OG beat Astralis in BLAST Premier Showdown
The No.1 seed has been eliminated from the tournament.
OG are through to the second round of the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown following a 2-0 victory over Astralis. The international team, playing their first match with Shahar "flameZ" Shushan - a late move that ended up costing them a high seed in the tournament -, came out all guns blazing on Inferno, where Astralis were unable to show any spark and Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen, who was playing his first match in almost three months, looked lost at times.
Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth came back to the fold on Dust2, and while improvements were clearly on display, Astralis lacked the ruthlessness to kill off the game, wasting a map point in regulation before collapsing in overtime, which serves as further evidence that not all is well within the Danish team's camp and that something will probably have to change before their next tournaments, DreamHack Masters Spring and Flashpoint 3.
OG started the series with more intensity, taking a quick 3-0 lead on Inferno off the back of a flawless pistol. The early signs coming from Astralis were concerning, and they never really found their stride in the half. Their resistance was feeble at best and the few rounds that they edged out were few and far between as OG stormed to a 10-5 lead, with Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså leading the charge with a 14-4 score and a 103 ADR.
OG's dominance continued in the second half with another clean pistol round, but there was no follow-up this time around as Astralis hit back immediately with some impressive Desert Eagle shots. It was the perfect opportunity for the Danish team to get some momentum going, but they collapsed against OG's force-buy - a messy round where Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen somehow found three frags with a CZ-75 - and were blown out in the rest of the game.
Astralis made a dreary start to the game on Dust2, sparking fears that this would be a carbon copy of Inferno, but they began to bear their teeth midway through the first half and went into the break up by one round. With a trio of frags in a chaotic pistol round, Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen fired his team further into the lead, but the complexion of the game changed once OG had money in the bank.
The international team took the game to Astralis and went on a dominant run, but as regulation came to an end there was nothing separating the two sides. In overtime, OG managed to scrape a round on the attack before running away with the game with a flawless CT performance.
"Winning this kind of things is so nice, especially on your debut," flameZ said after the match before offering insight into the team's bootcamp. "We're just having fun, practising and enjoying each other. We're really making a connection outside of CS. Aleksib is going through a lot of things with me. It's going really well. It's a matter of time before we can show our real potential."
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|38 - 35||+3||73.6||1.05|
|35 - 35||0||59.6||0.98|
|31 - 40||-9||62.2||0.86|
|18 - 24||-6||61.7||0.84|
|24 - 44||-20||59.8||0.68|
|7 - 16||-9||33.3||0.52|