A massive CT comeback from Nuke was enough for Astralis to kick ninjas in pajamas out of the BLAST Premier: World Final. For NiP, who played Love “phzy” Smidebrant with Young Ninja’s deputy at their last two events, it will be the end of the Counter-Strike season 2021.
“It sure sucks,” said Patrick “es3tag” Hansen of NiP in an interview after the game. “We did a lot more than people probably thought we could do with a proxy. Of course we are not satisfied. We want to win. “
Phzy didn’t have the outstanding performance of Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz, whom he represented, but the rookie played well against tier 1 teams given his inexperience. He led the team in Nuke’s crucial game, in which NiP gave away a huge lead as they failed to launch an offensive on their T-side. NiP were initially flattened by Astralis on Inferno’s first card, 16-8, but brought it back on Mirage to force the third card.
“You would rather get 16-0 than have these tight games and have it taken away from you at the last minute,” said es3tag.
For Astralis, Benjamin “blameF” Bremer was the outstanding actor in the series. With 79 kills with a rating of 1.39, reproach led the team on all three maps. Astralis’ veteran in-game leader, Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander, came to life in the second half of Nuke with some crucial clutches to get his team across the line.
The match-up between Astralis and NiP develops into one of the most convincing rivalries in the Tier 1 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene. The two teams have a long history between their players and their games have delivered consistently.
Astralis will face the loser in the game between G2 Esports and Team Vitality on December 17th at 1:30 p.m. ET.