Astralis repeat Major victory over ENCE; Liquid demolish NiP

Astralis have picked up their second victory at BLAST Pro Series São Paulo in a keenly-contested affair with ENCE, while Liquid have earned their first points after breezing past NiP.

Viewers were treated to a rematch of the most recent Major grand final in the second round in São Paulo, this time in a best-of-one setting on Dust2, the same map where the Danes had just squeezed past Liquid.

The Danish giants, who began the game on the Terrorist side, came out the brighter of the two teams and strolled to a 5-0 lead. ENCE were unwilling to let the game spiral out of control, though, and tightened up their defence, twice bringing the deficit to a minimum. Up 6-5, Astralis somehow pulled off a 2v4 clutch, a round that pushed Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's men to take control of proceedings and secure a 10-5 advantage.

Astralis end day one with a 2-0 record

Astralis picked up where they left off and secured the pistol round in convincing fashion to further add to their lead. It looked like the Danes had the game under control, but Jere "sergej" Salo rescued ENCE with a Desert Eagle quad kill, inspiring a massive comeback from the Finnish side.

ENCE gained control of the tempo and ran all over the Astralis defence, quickly rebounding from a 1v2 clutch by Emil "Magisk" Reif in the 22nd round, and took the lead for the first time in the game. However, the Danes were unfazed by their opponents' comeback and, just like against Liquid, were the better side in the dying stages of the game to pick up their second victory at the tournament.

Matchpage
16
14
23rd March 2019
16
Dust2
14
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 27 - 17 +10 103.2 1.50
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 26 - 15 +11 82.3 1.32
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 22 - 18 +4 77.8 1.23
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 15 - 18 -3 56.0 0.91
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 11 - 21 -10 60.3 0.64
 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 23 - 18 +5 82.7 1.12
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 18 - 19 -1 72.4 1.00
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 14 - 20 -6 67.4 0.99
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 18 - 21 -3 61.8 0.91
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 15 - 23 -8 56.7 0.81

Meanwhile, Liquid bounced back from the defeat against Astralis with a demolition job of NiP on Overpass. The early stages of the game were highly contested, but after that the North Americans ran away with the lead, closing out of the half with a commanding 12-3 lead with a strong individual display by Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski, who racked up 26 kills on the CT side.

EliGE dropped a 30-bomb in just 19 rounds

More misery was to come for NiP, who could not get a grip on the game after the break. Liquid took four rounds in a row to seal a much-needed victory, one that puts them closer to the top of the group as day one comes to a close.

Sweden
Matchpage
3
16
23rd March 2019
3
Overpass
16
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 13 - 17 -4 71.7 0.81
Sweden William 'draken' Sundindraken 10 - 16 -6 46.2 0.64
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 7 - 16 -9 59.1 0.60
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 6 - 18 -12 54.6 0.44
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 6 - 17 -11 44.2 0.40
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 32 - 9 +23 173.4 2.71
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 20 - 6 +14 102.2 1.80
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 16 - 9 +7 90.0 1.45
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 10 - 9 +1 72.4 1.05
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 6 - 9 -3 18.7 0.70

Below you can find the schedule for the second and final day of the event:

Round three
17:00 - Finland ENCE vs. Sweden NiP | Nuke
17:00 - United States Liquid vs. Europe FaZe | Cache
17:00 - Denmark Astralis vs. Brazil MIBR | Overpass

Round four
18:20 - Brazil MIBR vs. United States Liquid | Dust2
18:20 - Finland ENCE vs. Europe FaZe | Nuke
18:20 - Denmark Astralis vs. Sweden NiP | Dust2

Round five
19:40 - Finland ENCE vs. United States Liquid | Overpass
19:40 - Brazil MIBR vs. Sweden NiP | Train
19:40 - Denmark Astralis vs. Europe FaZe | Dust2

21:00 - BLAST Pro Series Stand-off | five 1vs1 aim duels

22:00 - Grand final | BO3

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1025
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
884
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
446
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1149
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
#1
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United States Comethazine 
EZ4ENCE
2019-03-23 01:45
#5
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Denmark BRCSLUL 
EZ4GODSTRALIS
2019-03-23 01:46
#1 Astralis #2 Ence
2019-03-23 01:48
#82
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Canada McKrankyStank 
+1
2019-03-23 10:52
EZ4ENCE as always, "top 1" team barely beats some noscene boys, astralis fangays cry is free
2019-03-23 11:22
#8
wannafly | 
Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-03-23 01:48
Frick thought I was gonna do it this time pepehands
2019-03-23 01:51
Lol
2019-03-23 10:08
mad
2019-03-23 03:39
hahahahah
2019-03-23 04:21
#2
draken | 
Europe HLTVator 
KICK MIBR
2019-03-23 01:46
#3
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Portugal AgenteDoFox 
MIBR 0-5 TOMOROW IN BRASIL Keepo
2019-03-23 01:46
not surprising
2019-03-23 01:46
#6
 | 
Morocco de_cpl_mill 
EZ4ENCE
2019-03-23 01:46
#7
NiKo | 
Asia LustBoi 
astralis >ence>Liquid>other
2019-03-23 01:47
ENCE SUX DICK
2019-03-23 01:49
#42
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Finland FinYuna 
Fan of ZywOo lol
2019-03-23 02:45
#85
Sheep | 
Finland kuitu 
ZYWHO?
2019-03-23 11:28
Again so lucky
2019-03-23 01:50
Cry is free ence tard
2019-03-23 02:56
#60
consss | 
Estonia sux3ss 
angery astralis fangay lul, where were all the digi, tsm and early astralis fangays when they were raped, absolutely fkn right, were being quiet
2019-03-23 06:24
they were fnatic fans back then
2019-03-23 07:26
#64
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Denmark meganice 
Angery? Chill dude, take some english class and stop those tears. Get a Friend maybe.
2019-03-23 08:39
#66
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India MihirX27 
cue the "Stop It. Get Some Help" Gif for #60
2019-03-23 09:24
Angry***
2019-03-23 10:05
#95
consss | 
Estonia sux3ss 
Lmfao this dude doesn't even know what getting memed is, get out of your cave and see some sunshine please.
2019-03-23 14:26
#97
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Denmark meganice 
So mad :) Chill dude, its Nice Outside. I guess you took my advice, good for you man! Please dont be angery!
2019-03-23 14:30
#106
consss | 
Estonia sux3ss 
danes talking about being mad xd
2019-03-23 18:40
#107
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Denmark meganice 
Smile my little angery Friend :)
2019-03-23 19:03
#108
consss | 
Estonia sux3ss 
I cut throats with anger and smile
2019-03-23 19:14
#109
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Denmark meganice 
That is just awesome!
2019-03-23 20:00
You're from Ukraine, so can't take you seriously ,,, what you write say it all, a loser.
2019-03-23 10:18
#75
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Europe juanoo 
He is from the country of Simple so respec
2019-03-23 10:27
#96
consss | 
Estonia sux3ss 
im a fakeflagger
2019-03-23 14:26
#111
 | 
Europe juanoo 
lol and i tried to protect u
2019-03-24 17:22
#12
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United States DoverDemon 
Very good try
2019-03-23 01:50
#13
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Turkey midgetim 
what happened to gla1ve ? 😎
2019-03-23 01:50
LUL ALLU BOT
2019-03-23 01:51
#16
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Brazil kaikatsuwa 
Astralis vs Liquid or ENCE in finals
2019-03-23 01:51
#17
mimi | 
Sweden Niipr0 
astralis>liquid>ence>nip
2019-03-23 01:52
#70
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Finland Faust_fSt 
Yeah. There's just 12 teams between ENCE and NiP there.
2019-03-23 09:57
#100
mimi | 
Sweden Niipr0 
its 3? you f*cking dumbass xD Just see when NiP overwhelm ence soon = )
2019-03-23 16:33
#101
 | 
Finland Faust_fSt 
xD :-) :D
2019-03-23 16:40
#123
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Italy Gio_bose 
Yeah... That didn't happen did it?
2019-03-27 08:44
Very good effort by ence btw. As fairly young team, They show that they can keep up with astralis. But of course against astralis anyway, just getting close game was pretty good at this point.
2019-03-23 01:54
This is going to be an interesting year for ence. Apart from cologne they did not attend any tier 1 events in 2018. We’ll have to see how good they will be when they get more experience.
2019-03-23 01:57
epicenter
2019-03-23 09:30
Yeah forgot about that completely.
2019-03-23 11:54
Agreed boys! Astralis win the match,but ence won our heart <3 no homo
2019-03-23 01:59
#19
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Denmark Pabuna 
If gla1ve just played a bit better, it would had been 16-10 ez
2019-03-23 01:54
If magisk played a bit worse, it would had been 16-14 for ENCE
2019-03-23 01:56
#24
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Denmark Pabuna 
Nah keep dreaming and keep your eyes closed LUL
2019-03-23 01:59
Nah you keep dreaming and keep your eyes closed when ENCE beats the living shit out of Kustralis
2019-03-23 02:00
#30
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Denmark Pabuna 
Nah im not dreaming. You are sadly... Astralis just beat the shit out of Ence at the Major Final and again today. Ence is a good team to compete with astralis tho, but they just can't beat them LUL
2019-03-23 02:07
Could you please clearify to me at which point I was dreaming?
2019-03-23 02:16
"ence beats the living shit out of kustralis" <- keep dreaming fuckland's kiddo
2019-03-23 11:58
#110
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Denmark Pabuna 
+1 That's why I didn't reply to him. That was just stupid. I think he is a dumb kiddo
2019-03-24 02:02
if if if if if
2019-03-23 02:02
I was just mimicking and mocking the original comment by showing him how stupid it is to be if-ing
2019-03-23 02:03
dev1ce shooting his teammate was funny tho and sergey deagle shots were great
2019-03-23 02:34
If canines were vegan I'd buy my dog some tofu
2019-03-23 02:21
#43
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Finland FinYuna 
if Gla1ve had fix his nvidia.exe, maybe then though
2019-03-23 02:47
#58
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
If your mom and dad didn't decide to have sex the world would've been a better place
2019-03-23 06:06
#77
 | 
Denmark Pabuna 
They are divorced. Soo they don't have sex. But life would be much better if you delete your life :-*
2019-03-23 10:40
#78
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Damn that sucks man. Why did they get divorce tho? Not compatible?
2019-03-23 10:43
#20
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Russia Nikosimus 
Every team can pass tbh, just 3 wins are needed, maybe 2 if you get lucky Except for MiBR LUL
2019-03-23 01:56
#23
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United States @FyreCS 
Stop making Twistzz play support roles! Look what it has down to him :(
2019-03-23 01:58
#33
EliGE | 
United States mehrfth 
yes but look what it's done to EliGE and Stewie
2019-03-23 02:14
#67
 | 
India MihirX27 
Twistzz is being Nice, I guess. If Liquid does falter in the near future, a Role Shuffle is Necessary, with either ELiGE or Nitro going into support roles, and give Stewie the AWP.
2019-03-23 09:26
#91
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Italy Gio_bose 
Have you seen elige's rating????
2019-03-23 14:18
#29
 | 
United States DervGuy 
Tourney contenders Astralis, Ence and Liquid.
2019-03-23 02:04
i agree with this statement, unfortunately. i can take comfort in the fact that its EZ4ENCE, fortunately.
2019-03-23 04:18
#55
 | 
United States DervGuy 
Liquid all the way, but I wouldn't mind Ence winning either.
2019-03-23 05:51
#31
 | 
Finland Smoonah 
NT4ENCE
2019-03-23 02:12
NT4ENCE
2019-03-23 02:14
#36
 | 
Indonesia Minuteman_3 
Feelsbad for twistzz
2019-03-23 02:26
Stewie and Elige 52-15 though because of it
2019-03-23 17:43
if anybody can defeat astralis its liquid without a doubt... their match up earlier proved that... Astralis was and I dont use this word often a bit lucky on dd2 against liquid... that device clutch with 1hp could made a huge difference if liquid won that... Liquid are top 5 team at the moment no question...
2019-03-23 02:29
lol lucky? liquid won both pistol round and were 6-0 up astralis made comeback and dust 2 is liquid's probably best map
2019-03-23 02:43
#92
 | 
Italy Gio_bose 
No lol u seen liquids overpass?
2019-03-23 14:19
#56
 | 
United States DervGuy 
Only teams looking solid rn are Astralis Liquid and Ence.
2019-03-23 05:52
dunno if im overlooking teams but i feel like the top 6 are playing at this tournament right now except navi. 1. astralis 2. liquid 3. ENCE . . . 7.navi 8.nip 9.faze 10.mibr 11. the rest ITS a huge fucking gap between top 3 and the rest.
2019-03-23 06:06
#59
gla1ve | 
Cyprus Panax36 
renegades over nip for sure
2019-03-23 06:11
maybe maybe
2019-03-23 17:16
#88
 | 
United States DervGuy 
Honestly though, looking at how Edward and Flanie were playing at Katowice, Navi don't look too bad either.
2019-03-23 12:23
yea well thats why i put them first of the non top 3 teams
2019-03-23 17:17
#105
 | 
United States DervGuy 
Ahh I see.
2019-03-23 18:09
damn , both ence and liquid are so close to astralis, good match. sad for faze and mibr
2019-03-23 02:36
#40
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Denmark Kon10R 
Astralis with TWO victories against ANY TWO teams after TWO rounds on ANY TWO maps is no surprise: Only ONE TEAM with 6 points after day 1. The "Overlords" can be threatened, but not beaten. The battle against Liquid was some of the most exciting Counter Strike, I've seen, but the outcome was no surprise. The battle against ENCE was a BIG surprise! i thought ENCE was a one-night-stand, one-and-done, one-hit-wonder, but they turn out to be a SERIOUS opponent to ALL teams at the moment!
2019-03-23 02:39
#44
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Brazil beaviz1 
Mibr Lul
2019-03-23 02:47
#45
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Sweden Kasidro 
Ence won't be a fluke like gambit, this lineup have some proper team work and fire power. Damn they are nice to watch
2019-03-23 02:49
They do quite alot all kind of ballsy plays i like it
2019-03-23 09:19
#74
gla1ve | 
Denmark flapdur 
+1 yes, great team work
2019-03-23 10:24
#47
 | 
World Notb8ing 
As some pointed out gla1ve had bad performance today but even with that astralis won both games, this is not looking good for other teams IMO, even with 4½v5 astralis wins.
2019-03-23 03:07
#76
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World madman112 
Magisk was playing for two so it does not matter
2019-03-23 10:36
#93
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Italy Gio_bose 
+1
2019-03-23 14:20
#49
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Australia simpelsimpel 
Twistzz 69 lul
2019-03-23 04:08
16-3 win 18.7 ADR What!?
2019-03-23 04:32
#53
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Indonesia EvilPolish 
support
2019-03-23 04:45
So close
2019-03-23 05:26
Elige with aimlock on...
2019-03-23 07:33
Nice try ENCE !
2019-03-23 08:36
#69
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Finland JHdash77 
NT4ENCE
2019-03-23 09:42
#79
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Sweden hybbo 
Am i the only one thinking that NiPs tactical game is subpar silver plays? As soon they have a setback of any kind, NiP starts throwing
2019-03-23 10:45
#80
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Finland Goofyraider 
astralis won by luck its now Luckstralis
2019-03-23 10:50
did u even watch a game?Ence got so many lucky rounds actually.Would've been 14-1 tside if not dupreeh.
2019-03-23 10:52
both teams had their share of luck, astralis winning really big gamble stacks 3 stack on b and then 1hp 1 guy on b, winning 2v4, ence lost both pistols etc and ence won with pistols forcebuy and device shot his teammate and got killed himself
2019-03-23 12:29
#99
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Denmark meganice 
The Best team won. Nothing wrong with that, and ENCE played very well!
2019-03-23 14:36
#83
shox | 
India iejesus 
elige holy shit
2019-03-23 10:56
#94
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Italy Gio_bose 
Ikr some S1mple level performance
2019-03-23 14:21
#90
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Portugal Pfar 
Brazil bro's, please whistle whenever Astralis enter the arena ... make all the arena against those piece of shit!
2019-03-23 12:40
#98
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Denmark meganice 
Wow so mad? But i dont think there are lots of Astralis fans when they play mibr, obviously :)
2019-03-23 14:35
#112
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Finland Goofyraider 
I am Ence-fan but whistling to other teams is arrogant and disrespectful shit. Brazil is shitty country though. PS. Don't play tournaments at underdeveloped countries
2019-03-25 11:08
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