Astralis see off EG to book grand final spot in Arlington

Astralis are the first finalist of the ECS Season 8 Finals after moving past Evil Geniuses in a three-map series.

The third time was the charm for the Danish side, who finally managed to beat Evil Geniuses after losing the first two matches against the North Americans following their departure from NRG, both of which back at ESL One New York. Astralis exacted revenge on their closest suitor in the rankings and now await the outcome of the other semi-final, featuring Liquid and fnatic, to learn their fate in Sunday's title decider.

Astralis put up such a strong performance on their opponents' map pick, Inferno, that it was hard to believe we were watching a game between two teams separated by just one place in the rankings. Evil Geniuses fought valiantly on Nuke - a map where Astralis once again showed some problems at this event -, only to be completely outclassed on Overpass, where the Danes were in cruise control.

Evil Geniuses took an early lead on Inferno after winning their CT side pistol, but things quickly fell apart for the North Americans. Astralis responded immediately on a force buy and ran all over the EG defense with their searing pace and aggression, with the scoreline blooming to a 9-1 advantage.

Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov came to EG's rescue with a key triple kill to breathe new life into the game and bring the Arlington crowd back to life. That was the sort of push that the team needed as they would go on to win the remaining rounds of the half to bring the deficit to 6-9.

Things went from bad to worse for Evil Geniuses as they lost the pistol round after spurning a 5v3 situation, with Astralis riding that momentum to a 12-6 lead. With Nicolai "device" Reedtz and Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander on point with the AWP, the Danes constantly frustrated the North Americans wherever they went, leading to a swift conclusion to the map.

Astralis wave goodbye to EG as they move on to the grand final

Nuke followed the same pattern as the first map, with Astralis romping to a commanding lead after preventing their opponents from stringing rounds together. Just like on Inferno, Evil Geniuses improved as the game wore on, and were the better team in the final stages of the half to cut the gap to three rounds.

Astralis further added to their lead by winning the pistol round - their first of the series - and the next one, but then they were caught off-guard as Ethan "Ethan" Arnold and Tarik "tarik" Celik turned a 2v4 situation around, giving Evil Geniuses some much-needed breathing room.

That round relighted a fire in tarik, who was on a six-map streak with below-average ratings. He led the charge for EG as the North Americans kept their defense very tight and shut down any chances of Astralis stringing rounds together, securing the map at 16-13 to send the crowd into seventh heaven.

Astralis were given a taste of their own medicine on Overpass: after winning the pistol round, the Danes were caught off-guard by EG's force-buy following a 1v2 clutch by Ethan. The North Americans capitalised on that to build a 3-1 lead, but their momentum would be short-lived as Astralis were in control for the remainder of the half and went into the break in double-digit territory.

The second half was just as rough for EG, who were put on the back foot from the start. The North Americans still attempted a response, but they could only muster one round before Astralis ran away with the game to seal passage to the grand final.

Matchpage
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30th November 2019
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Inferno
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13
Nuke
16
16
Overpass
6
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 56 - 42 +14 76.8 1.28
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 61 - 49 +12 88.4 1.26
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 60 - 40 +20 81.9 1.26
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 55 - 47 +8 78.2 1.14
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 39 - 44 -5 61.7 1.02
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 52 - 51 +1 71.8 1.01
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 48 - 51 -3 76.3 0.98
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 52 - 54 -2 74.6 0.96
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 43 - 59 -16 68.3 0.84
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 27 - 56 -29 48.5 0.65
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
880
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1262
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1419
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1219
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
799
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
What an absolut domination from Astralis. This just shows once again how big the gap between EU and NA is, EG not even close to beating Astralis... unbelievable. 4 majors and many more to come, Astralis era will never stop.
2019-11-30 23:17
#3
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Spain Granjero 
ez for Astralis! EU>NA
2019-11-30 23:17
+1 EU is just so much better than everyone else!
2019-11-30 23:17
cry turok
2019-11-30 23:19
NA OMEGALUL
2019-11-30 23:20
+1
2019-11-30 23:50
SA*
2019-12-01 00:24
Lets just hope that fnatic trash LULquid now 😎
2019-11-30 23:19
NA players are fantastic, just need to work on communication, aim, map awareness, crosshair placement, economy management, pistol aim, awp flicks, grenade spots, smoke spots, pop flashes, positioning, bomb plant positions, retake ability, bunny hopping, spray control and getting kills
2019-11-30 23:21
#42
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Denmark jaco5157 
+1 well spoken
2019-11-30 23:29
#57
device | 
Denmark Itaga 
+1
2019-12-01 00:04
I wanna agree. But Elige is the NA god so can we make him an EU player?
2019-12-01 00:27
Honorary polska just to bring relevance to polish cs?
2019-12-01 00:29
Nah send him to Luxembourg. Would be AMAZING to see a Luxembourg flag in a big esport game!
2019-12-01 00:36
Lol yes
2019-12-01 03:22
#39
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Spain Granjero 
+1
2019-11-30 23:27
Germans
2019-12-01 01:11
#79
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Spain Granjero 
ez for fnatic
2019-12-01 01:11
#86
Twistzz | 
Japan askein 
Do you know
2019-12-01 02:45
#87
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Spain Granjero 
What
2019-12-01 02:47
#5
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Czech Republic Xedys 
Yes
2019-11-30 23:17
#26
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China SwooksarV2 
Ok boomer
2019-11-30 23:19
Tarik and Stan are actual bots
2019-11-30 23:28
I still don't know how they're pros
2019-11-30 23:50
XD
2019-11-30 23:55
the other three players must be pretty amazing considering the team is ranked second best :D
2019-12-01 00:34
Yeah, ethan and cerq aren't bad at all I must say. Brehze is meh
2019-12-01 00:47
hehe you are essentially saying that all teams suck, should be easy for you to climb the ranks eh
2019-12-01 01:00
Yus
2019-12-01 02:08
astralis era gonna be restarted after they win this event sad times for liquid fans(((
2019-11-30 23:28
i think we're alike
2019-11-30 23:33
brother???
2019-11-30 23:34
your forsaken twin brother
2019-12-01 00:35
#75
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Denmark Kon10R 
DON'T count out Liquid yet! I think they found the "hunger" again!
2019-12-01 01:04
I think you're right
2019-11-30 23:51
#56
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United States brento 
two of the four top ranked teams are from NA.. such a big gap -_-
2019-12-01 00:04
#59
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United States Mcwinkle 
Too bad Astralis has won so much, no one wants them to win anymore kappa
2019-12-01 00:11
#76
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Denmark Kon10R 
A 9 times winstreak on Nuke broken ... Their "home turf" ... But yes: Overpass looked pretty cool! Everybody can play Inferno, but Fnatic against Astralis on Overpass will be a GREAT fight!
2019-12-01 01:06
Absolute domination would be 2-0 rofl
2019-12-01 01:15
#2
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Spain elskio 
ggwp gl GF!!
2019-11-30 23:17
EG players are fantastic, just need to work on communication, aim, map awareness, crosshair placement, economy management, pistol aim, awp flicks, grenade spots, smoke spots, pop flashes, positioning, bomb plant positions, retake ability, bunny hopping, spray control and getting kills
2019-11-30 23:17
+1
2019-11-30 23:17
+1 KKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-11-30 23:18
#23
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Vietnam Mraatos 
I was actually into the comment until i realised that more than half of what you said is perfected by EG
2019-11-30 23:19
#77
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Denmark Kon10R 
We have all seen this one before. Just another copy paste. In short: EG players ARE great. They were just out-classed by both Liquid and Astralis in this tournament. But of course we haven't heard the last of these super pro's.
2019-12-01 01:10
NA CS < ASIAN CS
2019-11-30 23:17
#7
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India ESPORTSLOADED 
NA CS OMEGALUL
2019-11-30 23:17
Nt forsaken
2019-11-30 23:19
Salty NA fan, expected.
2019-11-30 23:21
Ty fakeflagger
2019-11-30 23:23
Nah, I simply don't support trash teams.
2019-12-01 20:24
#34
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India ESPORTSLOADED 
fnatic will win against LULquid
2019-11-30 23:22
EZ for eSuba my Pakistani friend
2019-11-30 23:24
Ez for the goat
2019-11-30 23:17
Astralis IPO > any esports org
2019-11-30 23:18
#13
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Other Onizuka_go 
Too Eàaaaasy
2019-11-30 23:18
EZ PZ
2019-11-30 23:18
NA CS OMEGALUL
2019-11-30 23:18
#16
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Venezuela anx420 
easy for the best team in the history of cs..
2019-11-30 23:19
Haha EG and crowd doesnt work anymore
2019-11-30 23:19
Crowdislaw_will_rise_again
2019-11-30 23:19
#21
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
HaHAA
2019-11-30 23:19
Nice try NA :(
2019-11-30 23:19
NA CS SO BADD!
2019-11-30 23:19
NA CS LULW
2019-11-30 23:19
Well played by Astralis
2019-11-30 23:20
#81
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Denmark Kon10R 
Phew ... There ARE a few intelligent posts in here ... Thank you! EG didn't play "lul" or should "disband" or without the "crowd" or "jetlag", they are not "bad" or "bots" just because they lose to Astralis. No one is. It is SOOOOO depressing, that (mostly) younger users in here is the future of our planet. They seem to be unable to gather data, evaluate, think and conclude. Thanx for a ... simply CORRECT observation!
2019-12-01 01:15
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz 27-56 -29 48.5 62.7% 0.65 XAXAXAAXA wooooooooooooo
2019-11-30 23:20
EG LMFAO BACK 2 TIER 2 IF THEY DONT KICK BOT TUROK AND CROWDISLAW SAVE CERQ ETHAN AND BREHZE PLEASE
2019-11-30 23:21
#70
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Norway Triplex02 
Ethan kek
2019-12-01 00:41
#91
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Poland rude_wredne 
topKEK
2019-12-01 08:55
#35
cajunb | 
CIS spk13 
Crowd Geniuses lost even w/ crowd info OMEGALUL
2019-11-30 23:22
Let's go Liquid or Fnatic!! Device is a exit / eco fragger btw
2019-11-30 23:23
fan of KQLY LUL
2019-11-30 23:41
kqly > device
2019-11-30 23:42
Why does it have to be NA vs EU? I am happy to see NA teams grow the last 2 years. Before we only had C9 that represented NA CS. Now we have 2 teams..its great. Astralis is probably the best team that ever existed, and EG put up a good fight.
2019-11-30 23:29
Embarrassing Gun owners
2019-11-30 23:38
Expected
2019-11-30 23:50
Sended those homes
2019-11-30 23:50
when Astralis is on point, some teams really looks weak when they match Astralis
2019-12-01 00:06
#83
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Denmark Kon10R 
+1 #81
2019-12-01 01:18
bye eg
2019-12-01 00:58
poor cerq $
2019-12-01 01:18
A good leader does the good salute, the Great German salute.
2019-12-01 02:23
valve should fix these maps to limit these exploits
2019-12-01 02:55
#90
shox | 
India iejesus 
4v5
2019-12-01 07:44
botislaw 27 bombs in 3 maps rofl what a newb
2019-12-01 09:59
The final is gonna be insane
2019-12-01 17:58
#95
RapeN | 
Finland ENCEL 
wtf?? Why is Glaive doing the Nazi salute??
2019-12-02 00:09
Ez astralis
2019-12-02 13:42
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