Astralis defeat mousesports; to ECS semi-finals
The Group A decider match kicked off on mousesports' map pick, Mirage, where Astralis got off to a good start, securing a 3-0 lead after winning their Terrorist pistol. The European mixture then denied two consecutive B executions from their opponents, and followed that up with an anti-eco to restore parity at 3-3.
In the succeeding rounds of the first half, Astralis were unable to find a way through the mousesports defense, with the European mixture quicky hitting double digits. Still, the Danes reduced the deficit to five rounds on the back of a triple and a quad-kill from Nicolai "device" Reedtz and Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander, respectively.
Astralis began the second half on the right foot, with Emil "Magisk" Reif denying Chris "chrisJ" de Jong an ace in a chaotic pistol to set his team up for a four-round run. In a 5v5 retake, mousesports got back on the board thanks to a double and a triple-kill from Martin "STYKO" Styk and Robin "ropz" Kool, respectively, but their opponents still managed to equalize the score at 12-12.
Next up was Nuke, Astralis' map pick. gla1ve's men bagged their third pistol of the series and the subsequent anti-eco, but they could not win the next round despite their opponents not buying weapons, with mousesports eventually securing a 4-2 lead.
Miikka "suNny" Kemppi's troops further added to their lead after winning their first pistol, which they followed up with two anti-ecos to bring the scoreline to 12-6. However,Astralis went on a massive run after that, sealing the deal at 16-13 to book their spot in the playoffs, in which they will face NiP in the semi-finals.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||48 - 35||+13||76.7||1.23|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||44 - 39||+5||79.0||1.13|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||44 - 41||+3||81.3||1.11|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||37 - 38||-1||65.3||0.99|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||34 - 43||-9||79.2||0.93|