Astralis kick off DreamHack Masters Spring with victory over Heroic
Just two days after winning ESL One: Road to Rio - Europe, Astralis have now started their DreamHack Masters Spring run with a victory over their fellow Heroic countrymen, although they have done so with JUGi in the starting lineup. The 23-year-old is taking over Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander’s spot in the roster as the latter has taken medical leave and will be sidelined for the next three months.
Despite low impact and a slow start on Train, which Astralis won in overtime, JUGi helped his new team get the wheels rolling on Inferno with a 1.08 map rating in their effort to bring back a 5-10 deficit at the half.
Astralis took first pistol round after winning a clean 5vs4 retake on the CT side of Train, going up 4-1 early on. A double by Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen helped Heroic bring it back to within two before the teams traded rounds and Astralis took a 6-3 lead. They then pulled ahead 8-3 before Heroic were able to tally another thanks to an aggressive play in B that ended up with Casper "cadiaN" Møller winning a 1vs2 afterplant clutch, but it was Emil "Magisk" Reif and company who were able to close the half out in the lead, 11-4.
Heroic brought the match back to life winning the second pistol round, the anti-eco, and the first gun round, making it 7-11. A 1vs3 afterplant clutch by Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth put Astralis back on track, but they were picked apart the following round as cadiaN and company continued on the comeback path, going on to make it 10-12. Heroic were then first to match point, after trading rounds, 15-14, but were unable to close it out as Astralis pushed it to overtime and with a 4-1 scoreline in the extra rounds bagged the map 19-16.
Johannes "b0RUP" Borup found himself the last man standing in a 3vs2 afterplant situation with enough time to defuse the bomb, putting Heroic up 1-0 on Inferno. Going on to win the anti-ecos and first gun round, Heroic built up a bank and despite losing the sixth round, they went on to take a hefty 8-1 lead before being contested. Astralis were able to put some numbers up, but were down at the half 5-10.
A chaotic round on B opened up the second half, but Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen and JUGi were able to win a 2vs2 to keep Astralis in the game. With Nicolai "device" Reedtz coming to life with the AWP, the defenders went on to tie it up 11-11. Back-and-forth rounds made for a tight finish, but it was finally Astralis who were able to bring it home 16-14.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice||48 - 34||+14||80.8||1.27|
|Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh||44 - 44||0||68.4||1.06|
|Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x||37 - 37||0||69.6||1.03|
|Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk||44 - 43||+1||73.6||1.02|
|Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi||32 - 36||-4||61.0||0.92|