Astralis, GODSENT round out DreamHack Masters Winter playoffs
The single-elimination playoffs bracket is set to kick off on Friday with the quarter-final matchups.
The group stage has come to its conclusion at DreamHack Masters Winter, as Group B's lower bracket semi-finals saw Astralis survive two comeback attempts to eliminate G2 and GODSENT topple North in a three-map series, with the two winning sides completing the playoffs bracket.
Astralis looked fantastic at the start of both maps against G2, picking up 11-4 opening halves on the CT side of Dust2 and on the T side of Inferno, but they found themselves hard-pressed by the French-Balkan squad each time they switched sides. In the end, the Danes prevailed nonetheless, managing to close the opening map in regulation and the second after a nail-biting finish in overtime.
Meanwhile, North got off well in their best-of-three encounter against GODSENT with a close victory on Train, but Jesse "zehN" Linjala and company mustered a convincing response on their favorite map, Nuke. It came down to Overpass, where GODSENT were in the driving seat until the new-look North threatened to turn things around on the offense, with the European mixture managing to hold off the comeback attempt at the last minute.
The schedule of the $150,000 tournament's playoffs stage looks as follows:
Saturday, December 5
13:00 - Semi-final #1
16:30 - Semi-final #2
Sunday, December 6
16:00 - Grand final