Astralis dominated Liquid on Vertigo, 16-8, and ground their way to victory on Overpass, 16-13, to secure the semi-final spot against NRG.
A kill on the defuser by Nick "nitr0" Cannella early in the pistol round propelled Liquid to an early lead. Down by three, Astralis were able to win a forcebuy as Nicolai "device" Reedtz traded a frag in a 2vs2 and took out nitr0 to win the clutch. Liquid were able to win a retake with the match tied to take the lead back following an A execute. A chaotic round on B ended with the Danes tying it back up early on. Having taken the economic advantage, Astralis started to run away with the half although a late push by Liquid as they tightened up their defenses ended up with an 8-7 scoreline in favor of the Danes.
A 4vs3 retake by Astralis on A made it 9-7. Aftrer winning against a forcebuy and an eco, Emil "Magisk" Reif played a brilliant flank on the A attackers taking down three to further his team’s lead to 12-7. Three kills from device to stop an A attack put Astralis within one of match point, and with Liquid unable to retaliate the European squad went to lock down the series lead with a 16-8 scoreline.
Astralis won the quarter-final duel against the top-ranked team
Liquid took the lead on Overpass with Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken downing three CT players. Four kills by Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander on a forcebuy put Astralis on the board, 1-4, severely maiming Liquid’s economy. Astralis started to gain ground as Liquid struggled with executes with the map evening out 5-5. Multi-kill rounds by Keith "NAF" Markovic, who had previously been having low impact, helped his team take the lead back. Up 8-6 in the last round, Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski managed to win a 1vs2 situation on six health to give his side the three-round lead at the half.
Astralis won the second pistol round with a play towards A, but Liquid bought a minimal buy with upgraded pistols and USPs to hit double digits, 10-7. After giving up the anti-eco, device won a 1vs3 clutch with an SG553 to keep the match close. Astralis then started to hit B, finding a weakness in Liquid’s defense to turn the match on its head and take the lead into the last stretch, 13-11. The North Americans finally found the way to stop a B attack, bringing it back to within one. Both teams then traded rounds, making it 14-13 for Astralis. The B site ended up being Liquid's Achilles heel as the Danish team exploited it to get on match point, with Astralis closing it the following round against a forcebuy, 16-13.