Astralis hammer OpTic to set up semi-final clash with Liquid

Astralis are through to the semi-final stage at ESL One New York following a quick 2-0 victory over OpTic in Group B's decider match.

The group stage in New York came to a close with a rather uneventful encounter despite Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen's best attempts to hype it up. Unfortunately for him, his team could not walk the walk, not even on their map pick - where the scoreline could have been even worse had Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke not pulled off two great clutches. The 22-year-old was nowhere to be seen on the second map as OpTic continued to lack solutions to stop an in-form Astralis side, who will proceed to the playoffs to take on Liquid in yet another non-final series.

The all-Danish clash began on Nuke, OpTic's map pick. The gamble from MSL, who had banned the map in the previous encounter with Astralis, quickly backfired as his team were outplayed and outsmarted during the opening stages, resulting in an 0-8 deficit following a disastrous start to the game.

OpTic made the most of that short break and finally got on the board with little more than Desert Eagles. There would be no follow-up, though, as Astralis kept their defense very tight for the remainder of the half, with OpTic's round wins coming off the back of great individual plays - a 1v3 clutch from k0nfig and a quad kill with the AWP from MSL.

Astralis made light work of OpTic to seal playoff spot

k0nfig single-handedly kept OpTic in the game with another 1v3 clutch in the pistol round, but the team's resistance would not last long. Astralis kicked into a higher gear once they had money in the bank and won four rounds straight to take the map and the lead in the series.

And then came Dust2, the map that everyone wanted to watch after MSL had dared Astralis to pick it. The game started at a frantic pace as rounds went back and forth and the teams kept trading ridiculous Desert Eagle shots, but then Astralis ran away with the lead and took ten rounds into the second half despite a brief reaction from OpTic following a superb quad-kill from René "cajunb" Borg with the AWP inside B.

OpTic responded by winning the pistol round, but their hopes took a huge dent as Astralis hit back with Desert Eagles and a Scout. Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's troops refused to take their foot off the gas and kept their defense very compact as they dished out another beating.

Matchpage
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 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 29 - 33 -4 65.5 0.85
Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensenniko 27 - 38 -11 69.1 0.83
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wieneckek0nfig 20 - 36 -16 57.8 0.71
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' LauridsenMSL 21 - 41 -20 55.7 0.65
Denmark Rene 'TeSeS' MadsenTeSeS 21 - 38 -17 48.3 0.56
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 37 - 20 +17 88.8 1.48
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 39 - 23 +16 102.2 1.46
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 42 - 23 +19 78.1 1.44
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 40 - 24 +16 87.1 1.41
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 28 - 28 0 72.3 1.14

With the group stage now behind us, the semi-final pairings have been determined. Liquid will take on Astralis in a mouth-watering clash to open the action at the Barclays Center, with Evil Geniuses facing G2 afterward.

Below you can find the schedule for the playoffs:

Saturday, September 28
19:00 - United States Liquid vs. Denmark Astralis | BO3
22:30 - United States Evil Geniuses vs. France G2 | BO3

Sunday, September 29
19:00 - ESL One NY Grand Final | BO5

Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Astralis 200 IQ Lose NRG to go to Liquid, beat them again and then win ESL and again become top 1
2019-09-28 02:30
Yeah Ez BO5 vs NRG
2019-09-28 02:32
MSLUL: "I heard device say we don't have tactical depth on Dust2 so I hope they pick it again" 3 T rounds in 2 Dust2 maps LUL
2019-09-28 05:52
LMAOOOOOO
2019-09-28 06:43
Lmao
2019-09-28 15:13
Astralis doesnt want to play bo5 against liquid. now ez bo3 win in semis and then ez bo5 final win against EG
2019-09-28 02:33
#17
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Denmark DanishDelight 
+ liquid will get less points when eliminated in semis, so getting closer to that #1 spot...if they win that is
2019-09-28 02:34
really high IQ plays by Astralis .... expected
2019-09-28 02:34
#41
f0rest | 
France Kiirua2 
I hope not. (Except for earnings) they can't be proud of themselves with that kind of strategy. Being the best means being able to beat anyone withouy considering bo3 or 5... I truely believe they don't think that way, if i'm wrong i think we can't respect a team that doesnt respect viewers and fans by throwing games.
2019-09-28 04:12
You must be the funniest person at every party.
2019-09-28 07:11
#59
f0rest | 
France Kiirua2 
Ah ok. Maybe too old to have so much fun. Thanks for novelty comment. Bye
2019-09-28 07:49
Maybe you just don't hace any kind of humor
2019-09-28 10:29
#93
f0rest | 
France Kiirua2 
You re right i didn't get the sarcastic ton at first (humor =/= sarcasme btw). Sorry for that it is easy to misanderstand while reading in a different language... but you are going fast with your conclusions about me. Have a great day!
2019-09-28 22:25
They are joking. No team throws purposefully. They will get banned it's illegal. Now calm down
2019-09-28 15:14
#94
f0rest | 
France Kiirua2 
I am calm just expressed an opinion on the wrong spot obviously...
2019-09-28 22:30
You mean how its all part of the plan ? No one knows what Astralis is thinking atm, but they just wanna beat liquid again before EG take them down so they can get that number 1 spot . Thats hell of a plan and i respect that
2019-09-28 08:38
If they win NY, they will be number 1 again
2019-09-28 03:21
#45
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Australia Lolfeminists 
I agree with strong IQ
2019-09-28 04:58
#47
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Denmark Bagjo 
Lol I almost believe you they did this on purpose 😉😅
2019-09-28 05:48
Why would they? Now there is smaller chance of them making it to the grand finals, and they lose ez money
2019-09-28 07:35
They don't care about prizemoney. They got enough. I don't think the lost on purpose. But I believe they didnt use full playbook. Saving strats for when it matters. Like tonight.
2019-09-28 13:06
Lul, getting destroyed by 5-7's
2019-09-28 13:18
Yeees, good time when its nerfed, astralis aint gonna face any competition then. Sadly actually.
2019-09-28 13:21
#65
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Poland koxukruszwica 
+1 That can hapen but I guess G2 can beat them to win in New York
2019-09-28 09:05
EG vs Astralis in the final. EZ win for EG... again.
2019-09-28 12:41
Haha, nt no scene. Astralis aint gonna drop a map anymore this event.
2019-09-28 13:07
Get off your horse, buddy.
2019-09-28 15:07
Ok no scene
2019-09-28 15:08
Hahaha fucking loser.
2019-09-30 07:05
#3
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China SHANGHAIF0REST 
Nice 1 Astralis
2019-09-28 02:31
Ez
2019-09-28 02:31
ez
2019-09-28 02:31
#7
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Canada thelegend27 
MC hammer
2019-09-28 02:31
MSL: "I heard device say we don't have tactical depth on Dust2 so I hope they pick it again" 2 rounds on t-side dust2 its now named tactical depth xD MSLUL
2019-09-28 02:32
Typical MSL lol this guy never learns
2019-09-28 02:43
Jinxed! Yeah. Don't ever say something that will fire up your opponent unless you are the master and know you will STOMP them 100%.. hahaha
2019-09-28 03:02
MSL got vac banned on his second account. He said "my friend did it" just like typical cheater. He's a garbage
2019-09-28 04:29
#49
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Denmark Bagjo 
Garbage... Hmm...we all know MSL... Who are you?
2019-09-28 06:23
O M E G A L U L
2019-09-28 03:25
#10
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United States highlandyirr 
fuck they ruined it
2019-09-28 02:32
#14
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China SkywakerR 
Looking forward to see they vs liquid tomorrow
2019-09-28 02:33
#18
Xizt | 
Canada Rommlel 
I HEARD DEVICE SAY WE DON'T HAVE TACTICAL DEPTH ON DUST2 SO I HOPE THEY PICK IT AGAIN
2019-09-28 02:34
Lmao
2019-09-28 15:16
#20
arT | 
Lithuania SiK_ 
i heard device say something...
2019-09-28 02:34
#21
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
NICE ONE MS LUL
2019-09-28 02:38
i heard MSL said something
2019-09-28 02:39
#24
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Asia tyrkjaranid 
MSLUL
2019-09-28 02:47
astralis 2667289173828 iq, throwing vs eg to 1. give them some confidence like they did at the major and 2. to take liquid out in the semis so they get less hltv ranking points. someone plz nerf gla1ves brain it’s too big literally a repeat of the starladder major, astralis hiding strats until playoffs as always
2019-09-28 02:53
#27
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Spain elskio 
smart na guy
2019-09-28 02:59
thanks men)))
2019-09-28 03:02
#40
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Brazil |witcher| 
NA is slowly starting to understand the game
2019-09-28 03:59
???? But Brazilians are still not adapting. Still fan of a hopeless team.
2019-09-28 15:18
#91
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Brazil |witcher| 
I don't care if they ever win a tournament again, I like the guys.
2019-09-28 17:37
I like ur thinking. +1
2019-09-29 04:44
#66
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
I don't wanna take away anything from astralis , but that win against liquid in Berlin was a 1 time strategy. Liquid won't fall for that kind of veto again and this time we will see a predictable map pool and an even game.
2019-09-28 09:09
#72
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Denmark Lassy 
astralis so smart that they wille pick office
2019-09-28 11:25
999IQ, cs_italy as third map, mark my words.
2019-09-28 13:10
+1 all here mens))) we smart hltv burgers
2019-09-28 14:40
#97
BDSM | 
Czech Republic Skeng_ 
might aswell pick de_tuscan...oh wait
2019-09-30 00:59
MSL never learns...
2019-09-28 02:55
MSL learns to rock
2019-09-28 03:03
#46
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Norway flipflop 
axaxaxaaxa
2019-09-28 05:46
Why cant we get an Astralis vs Liquid Final :(
2019-09-28 03:15
So that we can say Liquid chokes on semis instead of on finals.
2019-09-28 03:18
#34
nexa | 
Europe Luboss 
+1
2019-09-28 03:23
#38
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Brazil hugoooo 
Why? Because EG 2-0'ed Astralis...
2019-09-28 03:35
They did that in the groups of the major too... They still lost in the semis.
2019-09-28 09:23
#52
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
Why you want another boring ass liquid astralis final. We had a ton of them last year
2019-09-28 06:53
#35
Sonic | 
Germany SSimonL 
OpTic Dust 2 LUL
2019-09-28 03:23
#37
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Brazil hugoooo 
Xyp9x putting impressive numbers in this tournament!
2019-09-28 03:34
I SAY CAJUN U SAY!?
2019-09-28 03:50
cry is free cajunbot
2019-09-28 04:12
expected
2019-09-28 04:53
Tactical depth lol
2019-09-28 06:25
MSL: "I HEARD DEVICE SAY WE DON'T HAVE TACTICAL DEPTH ON DUST2 SO I HOPE THEY PICK IT AGAIN" lol
2019-09-28 07:01
#68
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
+1 haha overconfident as always
2019-09-28 10:05
#54
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Turkey Thunderball 
MSLUL
2019-09-28 07:02
MSLUL imagine picking Nuke against Astralis XAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2019-09-28 07:20
#57
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United States Rambeard 
I guess dust 2 just isn't optics map
2019-09-28 07:29
That cannot be real, MSL. U can't lose to Rush Bstralis and pick Nuke against them. Well deserved.
2019-09-28 07:58
#61
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Europe JuliusCaesar 
The best part of this tournament was MSL's interview and "4. Astralis picked Dust2". edit: I'm not hating MSL. I just love when cocky players get de_stroyed.
2019-09-28 08:34
MSLUL saving strats for Malmö LUL
2019-09-28 08:55
#64
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African Union mikecool 
Beat them at their own game and make them eat their own words.
2019-09-28 09:01
#69
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Algeria kadirocherifi 
for me Astralis just manage to win the major they are not at that level they were and today you'll see
2019-09-28 10:12
#83
REAL | 
Spain deBurrows 
If you see the way they played during the playoffs of the major you see their true level. It doesn't mean they can always replicate that level of perfection, but if they stay near that, they are just above anybody.
2019-09-28 14:07
#99
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Algeria kadirocherifi 
in NY i saw different of that ... did you see the level that EG showed to world . above everyone else i said Astralis in some games just prepare well to enemy but in anything else they are not as liquid or eg this days
2019-10-01 08:53
I think it's just EG with insane individual form, which they won't be able to mantain for long, and Astralis not ready to counter that. Also the homecrowd playing an important factor I would say.
2019-10-01 15:27
expected. optic had no chance
2019-09-28 10:47
#73
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Myanmar xdcc 
luckers
2019-09-28 11:33
#74
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Lebanon ryBBah 
Gonna be one of the easiest series for Liquid, NA CS after all! #Let'sGoLiquid #NAisTop1 #AstralisEraNeverExisted #NACS>EUCS
2019-09-28 11:36
EZ
2019-09-28 11:38
Guess Astralis had tactical depth LUL
2019-09-28 13:11
#92
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Algeria kadirocherifi 
like seriously there is no game sense in some kind of kills there is cheating valve please spectate
2019-09-28 21:19
TFW 4th highest rating on team is 1.41 jesus.
2019-09-29 04:50
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