Astralis defeat Ghost; book iBUYPOWER Masters grand final spot

Astralis have assured themselves a grand final spot at iBUYPOWER Masters 2019 after defeating Ghost 2-0 (16-2 on Train, 16-14 on Inferno).

After Ghost stunned FaZe 16-13 on Train in the Group B decider, the North Amerian squad earned their spot in the semifinals, where the Danes of Astralis awaited in a best-of-three showdown.

The series kicked off on Train, Ghost's map pick, where Astralis got things started on a positive note, winning the CT pistol and the subsequent anti-ecos, before the Danes' stout defense locked down five straight to make it 8-0. It wasn't until Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir & Matthew "WARDELL" Yu picked up double-kills in the ninth and tenth round to get Ghost on the board, but the Danes got back in control, winning yet another five in a row to take the 13-2 lead at halftime.

device dominated Train with a 2.01 rating

After the sides switched, Ghost looked to get back into the thick of things in the second half, but Astralis wasted no time locking down the T pistol and the following anti-eco. With the Danes at map point, WARDELL picked up two headshots with the Scout to grant his team the odd man advantage, but, in the end, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander & Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth closed the map as 16-2 victors.

The series then landed on Inferno. Ghost kicked things off on their CT side, winning the pistol and the following anti-eco without losing a single man, but it wasn't long until Astralis got on the board, forcing the CTs to save - a move that paid off as freakazoid picked up a 3k to make it 3-1.

Ghost continued their defensive stand with three more on the board, which put Astralis' economy on the brink of being reset, but Emil "Magisk" Reif bailed his team out with a triple to secure their second of the half (6-2). Joshua "steel" Nissan & co. rallied back to stay in control over the Danes, winning the next four out of six rounds, before Astralis secured their fifth and final of the half, with Ghost holding a firm 10-5 lead.

Despite the smooth start on their CT side, steel & co. fall short on Inferno

The second half was a different story as Astralis come out knocking from the start, winning the CT pistol and the following anti-ecos, before locking down two in a row, tying the game at 10-10. The Danes went on to secure their 11th, but Ghost rose from the dead to even things out once again (11-11).

Astralis remained keen on their defenses to collect two more on the board, but, by the skin of their teeth, Ghost managed to rally back with three huge offensive rounds to take the 14-13 lead. The Danes kept their composure and held the B bombsite to reach match point, where they then closed the map, 16-14, advancing to the grand final to face Liquid.

Matchpage
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21st January 2019
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Train
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16
Inferno
14
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 42 - 22 +20 89.3 1.42
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 42 - 28 +14 92.6 1.38
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 42 - 25 +17 77.6 1.35
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 35 - 33 +2 100.8 1.25
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 27 - 28 -1 51.5 0.90
 Ghost K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' YuWARDELL 32 - 37 -5 67.5 0.95
United States Jason 'neptune' Tranneptune 29 - 37 -8 63.8 0.94
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta 30 - 38 -8 66.5 0.77
United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadirfreakazoid 24 - 36 -12 58.8 0.77
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissansteel 21 - 40 -19 60.1 0.71
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
433
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
711
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1123
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
353
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
858
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.14
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1457
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
I dont want to see any single thread about Astralis crushing another team. really sick of this note: mom, i made it
2019-01-21 04:29
ez
2019-01-21 04:28
#27
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Russia KS_areztiab 
NA CS LUL
2019-01-21 05:04
#19
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Indonesia MeX0NNNN 
f5
2019-01-21 04:31
we are all indifferent to what you do not want to tell us what you want, so we can support you during your difficult period,,,,brother
2019-01-21 04:40
#2
NAF | 
African Union dAnk7 
FIRST
2019-01-21 04:27
#7
NAF | 
African Union dAnk7 
GODDAMN IT
2019-01-21 04:27
#9
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United States crulix 
I feel you
2019-01-21 04:27
heheheheheheheh
2019-01-21 04:30
#3
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Japan NiceTryAnime 
First
2019-01-21 04:27
#4
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United States crulix 
So sad for ghost :(
2019-01-21 04:27
#5
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United States BlackBird101 
Time for nightclub
2019-01-21 04:27
#6
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Canada Herodionus 
Kk
2019-01-21 04:27
#8
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United States EZ_4_NA 
New year same shit ffs
2019-01-21 04:27
#24
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Will see in Grand final - same shit or not ;)
2019-01-21 04:42
#25
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Chile Lionel_Hutz 
Same shit
2019-01-21 04:50
#30
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Its 2019 baby)) Yeaaaa
2019-01-21 08:04
#FREEIBP
2019-01-21 04:27
ez 4 GOATs
2019-01-21 04:27
GG for Ghost Gaming.
2019-01-21 04:28
#14
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China yry666233 
lmao
2019-01-21 04:28
first free event win for astralis in 2k19
2019-01-21 04:28
Lol +1
2019-01-21 04:30
#16
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United States Ethans^ 
GGWP from Ghost. Looking forward to a close final!
2019-01-21 04:29
#20
NAF | 
United States Raptorial 
liquid v astralis ResidentSleeper
2019-01-21 04:33
nt ghost
2019-01-21 04:35
#23
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Destroys faze back to back on train. Picks it again vs. astralis... I know you cant use this logic to compare astralis and faze... but it doesn't look good for the European mix. ..
2019-01-21 04:40
#26
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Argentina XaiDN 
Ez for astralis
2019-01-21 04:53
#28
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Finland xantaclaus 
Ence on the rise.
2019-01-21 05:09
Neptune at 16 stays toe to toe vs a team like Astralis. You love to see it. Keep it up my boy.
2019-01-21 05:45
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