In a press release dated February 19, 2017, Astralis’ official media department distributed what amounts to their thoughts on their DreamHack Masters Las Vegas Counter-Strike: Global Offensive semifinals matchup against their Polish rivals No. 3 Virtus.pro.
The No. 1 team in the world, Astralis, earned their way into the semifinals with a convincing win over the current No. 5 team in the world, Ninjas in Pyjamas. The match, played at the Garden Arena at the MGM Grand, was a test that Astralis passed with flying colors.
Late Saturday afternoon, Astralis secured yet another semifinal spot by beating Swedish powerhouse NiP 2-0.
Lukas ”gla1ve” Rossander and his teammates felt in control throughout the game:
“Astralis has had a difficult time against NiP, but we came well prepared and we knew what to expect. Everybody performed, and when we do that, we know, we’re tough to beat. When winning the first map, we basically just needed to stick to the game plan, and it worked well for us. We have the utmost respect for NiP, and needless to say, we’re extremely happy to win this one.”
The semifinals will return to the MGM Grand Arena on Sunday, where Astralis will be seeking a potential third straight title:
“You just need to take a look at the Major final a couple of weeks ago, then you know what kind of game to expect,” said gla1ve. “I think that mentally, we probably have the upper hand after that victory, but VP is such a good team, and we will have to perform to our best to get into the final. We are prepared, but so are they, and I expect a very close game. The audience really has something to look forward to.”
Gla1ve also commented on what the MGM Grand means to the organization, “MGM Grand is a very special venue, and with thousands of spectators inside the Arena you can’t help to smile a bit. So many legends have performed in this arena, and being able to play here is just a blast.”
All Sunday’s playoff matches will be streamed on dreamhack.tv.