make the necessary roster changes to be successful again (aka: go full Brazilian again).
2018-11-03 18:42
#50
kennyS | 
Montenegro Dojeee 
Wow, this is the most ridiculous point system I have ever seen. Playing all matches in 2 days and having a stand off where the 3rd placed team picks the opponent...btw i am an Astralis fan and i am really disappointed that they picked C9 for the match, they must really love the money so they picked the weakest team to fight, they could at least picked FaZe or MiBR to make things a little bit interesting
2018-11-03 19:00
and they STILL got rekt HAHAHAHAHAHA
2018-11-05 04:06
flusha is literally the best cz player of all time tho
2018-11-05 11:53
get shit on astralul, getting dicked by golden OMEGALUL
2018-11-03 19:01
wow you just cant be more embarassed at a home event, bravo astralis
2018-11-03 19:15
mibr YIKES
2018-11-03 19:29
At least C9 gave us the match we wanted
2018-11-03 19:50
#79
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Indonesia Astranesia 
+1 NT c9
2018-11-03 23:16
#71
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El Salvador Sp1x 
M16R - 0 points
2018-11-03 20:02
#74
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
CRY
2018-11-03 21:38
The stand off 1v1 player things was like the most boring thing ever. Such a waste of time thing.
2018-11-03 21:48
i enjoyed it especially device vs auti
2018-11-05 11:54
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