Astralis outclass 100 Thieves to book playoff spot in Beijing

Astralis are the first team through to the playoffs at IEM Beijing after taking down 100 Thieves 2-0 in the winners' match of Group A.

The Danes delivered a statement of intent as they took down the ex-Renegades squad in convincing fashion to confirm their status as a title contender in Beijing. Astralis even got off to a slow start to the series, but their dominance after that was absolute and they finished the match on a high, capitalising on some mistakes made by the Australians in key moments of both maps.

100 Thieves, riding the wave after posting a convincing victory over ENCE earlier in the day, came out with all guns blazing on Inferno as they raced to a 5-0 lead on the Terrorist side of Inferno. By then, Astralis had a combined five frags as things were looking dire for the Danes as they struggled to sustain the pressure, forcing coach Danny "zonic" Sørensen to call an early timeout.

Astralis battled back after that short break, but it was a successful eco round that really turned the tide of that first half. The Danes put the Kriegs to great use and set up a water-tight defense to secure a 9-6 advantage.

Astralis move on to the semi-finals

Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai brought Astralis' streak to an end with a quad-kill with a CZ in the second half pistol, with 100 Thieves winning the next round to bring the deficit to a minimum. However, that was as far as they went: Astralis took control of proceedings after that and ran away with the lead after keeping their opponents from stringing rounds together, eventually running out 16-10 victors.

The Danish team kicked things off on Nuke with a 4-0 lead after overturning a 2v4 situation in the pistol round and a 3v5 situation in the first full gun round following a Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth ace. After a highly-contested period in which rounds went back and forth, Astralis threatened to run away with the lead, but 100 Thieves rallied back to keep the deficit to three rounds by the end of the half.

Now playing on the Terrorist side, 100 Thieves took the pistol round without losing a single player, but then they were handed a heavy blow as they fell apart in the ensuing round, bringing a smirk on zonic's face. The Danes rode that momentum to a 14-7 lead and fended off a late comeback attempt from the Australians to lock down the map in the 25th round and assure themselves of a spot in the single-elimination bracket.

Matchpage
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7th November 2019
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Inferno
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16
Nuke
9
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 40 - 22 +18 85.3 1.42
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 45 - 29 +16 90.1 1.39
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 36 - 23 +13 82.0 1.30
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 34 - 29 +5 77.8 1.16
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 25 - 31 -6 51.6 0.86
 100 Thieves K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz 32 - 32 0 67.5 1.02
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' KaiwaiGratisfaction 31 - 35 -4 69.5 0.96
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 28 - 34 -6 67.5 0.82
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 29 - 42 -13 69.9 0.70
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 14 - 38 -24 45.4 0.57
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
661
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
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
EZ for GODstralis! 1. Faze 2. Astralis 3. fnatic
2019-11-07 12:54
#4
zonic | 
Denmark Hulvin 
not first
2019-11-07 12:54
#8
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
expected
2019-11-07 12:56
#20
zonic | 
Denmark Hulvin 
sure
2019-11-07 13:17
#37
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United States @FyreCS 
Shaakeh is back wtf!
2019-11-07 15:00
#46
Krad | 
Vietnam Furyyyyy 
Unexpected he got rid of his North flair
2019-11-07 15:27
#71
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United States @FyreCS 
WTF! Noted indeed! GG@North
2019-11-10 15:58
#5
NiKo | 
Israel soez4niko 
No lifer
2019-11-07 12:54
#13
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Germany Bundeskanzler 
Mad cuz #3 axaxax
2019-11-07 12:59
Astralis #1. FaZe #2. Dont care. EG #23
2019-11-07 13:01
+1
2019-11-07 14:39
fnatic are not even in this tournament men
2019-11-07 13:01
Still not a fluke like EG lul
2019-11-07 14:08
EG is fucking used to rape FNATIC and pick up titles. FNATIC doesnt
2019-11-07 17:08
#51
f0rest | 
China hzxhl16 
Doesn't matter. Liquid with 6 consecutive titles can still be a fluke in hltv. This is hltv
2019-11-07 18:12
#60
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Japan SevenRedSuns 
Ain’t that the truth...
2019-11-08 02:05
#2
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Germany Bundeskanzler 
easy as expected EU TOP 1
2019-11-07 12:54
#53
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Denmark Fnis 
Welt top 1 mens
2019-11-07 18:43
#3
NiKo | 
Israel soez4niko 
incredible
2019-11-07 12:54
#6
Magisk | 
Denmark Riiseren 
ez
2019-11-07 12:54
#7
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Indonesia k4rnamasud 
ez pz
2019-11-07 12:55
#9
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Finland Vkims 
LMAO 100T noobs
2019-11-07 12:57
#44
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
nt meme scene
2019-11-07 15:26
ez4gods
2019-11-07 12:57
Best team
2019-11-07 12:58
#12
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Australia |bruh| 
nt lads
2019-11-07 12:58
Nt mens, maybe better lucl next time In the meantime, astralis top1
2019-11-07 13:10
#18
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African Union mikecool 
Ggz australis looking strong
2019-11-07 13:14
Nt, God Liazz
2019-11-07 13:14
#22
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Italy CHEBBOxxx 
device always delivering at the bestest level in group stage. then in playoffs it's magisk time.
2019-11-07 13:32
#23
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Spain akproxx 
Nothing new 100thieves actual lineup top5 at their best
2019-11-07 13:32
That's not actually true...
2019-11-07 15:04
#48
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Spain akproxx 
Thats actually the fucking true
2019-11-07 16:54
Mhmm.. Di missread your comment btw, thought about tier5:D But what's wrong at a top 5 time?
2019-11-08 06:59
16-10 16-9 "outclass". hltv back on their biased grind for Astralis.
2019-11-07 13:43
#29
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Norway PeteZz 
Astralis was the better team, but there was never really an outclassing. You don't lose 9 and 10 rounds per maps if you are 100% in control.
2019-11-07 14:11
#30
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Australia Reimaku 
+1
2019-11-07 14:14
+1 That's what I think as well
2019-11-07 14:15
#61
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Australia Lon3wolf12 
+1
2019-11-08 02:08
#32
Xyp9x | 
China Autumn7 
100t won both pistols and following rounds on inferno and it 16-10, it would have been 16-5 if they didnt win those pistols
2019-11-07 14:15
And???
2019-11-07 14:16
#34
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Norway PeteZz 
Pistol rounds are a part of the game. An important part.
2019-11-07 14:17
I got your point. But outclasses is still to harsh I think.
2019-11-07 15:04
Outclass?! Really?
2019-11-07 14:10
#42
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
cry is free
2019-11-07 15:25
Yes, why wouldnt it be?
2019-11-09 19:20
#35
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
outclass??? bit biased???
2019-11-07 14:29
#40
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Denmark Zaerdna 
16:10 16:9 That's called being outclassed
2019-11-07 15:19
#41
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
flag and flair checks out
2019-11-07 15:25
#47
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Denmark Zaerdna 
Flair checks out, almost lost to a coach LOL
2019-11-07 15:43
#50
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
atleast goat s1mple showed up unlike dev2ce who was so fucking scared that he didn't even show up
2019-11-07 17:49
#52
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Denmark Zaerdna 
That's a 0/8
2019-11-07 18:35
#54
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
we all know dev2ce is scared from goat s1mple after the beating he took from goat s1mple at omen 1v1 event
2019-11-07 18:49
#63
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
yea yea ofc you delusional dev2ce fangays believe that He played 3 games just before that and couldn't wait for 20mins more for 20000 dollars? Its clear that dev2ce didn't want to get destroyed and embarrassed by goat s1mple again
2019-11-08 03:28
#57
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Denmark Zaerdna 
And S1mple is pretty much washed up now.
2019-11-07 19:12
#64
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
>top 1 player of 2019 >washed up Fuck off
2019-11-08 03:28
#58
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Denmark Zaerdna 
Gonna lose the #1 spot to a young talent now
2019-11-07 19:12
#65
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
0/8
2019-11-08 03:28
#55
shox | 
India iejesus 
Ez
2019-11-07 18:55
Liazz is so ugly holy fuck
2019-11-08 09:53
#68
kassad | 
Spain H0TDOGG 
He's carry potter mens)))
2019-11-08 14:36
As u
2019-11-09 19:21
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