Astralis pass Vitality en route to BLAST Premier final

The Danes locked the first grand final spot in the $1,000,000 competition with three other teams still in play for the other.

Vitality will have another chance to make it through to the grand final as they will play in the consolidation final on Sunday, in which they will face the winner of the lower bracket final between Liquid and Natus Vincere.

Vitality chose to start the series with a Dust2 pick, as has been their custom against the Danish powerhouse in the three previous encounters, but just like the last two times the Frenchmen ended up faltering at the last hurdle despite great starts in both halves.

Consecutive clutches from Nabil "⁠Nivera⁠" Benrlitom and Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire gave Vitality the first six rounds on the Terrorist side, before Astralis found their footing on the back of Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth's and Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen's solid output with the AUGs and struck back with seven in a row.

dupreeh led the way to the Dust2 comeback

Switching over with just a one-round lead in the end, Vitality extended their advantage to 13-7 thanks to Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut's 1v2 in the second pistol round but then hit a wall again. A 3v5 turnaround with just Deagles saw Astralis kick off a massive comeback, and 1v3 and 1v2 clutches from Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif and Xyp9x helped complete it 16-14 with a 9-1 run in the end.

Overpass was the second map as the Danes' pick, but it was once again the Frenchmen who got off to a better start. A triple from Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy in the pistol gave way for a 4-0 lead, and even though Astralis looked like the better team in the gunrounds at first with five consecutive rounds on the Terrorist side, Vitality secured a solid 9-6 half.

A forcebuy win and a 1v3 clutch from ZywOo saw the series start heading towards a third map when sides switched. The second map soon seemed to be over when Vitality were up 15-9 in a 4v1 scenario until Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz came out on top of the seemingly unwinnable situation with an unbelievable clutch, though the French side did not let the blunder get into their heads as they closed Overpass one round later.

The Frenchmen struggled against Astralis' relentless defense on the deciding Inferno then, with the Danes putting together a near-flawless CT side despite losing the opening pistol. Only clutches from ZywOo and Nivera went the other way while Astralis locked down an 11-4 half and went on to cruise to a comfortable victory on the T side.

Matchpage
2
1
23rd January 2021
16
Dust2
14
10
Overpass
16
16
Inferno
5
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
67 - 53 +14 87.3 1.25
56 - 51 +5 79.0 1.13
52 - 45 +7 76.1 1.09
54 - 53 +1 73.9 1.07
44 - 55 -11 65.1 0.90
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
81 - 49 +32 98.3 1.47
41 - 38 +3 88.2 1.14
43 - 54 -11 65.5 0.92
43 - 54 -11 69.3 0.88
24 - 42 -18 59.6 0.76
25 - 37 -12 47.8 0.75
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1470
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
770
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1748
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1628
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1206
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Belgium Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
184
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1734
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1757
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
Gl tho
2021-01-23 19:50
18 replies
eztralis
2021-01-23 19:51
16 replies
GOAtstralis
2021-01-23 19:53
7 replies
#50
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Japan Yuukek
Imagine if Zywoo had electronic, Elige or KennyS as teammate not 4 bots like now. No astralis would even come close
2021-01-23 20:04
6 replies
#55
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Turkey yeeGeT
Things aint that simple
2021-01-23 20:05
1 reply
Zywoo with 5 bots wtf
2021-01-24 05:27
respect shoxie
2021-01-23 20:14
2 replies
#69
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Japan Yuukek
4 bots - rpk, apex, nivera and misutaaa
2021-01-23 20:16
1 reply
gg Vitality back to training one day u might be good Astralis best team in da world #Tothestars
2021-01-23 20:53
#83
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Greece wazerr
pennyS KEKW
2021-01-23 20:58
#53
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Turkey yeeGeT
weak personality = being an astralis fan
2021-01-23 20:05
7 replies
if you say so fan from tier 5 turkish team
2021-01-23 20:14
#79
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United States 1nverse
if you really think personality is based on your favorite csgo team, you have no life
2021-01-23 20:51
2 replies
#82
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Turkey yeeGeT
both of you are weak cause you got mad
2021-01-23 20:56
1 reply
#84
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United States 1nverse
reply = mad lol, go make a new bait
2021-01-23 20:59
#137
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Denmark Jernvig
So what you're saying is that nearly all danes have a weak personality :D
2021-01-24 13:56
2 replies
#140
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Turkey yeeGeT
thats the tweak you can support astralis because you are danish and you like them that's normal.
2021-01-24 16:21
1 reply
#141
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Denmark Jernvig
I have been a fan of them since the Dig days
2021-01-24 23:35
What a choke
2021-01-23 19:51
#3
ZywOo | 
Hong Kong ZywOuO
+32
2021-01-23 19:50
4 replies
who?
2021-01-23 19:56
1 reply
zy
2021-01-23 20:14
#90
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Ukraine McSwell
Imagine having +32 when your whole team is struggling in -10th, you must be a baiter... wait, oh shi...
2021-01-23 21:21
1 reply
xD still bitter for the #2 ... you have to admit it, Zywoo is just better than s1mple, thats a fact, 2 years back to back ... you are like flatist, you have all the evidences but still denied it =)
2021-01-24 11:56
#4
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Well, rough day!
2021-01-23 19:50
SAVE GODWOO 🙏
2021-01-23 19:51
Hard for zywootality
2021-01-23 19:51
1 reply
#138
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Denmark Jernvig
Thats a good one mate :D
2021-01-24 14:04
#7
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Pakistan LoOuU2
GGs, was a good game. D2 choke lost Vitality the game. Always great to see Pogpreeh popping off. Expecting the rematch in the finale tomorrow!
2021-01-23 19:51
#ToTheSTARZ
2021-01-23 19:51
#11
ropz | 
India icle
losing 6v5 xD
2021-01-23 19:51
1 reply
#40
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Jordan Zereeni
nice name
2021-01-23 19:59
#12
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
France don't deserve to have ZywOo
2021-01-23 19:51
4PEX F for my boy
2021-01-23 19:52
expected
2021-01-23 19:52
ZywOo 1v9 last map:(
2021-01-23 19:52
gg
2021-01-23 19:52
No tv no win
2021-01-23 19:52
ez
2021-01-23 19:52
rip Zywoo 1v9 nt
2021-01-23 19:52
2019 called, they want Team ZywOo back.
2021-01-23 19:52
Save Zywoo :(
2021-01-23 19:52
apex nice aim and iq plays
2021-01-23 19:53
shox choking on DD2 lost the game for Vitality.
2021-01-23 19:53
2 replies
#38
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World Beard43
Yeah bad game overall but twice he lost easy duels for the round win.
2021-01-23 19:58
1 reply
yep, I think him and Nivera underperforming in CT of dust cost the map for Vitality Shox played really on overpass tho
2021-01-23 20:16
no streamsnipe = no wins
2021-01-23 19:53
1 reply
+111
2021-01-23 23:21
GG
2021-01-23 19:54
BEST TEAM ON THE PLANET,,,NOTHING MORE TO SAY,,,,sorry the have 4 major,,im out.
2021-01-23 19:54
nivera play bad lately, he made one good tournament and then nothing
2021-01-23 19:56
#29
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Spain elskio
fourth grand finals in a row nice wp #ToTheStars
2021-01-23 19:56
#30
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Denmark Notallama
Horrid performance by Vitality on inferno. Their dust2 also looks bad, but the best player in the world gave them the potential to win it.
2021-01-23 19:56
5 replies
#41
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France Vipair
how can a bad d2 lead to a 14-16 loss to astralis ? they aint the best team on it but still
2021-01-23 19:59
1 reply
#64
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Denmark Notallama
36 kills from zywoo that's how
2021-01-23 20:10
u mean shox looks bad on b and that one eco win on 13 8 was crucial
2021-01-23 20:08
2 replies
#68
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Denmark Notallama
No. They looked bad both in terms of gameplan and rotations. 14 looks great on paper, but it's based on pistol rounds won and ZywOo being incredible.
2021-01-23 20:15
1 reply
wouldnt agree on that one their default seem pretty strong, and nivera should most def. awp over shox on ct side,beside that they are strongest dd2 in the world probably
2021-01-23 21:36
This was kinda sad to watch, nobody showed up on vitality side except the obvious one.
2021-01-23 19:56
GGWP. The 1st and 2nd map are really entertaining.
2021-01-23 19:57
inferno was just embarrassing..
2021-01-23 19:57
device vs vitality when?
2021-01-23 19:57
+32 lmao Jesus
2021-01-23 19:57
I love the new HLTV feature
2021-01-23 19:58
4 replies
+1
2021-01-23 20:07
+1 It looks cool to see who played which map.
2021-01-23 23:11
2 replies
#112
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Europe Vallon4
Seems kind of pointless considering there's like, what, 3 teams that utilize the 6-man roster thing?
2021-01-24 00:54
1 reply
At the moment there is, it is still in the beginning phases currently...
2021-01-24 01:57
gg taking shoxxie out for inferno was a mistake that is all
2021-01-23 19:58
ZEEWOO IN S1MPLE 2018/19 SHOES
2021-01-23 19:59
#43
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France Vipair
GG hope to get the rematch in the finals
2021-01-23 20:00
2 replies
#73
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Denmark Kon10R
Suprised if not! Somehow the other teams drop every now and then: Astralis and Vitality seems to be ahead of everybody else atm.
2021-01-23 20:20
+1
2021-01-23 21:12
Zywoo bait kills didn't help the team
2021-01-23 20:00
1 reply
+1
2021-01-23 20:09
#45
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Australia B_Tannen
Tough loss. Consolidation comeback soon!
2021-01-23 20:00
EZ
2021-01-23 20:01
#47
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Europe Velurom
#ToTheStars
2021-01-23 20:01
EZ for Astralis.
2021-01-23 20:02
sad for ZywOo and friends
2021-01-23 20:04
#51
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Brazil Elakk
holy fuck +32 and still losing, pulling a s1mple in this series
2021-01-23 20:04
6 replies
Why call it a s1mple when zywoo does it better and as often as s1mple
2021-01-24 00:32
5 replies
cuzz s1mple make this thing first
2021-01-24 00:56
4 replies
Titan kennyS ?
2021-01-24 01:00
3 replies
who? XD nah just kidding but true mmm so this is a kennys
2021-01-24 01:33
2 replies
Perfect, good agreement
2021-01-24 02:17
1 reply
+1
2021-01-24 02:35
#52
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Denmark Menterx
+32 and still loses, damn
2021-01-23 20:04
gg ez
2021-01-23 20:05
zeewoo 1v9
2021-01-23 20:06
3 replies
more like baiting his entire team
2021-01-23 20:08
2 replies
#93
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Austria arngnr
lol, the irony in that statement from a s1mple fan
2021-01-23 21:50
1 reply
U know this dude is an infamous baiter right!!
2021-01-23 23:23
16 rounds,,,,,2 kills apex hahahhahahaha
2021-01-23 20:07
no cheat no win
2021-01-23 20:08
u cant beat these guys when they are tryharding
2021-01-23 20:09
Imagien if ZywOo actually got good teammates.
2021-01-23 20:17
7 replies
They are good teammates but terrible fraggers, too much inconsistency in everyone except ZywOo
2021-01-23 20:21
1 reply
+1
2021-01-23 21:12
Zywoo wouldn't be such a star if he had better teammates. All plays and tacs are made to put him in perfect positions to get frags, it wouldn't be with other stars
2021-01-23 21:57
3 replies
#113
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Europe Vallon4
+1
2021-01-24 00:55
+1 Their CEO said it himself that we have 5 players to bait for zywh0
2021-01-24 05:35
+1 i don't know how they can blame teammates they have this set up themselves
2021-01-24 12:05
First he needs to stop baiting them so hard
2021-01-24 05:36
#72
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Hungary saxxo
What a surprise! They didn’t win without stream cheat:D
2021-01-23 20:19
2 replies
+1
2021-01-23 23:24
+1
2021-01-24 05:36
Wow, nice choke on D2 again. Maybe Vitality gets revenge if they reach the grand finals.
2021-01-23 20:21
oooooo denoting who played which map thanks hltv
2021-01-23 20:38
#77
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Denmark Duke1996
Next level utility stuff on Inferno - Nice game!
2021-01-23 20:38
GG WP, rematch???
2021-01-23 20:41
oh damn
2021-01-23 20:53
#85
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Serbia LtN))
No cheating no win expected
2021-01-23 21:05
1 reply
+1
2021-01-24 05:36
zywoo literally playing alone
2021-01-23 21:14
@hltv_staff those dots you added next to the player names are very nice!
2021-01-23 21:17
3 replies
what are they for?
2021-01-23 21:55
1 reply
How many maps the individual player was playing in.
2021-01-23 22:57
+1
2021-01-24 00:34
KEKW
2021-01-23 21:41
shox 2 maps 41 frags apex and rpk 3 maps 43 frags
2021-01-23 22:03
5vs6 and still cant win... Lol
2021-01-23 22:21
zywoo to kill them all, zywoo to rule them all
2021-01-23 22:46
ZywOo had a monstrous performance... it's a shame apEX doesn't really have a good counter for Astralis' dominant inferno game.
2021-01-23 23:12
1 reply
a good counter would have been not choking dust2
2021-01-24 09:50
Great match, astralis was the better team overall, the win is deserved
2021-01-23 23:26
#126
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Denmark dyinbyran
Save future goatwoo
2021-01-24 05:42
yeah this is embarrassing, the same as last time...vita basically 1 gun round and 1 anti eco away from sweeping astralis 2-0 honestly, i dont see a benefit from keeping both nivera and misuta rotating. and shox not on inferno. this is not football...you want to know your best lineup
2021-01-24 06:01
ok
2021-01-24 06:07
#131
jks | 
New Zealand ^Roo^
If its only zywoo showing up vs navi then gg
2021-01-24 10:26
Prediction: If nivera and mesuta play’s against navi. Navi wins and get the grand final against astralis. Astralis wins 2-1.
2021-01-24 11:34
#133
Jame | 
Poland SebL
Astralis is looking insane atm., I think no one doubts that they are the no.1 again. Vitality is really good to, but Astralis was just better.
2021-01-24 11:35
zywoo holy shit
2021-01-24 12:04
expected zywoo and his team will keep failing, but I guess he is still the best player in the world :D , individual acomplishment > team acomplishment :DD
2021-01-24 15:39
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