Astralis claim first ESL Pro League Stage 2 win over FaZe
The two teams had both been sitting at a 0-2 record ahead of the start of the match, which put serious implications on their chances to secure the all-important top-three finish by the end of the group stage.
While the Danes have kept their hopes alive with a 2-0 victory against FaZe, the European side now have a 0-3 record and not only need to win both of their remaining matches against Natus Vincere and OG but also rely heavily on other teams' results, which could still put them in a tiebreaking scenario.
You could be forgiven for thinking Nuke would be a walk in the park for Astralis when the Danes started off their opponent's pick up 8-1 on the CT side, but it ended up being far from that as FaZe found an avenue back in the opening map on the back of Helvijs "broky" Saukants's 1v1 clutch, which helped them turn things around and pick up five rounds in the first half.
With a pistol round going their way, soon the scoreline was almost level, and even though Astralis managed to speed away and grab a 14-10 lead, FaZe still held on and took it to overtime. There, the two teams went back and forth until it was decided in the last round, in which a well-placed grenade by Nicolai "device" Reedtz sent Marcelo "coldzera" David flying in a 1v1 clutch.
When it came to Overpass, the Danish powerhouse was in complete control from the start and never let go. FaZe only mustered three rounds on the defense, and when a second-round forcebuy spearheaded by Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth's Scout quad-kill went Astralis' way, their fate was sealed.
|FaZe||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo||44 - 41||+3||82.8||1.05|
|Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain||38 - 40||-2||78.3||1.04|
|Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister||30 - 34||-4||63.2||0.88|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||30 - 39||-9||63.3||0.86|
|Helvijs 'broky' Saukantsbroky||27 - 34||-7||50.6||0.79|
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||39 - 33||+6||84.5||1.22|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||41 - 37||+4||70.2||1.20|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||44 - 33||+11||72.6||1.18|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||36 - 33||+3||72.1||1.07|
|Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve||28 - 33||-5||59.3||1.00|
Below are the second stage's standings after three rounds of play: