Spirit defeat Astralis to top Group A, Gambit eliminate G2 in IEM Katowice

Spirit put on an impressive display on the CT side of Dust2, the series' decider map, to defeat Astralis 16-1 and secure a spot in the semi-finals.

The CIS squads are continuing their show of strength at IEM Katowice as Spirit and Gambit won their last group stage matches against Astralis and G2, respectively. Spirit are therefore through to the IEM Katowice semi-finals following their clean run in the Group A upper bracket, while Astralis will have to start their playoff run from the quarter-finals as the Group A runners-up.

Gambit and G2 both reached the Group A lower bracket final after losing their opening matches in the tournament. In their last group stage match Gambit came out on top in two maps, winning their map pick Vertigo and then besting G2 on Dust2 to seal the deal with 16-11 scorelines on both maps, knocking their European rivals out of contention while booking a spot in the quarter-finals.

Spirit came out guns blazing on their map pick, Inferno, taking an early 5-1 lead on the terrorist side, but Astralis managed to turn it around by halftime, albeit just barely as the CIS squad kept it within one before switching sides. Spirit tied things up in the second pistol round, but after losing to the forcebuy found themselves in a spiral until Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov downed four CTs to give his team a lifeline at 9-13. Spirit fought to swing momentum back in their favor, but finally faltered as the Danes closed out the first map 16-11.

Spirit kicked off Train on the preferred CT side, taking an impressive 9-2 lead early on before Astralis started to close the gap with two more rounds, but degster downed three opponents in a pistol buy to hit double digits before switching sides. Having won the second pistol round Spirit kept on track all the way to a 14-5 lead, but Astralis started to mount a comeback on the defense, only giving the attacking squad one chance to plant in seven rounds. Spirit finally posted match point at 15-12 before closing out the map two rounds later, 16-13.

Spirit manhandled Astralis on Dust2 to win the series

The decider map, Dust2, started off with Spirit taking the lead after three USP kills on an A defense by Boris "⁠magixx⁠" Vorobiev. From there on out they went on to dominate, not giving the Danish squad a chance to plant until the sixth round, then they were able to retake the A site to keep the slate clean, 6-0. The pounding continued as Spirit won the half cleanly, with Astralis only scoring one round to stave off the humiliation of a 0-16 loss before the CIS squad closed the map out.

Gambit started on the defending side of Vertigo, their map pick, where despite losing the three first rounds they were able to take complete control of proceedings in a team effort, losing only one more round in the half to a 1vs2 clutch by Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković. G2 also won the second pistol round, but even then they were quickly put on the back foot. Up against match point the European squad tried a late comeback linking four rounds in a row, but finally fell 11-16.

G2 and Gambit brawled early on in Dust2. Down by one in the ninth round Gambit had the equalizer in their sights, but a four-kill round by Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub kept his team ahead. G2 kept the lead all the way to the half, but only by one round, 8-7. With Abay "⁠Hobbit⁠" Khasenov and Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov leading the charge the CIS squad found the cracks in G2’s defense as they gave up just three out of 12 rounds to win the second map 16-11, securing a spot in the IEM Katowice playoffs.

Matchpage
1
2
21st February 2021
16
Inferno
11
13
Train
16
1
Dust2
16
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
42 - 50 -8 64.2 0.99
48 - 52 -4 67.6 0.98
46 - 51 -5 75.3 0.97
42 - 56 -14 63.4 0.84
25 - 50 -25 46.0 0.62
 Spirit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 45 +13 88.0 1.30
55 - 40 +15 83.2 1.26
59 - 41 +18 76.3 1.22
45 - 36 +9 69.2 1.11
41 - 41 0 63.7 0.97
Matchpage
2
0
21st February 2021
Europe
16
Vertigo
11
16
Dust2
11
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
52 - 27 +25 91.2 1.50
48 - 31 +17 94.6 1.37
33 - 24 +9 55.4 1.16
33 - 33 0 79.1 1.13
25 - 42 -17 54.0 0.76
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
40 - 37 +3 73.9 1.13
34 - 34 0 68.7 1.06
32 - 40 -8 76.8 0.94
23 - 40 -17 51.3 0.78
28 - 40 -12 57.6 0.74
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
891
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
595
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.54
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
452
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Russia Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Boris 'magixx' Vorobiev
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
406
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.63
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1841
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
#1
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Austria Brandenburg
None of these CIS teams will be here when LAN is back, mark my words.
2021-02-21 18:59
47 replies
#2
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CIS youWrong
everyone plays on equal terms love, peace
2021-02-21 19:00
19 replies
+1
2021-02-21 19:01
13 replies
Asstralis LUL
2021-02-21 19:07
12 replies
Astralis tier 2 most of 2020 Astralis tier 3 in 2021
2021-02-21 19:28
11 replies
LOL - Yet in 2020, as in 2019 and as in 2018, Astralis ended The year as #1 Team ... Nerds like you are spewing forth The same nonsense every time Astralis loses a match ... What makes you Think 2021 Will end different ? Odds are Astralis Will end 2021 like The previous three years ... No other team in recent years have even had close to their consistency ...
2021-02-21 19:57
10 replies
bruh
2021-02-21 20:19
2 replies
Most of 2020 Astralis was tier 2 They won 2 tournaments at the end of the year and finished as number onde team. But not the most part lf the year. Danish dumb cant understand that 🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️
2021-02-21 23:13
1 reply
0/8
2021-02-22 18:15
so butthurt
2021-02-21 20:56
5 replies
“Butthurt” ? Lol Child, please Todays match didn’t really matter now, did it ?
2021-02-21 21:06
4 replies
Son, go take a nap, cream those ass cheeks a bit
2021-02-21 21:14
2 replies
lmao n1
2021-02-21 21:37
Lmao
2021-02-22 06:33
#173
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Australia Frogmin
It did matter, Astralis got humiliated on dust; a map on which they are notoriously efficacious, and proficient at the hands of a 2nd tier CIS team. For someone who believes that Astralis is the most dominant and consistent team, one would think that you could swallow your pride and admit that Astralis' current performances are sub-par at best. If you hold Astralis to such a high standard then how can use excuse such a humiliating loss.
2021-02-22 07:37
This year is different because astralis wanted to replace xyp9x but they couldn't, so they sticked with him. thats the big question mark of this year.
2021-02-22 02:26
Sky is red, grass is pink
2021-02-21 19:02
+10000
2021-02-21 19:21
I hope so...
2021-02-21 20:55
#144
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Europe chespiZ
u right u right but online is other thin
2021-02-21 21:25
the moment 2 teams play from different locations with different internet connections, you are literally not playing on equal terms.
2021-02-21 21:35
#7
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Denmark Mads_Miskat
Maybe
2021-02-21 19:00
kinda true but g2 will still be shit
2021-02-21 19:00
flair checks out
2021-02-21 19:01
#23
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
cry more
2021-02-21 19:01
#30
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India aR__
100% Unture, VP is a proved LAN TEAM. Spirit is also not bad on LAN EITHER. The only and real doubt is GAMBIT on LAN. Mark my words.
2021-02-21 19:01
#32
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CIS TS092
cry
2021-02-21 19:01
#35
ropz | 
India icle
G2 on kato LAN got rekt last year by a CIS team so...
2021-02-21 19:01
Flair checks out KEKEKEKEKEKEKE. Keep in mind VP core was in a major final and Gambit has a major MVP. LAN won't change your delusions.
2021-02-21 19:03
2 replies
Adren was major mvp
2021-02-21 19:32
1 reply
xD you right, I remembered wrong because I always felt Hobbit was true MVP, either way he's still a Major winner.
2021-02-21 19:38
#40
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China HEIDASHUAi
Cry is free
2021-02-21 19:01
#43
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United Kingdom Triturn
2021-02-21 19:02
#50
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Russia Soawii
cry
2021-02-21 19:02
cry is free
2021-02-21 19:05
cry is free no jackz no win already forgot that this vp lineup with -yekindar and +AdreN made a major final, something g2 can only dream of
2021-02-21 19:09
VP major final Spirit proved themselfes at lans too Cry more
2021-02-21 19:10
#83
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Argentina fxzo
+1 astralis would have lost 16-0 on LAN #GoSpirit
2021-02-21 19:12
so,to play we need internet,and when we play we are playing online, so technically lan is also online, so online and lan has no difference
2021-02-21 19:14
2 replies
Childs Logic ... What does ‘LAN’ stand for again ? As opposed to ‘Online’ ? Playing CS in a Lan environment is quite different than playing in an online environment ... - if you actually had tried to play Lan vs online you would know The difference ...
2021-02-21 20:14
1 reply
+1 especially with crowd
2021-02-21 20:29
Flair axaxax
2021-02-21 19:18
listen , im a G2 fan as well , buy they suck and gambit / spirit are better.
2021-02-21 19:33
cry is free
2021-02-21 19:37
ofc they will, most of these players grew up playing local LANS rofl
2021-02-21 21:07
cry is free, kid
2021-02-21 21:35
#151
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Indonesia cleostar
navi?
2021-02-21 22:46
Every single major a CIS team makes legends over heavily favored EU teams at LAN cry is free
2021-02-21 22:52
This is madness
2021-02-21 19:00
4 replies
No one has ever beaten astralis 16-1. The closest it has been was 16-2. Impressive
2021-02-21 21:02
3 replies
This exactly what I thought when I saw the score the first time... history
2021-02-21 21:08
1 reply
Ironic the map is dust2 lol
2021-02-22 10:23
#4
zorte | 
Finland ye6ok
EZ for CIS, soon nemiga, forze and winstrike will show up
2021-02-21 19:00
12 replies
#46
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Russia Kalacia
if nemiga get sexpower or idisbalance they can be a top 20 team imo.
2021-02-21 19:02
11 replies
#53
zorte | 
Finland ye6ok
xse better fit imo, idisbalance should go to k23 instead mou, put adren on coach as well
2021-02-21 19:03
6 replies
#63
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Kazakhstan Puchara
idisbalance back to roots in syman lul
2021-02-21 19:07
5 replies
#66
zorte | 
Finland ye6ok
syman gonna be stronk with fame but idk why they got adren
2021-02-21 19:07
4 replies
#81
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Kazakhstan Dosss
with Adren they will win major2022, think bout it haha)
2021-02-21 19:11
#84
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Kazakhstan Puchara
hes still better support player than kade0 and more experienced imo
2021-02-21 19:12
2 replies
#85
zorte | 
Finland ye6ok
yeah but pointless when you have nealan whos support and igl, they should get facecrack imo
2021-02-21 19:12
1 reply
#96
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Kazakhstan Puchara
will see how it work on the distance
2021-02-21 19:18
and when lan returns?? How spirit gonna win?? a TOP 1 team? with admins behind and checking their PC's???
2021-02-21 21:08
3 replies
#143
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Russia Kalacia
what? nobody was saying anything about spirit being top1
2021-02-21 21:16
2 replies
No dude, i was saying if on LAN they will be able to beat teams TOP 1 Like astralis, navi etc..this pandemic bring many on lan are 0 and online superteams, 16-1 on Astralis?? what did spirit team on LAN achievments? hm? CS Tours is LAN, CS, is a game with u can overwhelm with trickys...
2021-02-21 22:59
1 reply
#156
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Russia Kalacia
they haven't played a lan event with this current iteration of the roster so hard to tell
2021-02-21 23:00
#5
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Estonia ropzfangirl
CIS TOO GOOD
2021-02-21 19:00
1 reply
#69
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Nepal baral25
CIS Team will win Stockholm
2021-02-21 19:08
#6
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Jordan Zereeni
ez
2021-02-21 19:00
5 replies
#18
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Jordan Zereeni
"SPIRIT DEFEAT ASTRALIS" shouldnt it be "SPIRIT DISMANTLE ASTRALIS"
2021-02-21 19:00
4 replies
SPIRIT ABSOLUTELY DECIMATE ASTRALIS
2021-02-21 19:01
SPIRIT DROP TSAR BOMBA OVER ASTRALIS D2
2021-02-21 19:05
maybe when spirit had 2-0's Astralis then they would write that..... hey....just a speculation..... no one know how HLTV writes these articles
2021-02-21 19:06
#64
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Europe dalgass
they still lost a map
2021-02-21 19:07
#8
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Russia 1hebest!
Russian Team Spirit - best in the world!
2021-02-21 19:00
astralis era over kekw
2021-02-21 19:00
5 replies
Internet Explorer?
2021-02-21 19:02
3 replies
no Microsoft edge
2021-02-21 19:57
2 replies
switch to chrome bro wtf
2021-02-22 05:50
1 reply
#177
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Brazil opala_6cc
brave is better
2021-02-22 13:42
Was over last year
2021-02-21 19:09
16-1 lol
2021-02-21 19:00
#12
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Chile nachooww
almost 16-0 gg spirit
2021-02-21 19:00
1 reply
i was so bad when astralis make the first point in D2
2021-02-21 19:16
ez
2021-02-21 19:00
#14
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Russia Kirillqa89
GO GO GO BRATVA
2021-02-21 19:00
#15
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CIS Michael_R7
INSANE
2021-02-21 19:00
Expected win by Spirit, just like it was expected wins by Gambit, VP, NAVI... CIS keeps rekting solid (on paper) teams they meet and send them packing one by one @ Katowice 2021... Astralis still has a chance though, better not mess it up... Richard Lewis explained youtube.com/watch?v=S9-_KLNKGXw gg bb
2021-02-21 19:00
2 replies
Bruh any team with Niko is "solid on paper" yet they've all been lackluster, except Faze pre-Boston for like a year
2021-02-21 21:35
1 reply
#174
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Indonesia DioBrando
Yep +1, because of niko ego GODIAN didnt achieve major thropy So sad for him
2021-02-22 08:46
LETS GO. Spirit EARNED that win. Degster and Mir top 20 of 2021.
2021-02-21 19:01
3 replies
#122
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Czech Republic xANUx
props to chopper aswell, he has a shot to be top5 igl
2021-02-21 20:22
2 replies
Absolutely, every member of this team deserves credit. Chopper is a slept on IGL with fragging capabilities. SDY and Magixx also contribute in impactful ways that dont always show up on the scoreboard. This is truly a 5 man unit where every cog has impact. Just statistically both Mir and Degster will standout and get top 20 credit.
2021-02-21 20:40
1 reply
#138
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Czech Republic xANUx
as we all know, stats doesnt show the full picture, i remember that sdy (i knew him reffered to as somedayyoung) was really really talked about player, but for some time a havent heard of him, anyway i wouldnt mind spirit winning this trophy
2021-02-21 21:06
#21
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Latvia sonofdog
CIS strong
2021-02-21 19:01
xaxaxxxaaxaxa astralis is gone finally
2021-02-21 19:01
#24
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Ukraine FGVM
damn :D
2021-02-21 19:01
History
2021-02-21 19:01
#26
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Sri Lanka arsigod
Great games from CIS BOYS 💙
2021-02-21 19:01
Spirit new major winners soon
2021-02-21 19:01
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2021-02-21 19:01
wp Spirit
2021-02-21 19:01
#37
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Ukraine z3m4
CIS ERA MAGIXX >>>>> magisk
2021-02-21 19:01
1 reply
See im telling you that Niko just need time to become humble and good player
2021-02-21 19:05
Spirit / Gambit too good...
2021-02-21 19:02
#47
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Turkey razendd_
Nice online teams Ty Corona
2021-02-21 19:02
LET'S FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO #SPIRITED
2021-02-21 19:02
I see CIS dominance for the whole year, its something different and interesting
2021-02-21 19:02
Astralis FeelsBadMan
2021-02-21 19:03
I'm a sensitive person, whenever I see Astralis fans crying , i just do like all of them.
2021-02-21 19:03
madness
2021-02-21 19:04
that D2 performance was very unexpected , i was convinced Spirit were done fucked up with that Inferno pick and then losing it. Kudos to them, seeing my second favourite team do good makes me excited as well. Still anticipating a NaVi vs Astralis final though.
2021-02-21 19:04
4 replies
It won't happen. Max will be ast vs navi semis I guess
2021-02-21 19:08
3 replies
i dont really know how the brackets are gonna play out but i dont think NaVi is gonna be taken down by anyone up untill Final at least so they wont be facing Astralis till then too , i guess
2021-02-21 19:09
2 replies
The bracket plays like this. Whoever wins from the current match or vo or furia gonna play astralis. Then whoever wins that match will play navi/liquid in semis.
2021-02-21 19:10
1 reply
ah i see i see. So it has to be in the semis unless NaVi screw up today . TY Mr.Indian.
2021-02-21 19:30
Spirit top 5 soon
2021-02-21 19:05
#61
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Russia not2day
I WAS HERE
2021-02-21 19:05
#67
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Russia evg1804
THAT'S THE SPIRIT!!!!! Legendary moment
2021-02-21 19:08
#68
RpK | 
India kholwal
Should have happened later. Now anti-stratalis gonna geek hard in few days break
2021-02-21 19:08
WOOOOOO YEAH BABY THATS WHAT IVE BEEN WAITING FOR, THATS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT, OOOOO
2021-02-21 19:08
#77
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Finland Jerppu
This sudden CIS dominance is suspicious. Like every team suddenly performs like high end tier 1 team just when there is big tournament. I could believe that 1 team rises but theres god damn too many and too suddenly.
2021-02-21 19:10
6 replies
its not like it immediately happened in the 2021. Spirit were on a rise since the start of 2020. They did well in all the three RMR tournaments and even won some few T2 tournys here and there. Also managed to defeat Faze, Vitality, Fnatic etc. Replacing Degster just gave them enough of a push they needed to contest even more top teams (Degster imo is the hottest CS prospect atm) Gambit too were doing well in T2 scene. They had to bring in Hobbit for Supra cause of Covid and they gelled pretty well together after a few tournys. Axile and Shiro are some of the best CIS players atm and Hobbit managed to regain his Major winning form. Again a process that took some time to come into fruition. VP were never bad. They went down a notch a bit but like Degster , they replaced a dead weight Adren with a carry potential entry in Yekindar and a well rested Buster came back to have them find their top form back again. Some great players in that squad as well. The CIS scene is peeking at the same time but it has been in the making for a year now for these teams. CIS has a pretty good pool of talent at the moment and the best players are all scattered around in different teams , making them great by their performances. Of course one has to credit the whole Pandemic scenario which forced the play to go Online only which makes it easier for these guys to play well from the comfort of their home without any crowd presence and their pressure but it still pretty damn impressive how good they are performing at the moment and giving EU teams a run for their money!
2021-02-21 19:43
5 replies
#124
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Argentina macrigato
+1 smart men))). Degster is fucking sick
2021-02-21 20:29
Why dont we just replace Thorin and the rest of the analysts with you?! :D Great insight!
2021-02-22 10:26
3 replies
Not sure whether a commend or a sarcastic remark but I appreciate your words.
2021-02-22 16:47
2 replies
This was by no means sarcasam and I really mean it! :) Thanks bro! :)
2021-02-23 00:09
1 reply
Oh. Well then I true value your feedback, it flattered me.
2021-02-23 11:11
WTF happened to Astralis on D2??????? Total meltdown?
2021-02-21 19:11
EASY MENS
2021-02-21 19:11
Boy, what is up with Astralis on D2? At this level, you have to make an effort to lose 16-1 (15-0 wipe on first half). WTF moment really.
2021-02-21 19:12
#87
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Kazakhstan Dosss
13 russkix, 3 ukrainca i 3 kazaxa go go CIS :D
2021-02-21 19:13
flawless
2021-02-21 19:13
Honestly cant believe it. gg's to astralis hopefully they meet each other again in playoffs .
2021-02-21 19:15
#95
RpK | 
India kholwal
Should have happened later. Now anti-strata-lis gonna geek hard in few days break.
2021-02-21 19:17
Ez Vega squadron
2021-02-21 19:20
GG WP that hurt but luckily they are still in the playoffs!
2021-02-21 19:24
#104
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CIS Laggy
gg ez
2021-02-21 19:29
#106
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CIS shadch
Vladislav plays very well! I will keep my fingers croosed for him!
2021-02-21 19:30
defeat is too small word
2021-02-21 19:36
never forget :)
2021-02-21 19:38
#114
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India SKS_1337
LET'S GO CIS ERA!
2021-02-21 19:50
always a apleasure seeing dupreeh crying
2021-02-21 20:04
#120
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Bosnia and Herzegovina StigmaKG
G2 - dead team.
2021-02-21 20:18
:( raped on d2 We'll comeback stronger and win major. Don't worry
2021-02-21 20:28
Defeat? They raped them!! Loool azzztralizzz
2021-02-21 20:32
CIS team arise in Katowice
2021-02-21 20:39
WTF
2021-02-21 20:55
#133
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Brazil kalil420
HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA CHOKETRALIS 1-16 SPIRIT
2021-02-21 20:59
Awesome
2021-02-21 21:01
#135
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Spirit is looking insane, I think they can absolutely win this tournament. Astralis can do it, I mean it was close fight on first two maps, and Spirit is a great team, so both teams can still win. Gambit can do it to, they looked great vs G2 today. And G2 needs more time with NiKo I think, the mistakes are still visible.
2021-02-21 21:02
expected
2021-02-21 22:17
16-1 kekw
2021-02-21 22:58
CIS CS Pog
2021-02-21 22:59
sdy, degster, chopper, mir, magixx ! Well played guys
2021-02-21 23:22
16-1 against Astralis what a GODs Kreygasm
2021-02-21 23:28
16-1 Omg Rip Astralis
2021-02-22 00:04
#161
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North America casamayor
EZ4CIS
2021-02-22 00:41
gg
2021-02-22 01:16
#163
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
so ez for sh1ro
2021-02-22 01:38
wp spirit, seaerved win, wish you luck
2021-02-22 02:16
#168
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Israel uffiez
lmao astralis fanboys crying gg ez
2021-02-22 02:33
Watching spirit destroy australis on map 3 was amazing. They literally had them countered and their game plan worked perfectly
2021-02-22 03:33
This match just proves that Astralis without strategy cannot outfrag other teams based on their individual skill and firepower. Something teams like Navi, liquid and vitality are capable of
2021-02-22 03:38
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