Ending yesterday’s 2-0 trend, the first semifinal at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas proved a close one, with Virtus Pro taking out tournament favorites Astralis to advance to the grand finals, where they now have a shot at the $200,000 first-place prize.
While Astralis put up a good fight, Virtus Pro proved too strong for the Danish team, taking the first map, Nuke, in dominant fashion.
Competing in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the two teams fought a close battle in game two on Overpass. Playing as the Terrorist side, Astralis took the early game decisively at 10-5 rounds. Astralis’ 18-year-old rifler Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye played a big part in the team’s dominance, getting 24 kills in the first 16 rounds. Virtus Pro staged a comeback at the start of the second half, with the Polish team almost tying up the rounds before Astralis shut them down, taking the match to game three.
Virtus Pro wanted their revenge on Train, sweeping the first 10 rounds in a decisive fashion. Astralis took their first win on the Terrorist side in round 11, giving them back some of their momentum as they took round 12 as well. Unfortunately, Virtus Pro’s economy was so strong by this point that Astralis just couldn’t keep up. Virtus took the game, ending Astralis’ tournament run.
Virtus Pro will now go against the winner of North vs. SK Gaming in the best-of-three grand finals, which will be played at 6pm PST (9pm EST).