Astralis eliminate Liquid from DreamHack Masters Winter
The first meeting of 2020 between the former rivals went the way of the Danish side as Nicolai "device" Reedtz put up a stellar performance (1.60 rating).
A comeback on Vertigo and a dominant game on Inferno added up to a 2-0 victory for Astralis over Liquid in the lower-bracket of DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Europe, seeing the North American side end their run in the tournament early.
The two best teams of 2018 and 2019 met for the first time since BLAST Pro Series Global Finals in December of last year, but the Danish team ranked #4 in the world justified the favorite tag and handed yet another defeat to Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and co. Liquid will now have two weeks to prepare for their final European tournament of 2020, IEM Global Challenge, while Astralis will play the loser of G2 - FURIA for a place in the playoffs of DreamHack Masters Winter.
Liquid took the pistol to kick off Vertigo and focused on the A site early on to start their map pick 5-2 up. device won the next one for his team, grabbing a 3K with a saved AWP, but the North Americans struck back with a B hit and ran away with the half, 10-5.
Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth went big in the second half pistol, while Emil "Magisk" Reif was crucial to his team starting the defense 3-0. The lead was grabbed by Astralis after a Xyp9x mid-round lurk that resulted in a triple (11-10), before Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken brought Liquid back to life by clutching a 1v2 on A. The game was neck-and-neck at the end, but Astralis' successful A hit at 13-13 gave them the victory, 16-14.
On Inferno, Liquid were on the back foot from the get-go, as Michael "Grim" Wince's 3K hold got them on board in round 5, but little success followed. The Danes played with the rotations and won their fights to go 8-2 up before the North Americans stabilized after two multikill rounds from EliGE.
After the score was 8-5, Astralis once again focused on Banana and won the fights to finish the half 10-5 ahead, extending to 12 after the CT pistol. Liquid's sporadic T-side success didn't amount to much, as Astralis shrugged them off, 16-7, as device reached a 29K-11D scoreline.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|40 - 30||+10||73.9||1.14|
|37 - 40||-3||87.0||0.99|
|34 - 40||-6||71.0||0.95|
|24 - 36||-12||58.5||0.79|
|18 - 40||-22||48.9||0.58|