Astralis beat Renegades to secure playoff spot

Astralis came back from a map down to beat Renegades 2-1 and claim the first playoff spot at the IEM Katowice Major.

The Australian side faced a must-win game on Mirage - knowing that a loss here would most likely translate into a defeat in the series as the next map would be Nuke, Astralis' turf - and they came out the brighter of the two sides, taking the pistol round with an A hit off the back of a trio of kills by Aaron "AZR" Ward.

Astralis picked the Renegades offense apart in the third round with AUGs to get on the board for the first time in the game. That marked the beginning of a phenomenal run by the Danish side, who cruised to a 12-3 lead - a streak that was only briefly interrupted by an ace from Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai.

Now playing on the CT side, Renegades won a much-needed pistol round after shutting down Astralis' B attempt, and followed that up with another round. The Danes responded in convincing fashion after buying up, which propelled them into a 14-5 lead.

That run was not to last, though, as Renegades came fighting back with AUGs in hand. The Australians boasted a water-tight defence and went on a ten-round streak to hit map point before Astralis secured the final round to force overtime. That last-gasp effort from the Danes would not yield results, though, as AZR's troops secured two rounds in both halves to pick up a convincing victory and take the lead in the series.

Astralis march on to the playoffs

As expected, Nuke turned out to be a tale of two halves. Astralis got off to a dream start on the Terrorist side and took a 6-2 lead after Renegades' round wins on two occasions, one of them in the pistol round. Things were starting to look shaky for Renegades, but then the Australian side went on a seven-round streak with a solid defence, with Justin "jks" Savage ending the half with 17 kills and a 109 ADR.

Nicolai "device" Reedtz opened up the action in the second half with a quad-kill in the pistol as Renegades attempted a ramp push. That turned out to be the start of a painful half for the Australian side, who simply could not breach the Astralis defence, losing the game without scraping a single round on the T side.

Things quickly fell apart for Renegades on Inferno as the Australian side were caught off-guard by Astralis' defence in the second round after taking the pistol round convincingly. The rest of the half was a complete blowout as the Danes ramped to a 13-2 lead after giving the Terrorists very little room to operate.

Astralis rubbed salt into Renegades' wounds with an aparments push in the pistol round that surprised the two defenders in the site. The Australians side tried to salvage something out of the game, but Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's troops were having none of it and quickly wrapped things up.

Matchpage
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 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 71 - 43 +28 88.5 1.41
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 58 - 45 +13 75.9 1.20
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 52 - 42 +10 78.4 1.18
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 49 - 42 +7 57.8 1.06
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 46 - 46 0 65.4 0.98
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 52 - 54 -2 70.0 0.97
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 46 - 53 -7 59.7 0.87
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 41 - 56 -15 61.1 0.83
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' KaiwaiGratisfaction 45 - 56 -11 59.7 0.80
Australia Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz 34 - 57 -23 60.4 0.77
The New Legends stage
3W - 0L
0W - 2L
0W - 3L
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
740
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1144
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
568
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.12
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
737
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1301
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
#1
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
Nuce
2019-02-21 19:17
f5
2019-02-21 19:17
Well played by renegades Credit to Them for putting up such a Good fight. # Tothestars Astralis of to the playoffs
2019-02-21 19:17
ez pickems, i got ast 3-0
2019-02-21 19:17
#28
RpK | 
France hltvuser1 
hahaha nice
2019-02-21 19:20
#43
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Austria shaakeh 
Absolutely expected from Astralis #1
2019-02-21 19:35
#35
Aleksib | 
Finland warp_ 
Who Dane would not have..
2019-02-21 19:25
Me... I picked renegades on my 3-0 :(
2019-02-21 21:19
#81
Aleksib | 
Finland warp_ 
:0
2019-02-22 08:51
+1
2019-02-21 21:29
#15
ropz | 
United Kingdom Roarhaven 
You’re getting good at this, is this where I say “omg sad kid spamming f5?”
2019-02-21 19:17
Expected Edit: btw ez pickem 3-0 astralis imgur.com/epiJTfE
2019-02-21 19:21
#50
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Sweden b0ncenz 
LOOOOL, ence, faze, nrg and big. Lmao ur fucked
2019-02-21 19:51
ence, faze,nip,navi , 3 of them have to win.
2019-02-22 13:58
Unluko finally got his #1!!!!
2019-02-21 22:27
#2
suNny | 
India S1ayR 
best team in the world will play the final but lose to vitality
2019-02-21 19:17
f5
2019-02-21 19:17
Thinking Vitality will advance to the final lmfao
2019-02-21 19:20
I’ll do you one better C9 into the GF
2019-02-21 19:31
Into the girlfriend?
2019-02-21 20:00
Grand final?
2019-02-21 22:02
Astralis vs Team Liquid ofc What does that have to do tho
2019-02-21 22:02
Are you retarded?
2019-02-21 22:06
Maybe
2019-02-21 22:06
LUL...only in dreams
2019-02-21 19:21
wow
2019-02-21 19:17
Where is swiss system standings update?
2019-02-21 19:18
#5
s1mple | 
China Alar1c 
ez 4 Astralis
2019-02-21 19:17
#9
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Germany Kaidixdeh 
expected I also expect that Liquid are going 3-0
2019-02-21 19:18
7
2019-02-21 19:17
:) 😆 :D
2019-02-21 19:17
ytb :((
2019-02-21 19:17
GODvice ce😎
2019-02-21 19:17
#18
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Denmark EasyFragger 
easy for the best cs team in the world
2019-02-21 19:18
#19
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Brazil centjeefizik 
jooooj
2019-02-21 19:18
#20
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Poland Kain_aj 
Gg bois
2019-02-21 19:18
3-0 ^^
2019-02-21 19:18
#22
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United States Trump2020KAG 
2-1 GG RNG
2019-02-21 19:18
no bug smooke = no astralis omegalul
2019-02-21 19:19
nt RNG
2019-02-21 19:19
#25
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United States Phamous3k 
Astralis... Making Pickems Great Again
2019-02-21 19:19
#26
shox | 
Vietnam buai 
Renegades impressed me! GG
2019-02-21 19:20
Yeah they did bits man ;) they have my respect
2019-02-21 19:50
#31
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
Lucky
2019-02-21 19:22
#37
Xyp9x | 
Iceland Fridd 
Lol, on what grounds?
2019-02-21 19:26
#48
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
Renegades is better
2019-02-21 19:44
> win one map in OT and get rekt on the other two > be better
2019-02-21 20:14
#58
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
Lol 2-13 --> 19-17
2019-02-21 20:28
#62
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Denmark LEX_TA 
2-13 --> 2-16
2019-02-21 20:57
I see, you chose getting rekt. :)
2019-02-21 21:12
#70
s1mple | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
why?
2019-02-21 21:32
#32
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Spain elskio 
Saved
2019-02-21 19:22
#33
NEO | 
Ukraine s1v9mple 
Dupreeh was the real impact player Device statpadding as usual
2019-02-21 19:23
dupreeh is playing like bot lately,negative rating in 16-0 game,expected from simple fanboy
2019-02-21 19:29
#45
NEO | 
Ukraine s1v9mple 
So what about the 16=0 game? This wasn't it.
2019-02-21 19:42
it's just an example.He has posted 0.88 rating in ibuypower and was the reason why they lost this tournament.Ppl who say dupreeh is best player in astralis have no idea about this team. It's obvious that astralis has best ct in the world and device is best ct side player(yes better than simple) as ct
2019-02-21 21:38
Inferno such boring map. Wp rene
2019-02-21 19:24
#36
BOOBIE | 
United States lybrel 
nt RNG
2019-02-21 19:25
Boringtralis did it again
2019-02-21 19:27
Well played nevertheless by RNG, they did good from the start of minors to now gg
2019-02-21 19:27
#42
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Mongolia Travys 
Whats up haters
2019-02-21 19:33
#44
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Latvia BlacKneZz 
Rip my 3-0 Renegades pick monkaS PepeHands
2019-02-21 19:39
#66
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Australia CaZeR01 
+1
2019-02-21 21:25
#46
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World dammo 
faze vs g2 nrg vs hr ence vs c9 navi vs avg mibr vs nip vitality vs rng
2019-02-21 19:42
#47
REZ | 
Germany Brazzen 
Could have easyly been a heavy sweep if Astralis didnt choke on t mirage
2019-02-21 19:44
#80
walle | 
Australia sini_ 
choke or shutdown, i think the latter.
2019-02-22 01:20
cool
2019-02-21 19:57
#52
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Denmark AdvisorEd 
Wp renegades. Really impressed with Them. AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!! OI OI OI!!
2019-02-21 19:59
to those who didnt choose astralis 3:0 nt bros NT
2019-02-21 20:11
I still got a chance with liquid my dude
2019-02-21 20:17
#67
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Australia CaZeR01 
I chose renegades xd
2019-02-21 21:26
some easiest pick'em ever.
2019-02-21 20:17
#59
Finland teco 
astralis vs ence grandfinal confirmed
2019-02-21 20:34
#60
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
BIG deception
2019-02-21 20:38
#61
LETN1 | 
Serbia Bazy! 
ez ast
2019-02-21 20:42
#65
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Poland Hell2k 
nt rng hope 3:1
2019-02-21 21:22
#68
FalleN | 
Brazil melosec 
That's too bad, i wanted that Astralis lost.
2019-02-21 21:27
#71
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African Union mikecool 
The boys took a map from Australis. I'm happy 😊
2019-02-21 21:33
gg wp
2019-02-21 21:39
first map fake hyped me
2019-02-21 23:29
xDD
2019-02-23 19:38
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