Credit: Michael Konkol, BLAST
An early treat was given to the Danish fans of Counter-Strike, as Astralis and Heroic went head to head at BLAST Spring Groups.
Both teams had lost their opening match at the event. Heroic's shocking defeat to Evil Geniuses gave way to an unexpected Danish derby in Group A.
The match started out on Inferno, where it was a one-man show from Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz that saw Astralis win their own map pick 16-10. But from here on it was all Heroic. In the next two maps, Astralis only managed to win eight rounds in total.
Heroic won 16-4, 16-4 on Mirage and Vertigo to seal the win and drop Astralis down to the knockout stage, where they will fight for their chance to qualify for the BLAST Spring Finals in a single elimination bracket. Heroic still has the chance to win Group A but will need to win against EG on Tuesday and then beat Team Vitality in the Group Final on Wednesday.
Earlier today Group C was kicked off with victories for G2 and Natus Vincere against BIG and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Today's results at BLAST Spring Groups:
G2 - BIG 2-0 (16-14, 16-9)
MVP: Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač - 1.26 rating
Natus Vincere - Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-1 (16-9, 17-19, 16-8)
MVP: Valerii “b1t” Vakhovskyi - 1.26 rating
Heroic - Astralis 2-1 (10-16, 16-4, 16-4)
MVP: René "TeSeS" Madsen - 1.36 rating
BLAST Spring Groups will continue tomorrow with matches in Group B.