Astralis defeat Evil Geniuses in BLAST Premier Fall Groups opening match

The Danes are waiting for the winner of Vitality vs. Liquid in the upper bracket final.

Astralis have started their BLAST Premier Fall Groups run with a win, taking Evil Geniuses out 2-0 with victories on Dust2 (16-11) and Nuke (16-10) with Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth back in the lineup as Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander is taking leave ahead of the birth of his first child, which tasks Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif with in-game leadership.

Evil Geniuses weren’t expected to come out guns blazing and the loss comes as no surprise, however, as the European-North American lineup is playing with a makeshift lineup featuring coach Damian "⁠daps⁠" Steele and Teodor "⁠SPELLAN⁠" Nikolov, who are standing in for Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz and Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte, two players that are on the sidelines to work on their mental health.

One of the big questions that remains to be answered is how all of this roster turmoil will affect Tsvetelin "⁠CeRq⁠" Dimitrov, as the Bulgarian AWPer has been seriously under-performing so far this year and his form continued to drag in the opening match against Astralis until the final half of the series, in which he turned things around individually and found impact while wielding the AK-47.

"We play practice and it goes well, but then we play matches and I just go blank," CeRq said when asked about his form after the match. "I'm working on it."

Magisk delivered for Astralis as a fragger and IGL

Evil Geniuses picked Dust2 to kick the series off, and were given the terrorist side to start. Despite going down 0-3, daps and his men managed to take an 8-7 lead at the switch after a competitive half in which Michał "⁠MICHU⁠" Müller downed 15 players and scored over 110 ADR.

Astralis started off with a 5-0 partial score on the attack to lock things down until they gave up a disjointed play on the A site to a Desert Eagle buy by Owen "⁠oBo⁠" Schlatter and company, but it wouldn’t prove enough to turn the tides of the map as the Danes went on to close it out 16-11.

On Nuke Astralis were the dominant team from beginning to end on the attack, taking an 11-4 lead with Magisk putting in heaps of work despite moonlighting as in-game leader, downing 22 players to hit over 120 ADR in the first half.

The Danes took the CT side pistol, setting themselves up for a quick victory, although Evil Geniuses scored several rounds to cover up the one-sided result going all the way to double digits before Astralis closed it out 16-10.

Matchpage
2
0
16th September 2021
16
Dust2
11
16
Nuke
10
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
57 - 32 +25 108.5 1.69
34 - 33 +1 75.0 1.08
32 - 30 +2 66.2 1.04
25 - 30 -5 64.5 0.93
30 - 34 -4 60.9 0.93
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
45 - 36 +9 97.1 1.29
32 - 28 +4 65.7 1.08
31 - 37 -6 74.2 0.94
27 - 38 -11 56.2 0.76
22 - 39 -17 49.9 0.66
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1292
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
1036
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1091
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
Bulgaria Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1423
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1132
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1534
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
United States Owen 'oBo' Schlatter
Owen 'oBo' Schlatter
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
340
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1807
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1261
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.66
Poland Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Michał 'MICHU' Müller
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1629
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
Pog
2021-09-16 18:54
2 replies
#28
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Germany Jermen
Blastralis is back!
2021-09-16 20:11
1 reply
MICHU scammed by NA orgs again, dude cant have a break...
2021-09-16 21:33
#2
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Brazil 9exe_
ez
2021-09-16 18:54
#3
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Sweden EligeDMassa
eg disband
2021-09-16 18:54
4 replies
most probably after groups they will disband and go to valorant
2021-09-16 19:31
3 replies
they wont, major sticker money is to good to quit now, but after major prolly yea
2021-09-16 21:09
2 replies
MICHU could be saved
2021-09-16 21:10
1 reply
yes, also obo if he is willing to move to europe
2021-09-16 21:11
WP Michu, sucks to see the team around him fall apart but he's very talented
2021-09-16 18:55
Magisk er en mur
2021-09-16 18:55
4 replies
#9
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Denmark twinseN
Magisk er en mur ja
2021-09-16 18:56
Nemlig
2021-09-16 19:56
Ja han er.
2021-09-16 20:00
#30
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Ukraine Xe0m
lol
2021-09-16 20:26
#6
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Brazil Anarchybr
Stop it, they’re already dead
2021-09-16 18:55
#7
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Russia KICK_ZEUS
man this EG team really is just falling apart huh
2021-09-16 18:56
get your shit together CERQ
2021-09-16 18:56
#10
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Romania xypperz
gg
2021-09-16 18:57
#11
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Greece h0nest_fan
Everytime ceRq misses with awp I remeber his interview saying he's the best awp player and I laugh 😂
2021-09-16 18:59
12 replies
He was easily a top 10 awper at the end of last year, dunno what happened to him in 2021
2021-09-16 19:05
11 replies
Last year? Hmmm no
2021-09-16 20:50
10 replies
Hmmm yes
2021-09-16 20:52
9 replies
s1mple, ZywOo, device, syrsoN, HEN1, mantuu, Kenny, FalleN, poizon, nawwk
2021-09-16 21:11
8 replies
" Kenny, FalleN, poizon, nawwk" bruh
2021-09-16 21:18
7 replies
CeRq had good stats but wasn't what he was in 2019, EG's success was mostly because of Brehze and Ethan, and also because Liquid was struggling lol...
2021-09-16 21:23
6 replies
he was still good enough in NA to be a top 10 awper last year , has really gone downhil this year.
2021-09-16 21:24
5 replies
On NA ofc, EG on EU was trash
2021-09-16 21:25
4 replies
no team from NA even played that much in EU in 2020 , too small of a sample size to judge.
2021-09-16 21:28
3 replies
Liquid and FURIA got good results on EU, also Liquid on Kato was good.
2021-09-16 21:30
2 replies
again , it werent enough matches to judge and conclude how teams were good or not in the few matches they played. We all know how much difference in competition was there between 2 regions and these teams played against inferior teams almost whole year.
2021-09-16 21:31
1 reply
Ok fine, look at my list then. Only HEN1 and FalleN played on NA during 2020 and they did really well I would say (HEN1 got Top 16 and FalleN was very solid even with MIBR struggling hard).
2021-09-16 21:42
unexpected upset
2021-09-16 18:59
#13
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United States Bearthorne
Expected upset
2021-09-16 18:59
Wow totally unexpected wow needed an article for sure :o
2021-09-16 19:00
1 reply
doh they make articles for all the tournament matches
2021-09-16 19:32
i legit feel bad for EG
2021-09-16 19:01
Gj team! Let's get the next win too!
2021-09-16 19:07
Any Idea where this eg gonna end up at the end of this year?
2021-09-16 19:12
Evil Geniuses Bulgarian flag when?
2021-09-16 19:13
as expected, magisk is the best player in astralis. always have been
2021-09-16 19:14
#22
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Italy NotNew
Nice streak EG
2021-09-16 19:31
ez
2021-09-16 19:37
#26
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India S2H
Free Michu
2021-09-16 19:58
EG will disband after major, because they need that sticker money.
2021-09-16 20:24
Astralis back to No1? Pog
2021-09-16 21:26
Save MICHU, save obo, and disband EG.
2021-09-17 04:22
- Stanislaw B0T + oSee = Top 15 hltv 👍👍👍👍
2021-09-17 19:07
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