Credit: Jak Howard and BLAST Premier

Astralis takes down Cloud9 to qualify for IEM Dallas

device and sh1ro played insanely well in the match.

2023 has started promising for Astralis. The former powerhouse of CS:GO managed to secure a spot at the BLAST Spring Finals early on, and today they followed up by booking a ticket to IEM Dallas as well.

The Danes won the upper final at the closed qualifier against Cloud9 and ended the CIS teams' seven-match streak.

Astralis had to fight off a phenomenal playing sh1ro, who kept Cloud9 in the match despite some lackluster performances from his teammates. The Russian AWP’er was 65-25 in K-D after the first two maps of Ancient and Mirage. Astralis won Ancient 19-16, while Cloud9 took Mirage comfortably 16-7.

Overpass was left as the decider. This time Astralis managed to keep sh1ro quiet, which left Cloud9 in shambles. A 10-5 lead at the break saw the Danes take a fine lead into their T-side. Here Astralis found themselves in several good afterplant situations, but multiple times Cloud9 found a way back into the match.

Astralis had five matchpoints at 15-11 and closed off the match at 16-13 after winning a semi-eco round. device finished off the match with his 34th kill on Overpass. A monumental victory for the Danes, who at certain maps look like a dangerous team on the server.

Astralis - Cloud9 2-1 | IEM Dallas Closed Qualifier

MVP: Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov

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