Astralis defeat Liquid and continue Nuke streak; Renegades secure playoffs over G2

In the match that decided which team would advance directly to the semi-finals, Astralis beat Liquid 2-0 (Inferno 16-12, Nuke 16-8). On the B stream, Renegades overcame G2 2-1 (10-16 Overpass, 16-13 Train, 16-8 Cache) to book a spot in the playoffs.

Following a pistol round loss handed to Astralis by Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken, the Danes established themselves on the CT side of Inferno and reset Liquid to grab a strong early lead, 6-4. Twistzz's quick double opened up A in a near-unwinnable round, giving the North Americans their fifth, but no momentum was built thanks to Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen's quad kill in the followup as Liquid tried to wrap A.

Astralis finished the half strongly, 9-6, but Liquid secured the pistol with a B stack and followed it up with a strong SMG hold in the first buy to tie it up at 9-9. Astralis's first round came off of a fast rotate from B to A that finished with a successful 2v2 afterplant, but Liquid struck back to force Astralis on pistols. That is when Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif went huge and picked up two Deagle kills to unlock B, pushing Astralis to a 14-11 lead. With a 4v2 advantage in a B site retake, Liquid was looking good to get back on track, but Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth pulled off a magnificent clutch and the Danes closed it out, 16-12.

Astralis secured a semi-final spot by beating Liquid once again

Liquid added another pistol round to their tally as Nuke kicked off, soon taking a 4-1 lead on the CT side of Astralis' home map. After that, Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander and co. established themselves with the rifles, taking five out of the next six round off the back of yard control. (6-5) The North Americans tried to counter that by putting bodies outside, but it didn't work either as the Dane slithered into lower once again and held the post plant.

The first half ended with the Danish team sitting on a 9-6 lead, and then they secured their first pistol of the series and put down the foot on the defensive side of the map. Liquid was unable to break through the defenses for six consecutive rounds, with the Danes only losing one or two players per round as they reached match point, 15-6. Liquid finally managed to put two rounds on the board then, but it didn't take long for Astralis to close it out, with Xyp9x winning the final 1v1 to make it 16-8 and 2-0 for the series. With this win, Astralis secured their 27th consecutive Nuke win on LAN.

Matchpage
2
0
6th December 2018
16
Inferno
12
16
Nuke
8
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
44 - 30 +14 93.7 1.36
35 - 32 +3 73.5 1.13
35 - 32 +3 74.7 1.07
33 - 29 +4 68.8 1.05
31 - 30 +1 67.7 0.99
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
41 - 31 +10 81.8 1.20
35 - 37 -2 75.8 1.02
25 - 39 -14 58.5 0.74
26 - 35 -9 61.1 0.73
26 - 36 -10 54.5 0.73

With Edouard "⁠SmithZz⁠" Dubourdeaux leading the charge for the French team, G2 started the series against Renegades on Overpass on the right foot, 6-3 up on the Terrorist side. Joakim "⁠jkaem⁠" Myrbostad and Jay "⁠Liazz⁠" Tregillgas combined on the A site defense to stop the struggle on the defensive side. The Australians then went on a five-round winning streak, with a 2v3 retake by Liazz and Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage being key to Renegades grabbing an 8-7 lead before the switch.

By winning the pistol round and resetting Renegades straight after their first buy round, G2 had the upper hand throughout the second half. With that advantage, Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon and co. didn't have a tough time racking up rounds, reaching 15-9 before Renegades afforded a buy with full utility. With a B site execute, they managed to take the following round, but the map was shortly brought to an end as an A site push was stopped to make it 16-10 for G2.

jks was the main man in Renegades' win with +32 K-D

On Train, Renegades got on track early by winning the second-round force buy, Aaron "⁠AZR⁠" Ward picking up a triple kill with the AK-47. After being 3-1 down, G2 grabbed a round, but couldn't follow up on it as jks and jkaem secured a 2v2 after plant on B. Down 7-2, Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub woke up with multikills in three consecutive rounds and helped his side bring the score back to a 9-6 deficit before the switch.

Sean "⁠Gratisfaction⁠" Kaiwai's four USP-S kills on the pistol advanced Renegades' lead in the second half, and they managed to survive an early round loss to make it 13-7. G2 were looking good to make a comeback into it, but made a blunder out of a 4v3 round as SmithZz suicided to his molotov, allowing Renegades to reach a 14-10 lead. After some back-and-forth, the Australians closed out the game, 16-13, to move on to Cache.

On the decider map, G2 took the early lead, 4-0, but would find themselves in a rough cycle of winning one round and then losing three when Renegades rolled out the rifles. AZR's team finished the half 8-7 up and, with a five-round streak early on the T side, got on the verge of the victory, 13-7. shox and co. managed to put together a CT round, only to be replied on quickly, and Renegades closed out the game 16-8 to advance to the playoffs.

Matchpage
2
1
6th December 2018
France
10
Overpass
16
16
Train
13
16
Cache
8
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
71 - 39 +32 93.9 1.42
59 - 64 -5 89.1 1.11
56 - 54 +2 76.5 1.06
45 - 50 -5 62.5 1.00
42 - 52 -10 57.0 0.85
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
56 - 53 +3 75.2 1.10
56 - 57 -1 76.6 1.07
48 - 61 -13 77.2 1.00
56 - 53 +3 71.0 0.99
42 - 50 -8 58.6 0.85
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1375
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
711
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
833
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1355
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
714
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1098
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
542
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.60
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
750
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1432
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
725
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
Australia Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
554
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.61
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
1359
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
ASTRALIS EZ AS ALWAYS MIBR DISBAND 1st time 1st btw
2018-12-06 18:14
19 replies
#2
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Brazil bandicoot
a shoey for renegades!
2018-12-06 18:14
7 replies
ytb!
2018-12-06 18:16
6 replies
youtubebaby?
2018-12-06 18:22
4 replies
:) ok sweetie
2018-12-06 18:23
3 replies
that was a question
2018-12-06 18:23
2 replies
That’s it liquid, time to disband!
2018-12-06 18:47
Ty sweetie
2018-12-06 18:57
+1
2018-12-06 18:29
Liquid needs to man up and prepare train so they can stop banning it Of the teams who have beaten astralis what do they all have in common? Nuke ban Stop giving them a free map god this team is so dumb
2018-12-06 18:15
5 replies
they should practice train
2018-12-06 18:16
+1
2018-12-06 18:17
Taco on Train is a really good player tbh, I think liquid have a great firepower to play on train.
2018-12-06 18:17
2 replies
Yeah especially now that nobody plays cache anymore they should try it out
2018-12-06 18:22
#49
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Other Dayongoo
+1
2018-12-06 18:29
wtf you arent MIBR_IS_OVERRATED_7_REFORMED or MIBR_NEVER_WON_AGAINST_BIG_LUL or BAITZERA_DID_NOTHING_WRONG
2018-12-06 18:19
3 replies
No?
2018-12-06 18:22
Those 3 are the same person...
2018-12-06 18:31
1 reply
+1 same kid
2018-12-06 21:05
#28
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Poland Unluko
F5
2018-12-06 18:20
gg go renegades
2018-12-06 18:14
Ez for Astralis against their little brother Liquid. Now MIBR. That's a proper challenge.
2018-12-06 18:15
1 reply
ez
2018-12-06 18:15
EZ
2018-12-06 18:14
And HLTV.org continues ride on the Astralis' dick.
2018-12-06 18:15
9 replies
#15
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Singapore FallBlade
+1
2018-12-06 18:16
1 reply
Go cry about it.
2018-12-06 18:18
Ez world number one and defending major champs. Ez top 1 winning most tier 1 tournaments. Ez and rightful dick ride.
2018-12-06 18:17
#23
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United States RyxxyR
You must be dumb, they aren’t even riding their dick they fairly won an easy match.
2018-12-06 18:17
dumbest comment of the day
2018-12-06 18:23
2 replies
Yours. :D
2018-12-06 18:27
1 reply
Mine
2018-12-06 18:33
+1
2018-12-06 18:41
"ASTRALIS DEFEAT LIQUID AND CONTINUE NUKE STREAK" How is this sucking astralis' dick lmao. Btw kennyS and shox bottomfragging lmao
2018-12-06 19:03
easy grand slam for Astralis
2018-12-06 18:15
Ytb!!!
2018-12-06 18:15
Great job keep the streak going
2018-12-06 18:15
#11
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United States (Fr0st)
Nice Job Renegades!
2018-12-06 18:15
booooring
2018-12-06 18:16
3 replies
Mad?
2018-12-06 18:45
2 replies
nt kebab loving refugee
2018-12-06 18:46
1 reply
Sorry champ
2018-12-06 19:29
I'm so happy for Renegades. Astralis meanwhile doing what they do best. Another day of rest for the boys. ;)
2018-12-06 18:16
k
2018-12-06 18:16
No surprise there to be onest Astralis in a diferent league right now Well played by liquid
2018-12-06 18:16
#20
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Spain elskio
Liquid get cursed maybe
2018-12-06 18:17
#26
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Poland ruhoks
why lq didnt ban nuke
2018-12-06 18:19
#29
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Sweden Trkmag
Liquid just feeding Astralis on Nuke smh, they couldn't beat Ast in a BO3 even if their lives depended on it. Also Ex6 topfragging, this lineup with two competent players instead of bodyy and SmithZz would have been so good
2018-12-06 18:21
4 replies
Exactly I'm so done with shox after he decided x6tenz was one of the players he needed to cut after bringing him on along with 2 ass players
2018-12-06 18:24
3 replies
Shox and G2 wanted to keep ex6 instead of bodyy but ex6 left on his own. stop spreading misinformation.
2018-12-06 18:26
2 replies
Yeah sorry but they were going to keep him as a support player which is equally retarded Much like the golden situation for fnatic, sure he would be on the team but he's as good as cut
2018-12-06 18:56
#101
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Sweden Trkmag
Yeah but they were gonna keep him while not letting him IGL, no point then. As an individual bodyy is probably better than Ex6
2018-12-06 18:57
Ez nuke for Astralis, but just hope they never reach the Nip streak record in nuke ;(
2018-12-06 18:22
2 replies
#41
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Sweden Trkmag
I trust that Mouz or NiP will step in when it matters
2018-12-06 18:24
1 reply
+1
2018-12-06 18:29
jks just savage
2018-12-06 18:22
Astralis just too good. Such an ez match, omg.
2018-12-06 18:22
liquid hahaha
2018-12-06 18:23
JKSavage
2018-12-06 18:25
jks carry
2018-12-06 18:27
You must be really cocky af or braindead (hard to choose) if you dont ban nuke against astralis
2018-12-06 18:32
bye les noobs
2018-12-06 18:37
#57
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Brazil Nickzim
"we don't feel pressure playing against astralis" zews said when u know u're going to lose every match against them there's no pressure at all lmao
2018-12-06 18:39
Ez 4 nvidia
2018-12-06 18:43
astralis best team ever devve best player ever
2018-12-06 18:44
2 replies
Like device instead of flusha then!
2018-12-06 19:02
1 reply
that would be too obv
2018-12-06 19:18
#61
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Russia Roneeee
FaZe.jks
2018-12-06 18:44
#62
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Indonesia segopecel
what a day, ex6tenz finally top fragging
2018-12-06 18:44
Astralis is not Malta Tier 3 tournament :D :D
2018-12-06 18:48
#67
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Sweden Div-\
The Danish domination continues.
2018-12-06 18:50
#99
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Denmark BRCSLUL
gg
2018-12-06 18:56
lulquid
2018-12-06 18:59
They remind me of old fnatic, unstoppable.
2018-12-06 19:05
Need 6 more wins to beat NiP's record.
2018-12-06 19:39
#109
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Europe micassd
G2 proving their status as a superlul team... Gj Renegades... Continue like that. Astralis numba wuan in 2k18.
2018-12-06 21:04
33 won in row on nuke btw. monsters
2018-12-06 21:22
So happy for the boys, let's go Renegades!!
2018-12-06 21:56
Yeah the boys!!! JKS with a monster performance xD #YTB
2018-12-06 22:12
Expected
2018-12-06 22:13
1 reply
Agree!
2018-12-06 22:27
Ex6tenz and Smithzz tried their best.
2018-12-06 23:23
HLTV analysis not strong enough to break their streak. Immortal team.
2018-12-07 04:29
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