NiP stun Astralis as EPL Season 11 opening day reaches end
It has been a rough few months for Astralis. The Danish team, who had lost over 150 points in the world rankings in Monday's weekly update, began their Pro League campaign on the wrong foot as they were humbled by NIP in a quick two-map series.
The Ninjas commenced their impressive campaign on Vertigo, where a convincing start on the T side saw the Swedes pick up a whopping 12 rounds. Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's pistol round triple kill gave Astralis a way back into the game, but rifles in the hands of NIP meant a swift 16-6 conclusion to map one, with Fredrik "REZ" Sterner shining with an impressive 1.74 rating.
After switching to their map pick, Overpass, Astralis managed to claw their initial T-side rounds but once more dropped the ball when faced against rifles. After a three-round string, the former No.1 squad managed to add only one more round to their tally, concluding their offensive half with a seven-round deficit.
Another pistol round seemed like a promising start for the Danes; however, they were once more overpowered by NIP when push came to shove. A back and forth played against Astralis' deficit, as the Danes were defeated, once again without posting double-digits.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|29 - 33||-4||75.0||0.98|
|33 - 33||0||70.3||0.98|
|25 - 34||-9||58.4||0.80|
|23 - 36||-13||62.6||0.70|
|19 - 39||-20||64.5||0.62|
|NIP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|45 - 27||+18||105.5||1.57|
|44 - 24||+20||92.1||1.49|
|29 - 24||+5||72.4||1.21|
|28 - 26||+2||74.9||1.15|
|29 - 28||+1||65.0||1.02|
The Nordic clash concluded an eventful first day of ESL Pro League, which had begun with a 2-0 thrashing of ENCE by Spirit. The Russian team, who were invited at the last minute to replace BOOM, cruised past the struggling Finnish players 16-2 on Inferno before picking up a close victory in a 30-round Train game.
Meanwhile, Vitality were made to work hard to beat GODSENT in their first match with Kévin "misutaaa" Rabier, who impressed with a 1.23 rating, the second-highest in the team. Dan "apEX" Madesclaire's troops recovered from a 7-12 deficit to post a 16-14 win on Vertigo before easing past their opponents on Nuke, where Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut dominated the map with a 1.74 rating and a 114 ADR.
Below you can find the group standings after the first day: