Astralis top Group D but see Inferno streak ended; HellRaisers, BIG through to next group stage

Astralis were made to work hard by BIG to finish at the top of Group D at ESL Pro League Europe, while HellRaisers made light work of ex-3DMAX on the final day of the first group stage.

It was yet another victory for Astralis, but what everyone will remember is the one map that they lost. After winning 19 games in a row on Inferno (21 if you also consider the two that they played online), the Danes were finally bested on the map.

In the end, it was merely a bump in the road as Astralis not only won the match but also topped the group - which they would have anyway even if they lost the match in three maps -, but it was far from being a convincing performance. The match raises further questions about the Danes' current form, less than two weeks after that "off day" in Miami had cost them a place in the final at the BLAST tournament.

Astralis had few reasons to smile after the match against BIG

At first, it looked like business as usual for Astralis, who jumped out to a 10-2 lead on the CT side of Dust2. BIG then finally woke up and went on a massive run to bring the deficit to a solitary round, but the Danes picked up the pace and strung five rounds together en route to a 16-10 finish.

Next up was Inferno, where another dominant start by Astralis saw them grab a 7-2 lead. Just like on the first map, the German side improved as the game wore on, with Ismailcan "⁠XANTARES⁠" Dörtkardeş playing a key role in the team's comeback. The Turkish star, who seems to be finally settling into his new surroundings, delivered a masterclass of a performance in this series, helping BIG to grab map point at 15-13.

Astralis proved they still had some fight left in them and won the final two rounds with a broken economy to force overtime, but BIG pulled through in the end, shattering the Danes' record on this map and taking the series to Overpass.

XANTARES was a nuisance for Astralis in the series

BIG carried their momentum into the decider and cruised to a 10-5 lead on the CT side after a dominant run that saw them lose just one round in 11. Many believed that a reverse sweep was in the making, but Astralis had different plans and won six rounds right off the bat to grab a narrow lead.

Fatih "⁠gob b⁠" Dayik's troops responded by taking four rounds in a row, but all of a sudden they ran out of steam. With no margin for error, Astralis set up a watertight defense, picking up a 16-14 victory and a 2-1 series success.

25th April 2019
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 77 - 60 +17 91.3 1.32
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 61 - 55 +6 70.3 1.08
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 58 - 56 +2 72.8 1.05
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 60 - 57 +3 67.3 1.01
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 50 - 51 -1 64.2 0.96
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES 78 - 66 +12 95.4 1.27
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' WodarztabseN 66 - 63 +3 75.3 1.11
Germany Johannes 'nex' Magetnex 55 - 61 -6 67.1 0.91
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayikgob b 42 - 54 -12 55.7 0.87
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' FeldbuschtiziaN 38 - 62 -24 46.8 0.68

Before that exciting three-map series, HellRaisers and ex-3DMAX faced off for a spot in the next group stage, with the French side in a must-win situation after losing their first two matches. However, they struggled to make their presence felt on Nuke for large spells of the first half and found themselves trailing their opponents 5-10 before switching to the CT side.

Now playing on the Terrorist side. HellRaisers picked up where they left off and hit map point at 15-6 after a five-round streak. ex-3DMAX still tried to get back in the game, but their resistance would last only four rounds.

HellRaisers finished second with a 2-1 record

The second map, Train, was even more of a blowout, with the first half once again ending with a 10-5 scoreline in HellRaisers' favour. This time around, however, there would be no comeback attempt from the Frenchmen, who only managed to get one round on the board as Terrorists before losing the map.

25th April 2019
 HellRaisers K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Lithuania Žygimantas 'nukkye' Chmieliauskasnukkye 43 - 26 +17 100.1 1.54
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' MuradISSAA 43 - 27 +16 88.1 1.47
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar 36 - 27 +9 85.3 1.33
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' KarasiowANGE1 33 - 26 +7 75.9 1.22
Spain Christian 'loWel' Garcia AntoranloWel 35 - 29 +6 69.1 1.19
 ex-3DMAX K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Ali 'hAdji' HaïnousshAdji 31 - 39 -8 78.1 0.94
France Logan 'LOGAN' CortiLOGAN 28 - 34 -6 69.1 0.83
France Bryan 'Maka' CandaMaka 25 - 37 -12 53.5 0.78
France Gaëtan 'JiNKZ' JaminJiNKZ 27 - 40 -13 57.1 0.67
Belgium David 'Davidp' PrinsDavidp 24 - 40 -16 66.0 0.66

Astralis are now the eighth team confirmed for ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals, which will be held in Montpellier, France, from June 18-23. The team list for the French event, where $750,000 will be on the line, currently looks as follows:

The teams who finished second and third in all groups will advance to a second group stage, running from May 14-23, to compete for the last four Europe qualifying spots at the season finals. Those teams are:

As for ex-3DMAX, the French side will join three other fourth-placed teams in the pre-relegation stage. The winner of that double-elimination group will keep their Pro League spot, while the teams who are ranked second and third will fight for survival against the second and third-placed teams from MDL Season 31.

The four teams who will compete in the pre-relegation stage are:

Turkey Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
No team
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
wp BIG i can feel the top 1 coming soon
2019-04-26 02:31
Good showing for the Germans, xantares is fitting in :D
2019-04-26 02:31
imo not at all. He is clearly lacking of brain or communication is not good rn. Probably both :D For instance: dupreeh killed one connector and he reacted after 5 seconds to that. He can get the kills and clutches but he is not fitting in the tactical cs they play.
2019-04-26 02:46
him reacting to kills = bad comms? ok you have absolutely zero insight in the teams comms. im not defending big here. but its so funny how random hltv users talk about a team comms. also you know nothing about the structure of their strats, fallbacks, counterstrats etc. you might know a little of how gob-b likes to use players/talent. and how he likes to defend/ go about an execute. but thats about it. thats about what thorin knows. and im willing to say you dont know more than thorin. the reason he dont fit in might be his playstyle or timings in his movement or simply the way of going about a kill. if you have ever tried IGL'ing you will see that a strat is never the same with different people. even if everyone spoke the same language. he 100% knows the tactical play as a team on this level go over trats for hours without the pressure of being in game when they do so. but hey, who am i talking to, russians / ukrainians are natural good cummunicators, right? just play a game of faceit or mm in EU and see.
2019-04-26 08:20
also they have never been stronger vs astralis than they just were. they beat them on one of astralis' strongest map. and were 1 round away from overtime on the last map. big is not at all strugeling atm. this was after all a match vs astralis. also he is top fragging, his job is as entry-fragger. he makes good room for the rest of the team when entering the sites. he knows every callout in english and plays eu fpl in english a lot. so his comms should be fine. if hewere mid-round calling there might be a language problem. but since his job is what it is. and they are infact putting up results, i say he is a good fit.
2019-04-26 08:51
Their communication is really bad. If you have watched the game just take a look at the time tizian did kill by xyp9x and throwing the round and the game because of it on overpass, This was just because of communication
2019-04-26 10:37
Denmark Kon10R
He for sure added a lot of firepower to the team, and now they hired a German teacher for him! They may join top 10 in a few months! ;O)
2019-04-26 10:36
2019-04-26 02:34
Russia Astrali5
+1 for your name
2019-04-26 02:59
0/8 for your name
2019-04-26 08:06
Palestine MrZoldiK
you feel the top 1 for a 19/17 win in inferno ? , Inferno is the most unexpecting map at all and the score is not that good against Astralis cuz this close score means Astralis had some small mistakes , and surly Astralis will fix them very fast , this reminds me of the last season playoffs , when Hellraisers beats Astralis at Mirage 16/7 , and a close 2nd map , but then what ? Astralis won the whole thing, i don't why should i write all of this, but i think i had the same feeling at that time, but it won't last long ... GG anyway
2019-04-26 09:49
Denmark Kon10R
Nice to see I'm not the only one looking at statistics and facts! Last year Astralis participated in 18 tournaments and won "only" 10, which OBVIOUSLY is more than any team, but people seem to overreact everytime Astralis loses a map or a match. Astralis wins A LOT, but NOBODY wins everything ALL the time. But yes: BiG put up a good fight!
2019-04-26 10:43
I don’t look at the stats. I react because I believe that the Astralis era will come to an end soon hopefully. Astralis put up one hell of a fight tbh. GZ to you
2019-04-26 11:36
Denmark Kon10R
Thanx, man! I guess they have been THE most studied team for anyone else during the past year, so maybe you are right: Everybody's catching up! ;O) Time will show. We may see a time where nobody's dominating the scene ever again. Celebrating 1 year on top, a Grand Slam and no less than TWO insane winstreaks ... The "Astralis Era" may be the last, we will see!
2019-04-26 11:54
Poland Unluko
2019-04-26 10:49
United States hoobit
2019-04-26 02:30
2019-04-26 02:30
Why L at the end
2019-04-26 07:27
Because they took one
2019-04-26 09:20
2019-04-26 09:48
2019-04-26 13:19
Astralis so bad
2019-04-26 02:30
Yeah totally Bad, how could this team win 2 majors and igs and make 1 year at#1 wtf. These are just 5 noobs with no aim
2019-04-26 02:33
You are reacting to everyone who writes about astralis likes a fangirl lol
2019-04-26 03:24
yeah because they are all retarded cuz they think this way.
2019-04-26 04:28
No,you are retarted for getting baited
2019-04-26 08:08
2019-04-26 09:34
wtf i can't edit it...lmfao
2019-04-26 11:54
Nope, you are the one that's rarted here
2019-04-26 09:49
second account boi?
2019-04-26 11:55
no men)))
2019-04-26 13:50
lantares POG
2019-04-26 02:30
BOT device costed them their inferno streak
2019-04-26 02:31
Asia Asfmankey
Botvice bottom fragging in the entire server OMEGALUL
2019-04-26 12:46
dust 2 he was good overpass he was ok inferno he was utter shit
2019-04-26 16:18
+ Na'Vi + fnatic + BIG + HellRaisers and we have one of the best big events of the year
2019-04-26 02:32
+big 😂🤣😂🤣
2019-04-26 02:33
well, I'm still waiting for XANTARES to show his full potential
2019-04-26 02:34
Yeah but sorry big is nowhere near top level They lost to hellraisers 2-1 while they were 9day together.
2019-04-26 02:37
agree, although I feel like they could challenge the top teams after solving their communication issues though I also feel they should get a proper awper to unleash tabseN & XANTARES ak duo on t-sides. Just get rid of bottizian and get syrson maybe?
2019-04-26 02:39
Smooya would be perfect now. Kick nex the mr. I put up numbers every 20th game or bot tizian I dont check connector. They should go international. German talent is dead except gob b and tabse. Rest is irrelevant rn
2019-04-26 02:42
agree about smooya, would like them to give him another try. It would also be better for xantares to learn english instead of german so that he has a future in other international rosters if BIG fails
2019-04-26 02:44
Syrson >>>>>>>> Smooya FaveN >>>>>> any availible international player
2019-04-26 06:54
2019-04-26 09:18
Because needs to antistrat teams and thats why they are better vs high tier than low tier or new teams
2019-04-26 10:45
Why so stupid
2019-04-26 08:21
2019-04-26 02:34
Myanmar xdcc
BR teams dragging it down
2019-04-26 09:42
Wheres Faze?
2019-04-26 02:35
Faze made it trough in group A They are also in the finals
2019-04-26 02:36
Singapore Wadufuk
Faze made it through group B*
2019-04-26 04:03
oh damn ^^
2019-04-26 04:28
my boys from mouz made it through a mate
2019-04-26 08:09
People now look at this like it was very close that big would have gone trough, but it was since map1 clear that astralis is in the finals. Thats probably why they didnt play with their full-strat book and just casually play. This match was irrelevant after map1
2019-04-26 02:40
agree, they probably just played ffa after dust2 but so many morons here don't realize that
2019-04-26 02:42
U actually retarded
2019-04-26 03:06
maybe not their full strat book, actually noone doeas that if u r fav in ur group. but they definitely didnt play casually lmao. they would net be top 1 for so long if they think like u r.
2019-04-26 07:19
what about mibr?
2019-04-26 02:40
Are in round 2
2019-04-26 02:42
2019-04-27 17:18
device #2 player lmao
2019-04-26 02:43
Zywoo top ??? Player lmao
2019-04-26 02:49
ZyWoO much better player than device lol, everyone who watch CS understands this, but he have much worse teammates Imagine ZyWoO in Astralis....
2019-04-26 02:50
2019-04-26 04:22
zy who?
2019-04-26 04:29
hahahahha all Astralis player >>> Zywoo
2019-04-26 12:39
Prism | 
Denmark MAMS
team chemistry and language barrier, not sure how good a match that would be considering all factors and not just skill level
2019-04-26 16:53
-dev2ce +s1mple
2019-04-26 03:34
Argentina XaiDN
2019-04-26 03:37
WTF, device bottom fragger
2019-04-26 03:52
dats no surprise.. Botfragger!!!!!!!!!!
2019-04-26 14:37
Gg not ez for astralis
2019-04-26 03:56
Chile ockeside
2019-04-26 04:46
Portugal hpn-
Amazing match between Astralis and BIG
2019-04-26 04:55
EVERYBODY SAYS XANTARES IS A PROBLEM OMEGALUL good luck BIG Next time you will rekt augtralis
2019-04-26 05:32
Device worst as usual
2019-04-26 06:40
2019-04-26 06:44
which team will end the nuke win streak ?
2019-04-26 06:45
Cyprus waveila
2019-04-26 07:12
Italy Fil0Nerd
Rip inferno streak
2019-04-26 07:25
Austria TheClemi
2019-04-26 07:31
Denmark Kon10R
Somehow people tend to forget that Astralis lost games last year as well. Everytime they lose a map the screamers take center stage: "Their era is over!" The thing is that they won MORE than any other team has ever done in a year which brought them to the top of the table but they DO lose a game every now and then. NO team always win everything. Congrats to BiG though: It was a great and exciting match!
2019-04-26 08:21
Nobody wrote that in this topic
2019-04-26 09:17
Denmark Kon10R
You are right. It was more the emphasis on/ about BiG putting up a GOOD fight! ;O)
2019-04-26 09:21
the era is over. Navi won the last big Tournament. Faze the last Blast.
2019-04-26 11:46
Denmark Kon10R
Astralis won the Intel Grand Slam, which was a fairly big event, wouldn't you say?! One year as #1 on a 1000 points, Team Liquid as #2 has 600 ... It MIGHT take a liiiiitle while yet, and it may not be enough just to write it in a chatroom.
2019-04-26 12:06
Ivory Coast tyndlort
It is very sad to see that Nip will loose their spot in pro league just becouse they wont upgrade the team and keep playing with getright and Denis
2019-04-26 08:27
Denmark Kon10R
They skipped Friberg. He went to Heroic and look who's laughing now ... It's juz a tuff bizniz!
2019-04-26 12:09
Mouz is gonna have to grind hard
2019-04-26 08:46
Denmark Kon10R
Yup, but I think the new lineup looks promising! ;O)
2019-04-26 09:28
2019-04-26 08:56
lmao imagine losing your inferno streak to that big team Nice to see Tizian still putting in the numbers hahaha
2019-04-26 09:04
Denmark Kon10R
Astralis knew at this point that first place in the group was secured, so they maybe got a little complacent. "Winstreak" is great hype in the chatrooms and media, but Astralis didn't "have to" keep this streak to prove anything. Top of the group = Direct qualification/No 1, Top Spot seems to matter much more to this team than unimportant stats. And yes: Great to see top #13 putting up a GREAT fight against the Overlords! I think everybody else is picking up the pace by now! ;O)
2019-04-26 09:41
you talk shit if you saw Glaives face yesterday.
2019-04-26 11:44
Denmark Kon10R
Your childish language is unnecessary ... but yes: As ANY professional in ANY sport you always look to improve, do better and NOT being "satisfied". Yes, they won the group, but for sure they - as always - go home and study their mistakes. They have put the bar WAY up there and they will of course try to continue to do so.
2019-04-26 11:59
United States Bochanka
Anyone else appalled at a team like DETONA getting into a final like this? Smh big time
2019-04-26 09:36
Denmark Kon10R
Goes to show that the competition at the top is FIERCE! Over here similar stuff is going on: NiP out! G2 sends Navi and Fnatic to qualifications! Astralis' Inferno winstreak gone! Denmark has 5 teams in top30 currently , in a month only two ... ;O) It's great times to watch csgo!
2019-04-26 09:51
Finland Emvi
it was a meaningless match thanks to esl's 60iq format, too bad the streak ended on such a useless way
2019-04-26 09:43
Denmark Kon10R
Well ... "winstreak" means NOTHING in the end. Yup, chatrooms and commentators are druuuuling over such things. The pro's just go: "Mission: Number one spot secures qualification." After one map: "Mission accomplished". ;O)
2019-04-26 09:55
Finland Emvi
yes, it means nothing especially if tournaments have bad formats. Astralis was gonna be first anyway win or lose so it didn't matter
2019-04-26 10:01
Denmark Kon10R
Yup. On top: You may have a hard time finding a team with a winstreak of 10 on LAN on ANY map. Astralis had TWO! 19 was ALREADY insane ... and the 30 on Nuke is just ridiculous. But hat's off for BiG! I really enjoyed the match!
2019-04-26 10:16
ez for Astralis, GOAT team, best to ever play the game
2019-04-26 10:33
People celebrating over a 1map lost in a bo3 :DDDD
2019-04-26 11:01
Astralis played undisciplined 2nd Pearl on the map and the penalty was interrupted in the match the game was bad, now nuke 32-0 series continue
2019-04-26 11:35
Astralis Era is going to end almost losing to bug lulw
2019-04-26 11:51
Denmark Kon10R
BiG is top#13: It may NOT have been such a big deal, as you might think. Astralis lost a LOT of games last year, remember? (Even to North in Stockholm.) I mean ... an "era" doesn't end just because you lose a map or a game or because someone says so for that matter. We may never see a team sitting on the top#1 spot for an entire year ever again. It may take a while before we see another team taking down the Grand Slam. It may take a while before we see another team with a 10 map winstreak, and Astralis had TWO until yesterday! Looking at the points on the ranking list there is quite a gap to #2, Team Liquid. It may take a while ... bla bla: you get the idea. But yes: All "eras" will end ... as they always do, but take a look at FACTS before reaching for conclusions too early.
2019-04-26 12:25
The fact is that astralis never had an Era.
2019-04-26 13:04
Denmark Kon10R
;O) Cute!
2019-04-26 13:05
Prism | 
Denmark MAMS
"Astralis Era is going to end almost losing to bug", then saying they never had an Era...nice one child.
2019-04-26 16:42
I was lying about astralis Era so astralis soyboy fans won't get mad nt kiddo 😎😎
2019-04-26 17:00
2019-04-26 12:02
Astralis can't beat Team Liquid?
2019-04-26 12:28
Denmark Kon10R
They did in 7 finals last year, but for sure with Stewie2k added to the roster we will see some GREAT fights between the two! ;O)
2019-04-26 12:35
Assertive sentence: Navi can't beat Team Liquid instead.
2019-04-26 15:26
Astralis era end
2019-04-26 12:35
Denmark Kon10R
As all eras always do, but an era doesn't end just because it's written in a chat. See #115
2019-04-26 12:37
Denmark Skejzen
2019-04-26 12:35
Nice games!
2019-04-26 14:55
Unexpected Big was so close to win Astrails High feasibility to Navi throwdown by North if they fight
2019-04-26 15:19
Portugal Dann1x
Xantares SmOOFring
2019-04-26 16:02
Hr such good
2019-04-27 01:10
Denmark Frunck
2019-04-27 15:02
so close
2019-04-27 15:39
Xantares Onliner Omegalul, such a shame he´s having visa issues
2019-04-28 04:58
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.