Astralis send BIG on an early vacation

The German team's run on home soil was brought to an end in the Play-In.

Astralis took down BIG 2-1 in the deciding game of the IEM Cologne 2022 Play-in, securing advancement to the Group Stage of the tournament. Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke was the standout layer on the first two maps, with Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer coming alive on Overpass to seal the deal for his team.

The result comes as massive disappointment for BIG, who were forced to play with substitute Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne in place of Josef "⁠faveN⁠" Baumann, but failed to put up a level anywhere near the one they showed with the same roster in their victory at last week's Roobet Cup. From triumphing online over Cloud9 and FaZe, BIG have been eliminated from their home tournament by Outsiders and Astralis before even reaching the top-16 stage.

"The Berserker" had a lot of impact for Astralis

Nuke kicked off with an Astralis blunder in the anti-eco that allowed BIG to take the reins on the CT side. Karim "⁠Krimbo⁠" Moussa was impeccable early, posting a 16-2 K-D as the Germans ran up a 9-1 lead. The struggles of Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's men were epitomized by their captain's individual game, who was without a kill until the last round of the half but then pulled out a 1v3 to make the score 11-4.

The Danes pulled back after the switch, 11-7, but lost two low-buys that seemed enough for BIG to close out. However, Asger "⁠Farlig⁠" Jensen came online with seven kills in two key rounds to match k0nfig's effort and ultimately allow an impressive CT comeback, 16-14 on their map pick.

On their home ground of Dust2, BIG didn't get off to a hot start they surely hoped to, winning the second-round force but dropping the followup to allow Astralis to take a 4-1 lead. BIG replied with a run of their own, winning four out of five rounds, but losing to a mixed-buy and then a peak-k0nfig 4K round gave the Danes the control of the half again (9-6).

A crucial 3-0 start to the CT side gave BIG a lifeline, but Astralis swiftly responded with four of their own to edge towards a 2-0 victory in the series. Just as the series seemed wrapped up, Tizian "⁠tiziaN⁠" Feldbusch's double resolved a crucial 3v2, and then Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische came online with an ace, joining an already well-performing k1to in carrying his team to a 16-13 victory.

On Overpass, BIG moved ahead early on CT, and as Astralis clawed back, kept their economy going with consistent saves. The Danes finally broke the bank and moved ahead at 6-5, securing a "won half" after a pivotal 3v5 turnaround inspired by gla1ve and blameF. Astralis took the first half momentum and went from 9-6 to 11-8 in no time, put a stop to a burst of rounds from BIG with a k0nfig 1v2, and powered to an eventual series-deciding 16-11 victory.

Germany
Matchpage
1
2
6th July 2022
14
Nuke
16
16
Dust2
13
11
Overpass
16
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 53 +12 80.3 1.14
54 - 50 +4 74.3 1.13
59 - 62 -3 69.6 0.97
53 - 58 -5 64.6 0.92
35 - 58 -23 54.8 0.78
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
74 - 59 +15 88.1 1.25
60 - 51 +9 81.6 1.21
60 - 51 +9 68.7 1.06
41 - 49 -8 60.7 0.90
46 - 56 -10 61.4 0.86
Germany Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Florian 'syrsoN' Rische
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1735
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' Feldbusch
Tizian 'tiziaN' Feldbusch
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1770
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.66
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1270
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
720
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1680
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Germany Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Josef 'faveN' Baumann
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1348
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1551
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Germany Karim 'Krimbo' Moussa
Karim 'Krimbo' Moussa
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
355
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
873
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.61
title LULW
2022-07-06 20:09
9 replies
#6
 | 
Brazil flytw4tp
go BIG go HOME
2022-07-06 20:09
1 reply
How do i contact someone about a stat error on m4
2022-07-07 01:02
#26
 | 
Sweden deadvein
danish website btw
2022-07-06 20:12
#50
 | 
Brazil Necro_Spa
lmao big era 1 week
2022-07-06 20:33
OMEGALUL
2022-07-06 20:35
2 replies
alfin miro alguien de mi mismo pais de donde eres manda mensaje red social
2022-07-06 21:49
1 reply
que pedo 0te
2022-07-06 22:15
onliners LOL
2022-07-06 20:52
#65
 | 
Poland Astoner55
Professeur with the banter
2022-07-06 21:16
#3
 | 
Brazil MIBR_IS_BAD
rip
2022-07-06 20:09
#4
 | 
Finland QKFin
As expected
2022-07-06 20:09
BIG JOKE
2022-07-06 20:09
gigachad title
2022-07-06 20:09
-tizian +k1to
2022-07-06 20:10
Send those onliners back home ^^
2022-07-06 20:10
Meanwhile one of 00nation or imperial will qualify
2022-07-06 20:10
2 replies
+1
2022-07-06 22:08
1 reply
big onliners
2022-07-07 02:43
Professeur is a madlad for choosing this title
2022-07-06 20:10
2 replies
what do you mean
2022-07-06 20:54
Yes he is
2022-07-06 22:26
#16
 | 
United States zovint
EZ 4 XYP Astralis underestimated. EZ FOR GODF and Godfig
2022-07-06 20:10
1 reply
underestimated? they r overrated asf
2022-07-07 02:18
#17
 | 
Poland smutnyyy
Early vacation POG
2022-07-06 20:11
#18
 | 
Romania Ghostpawn
chad title
2022-07-06 20:11
Prof, calm down with the headlines.
2022-07-06 20:11
early vacation the caption tho HAHAHAAHA
2022-07-06 20:11
should have been a 2 - 0 for astralis if syrs0n did not hit the luckiest shot of his career on D2 on xyp ez for k0nfig , now gotta wait another 3 months to see him play this good again
2022-07-06 20:11
#22
 | 
India aR__
Title lol PROF calma
2022-07-06 20:11
so it was LAN then
2022-07-06 20:11
Unexpected, but very nice :)
2022-07-06 20:11
Very nice of Astralis to give them early vacation
2022-07-06 20:12
title kekw
2022-07-06 20:12
#29
 | 
United States charybids
It won't even matter since Astralis won't survive the first round of the actual tournament
2022-07-06 20:13
7 replies
Nor will Liquid.
2022-07-06 20:15
2 replies
#42
 | 
United States charybids
Liquid with Yekindar will make the playoffs, mark my words
2022-07-06 20:23
1 reply
Not even Yekindar will be able to carry Liquid and they'll go 0-2, mark my words.
2022-07-06 20:28
astralis will win cologne , xyp mvp to end his career and then welcome valde
2022-07-06 20:15
this coming from a liquid fan is insane
2022-07-06 20:54
lol u think furia will beat astralis in the state they're in?
2022-07-07 02:31
+1
2022-07-07 02:34
#31
 | 
South America LucaFaZe
Hahhahahhaahah
2022-07-06 20:15
Early vacations ROFL
2022-07-06 20:16
#38
 | 
Germany Bastii2404
Frustrating af :(
2022-07-06 20:19
4 replies
wait for the next online tournament
2022-07-06 21:44
2 replies
Lol
2022-07-06 23:27
hahaha
2022-07-07 03:52
#92
 | 
Bulgaria Bulg1us
+1
2022-07-07 09:54
Titel haha
2022-07-06 20:19
I've never called anyone onliner until this day: BIG ARE ONLINERS!!!
2022-07-06 20:19
i support BIG with all my heart, no matter whats going on in their camp but. i'm pretty disappointed right now. ca nt imagine how the players are feeling wild thought of the day: i think it would be interesting to keep k1to at this point and do a -tizian +faven, i know the roles dont work out at all and BIG staff is probably laughing at me already (maybe rightfully so) but i feel like doing this and figuring out/shuffling the roles & positions afterwards is definitely worth a try and might bring in some fresh air.
2022-07-06 20:23
7 replies
+1
2022-07-06 20:26
k1to and FaveN play very similar roles, it’ll be hard to make it work with both of them on the team. They could opt to move Krimbo to support but thats wasting his talent tbh.
2022-07-06 20:29
1 reply
#76
 | 
Germany xSchons
+1
2022-07-06 22:33
#54
NAF | 
Canada xyzoo
+1 you are absolutely right and you should laugh at big stff for all the years where tizian is throwing lmao
2022-07-06 20:49
big is always disapoint on lan
2022-07-06 21:15
+1 they could just give it a try and keep tizian as a 6th man
2022-07-06 22:12
#93
 | 
Bulgaria Bulg1us
+1, same
2022-07-07 09:55
k0nfig haters crying rn
2022-07-06 20:26
#46
 | 
Finland AliSabid
kkkk the title, happy vacation big bois
2022-07-06 20:27
BIGgest onliner team ever
2022-07-06 20:48
onliners
2022-07-06 20:50
ONLIners
2022-07-06 20:53
Imagine you lose against Astralis 2022, that is sad!
2022-07-06 21:06
#63
 | 
Hungary szia
I suppose its hard keep enough gas in the tank while playing your 5th event of the last month. heartbreaking result, but overall good results for their summer marathon <3
2022-07-06 21:06
Glad astralis won but People saying BIG are “onliners”, they play from a bloody lan centre all together, the only difference is the ping. It used to be offensive term because people online had dodgy settings or hardware that was an unfair advantage, nothing dodgy about them playing from a room with cameras everywhere.
2022-07-06 21:19
1 reply
#94
 | 
Bulgaria Bulg1us
+1
2022-07-07 09:56
#67
 | 
Russia ducksick
Savage Headline
2022-07-06 21:31
Man at this point stop giving us hope every time. Play good online or in a meaningless tournament, just to bomb out of the next big one. How can they play so deflated days after beating faze and cloud9.
2022-07-06 21:54
Unexpected aggressive title, well onliners confirmed. Kinda sad BIG plays like a tier 2 team on LAN, definitely not as strong as online
2022-07-06 21:55
1 reply
#95
 | 
Bulgaria Bulg1us
Yeah, I just don't know how
2022-07-07 09:57
amazing that astralis actually won this. Glad that Konfig stepped up!
2022-07-06 22:42
#78
NiKo | 
North America LooB
Good to see konfig show up. Let's keep it up, bois.
2022-07-06 22:47
The only onliners that never proof anything on lan. For ex: gambit won iem dallas, heroic won pinnacle cup
2022-07-06 23:29
They just won vs FaZe & Cloud 9 online and claimed the Roobet title. But they can't even qualify to IEM Cologne on lan?!?! Yeah BIGgest onliners ever.
2022-07-07 00:03
shame about BIG they were in this tournament's final in 2018 with an arguably weaker roster and now they can't even make to the group stage sad times
2022-07-07 02:12
1 reply
#96
 | 
Bulgaria Bulg1us
+1
2022-07-07 09:57
fluke win, but i still wish them the best
2022-07-07 02:32
#90
 | 
North America Kaiserrrr
Gla1ve with the IGL k/d LMAO
2022-07-07 04:17
#97
 | 
Germany Patgah
gl hf
2022-07-07 13:00
Early holiday = more relaxed BIG while other teams are burnt out. tabseN mastermind saving energy (& strats) for major!!!!
2022-07-07 17:11
#99
 | 
Latvia laiziolas
Hagaha. Sit fown f. Germans
2022-07-08 11:12
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.
Now playing
Thumbnail for stream
United States
Cooper-
935 viewers
Top streams
All(10)
Casters(5)
Streamers(4)
Organizers(1)
United States
Cooper-
(935)
Brazil
danoco
(384)
United Kingdom
ESL TV
(281)
United States
Merabella
(183)
Argentina
NikoM
(171)
Brazil
Liminha
(169)
Brazil
Jogando Junto
(147)
Argentina
nikoz
(117)
Brazil
Apoka
(66)
Canada
jasonR
(24)