Astralis defeat Heretics to take ESL One: Road to Rio Group A lead

Astralis beat Heretics in a two-map affair, on Dust2 and Inferno, to claim the top spot in ESL One: Road to Rio's Group A with just two matches left in the round-robin stage.

Astralis took down NiP, their top competitor in Group A, in their previous ESL One: Road to Rio fixture, and have now defeated another direct competitor, Heretics, to cement their position atop the group as they head into their last two matches of the stage against Dignitas and ENCE, two of the teams currently sitting low on the table.

The match between the Danes and the Frenchmen was key in their fight for one of the two spots in the upper-bracket semi-finals, and although Heretics looked strong on the first halves of both maps, winning them 8-7 and 9-6, it was Astralis who were able to bring it home one-sidedly in the second halves on both occasions.

gla1ve put in a strong performance on Inferno despite a shaky start

Astralis were quick to establish a 4-0 lead on the attack on Dust2, but a big play from Bryan "⁠Maka⁠" Canda who clutched a 1vs1 stiuation against Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz to retake the B site in a three-kill round put Heretics on the board. From there on out the French team were able to win seven more rounds to take the lead at the half, 8-7.

On the Terrorist side, Astralis were quick to show their superiority, winning the pistol round and a 5vs5 retake in the first gun round to go up 10-8. Heretics were able to then win two rounds, but only getting two kills across both they were unable to hurt Astralis’ economy, who cruised on to close out the first map 16-10.

Heretics won a 5vs4 B retake on Inferno to inaugurate the proceedings on Astralis’ map. Just like the Danes had done on the CT side of Dust2, it was now the French team making strides on the defense, starting off 7-0 with Maka going 12-2. Astralis were able to draw some blood, but ended up trailing 6-9 at the switch.

Astralis kept bridging the gap by winning the pistol round before tying it up in the first gun round, and were far superior on the defending side, giving up but one round before match point and four in total for a 16-12 victory.

Matchpage
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2nd May 2020
16
Dust2
10
16
Inferno
12
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 42 - 28 +14 81.1 1.32
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 35 - 29 +6 73.0 1.12
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 36 - 31 +5 64.1 1.09
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 28 - 31 -3 70.8 1.06
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 38 - 35 +3 71.7 1.06
 Heretics K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Bryan 'Maka' CandaMaka 40 - 36 +4 76.5 1.14
France Lucas 'Lucky' ChastangLucky 29 - 34 -5 74.7 0.98
Belgium Nabil 'Nivera' BenrlitomNivera 35 - 36 -1 59.5 0.88
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa 30 - 34 -4 62.8 0.88
France Alexandre 'xms' Fortéxms 19 - 39 -20 44.8 0.62
France Bryan 'Maka' Canda
Bryan 'Maka' Canda
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
849
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1619
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
FLUKE
2020-05-02 21:43
4 replies
#7
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Denmark iLoVeReD
+1.
2020-05-02 21:45
1 reply
#10
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Europe Theivze
nt
2020-05-02 21:46
HERETICS "mega" game
2020-05-02 21:48
unexpected from astralis, how they win number 1 team in the world?
2020-05-03 08:58
solid attempt
2020-05-02 21:43
#3
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Greece sifounasGG
It was a good game for heretics if you think that they played against a top 5 team
2020-05-02 21:44
1 reply
#20
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Spain Pog_chaos
Maka is OP! one for the future
2020-05-02 21:58
nt Heretics!
2020-05-02 21:44
LUL
2020-05-02 21:45
#6
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Europe Theivze
Ggwp
2020-05-02 21:45
#7
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Spain elskio
Tothestars!
2020-05-02 21:45
clips.twitch.tv/ToughFaithfulYakYee lose magically after this, nice event
2020-05-02 21:46
2 replies
person gooder than me, can't be real
2020-05-02 22:22
#45
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Denmark Zaerdna
How much?
2020-05-03 12:50
-xms +another maka Heretics top 1
2020-05-02 21:46
1 reply
#38
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Spain N0Love
Isn't there any other French speaking player in the world who's not xms, I mean anyone could do the job better
2020-05-03 02:08
#12
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Hungary Shiron212
Expected Nice try though
2020-05-02 21:46
faze is better
2020-05-02 21:50
You were saying?
2020-05-02 21:52
#17
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China HEIDASHUAi
Not bad from Heretics
2020-05-02 21:53
"TAKE ESL ONE: ROAD TO RIO GROUP A LEAD" are you sure about that?
2020-05-02 21:54
7 replies
#19
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Serbia Jnordz
A very short lead lol
2020-05-02 21:55
Yes. Astralis beat NiP and as the rules are, when even points, direct wins trumps....
2020-05-02 22:06
3 replies
2020-05-02 22:07
2 replies
hltv is not showing it correctly - Astralis leads the group
2020-05-02 22:08
2020-05-02 22:41
#24
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Ivory Coast tyndlort
Aaaand the lead is gone🤣
2020-05-02 22:06
1 reply
Nope astralis still first
2020-05-03 11:27
Of course....
2020-05-02 22:01
#22
REZ | 
Greenland L_S_R
No, I believe NiP is number one in that group, this is a bad misleading title! Didn't even wait for the NiP game to finnish before publishing SMH. Even though I am biased to NiP, I still think it's wrong!
2020-05-02 22:04
2 replies
Gen.G topped the group with less RD
2020-05-03 06:01
1 reply
#49
REZ | 
Greenland L_S_R
Aren't NA and EU groups different?
2020-05-03 20:55
so easy for the best team 2 ever touch cs #Tothestars
2020-05-02 22:13
4 replies
What is the best team?
2020-05-03 01:14
2 replies
#40
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Canada cLutcheR7
I think its Fnatic?
2020-05-03 08:18
1 reply
Maybe if you count CS 1.6 and CS:S - But CS:GO can only be Astralis
2020-05-03 15:12
lul, being glad that they win over a 1000 tier team xaxaxaxaxa
2020-05-03 11:37
Real top 1
2020-05-02 22:32
#32
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Poland SebL
Solid game for Astralis. Heretics won't progress without changes.
2020-05-03 00:22
2 replies
Lmao, the team just formed, they have two newbies who never played at pro level, they're doing incredibly good and challenging the best teams in the world : HLTV : tHeY neEd tO chAnGe nuuu"
2020-05-03 01:22
1 reply
#36
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Poland SebL
Do you really think that this lineup can be better than they are now? They have Maka and Nivera carrying two deadweights, their run is a fluke. Maka, Nivera and Lucky won't be able to win 3vs5 in all matches.
2020-05-03 01:24
Maka > device, HLTV confirmed
2020-05-03 01:15
#37
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Pakistan LoOuU2
The last thing you want going against Astralis is for Glaive to frag. It's game over for sure by then.
2020-05-03 01:28
Keep the dynasty going. Let's go Astralis!
2020-05-03 11:35
1 reply
#47
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Russia GOTHBOI
+1
2020-05-03 20:46
#48
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Russia GOTHBOI
TO THE STARS
2020-05-03 20:47
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