Astralis overcome G2; advance to upper bracket final

The Danish team managed a hard-fought victory to continue their run in the upper bracket.

Astralis are in the upper bracket final of first tournament of 2021 after taking down G2 2-1 in the $1 million BLAST Premier Global Final.

The French-Balkan team won their map pick 16-14 (Dust2), but weren't up to the task on Vertigo, where Astralis put up a strong CT side to win it 16-8. It all came down to Inferno, where G2 had a great start, but Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's men were more clutch and closed it out 16-14.

G2 have another chance at the event, but will have to defeat Natus Vincere in the lower bracket to keep their tournament hopes alive.

dupreeh stood out for Astralis in the series against G2

Astralis kicked off the CT side of Dust2 2-0 up, but Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač started rolling soon to propel his team forward on their map pick. The Bosnian player had 13 kills and five deaths as G2 grabbed the lead (6-4), and they continued to dominate for the rest of the half.

After an 11-4 advantage, G2 looked good to secure the second pistol, but Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz spoiled their plans with a quad kill to get things going for Astralis. It was 12-8 before Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković locked down the long take with a 4K in the round, seeing G2 reach 15-8. The European team struggled to close it out, allowing Astralis to reach 14, but they finally got over the line with a Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub triple on B (16-14).

A clean pistol round win again set up Astralis for the early lead, this time on Vertigo, but G2 replied with three equally convincing ones as things started going back and forth. Nevertheless, neither side managed to truly stamp their foot down in the first half, with G2 trailing just slightly, 8-7, before switching to the offense. On what is statistically the more difficult side, Astralis wear near-flawless, losing just one round to close it out 16-9.

After two slow maps, kennyS started rolling on Inferno, reaching an 11K-2D scoreline to push G2 to 6-2 lead. That was extended to 8-2 before Astralis stopped the streak, instantly breaking their opponent's bank. That helped the Danes recover the half, 10-5, with a CT-side force win allowing them to close the gap further.

The scoreline reached 11-11 and the teams started trading rounds back and forth, with neither managing to gain a significant lead. But from 14-13 down, Astralis were able to come out on top thanks to crucial triple kills from Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth, Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen, and device in the final rounds, making it a 16-14 win for the Danes.

Matchpage
2
1
21st January 2021
Europe
14
Dust2
16
16
Vertigo
8
16
Inferno
14
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
66 - 54 +12 91.5 1.28
58 - 52 +6 75.3 1.12
54 - 49 +5 66.3 1.10
48 - 46 +2 63.1 0.98
49 - 57 -8 66.2 0.94
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 54 +11 77.7 1.13
55 - 53 +2 69.6 1.02
48 - 58 -10 71.1 0.95
48 - 55 -7 62.5 0.89
42 - 57 -15 63.5 0.87
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1023
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1447
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1745
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1625
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1731
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1362
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1823
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
gg
2021-01-21 22:03
7 replies
easy game
2021-01-21 22:03
3 replies
#7
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Finland Cucumber))
so easy for astralis bye g2
2021-01-21 22:03
2 replies
EXPECTED 4 the best team in da world #TOTHESTARS GG G2 maybe someday you will reach the stars lol
2021-01-21 23:37
1 reply
#46
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Finland Cucumber))
lol +1
2021-01-21 23:37
2 replies
#20
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Finland Cucumber))
KEKW
2021-01-21 22:05
1 reply
OMEGALUL
2021-01-21 22:06
#2
ropz | 
India icle
pennyS 🤏
2021-01-21 22:04
1 reply
#42
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Brazil oldStar
+1
2021-01-21 22:44
#3
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Europe Vallon4
Good.
2021-01-21 22:03
Unluko
2021-01-21 22:03
Supa hot
2021-01-21 22:03
14-14 - dupreeh says NO!
2021-01-21 22:03
8 replies
dupreeh: NO!
2021-01-21 22:04
1 reply
Aiiiiiiyyyy CIS or China dupreeh here?
2021-01-21 22:06
do you mean xyp9x with 3 kills in round 29?
2021-01-21 22:08
5 replies
Actually youre wrong either it's 14 - 14 = 0. Dupreeh says NO before the match started.
2021-01-21 22:10
2 replies
oh but what sum do you get out of 14 - 14 - dupreeh?
2021-01-21 22:11
1 reply
No it should be 14 - 14 - (dupreeh) = x
2021-01-21 22:12
#32
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Denmark Paramed1c
28
2021-01-21 22:12
1 reply
you are right
2021-01-21 22:14
ChoKo number 1 choker
2021-01-21 22:04
1 reply
+1
2021-01-22 01:22
ez for xyp9x and his mp9
2021-01-21 22:04
ggwp
2021-01-21 22:04
#12
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Lithuania Extazis
Last 2 Rounds bad call from G2
2021-01-21 22:04
2 replies
#37
ropz | 
France PaulST
Exactly my thought, they should have ecoed and let astralis get to 15 and play for overtime. I wouldn't take my chance at beating Astralis with a partial buy on T inferno
2021-01-21 22:18
1 reply
#41
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Lithuania Extazis
+1
2021-01-21 22:29
#13
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Spain elskio
Lucky win is still a win. gg
2021-01-21 22:04
#14
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Denmark Eagle3y3z
GG, hope Astralis go all the way, cement a solid start of 2021
2021-01-21 22:04
Amenek on coke?
2021-01-21 22:05
1 reply
hes on choke
2021-01-21 22:06
They'll take revenge in the final
2021-01-21 22:05
expected
2021-01-21 22:05
gg wp
2021-01-21 22:08
GGWP to both teams, very close game. Weird force buy in round 29 by G2 and xyp punished them for it
2021-01-21 22:10
1 reply
go for the win baby, go big or go home, sadly they went home today (metaphorically i know theyre in lower bracket)
2021-01-21 22:11
#30
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Spain capta1n
Astralis showed some great resilience in this game, looking forward to the next meeting with G2, always great to watch!
2021-01-21 22:12
GG WP
2021-01-21 22:16
LUL I have kennyS and amanek on fantasy gg
2021-01-21 22:17
#36
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Germany KaYjEC4Q
-amanek +kqly
2021-01-21 22:17
-kenny
2021-01-21 22:24
#39
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Netherlands PaasWaas
Gg
2021-01-21 22:26
cant wait for navi g2, it will be a banger match as it always is
2021-01-21 22:29
Unlucky.
2021-01-21 23:00
G2 will always miss something if they keep AmaNeK and kennyS...
2021-01-21 23:26
2 replies
#53
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Indonesia FinZzz
Amanek's fine. He was never meant to be the star but the support player. KennyS however i do agree. Need another solid awper like Acor
2021-01-22 09:46
1 reply
acor already to mouz
2021-01-22 13:17
Nothing has changed for G2..I think it was better with Jackz
2021-01-22 03:44
Lul G2 calling Faze chokers now look who is choking, they almost lost D2 also 15-8 to 16-14, who's the problem now choko.
2021-01-22 05:55
KennyS was popping off and they still lost.
2021-01-22 06:31
#51
Jame | 
Poland SebL
Astralis is looking insane atm. G2 has potential, they just need some time.
2021-01-22 07:54
who beats who? t3 cs, gg
2021-01-22 09:45
#54
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
ggs wp idk why did they swing one by one not one from pool and other jumping on him from single box it would be b site for free 5v3 and likely the save :((((((((((((( and i wouldnt lost 50e
2021-01-22 09:49
GG G2 You took the fight and almost won. Well played and I think we will see you in 1st place a few times in 2021
2021-01-22 10:53
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