Astralis have qualified for every Major since 2016 when the Danish Organization was founded. Today came close to being the first time of missing out. But when it mattered the most, the Danes regained composure and kept their heads cool.
Both teams were 2-2 before the final decider match, where the winner would advance to the Antwerp Major, while the loser would be out.
On Dust2 the match started well for the Danes taking a 10-5 lead to the break. But on their T-side everything went wrong. It was the French "Lucky", Lucas 'Lucky' Chastang that took control in the second half, where HEET turned the match upside down and won Dust2 16-13.
Ancient has been Astralis-territory lately. The Danes have quickly mastered the newest map in the map pool, and are considered some of the best in the world on the map. With seven T-sides on the board, the Danes just needed to deliver their usual potent CT side to force the match to overtime. But HEET was not done making an impact, and at 14-11 in favor of the Frenchmen, it looked like a gigantic sensation was underway. But then this happened.
Farlig's ace kickstarted the Danes who avoided the upset on Ancient to keep the Major dream alive.
It was hard not to feel sorry for the Frenchmen, who lost the chance of their life to upset one of the biggest Organizations in one of the most important matches in their career. They still had the chance on Nuke though, but quickly it was evident, that the underdogs had lost the momentum, that had kept them in contention so long. Astralis cleaned out on their CT-side taking a monumental 11-4 lead to the second half. After a tech pause, the Danes finished off HEET despite a valiant effort from the underdogs. The Danes locked in their Major spot with a 16-11 win on Nuke, with Asger "farlig" Jensen again delivering the needed impact. The Danes become the last team to qualify for the PGL Antwerp Major that takes place next month.
Astralis - HEET 2-1 | PGL Major Antwerp 2022 Europe RMR B
13-16 (Dust2) | Lucky - 1.36 Rating / 25-18 K-D / 91.1 ADR
16-14 (Ancient) | k0nfig - 1.38 Rating / 28-20 K-D / 93.7 ADR
16-11 (Nuke) | k0nfig - 1.70 Rating / 31-16 K-D / 114.0 ADR
MVP: Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke - 1.32 Rating / 77-59 K-D / 94.8 ADR