- Date: November 12th, 2023, at 05:00 CET
- Tournament: Asia Championships 2023
- Opponent: MOUZ (Europe)
- Stage: Semi-Finals
- Result: A 2-1 loss (0-13 on Overpass, 13-3 on Mirage and 7-13 on Vertigo)
- Rewatch the match on: Astralis Watch
Despite securing a convincing win and showing powerful plays on MOUZ's map pick, Mirage, thus pushing the semi-final clash into a thrilling final duel on Vertigo, the main team sadly couldn't keep up their momentum.
Their defensive strategy and performance on the critical Vertigo map fell short, making a comeback in the second half on the T side almost unreachable despite a heroic try.
This defeat in the semi-finals signaled the end of the road for Buzz and his teammates in Shanghai. Nonetheless, it was still an impressive LAN tournament for the guys, where they had positive growth and displayed significant potential ahead of the upcoming BLAST Fall Final on their home turf in the grand Royal Arena in Copenhagen.
Buzz: "Unfortunately, we couldn't find our rhythm on Overpass, and yes, Vertigo was pretty rough as well. Although we staged somewhat of a comeback, it doesn't always work out how you want on stage—even though we have been working hard in practice."
Watch the interview with Buzz below:
Buzz was caught for a comment after the tough semi-final loss, and the rifler, though understandably disappointed, talked us through the match, the overall tournament, and the fantastic support from the Chinese crowd in the arena.
Buzz: We truly felt like we could have gone all the way
"Obviously, we didn't go as far as we had hoped for and really wanted. We truly felt like we could have gone all the way here in Shanghai, and up to now, it has been a great tournament for us," says Buzz, reflecting on both the Lynn Vision and ENCE wins in the group stage.
"Unfortunately, we couldn't find our rhythm on Overpass, and yes, Vertigo was pretty rough as well. Although we staged somewhat of a comeback, it doesn't always work out how you want to on stage, even though we have been working hard in practice," the rifler notes.
"The Chinese crowd was fantastic; they were really loud and cheered a lot. We truly felt that we, as a team, had many fans here, and it made a huge difference. Receiving all their love and support while on stage was incredible," Buzz says, expressing gratitude for the fans' support.