NRG defeat Astralis; book semi-final spot at EPL Finals
The upper-bracket final in Group A kicked off on Train where the T-sided NRG secured the first three rounds. Following a five-round Astralis run, NRG won a 3vs5 to get within one round of the Danes (5-4). Nicolai "device" Reedtz and company didn't let NRG equalize, attaining five of the last six rounds in the first half to finish it 10-5 ahead.
The second half began as the first one did, with the North Americans getting the first three rounds and Astralis winning the fourth one (11-8). The Danes moved themselves into a favorable position after taking the 22nd round with pistols as they extended their lead to 13-9.
NRG managed to close the gap and then went ahead thanks to Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov's AWP quad kill in the 27th round (14-13). The North American side closed out the game with a 16-13 final scoreline.
device and Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander opened up Nuke with a 2vs4 clutch to win the pistol round. device was unstoppable on offense as he won a 1vs4 in the seventh round and reached 19 kills within ten rounds (8-2). NRG were able to pick up the last three rounds of the half, trailing 10-5.
Dust2 kicked off with the CT-sided NRG's pistol round triumph as CeRq got three kills. Tarik "tarik" Celik stopped the Danes with a triple kill in the first gun round, extending NRG's lead to 3-0. Astralis got on the scoreboard with Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen's two opening kills in the seventh round (6-1). The Danes then salvaged what they could, taking five of the last six rounds to trail 9-6 at halftime.
NRG reached double-digits after winning the second pistol round. The North Americans almost lost the following round but CeRq survived with 3 HP against Emil "Magisk" Reif to make it 11-6. Astralis came back from 12-6 and nearly tied the game but Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte clutched a 1vs2 to deny the Danish team (13-11).
|NRG||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq||67 - 53||+14||81.4||1.25|
|Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze||56 - 52||+4||72.0||1.03|
|Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik||51 - 57||-6||73.0||0.98|
|Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan||49 - 55||-6||75.6||0.98|
|Damian 'daps' Steeledaps||42 - 56||-14||58.5||0.82|