Astralis clinch semi-final spot after tight win over Virtus.pro

An impressive display from Astralis on Inferno brought the series to an end following two nail-biting overtime maps.

Astralis will take on G2 in the semis of IEM Cologne on Saturday following a 2-1 victory over Virtus.pro. The Danish team was transparent about their issues going into the event and hinted at upcoming changes, but put up an impressive display in the quarters nonetheless.

A standout player in the series was Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth, who before the match said that they are not satisfied with just quarter-finals, and did his best to secure the victory over Virtus.pro.

"I felt we should've closed them earlier," the 'Clutch Minister' said about the overtime affairs on Overpass and Dust2, but Inferno was a straightforward victory which saw them eliminate Virtus.pro and take on G2 next.

Xyp9x's 40 kills on Dust2 weren't enough to close out the series in two

Lucas "⁠Bubzkji⁠" Andersen was hot to trot as Overpass kicked off, Virtus.pro not getting off to a strong start on their map pick. The Danes were up 6-0 on the defense before Virtus.pro started to come back, winning five out of six round, shaking off an eco loss. However, Astralis dealt with the CIS side's late-round pushes well to close out the half 10-5 up, moving closer to the victory after a Bubzkji Glock ace.

The map wasn't going to end that fast, though, as Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov stepped up in key moments and his team scraped into overtime. In the added rounds, Virtus.pro looked deflated, though, and Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's team closed out map 1.

Despite Virtus.pro main opener Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis starting Dust2 quietly, his team went blow for blow with Astralis on the second map. The rifler came alive in round 10 with a triple to break the Danes' money, but they fought back on a save round to seize control of the half.

Astralis' 9-6 lead melted away following a clean pistol win for Virtus.pro, and the momentum swung. Four rounds away from taking Dust2, Virtus.pro lost two advantageous rounds, with Xyp9x bringing his team back into it. The momentum was now on Astralis' side, the Danes again got to map point first, but overtime was needed to decide the victor. Early on struggling, YEKINDAR was better and better as the map progressed, finishing with 40 frags after OT2 and closing out Dust2 in his team's favor with a quad-kill hold on B.

Inferno followed the same script early on, Astralis taking the lead but Virtus.pro staying alive, courtesy of great entry play from Alexey "⁠Qikert⁠" Golubev. The half ended 9-6 in favor of the Danes, but this time around, they powered on to a massive lead with a great T-side start. Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif fired up and joined an in-form Xyp9x at the top of the scoreboard, pushing Astralis to a convincing victory on the decider, 16-8.

Matchpage
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2
16th July 2021
16
Overpass
19
22
Dust2
20
8
Inferno
16
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
68 - 67 +1 77.1 1.07
72 - 62 +10 66.5 1.07
70 - 73 -3 80.1 1.00
59 - 76 -17 74.9 0.92
50 - 70 -20 61.6 0.84
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
77 - 63 +14 83.8 1.23
84 - 65 +19 78.2 1.18
68 - 65 +3 79.0 1.11
60 - 63 -3 73.2 0.99
57 - 68 -11 63.7 0.93
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1520
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1138
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.62
Kazakhstan Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Alexey 'Qikert' Golubev
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1132
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1276
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1802
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
782
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Ez
2021-07-16 20:56
3 replies
Ez with 2 OTs? Are you dumb kid?
2021-07-17 03:08
2 replies
umad lad? chilax
2021-07-17 03:53
Considering how that last map went, and the star player of VP didn't show up when it mattered the most, the recency bias in me will say it was rather EZ indeed.
2021-07-17 07:16
#2
B1T | 
Russia dteakh
vp nt
2021-07-16 20:56
EZ
2021-07-16 20:56
#4
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Finland Cucumber))
nice
2021-07-16 20:56
Unexpected, but very welcome win. What a match. Xyp9x crazy good on LAN, gla1ve with AWP, Bubzkji in pistolrounds. Poggers! <3
2021-07-16 21:07
2 replies
#24
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Poland Mickol
Glad xyp came back
2021-07-16 21:21
1 reply
84 kills for Xyp9x <3
2021-07-16 21:28
dev0ce malding
2021-07-16 20:57
3 replies
Hah yeah probably. But didn’t Bubz take the spot of Device? And he topped ratings for the series. Go Bubz! I love seeing new additions to teams perform well, like B1t
2021-07-16 21:04
1 reply
Agreed +1
2021-07-16 21:25
+99999
2021-07-16 21:16
GG
2021-07-16 20:57
Luckystralis
2021-07-16 20:58
how is this tournament even interesting without BIG i'm only reading news
2021-07-16 20:58
11 replies
Learning more of other teams will mean you understand better when BIG is destroyed.
2021-07-16 21:23
1 reply
i know why they fuck up, still can't rly cheer for other teams except dignitas because of f0rest :(
2021-07-16 21:30
Because actually decent teams are playing now.
2021-07-16 21:25
Big is not interesting at all. Nice bait though
2021-07-16 21:26
4 replies
more interesting than any NA losers, that's for sure
2021-07-16 21:29
3 replies
In ur dreams maybe 🤷🤷. Liquid is still more interesting to watch than BUG clan lol. Who is there to watch in bug clan anyway except xantares who is not even german??? Where is german CS?? Lmaooo
2021-07-17 02:13
2 replies
lulquid... lul. got rekt by BIG hahah byebye
2021-07-17 07:14
1 reply
Who has the intel grand slam again?? Lul Cry 🤷🤷
2021-07-17 09:17
Pls dont talk ever again u just sound stupid eith that logic
2021-07-16 22:36
2 replies
no
2021-07-16 22:40
He is a low life baiter ignore him bruh
2021-07-17 02:14
#10
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Australia Downtxme
lets go
2021-07-16 20:59
Astralis on LAN Pog
2021-07-16 20:59
#12
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United States TrashPanda
Glaive and Zonic just straight brained on Jame holy shit
2021-07-16 21:01
2 replies
just wondering does VP have solid coach? I have a feeling that Jame is doing everything alone
2021-07-16 21:03
1 reply
#58
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Spain capta1n
Its the same coach that also got them to the major final but im not sure if he is any good
2021-07-16 23:53
GODSTRALIS BACK POG!
2021-07-16 21:01
GOAT team
2021-07-16 21:01
GOD BOOBZJKI
2021-07-16 21:04
rip
2021-07-16 21:08
GG
2021-07-16 21:14
GOAT9x
2021-07-16 21:15
EZ4 xyp9x
2021-07-16 21:16
Ahhh
2021-07-16 21:21
Good for Bubzkji!
2021-07-16 21:27
It was always easy
2021-07-16 21:29
FeelsGoodMan
2021-07-16 21:33
#37
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Russia mshkoda
Both teams in strange form, but nice series
2021-07-16 21:47
Very nice! top 4 at least is great
2021-07-16 21:47
6 replies
+1 now imagine top 2 finish or even top 1 😍😍
2021-07-16 21:51
5 replies
we can only dream
2021-07-16 22:25
4 replies
Astralis can beat g2 tommorow and it wont be surprise.
2021-07-16 22:52
3 replies
ehh maybe but not def not favored, team with no awp vs team that has one kinda
2021-07-16 23:12
2 replies
ok bro, but already Astralis looks really cool. Amanek? He is main awp but gla1ve or dupreeh doing well too so.. Navi also had main awp s1mple and they had nice bo3 vs them, heroic had cadian and faze had broky. G2 is good when nexa and amanek playing good game if not, kovacs cousins cant always carry. I think we will see only 2 maps but very close maps and idk who wins. I support Astralis so i wish them win tommorow
2021-07-16 23:41
1 reply
Well the problem is that amenek can’t be main AWP really xd so that’s good for Astralis, kovac carry or bust tommorow yes
2021-07-16 23:51
Suck it onliners, Xyp is here.
2021-07-16 22:00
2 replies
vp not onliners mens
2021-07-16 22:25
#56
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Europe elefiveS
respect VP man. they have beat the #11, #5 and #6
2021-07-16 23:48
#41
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Portugal joaosenra
Yekindar on Lan were is he, i cant see him
2021-07-16 22:06
2 replies
#44
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Brazil Anarchybr
🤡 NLINER
2021-07-16 22:26
hahahah
2021-07-17 02:37
#47
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United States GVoidV2
LETS GO XYPPPPPPP
2021-07-16 22:43
xyp preforming)) lets hope it was just online
2021-07-16 23:11
YEKINDAR what a pugger, fraud of player. Why I can't believe in new generation players.. am I the only one?
2021-07-16 23:41
Device is overrated, he is good only because Astralis was/is a good team with good tactics. In NIP without tactics/brain is 0.
2021-07-17 00:31
1 reply
+1
2021-07-17 02:37
ez
2021-07-17 00:44
Two amazingly resilient teams, just finding ways to take rounds no matter the circumstances or obstacles. In the end it looked like AST were just more relaxed while VP's play seemed strained. Maybe it's just their Bitch Faces.
2021-07-17 00:50
sad :c but gj Astralis
2021-07-17 00:51
GG
2021-07-17 03:47
I TOLD YOU DANISH FANS.. EVERY TIME ON ASTRALIS PAGE ON FACEBOOK.. BUBZKJI NEEDED TIME TO SHOW THAT HE'S GREAT.. AND I WAS F'N RIGHT.. HE'S GREAT.. LETS GOOOO
2021-07-17 04:58
Astralis are back.
2021-07-17 06:50
#80
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Poland MNSAf
legendary match
2021-07-17 09:40
How is this a clinch tho. Two maps with lots of control and throwing a bit underway. Last map super decisive
2021-07-17 15:50
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