mousesports pull off double comeback vs. Astralis to advance to EPL final
Finn "karrigan" Andersen's team fulfilled their goal of making their second grand final in a row following a comeback from behind on both Train and Dust2, leaving Astralis frustrated after the Danes failed to make it to the final at their second consecutive event on home soil despite the advantageous position.
mousesports opted for Train to kick off the series, which immediately took a chaotic turn as the two sides kept exchanging forcebuys until the European squad came out on top, but they couldn't capitalize on the early advantage as Astralis dominated from the seventh round on, courtesy of a great half from Emil "Magisk" Reif.
Down 5-10, karrigan's team had their work cut out for them when they switched over to the CT side, and they managed to slash the deficit to just one on the back of a pistol round victory. Astralis won a halfbuy for a 14-11 lead, but they were unable to close out the map in regulation as it went to overtime.
There, one set wasn't enough in spite of the Danes getting their second map point thanks to Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen's turn-around from 2v5, with mousesports pulling through to the second overtime, where they came out victors 22-19.
A rather streaky Overpass followed as Astralis grabbed hold of six out of the first eight rounds on the offense before a halfbuy win starring Robin "ropz" Kool kickstarted a strong finish for his team, who switched over with a one-round lead. Momentum shifted again immediately in the beginning of the second half, with the Danish squad running away with a dominant defense for a 16-9 equalizer.
Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's men got off to a good start on Dust2, as well, always being able to trade multiple rounds in exchange for just one on the opposite side, as mousesports kept struggling for money on the CT side and only managed five rounds in total.
ropz & co. made Astralis sweat despite the Danes mounting a 14-8 lead, however, as they stopped the Danish squad in their tracks on the back of Özgür "woxic" Eker's quad-kill and continued impact from the Turk, aided by an in-form Chris "chrisJ" de Jong. After turning around a 3v5 situation for 14-14, the European side sent their adversaries on an eco, gaining the upper hand to complete the huge comeback at 16-14.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||79 - 69||+10||85.6||1.14|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||69 - 65||+4||77.8||1.05|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||60 - 65||-5||70.3||1.01|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||61 - 62||-1||62.5||1.00|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||50 - 68||-18||68.3||0.88|