Astralis breeze past Fiend to lock in semi-finals spot at IEM

The favorites have delivered so far in the playoffs, with Astralis joining NIP and Vitality in the semi-finals.

Astralis are through to the IEM Fall semi-finals after defeating Fiend in a series that was marred with technical issues and saw the Danes secure a comfortable 2-0 victory on the way to the next playoffs round. There, Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif and company will face the winner of the last quarter-final series between G2 and ENCE on Saturday at 20:15 .

The win sees Astralis remain in contention for a Legends spot. Assuming they will make no changes to the roster (such as bringing back Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander), they can qualify for the second Major stage by placing three spots above one of Vitality and NIP or four spots above G2.

Meanwhile, Fiend have fallen to the 5th-8th decider bracket, where they need to win at least one series to clinch a spot at PGL Major Stockholm.

Magisk was leading from the front on Nuke

It was a controlled victory on Nuke that kicked off the series for Astralis. The Danes immediately seized the momentum on the Terrorist side with a pistol round win and didn't allow Fiend a way into the half until it was 6-2, with the Bulgarians finding it difficult to keep hold of yard and containing their opponents.

Kamen "⁠bubble⁠" Kostadinov's team then found a footing, but a loss to just Deagles in Astralis' hands put a stop to their brief successful run, and the half went the favorites' way at 9-6. A Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth Dualies quad-kill and triples from Magisk, Lucas "⁠Bubzkji⁠" Andersen, and Philip "⁠Lucky⁠" Ewald later, Astralis reached 14 and closed the map soon after without much trouble.

An extraordinarily long technical break marred the beginning of Inferno, the second map, but that didn't seem to hinder Astralis one bit. It was business as usual for the Danish squad, who didn't get off to the best of starts after the issues were solved but finished the first half far ahead nonetheless on the back of a stellar defense, and went on to lock in the semi-finals spot at 16-9, 2-0.

Matchpage
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0
8th October 2021
16
Nuke
10
16
Inferno
9
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
41 - 28 +13 93.5 1.37
34 - 28 +6 86.2 1.27
40 - 29 +11 75.5 1.20
31 - 30 +1 80.5 1.10
29 - 23 +6 49.2 1.00
 Fiend K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
32 - 36 -4 66.7 1.02
31 - 31 0 61.1 0.93
28 - 36 -8 62.1 0.84
26 - 35 -9 57.6 0.83
21 - 39 -18 55.7 0.65
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1307
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1970
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
359
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1534
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1822
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
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#1
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Serbia XD___
sad
2021-10-08 21:05
13 replies
#15
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Denmark Cleandog
Happiness
2021-10-08 21:12
1 reply
#34
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Denmark hxgni
+1
2021-10-08 23:22
Faze fans celebrating now
2021-10-08 21:12
10 replies
not over yet
2021-10-08 21:14
8 replies
almost over one of the fiend/cph/msr is going to finish 8th now, and that's what faze needs
2021-10-08 21:34
7 replies
that, or g2 beat ence
2021-10-08 21:44
or g2 say fuck you faze
2021-10-08 22:15
5 replies
#31
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Peru TheJuan
pls g2
2021-10-08 23:09
4 replies
G2 failed to win an ez game.
2021-10-09 04:25
3 replies
But cph/msr already lost, one of them is going to be 8th
2021-10-09 06:14
2 replies
If g2 lose 2 games in the lower bracket they’d be 8th
2021-10-09 09:38
no they wont? the only guarantee is that one of them will be 7th or 8th
2021-10-09 12:20
Beckam celebrate?
2021-10-08 21:38
#2
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India OOFmiester
EZ4ENCE
2021-10-08 21:05
ez4LANSTRALIS lets gooo
2021-10-08 21:05
#4
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United States Abujihad
Faze qualified
2021-10-08 21:05
1 reply
Not yet
2021-10-08 21:09
expected
2021-10-08 21:05
wow
2021-10-08 21:06
Pog! Just one match goes as expected and FaZe will get that Major spot. ENCE are amazing but I hope G2 pull through!
2021-10-08 21:06
#8
SPUNJ | 
Albania F4lKs
EZ odds
2021-10-08 21:06
#9
deko | 
Europe Holiwis
Ez for astralis
2021-10-08 21:06
i am pretty sure Magisk was hacking in this one , that VAC shot to h4rn was filthy af expected win , great job!
2021-10-08 21:07
3 replies
H4rn was so loud and the guy in front of the smoke even checked his back and ofc called it, magisk just spammed the smoke
2021-10-08 21:45
yes definately hacking on lan lol
2021-10-09 00:45
1 reply
+1 Magisk very sneaky boi
2021-10-09 00:46
#11
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India aR__
NiKo playing for FaZe vs ENCE
2021-10-08 21:07
#12
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Romania xypperz
lets go
2021-10-08 21:08
#14
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Ecuador r1krdo
:3
2021-10-08 21:10
to easy
2021-10-08 21:13
#19
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Denmark RaVeNhElL
Yeah... Expected
2021-10-08 21:17
great stuff! top 4 already)
2021-10-08 21:48
1 reply
5th major incoming!
2021-10-08 23:13
flag checks out
2021-10-08 21:52
1 reply
Hvad betyder det endelig ? flag checks out
2021-10-08 22:31
Nice!
2021-10-08 21:59
ezzz
2021-10-08 22:05
#30
EliGE | 
North America Benso
breeze after the 2 hour break
2021-10-08 23:02
BREEZE PAST. 2 close maps. yikes
2021-10-08 23:18
7 replies
#35
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North America hi_mens))
16-10 and 16-9 isn't exactly close
2021-10-08 23:25
how is 16-10 and 16-9 close lmao
2021-10-08 23:43
4 replies
how is it not close dumb dane
2021-10-08 23:44
3 replies
because it's not???
2021-10-08 23:46
2 replies
16-14 or OT would be close game. 9-10 rounds just means 1 good half or pistols won. And it's not just all you have to look into economy and how much damage you do and astralis one of best at that. plus the funny part is they wasn't even using not even best strats in their book magisk was like u just wait and wallbang them when i go alone and win round xD
2021-10-09 01:38
1 reply
xD
2021-10-09 18:02
#54
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Slovakia Daev0n
+1 Literally one round can change 16-10 game into a 15-15 game.
2021-10-09 09:44
"breeze past" Lol. Hltv just baiting these days. They are appropriating our mens culture. )))))
2021-10-08 23:45
greatest team of all time still making semi finals like its nothing
2021-10-08 23:57
2 replies
t. didnt watch the game XD
2021-10-09 00:38
1 reply
jermans
2021-10-09 00:41
bulgarians got completely trashed. i don't want to hear any casters repeating that fantasy phrase of "up and coming talent from XY country"
2021-10-09 00:20
1 reply
t. didnt watch the game XD
2021-10-09 00:37
bubzkji really likes magisk's calls
2021-10-09 01:13
0-2 from Gambit and go home!
2021-10-09 01:39
Let's go Astralis.
2021-10-09 05:50
#57
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Poland SebL
Wow, Astralis really starting to look good, I'm really surprised by that, I didn't expect much out of this roster but honestly it's looking pretty good. I don't think they are at a point in which they can win this event but getting to semi-final is already a big surprise for me. Honestly I expected Fiend to take the upset here, I thought that this is the game in which Astralis falls, but I'm really surprised tbh., and it wasn't even that close. Still doesn't change the fact that for me this Fiend roster can easliy be stable in TOP 20, the combination of experience and youth is looking great in this roster.
2021-10-09 18:19
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