Facing Mousesports in the Best-of-Five Grand-Finals of DreamHack Masters Winter Europe, Astralis win their first title since the return of Andreas ‘xyp9x’ Højsleth to the active roster. Closing out the series with a 3-1 victory, Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz managed to stand-out from his peers, finishing with 102 kills across the four maps.
Mousesports started the series in the wrong foot, trailing for the majority of their map pick of Train, and presenting no response what so ever to the offensive of Astralis, with the Danes closing out the first map in a swift 16-5, much through the star performance of Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz and the perfect reads from Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander.
Robin ‘ropz’ Kool started map two with 13 unanswered frags in just six rounds, bouncing Mouz back to the fold of the series. Two rounds later, Aurimas ‘Bymas’ Pipiras decided to join in, grabbing all five kills for himself.
Unable to overcome these performances, Astralis only got three rounds on the board before Mousesports completed their revenge on map one with an even more one-sided 16-3.
Astralis would come out unshaken on Nuke, subbing xyp9x with Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen. While the ‘super-sub’ wouldn’t show the same level seen yesterday up against FURIA, it would be enough to conquer a three round lead by the end of the first half.
Nonetheless, Mousesports was hot on their heels and it would take two crucial clutches, a 1v3 from dev1ce and a 1v4 from gla1ve, to pull ahead and shut the door with a 16-13 final score.
One map away from conquering the title, pressure was all on the roster lead by Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen. Similar to Nuke, both teams would keep the round gap to a minimum, mirroring 9-6 halves. This time, Astralis wouldn’t clutch their way out of Overtime.
The forces of Karrigan would kick off extra-time with two impressive rounds, but Astralis would flip the momentum and secure match-point. Some missed shots from dev1ce and a last-minute sacrifice from ropz would give Bymas the tiniest of windows to ninja-defuse and secure OT2.
However, Mousesports would have a taste of their own poison, as Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen would grasp a key round on yet another smoke defuse. The four time Major Champions would close it out 22-19, securing the 3-1 and coming out victorious in the European event for DreamHack Masters Winter 2020.