Astralis outlast fnatic at IEM Chicago; through to grand final
The best-of-three semi-final match started on Dust2 with the Swedes playing on the CT-side in the first half. Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson secured the pistol round with a quad kill but Astralis hit back in the following round to make it 1-1.
Astralis managed to make it 5-1 with a 2vs5 post plant victory thanks to Nicolai "device" Reedtz's quad kill with the AWP. Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth's 1vs3 clutch in the seventh round made it 7-1 and a 3vs5 win in the following round gave Astralis their eighth.
Astralis extended their lead to 11-3 with yet another clutch, this time a 1vs2 by Emil "Magisk" Reif. After finishing the first half 12-3 ahead, the Danes picked up the first two rounds in the second half without losing a single player.
KRIMZ & company were able to rack up three consecutive rounds but a triple kill by device in the 21st round gave Astralis nine map points (15-6). fnatic then won eight rounds in a row but couldn't complete the comeback as Astralis won the map 16-14.
The second map, Mirage, kicked off with the CT-sided Astralis taking the first two rounds. fnatic claimed six of the following seven rounds to lead 6-3 but the Danes came back and tied the game at 7-7 thanks to a 1vs2 clutch by Xyp9x in the 14th round.
fnatic finished the first half 8-7 ahead but lost the first two rounds in the second half. Jesper "JW" Wecksell took the stage in the 18th round, tying the game at 9-9 with a quad kill. fnatic's defense remained strong and the Swedes went on to take the 16-12 map victory.
The decider was Inferno and fnatic started on the T-side. After trailing 2-1, fnatic won six rounds in a row to lead 7-2. Astralis picked up the victory in the 10th round but got reset in the following one when KRIMZ got a triple kill (8-3). fnatic had an 11-4 lead at halftime.
Astralis won the second pistol to get their fifth round and followed it up with an anti-eco victory. fnatic responded with a buy in the third round of the half and won it after Richard "Xizt" Landström got a double kill (12-6).
The Swedes almost made it two in a row but device & Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander clutched a 2vs4 to win their team's seventh round. fnatic got their 13th round thanks to double kills by JW and Xizt (13-9).
Simon "twist" Eliasson's triple kill made it 14-9 and JW earned his team six match points by defusing the bomb in a 1vs2 situation. Astralis denied all the match points, tying the game at 15-15 and taking the game to overtime.
gla1ve's team finished off the map in overtime, winning it 19-17. With the 2-1 series victory, they have advanced to the grand final at IEM Chicago.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||61 - 60||+1||76.0||1.05|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||63 - 59||+4||67.9||1.05|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||65 - 64||+1||72.0||1.05|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||56 - 65||-9||70.0||0.95|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||46 - 66||-20||64.7||0.88|