Astralis to Pro League semi-finals over Liquid

Astralis won a three map series against Liquid to secure a spot in the semi-finals, meaning the North Americans will have to start their playoff run in the quarter-finals.

Liquid and Astralis went up against each other in a rematch of the ECS Season 8 Finals grand final, albeit this time it was in a lesser match, the Group B upper bracket final, where the two unbeaten teams who had already made it past the group stage fought for a semi-final seed in the playoffs.

Astralis and Liquid kicked off the Group B upper bracket final on Inferno, the North American team’s pick. They were able to take the first round cleanly, with four kills and a bomb plant, but Astralis took an equally clean pistol buy with five Desert Eagle frags, to tie it 1-1. The Danes then controlled the early game, before a back-and-forth ensued, with the two teams going 6-6, although they were finally able to grab hold of the game late in the half to go to the switch with a 9-6 lead.

Liquid took the second pistol round and dominated the first four rounds on the CT side to take a 10-9 lead, although Astralis tied it right back up. A fruitful A defense by Nick "nitr0" Cannella and Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski kept the Americans in the lead. Down 12-13, Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen got three crucial kills in a 2vs4 retake to tie it back up as the first map went into the final stretch. Astralis retook the lead against pistols, but they weren’t able to close it out as Liquid.

Astralis are straight through to the semi-finals

The match then moved to Nuke, where Astralis were quick to take a 3-0 lead on the attacking side ahead of the first gun round. The Danes didn’t give up and relentless attacks kept Liquid at bay all half long, with Emil "Magisk" Reif tallying a couple of fo clutches to take an ample 11-4 as Terrorists. Astralis took the second pistol round, and although Liquid managed to sneak in three rounds after the first forcebuy to try and make a map of it, the Danes quickly shut them down, 16-7, to force a third map.

nitr0 and company were unable to take revenge on Astralis

Astralis won a 1vs2 on the A site of Dust2 to defuse the bomb and win the pistol round, but doubles by Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken and EliGE on the forcebuy brought it back even. Liquid marched ahead, 6-2, but a three-kill hold on B by dupreeh kept his team in it early on. Putting Liquid in a tough spot economically, the Danes were able to bring it to a tie, 6-6, although a last push by Liquid put the American side ahead 6-9.

The second half started with two early trades leaving a 3vs3 with more than a minute on the round, but a failed fake B attempt with little time on the clock worked aganist Astralis as Liquid hit double digits. Despite the early pistol win, Astralis quickly took the reins on the attacking side, winning the forcebuy and the two following to keep it within one, although Liquid weren’t ready to give up their lead quite yet as nitr0 got a triple to make it 11-9. Despite the blunder, the match was soon tied again, 11-11.

Astralis were able to take the lead late in the decider map, 14-12, and although Liquid didn’t let up and made it to 13, they subsequently gave up match point. A flank by Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth in a 2vs3 afterplant on A ended it the next round, 16-13, as Astralis clenched a spot in the semis.

Matchpage
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Inferno
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Nuke
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Dust2
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 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 57 - 50 +7 84.0 1.14
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 59 - 48 +11 73.9 1.13
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 53 - 52 +1 67.1 1.08
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 59 - 58 +1 75.3 1.07
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 52 - 53 -1 71.8 1.03
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 64 - 50 +14 86.8 1.20
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 61 - 53 +8 83.4 1.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 44 - 51 -7 60.4 0.94
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 48 - 61 -13 65.9 0.89
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 43 - 65 -22 64.6 0.80
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1209
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1548
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1234
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1006
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1605
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
956
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Liquid and getting demolished by Astralis, name a more iconic duo :D NA is just not on our level ;)
2019-12-05 21:35
I LIKE HOW NA FANBOYS ALWAYS TALK SHIT AFTER FIRST MAP AND THEN THEY ARE SO QUIET KKKKKKKKKKKKKK NA CS KEKW
2019-12-05 21:35
#13
YEKINDAR | 
China |x^2| 
NALDING XA XA XA!
2019-12-05 21:36
AHAHAHAHAH STEWIE WHY SO QUIET?????????? I MISS HIS GIRLY SCREAM :(
2019-12-07 19:05
#9
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North America X3phyR 
How I was so close
2019-12-05 21:35
#15
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North America X3phyR 
How can you just get #1 so quick?
2019-12-05 21:36
#25
YEKINDAR | 
China |x^2| 
He’s a member of the Stasi
2019-12-05 21:36
f5
2019-12-05 21:37
#40
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Europe obvious 
Nah
2019-12-05 21:38
#55
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North America X3phyR 
But I'm always second or third whyyy
2019-12-05 21:41
slow f5 and ctrl+v pracc more mens
2019-12-05 21:41
#71
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North America X3phyR 
Thanks for the tips
2019-12-05 22:03
#64
YEKINDAR | 
China |x^2| 
It’s top secret
2019-12-05 21:46
#30
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France LeDiplomate 
Nicestralis
2019-12-05 21:37
#85
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United States TheReelMVP 
>16-13 >demolished choose one
2019-12-05 23:13
Barely scraped by on their own map pick, NAF and Elige we're carrying hard and it could've been a 2-0 for Astralis if those 2 didnt play lights out like they did. If Stewie spent less time screaming like a little girl and spent more time playing the game maybe Liquid wouldnt be looking so shaky.
2019-12-06 00:01
#100
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Indonesia lumayan 
"Barely" "It could've been" So many reasons? Is it that hard to accept the fact that they're winning 1 map and not rekt? Lol
2019-12-06 00:19
Astralis won in the end, so i dont really care, but saying Liquid didnt just barely scrape by to not get 2-0'd is a bit ignorant. NAF and Elige we're playing lights out and we're by far the 2 best players on the server, but the rest of Liquid just didnt show up. Stewie was more preoccupied screaming. So yes, "it could've been" a 2-0, "it could've been" a Liquid win had they showed up or "it could've been" a close fight on all 3 maps.
2019-12-06 00:24
Why are you so preoccupied with Stewie screaming that you have to mention it to someone who didnt even talk about it?
2019-12-06 03:43
#115
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Belgium RobinDG 
Because his behavior triggers everyone.
2019-12-06 03:50
#121
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Ukraine zCainee 
+1
2019-12-06 07:09
#128
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Germany Gabbah 
Could not agree more... I was so mad yesterday, when he was screaming constantly during the first map.
2019-12-06 08:51
because he is an absolut cuck that only screams like a monkey when he is winning. Dead silence when losing. Pathetic kid.
2019-12-06 07:20
I get that but who screams when they lose?
2019-12-08 22:54
Stewie screams like a madman when they win a round but isnt performing to back his confidence. Stewie is the weakest link but boasts the most. That just annoys me, and it shows i guess.
2019-12-06 20:50
#118
shox | 
Korea Jew2K 
are NAG and EliGE not part of Liquid? What's wrong with them playing well, like u expect all 5 to frag equally each game
2019-12-06 04:12
You're name made me smile
2019-12-06 08:43
If you look at Astralis this game, their total kills deviate with only a 7 kill difference from the one with least to the one with most. i'd say that's pretty equal fragging. On Liquid it deviated with 21 kills between the least and the most. 3 players we're also below 50 total kills, with 2 players above 60. That's not equal fragging. Where did you get that i said NAF and Elige we're not a part of Liquid? i said they were the only two from Liquid who showed up/performed at the level you'd expect from a team such as Liquid. I was positively surprised and happy with seeing them play well, NAF being my favourite Liquid player and all. Nice name btw
2019-12-06 20:49
Danish people being cucks Name a more iconic duo
2019-12-05 23:18
#88
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Denmark Notallama 
German people being cheaters
2019-12-05 23:23
+1
2019-12-06 00:10
I see more cucks than cheaters tbh
2019-12-06 00:59
In the forest of the blind, is where the one eyed king rules
2019-12-06 02:07
I see I see said the blind man
2019-12-06 02:34
#2
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North America X3phyR 
Hey
2019-12-05 21:35
No
2019-12-05 21:37
#58
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North America X3phyR 
That was don't to get a #in the top 3 no one wants upside down people
2019-12-05 21:42
#113
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United States G0ingInsqne 
+1
2019-12-06 03:25
#4
apEX | 
France Alochai 
Stewie-22k Respect to NAF for actually getting frags these last few matches.
2019-12-05 21:37
#60
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Spain N0Love 
+1
2019-12-05 21:42
NAf typically plays good maybe not as good as this but he’s always mid scoreboard and doing his job
2019-12-05 23:49
#5
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Denmark kozality 
sfd
2019-12-05 21:35
#6
Liazz | 
Indonesia rimusi 
Yeet
2019-12-05 21:35
on
2019-12-05 21:35
NA CS KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK BOT2K KICK COMING SOON
2019-12-05 21:36
nt lol you edited your comment, you only typed “b” and still got 8
2019-12-05 21:36
SO MAD KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK NA CS SO BAD
2019-12-05 21:36
kkkkk u didnt even get 1st and h were chasing for it
2019-12-05 21:38
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK Im not F5 pussy like u NA CS BTW KKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-12-05 21:38
I didnt F5, i didnt even go for #1
2019-12-05 22:12
typical NA excuses
2019-12-05 22:13
#80
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Canada HansROZE 
Jesus christ man calm down holy sh*t
2019-12-05 22:32
#81
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Albania JonZherka 
Jesus christ man calm down holy sh*t
2019-12-05 22:39
Jesus christ man calm down holy sh*t
2019-12-05 22:40
#10
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Australia IamthekinG 
Good job of Astralis. 👑 Bless them to go further.
2019-12-05 21:38
Expected
2019-12-05 21:35
#12
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
Screaming-22k so bad
2019-12-05 21:35
+1
2019-12-05 21:52
#16
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Ukraine obi_wan 
can anyone explain why Stewie and Tarik always scream like idiots? it is so annoying
2019-12-05 21:36
You can see nobody went crazy for Astralis but everyone showed up, only 7 frags difference between frag leader and the last player. Now look at liquid...
2019-12-05 21:36
#44
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Panama FUN4ENCE 
57 - 52 =/= 7
2019-12-05 21:39
You really think you are smart do you?
2019-12-05 21:40
#54
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Panama FUN4ENCE 
yes I did mensa test and got double digits
2019-12-05 21:41
top fragger on astralis has 59 frags, not 57
2019-12-05 21:40
You are asking too much of him.
2019-12-05 21:41
his flair explains it
2019-12-05 22:48
Liquid have lost the last 5 matches against Astralis. Haven't won in more than 4 months AHAHAHHAH
2019-12-05 21:36
#79
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Brazil HaiduHilario 
Expected, liquid's short dominance period was just a fluke. Everything is back to normal rn
2019-12-05 22:30
#93
kennyS | 
United States @rex 
You know what period was shorter? LG's "era" NA CS>>>>>>>BR CS LUL
2019-12-05 23:45
You realize they changed org to SK? LUL trump voter nt
2019-12-06 11:04
#101
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Indonesia lumayan 
Short dominance? They win so much recently and only lost to astralis loll... its not dominance?
2019-12-06 00:21
They only "dominated" because Astralis wasn't attending tournaments lmao
2019-12-06 07:21
#20
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Denmark khalannz 
Expected
2019-12-05 21:36
#21
YEKINDAR | 
China |x^2| 
Bot2k
2019-12-05 21:36
#22
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Portugal RCosta14 
Again 🤔😂
2019-12-05 21:36
#23
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Hungary StraYzie 
expected
2019-12-05 21:36
#24
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Romania En!gma0 
The last play from Xyp was pure genius.
2019-12-05 21:36
IKR he's such a god
2019-12-05 21:38
astralis 2 good
2019-12-05 21:36
#27
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Spain elskio 
intense match
2019-12-05 21:36
STEWIE2K, WHYY SO QUIET??
2019-12-05 21:37
#32
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Poland rude_wredne 
why stewie not yelling?
2019-12-05 21:37
#39
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
Silent-22k
2019-12-05 21:39
#45
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Poland rude_wredne 
stewie "i yell when i win but when i lose im quiet and cry inside"-22k
2019-12-05 21:39
#33
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Panama FUN4ENCE 
Liquid stuck in 2018 xaxaxaxaxa
2019-12-05 21:37
#53
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Germany killmichi 
Well then early 2020 will be early 2019 again
2019-12-05 21:41
stewie why so quiet?
2019-12-05 21:38
Close but no cigar. Just like always. Feels repetitive. Fade away in the end.
2019-12-05 21:38
YYYYL
2019-12-05 21:39
Nice try Liquid coming closer each time, Astralis not easy to play against. GG
2019-12-05 21:39
#46
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Denmark Duke1996 
Great stuff
2019-12-05 21:39
Also Henryg's aural felatio of Astralis for 2 hours gets so old.
2019-12-05 21:41
WTF does “aural” mean ? Felatio is an “oral” act ... LOL
2019-12-06 01:19
You aren't good at puns yet are you poor dear. Well not entirely your fault since Englush isn't your first language.
2019-12-06 03:56
That was a poor attempt at making a pun lol ;-) Child, please
2019-12-06 07:32
Pfft. Coming from someone who didn't even get it - it went way over your head - go back to mingling with the hltv filth in the shallows. I'm way too deep for your type. It's actually a spectacular pun. And spur of the moment. And apt. HenryG is an annoying caster that masturbates to Astralis demos nightly. You'd probably join in with him if you weren't a nobody.
2019-12-06 16:58
You can’t really save it at this point ..., - learn to write you illiterate boomer ..., - maybe go back to School ?
2019-12-06 19:18
Try harder at trolling someone with clearly a significant advanrage in English literacy let alone IQ. You didn't even know the word "aural" existed. You may still not. You couldn't recognize an advanced pun. But keep learning. Maybe some day you will improve.
2019-12-06 22:23
I doubt you even know what “aural” is ... as you clearly used it in a wrong context lol ... Your syntax and sentence construction are awful, considering, english is (supposed?) to be your first language ... Learn The words and their meaning before you (try to) use Them, child ,..
2019-12-06 22:38
This is sad for you. Of course I know what "aural" means. I'm a musician. I studied the physics of sound in college. I stopped reading after your first sentence because quite honestly, you are a waste of my time. You've been thoroughly humiliated from the beginning, but are too dumb to recognize it. Good luck with life. You're going to need it.
2019-12-07 02:32
naf vs 9
2019-12-05 21:39
true
2019-12-05 23:30
NA CS OMEGALUL. TIER 2
2019-12-05 21:40
#61
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United States PH4RMA 
Astralis > NA > remainder of EU. Nt no scener
2019-12-05 21:43
NT flukequid
2019-12-05 21:44
#76
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Netherlands meneertjesem 
U say No scener ????? GODj > NA CS retardddd
2019-12-05 22:23
2019-12-05 23:44
Why snake2k doesn't screaming
2019-12-05 21:40
nice game.go ast
2019-12-05 21:42
Stewie the screamer -22 ^^
2019-12-05 21:44
GGWP Team Liquid and Astralis! Thanks for a nail biting Dust 2
2019-12-05 21:46
#66
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Denmark Menterx 
Gg wp to both teams!
2019-12-05 21:48
#67
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Sweden flippig 
Time to pack your bags tomorrow NA!
2019-12-05 21:48
#68
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Romania shumifree 
Stewie where is your voice fam?
2019-12-05 21:50
#70
device | 
Denmark ba0708 
Hahahah trash2k, go home to NA kid
2019-12-05 22:03
This tournament will mark the start of the second Astralis era
2019-12-05 22:17
Also, probably another Liquid-Astralis final (and same result, as always xD)
2019-12-05 22:20
#77
s1mple | 
Denmark konner 
Absolute banger of a bo3.
2019-12-05 22:25
#97
gla1ve | 
Denmark flapdur 
+1
2019-12-06 00:02
Astralis vs Liquid is the easiest prediction of all time lmao
2019-12-05 22:25
#83
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Poland GamBitF4N 
+1
2019-12-05 22:47
+2
2019-12-06 04:15
ggwp
2019-12-05 23:19
#89
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Europe Vallon3 
Well done, they really want to win in their home.
2019-12-05 23:28
I really loved how Lulquid took the first map and the NA fanboys started spamming "EU cs LULW" and then got put on their place obce again. BOT2k should "wooooooo" more.
2019-12-05 23:31
+1
2019-12-06 16:55
#96
gla1ve | 
Denmark flapdur 
Some credit to Liquid, it takes 2 teams to make a good close match. They just need the tenacity and coolness to hang in there - all 5 of them. Can´t have half a team carrying the other half. The player stats are fairly typical for a Astralis vs Liquid match: All Astralis players put in a decent shift, with 50-60 kills and a rating between 1 and 1.15. Two Liquid players are on top with 60+ kills and rating 1.15-1.20 Three Liquid players takes turns not showing up, and are below the Astralis players on all parameters. Liquid needs more stability.
2019-12-06 00:07
Liquid is closing in though. Next matchup will be interesting.
2019-12-06 04:00
Not really. It has gone more or less the same as the last match.
2019-12-06 16:56
stewie on low opponents "WOO SIT DOWN" ...... Stewie on decent clans "....."
2019-12-06 00:18
elige number 1 hahahahaha
2019-12-06 00:38
#104
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United States @FyreCS 
Unfortunate loss, hopefully we can still make it to finals! WP Astralis!
2019-12-06 00:38
expected
2019-12-06 01:26
NA meme region
2019-12-06 02:20
liquid dont play train at all so this limits them so much. they have to let nuke out when they have to veto train.
2019-12-06 02:26
#112
qz | 
China Tyloo66 
Team liquid aka astralis's sex slave
2019-12-06 03:10
NAF, consistent as ever. GG to both teams
2019-12-06 04:14
#125
shox | 
India iejesus 
Ffs
2019-12-06 08:23
Still think it will be an Astralis v Liquid final, and Astralis will win 2-0 again.
2019-12-06 08:46
#130
NiKo | 
Italy Ros1kk 
Its too ez
2019-12-06 12:02
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