Despite losing their own map pick, Astralis still managed to take down Ninjas in Pyjamas in the first match of the day at BLAST Spring Groups.
The two teams faced each other in the single elimination bracket, where the winner advance to the second round of the knockout stage, where a spot at the Spring Finals in Washington, D.C. is at stake.
Initially, it was NIP and especially Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner who controlled the match. On Overpass the Swedes quickly distanced themselves from their Danish counterparts and won the map in a comfortable style. But on their own map pick of Mirage, NIP lost all momentum. The entire Astralis roster came alive and demolished NIP from the server.
A confident Danish side continued on Ancient, where they won an impressive eight T-rounds before closing out the match 16-10.
Astralis now face OG tomorrow.
Astralis - NIP 2-1 (BLAST Spring Groups)
MVP: Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer - 1.39 rating / 73-54 K-D / 104.6 ADR