Astralis edge past Liquid in São Paulo opener

Astralis are off to a great start at BLAST Pro Series São Paulo after beating Liquid in their first of four Dust2 encounters in the round-robin stage.

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.

Magisk was in impressive form throughout the match

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.

With no margin for error, Liquid dug deep and equalised the score at 13-13, but Astralis would not let the game get out of hand and won three in a row to pick up their first win on Brazilian soil.

Matchpage
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22nd March 2019
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Dust2
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 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 24 - 16 +8 93.2 1.36
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 22 - 17 +5 72.5 1.20
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 17 - 20 -3 72.1 0.93
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 19 - 21 -2 62.1 0.91
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 9 - 24 -15 50.7 0.55
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 21 - 16 +5 88.4 1.33
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 25 - 21 +4 83.1 1.23
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 20 - 18 +2 68.2 1.06
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 19 - 18 +1 68.9 1.01
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 13 - 18 -5 61.6 0.89
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#1
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Denmark BRCSLUL 
EZ as expected for the GOAT team!!
2019-03-23 00:20
lucky astralis
2019-03-23 00:21
4v5 lucky yeah
2019-03-23 00:30
#30
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Panama cyain2029 
In an important round device survived with only 1 hp a shot that would've won liquid the round, if that's not lucky idk what is
2019-03-23 00:44
liquid win 2 pistol round ,its also lucky for'em
2019-03-23 06:23
#18
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-03-23 00:23
Lol calling 16 13 eZ
2019-03-23 00:26
#34
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United States DiabIo 
Goat team that is killing cs and making it boring
2019-03-23 05:43
As expected
2019-03-23 00:31
mibr > astralis
2019-03-23 00:22
Lost to tier 4 ENCE omegalul
2019-03-23 00:24
#36
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Netherlands Williamo15 
T4 team play mayor final breezing past Liquid and Na'Vi. omegaLUL
2019-03-23 09:01
dam
2019-03-23 00:21
mibr top 1
2019-03-23 00:21
#7
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Ukraine volanchick 
ez
2019-03-23 00:21
#8
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Brazil FanOfMibr 
FIX HLTV FFS
2019-03-23 00:21
1st
2019-03-23 00:21
#10
sodaH | 
Estonia rafio 
liquid sure likes to throw
2019-03-23 00:22
Magisk carrying
2019-03-23 00:22
#12
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United States v1ctuh 
It’s Astralis. What can you do?
2019-03-23 00:22
#13
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Australia CaZeR01 
Wp liquid
2019-03-23 00:22
Magisk carrying!
2019-03-23 00:22
#16
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Australia CaZeR01 
Nice 2 comments
2019-03-23 00:23
GLA1VE 9-24?
2019-03-23 00:23
Was a nice game. Wish my team won. No excuses.
2019-03-23 00:23
At least it was a close game heh
2019-03-23 00:24
Holy crap I had a better KD in Face It pug vs Elige then gla1ve
2019-03-23 00:24
you should go pro
2019-03-23 00:32
Trying too. My team got placed against eUnited, Singularity, and Denial in the DH Dallas Open qualities lmao
2019-03-23 01:49
FeelsLiquidMan
2019-03-23 00:25
#26
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Denmark UX_Designer 
Magisk showing great form!
2019-03-23 00:32
#28
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Spain elskio 
best match of this year so far
2019-03-23 00:37
gla1ve without cheats: 9 - 24
2019-03-23 00:39
#31
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
Such a close game, but of course Astralis are too damn good in those high pressure situations.
2019-03-23 00:45
#33
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United States stephcurry30 
device survive with 1 hp and gla1ve kqly ak headshot wat r the chances of that happening in 2 different pivotal rounds
2019-03-23 02:23
tons of luck for astralis, less than 10s for plant when glaive clear goose spot with his jumpshot... And device slow as fuck when he picked ends with 1hp disgusting.
2019-03-23 09:56
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