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With a straightforward 2-0 victory in the upper bracket final against FaZe, Astralis have booked a ticket in the ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe grand final.

The Danish powerhouse has put a stop to FaZe’s undefeated run in the tournament, ending the European team’s streak at nine series in a row after beating them in closely-contested Dust2 affair and putting on a convincing performance on Inferno. FaZe will have another chance to reach the title decider after falling to the consolidation final, where they will take on G2 on Saturday.

Astralis have maintained great form since the start of the tournament, during which they reclaimed the No.1 spot in the World Ranking, as they are heading into the grand final in the Regional Major Ranking event.

FaZe opened the action on Dust2 with a pistol round win and secured an early 4-1 lead on the back of it but soon found themselves trailing behind when Astralis broke through with a couple of B approaches. A halfbuy victory ended up swinging the half back in the favor of Nikola “NiKo” Kovač’s team, though, and they won four out of the last five rounds.

The Danes struck back in the following pistol after Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen’s triple turned a disadvantageous retake scenario on A before the two teams went back and forth, winning an eco round each. It wasn’t until 10-11 that Astralis found the recipe to success, executing a flawless defense, and not even Helvijs “broky” Saukants’s miraculous 1v4 clutch stopped the Danish squad from locking down their opponents’ pick at 16-12.

Astralis looked to finish off FaZe on Inferno, getting off well on the offense and controlling the half from the start. Apart from a three-round streak, kicked off by a key triple from Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer with a saved weapon, the European mixture struggled until the Swede gave them two more rounds thanks to a 1v2 clutch.

Down 5-10 at halftime, FaZe clinched the next pistol round that they likely needed to have a chance to come back, but it was all for naught. Astralis played a perfect 2v2 retake on A to put their opponents on the back foot. The favorites proceeded to cruise to match point despite broky’s close attempt at a 1v3 and quickly sealed the series at 16-7, 2-0.

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