Astralis, Heroic march on in IEM Katowice groups

The Danish duo passed their first test in the showpiece competition with flying colours.

Astralis and Heroic are through to Group A's upper semi-finals in IEM Katowice after dispatching mousesports and BIG, respectively. In the main stream match, Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz delivered a vintage performance as he topped the scoreboard on both maps, but the biggest talking point from the series was the fact that Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth played his first game on Nuke in almost three months, raising further questions about Lucas "⁠Bubzkji⁠" Andersen's status in the squad.

Astralis made a dream start to the series as they cruised to a 10-0 lead on the CT side of Nuke, mousesports' map choice. The international team lacked solutions to break through the Danish defence and looked off the pace, with two rounds all that they could muster in response before the break. Christopher "⁠dexter⁠" Nong's troops improved after the side switch and put some rounds together, but their resistance was broken after Astralis upped the pace. With a successful MAC-10 push, the Danes wreaked havoc in mousesports' economy, and they had little difficulty closing out the game.

device helped Astralis beat mousesports with a series-high 1.52 rating

The Danes took an early lead on Inferno, but a successful eco on mousesports' part turned the tide of the game and set them up for a 6-0 run, with Aurimas "⁠Bymas⁠" Pipiras raising eyebrows on the A site. However, Astralis improved as the half wore on and managed to bring the deficit to a solitary round before the break. The second half was played at a frantic pace, with neither side managing to assert themselves in the early stages. mousesports, who had won an eco round following a quad-kill by Frederik "⁠acoR⁠" Gyldstrand, finally managed to string rounds together to equalise the score at 12-12, but then Astralis tightened up and ran away with the game.

Meanwhile, Heroic put on a dominant defensive performance on Inferno as they strolled to a 12-3 lead after shutting down any chances of BIG stringing rounds together. The German team responded in kind, but they were simply too far behind as the Danes managed to close out the game in the 28th round with nothing but pistols. Nuke was a keenly-contested affair from the get-go, with Heroic picking up seven rounds on the offence thanks to a series of clutch situations going their way. BIG loosened their grip on the game after the side switch and could not force a third map as Heroic wrapped things up in the 30th round.

Matchpage
2
0
18th February 2021
16
Nuke
8
16
Inferno
12
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
48 - 26 +22 95.8 1.52
43 - 28 +15 79.2 1.31
41 - 27 +14 82.6 1.23
36 - 30 +6 76.2 1.18
26 - 26 0 59.3 1.01
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
28 - 39 -11 62.0 0.84
30 - 37 -7 56.6 0.83
28 - 40 -12 70.4 0.82
26 - 41 -15 57.7 0.74
25 - 38 -13 59.7 0.71
Matchpage
2
0
18th February 2021
Germany
16
Inferno
12
16
Nuke
14
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
49 - 34 +15 85.3 1.36
36 - 36 0 75.9 1.15
41 - 39 +2 81.0 1.11
42 - 37 +5 66.2 1.05
38 - 37 +1 73.9 1.05
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
41 - 45 -4 83.3 1.00
41 - 39 +2 70.7 0.99
33 - 36 -3 64.0 0.99
36 - 41 -5 64.6 0.90
32 - 46 -14 68.9 0.83
Lithuania Aurimas 'Bymas' Pipiras
Aurimas 'Bymas' Pipiras
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
165
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1638
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Frederik 'acoR' Gyldstrand
Frederik 'acoR' Gyldstrand
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
919
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1743
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
770
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
747
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
#1
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Latvia YungPan666
#BEHEROIC
2021-02-18 18:40
2 replies
danish cs >
2021-02-18 18:40
1 reply
bug clan onliners
2021-02-18 22:38
#2
JaCkz | 
Singapore ZyZy
Big 2-1 G2
2021-02-18 18:40
5 replies
#24
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Germany Henges
Vouch
2021-02-18 20:12
4 replies
#28
JaCkz | 
Singapore ZyZy
Der echte Henges
2021-02-18 21:36
3 replies
#33
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Germany Henges
moin
2021-02-19 12:20
2 replies
#34
JaCkz | 
Singapore ZyZy
Bist du wirklich die Minecraft Legende Henges :D
2021-02-19 12:33
1 reply
#35
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Germany Henges
der qsg boss
2021-02-19 14:36
ez
2021-02-18 18:40
#BEHEROIC
2021-02-18 18:41
#6
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Finland BlackLamp
Ez for Bubzkji... ...to sit on the bench
2021-02-18 18:42
3 replies
#21
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Czech Republic xANUx
good thing they brought the new guy, must have been lonely on the bench
2021-02-18 19:39
2 replies
maybe they play the hole time 1 on 1 and hope for get a call
2021-02-18 19:42
xD
2021-02-18 20:44
#7
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United States notawaffle
mouz sucks without carrygan
2021-02-18 18:42
2 replies
+1 but mouz have won tournaments without karrigan, there’s still hope
2021-02-18 18:45
1 reply
+1 They did really well on inferno and exceeded my expectations
2021-02-18 21:54
#9
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Georgia Megobari
Danish CS
2021-02-18 18:45
Beautiful CS by danes
2021-02-18 18:47
#11
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Pakistan LoOuU2
-Issa +boobski
2021-02-18 18:47
1 reply
0 brains top frager remove to this bot boobski
2021-02-18 19:33
Too easy for Danish CS.
2021-02-18 18:47
6 replies
#14
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Denmark twinseN
Nahh we will get some resistance in the playoffs no doubt
2021-02-18 18:49
5 replies
we? which team are you playing for, fäm?
2021-02-18 18:56
4 replies
#17
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Denmark twinseN
Astralis ofc Herioc also full danish thats why i said it :)
2021-02-18 18:58
#32
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Australia CaZeR01
So your one of those idiots?
2021-02-19 02:05
2 replies
you're* ;)
2021-02-19 18:46
1 reply
#37
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Australia CaZeR01
Who asked?
2021-02-20 02:09
#13
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Canada Timings
devvek1ng
2021-02-18 18:48
mouz still gave a hard time to Astralis on Inferno, which is impressive for 1 week old team.
2021-02-18 18:49
#18
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Poland SebL
Astralis still got job to do, but it's going in the right direction. Same for Heroic.
2021-02-18 19:02
GOATpreeh
2021-02-18 19:18
Dev1ce GOAT
2021-02-18 20:12
cadiaN, the most underrated player ever
2021-02-18 20:21
#27
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Slovakia Adwarin
3x 0.99 rating, hmm, BUG?
2021-02-18 21:11
i guess ropz leave soon cant 1v5 with dogs
2021-02-18 23:59
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