Astralis bounce back against Liquid, secure BLAST Premier Fall Final spot

Astralis came back from behind on the deciding map to lock the spot at the BLAST Premier Fall Final.

Astralis have secured themselves a place in the BLAST Premier Fall Final after beating Liquid 2-1 and are set to face Vitality in order to decide the winner of the group. The North American side will join Evil Geniuses in the Showdown in mid-October ina last ditch effort to qualify for November's Fall Final.

The map veto went as expected as both teams removed their standard bans, with Liquid choosing to play Vertigo, Astralis opting to play Nuke, and Dust2 being the deciding map. Each team's map pick went in their favour convincingly and it came down to the final map to see which team would progress, with Astralis coming back from 6-12 to win the series.

Lucky made the difference for Astralis on Dust2

On Vertigo, the North American squad had managed to best both Vitality and Evil Geniuses and once again put their best foot forward on the map against Astralis. Liquid ran away with the opening half after winning the pistol and denied the Danes a chance to score consecutive rounds on their T side. Liquid held strong throughout their CT side as they locked in an 11-4 half. Astralis made an attempt to save the map after taking the second pistol round, but it wasn’t enough as Liquid ran over their opponents to take the map 16-9.

With one map in the bag for the North Americans, Astralis moved on to their map pick of Nuke. They managed to replicate Liquid's start from Vertigo and dominated on the T side for an 11-4 half. Liquid took every inch available to them with a dynamic T side themselves and shortly brought the game into close contention, as Astralis were denied the chance to string rounds together until Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth locked down the lower bombsite for Astralis's first consecutive round on the CT side. Despite their best efforts, Liquid succumbed to the Danish squad 16-11 as the series moved on to Dust2.

After a slow start, Liquid got rolling on the decider as Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski led the charge with a 17 kill half, with Astralis put under pressure to survive the series after the American side led at halftime 10-5. Both teams saw their AWP players leading the boards as both Philip "⁠Lucky⁠" Ewald and Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo saw a lot of success with the weapon. The game tied up at 13-13 as Liquid seemingly had no answer for the Danish T side. Astralis arrived at series point first as the American squad saved for the hopes of winning in overtime, but the Danes closed it out 16-13.

Matchpage
2
1
18th September 2021
9
Vertigo
16
16
Nuke
11
16
Dust2
13
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
61 - 44 +17 80.5 1.31
63 - 49 +14 84.0 1.24
50 - 62 -12 76.9 1.06
60 - 55 +5 73.9 1.05
39 - 65 -26 62.1 0.72
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
58 - 47 +11 81.2 1.23
59 - 54 +5 80.0 1.20
61 - 55 +6 74.2 1.14
58 - 52 +6 73.5 1.11
39 - 65 -26 65.9 0.83
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1489
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
352
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1443
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1815
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
EZ
2021-09-18 20:35
24 replies
#10
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Peru TheJuan
nt FalleN ! Cant wait for Liquid to kick stewie2k and instantly become top1
2021-09-18 20:36
23 replies
Would be nice to see him being kicked
2021-09-18 20:42
11 replies
+1
2021-09-18 20:44
+1 Haven't seen a problem last this long since Zeus
2021-09-18 20:52
8 replies
Zeus literally wasn't an issue for his teams.
2021-09-18 21:23
7 replies
he was for 2017-18 NaVi :)
2021-09-18 21:56
6 replies
If you actually think that it makes you look dumber than minet's hairline.
2021-09-19 02:03
He was the reason for their success dumbass
2021-09-19 02:12
Zeus >> stewie2k
2021-09-19 03:44
3 replies
#100
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Indonesia lumayan
Lol delusional
2021-09-19 04:58
2 replies
Let me rephrase since your small brain didn't get it, Zeus as an IGL >> stewie as an IGL
2021-09-19 13:36
1 reply
#116
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Indonesia lumayan
Lololol
2021-09-20 04:25
I would rather let Liquid keep Stewie and always see them lose
2021-09-18 21:01
It may be finally time for Liquid to go Brazilian
2021-09-18 20:45
7 replies
#32
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Brazil hugoooo
The only other Brazilian they need (and that would fit) is cold
2021-09-18 20:48
5 replies
cold instead of stew? not the same roles really...
2021-09-18 20:49
3 replies
#45
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Brazil hugoooo
Grim
2021-09-18 20:56
2 replies
yeah well cold gonna stay in col
2021-09-18 21:04
this actually pretty smart, grats
2021-09-19 05:06
-grim +cold
2021-09-18 20:54
lxxl u need to deactivate ur account
2021-09-19 19:03
#95
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Germany Droidd
wtf stweie played good grim always chokes
2021-09-19 02:43
#98
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France Keironical
What are you even on about?? Stewie is now holding a very important role in Liquid and he's not choking at all so whats the point of kicking him?? Instead, Grim is choking and failing to anchor the B site especially on Dust 2 and if u want to talk about stats wise, Stewie had 20 more kills than Grim
2021-09-19 03:56
#99
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Hong Kong Opekp
Valorant Kid want Stew go valorant? Go back home and cry with Jeff KEKW
2021-09-19 04:56
Nubs
2021-09-18 20:35
#3
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Sweden sn1pie
What???
2021-09-18 20:35
#4
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Bulgaria FAVORITE!
LETS GOOOOOO #ToTheSTARS
2021-09-18 20:36
#5
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United States Bettyu
LUCKY #1
2021-09-18 20:36
#6
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Czech Republic xANUx
lets gooo
2021-09-18 20:36
#7
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Tunisia LenkonFTW
lucky built different
2021-09-18 20:36
Looking GRIM for Liquid :^)
2021-09-18 20:36
1 reply
Haha. 10/10 tho
2021-09-18 22:18
This was epic!
2021-09-18 20:36
#11
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Finland Cucumber))
Lucky :0
2021-09-18 20:36
LULQUID losing aganist worst astralis since forever xaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2021-09-18 20:37
1 reply
#80
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Norway 2kayn
But they always lose to them
2021-09-18 23:36
They really just can't beat that mf team
2021-09-18 20:37
1 reply
Grim and stewie2k are the problem
2021-09-18 21:24
#14
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China HEIDASHUAi
Liquid just can't beat Astralis
2021-09-18 20:38
#15
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Romania xypperz
GG
2021-09-18 20:38
NA sucks
2021-09-18 20:39
#17
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Turkey SplattXy
ez so hyped
2021-09-18 20:41
Liquid will never beat astralis
2021-09-18 20:42
-Grim + Coldzera or brehze
2021-09-18 20:42
Liquid are Astralis bitch
2021-09-18 20:43
Liquid cant even beat no IGL team haha
2021-09-18 20:43
1 reply
and main fragger XD
2021-09-19 14:08
Hehehehe lulquid
2021-09-18 20:43
It is time for Liquid to refrezh their minds
2021-09-18 20:44
imagine when astralis -botzkji +k0nfig
2021-09-18 20:44
4 replies
Nah bro Magisk,dupreeh and xyp are actually the players who aren't renewed. I just don't think they want to bubzkji. These players don't have much time on their contract tbf. And zonic hasn't renewed either.
2021-09-18 20:46
3 replies
There are several people who have not renewed their contract on other teams as well, like krimz have not renewed with fnatic for instance and his contract is running out as well at the same time. I highly doubt all of them leave, especially when they figure out that they would have to travel far longer for bootcamps, speak a different language and get payed roughly the same. As for bubzkji, he have no more excuses to keep performing like shit, they've literally tried everything, they even tried giving him his prime positions last tournament and he still performed like a dog. It's very clear when you actually watch his play that his awareness just isnt good enough for this level, he makes so many strange mistakes of not being ready at the right time and generally gets caught off guard way too much
2021-09-18 20:49
Pretty sure magisk will stay in astralis to play with konfig at least
2021-09-18 22:07
Name checks out
2021-09-19 01:47
Liquid choking against EU The most boring storyline ever
2021-09-18 20:44
Grim and Bubzjki are both just shit.
2021-09-18 20:45
1 reply
+1000
2021-09-18 21:50
Lol. Liquid just DISBAND
2021-09-18 20:48
#35
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Russia mshkoda
Yep
2021-09-18 20:49
Funny how Liquid stays the same, no matter which iteration of the roster it be xDDD
2021-09-18 20:50
1 reply
I wonder if all of NA's young talent really moved to Valorant or other games instead of CS. Liquid is a team that seems to function well in terms of strats, but seriously lack on the end of talent. Replacing either Fallen or Stewie with some capable youth could really give Liquid a fresh impulse. Otherwise they seem kind of outdated
2021-09-18 20:58
Grim's Stats at the last 2 evens he played - how is he so fuckin inconsistent. He would be lights out carry fragger if he just fixes his mental game. He has insane mechanics when he's turned up: 7-9th 2021BLAST Premier Fall Groups 20218 0.57 - 0.73 -32 0.94 5-8th 14ESL Pro League Season 14 17 0.71 - 0.64 +33 1.10
2021-09-18 20:52
- grim + oSee = Major
2021-09-18 20:52
1 reply
#47
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Brazil hugoooo
If oSee comes, FalleN would've to play with ak/m4 only, because oSee would take over the AWP, so FalleN would probably play way worse
2021-09-18 20:58
Awesome. See you in royal arena .
2021-09-18 20:53
Actual laughing stuff this is, even without Glaive and Device, Liquid can't best them. Almost as if they are cursed now. Kudos to Astralis! Was not expecting them to qualify but here we are! Nice to see Lucky stepped up, still quite young and room to grow! NT NAF
2021-09-18 20:54
Bro what? lol even the best looking TL cant win the shittiest version of Astralis haha
2021-09-18 20:55
For fucks sake liquid. FOR FUCKS SAKE LMAO
2021-09-18 20:56
#46
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Georgia Megobari
Bubzjki, kekw
2021-09-18 20:56
Long we had expected Morale disintegrated Chokes expected Liquid eliminated
2021-09-18 21:00
#50
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Denmark Kon10R
Great tp see the good ol' rivalry from 2018, but ofcourse it was entirely new teams compared to back then. The determining factor: Zonic vs. Adren ...
2021-09-18 21:01
Another choke, lul.
2021-09-18 21:03
-grim +tarik
2021-09-18 21:04
1 reply
#59
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Chile cristiaan
tarik to val
2021-09-18 21:23
the majestic win of EF against OPAA shadowed this match, sad
2021-09-18 21:05
#56
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Brazil Anarchybr
FalleN deserves a better team
2021-09-18 21:09
6 replies
Yes, Paqueta
2021-09-18 21:58
5 replies
He would lead them to top 30. He can lead any team to top 30.
2021-09-18 22:19
4 replies
Yeah, saw that while he was in MIBR. Needed 5 restarted rounds to beat Furia once. Stewie brought him to Liquid only because he is his friend, showed him some mercy and gave him a paycheck
2021-09-18 22:28
3 replies
#87
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Brazil batcompany
Yeah like if Fallen would starve to death if jake didnt save him. They brought him in bcs they saw an awper + igl and those were positions they've been lacking for a while.
2021-09-19 01:16
? MIBR was top 30. Maybe you should learn numbers.
2021-09-19 11:16
1 reply
Mibr was in top30 only because the top 30 is that weak. You win a match in EU and you are there ... They lost so many consecutive matches and they were still in top 30, that says a lot about csgo rankings
2021-09-19 11:24
#58
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Chile cristiaan
grim :(
2021-09-18 21:23
back in form just in time for the major, i swear if they manage to win the major i will tattoo the astralis logo on the tip of my dick
2021-09-18 21:52
1 reply
Astralis won EG and Liquid and your talking about a major win LMAO hahahahahah
2021-09-18 21:56
Lets go Astralis
2021-09-18 22:00
#67
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Philippines B3nk4i
dude liquid is cursed
2021-09-18 22:05
#70
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Vietnam Cemetery
Fallen is a monster with awp
2021-09-18 22:19
Sad :(
2021-09-18 22:19
2 replies
everytime there's hope, even a little, THIS happens. over and over and over... :____
2021-09-18 22:51
1 reply
I still believe...... somehow
2021-09-19 11:17
-Fallen -grim +Smooya +Shakezulla
2021-09-18 22:23
4 replies
oBo instead of Shakezulla.
2021-09-18 22:52
#84
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Brazil Anarchybr
Imagine thinking shakezulla is a update over FalleN 😂
2021-09-19 00:50
1 reply
FalleN is pretty average though
2021-09-19 20:04
Smooya LUL
2021-09-19 20:30
chokequid strikes 2 times this month
2021-09-18 22:29
Even in this broken state Astralis still beat TL KEKW legendary matchup LOL
2021-09-18 22:53
stew, u had to get 1-2 kills b with awp when u were hiding there in the corner on b dust2 and missed :) it is what it is though....
2021-09-18 23:21
1 reply
And multiple people in and around Liquid have low-key mentioned that he does ovetime training almost every day... so... maybe this is his skill ceiling?
2021-09-19 08:03
when will liquid kick bot grim and bring in tarik celik?
2021-09-18 23:55
After all these months, I still don't get why Grim and Bubskji are still in their teams. Bubzkji even renewed his contract, amazing.
2021-09-18 23:58
2 replies
wait when did bubzkji renew his contract where did u read that?
2021-09-19 00:51
1 reply
He didn't he signed a three year deal last year iirc, so he is still stuck for around a year and half roughly...
2021-09-19 02:30
Well, its a matter of time now when Liquid gonna fail and fail again and we will have exactly same scene as we had in mid/late 1.6. EU vs EU all the time
2021-09-19 00:03
83 comments on major final KEKW
2021-09-19 00:51
1 reply
Valorant > csgo
2021-09-19 14:43
#90
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxyownz
both grim and bubzkji are in the same position meant to be star players in the shitty roles that they cant seem to adapt into
2021-09-19 02:04
I'd like to see Stewenson being kicked, FalleN doesn't seem to fit in the main picture either. Put Grim on trial, if he drags behind kick him too
2021-09-19 02:08
imagine losing to BOT Lucky
2021-09-19 02:28
Lol. 3odds for astralis prior the start of the match. I tought it was a nice deal there. But i dont bet... Dupree had an impact 👏
2021-09-19 02:58
#103
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India LRAD
"ina last ditch effort to qualify" INA? Lucky puts his heart and soul into this series and you make this embarrassing typo in the first paragraph of the article? RESPECT LUCKY!
2021-09-19 08:06
Astralis are Astralis it's like a wounded beast even down still dangerous
2021-09-19 09:27
#107
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Poland SebL
The new El Classico of CS. Liquid is cursed with playing Astralis btw. Astralis atleast showed that they are not dead, that there is still some life in them even without gla1ve. That's good for them. I'm surprised by this upset, Liquid has been showing some potential lately, and I really didn't expect it to go down like this here, but I think their chances of making it through the showdown are really big.
2021-09-19 11:17
No Twistzz = No Lulquit
2021-09-19 15:27
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