Astralis take down Evil Geniuses in BLAST Premier Global Final opener

The Danish side kicked off the new season with a 2-1 victory.

The first game of the $1 million BLAST Premier Global Final tournament saw Astralis live up to the status of the world's #1 team with a 2-1 victory over Evil Geniuses.

The North American side took a 16-14 win on the opening map, Inferno, where Tsvetelin "⁠CeRq⁠" Dimitrov posted a 1.40 rating. Evil Geniuses were unable to display a similar level on the next two maps, though, as Astralis claimed the series after a 16-8 on Overpass and a 16-6 on Vertigo.

The result sees Astralis proceed to the upper-bracket semi-final, where they will meet the winner of G2 and FURIA, while Evil Geniuses drop to the lower bracket.

Astralis are in the upper semi-finals of the tournament

Ethan "⁠Ethan⁠" Arnold started off top-tier CS:GO action in 2021 with an ace in his first round, securing the T-side pistol on Inferno from a 1v3 situation. Evil Geniuses grabbed the early momentum to go 7-2 up before Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's 3K turned the tides of the half. Astralis chained six together, bringing out the AUGs to solidify their CT side.

The North Americans were back on track after the switch, with CeRq pushing them to a 12-8 lead. Astralis then won a mixed-buy to get rolling, and reached 14-14 after Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth and Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz turned around a 2v4. However, Evil Geniuses kept their composure till the end, winning their map pick 16-14.

Overpass was a different story altogether. Astralis canceled out Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik's double entry on the pistol defense and built up a 7-0 lead. Evil Geniuses managed sporadic rounds as their CT side was nearing an end and grabbed a lifeline with the second pistol (11-7), but weren't able to continue that run when Astralis were on the rifles. Xyp9x was in outstanding form and brought the map to a close, 16-8, with 24K-12D and 111.0 ADR.

On Vertigo, Evil Geniuses again won the pistol and set themselves up for a 4-0 lead as Terrorists, but that lead evaporated in no time as the Danes started locking down the approaches. Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif and device propelled them forward, going on to win 11 in a row and finish the half with a strong lead. Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz's men claimed another pistol in the second half, but strong site hits saw the game finalized shortly, after an Astralis 2v4 post-plant on A (16-6).

 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
55 - 39 +16 84.9 1.26
56 - 42 +14 72.9 1.22
47 - 38 +9 77.3 1.20
49 - 45 +4 71.8 1.13
47 - 41 +6 65.1 1.08
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
47 - 45 +2 66.4 1.01
43 - 52 -9 70.3 0.96
47 - 53 -6 65.2 0.85
35 - 55 -20 60.1 0.78
32 - 52 -20 59.8 0.74
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1444
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1200
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1622
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1728
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1188
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1378
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
958
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
ez EG garbage : they need 4 more EU players
2021-01-19 20:06
13 replies
Nt
2021-01-19 20:05
6 replies
Tarik too shit
2021-01-19 20:08
5 replies
+1
2021-01-19 20:12
2 replies
expected from NA
2021-01-20 04:58
1 reply
the problem isn't he comes from N A, but yes cause he isn't good ;)
2021-01-20 17:54
Tru
2021-01-19 20:18
#76
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United States Cesperus
+1
2021-01-19 22:45
+1 More like, the fans are garbage
2021-01-19 20:07
2 replies
#57
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Estonia simondoggo
nt zonic
2021-01-19 20:23
1 reply
Ok ropz
2021-01-19 20:31
+1
2021-01-19 20:24
wtf xyp9x top 1 2021!?
2021-01-19 21:05
Keep stannislaw tho. Canadians ain't the problem.
2021-01-19 21:32
#2
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Finland Teukkasd
n1
2021-01-19 20:04
1 reply
stan & tarik (still) stealing checks????? 😋 😋 we 2021 and still the same omegaLLLLL
2021-01-19 20:44
#3
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Finland Cucumber))
yep
2021-01-19 20:04
zywoo top 1
2021-01-19 20:04
Zywoo top 1
2021-01-19 20:04
#6
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CIS juspeK
s2mple
2021-01-19 20:04
cool
2021-01-19 20:04
ez
2021-01-19 20:04
Only in USA would tarik be considered a genius
2021-01-19 20:04
3 replies
They're stupid enough to elect biden KEKW
2021-01-20 01:28
2 replies
#83
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United Kingdom novaseer
they weren't exactly spoilt for choice also why politics men))
2021-01-20 01:29
When they could have had bernie
2021-01-20 02:58
EZ for Xyp9x.
2021-01-19 20:04
#11
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Australia jks_top1
Hello gib top1
2021-01-19 20:04
ZywOo top 1
2021-01-19 20:04
4 replies
ASTRALIS TAKE DOWN EVIL GENIUSES IN BLAST PREMIER GLOBAL FINAL OPENER Then you write: ZywOo top 1...ARE YOU OKAY...OR ARE YOU KUK KUK?
2021-01-19 20:06
3 replies
lmao, u mad?
2021-01-19 20:07
2 replies
OMG LOW IQ KID,,
2021-01-19 20:14
1 reply
dude chill
2021-01-19 20:22
whaterver who is top 1
2021-01-19 20:04
2 replies
T O M O R R O W
2021-01-19 20:05
1 reply
what a sick joke HLTV...
2021-01-19 20:07
GG WP
2021-01-19 20:04
zywoo top 1 easy
2021-01-19 20:05
Eg so bad, damn it.
2021-01-19 20:05
nobody cares wheres top1 and top2 our men's need it )))))
2021-01-19 20:05
EG won most of the pistol rounds and still winning only 1-2 gun rounds lol
2021-01-19 20:05
GG
2021-01-19 20:05
EG were not prepared
2021-01-19 20:06
GG Well played
2021-01-19 20:06
Take down? More like beaten to the pulp.
2021-01-19 20:06
#26
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Denmark ThomaZakis
Where can i see the utility dmg Astralis did on each map? Must have been crazy numbers.
2021-01-19 20:06
2 replies
Gla1ve did 300+ on Inferno CT side alone
2021-01-19 20:06
1 reply
#65
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Denmark ThomaZakis
ty
2021-01-19 20:32
Nice
2021-01-19 20:06
Turok & snakeslaw too bad.
2021-01-19 20:07
#34
ropz | 
Austria xK0uL
expected
2021-01-19 20:08
#35
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Pakistan LoOuU2
You know EG is bad when Astralis starts the year with a win. Save Cerq
2021-01-19 20:08
2 replies
#88
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Denmark dyinbyran
Lmao Also when xyp9x top frags lol
2021-01-20 12:50
1 reply
#90
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Imagine facing Magisk and Dupreeh but it's Xyp who guns you down with an AUG.
2021-01-20 12:57
#37
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North America PhantomX
Eg need a rework on the team, they have been mediocre for what feels like too long
2021-01-19 20:09
AUGP9X IS GOD!! well deserved for godstralis
2021-01-19 20:09
Launders malding rn
2021-01-19 20:09
e
2021-01-19 20:09
#41
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Spain elskio
wp
2021-01-19 20:10
turok and botislow LUL
2021-01-19 20:10
gg
2021-01-19 20:11
When xyp9x is fragging, you know EG never had a chance.
2021-01-19 20:11
EXPECTED
2021-01-19 20:12
#47
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Indonesia DioBrando
GG
2021-01-19 20:13
#48
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Europe Skraj
EG so weak
2021-01-19 20:13
EG lol i fix it -E +O
2021-01-19 20:13
EZ
2021-01-19 20:20
expected
2021-01-19 20:21
its just EG does it even count as a win KEKW
2021-01-19 20:22
expected
2021-01-19 20:23
#59
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Poland humen))))
Xyp9x bad player they said, he needs to be replaced they said..
2021-01-19 20:25
a
2021-01-19 20:25
na < eu
2021-01-19 20:25
#62
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Brazil Joaopgo2
EG in 2021? Omegalul
2021-01-19 20:29
#64
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Estonia theHeniek
Wheres top 2
2021-01-19 20:32
Two snakes with -20, noice.
2021-01-19 20:32
#67
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh
UNDESEREVED!! ZYWOO ROBBED!
2021-01-19 20:32
1 reply
#68
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh
aw fck wrong thread
2021-01-19 20:33
save cerq , he really need good team . EG wasted his talent.
2021-01-19 20:34
#71
twenty3 | 
Macau xiq
oh no this sucks I watched first map , cerq was destroying them, they mustve choked really hard on overpass and tilted from it
2021-01-19 20:50
EG KEKW
2021-01-19 20:59
stanisSHIT :(
2021-01-19 22:19
xyp looked sick
2021-01-19 22:51
#78
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Denmark Duke1996
Zonic and the boys off with a solid start of 2021. Much we love it, yes yes.
2021-01-19 22:59
#79
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Poland SebL
Astralis is looking great, seems like another era. As for EG they are showing a little bit of life left in them, with small changes they could still be really good.
2021-01-20 00:02
4 replies
#89
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Denmark dyinbyran
Dude it was against eg lol and a 2 1, it wont lead to any era
2021-01-20 12:50
3 replies
#93
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Poland SebL
The fact how are they playing will lead to era, not the fact that they beaten EG.
2021-01-20 15:46
2 replies
Finally someone that is not stupid in hltv
2021-01-20 17:50
1 reply
#95
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Poland SebL
Nice to hear. Thanks.
2021-01-20 17:52
-tarik +BnTeT
2021-01-20 00:11
gg lol
2021-01-20 00:58
Tarik "bot" Celik
2021-01-20 04:50
It's impressive that they won Inferno against Astralis...
2021-01-20 05:07
ez for Astralis inferno from G2 was pretty good tho
2021-01-20 14:24
1 reply
EG*
2021-01-20 14:57
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