FaZe beat Astralis for grand final spot; Liquid defeat MIBR to stay undefeated at BLAST

With a 16-5 win over Astralis on Dust2, FaZe secured a grand final spot at BLAST Pro Series Miami, with Liquid helping them do that with a 16-10 victory over MIBR on Overpass.

FaZe squared off against Astralis on Dust2 and the Danes started the game on the CT-side. FaZe won the pistol round as Nikola "NiKo" Kovač and Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács came out on top in a 2vs2. Håvard "rain" Nygaard got three kills in a 1vs4 situation in the third round but Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth managed to kill him to get Astralis on the scoreboard (2-1).

FaZe retaliated in the following round, winning it thanks to Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev and rain's double kills in a 4vs4. Emil "Magisk" Reif stopped FaZe's five-round streak with a triple kill on the B-site but Astralis couldn't make it two in a row as NiKo responded with a double kill to close out the following round (8-2).

FaZe finished the group with 10 points

NiKo and company led 13-2 at halftime following their incredible performance on the T-side. Astralis planted the bomb on the B-site in the second pistol round but Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer and NiKo's kill extended FaZe's lead to 14-2.

Astralis won the 17th round and followed it up with two anti-ecos to trail 14-5. FaZe earned ten match points by taking the 20th round victory and went on to close out the game with a 16-5 final scoreline.

Matchpage
5
16
13th April 2019
5
Dust2
16
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 17 - 16 +1 69.6 0.97
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 9 - 18 -9 82.1 0.78
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 12 - 19 -7 64.0 0.74
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 11 - 17 -6 58.5 0.68
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 6 - 16 -10 43.0 0.49
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 24 - 12 +12 99.3 1.69
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 22 - 11 +11 94.5 1.56
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 14 - 9 +5 77.7 1.44
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 17 - 11 +6 85.1 1.42
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 9 - 12 -3 70.6 1.05

A five-round winning streak going the way of MIBR marked the start of Overpass in the last group stage match at BLAST Pro Series Miami, a match the Brazilians needed a win in order to secure a grand final spot. After a 5-0 lead, Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and Fernando "fer" Alvarenga found entries on A, extending their perfect streak against Liquid, not even allowing them a bomb plant (7-0).

Jake "Stewie2K" Yip found a quick double on a Mid push which his team converted on to finally get on the board, with a similar approach working out in the following round as well. Liquid found momentum after that and capitalized on their opponents' bad economy to bring back the score to a tie, 7-7.

Despite some close matches, Liquid advance to the grand final with a 5-0 record

In the last round of the half, Liquid managed to take control of the B bombsite after some trade frags and finish the half with an eight-round streak, taking the lead in the match. fallen and co. finally got their eighth round with an underpass crunch in the second-half pistol, but a force-buy win got the North Americans back on track (9-8).

As the score was 12-8, MIBR mustered a force-buy win, but then Nick "nitr0" Cannella stopped any chance of a comeback with a 1v3 ninja defuse (13-9). MIBR managed to win a round that broke Liquid's economy, but Stewie2K and co. replied on a force and closed out the game shortly, 16-10.

Matchpage
10
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13th April 2019
10
Overpass
16
 MIBR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 20 - 16 +4 81.9 1.25
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 22 - 18 +4 89.1 1.22
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 16 - 20 -4 87.8 1.16
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 15 - 20 -5 58.8 0.76
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps 16 - 21 -5 51.1 0.75
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 25 - 18 +7 104.4 1.45
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 25 - 17 +8 83.6 1.29
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 18 - 16 +2 79.8 1.17
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 17 - 18 -1 65.6 0.95
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 9 - 20 -11 55.6 0.71

In the last game of the group stage, which couldn't change which teams advanced to the grand final, Natus Vincere defeated Cloud9. The game started well for the Russian-Ukrainian side, as they went 9-1 up on the T-side of Overpass, but Cloud9 put up a strong fight and made the final score close, 16-13.

Matchpage
13
16
13th April 2019
13
Overpass
16
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Daniel 'vice' Kimvice 21 - 23 -2 90.1 1.10
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 19 - 20 -1 74.6 1.08
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden 20 - 22 -2 75.8 0.92
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic 14 - 23 -9 63.1 0.78
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 11 - 20 -9 33.6 0.69
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie 35 - 18 +17 111.6 1.71
Russia Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic 29 - 16 +13 94.6 1.46
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 21 - 13 +8 77.9 1.30
Ukraine Ioann 'Edward' SukharievEdward 16 - 19 -3 74.0 0.94
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus 7 - 19 -12 48.3 0.69
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
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
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
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
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1434
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1142
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1165
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
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
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
BACK TO REALITY ASTRALIS FANS FLUKE ERA OVER FAZE IS THE REAL TOP 1 EZ FINALS for FAZE BACK TO REALITY m16r fans LUL #FaZeUP!
2019-04-13 22:07
Astralis came to this event with plan to get some vacation in Miami. Dont blame them. Finally some time for chill ;)
2019-04-13 22:07
They skip other events for Blast XDDDD
2019-04-13 22:08
Boring final. Sad that the greatest team of all time won't play there, due to this shitty format. Would've been a different story if it was bo3s...
2019-04-13 22:10
#58
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Russia SW@G 
Oh fuck off. Losing three games with big score differences is not a fluke. Salty asstralis fangay
2019-04-13 22:12
#63
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
snort
2019-04-13 22:12
#75
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Russia SW@G 
spit
2019-04-13 22:20
+1
2019-04-13 23:01
Xd reported se ya in 2029
2019-04-14 00:35
In bo1 it is actually
2019-04-14 00:57
#60
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
NO MIBR IN FINALS
2019-04-13 22:12
#82
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United States @FyreCS 
+1111 eZ @shaakeh
2019-04-13 22:28
#72
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United States GrandNagusZek 
Greatest team of all time is mibr, but I don't see how this is relevant to this? Astralis isn't in final because they lack skill level to get there, Liquid and Faze (and Mibr) simple better than Astralis nowadays
2019-04-13 22:18
Nt
2019-04-13 22:22
0/8
2019-04-13 23:17
xd
2019-04-14 00:18
Completely agree with you, They used to win using their shitty tricks now that everyone knows them it comes to skills which is not there in astralis
2019-04-14 03:09
0/8
2019-04-14 21:24
#77
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Germany Cultii 
Yes, if there really was a bo3, it would be different
2019-04-13 22:21
#92
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Belgium YoGatesKevin 
fnatic didn’t play BLAST, tf you in about, bandwagoner?
2019-04-13 23:01
Yea my boi did you see magisk punched desk, device and dupreeh crying at vacation?
2019-04-13 22:09
Don't forget gla1ves tears
2019-04-13 22:11
gla1ve always crying 🦀🦀 ASTRALIS IS GONE 🦀🦀
2019-04-13 22:12
Did that really happen XDD I love it when astralis get mad
2019-04-13 22:13
#95
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Denmark Twick_ 
xdd says it all
2019-04-13 23:02
XDDD astralis fangay mad XDDD
2019-04-14 01:10
#124
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Denmark Twick_ 
Xddd yes
2019-04-14 13:19
#37
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India MihirX27 
Time to see Astralis Surf on the Standoff Map XD
2019-04-13 22:09
And rip, everyone in Miami hates astralis. They were supporting faze over astralis but I guess that worked out
2019-04-13 22:16
#14
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Turkey FlannelxAtrix 
Relax. Take deep breaths. It helps.
2019-04-13 22:07
#31
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Brazil Whillpull 
Not even a nice try
2019-04-13 22:08
this is bo1 bro, if any win with bo3 or bo5 that time we should say Era is over
2019-04-13 22:08
yes
2019-04-16 08:01
#34
f0rest | 
Argentina Nawll 
fluke era lmao
2019-04-13 22:09
#42
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Brazil Capi___ 
OMEGALUL
2019-04-13 22:10
#45
NiKo | 
Brazil vChuck1 
fluke era hahahaha nt
2019-04-13 22:10
#55
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India MihirX27 
Stop it. Get some help. Also, conspiracy theory: Astralis New permaban is Overpass, and they've decided to uptake Vertigo. What do you say?
2019-04-13 22:11
#76
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India spiderCAKE 
No
2019-04-13 22:20
#65
device | 
India lyncix 
2 majors, 1.5 years, fluke era.
2019-04-13 22:13
#89
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United States jaeger_steam 
Congratz, faze made it to the final of... blast.
2019-04-13 22:47
#94
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Belgium YoGatesKevin 
Astralis couldn’t make it to the final of... blast. lol
2019-04-13 23:02
#102
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United States jaeger_steam 
They've won 3... along with 2 majors and many others...
2019-04-13 23:43
#104
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Belgium YoGatesKevin 
And? How is this relevant to new season?
2019-04-13 23:59
#130
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Denmark ez4astral3s 
They legit won BLAST Sao Paolo 1 month ago and the Major 1,5 month ago, what's this if not the 'new season'? Faze could finally reach a final after ages and you are already jerking off, pathetic
2019-04-15 11:00
#128
REZ | 
Hong Kong katt1n 
lol fucking bot Faze fan that thinks CS:GO is all about aim
2019-04-14 23:08
#2
Stewie2K | 
Slovakia 4NTEP 
Finally!
2019-04-13 22:07
#28
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Finland perkeIe 
How we both #2
2019-04-13 22:08
#81
Stewie2K | 
Slovakia 4NTEP 
actually lol
2019-04-13 22:27
#2
 | 
Finland perkeIe 
Astrashlis
2019-04-13 22:07
2 4* :8
2019-04-13 22:07
#5
 | 
Netherlands GamerTheFifth 
gg
2019-04-13 22:07
#6
NiKo | 
Poland Kocykeee 
FAZE UP
2019-04-13 22:07
eh
2019-04-13 22:07
#8
BnTeT | 
Indonesia BabyREKT 
kek
2019-04-13 22:07
#9
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Norway NosTheBoss 
nt
2019-04-13 22:07
🦀🦀 ASTRALIS IS GONE 🦀🦀
2019-04-13 22:07
#46
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Russia GramDEL 
Lmao
2019-04-13 22:10
Faze are back
2019-04-13 22:07
#16
Luken | 
Argentina FartuxS 
Ez4Nisman
2019-04-13 22:07
#17
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Finland lasarus 
Astralis era over Kappa
2019-04-13 22:07
#18
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Finland NoPointsgg 
noice
2019-04-13 22:08
Ez for faze
2019-04-13 22:08
#20
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Germany JDKiwnl 
very cool
2019-04-13 22:08
#21
NiKo | 
Asia LustBoi 
mix super team is back!NiKo leading working!aim on point!
2019-04-13 22:08
we all know how awesome is aim and today we know he made good callouts
2019-04-13 22:11
#22
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India spiderCAKE 
astralis era over bois ggwp
2019-04-13 22:08
#23
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United States Nohj_10years 
🦀🦀ASTRALIS IS GONE🦀🦀
2019-04-13 22:08
AHUAHAHAHA NOOBVICE
2019-04-13 22:08
#25
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Brazil Charizaldo 
Lucky Faze
2019-04-13 22:08
#52
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United States jmarcelo 
they won 16-5, how is that luck? brazilians like u are the reason people in hltv think we're braindead lmao
2019-04-13 22:11
i sorry for ur countrymen u seem nice Brazil fan
2019-04-13 22:14
#71
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Czech Republic KOKOT123456 
+1
2019-04-13 22:17
#83
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United Kingdom SickaBoy 
+1
2019-04-13 22:29
Love you
2019-04-13 22:47
+1
2019-04-13 22:54
#120
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Brazil Charizaldo 
Oh my God, it's him, the reasonable fan trying to call someone braindead on HLTV Hurry someone bring the camera I want to take a picture with him
2019-04-14 05:06
#125
 | 
United States jmarcelo 
What are you on about? Lol
2019-04-14 16:11
#27
shox | 
United States Strawberi 
Sado calls out Astralis on their tournament, they then go on to lose two in a row.... Coincidence!?
2019-04-13 22:08
#30
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Bosnia and Herzegovina mantisbp 
EZ for FAZE !
2019-04-13 22:08
Even it it wouldn't have been relevant since Astralis lost, Liquid showed honor, unlike his embarrassing pussies fans
2019-04-13 22:09
Glad to see Astralis isn't pushing themselves all the time and likes to make the scene seem competitive (Lmao FaZe just here like "we're not taking Blast seriously, we're prioritising EPL" and then get to finals) #NiKoTop2
2019-04-13 22:09
#96
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Belgium YoGatesKevin 
Niko top2? Who is first then?
2019-04-13 23:02
#110
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Denmark fuze^ 
desperate
2019-04-14 00:44
s1mple. As much as I love NiKo and FaZe, there is no denying that s1mple is the best
2019-04-14 10:06
#38
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Brazil iChrisB 
MIBR lives.
2019-04-13 22:09
Ohhh yes FaZe>Astralis finally undisputable
2019-04-13 22:10
#40
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United States jmarcelo 
that's how u throw, folks
2019-04-13 22:10
#41
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United States Artifactz 
I would love to see FaZe win a tournament again
2019-04-13 22:10
This aged well (for real)
2019-04-14 10:06
#43
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Europe b7ack0ut 
nice
2019-04-13 22:10
#47
shox | 
India iejesus 
who said liquid will throw? good night
2019-04-13 22:10
Nice
2019-04-13 22:11
#51
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Netherlands Sem0733 
And there goes the Fantasy Team.
2019-04-13 22:11
Astralia skips grand slam events for this LUL 5th place OMEGALUL
2019-04-13 22:11
🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀 ASTRALIS -------------- IS GONE 🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀
2019-04-13 22:11
Lucky faze...
2019-04-13 22:11
#61
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Australia Chereska 
MIBR DID BETTER THAN ASTRALIS WTF IS THIS LUL
2019-04-13 22:12
SUCK RATS SUUUUUCK GJ FAZE AND GRAC LIQUID FOR THE WINNER
2019-04-13 22:12
#66
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India jaiminGOD 
ez win for liquid now
2019-04-13 22:13
#68
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France DesmondHumes 
rip Astralis! let's go liquid !!
2019-04-13 22:15
#69
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
Actually a hype final
2019-04-13 22:16
Totally nothing against Astralis, but nice to see other teams to win for once.
2019-04-13 22:18
#74
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CIS kryto203 
Astroflis lol They really want to go home I'm not an Astralis fan but I cant believe they didnt do it on purpose
2019-04-13 22:19
#79
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Europe Kermac 
Astralisgone lmao
2019-04-13 22:25
#80
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World LeviathaNz 
Funny to see them perform like shit when people exposed the fact that there are conflicts of interest with BLAST/RFRSH & Astralis. Also skipping huge events for BLAST... Zzz
2019-04-13 22:27
ASTRALIS IS GONE🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀
2019-04-13 22:29
#85
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China WinnerZ 
#FaZeUP
2019-04-13 22:31
what the fuck?
2019-04-13 22:36
Someone should look into the betting. 16-5 & 16-2 results, very suspicious.
2019-04-13 22:41
#88
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United States jaeger_steam 
-1/8
2019-04-13 22:47
Hella unexpected
2019-04-13 23:05
#100
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North America Straf3R 
the fuck is this......
2019-04-13 23:20
#101
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Romania d3nyZ 
#EZ4LIQUID
2019-04-13 23:21
#103
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Germany GERMAN_ 
ez
2019-04-13 23:53
device overrated - gla1ve outdated - magisk jebaited - xyp9x frustrated - long have we waited ASTRALIS ELIMINATED
2019-04-14 00:31
OMEGALUL, that reply is just pure gold! Like already mentioned, good to see other teams making it to the finals. A bit salty that my team (Na'Vi) didn't make the finals, but it is, what it is. Hope FaZe puts up a good showing against Liquid.
2019-04-14 00:38
#118
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Poland rude_wredne 
More like xyp9 jebaited and magik frustrated. Xyp was chill, magik was losing his shit
2019-04-14 03:08
interest thing after zonic said a deep playbook, sad for ast.
2019-04-14 00:37
RIP ASTRALIS ERA, THSY EIKL BE BACK!! 🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🌶🍑
2019-04-15 15:42
wtf
2019-04-14 00:44
What in the actual hell,faze beat Astralis??
2019-04-14 00:48
what happened in this tournament for ast? lmao
2019-04-14 01:02
#115
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Indonesia MeX0NNNN 
astralis wth?
2019-04-14 01:09
#117
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Australia Lolfeminists 
NOT EVEN BO3 Lmao What a joke
2019-04-14 02:30
It feels so great to see AUGstralis, choke with AUGs on Overpass and then getting raped in D2. Idgaf about what these fake flaggers would utter out but did you guys see what was off in AST and not in Liquid/FaZe/M16R? There wasn't any cohesiveness within the team and their lucky clutches and plays stopped giving in. Which just shows one thing, that they played the game on it's merit all this while, so the momentum would just carry them away for an easy win. But today is they had to show up individually, only Magisk did. Let's hope that they do something to avoid this or else it's gonna be hard for them to even beat Optic xD
2019-04-14 05:07
Well played Faze
2019-04-14 21:23
#129
rain | 
United States TylerLib 
Facts, but where is 9pm est at man?
2019-04-14 23:10
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