Astralis move on to lower bracket final over FaZe

New additions to Astralis once again proved their worth as they powered the Danish side to a hard-fought victory.

Astralis have advanced to the lower bracket final at BLAST Premier Fall, eliminating FaZe from the tournament after a back-and-forth series (Mirage 16-10, Nuke 5-16, Dust2 16-9). Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke and Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer led the way for their new team once more, both averaging 1.20+ ratings across the best-of-three to earn their spot in the next round, in which they will face the winner of Liquid and Heroic.

Throughout the series, Astralis had an elated home crowd at their backs, an experience blameF described as the craziest of his life. "It feels so surreal, I can't even explain it, it's mental," he said shortly after the match on the broadcast. The 'Boulder,' as he has been dubbed by Conner "⁠Scrawny⁠" Girvan, went on to praise his in-game leader for calling a great game. "There's not a lot of stuff to fall back on because we haven't had that much practice, but gla1ve is doing an amazing job."

Astralis' vetoes have been indicated a change in their map pool all tournament long, and they finally got to show that the fruits of that on the server in their encounter against FaZe, who picked Mirage for the opener, forcing the Danes to play the map for the first time in over two years.

The new Astralis came back from their loss to Vitality to beat FaZe

Despite the core's inexperience on the map, Astralis took Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen and company by surprise, putting up a stellar defense on the back of a fantastic combination from blameF and Philip "⁠Lucky⁠" Ewald, who has continued to prioritize the rifle over the AWP and looked all the better for it as he scored several flashy plays.

A 12-3 first half made it near-impossible for FaZe to have a chance, and the large deficit proved to be their downfall, as not even a 7-1 start to the second half from the European combine was enough to stop Astralis from locking down the first map in the series. After struggling to find the answer to FaZe's mid aggression at first, the Danes adapted to blow the A site wide open and rally to a 16-10 victory.

The roles were reversed on Nuke, and this time it was Astralis who faced difficulty finding openings on the Terrorist side, with FaZe quickly amassing an early lead. Even two consecutive 1v2 clutches going the way of the Danish side did little to stop the karrigan-led machine, who had an amazing performer in Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard as he spearheaded a great defense worth 11 rounds. There wasn't much left for Astralis to do once they also conceded the second pistol round, and soon the series turned to the decider, Dust2.

The CT-sided theme of the series continued, with Astralis getting off to successful start on the back of a hyper-aggressive pistol round strategy in middle and putting together another solid CT half from there on. After the first few gunrounds were traded, FaZe began to falter after a lost 5v3 scenario and never got back on the horse, only salvaging a couple of rounds at the end of the half for four in total.

In a last-ditch effort, FaZe had karrigan and rain combine for five kills in the second pistol round and got within three from their opponents, until Lucky stepped up with a key clutch to get Astralis back in the driving seat. With that and a big quad-kill from k0nfig in a 3v5, FaZe were left scrambling for money, and Astralis closed out the game.

Matchpage
2
1
26th November 2021
16
Mirage
10
5
Nuke
16
16
Dust2
9
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
55 - 48 +7 83.2 1.23
58 - 44 +14 90.2 1.20
44 - 49 -5 73.4 1.04
46 - 44 +2 56.6 0.99
35 - 48 -13 62.9 0.85
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
54 - 50 +4 87.8 1.18
48 - 45 +3 71.3 1.03
44 - 44 0 57.9 0.96
47 - 55 -8 72.5 0.95
39 - 45 -6 61.1 0.89

With Astralis defeating FaZe, Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's squad have also secured the final spot at the closing tournament of the year, the BLAST Premier World Final, through the BLAST standings.

Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1910
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
387
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1558
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1428
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1514
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
Canada Conner 'Scrawny' Girvan
Conner 'Scrawny' Girvan
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
750
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.60
n1
2021-11-27 00:10
3 replies
Twist left NiP for this?
2021-11-27 00:10
2 replies
#44
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Europe dan1elsen
:v
2021-11-27 01:05
1 reply
v:
2021-11-27 07:00
#2
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Denmark KhT
GGS another painful loss for FaZe again
2021-11-27 00:11
#4
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United States mattgg2015
faze washed
2021-11-27 00:10
1 reply
#35
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United States BigDudley
+1 been for a long time
2021-11-27 00:28
if broky showed up they probably win
2021-11-27 00:10
1 reply
True
2021-11-27 00:22
#7
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Australia rationale
Brokey lost faze the game, unfortunately. Yeah, that single missed shot on dust2: twitch.tv/videos/1216250550?t=11h31m25s It wasn't even missed per se, he just did not stop to shoot :-( Why did he go to the tunnels is beyond me. The AWP was the worst gun to do so. hltv.org/forums/threads/2551589/broky
2021-11-27 00:14
Broky at lan …
2021-11-27 00:11
#9
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Norway shark0
wrong lucky
2021-11-27 00:11
1 reply
#32
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Australia CaZeR01
+1
2021-11-27 00:27
Blast atmosphere > pgl major atmosphere Today olof perform better than broky and gg
2021-11-27 00:12
5 replies
#12
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Greece h0nest_fan
For Danish teams maybe, overall not really
2021-11-27 00:13
3 replies
#21
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Denmark bepsi
You can’t deny Blast production is strong af tho
2021-11-27 00:18
they were all boooing on FaZe
2021-11-27 07:01
thats what home crowd is , its exactly the same in other traditional sports.
2021-11-27 11:28
It's the matter of the right mic setup. PGL was dull to listen to.
2021-11-27 00:27
French lucky pog
2021-11-27 00:13
Heroic 2-0 Liquid (mirage, nuke) NaVi 2-0 Vitality (inferno, nuke) Astralis 2-1 Heroic (inferno, vertigo, nuke) NaVi 2-0 Astralis (overpass, inferno)
2021-11-27 00:14
2 replies
You forgot there will be Astralis vs Vitality again
2021-11-27 03:03
1 reply
2-0 astralis (nuke, d2) fast game
2021-11-27 03:36
Nice crowd
2021-11-27 00:14
I'M SO MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD
2021-11-27 00:14
1 reply
its hard to be a faze fan
2021-11-27 07:02
broky 💩
2021-11-27 00:14
#17
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Switzerland zeKxa
GGs
2021-11-27 00:15
This and also previous round where twistzz kinda rushed the 1v1 with a pistol probably was better to reload
2021-11-27 00:15
1 reply
#23
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Europe Juuzou_
On the other hand he rushes situations at other moments too and it pays of
2021-11-27 00:19
BOSSMAN AND SPEARMAN POG
2021-11-27 00:17
WRONG LUCKY
2021-11-27 00:18
and
2021-11-27 00:19
Broky baiting and bottomfragging lulw
2021-11-27 00:21
#26
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Europe b7ack0ut
easy
2021-11-27 00:24
Nip in the world finals 😂😂😂😂
2021-11-27 00:25
karrigan, please retire. You were a legend of the game, and now you look quite bad. Do us and yourself a favor. This roster has underperformed under your leadership. Maybe take a coaching role man..
2021-11-27 00:25
2 replies
What are you talking about? Karrigan played a stellar series against BIG and countered Astralis' Nuke map pretty hard with their setups and his pushes out through hut on CT side.
2021-11-27 00:58
Fk off
2021-11-27 06:58
#30
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Croatia _doppler_
totally deserved after picking mirage again, for whatever reason
2021-11-27 00:25
2 replies
Why do top teams pick mirage? Everyone and their dog plays that map, pick something where you can shine instead of mirage where even silvers know smokes.
2021-11-27 00:27
1 reply
#37
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Croatia _doppler_
I dont have problem with picking mirage, but doing it blindly into astralis without good recent results to back that pick up is just stupid
2021-11-27 00:32
To everyone saying of is trash, he played as was expected of him. Nothing crazy but very fundamental cs with average kd.
2021-11-27 00:26
#36
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United Kingdom novaseer
"until Lucas "⁠Lucky⁠" Chastang stepped up with a key clutch"
2021-11-27 00:29
Olof has more Frags than broky. Explain that
2021-11-27 00:41
#41
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Poland dejmanOOO
Ty godfig
2021-11-27 00:50
that's a good picture
2021-11-27 00:51
Another painful loss, faze needs to grab themselves by the balls and figure out how to close out games when they are going 1 to 1 butting heads. K0nfig and blame are insane the amount of firepower they brought, and gla1ve knowing how to work with them is absolutely spectacular
2021-11-27 01:07
#46
FASHR | 
Netherlands p2dr
"With that and a big quad-kill from k0nfig in a 3v5, FaZe were left scrambling for money, and" And?
2021-11-27 01:26
What is this trash team that, trash team this. Aint either of these teams trash, it was very enjoyable game and this time better team won. Ggs all around
2021-11-27 01:29
#48
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Argentina nymeros
karrigan AmaNEk broky ropz Twistzz
2021-11-27 01:46
3 replies
Karrigan Twistzz Ropz Jks Nawwk/Mantuu
2021-11-27 02:48
2 replies
Ok, if you want the team to lose.
2021-11-27 08:55
Ropz and JKS in one team kekw
2021-11-27 09:59
#49
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Asia M@GNU5
hltv admins you got the wrong lucky at the end of the article xd
2021-11-27 01:57
3 replies
#50
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United Kingdom novaseer
they also didn't finish that paragraph lmao "FaZe were left scrambling for money, and"
2021-11-27 01:57
2 replies
#51
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Asia M@GNU5
lol
2021-11-27 01:58
#56
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Netherlands tblgk
lmao 3 hours up still not corrected
2021-11-27 03:12
Faze were completely lost in the 3rd map hard to believe after what they showed on Nuke Astralis though looking pretty scary again with k0nfig and blameF not forget Lucky too he did most of the job in D2 great impact player
2021-11-27 03:11
Faze needs changes
2021-11-27 03:33
#59
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Finland AliSabid
Rip
2021-11-27 05:37
So ez for Lucas Chastang
2021-11-27 07:13
Broky Broke Hearts of Faze's Fans. Last Decider Map: Dust 2 Condition: 8-12 Round 21 ~ 30 Seconds Left 3vs3 Broky had need to hold B site & get minimum 1 kill. He had good position at B platform with Awp. Any other player can get kill with awp from B Platform. But, Broky overthink & He pushed B tunnel & whiffed Awp shot. 0 Kill That mistake gave advantage of Astralis to win map. Bcoz they got B control and Faze economy suck so they couldn't take risk 2vs3. gg!!! Faze Clan due to Broky's One huge mistake
2021-11-27 07:36
#69
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Denmark twinseN
Wrong Lucky :D
2021-11-27 11:56
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