Astralis beat mouz; to chase Intel Grand Slam dream in the final

Striker
December 8th, 2018 18:12

Astralis have defeated mousesports 2-0 (Mirage 16-12, Inferno 16-5) to secure a place in the grand final of ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals, where they will have a chance to win the first season of Intel Grand Slam.

The series began on mousesports' pick, Mirage, which the European side had lost 14-16 in the previous encounter with the Danes. It was heading in a similar direction this time in the beginning, as the two sides went back and forth early.

Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth's 1v3 clutch in the third round was key in Astralis securing their first three rounds as Terrorists while mousesports went up 5-3. The Danes proceeded to take control of the half with six in a row, one of which included another unlikely turnaround from Nicolai "device" Reedtz, who had already been playing a great game and clutched a 1v2 in the 12th round on top to help his team rack up a 9-6 half.

device ran rampant throughout the series

With the second pistol round going their way, Astralis were in prime position to claim their opponents' map choice with a 13-6 lead, but mousesports still had a fight left in them, as they abused weaknesses on the B bombsite to close the gap. It was a risky A play that ended up backfiring and stopping their streak at 13-11, with Astralis securing two out of the next three rounds on the back of key plays from Xyp9x in B apps and short.

mousesports needed Inferno to stay alive in the series, but they were on the back foot from the get-go despite winning the second-round forcebuy following a lost pistol, as Astralis won a forcebuy in turn and picked up a 4-1 advantage early on as Terrorists.

The two teams started going back and forth round by round, with no one able to break the other team's economy completely. The European mixture managed to win a couple of disadvantageous situations, including a 3v5 and a 2v3 on the back of plays from Miikka "suNny" Kemppi and Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný, but they still faltered towards the end of the half to go down 5-10.

The Danish heavyweights made it look easy on the CT side, picking up the pistol round to go on a six-round streak for the 16-5 victory, claiming a place in the grand final. There, they will attempt to grab not only the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals trophy and $250,000 that goes with it, but also the $1,000,000 Intel Grand Slam prize, which is awarded to the team that wins four out of the last 10 large-scale events hosted by ESL and DreamHack.

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 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 53 - 27 +26 111.4 1.75
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 38 - 28 +10 79.2 1.37
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 39 - 25 +14 76.6 1.32
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 24 - 25 -1 62.7 0.99
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 17 - 23 -6 52.0 0.87
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar 32 - 31 +1 68.5 0.93
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Koolropz 30 - 31 -1 69.8 0.92
Finland Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny 28 - 33 -5 70.5 0.87
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO 22 - 40 -18 55.3 0.61
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ 16 - 37 -21 50.5 0.58
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1011
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1261
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1438
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
900
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
How well things are going well - Astralis was won Major, Astralis is the best team in the world, Astralis takes $ 1,000,000, devve takes MVP and TOP 1 HLTV .... A story that no other team will repeat for a very long time.
2018-12-08 18:13
#11
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Myanmar Lemo2K 
s1mple top 1
2018-12-08 18:14
t
2018-12-08 18:14
#90
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Europe Flexi3 
Y
2018-12-08 18:36
#118
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Denmark Twick_ 
P
2018-12-08 19:02
o
2018-12-08 20:06
Bait
2018-12-08 18:37
The era is real
2018-12-08 18:14
#25
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Spain elskio 
+1
2018-12-08 18:14
If they win the Grand Slam tomorrow, that would be fascinating
2018-12-08 18:14
So sad that faze was 7 rounds away from winning it back in February because of close losses from NiP and fnatic
2018-12-08 18:44
Swedish cs goat
2018-12-08 18:47
#31
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Slovakia XMBT 
i must say ... this team is unreal ! ... WP Astralis ... what a year! what a era!
2018-12-08 18:15
yeah its great, but i really want someone to beat them soon😎
2018-12-09 00:03
s1mple > device
2018-12-08 18:16
#47
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Israel Fireman09 
+1
2018-12-08 18:21
name doesn't checks out
2018-12-08 18:25
I know :)
2018-12-08 18:27
#62
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Brazil GiovaniXD 
+1
2018-12-08 18:26
#87
tabseN | 
Germany Ratwar 
simple_0_majors
2018-12-08 18:35
cuz navi sucks,s1mple god
2018-12-08 18:36
#94
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Denmark TurboHenning 
Sure, he definitely proved that he deserves that major in the last final!
2018-12-08 18:39
#95
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
stat padder > champion lmao
2018-12-08 18:39
+1000 Theres too many s1mple dickeaters on this site
2018-12-09 05:37
p1mple 0 majors device 2 majors
2018-12-08 23:31
:D
2018-12-08 18:21
#51
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Europe accardi 
well said, you can only smile for this thing, and if you try to deny that this is a beautiful era you are just stupid.
2018-12-08 18:22
#69
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Switzerland BottomFragger 
agreed, cool to hear this from someone who is not a fan of them If they win tomorrow, this has pretty much been the best year any team has had in CSGO history (I mean especially considering where they started out from)
2018-12-08 18:33
#77
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Russia sanyabondarev 
>best year any team has had in the history of CS GO Where is SK, fnatic, NiP??? Fan of astralis checks out
2018-12-08 18:32
#97
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
NaVi fan obviously 😂
2018-12-08 18:40
ChokeClan fan obviously :pointless_emoji:
2018-12-08 20:45
fnatic barely had an era
2018-12-08 23:31
#157
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Singapore Wadufuk 
0/8 Didnt know being dominant in 2015-2016 and winning back to back major =barely had an era
2018-12-09 10:31
fnatic had a lot of competition and were nowhere near as dominant as astralis is, either way the main reason i hate on fnatic is bc jw is cocky little 12 year old shit.
2018-12-09 10:34
#165
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Singapore Wadufuk 
U just said "had a lot of compeition" arent u just contradicting urself, and because of ur hatred of jw,u hated on fnatic for no reason without knowing their dominance in 2015-2016,fnatic did a rooster change during their dominance and continue to dominated and even winning back to back major,for astralis they had to remove kjaerbye and add in magisk before their dominance started, furthermore getting 2-0 by faze at iem sydney or losing to virtus pro(forgot which event but was during july-aug event) isnt it showing the same as fnatic but unable to win back to back majors tho Side note: im a fan of both astralis and fnatic as well but i definitely do not agree with u fnatic wasnt much more dominant than astralis
2018-12-13 10:26
#149
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Spain N0Love 
Besides 2013 NIP when they went 87-0 because there was no competitiveness, I think Astralis has had the best year in csgo history. Fnatic werent that consistent tbh and SK havent won what these guys have in a calendar year
2018-12-09 04:03
Kinda agree, but with Fnatic is a bit different. Teams would go in a match against them fearing that they would come back from any scoreline. That's how I see it. They were feared for they're comebacks
2018-12-09 15:21
#78
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Brazil WarkoreL 
Omg he just smiled. No one said that Astralis is not the best team in the world. Everyone agrees.
2018-12-08 18:33
#65
FalleN | 
Portugal ViperXX 
That looked to ez
2018-12-08 18:27
#96
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France funKKush182 
Brace yourselves. "FINAL BORING" posts are incoming😂
2018-12-08 18:39
#101
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Astralis - mibr are never boring my friend even if Astralis always beat them, if mibr beats liquid I’m sure this is gonna be the best final we had this year
2018-12-08 18:41
#122
fer | 
Brazil jmarcelo 
true
2018-12-08 19:17
Simple #1 anyway But nt fake fan
2018-12-08 20:44
Dev1ce is absolutely a beast! by 6657upup
2018-12-08 18:14
6657upup!
2018-12-08 18:31
6657 fan checked out
2018-12-09 06:24
#150
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Denmark monroEski 
S1mple is sweating bullets right now
2018-12-09 04:53
Facing a squad like Astralis reqiires more than aim or raw skills... That explains why s1mple is so bad facing Astralis since their tactics left now place for individual play from s1mple or electronic
2018-12-09 06:26
devve nr1
2018-12-08 18:13
#52
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Israel Fireman09 
0/8
2018-12-08 18:22
Israel=0/8
2018-12-08 18:25
#63
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Israel Fireman09 
nt muslim
2018-12-08 18:26
Srsly? It's really stupid how people confuse the state Israel and the religion Judaism. Next step: everyone who supports the freedom of Palestine is called a Nazi.
2018-12-08 18:36
#4
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India siva_where 
ewd;sw
2018-12-08 18:13
#5
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Russia today_to_die 
expected
2018-12-08 18:13
astralis boring team
2018-12-08 18:26
grand slam plz!
2018-12-08 18:13
#7
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Brazil verybaitguy1 
Lul
2018-12-08 18:13
#8
s1mple | 
China Alar1c 
GG!
2018-12-08 18:13
Another day, Another choke for Chokesports, inc. nt.
2018-12-08 18:13
#79
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Spite48 
although they didnt choke but just got beaten and outplayed by astralis. somewhat expected when playing against the worlds best team and one of the most dominant teams of all time.
2018-12-08 18:34
Fuck man I hate Astralis just fucking everybody up
2018-12-08 18:34
#10
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Europe potatomato 
full focus fast win
2018-12-08 18:13
Easy
2018-12-08 18:13
Lucky
2018-12-08 18:13
Skill*
2018-12-08 18:22
Nvidia*
2018-12-08 19:16
Mad because bad
2018-12-08 21:44
ez
2018-12-08 18:13
ez
2018-12-08 18:14
#16
max | 
Sweden Unluko 
Device > s1mple
2018-12-08 18:14
#18
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Brazil mewhoo 
S1mple n1 world
2018-12-08 18:14
#19
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Kazakhstan Apfund 
Device top1, gl Astralis
2018-12-08 18:14
#50
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Israel Fireman09 
top1 haha nt
2018-12-08 18:22
#20
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Portugal AgenteDoFox 
gg wp
2018-12-08 18:14
#21
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Spain elskio 
yes
2018-12-08 18:14
#22
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Brazil mewhoo 
Coldzera 2n niko 3n device n20
2018-12-08 18:14
Are you living in 2018 delusional fag
2018-12-08 18:21
Beat mouz isn't great thing tho
2018-12-08 18:14
#82
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Germany supreme2004 
Its not about just this game u tard, its about an era, about all matches through this year, and they are unbeatable. No discussion with that. Cheers.
2018-12-08 18:34
No need to call anyone names. Thank you.
2018-12-09 03:34
#26
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Germany Batsukh4 
device 53 ?
2018-12-08 18:14
I wonder why didn't they post the Astralis champion article yet (._.') We know this story already.
2018-12-08 18:14
Ez mvp for device he would have to be literal trash in the grandfinals to lose it still
2018-12-08 18:15
Yeah lmao i think even if astralis loses if device does good he gets mvp
2018-12-08 18:56
Nah naf twistzz and fallen cold have great ratings they definitely deserve it if they win
2018-12-08 20:06
#30
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Israel Jew1ce 
Astralis era confirmed
2018-12-08 18:15
Lets not forget: "There is also a spoils bonus for any team that denies another team their fourth victory towards the Intel Grand Slam by defeating them in a grand final. The spoiling team is awarded $100,000."
2018-12-08 18:15
#33
Iceland kzkr 
this astralis streak is so booring
2018-12-08 18:15
expected
2018-12-08 18:15
2 EZ
2018-12-08 18:16
ez
2018-12-08 18:17
tier 1 teams sucks, jesus what they have become for real.. astralis isnt playing anything insane, just rest orgs sux omg xd this is not sk or even fnatic level
2018-12-08 18:19
#43
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Brazil Cold_beast 
+1
2018-12-08 18:20
#45
NiKo | 
Europe francesc0 
faze choked online and it seems like they're the only team that can legit beat them
2018-12-08 18:21
they beat them three times.. on iems but unfortunatelly they are in slump
2018-12-08 18:27
#70
NiKo | 
Europe francesc0 
they will beat them on the next IEM as well, mark my words
2018-12-08 18:28
haha i hope so, next IEM - katowice/major , i'm tired of watching astralis every time in finals (especially against liquid)
2018-12-08 18:30
#76
NiKo | 
Europe francesc0 
Katowice has always been one of the most exciting tournaments, I hope we'll see some suprises this year just as it happened a year ago with Fnatic winning
2018-12-08 18:31
+100 my friend, some suprises and hopefully new teams /faces like vitality with zywoo or whatever
2018-12-08 18:34
NIP could beat them on a frisky day
2018-12-08 19:15
they are capable of doing this, however I don't see them pulling it off on semifinal/final of any t1 tournament
2018-12-08 19:51
#46
STYKO | 
Slovakia WeniX 
At least you are The pro here to talk About How other teams suck
2018-12-08 18:21
Fun bait lol but just stop lol
2018-12-08 18:28
lol astralis can destroy any of those team u just said even at their prime explosive cs isnt that hard to deal with in the current scene right now sk in their prime with everyone on their peak might be able to beat astralis with device doing terrible and the others are having and average game but the faceit major astralis was probably the best team in CS history ir repeat CS history
2018-12-08 18:44
They make it look simple. Which is the mark of a truly great team. Just look at Barca when they dominated it looked so easy and simple. Or michel Jordan it looked easy. It really isn't they just make it look simple
2018-12-08 18:50
boring cs
2018-12-08 18:18
agree, the dominance is to big... we really deserve a rivalry of some sort, like nadal and federer
2018-12-08 22:06
#40
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Brazil xpn :) 
mibr x astralis in the final, i think mibr will win this time , they are in a very good shape, will be a 50% 50% match up.
2018-12-08 18:19
nOPE astralis will WIN reason, they have the best player in the world DEVICE, and they are the best teaam in the world, and last,,,,,,,,,,They have the best map pool in the world, remember that is 5 map in the final.
2018-12-08 18:28
#100
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Denmark Zorrondo 
nt noscener
2018-12-08 18:41
#105
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Brazil xpn :) 
? Brazil no scener? Are you blind, or just a idiot?
2018-12-08 18:44
#126
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Norway NoregNik 
No. He's Danish. Don't mind them. They're retarded.
2018-12-08 19:37
#160
fl0m | 
Denmark GARD91 
0/8, nice try, Denmark-with-oil-money
2018-12-09 12:28
#162
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Norway NoregNik 
Lmao sure thing. Denmark = the retarded "brother" of Sweden and Norway.
2018-12-09 19:03
#163
fl0m | 
Denmark GARD91 
The retarded big brother*
2018-12-09 20:48
Funny how Brazilians always underestimate teams like Liquid
2018-12-09 11:49
#41
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Brazil Shadowzera 
Mibr vs astralis LUL
2018-12-08 18:19
#44
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Turkey erasmusboy 
so easy congrats
2018-12-08 18:21
#54
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Gg respect for astralis Time will tell
2018-12-08 18:23
boring
2018-12-08 18:23
#56
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United States johnjay 
gg boys, To The Stars!!!!
2018-12-08 18:23
I really want to see a MIBR v Astralis final, those series are always super fun to watch. However, Liquid looked really strong against Navi yesterday, so perhaps they won’t get stomped? Fuck both sound really good.
2018-12-08 18:25
The liquid astralis match-up is sounding too familiar, I hope mibr will be the finalists
2018-12-08 18:44
Same, and Mibr vs Astralis is always fun to watch
2018-12-08 21:21
Rip
2018-12-08 23:39
Yeah rip, let’s hope liquid can surprise astralis and bring some close games
2018-12-08 23:43
DEVICE He must and must be the best player in 2018,,,,,,,,
2018-12-08 18:25
#67
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Russia P3rch 
EZ 4 ASTRALIS!!!
2018-12-08 18:27
#72
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
If astralis win the grand slam that means a grand slam (obviously), another mvp for device and I dare say that s1mple loses the battle for #1 there. It's way too much of a dominance
2018-12-08 18:29
This is a classic ronaldo vs messi thing Messi is best but since he don't win a lot (CL and International) he haven't won ballon dor for a while same will happen with simple and device I think, simple is better individual but it's a team sport and astralis just more shinny atm (Regarding mvp of the year)
2018-12-08 18:39
#92
Slovakia pgb1 
Cr7 is trash same is device
2018-12-08 18:37
I disagree I'm not Ronaldo fan so thank you but he is good at scoring goals so kinda ruin your point...
2018-12-08 18:42
This isn't tennis retards
2018-12-08 18:33
The intel grand slam lol
2018-12-08 18:34
Zowie accent sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger LMAOOOOOOOOOOO
2018-12-08 18:35
simple kids why r u hidding behind the table.
2018-12-08 18:37
#98
oskar | 
Czech Republic Haniyo 
chrisj totally non existing with styko :/
2018-12-08 18:40
oh god what happened? i fell asleep while watching the game
2018-12-08 18:40
They are the best counter strike team ever..(it ain't really up for debate unless your fact-resistant like few) never has the competition been this insane and newer has there been so many money in CS GO and after-all also huge motivation and still, they are simply in a league of there own. mindblowing and allmost to good but igts difficult to blame Astralis for that.. I think they are the full package and I again and again experience stuff in there gameplay that impresses me. and again here in semi vs mousesport, not even close, they are so massive in their own league AND THEY ARE GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO 1 MIO USD INTEL PRICE. those danes sure know how to game.. recall they also took the FIFA world cup champ title numerous times these last years 2016 & 14 if I aint mistaken.. weird afterall its a little country at 5.6 mio . and still Astralis, North, Heroic, Optic and something like 4 teams in top18 on HLTVranking page atm + dudes like Karigan on FaZe.. hmm not to shabby from a 5.6mio country..
2018-12-08 18:48
CORRECT.
2018-12-08 18:46
+1 best comment 2018 hands down
2018-12-08 19:37
What makes them like that is the people mentality, here in Portugal if I told my parents I wanted to play games for a living they would die laughing and tell me to wake up Denmark is an advanced country that is why even with small population they can do great things, the same can be said for the other nordic countries, I love Scandinavia
2018-12-08 21:25
#108
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Turkey Kylorke 
I think Astralis proved that they are the best team in the CS history.
2018-12-08 18:46
Fazesports
2018-12-08 18:49
CORRECT.
2018-12-08 18:49
#113
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Indonesia Speartuna 
It's too EZ for them it becomes annoying
2018-12-08 18:49
Can’t beat astralis on smoke-maps (inferno and Nuke)
2018-12-08 18:57
Anyway s1mple top 1 2018
2018-12-08 19:07
Yes ez for retards like u
2018-12-08 19:37
you're an idiot. will see
2018-12-09 07:29
ez for devve
2018-12-08 19:19
#124
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Belgium BRCSLUL 
gg
2018-12-08 19:36
Walk over
2018-12-08 19:52
In my opinion, dev1ce is overrated. He didn't deserv any MVP, zonic deserved them all. Astralis is nothing without him. He is playing 5v1 in every tournament. Give zonic to 5 silvers, they can do something too.
2018-12-08 20:17
Ez
2018-12-08 22:07
2018 will be the Astralis year... So fun to see what this team have won since they got rid of karrigan. Since then was huge climb to the top. Astralis numba wuan
2018-12-08 22:57
fck i think if Astralis wins this device will get 2018 top 1
2018-12-08 23:28
So you're saying if we avoid Nuke, we still lose?
2018-12-09 00:26
#154
gla1ve | 
Europe catre 
Device > Oskar
2018-12-09 06:52
#156
Algeria W0r 
Yeah snax!!!!
2018-12-09 09:31
Astralis can be named "Hell team" now. EZ money
2018-12-09 21:04
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