Astralis hammer G2 to win ESL One: Road to Rio - Europe
The Danish side has ended their title-less drought in 2020 after a dominant run throughout ESL One: Road to Rio playoffs, where they went undefeated as they took down G2 on two separate occasions and FaZe.
Their final series against the French-Serbian side could not have gone much more convincingly, as Astralis entered the best-of-five title decider with a map advantage after coming from the upper bracket and quickly disposed of G2 on the following two maps with a 16-6 scoreline on their Nuke and 16-2 on their opponents' pick, Vertigo.
With the victory, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and company have not only maintained first place but also earned a healthy advantage in the Regional Major Ranking standings in Europe, which also comprise the StarLadder Major and two upcoming RMR tournaments and will determine invites to the only Major of 2020, ESL One Rio.
Astralis kicked off the series with a successful streak on the offensive side of Nuke, where after a pistol round victory they consistently came out on top of close scenarios, including two dangerous anti-forcebuys and a 1v2 clutch from Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen.
Down 0-7, Nemanja "nexa" Isaković's quad-kill in main gave G2 their first entry and earned them a way back into contention for the map, as it was enough to force Astralis on a low buy. However, the half was still in control of the Danes, in the end, with Nicolai "device" Reedtz's triple-kill with a Tec-9 helping them earn a three-round advantage.
When sides switched, G2 were in trouble once the second pistol went the other way, and this time Astralis didn't allow them to find a way back in, closing the map 16-6 on the back of a flawless defense.
The French-Serbian team looked to improve on their own pick, Vertigo, but found themselves completely outclassed up against the red-hot Astralis. The Danes put together a near-perfect defense worth 13 rounds and soon ended G2's misery at 16-2 after clinching the second pistol round with ease.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|46 - 23||+23||108.5||1.75|
|34 - 16||+18||88.0||1.48|
|36 - 15||+21||80.8||1.46|
|27 - 18||+9||83.8||1.32|
|25 - 25||0||74.5||1.11|
|G2||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|22 - 34||-12||66.0||0.77|
|21 - 32||-11||58.6||0.71|
|23 - 33||-10||62.9||0.67|
|18 - 34||-16||57.4||0.62|
|13 - 35||-22||44.8||0.43|
1. Astralis - $33,000 + 1,600 RMR points
2. G2 - $21,500 + 1,500 RMR points
3. FaZe - $14,000 + 1,400 RMR points
4. Vitality - $10,000 + 1,300 RMR points
5. NIP / Heretics - $7,500 + 1,200 RMR points
6. NIP / Heretics - $6,500 + 1,100 RMR points
7. GODSENT - $6,000 + 1,000 RMR points
8. North - $5,000 + 720 RMR points*
9. ENCE - $3,250 + 800 RMR points
10. Copenhagen Flames - $2,500 + 700 RMR points
11. Movistar Riders - $2,250 + 600 RMR points
12. fnatic - $1,500 + 500 RMR points
13-14. mousesports - $1,000 + 350 RMR points
13-14. Complexity - $1,000 + 350 RMR points
15-16. c0ntact - 150 RMR points
15-16. Dignitas - 150 RMR points
*North received a 20% points reduction due to substituting Kjaerbye with Jumpy during the tournament
The current Regional Major Ranking standings for Europe now look as follows:
1. Astralis - 2,400 points
2. G2 - 1,680 points
3. Vitality - 1,660 points
4. FaZe - 1,580 points
5. ENCE - 1,280 points
6. NIP / Heretics - 1,200 points
7. NIP / Heretics - 1,100 points
8. GODSENT - 1,000 points
9. North - 900 points
10. Copenhagen Flames - 700 points
11. mousesports - 650 points
12. Movistar Riders - 600 points
13. fnatic - 500 points
14. Complexity - 350 points
15. c0ntact - 330 points
16. Dignitas - 150 points
Two more RMR events, which are yet to be announced, will take place before ESL One Rio invites are sent out. In Europe, a total of 11 spots at the Major are on offer: three Legends, six Challengers, and two Contenders.