Astralis and NRG Esports played a behemoth of a map on Train, trading points for almost 60 rounds before NRG closed it at 31-28 in the fifth overtime. The map is likely to go down as one of, if not the best, of the Berlin Major, with tension being high up until the very last round.
The first half promised a quick victory for NRG, as the North Americans led 10-5 on their T side. A pistol win in the second half converted into seven rounds in a row for Astralis on their own T side, though, and dominant T play put them on match point 15-11. Yet victory was not yet sealed for Astralis and a string of four rounds from NRG forced to overtime and with it came the marathon war of endurance between the two teams.
Both teams were close to the win multiple times, but by the end of the fourth OT, things seemed in NRG’s control once again. Left in a 1v2, Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz was in danger: NRG had gunned down everyone else and were defusing the bomb in the smoke. A jump into the smoke with pistol in hand, a lucky shot took down the last NRG player two seconds before the defuse and forced a fifth OT.
The fifth OT finally saw one of the teams being more dominant and NRG were the first to the coveted 31. Bulgarian AWPer Cvetelin “Cerq” Dimitrov stood out as one of the best players on the servers, scoring 52 kills total, an 1.27 rating and an impressive +14 KD difference, considering the bloodbath that Train became.
This was only map one of the best-of-3, whose winner will earn the top 3-0 seed into the Berlin Major playoffs. The battle continues on Nuke, with Astralis looking to tie the score.