every other team also has a contract with them, to go 5 at least.
astralis does that just early.
also they dont want to go to sydney, cuz its far
they play ecs, close to dallas and skip that too
starseries was tier2 and also far away.
people should calm down. yes its a bit conflict of interest, but people jerk themselve when they can somehow get astralis down, and thats at blast very likely :)