Astralis outclass fnatic; earn IEM Katowice semi-final spot
The two teams had already secured their playoff berths by defeating Natus Vincere and Vitality, respectively, with the upper-bracket final of group A deciding which team would start a step deeper in the playoffs. Across Overpass and Vertigo, Astralis was the better team on all four halves, taking a comfortable 2-0 victory.
Unable to convert a 3v2 post-plant on Overpass, fnatic found themselves on the back foot of their map pick from the start. Astralis fended off the force-buy attempt and then won six more rounds in a row, not even allowing the bomb to go down to secure an 8-0 lead. Then, a low-buy worked out for fnatic, giving them their first, before Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson and Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin combined for a crucial second, keeping the ball rolling.
fnatic eventually broke the Danes' economy and finished the half 10-5, with Brollan's 4:0 opening duels record playing a key part in keeping his side in the game. Jesper "JW" Wecksell and co. picked up the second half pistol and followup (10-7), but weren't up to task in the rifle rounds. Emil "Magisk" Reif led the way for Astralis as they won six out of the next eight rounds to claim Overpass, posting a 1.69 rating and 110.2 ADR for the map.
Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth's triple saw Astralis recover in the Terrorist pistol round on Vertigo, their map pick, which they followed up to earn a 4-0 lead. fnatic managed to find success on the buy rounds, locking down their opponents map control attempts, and taking a 6-5 round advantage. That is when a low-buy win from Astralis threw the Swedes off of their game, seeing them concede the half 9-6.
After the switch, Astralis earned another 4-0 start, getting into prime position to win the series (13-6). In the following rifle round, fnatic's mid control attempt was locked down despite their entry frag, with Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and co. continuing their strong run to win the map easily, 16-8.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|44 - 28||+16||102.3||1.53|
|37 - 25||+12||86.8||1.31|
|38 - 26||+12||85.6||1.25|
|37 - 27||+10||71.3||1.18|
|36 - 28||+8||75.2||1.14|