Who can beat Astralis?
Astralis play beatiful, text-book CS. But for me, it was enough, i want back the flashy plays and not these one-sided boring finals. I want a team who can beat them, and here are my tips who can do that.
NiP has been on the rise for quite a long time and my opinion they have the biggest chance to defeat Astralis. I think what they are missing is a real AWP-er - something that really is missing in the Swedish scene. Dennis needs to become better to challange device, which is not really easy. But i think with some adjustments Nip can beat them, whenever they play gainst them, its close, so, fingers crossed.
2. Natus Vincere
Na'Vi is the second best challanger, they already did it in Cologne, but that was a GODZEUS fluke, and since then, Astralis demolished them 2x. They are seriously lacking one more hardfragging player with Edward not being the most capable and flamie lacking consistency. If they could get a great CIS player (like H0bbit, crush, idk) instead of Edward, chances are high.
3. Team Liquid
Liquids cryptonite has been Astralis and the main reason is because they can shut down nitr0 really effectively, since he isn't a natural awper, he is a hybrid player. For them to beat Astralis in a bo3 they seriously need more fragging from Taco and nitr0 stepping up as an awper/or getting a new one, like Cerq or idk.
Tbh im not a fan of this american-brazilian lineup, i think the strength of the SK/MiBR core was their great communication, and that seems a bit off - if they could fix that, with the coaching of YNK, they could became a serious threat to Astralis - although im not sure how long will it take for them to sort comms out.
Other quick mentions:
-Faze with Niko calling, if they would add ISSAA or SuNny, that would be mad firepower which could work against Astralis's more structured team.
-TyLoo/ENCE/((((VP)))))- i think their chaotic playstyle could confuse Astralis, but probably only at 1 event
what are your thoughts?