Day 1 of IEM Winter 2021 has officially concluded, and our CS team has amassed both a win and a loss.
In the opening match, Astralis set against NIP in a BO1. After a few minutes, an hour-long technical pause tested the team's mental game. After the issues were solved and the match resumed, Astralis faced a harsh 0-4 scoreline to begin with. Despite the team's efforts to come back into the game, NIP got the better of them, ending the game on Nuke 16-8.
Later in the day, Astralis faced MOUZ, who had previously lost to Vitality in a close overtime match.
With seemingly renewed energy, gla1ve and his squad went all-in against MOUZ, quickly resolving any doubts about their Stockholm trip with a 16-6 first match on MOUZ-picked Ancient.
After the dominant performance, the second map was played on Nuke, where Astralis had a strong 10-5 first half on T-side. Especially Xyp9x had a solid game with 24 kills, finishing the second game 16-10.
On day 2, Astralis will play the lower semifinals at 20:00 CET.