Astralis qualify for ESL Pro League Finals; fnatic, North through to round 2

Astralis have successfully qualified for the ESL Pro League Season 10 finals, meanwhile fnatic and North proceed to the second round of the group stage.

The first series of the evening between Astralis and fnatic commenced on Inferno, where the Danes developed early CT momentum off the back of a productive pistol round. Maikil "Golden" Selim and his men swayed the momentum on their first full buy, assuming a single-round lead down the line. While the pace seemed steady, fnatic immensely struggled in the remaining rounds, as the offense was consistently shut down all the way to a 4-11 deficit at half time, rounded out by a quad kill from Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth.

fnatic answered their opponents' uncontested string with a fruitful pistol of their own, going in to secure the following two rounds shortly after. During the middle portion of affairs Astralis managed to successfully cull the CTs on four occasions, leading to map point on fnatic's map pick. The Swedes brought it to the wire at round 30, but lacked a single round conversion to secure overtime, instead falling at a close 14-16, made possible by another multi-kill from Xyp9x.

device was the top performer, sporting a 1.19 overall rating

Train followed, where Astralis continued their successful campaign with a pistol round on the T side. A Deagle triple kill from Golden dismantled any momentum the Danes had hoped to develop, as fnatic snatched it and took a mile, all the way to a 7-3 round lead. After consecutive blows, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and company managed to figure out the defence, leading to an equaliser. The team was unable to assume a lead by the conclusion of the first half, as fnatic closed out 8-7.

Having switched over to the defence, Astralis found a consecutive pistol round, and despite conceding to a force buy in round 18, continued to find success, just two rounds short of a series conclusion. The offense retaliated by closing out three consecutive rounds, but another two in favour of Astralis, the latter featuring a bold 1v1 defuse from Xyp9x meant map and series point for the Danes.

Matchpage
2
0
16th October 2019
16
Inferno
14
16
Train
14
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 44 - 35 +9 76.6 1.19
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 44 - 41 +3 77.0 1.10
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 36 - 41 -5 74.0 1.05
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 37 - 38 -1 65.7 0.97
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 39 - 41 -2 74.8 0.96
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 41 - 38 +3 76.0 1.09
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 44 - 41 +3 72.9 1.07
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 41 - 38 +3 78.0 1.06
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 39 - 42 -3 72.9 1.03
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden 31 - 42 -11 57.6 0.85

The second series of the day saw North and Aristocracy fight for a second chance at advancing to the finals in Odense, kicking off on Nuke. Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas and his men started off with a three-round lead, having secured the first pistol round, but once rifles were in hand for North the tides of war shifted. The Danish defence confidently stood their ground in throughout the coming eight exchanges, assuming a heft lead towards the latter stages of the half. The momentum died off slightly for the leaders, as Aristocracy were able to land a few of their own to a 6-9 deficit.

North commenced their offensive campaign with a pistol round conversion, but concede the early momentum to a force buy that saw Paweł "dycha" Dycha and Mikołaj "mouz" Karolewski cull two opponents each. This created space for the Poles to assume an 11-10 lead, but North kept things tight, equalising immediately after. Despite attempts to yank the map back into their favour, Aristocracy experienced difficulty against the offense in the final five rounds of Nuke, conceding their map pick with a 12-16 score.

Kjaerbye annihilated Aristocracy on Nuke, securing a 1.62 rating

Train followed, where Aristocracy found early success in the form of two consecutive CT rounds, but were unable to maintain the flawless record further, as a full buy from North saw a round accrued. In spite of a quad kill from Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye, the Poles maintained focus, and after conceding early presence found their footing in the latter stages of the half, allowing but a total of five for North at 10-5.

It was North's time to secure an early lead off the back of a pistol round, however as soon as a full buy came out for Aristocracy, the dynamic shifted. The Polish offense quickly accrued rounds, leaving little wriggle room for Nicklas "gade" Gade and company. After securing but one additional round, the Danes fell short on their map pick at 8-16, unable to fend off the aggressors.

mouz ensured a third map for Aristocracy with his performance on Train

Overpass was the concluding map of the series, where North landed a consecutive pistol round victory. Following in the footsteps of their early success, the Danes convincingly closed out rounds one after another, with Aristocracy struggling to breach and holt out during post-plants on the T side. Mentioned troubles persisted through, allowing North a flawless 15-0 CT half. A consecutive pistol victory for the Danes meant a perfect Overpass performance.

Matchpage
2
1
16th October 2019
16
Nuke
12
8
Train
16
16
Overpass
0
 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 61 - 34 +27 109.1 1.59
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 57 - 37 +20 89.1 1.32
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 52 - 40 +12 73.6 1.20
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 43 - 43 0 66.3 1.01
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 36 - 42 -6 60.1 0.91
 Aristocracy K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Karol 'rallen' Rodowiczrallen 39 - 47 -8 78.9 0.99
Poland Mikołaj 'mouz' Karolewskimouz 45 - 50 -5 67.6 0.93
Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dychadycha 36 - 54 -18 66.6 0.80
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' WojtasTaZ 39 - 50 -11 54.2 0.76
Poland Jacek 'MINISE' JeziakMINISE 36 - 48 -12 55.8 0.76

The final standings in Group C of ESL Pro League Season 10 Europe is as follows:

Poland Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Paweł 'dycha' Dycha
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
185
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Poland Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Wiktor 'TaZ' Wojtas
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1791
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Poland Mikołaj 'mouz' Karolewski
Mikołaj 'mouz' Karolewski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1281
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
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
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
557
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
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
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
643
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
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United States aust_h 
16-0!
2019-10-17 01:02
#9
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Myanmar xdcc 
Ar16t0cracy
2019-10-17 01:16
ripstocracy
2019-10-17 02:56
Nice!
2019-10-17 01:05
expected
2019-10-17 01:06
Lol
2019-10-17 01:08
LOL 16-0
2019-10-17 01:10
really? 16-0
2019-10-17 01:14
ar16t0cracy
2019-10-17 01:18
#save kjaerbye
2019-10-17 01:25
+1 And he's sexy af #Nohomo though
2019-10-17 06:20
#54
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Denmark r0zen^_^ 
Slightly homo though.
2019-10-17 07:43
#76
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
Where is valde?
2019-10-18 22:35
#13
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Finland Smoonah 
is golden opioid addict??
2019-10-17 01:38
Nahh m8 he is just too tired of life.
2019-10-17 05:18
#55
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Denmark r0zen^_^ 
He rubs his eyes like a toddler :D
2019-10-17 07:44
#14
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United States ichibaNcs 
great
2019-10-17 02:17
#15
Happy | 
Russia Jovik! 
Astralis always pull through when it's incredibly close, now that's professionalism and experience. And Fnatic didn't disappoint at all, great team.
2019-10-17 02:22
Fnatic lost that by an inch anyway great match up between these two. Fun fact - It wasn't a boring match.
2019-10-17 05:20
By an inch and 0 map wins. Just an inch would have been three close maps and a 2-1 to Astralis not the 2-0.
2019-10-17 16:25
#73
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Sweden Sneaken 
Think its a question of perspective, they lost 14/16 in both maps, so it could have gone either way, also magisk said so himself and that fnatic were a hard opponent nowadays. But I agree with you an inch would have been 14/16 in all matches and a 2-1 Finnish. Astralis is really good under pressure. Fun match
2019-10-18 15:55
Spot on. Both on the perspective thing and it being a fun match. It is cool to see great teams going blow by blow.
2019-10-18 16:40
Winners of close matches are decided by better IGL
2019-10-17 05:37
#52
Happy | 
Russia Jovik! 
Not only that, players mustn't get shaky and start missing their shots.
2019-10-17 07:36
#59
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Germany killmichi 
Imo JW threw train by missing that easy shot on the defuser.
2019-10-17 09:53
#74
f0rest | 
Sweden Sneaken 
Think its a question of perspective, they lost 14/16 in both maps, so it could have gone either way, also magisk said so himself and that fnatic were a hard opponent nowadays. But I agree with you an inch would have been 14/16 in all matches and a 2-1 Finnish. Astralis is really good under pressure. Fun match
2019-10-18 16:02
#51
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Denmark MinorThread 
Yes
2019-10-17 06:39
#16
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CIS Cresscent 
AR16T0CRACY
2019-10-17 02:32
#28
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Brazil SecondKS 
2x 16-14 so fnatic wins 2x0 too
2019-10-17 03:54
#30
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Brazil Karlogaria 
Fnatic on par with Astralis? Nice
2019-10-17 03:58
double 16:14, fnatic is not bad overall. still a more possibility to compete with astralis
2019-10-17 04:23
#36
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United States _icedtea 
i think fnatic stands a good chance at #2 or #3 team considering they lost by 1 point both times, and they were at a 4-11 deficit first half first map
2019-10-17 04:53
#72
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Denmark Eagle3y3z 
WTF really? Magisk, dupreeh & xyp had good games, gla1ve and dev1ce didn’t even step up. If those two had shown up, it would be more like 16-7 score Line
2019-10-18 00:54
Gosh 16-14 16-14 That's gotta be damn tilting
2019-10-17 04:32
#33
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United States _icedtea 
i got so fucking mad
2019-10-17 04:50
If only they would have played retake on last round rather than krimz pushing alone I think the results would have been different but great game.
2019-10-17 05:21
Still fnatic is looking very good.
2019-10-17 11:35
#43
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Asia 0rbit_Strike 
Dupreeeh POG
2019-10-17 05:51
fnatic proved they’re not a fluke and they’re here to stay: could’ve been a 2-0 the other way around for sure ggwp
2019-10-17 05:54
They totally stoped playing after 15 rounds at both Maps - the most unexciting close match ever.
2019-10-17 06:11
As it should be 💪🏻💪🏻
2019-10-17 09:21
Ar16t0cracy
2019-10-17 11:10
#62
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Turkey Slapdash 
imagine getting 16-0'd by n♿rth lmao
2019-10-17 11:47
hehehehe yarhh man that's gotta have to hurt
2019-10-17 12:37
close
2019-10-17 12:24
carried by shakebye! POG
2019-10-17 13:26
#70
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Turkey berkovic 
EZ NORTH
2019-10-17 17:33
Fnatic who
2019-10-17 18:03
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