HEET Gaming earned their first win in the ESL Pro League” title=”ESL Pro LEague betting guide” >ESL Pro League Season 16 after playing against Astralis. The team’s win placed them on par with the rest of the Group C teams, who currently sit at one win each, excluding Complexity.
The match between HEET and Astralis was the first of the three Counter Strike: Global Offensive matches scheduled for the day, and the all-French lineup managed to scrape by with a 2-1 lead. The victory greatly favored HEET, mainly because they lost all their previous matches and were unlikely to make it to the playoffs.
Astralis, on the other hand, suffered their second loss after Complexity beat them in the first Group C match. The team will have a much more brutal battle to qualify for the playoffs.
The three map picks of the series were Dust 2, which ended with a 16-12 win for HEET, Inferno, which closed at 10-16 in Astralis’ favor, and finally HEET’s 16-13 win on Nuke.
HEET’s map pick was Dust 2, and Astralis started the first half on the CT side. Asger “Farlig” Jensen and Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke certainly stepped up in this half and earned their team the early lead.
HEET were able to get a pistol win as well as a conversation for their two-round victories. Audric “JACKZ” Jug performed a big clutch which earned them three wins in the middle of the first half, to which they added an extra round and closed the half with a 6-9 deficit.
The second part of the map saw the commencement of force buy wars and players like Aurélien “afro” Drapier and Benjamin “blameF” Bremer executing big plays. HEET were able to take economic control and created a double AWP setup which their opponents were unable to break. The French team eventually won their first map of the tournament after in-game leader Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro and the rest of the squad powered down with a 16-12 lead.
The second map pick, Inferno, was Astralis’ and saw the team create an impressive offensive. The Danish team won the pistol round and stayed in the lead with a 6-2 score.
HEET eventually executed more aggressive setups, which earned them five straight rounds. However, Astralis were able to recover and ended the first half of the map at 8-7.
In the final half of Inferno, HEET could not win the second pistol, which allowed Astralis to increase the lead to 12-7, placing quite a distance between the teams. The French squad eventually reached 10 wins before the end of the map after afro and bodyy executed crucial kills. It was not enough, however, and Astralis ended the series with a 16-10 victory.
Nuke was the deciding map of the series and it kicked off with Astralis’ pistol win from their CT side. HEET responded via an upper rush using Tec-9s, and the two teams traded one round after the other. Astralis were eventually able to stabilize their economy and fix up their defense with the help of Farlig’s AWPing and ended the first half of the map with a 9-6 scoreline in their favor.
In the second half, the Danish team won the pistol round and continued their series of wins till they boosted the score to 12-7. HEET’s afro was able to pull them back into the game and result in five wins for the team.
Astralis, who were suffering from issues in their economy at the time, were finally able to get their guns up and Farlig ended HEET’s streak using some crucial frags. Afro continued hounding Astralis using his AWP and ended the map with a 16-14 win for HEET, the French lineup’s first victory since the start of the tournament.