Astralis 2:0 HellRaisers in ESL Pro League.

With a very solid CT side on Overpass and a level head on Mirage, Astralis defeated HellRaisers 2:0 in ESL Pro League Season 5.

Game 1

The first map against HellRaisers was played on Overpass and Astralis started on the T side. Kjaerbye got off to a great start, managing to stop HellRaisers from defusing the bomb while on 1 hp.

Astralis then took the first 3 rounds before HellRaisers put two points on the board, looking to hopefully break Astralis and gain a lead. On the back of a forcebuy Xyp9x gets 3 kills completely shutting down HellRaisers’ plans and leading to a round victory.

The rest of the first half was traded back and forth. Astralis ended up coming out ahead at half-time with an 8-7 lead over HellRaisers.

The second half was a different story. With Astralis being on the CT side, HellRaisers could not find the answer in order to break through Astralis’ defenses. Astralis took the map with ease finishing on a 16-9 scoreline.

Game 2

Map two was played on Mirage with Astralis starting on the CT side. HellRaisers took the first 3 rounds, but once Astralis got a proper gun round they managed to get ahead to a 7-3 lead.

HellRaisers weren’t going to let Astralis completely dominate them again like last game. They both traded rounds back and forth before ending on another half-time score of 8-7 in favor of Astralis.

HellRaisers came out of the gates blazing in the second half taking the pistol round, which lead to HellRaisers winning 6 consecutive rounds making the score 8-13.

After some very close rounds being traded, Astralis brought it back to a 1 point difference at 13-14 in favor of HellRaisers. By this point in the game, HellRaisers had very little economy to work with. Due to HellRaisers’ lack of money, Astralis were able to take the last two rounds defeating HellRaisers 16-14.

Bonus footage of Dev1ce being a god!

 

Astralis Q&A and Meet and Great at Copenhagen Games April 13th.

Have a question for the boys? Well now is your chance at Copenhagen Games.

Not only will the team be taking questions from the audience, but Gla1ve will also be giving a little speech on Astralis’ journey thus far. It should be a lot of fun and prove to be very interesting.

After the Q&A you will also have the chance to attend the Meet and Greet hosted by the team. Here you can get something signed by your favorite player!

Copenhagen Games

All Episodes of the Astralis Documentary are now Availiable.

The 3 part Danish documentary “Astralis – mod stjernerne” is now available to watch online at DRTV. However, it is only in Danish.

Thanks to a few reddit users the series has also been translated to English, and can be seen on YouTube.

The series follows Astralis before the E-League Major and during, giving the fans a behind the scenes look at problems not only the team has to overcome but also what the players themselves endure.

A new rivalry is born with Faze taking the Victory over Astralis in the StarSeries Final.

Astralis gave it their all, but unfortunately came up short in the final rounds of over-time. Being defeated by Faze in the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals.

Game 1

The first map was played on Faze’s pick of Mirage and it proved to be a pretty back and forth map with no team really running away with a lead. Faze kicked it off by winning the pistol, but Astralis took the next round.

Clutches and high-level gameplay came from both teams and Faze ended the half in the lead 7-8.

Faze again won the pistol in the second half and broke away with the lead 7-11 before Dev1ce clutched a 1v3 with a stolen AWP.

The rounds continued to be traded but it was a forcebuy which Astralis won, resetting Faze, leading to a tied score of 13-13.

Rounds went back and forth until the score was tied up again on 14-14. Faze opted to forcebuy out of desperation and in turn gave Astralis match point. Faze having next to no money going into the final round, Astralis managed to win the first map 16-14.

Game 2

Map 2 was Astralis’ choice, Nuke. Astralis started on the T side but Faze’s pistol power came out on top starting with a 0-4 lead over Astralis. Astralis won their first gun-round and strung together three rounds bringing the scoreline to 3-4. Faze managed to overpower them again and took a 3-8 lead.

Astralis called a pause going into the 12th round after Faze were proving to be a rather solid CT side on Nuke. Nevertheless, Faze had Nuke under their control and finished the half with a 4-11 scoreline.

Faze took yet another pistol and quickly secured match point before Astralis could even respond. Astralis managed to get two rounds on the board before Faze took the map at 6-16. Fazed proved to be a top team with a decisive win over Astralis and forcing the 3rd map.

Game 3

Map 3 was on Inferno with Astralis starting on the CT side. It started off great with Astralis taking the pistol, but Faze responded with three consecutive rounds of their own. Astralis answered back and then so did Faze, bringing the score to 2-4 in favor of Faze.

Astralis decided to forcebuy into round 7 with the tournament on the line. Luckily for them, they read the round perfectly and it paid off making it 3-4. Then just like Xyp9x does, he held his own and got 4 kills leading to a round victory and resetting Faze at 4-4.

Astralis were fired up now on the CT side and looking to be back in form with both sites seeming to be impenetrable. A very confident looking Astralis closed out the half with a 10-5 scoreline.

Faze opened up the second half by taking the pistol, which was no surprise, and the 2nd round closing the gap between the two teams, now at 10-7.

Astralis responded with two rounds of their own trying to establish a lead, but Faze wouldn’t let up and took the immediate round with the score now being 12-8.

Astralis called for a pause hoping to figure out how to break away from Faze. However, Faze were having none of it and took two rouds making it 12-10, inching ever closer to Astralis.

Even under all the pressure and Faze trailing right behind them, Astralis kept their cool and remained focused. Especially Kjearbye, who stayed ice-cold to win their second consecutive round making it 14-10.

Faze showed they could also preform under pressure when it mattered and took a round, resetting Astralis and forcing them to eco, which lead to 14-13.

On the back of a double eco, Astralis managed to secure match point, but again Faze was relentless and immediately responded with a round win.

Astralis called a pause at 15-14 hoping to close it out before over-time. Faze was in it for the long haul and tied up the game forcing it into just that, over-time.

Over-time was very even with Astralis leading 17-16 after the first 3 rounds, but in the end Faze broke their economy and Astralis just ran out of money. Faze was able to take the win over Astralis with the final score being 17-19.

Fazed proved to be a worthy opponent and definitely deserved to win the series.

Catch the matches on Star Ladder’s YouTube.

 

Astralis set to face Faze in the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals after defeating Navi.

Astralis defeat Navi 2:0 advancing to the  SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals where they will face off against Faze.

Game 1

The first map of the Bo3 Semi Finals was played on Overpass being picked by Navi. Overpass being one of Astralis’ best maps proved to be true.

Although the match started off fairly even with the score being 5-4 in Astralis’ favor going into the 10th round. It was a very clutch 3 kills by Dev1ce that really helped Astralis kick it up a notch and get the momentum rolling.

It was after this moment that Astralis were fired up and ready to go, closing out the half 11-4 against Navi.

Coming into the second half Navi did take the pistol round, but Astralis responded with an explosive Tech 9 B rush taking back control.

Astralis kept composure through the second half despite giving up a few close rounds, but in the end Astralis took the victory over Navi 16-8.

Game 2

The 2nd map was played on Astralis’ pick which was Nuke. Astralis did manage to take the first round, but Navi wasn’t giving up that easy with the first few rounds being traded.

Once again, Astralis’ synergy proved to be too strong completely running away with the half securing another 11-4 lead at half-time.

The second half was not as convincing as the first. Astralis did manage to take the first two rounds, but Navi had to do something if they wanted a fighting chance and that they did.

Navi turned it around and took 6 rounds in a row, definitely applying some pressure to Astralis. Gla1ve called a tactical timeout going into the 24th round with the score now being 13-10 in Astralis’ favor.

With that tactical timeout Astralis took a moment to focus and get their heads back in the game. Whatever was said during the timeout was enough as Astralis closed out the match winning the next three rounds and moving onto the Finals defeating Navi 16-10.

If you missed the matches you can watch them on Star Ladder’s YouTube.

 

Astralis are ready to face off against Navi to secure a place in the Finals

After defeating CLG 2:0 and advancing to the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Semi Finals. Astralis will have to defeat Navi in order to keep the run alive.

Astralis seem confident in their abilities but know they will have to be on point to close it out against Navi, especially after CLG made it a bit more difficult than most would have guessed.

“Professeur” who writes for hltv.org asked Dupreeh how he feels going into the match against Navi.

Usually, we have a really good match up against Na`Vi, they are playing pretty well this tournament and I think they are in one of their better forms that they have been lately. GuardiaN has started to hit his shots and in general, they are starting to play better as a team.

I think we have a really big advantage in the veto though, that’s what I feel at least. I think it is going to be a good matchup tomorrow no matter what. It’s going to be hard as always, we always play close with them. If we have better conditions tomorrow and we don’t have to sit around the entire day, wait for the rest to play, the amount of time we have to go home and prepare, mentally as well, will result in a good matchup. Also, I think our playstyle fits well against Na`Vi’s.  – Dupreeh

Source via HLTV

Hopefully Astralis has what it takes to take it all the way.

Catch the match on Star Ladder scheduled to start at 14:30 CET