Kjaerbye
Markus Kjaerbye 
Denmark
Astralis
Closes FaZe in win
December 17, 2017
Kjaerbye posted a solid 20/14 KD on Friday in a 16-13 win over FaZe Clan at the ECS Season 4 Finals.
ANALYSIS
After suffering a 3-0 deficit early, Kjaerbye picked up his marbles in Round 4 to get a triple kill retake on the B-bombsite to secure the first round for his team. A few more defensive holds on the B-bombsite from Kjaerbye helped even the score 3-3 and eventually hold for a 5-4 lead. Breaking the economy of FaZe allowed Kjaerbye to pick up a few frags to secure the lead but the aggressive offense from FaZe contested late. Edging the first half 8-7, Kjaerbye showed his own style of aggressive offense to get several entry-kills primarily on the B-bombsite to control the second half. Finally, Kjaerbye closed out the map with a quad kill entry on the B-bombsite to secure the win.
Fierce in the comeback
December 17, 2017
Kjaerbye tallied a 23/19 KD in the 16-11 win over Cloud9 on Friday at the ECS Season 4 Finals.
ANALYSIS
A dismal start to Train with a 6-0 deficit didn't fare so well with Kjaerbye's defense as he struggled to hold off the aggressive offense of Cloud9. Despite the start, Kjaerbye finally showed up in Round 7 Kjaerbye with a 2-vs-2 win to prevent the bomb plant on the B-bombsite to win the first round of the half. From there, he continued to hold the A-bombsite and remained composed in the slow rounds to shut down anything Cloud9 had up their sleeves. His defensive presence allowed the team to take the first half score 8-7 but the second half didn't start so smoothly. Cloud9 took the lead early but Kjaerbye contested and pounced on the defense to contribute six straight to close for the win, posting a team-leading 93.8 ADR.
Heavy hitter in the loss
December 9, 2017
Kjaerbye posted a 20/18 KD on Wednesday in the 16-7 loss to Fnatic in the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye got out to a quick start on the defense as his team held off the B-bombsite to ensure the 2-0 hold. However, Fnatic came back with fire on the offense to overhaul the first half, picking up seven straight before Astralis could respond. With only a few defensive rounds won, Astralis went into the second half with a hefty 11-4 deficit to crawl back. A firm 2-0 start on the aggressive offense served well but Fnatic quickly responded with five rounds to shut out the remainder of the second half to take the Inferno win 16-7, posting a team-leading 103.8 in the loss.
Top of team in loss
December 6, 2017
Kjaerbye put together a 16/16 KD in Astralis' rough loss to FaZe Clan on Day 2 of the ESL Pro League Finals.
ANALYSIS
While the team ended up getting dismantled by FaZe in this game, Kjaerbye had himself a nice showing nonetheless. He had a couple nice rounds, including a double kill with the Deagle in Round 9 to finally put Astralis on the board and a 3k hold in Round 14 to pick up a fourth win. Kjaerbye ended up being the only one on Astralis to end the game with a positive KD, as the rest of the team was nowhere to be found all game long. Astralis will need to figure out what to do in dev1ce's absence or hope that he can get back into action as soon as possible to stop this skid they're currently on.
Couldn't break the defense
November 14, 2017
Kjaerbye went 22/19 on Tuesday with a 16-11 loss to Ninjas in Pyjamas in Group A of IEM Oakland.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye had a brilliant start to Overpass on the defense with a triple kill hold on the A-bombsite to secure the pistol. Two more rounds would go in their favor, but NiP would now be even with the gun round in place to pick up a 5-3 lead. For the first time this half, Kjaerbye was in a deficit that would continue throughout the remainder of the first half for an 8-7 score. The second half was a slow start on the offense as the Ninjas defense was a stiff and stern one to get past. Only four rounds were claimed as the Danes effort in the 16-11 loss, posting a team-leading 87.7 ADR.
Unable to hold off in Game 2
October 15, 2017
Kjaerbye went 36/39 Friday in a 2-0 loss to FaZe Clan in the ELEAGUE Premier grand finals.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye had a strong defensive first half hold on Cache, taking down everything FaZe could throw at him for a solid 12-3 lead at the half. However, his second-half performance was rather dismal as he couldn't pick up many frags in the few rounds won in the second half as FaZe came back to steal Game 1 with a 16-14 win. Feeling the effects from Game 1, Kjaerbye struggled on the offense of Overpass with only three rounds to show for in the first half 12-3 deficit. Going into the second, his defense picked up the first three rounds but from there it was all FaZe to rip through the defense to take mappoint. Kjaerbye was able to keep his team alive in Round 22 with a quad kill on the B-bombsite hold for the 15-7 score. Unfortunately, the FaZe defense would push through and take the series with a 16-14 win
Leads with frags in win
September 30, 2017
Kjaerbye went 22/17 on Friday in a 16-11 win over Team Liquid in ELEAGUE Premier Group D.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye came out swinging in the first half of Overpass on the defense to hold off Liquid for a massive 10-0 lead to start. Although Liquid picked up two more, Kjaerbye helped close out the half with a 12-3 lead going into the second. After giving up the first three rounds to start the second half, Kjaerbye finally snapped the streak with a triple kill in Round 19 to take the 13-6 lead. From there, a few more rounds were given up but Kjaerbye's entry-kills sparked the team to stay alive and take Overpass 16-11.
Solid play nets win
September 15, 2017
Kjaerbye tallied a 23/18 KD in Astralis' win over Team Liquid on Day 1 of ESL New York.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye was as consistent as we've ever seen him here in this series. He was top dog for most of the map and added to the versatility that this team has. While dev1ce and dupreeh played their best as well, the fact that the role players like Kjaerbye can step up bodes well for Astralis for the rest of this tournament.
Waves bye to Na'Vi
August 31, 2017
Kjaerbye tallied a 38/26 KD in Astralis' win over Na'Vi on Day 2 of DreamHack Malmo.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye was incredibly solid through and through during this win on Wednesday. While it took him a few rounds to get going in Game 1, he had a nice frag in Round 5 to open up his scoring and put Astralis on the right foot. In the rest of the game, he was flanking well to cut down rotations from Na'Vi. Even into the second half, he continued to tally solid opening frags to give Astralis in advantage in many rounds. Once the action moved over to Mirage in Game 2, he continued to play fairly well, tallying some multi-kills here and there to set his teammates up nicely. He even showed back up in the second half to stop Na'Vi from pushing back into the game and give his team the win to lock up the 2-0 sweep.
Falters in Pro League debut
August 24, 2017
Kjaerbye posted a 26/34 in Astralis' sweep at the hands of G2 Esports on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League.
ANALYSIS
In Astralis' first game of Season 6 of the ESL Pro League, they looked hapless and out of sorts. While Kjaerbye managed to keep Astralis fairly even with G2 in the first half of Game 1, Astralis as a whole simply had nothing to combat G2's blistering pace. In so many rounds, G2 crashed into bombsites and Astralis just never adjusted. Game 2 was more of the same, as they looked even worse than they did in Game 1. Kjaerbye, after a somewhat respectable showing in the first game, had nothing to give in the final game. He finished just 10/18 after ending the first half with a 5/14 KD. They'll certainly have to make some adjustments going forward to prevent themselves from drowning here in the Pro League.
Thrashes in Game 1
May 24, 2017
kjaerbye earned a firm 34/28 KD on Tuesday in a series draw with Fnatic in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.
ANALYSIS
kjaerbye crushed the offense of Fnatic, only allowing one round won in the first half for a massive 14-1 lead at the half. kjaerbye exploded on the defense picking up multiple double kills to have the early advantages as well as winning duels to help contribute to the massive lead. kjaerbye closed out the half with two rounds, picking up a couple of kills for a 17/6 KD and 109.8 ADR to close Train 16-1. Game 2 kjaerbye contributed to the three rounds won on the offense to start the half on Inferno; however, Fantic came back to silence the lead with six of their own. Down 6-3, kjaerbye opened up the defense to help close out the first half down 8-7. However, kjaerbye had a dismal second half for the defense, unable to generate an economy to hold off the offense of Fnatic for a 16-8 Game 2 loss, posting a 17/22 KD and an 83.1 ADR.
Dominant in 2-0 win over Dignitas
May 18, 2017
Kjaerbye earned an impressive 51/30 KD on Wednesday in a 2-0 series over Team Dignitas in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye had a great start on the defensive side of Nuke, taking a solid 4-0 lead to start the half. Dignitas managed to come back to win four of their own, but Kjaerbye put his foot down to contribute to the seven-round streak to take the first half 11-4. Kjaerbye had a horrible start to the second half on the offense, unable to win a round until Round 26 after Dignitas' ten-round streak came to a close as Kjaerbye opened the outside area to allow a better execution in the late five-round comeback to close Game 1 16-14. Kjaerbye earned a 26/19 KD and an 85.5 ADR. Kjaerbye continued to dominate in Game 2, taking a 5-0 lead on the defense of Mirage. Dignitas slowly won a few rounds but were unable to gain much ground, resulting in a 12-3 deficit at the half. Both teams traded rounds in the second half, but Kjaerbye out-shot the opposition to close the second half in four rounds for a 16-7 Game 2 win, earning another big 25/11 KD and 115.4 ADR.
Slow to start but heats up vs NV
May 18, 2017
Kjaerbye finished Astralis' 2-0 sweep of Team EnVyUs in ECS Season 3 on Tuesday with a KD of 38/26.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye had a rough start to the series on Inferno, despite Astralis' complete domination of Game 1. Kjaerbye struggled to pick up much of anything with a KD of only 9/9 while the rest of Astralis tore NV apart, taking a 16-1 win. Kjaerbye managed to find his rhythm in Game 2 on Train, where he was instrumental in Astralis' eventual 16-10 win. Picking up kills with consistency, Kjaerbye was a menace in both halves, posting a KD of 29/17 and an ADR of 108.9 as Astralis completed the 2-0 sweep.
Slips up in the late stages of the game
May 4, 2017
Kjaerbye finished Astralis' 16-12 loss to SK Gaming on Thursday at IEM Sydney with an 18/19 KD.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye started off this eventual loss with a double in Round 2. From there, he was a bit more subdued, picking up a few sporadic kills in the next few rounds before showing back up in a big way in Round 9. He plopped himself down in a corner on the A-bombsite and picked up a sneaky double kill as SK couldn't figure out where he was firing from and couldn't stop him. He didn't do much else in the rest of the first half and on into the first couple rounds of the second half. He once again put himself back in the narrative of the game with a massive ace in Round 18, with the first three of those kills being the absolute difference maker. Unfortunately for him and his team, that was about it from the Kjaerbye camp as SK broke Astralis' economy in round after round in the late stages of the game to lock up the 16-12 win and force Astralis to still search for the last win needed to secure a playoffs spot.
Pushes Astralis to big win
May 3, 2017
Kjaerbye finished up Astralis' easy win over The Chiefs on Tuesday at IEM Sydney with a 21/11 KD.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye was living right from the beginning of this game to open up IEM Sydney for Astralis. He secured Round 3 with a ridiculous 1-vs-1 clutch to get the defuse. He ended the half pretty well, posting a 3k in Round 10 and a double in Round 12 before Astralis lost the last three rounds of the half to The Chiefs. Despite the slow end to the first half, Astralis stabilized in the second half, with Kjaerbye doing his part. He picked up a double in Round 17 and then another in Round 21 to lock up the 16-5 win and secure a 1-0 record to start IEM Sydney off right.
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