It was the first time stavn and jabbi played against cadiaN since the HEROIC breakup.

Martin "stavn" Lund and Jakob "jabbi" Nygaard have emerged victorious in the first encounter against their former in-game leader Casper "cadiaN" Møller as Astralis breeze past Team Liquid at the ESL Pro League Season 19 quarterfinals on May 10.

The EPL match was the first time stavn and jabbi got to play against cadiaN since they parted ways with HEROIC last year in a dramatic fashion. That time, HEROIC said stavn and jabbi made the organization bench cadiaN to extend their contracts, but they ended up signing with Astralis anyway after cadiaN was removed from the starting lineup.

There were a lot of expectations in the CS2 community that cadiaN would get his "revenge" today as most have painted jabbi and stavn as the bad guys. But, it was the rifling duo who got the better of cadiaN in this first encounter. On top of that, they still have a chance to win EPL Season 19.

How did the match go?

It wasn't this time that cadiaN got his "revenge" over stavn and jabbi (Image via PGL)
It wasn't this time that cadiaN got his "revenge" over stavn and jabbi (Image via PGL)

Although many expected a closer match, Astralis actually made quick work of Liquid in the EPL quarterfinal. The Danish side had no trouble whatsoever sweeping Liquid (13-9 on Inferno and 13-7 Overpass) to advance to the semifinals.

While all eyes were on stavn, jabbi, and cadiaN, Astralis' in-game leader and AWPer Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz stole the show as he put on a masterclass and finished the series with 39 frags and +15 K/D in just 42 rounds played.

Jabbi, however, didn't do badly himself as he got 36 kills and delivered a beautiful Desert Eagle highlight on Inferno. Stavn finished with 31 frags, one more than cadiaN, who was Liquid's best fragger throughout the series.

What's next for Astralis in ESL Pro League Season 19?

With the win over Liquid, Astralis will return to the EPL server tomorrow, May 10, to face the winner of Vitality vs FaZe at 10:30 a.m PT. Should the Danes advance, they'll play either Complexity or MOUZ in the grand finals on Sunday.

That's all for now. Stay tuned to esports.gg for more CS2 news.

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