Astralis defeated G2 Esports 2-0 today to earn a spot in the DreamHack Masters Malmö playoffs.
The Danish powerhouse will play one more match in the group stage, though. The winner will advance directly to the semifinals.
The series between Astralis and G2 kicked off on Nuke. Astralis successfully pushed it to overtime and the Danes breezed past G2 in extra rounds to win the map 19-16. Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen finished on top of the scoreboard with 29 kills.
Dust II was much smoother for Astralis. They dominated the game from the beginning and won 12 consecutive rounds. The Danes assured map point quickly, and although G2 won four rounds, it wasn’t enough to avoid the 16-7 loss. Nicolai “device” Reedtz and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth had 24 kills each.
This is a huge win for Astralis, who will get a day off to rest tomorrow. The teams that attended ESL One New York are visibly tired and that may have caused Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses to suffer upsets in the opening round.
As for G2, they’re debuting their new international lineup with Nemanja “nexa” Isaković and Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač, so it’ll most likely take some time for them be prepared to face top teams like Astralis. They played well on Nuke and could have won it, though.
G2 will play a best-of-three elimination match against the winner of TYLOO vs. Fnatic tomorrow at 12:20pm CT.