Astralis outclass fnatic; earn IEM Katowice semi-final spot

Following a 2-0 victory over fnatic, Astralis have secured a spot in the semi-finals of IEM Katowice, while fnatic will start the playoffs in the quarter-finals.

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.

Magisk was the man of the map on Overpass

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.

Matchpage
2
0
27th February 2020
16
Overpass
9
16
Vertigo
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
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
35 - 38 -3 86.7 1.07
32 - 37 -5 72.3 0.84
26 - 39 -13 62.1 0.73
25 - 40 -15 64.4 0.72
16 - 38 -22 47.6 0.46
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
612
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1282
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1017
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1409
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1638
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1616
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Rip fnatic :(
2020-02-27 16:39
11 replies
Rip astralis, nothing is ever not too ez for Young talent Brollan and co
2020-02-27 16:49
7 replies
#39
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Brazil _FaZeUP
Can't wait to see Faze destroying Astralis at the finals! #FazeUP
2020-02-27 16:57
6 replies
hahahaha -OLOF - COLDZERA = MAYBE
2020-02-27 17:03
1 reply
#44
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Brazil _FaZeUP
-goat1? -goat2? I aren't think thatz eZaF
2020-02-27 17:07
Not possible
2020-02-27 18:29
#61
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Denmark c0re_
You'll be crying when FaZe lose to navi in a bit #FaZeDown
2020-02-27 19:31
1 reply
spot on!!
2020-02-27 20:03
#68
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Singapore Am2de
You can't lose to Astralis if you lose against Navi. IQ 200
2020-02-28 05:26
Astralis out luck fnatic
2020-02-27 17:04
2 replies
#45
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Denmark Kon10R
Yeah, they have been lucky for two years sraight ... Wait ...
2020-02-27 17:11
1 reply
#62
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Denmark c0re_
+1
2020-02-27 19:33
#3
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Finland N1ggers
Expected
2020-02-27 16:39
boring
2020-02-27 16:40
1 reply
zero emotional in astralis game
2020-02-27 16:46
#5
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Slovakia Pokz628
ez
2020-02-27 16:40
Yeah, keep picking overpass to Astralis lulw
2020-02-27 16:40
4 replies
Which other map :D?
2020-02-27 17:22
3 replies
I think d2 was their only chance
2020-02-27 17:28
#64
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Europe Vallon3
Vertigo is their weakest map.
2020-02-28 00:39
1 reply
Vertigo is a strong map for astralis
2020-02-28 04:40
brollan next star
2020-02-27 16:40
#8
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Poland houzter
ez
2020-02-27 16:40
#9
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Czech Republic C9in2015
ez <3
2020-02-27 16:40
#10
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Japan Amatsuk1
wew
2020-02-27 16:40
#11
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Canada Herodionus
EZ PZ FOR THE GOATS
2020-02-27 16:41
1 reply
Another major for stars ez
2020-02-27 19:19
ezasf
2020-02-27 16:41
#14
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Sweden Fizze
Fnatic will bounce back to SF
2020-02-27 16:41
Real question is can Astralis not win Katowice?
2020-02-27 16:41
5 replies
If ESL canceled the tournament, yes
2020-02-27 16:42
3 replies
lmao
2020-02-27 16:44
#47
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Denmark Kon10R
HAHAHAHA !!! I laik dat one! ;O)
2020-02-27 17:12
True... They can only lose to coravirus at this point
2020-02-27 18:20
Idk, mouse and g2 are in good shape atm i can see them upset astralis 🤷‍♂️👍👊👌 Still hope astralis wins this one
2020-02-27 18:44
I like both teams but fnatic are my favourite. Was hoping for an upset
2020-02-27 16:41
Very entertaining match Now, plz win the tournament, gla1ve
2020-02-27 16:41
1 reply
Flair checks out
2020-02-27 16:57
EZ! DANISH CS IS numba 1
2020-02-27 16:41
Wow fnatic lost so badly
2020-02-27 16:41
Astralis or G2 will win this IEM!! Fnatic Overrated Team!!!
2020-02-27 16:41
1 reply
+1
2020-02-27 16:46
#23
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Spain elskio
Lets gooo
2020-02-27 16:43
Another day in the offise! I dont hate Astralis anymore, just true professionals! You cant hate hard workers right?
2020-02-27 16:43
1 reply
#65
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Latvia kenzai^
Yes but you can learn from them.
2020-02-28 00:44
fnatic playing scared Hopefully they can play up to their true potential next time
2020-02-27 16:44
It will not happen anyway because it is possible that today they are canceling IEM Katowice
2020-02-27 16:46
It was not the normal fnatic today with the speed and momentum. Will be better next game!
2020-02-27 16:46
ez4astralis
2020-02-27 16:47
Nice
2020-02-27 16:51
fnatic i am dissapoint
2020-02-27 16:53
outlucks, outcheat or outtrashs
2020-02-27 16:55
2 replies
what do u have against astralis men)))
2020-02-27 17:17
1 reply
anybody who is not an Astralis fan, can only dislike them on multiple levels. sorry tho, but that is how it is
2020-02-27 17:52
too ez
2020-02-27 17:11
#48
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Czech Republic Pomelo420
Deserved! Havent seen much teams ever to show such a movements and rotations all over the Overpass map. Great performance Astralis!
2020-02-27 17:17
EZ with the low life cheaters.
2020-02-27 17:17
magic beard
2020-02-27 17:43
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