Astralis survive Comeplexity scare to reach one step closer to Fall Groups

Benjamin “blameF” Bremer and Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz boost Astralis to a stunning victory over North American team Complexity in... Shubh | 21. July 2023

Benjamin “blameF” Bremer and Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz boost Astralis to a stunning victory over North American team Complexity in the Play-In stage of Blast Premier Fall Groups. 

After beating Complexity in the knockout match of Blast Fall Groups, the Danish CS: GO powerhouse Astralis reach one step closer to securing a spot at Royal Arena. The team first defeated the North American side on Vertigo 16-12 before annihilating them on Overpass to secure a 2-0 victory. With this victory, the team moves to the second round of the Play-in Stage, where the winner will secure a coveted spot at Blast Fall Groups. Here is a summary of the match:

Astralis VS Complexity – Match Summary

After conceding defeats against Vitality and NIP, the revamped roster of Complexity was looking for a much-needed victory to prove their capability with their new fragger Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski. The North American side started the series with a three-round win streak and cruised to a quick 3-0 lead on the opening map Vertigo.

Astralis made a valiant effort to break Compleity’s momentum, which allowed them to score two rounds. But, EliGE and company remained composed and won four rounds in a row to extend their lead to 7-2. Despite a slow start, Astralis was able to regain control of the match with the help of dev1ce, closing the first half with an 8-7 advantage after going on a perfect six-round hot streak.

Complexity responded with tactically sound play, outscoring the Danes 11-7 to take the lead in the game. The North American side’s counterattack soon ran out of steam, though, as a result of the team’s poor fragging performance, which gave Astralis enough room to make a comeback. Dev1ce and Benjamin “blameF” Bremer led the charge for the Danish side, racking up a total of 48 kills to propel Astralis to a hard-fought 16-12 victory.

While the entire Complexity team fell short of fans’ expectations, Johnny “JT” Theodosiou was notably ineffective, finishing the match with just 15 kills at the expense of 39 deaths and an HLTV rating of 0.57. As blameF continued to fuel Astralis’s onslaught, the team put forth a dominating showing on the second map of the best-of-three series Overpass that saw the team go up 12-3 at halftime.

Complexity managed to win the pistol round but the Dane came back and sealed the map with a 16-14 victory. In addition to doing a fantastic job as the in-game leader, BlameF also showed outstanding fragging abilities, something Astralis desperately needs in its attempt to bring back the old Astralis era.

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