Astralis defeat Cloud9; Liquid breeze past FaZe in Miami
Cloud9 started their debut match by winning the T pistol on Inferno, but then fumbled against the force-buy of Astralis which Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth clutched from a 1v3 situation. The American team didn't falter, though, and got back on track with a B push and William "RUSH" Wierzba getting a double.
Cloud9 managed a 4-2 lead before the Danes started tying rounds together, with Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and Emil "Magisk" Reif's quad-kills in back-to-back rounds seeing the round tied at 4-4. Astralis continued their streak up to 8-4, when a fast A site push worked for Cloud9, but that was all they managed in a while. Astralis finished the half 10-5, up, grabbed the second pistol, and then Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen managed a 1v4 clutch to deny Cloud9's force-buy.
After gla1ve and co. reached map point, Cloud9 managed to compose themselves and fight back, with B site lockdowns and Timothy "autimatic" Ta's proactivity proving crucial to that. In the end, Astralis found a kill on autimatic and followed that up with an A execute to find the final round and win the match 16-10.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||23 - 16||+7||102.1||1.42|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||20 - 17||+3||86.7||1.25|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||18 - 18||0||69.7||1.05|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||14 - 16||-2||63.2||0.93|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||15 - 17||-2||68.5||0.92|
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic||25 - 18||+7||102.3||1.41|
|Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden||21 - 19||+2||78.8||1.04|
|René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb||14 - 17||-3||65.2||0.97|
|William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH||16 - 17||-1||62.3||0.90|
|Daniel 'vice' Kimvice||8 - 20||-12||40.8||0.59|
After a 3-0 start for FaZe on the CT side of Nuke, the European side struggled to hold off Liquid, with Jake "Stewie2K" Yip's quad kill in round 7 giving the North American side the lead. from that point onwards, FaZe only mustered two more rounds as CT: one hard fought-one, and a complete lockdown thanks to Nikola "NiKo" Kovač's triple.
Going into the second half 10-5 down, FaZe was in dire need of a pistol round win, but didn't manage it, and the early buy fell flat as well. Liquid had no issues closing out the match swiftly from there, 16-5, not allowing the Europeans a single T round on the map.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||23 - 12||+11||90.9||1.61|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||18 - 10||+8||90.0||1.45|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||16 - 10||+6||73.9||1.42|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||15 - 13||+2||97.6||1.27|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||12 - 11||+1||63.6||1.14|