Astralis defeat Extra Salt; Complexity send Vitality to lower bracket in DH Masters
Two roster changes were the main talking point of the opening matches of DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 Group B: Nicolai "device" Reedtz's departure from Astralis, which caused some role shuffling for the four-time Major champions, and Vitality's benching of Cédric "RpK" Guipouy in favor of youngster Jayson "Kyojin" Nguyen Van.
Any hopes for a North American upset were wiped away by Astralis quickly as they picked up a 7-0 start on Nuke against Extra Salt. Emil "Magisk" Reif was leading the way, but Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen on the AWP as well as Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen, now a permanent fixture in the active lineup, provided firepower to secure a 16-8 win over the FunSpark ULTI 2020 Europe runners-up.
Kyojin's debut for Vitality was spoiled by Complexity and an in-form Justin "jks" Savage. The Australian posted a 24K-15D scoreline alongside nine multikill rounds and a clutch to power his team to a 16-10 victory on Nuke, sending the French powerhouse to the lower bracket.
The winners of the two matches, Astralis and Complexity, will face off on Friday in the upper bracket semi-finals, while Vitality will have to stave off Extra Salt if they wish to avoid their fifth group stage elimination in a row.
|Astralis||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|24 - 12||+12||89.2||1.61|
|20 - 14||+6||93.7||1.35|
|20 - 13||+7||92.3||1.34|
|20 - 14||+6||80.1||1.27|
|13 - 14||-1||68.9||1.12|
|Extra Salt||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|16 - 18||-2||68.6||0.98|
|18 - 20||-2||77.3||0.95|
|15 - 18||-3||65.9||0.83|
|10 - 19||-9||49.6||0.65|
|8 - 22||-14||42.7||0.55|
|Complexity||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|24 - 15||+9||96.7||1.49|
|16 - 13||+3||79.7||1.15|
|18 - 19||-1||68.3||1.05|
|18 - 17||+1||74.3||0.99|
|14 - 17||-3||55.7||0.90|