Astralis edge past Liquid in São Paulo opener
The headline match of the first round in São Paulo, featuring the current top two teams in the world, began with a dominant start from Liquid, who jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the Terrorist side, building on a clean B execute in the pistol round. Astralis then came close to getting their first round on the board, but Keith "NAF" Markovic pulled off a 1v2 clutch, propelling his side into a 6-0 advantage.
Things were starting to look bad for Astralis, but then the Danes finally put their foot down and held back the North American offense. With Emil "Magisk" Reif leading the charge, the current Major champions dominated the second portion of the half, though they still found themselves trailing their opponents before switching sides.
Now playing on the CT side, Liquid further added to their lead with a phenomenal B setup in the pistol round as they shut down the site thanks to some stellar teamwork from Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and Nick "nitr0" Cannella. The game then entered a scrappy period as rounds went back and forth and neither side could stamp their authority on the game, but Astralis took control of proceedings and went on a five-round streak, with clutches from Magisk and Nicolai "device" Reedtz leaving Liquid frustrated.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||24 - 16||+8||93.2||1.36|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||22 - 17||+5||72.5||1.20|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||17 - 20||-3||72.1||0.93|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||19 - 21||-2||62.1||0.91|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||9 - 24||-15||50.7||0.55|
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||21 - 16||+5||88.4||1.33|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||25 - 21||+4||83.1||1.23|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||20 - 18||+2||68.2||1.06|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||19 - 18||+1||68.9||1.01|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||13 - 18||-5||61.6||0.89|