Astralis Eliminated from PGL Major Stockholm By Vitality
Vitality’s CSGO team have done it! ZywOo and the boys have done the impossible – they’ve defeated Astralis, and sent them packing home! That’s right – Astralis eliminated from the PGL Major is what you’ll be reading a lot about in the next 24 hours. What went wrong, what could’ve been done differently, and was gla1ve the right choice instead of in-form Bubzkji?
Well, it doesn’t really matter now, does it? Despite Astralis Twitter team already doing damage control, emphasizing gla1ve’s performances, their fans won’t forget the fact they benched their key IEM XVI Fall player right before the Major.
It doesn’t matter really – Astralis are going home, while Vitality still remains in the mix, though they’ll have a tough fifth-round battle on their hands!
Astralis Eliminated by Vitality
Astralis picked Nuke after removing Mirage. Their map pick was supposed to get them to a quick start, but Vitality stole the show on CT side and cruised to 1:0 in the second half.
When you get eleven rounds on CT and you have ZywOo in your ranks, there’s nothing the opposition can do.
But, Astralis were having none of it! They started Vertigo off with a bang in the first half, going up 10:5 and looking mighty good. They weren’t messing around at the start of the second half though. It was 14:6 at one point, but Vitality made a heroic comeback to 15:14 and put heavy pressure on Astralis.
But, experience meant a lot in the thirtieth map, with Astralis reaching a much-needed win to push the game towards Dust 2 decider.
Unfortunately for the Danish fans, Dust 2 was where ZywOo played one of his best matches thus far on the Major. He ended up with a score of 31:14, with 106.5 average damage per round and 1.71 HLTV 2.0 rating. You have to admit, those are some sick numbers.
In the end, Astralis lost 2:1, 16:13 on Dust 2 decider. Vitality extinguished Astralis’ dreams of winning their fifth Major title, and third back-to-back. This here, whether you like it or not, is the end of an era in CSGO, one that has reigned since they won in London back in 2018!
As you probably know, four teams have already found their way into the playoffs. G2 and NaVi went through with 3:0, while Gambit and FURIA joined them one day later with 3:1. As for eliminated teams; alongside Astralis we have Liquid, EG, and ENCE. At the time of writing, both Virtus.pro vs. Mouz and Heroic vs. CPHF were still far from finished.
That said, four spots are still up for grabs, one of which ought to be decided by the time you read this. All in all, we’re almost at the business end of the competition – you better get ready for the playoffs starting this Thursday!