The Mind Game meta: Astralis' mental supremacy

Previously known as the eternal chokers, Astralis began their dominant 2018 in yet another mental slump. This is the story of how the team pulled themselves out of that dark place with the help of a former Special Operations officer, and how they set new standards for the setup surrounding a professional Counter-Strike team.

In one of the most important matches of his career, Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth is alone on the B site of Mirage against one of this year's biggest breakout players, Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken.

Astralis are behind 1-4 on the map and 0-1 in the series that could net them their ninth Big Event win this year, and more importantly, the Intel Grand Slam prize of $1,000,000.

This is their dream. The big one. The end game.

Astralis haven taken extra steps to be confident on the biggest stages of CS:GO

And the 23-year-old shows no sign of pressure.

He looks the same as always on the player camera: Brow slightly furrowed, his blue eyes focused intensely on the screen. He dances around the pillar at the entrance to the B site as the bomb ticks down, forcing his opponent to come looking for him. He successfully catches the young Canadian off-guard and secures the round.

The crowd of 5,000 CS-crazed Danish fans go wild. Xyp9x' facial expression doesn't change, not even a little bit.

"You can see it in his face, it takes so much to disturb him. That balance, no matter what’s going on around him, that’s a huge strength," says Lars Robl, Astralis' Sports Psychologist, as he watches Xyp9x turn the game around with two additional clutches on Mirage, the last one being another 1v1 against Twistzz on B. This time, the stoic Dane smiles as he fist bumps his teammates. Maybe it's more of a knowing smirk, actually.

The Sports Psychologist puts on a more energetic smile as "the boys", as he likes to call them, take the lead, and comments on Xyp9x' unparalleled ability to stay calm in clutch situations:

"As a personality trait, I don’t see it very often. It of course develops in a person, but with Andreas, and to the extent that he has this ability, it’s clear that he’s born with it and that it’s also caused by his upbringing, his family. "

The 58-year-old scratches his graying beard as he dishes out insight into the mentalities of each Astralis player. He's worked with them since February, the players turning to him when in need of therapeutic talks and him introducing to them a strategical way of gaining the psychological advantage in an increasingly pressured CS scene.

Xyp9x' calm personality and clutching ability comes from his upbringing, says Astralis' Sports Psychologist

There's no doubt that Astralis employ some of the most gifted players to grace the game, and that the squad's' dominant 2018 can be attributed to a slew of different factors, including the tactical prowess of Danny "zonic" Sørensen, the leadership of Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander, their utility usage, the reinvigoration of their star Nicolai "device" Reedtz, Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen's switch to aggressive roles, the addition of Emil "Magisk" Reif and, of course, the clutching ability of Xyp9x.

For a comprehensive, analytical look at the in-game factors that led to the team's dominant run, you can read Senior Writer Milan "Striker" Švejda's piece Astralis: A Legend in the making.

But, as several analysts, players from competing teams, and other observers have pointed out, the Astralis setup with the Sports Pshycologist Robl and the squad's increased focus on physical and mental training also play a big role in the team's unrivaled performance this year. In interviews with HLTV.org, several players have said they look towards the Danes for inspiration:

"Astralis have a full team of people, sports psychologists, trainers, and so on, and if you hire an expert in a certain field they're going to help you no matter what [...] I think if our team had that, all of those little things would add up to helping with consistency. I think it's something that has helped Astralis a lot. I personally think if they didn't have that whole team of people behind them, they wouldn't be as consistent as they are. - Damian "daps" Steele at IEM Chicago 2018.

"They [Astralis] had a better structure and chose the right tournaments. But, in general, the team is stronger collectively. They have a professional approach. This is the reason they’re number one. We did not do all we could to employ a professional approach to its maximum. For this reason, we remained number 2." - Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon.

Turning the warship around

Lars Robl knows pressured situations like the ones Xyp9x found himself in at the EPL Finals in Odense. Except when he was in them, he used a real M4-rifle.

Before venturing into the world of sports as an Organisational and Sports Psychologist, Robl was an officer in the Danish Special Operation Forces for 20 years, and left the Army as Lieutenant Colonel and Battalion Commander, with several missions to Iraq and Afghanistan. "I know this map, just in real life", he says, as he points to the screen showing Astralis building their lead on Mirage, a map loosely based on a Moroccan town.

After parting ways with the military, Robl finished two degrees in psychology and worked with Danish football side FC Midtjylland and a slew of Danish Olympic athletes before joining RFRSH to work with the organisation's former teams, GODSENT and Heroic.

Astralis Sports Psychologist and former Elite Forces officer Lars Robl

In late 2017 and early 2018, Astralis looked nothing like the dominant squad that will end the year with a perfect 1000 points - more than twice as many as their closest suitor. At IEM Oakland, the Danes never made it out of groups, and finished 9-10th in Odense at the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals, before hitting a new low at the ELEAGUE Boston Major, where they failed to qualify for the New Champions stage with a 1-3 record, after having lifted the ELEAGUE Major trophy in Atlanta the year before.

Something had to change, but changing players was not an option (Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye famously left the team on his own accord). So, after seeing his work with GODSENT and Heroic, RFRSH decided to give Robl a shot at strengthening the mental game of gla1ve's men in February, days before the acquisition of Magisk.

"There was definitely some adversity," Robl recalls. "When it really mattered, the guys couldn’t follow through. So the idea was to try and reinvent them.

The first time the Astralis players met Robl, he arranged for it to happen in a place very fitting for his military background:

"We brought the team together and spent three days on Peder Skram (a frigate-class warship in Copenhagen, which now functions as a museum) for a workshop. So we sat there with a paper board, no PCs, no nothing, just three days working on the strategy."

At the crux of this new strategy was 'The Dream', a sort of be-all-end-all goal that would serve as a giant carrot for the players in times of hardship. Astralis were no strangers to victories, they were already Major winners. In that sense, 'The Dream' had to be big, really big. In our interview, Robl would not disclose what it was exactly, but dupreeh revealed after the team's win in Odense this year that winning the Intel Grand Slam was exactly it.

"We started by asking ourselves, ‘What do we dream of?’ Because the dream has to be strong enough that, when things start going bad, it’s going to take you through it."

Backpacks go bottom-side up

So, what exactly does a Sports Psychologist do, apart from helping a top-tier CS team narrow down their dream?

Well, the number one tool that both Robl and the players highlight as an ongoing task is managing the difficulty of being honest with your teammates about your feelings, especially the difficult ones. That's why the team works with a pretty simple method called "emptying the backpack", where each player will open up about their current mental state and the specific problems they might have, either on the server in their private lives. It's a method that dupreeh says he has employed very often:

"I go to Lars as soon as I can feel there’s something wrong, either in-game or outside the server", says the 25-year-old when quizzed about the subject.

dupreeh says he talks to the team's Sports Psychology often

dupreeh is no stranger to difficult feelings or talking to professionals about them. In 2010, his father was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Later, his mom would be diagnosed with stress.

"I’ve been through a lot, with my father’s illness and all that, so I’m pretty good at being open about both my private life and how I feel when I’m playing. It’s a big strength, being able to put these emotions into words. I can use the energy in-game that I would otherwise have spent on thinking about my problems at home. It makes a huge difference to me", says dupreeh.

"We do this a lot, on TeamSpeak or physically, at boot camps," Robl says. But that doesn't mean the team psychologist has to travel with the players and Head Coach zonic during the many days of flying across the world to play events. "My job is actually more to make them able to do it themselves, to make it a natural part of being on the team, and they’ve actually managed that. It’s just quickly going over which feelings are pressing right now, getting them out and refocusing."

Another important part of keeping the players focused on their common goal is avoiding them being pitted against each other in a scene that places a lot of focus on statistics. Players are constantly being evaluated by their stats, be it in articles or in the day-to-day discussions among CS:GO fans, and this is something Robl has worked hard on eliminating from the player's mindset.

"Even though we’re a team with a common goal, the players are in competition with each other. They are being evaluated constantly. When you’re both colleagues and competitors at the same time, difficult emotions lie dormant; like jealousy, envy, etc. And if we don’t have the courage, and the skills, to bring that to the table, it will always be a hindrance."

A Magisk turnaround

On home soil in Odense, Astralis are closing in on the fifth grand final win over Liquid in 2018. The scoreline is 8-8, and the Danes have taken the A site with Nick "nitr0" Cannella's men looking to retake both the site and the game. But with the information that there are players on long and in CT spawn, device shuts down Epitacio "TACO" de Melo from a distance to get a triple-kill in the round.

The round itself is a textbook example of the controlled executions and holds Astralis are known for, but the most entertaining part of the play actually happens outside the server as the Danes celebrate the round win:

Amidst unintelligible yelling, Magisk suddenly blurts out an exclamation so as to hype up his teammates, who are now within striking distance of the Grand Slam victory. Precisely what is being said, the author of this article will refrain from translating, but it has to do with a promise of fellatio later on in the evening.

Looking at Astralis' performances this year, it's clear that the addition of Magisk was the turning point in terms of the team's results. Since the 20-year-old joined the squad after an unsuccessful stint in OpTic, Astralis have won 10 out of 16 tournaments. They lifted the trophy at the FACEIT Major without losing a single map in the playoffs, and claimed the $1,000,000 Intel Grand Slam cheque in Odense.

Rounding out the year with the MVP medal at BLAST Pro Series in Lisbon this month (his first ever) is a fitting achievement for Magisk, who was famously benched in North at the PGL Krakow Major last summer. After the first few months in Astralis, the 20-year-old was moved to many of the anchoring positions he held in his old team, which opened up for dupreeh to take some of Kjaerbye's aggressive roles, a change that seemed to pay off immensely. Since the addition of Magisk, every player on Astralis has an average rating of 1.11 or higher on LAN, with the 20-year-old himself posting a 1.16 rating since joining.

"Emil came in with his own authority. He entered a team that had already proved itself as the new guy. But very quickly, he rose to the occasion and made himself readily available. It was brilliant... it didn’t take long for us to wonder, 'who’s actually the new guy here?,'" says Robl, when quizzed about Magisk's role in the team.

Magisk has matured immensely in Astralis

The seamless integration of Magisk wasn't set in stone when the news broke that he would join the squad, though, as the 20-year-old had a reputation for being hot-headed and stubborn, admitting himself in several interviews that he used to have issues with criticism directed towards him. His former coach in North, Casper "ruggah" Due would tell Danish media outlet DR that his penchant for winning would often cause problems when things didn't go well:

"A player that runs so much on confidence is going to crash when things go awry. The higher you fly, the further you fall. And seeing as he has an enormous winning mentality, he sometimes has problems realising his own mistakes."

As the team's psychologist, Robl recognises this personality trait in Magisk:

"He has what you could call a weak impulse control. And many people have this, feeling something and then immediately acting on it", he says, when quizzed about the 20-year-old's early beginnings within the squad.

But the story of Astralis' dominant 2018 is also the story of Magisk's maturation into a calm and collected, well-balanced player who has learned to utilise his talent for the game to the fullest. Just as importantly, he has seemingly found a way to channel his energy and fierce personality into something positive, hyping up the team in crucial rounds and playing psychological mind games with their opponents, a development the 20-year-old touched upon in our video interview with him in June:

"I think my emotions are starting to benefit me more... I've learned that if I can channel my emotions into something better, and use it to play better, it's a big improvement.

"Sometimes, I yell and just say something funny, it can be anything. It's just going to get the team in a good mood, and make everyone laugh, while still being very serious about winning. It's important that you still have fun while playing, because if you don't have fun, you're definitely not going to be a good player or team. I think hyping up everyone can help with that [...] and I think they kind of missed that in the team before - a hype guy, so even if I'm playing badly, I'll still be hyping the other guys up."

This emotional maturation has not gone unnoticed with the person in charge of developing player mentality, as Sports Psychologist Lars Robl recognises the work put in by Magisk himself, but also the rest of the team when it comes to integrating the 20-year-old:

"It’s been great, also the fact that he is not afraid to bring up stuff where he says ‘I find this difficult’, asking the team what can be done about it, and that’s where this team is very mature."

Declining respectfully

When talking to Robl, it becomes clear that, in his mind, you cannot build an elite team without making sure the players are one hundred percent focused when they go into the tournaments they attend. This year, Astralis famously skipped a number of events, including StarSeries i-League Season 5, ESL One Belo Horizonte and EPICENTER 2018. As the first event was going on in Kiev, zonic and his players would spend their time preparing for the ECS Season 5 Finals in London, which they won by beating Liquid in one of the five grand finals the two teams played this year:

"People say that we're riding on a wave right now, that we beat everyone, and that we could have probably won StarSeries, but, in the end, it's not going to be good for you if you just attend every event. You need to give your players a rest at some point." - Head Coach zonic at ECS Season 5 Finals.

This practice of skipping events is also a part of the 'strategy' that the team formulates during their PC-devoid bootcamps, says Robl:

"We sit down and take a look at the events, and talk about which ones we want to prioritize, which ones we will actually practice for, and which ones we'll skip completely. But it's mostly Kasper (Hvidt, RFRSH Director of Sports) and the boys deciding that."

zonic believes teams skipping events and tournament organisers thinning out the event schedule are the future for CS

The resting strategy can only be said to have paid off for the Danes, as, despite having been eliminated by Natus Vincere at ESL One Cologne 2018, they also won ELEAGUE Premier 2018 after deciding to prepare for those two events instead of participating at ESL One Belo Horizonte, just as they hoisted the trophy at IEM Chicago and the ECS Season 6 Finals in November after skipping EPICENTER 2018 in late October.

"When I joined, Kasper and I agreed that we need to be careful that the boys don’t burn out, that we need to conserve our energy. And in my background in the military, you can’t spread your troops out thinly over a huge front. If you want to penetrate defences, you have to focus on only a few spots," says Robl, as he reflects on the decision to sit out several Big Events throughout the year.

It's one thing to decline third-party events, though, and an entirely different challenge to turn down down demands from your own organisation. It's well known that the majority of Astralis is owned by RFRSH, who also run the BLAST Pro Series tournament circuit, which is currently expanding, with eight events set to take place all over the world in 2019.

Astralis have participated in all the four BLAST Pro Series stops so far, winning two of them, the ones that took place in Istanbul and Lisbon this year. In our interview with Lars Robl, he revealed that, after the event in Copenhagen in early November, two of the team's players had found the obligations that they face while attending events, from sponsors and media, to be very demanding.

"As we were evaluating the tournament, two of the guys said ‘can anyone take over from me? I need to step away from this..."

"[The busy schedule of a CS player] is definitely extremely demanding. And that’s why we work so much on—taught by the time we’ve been together—setting up boundaries. The players know they have to deliver, and they want to deliver, and they have sponsors and obligations, but being able to set your own limits is very important. They’re very nice people, and they want to do signings, interviews, all that stuff, but, in the end, it can make you burn out."

Free your mind and the rest will follow

In Odense, the remaining rounds of the final map between Astralis and Liquid, Dust2, turn into chaos, as the Danes come ever closer to the Grand Slam title. The calmness of the team is being put to the toughest of tests.

Ahead 14-10, with only two more left rounds to close the deal, dupreeh pushes out through the smoked off mid doors to catch Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski with his back turned, but almost misses the CZ-75 kill on the American. As the Liquid players are picked off one by one in and outside of the B site, they retract from their PCs, visibly disappointed by the prospect of yet another loss to their Danish nemesis.

EliGE says he has developed psychologically after Liquid added a former Poker professional as their Mental Coach

That's not to say that nitr0's men are strangers to working with the mental aspect of the game. During the year, the Liquid lineup undoubtedly became the best North American in the world, with impressive runs in almost all the LANs they attended. Like Astralis, the Liquid organisation have also addressed the need to upgrade staffing and resources around the players.

In an interview with zews, the 31-year-old coach, who recently joined MIBR together with TACO, told HLTV.org that they had started working with Mental Coach Jared Tindler, who is most famous for his work with professional poker players. In an August episode of the podcast Peeker's Advantage hosted by the Canadian Spacestation player David "DAVEY" Stafford, EliGE revealed that he has seen tremendous progress after consulting with Tindler.

NiP have also emphasised the impact of their Sports Psychologist Jens Hofer, who, per the organisation itself, helped Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and co. lift the trophy at IEM Oakland 2017, their latest Big Event win. In their "ROAR" documentary series, the Danes in North can also be seen working with a psychologist.

In a year-old reddit thread about Astralis former Sports Psychologist Mia Stellberg, Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne revealed that they too employ a similar expert (a fact that Martin "STYKO" Styk would later praise after his return to mousesports), but that the players 'need to buy in for it to be effective,' further hinting that not all players can see the value of psychological help to further their performances.

HLTV.org also knows of another organisation with up-and-coming players who tried without success to hire a Sports Psychologist, as the players shrugged it off as an unnecessary and redundant exercise. And therein lies the key to making mental changes have a real, lasting effect on a team's performances, says Lars Robl:

"This mental aspect is very intangible, but if you want to move people towards bettering themselves, you have to meet them where they are. The players have to believe that an idea like this is beneficial for them. If they don’t think that, then yeah, you might be able to forcibly push them a bit, but they won’t really move."

And this might be why Xyp9x and co. have found so much success with utilizing Robl and the rest of the setup around the team, that they are more open towards the idea of mental work, and that their personalities lend themselves more to being worked with by professionals than those of other players in the scene. This is also Robl's experience after working with the team since February:

"They're what I would call an intelligent team, they’re curious and very reflective. They could spot the need for something like this and knew that they had to try something new to move on. I'm continuously surprised by their level of reflection and their maturity. "

dupreeh suggests pro players open their mind to working with psychologists to gain the competitive edge

In the 26th round of perhaps their most important grand final ever, Astralis finally seal the deal, as gla1ve fittingly picks off his IGL rival nitr0 in an intense AWP battle, both players scoped in during the last second of the match.

They have done it.

After winning DreamHack Masters Marseille, IEM Chicago and both ESL Pro League Finals events in 2018, Astralis hoist the trophy in Odense and make history by claiming the first-ever Intel Grand Slam title. The Odense crowd go nuts as the players are rewarded with a gold bar representing the million dollar prize. Clad in a Danish flag and an elated ear-to-ear smile, dupreeh kisses his gilded reward.

Perhaps the biggest proponent of using a Sports Psychologist to perform better, the 25-year-old grants HLTV.org an interview in the press room after the last of the confetti has fallen in the Sparekassen Fyn Arena, suggesting that pro players should embrace the idea, and that other teams will have to copy the Astralis setup to challenge them in 2019:

"Other players just have to try it out. You can hear from the way they’re talking about our setup, they want to try this thing. We’ve finally reached a level where other players are looking at us going, ‘they’re definitely doing something right, maybe we should actually copy them.’ And I’m sure a lot of players are still stuck with that ‘what am I supposed to do with a psychologist, I’m a PC-player,’ feeling but try it, man, and see how you fare, because it really does make a difference."

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
969
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1196
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
960
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
897
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1300
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
915
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1559
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1168
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.17
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1502
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1609
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1382
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Casper 'ruggah' Due
Casper 'ruggah' Due
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
68
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.03
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1225
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada David 'DAVEY' Stafford
David 'DAVEY' Stafford
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
620
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
#2
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Korea MavenCSGOD 
n1
2018-12-26 17:00
Imagine reading all this shit
2018-12-27 04:47
#312
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
Imagine not reading just because u dumb and can barely understand this text
2018-12-27 06:43
Imagine trying to look intellectual in internet, especially at csgo forum, lol
2018-12-27 07:02
imagine you being salty cuz navi sucks.
2018-12-27 07:27
why would i care
2018-12-27 08:48
You wrote several comments now. Seems like you do lol.
2018-12-27 14:27
I didn’t write anything about navi, I don’t even watch/play csgo since 2016 Also, you look so sexy with all those dots
2018-12-27 17:08
What dots?
2018-12-27 19:07
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2018-12-28 00:50
imaging being a glory hunter just to read all this text
2018-12-27 09:28
#334
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Lithuania LevelUpp 
+1 xDDD
2018-12-27 10:31
#340
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Russia Guttural_God 
Imagine to be a Xyp9x and his team fan from Dignitas/TSM times while all your friends said what they a shit w/o future, and my feelings now, monkey.
2018-12-27 11:32
#341
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Czech Republic Antiii 
Must be awesome feeling, even thought i am not their big fan xD
2018-12-27 12:13
nt russian calling me monkey, i am propably richer than u bcz there are alot of russian tourists in my country because cant get the same treatment in russia.
2018-12-27 12:16
#356
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
Image being astralis fan since late tsm just to get replies like #329
2018-12-27 15:25
+111111111111
2018-12-27 20:09
Well .. forsaken | Russia iwannabeyours Happy you say that. Because Astralis will be nr.1 forever, if you do not wake up and learn from em
2019-01-06 19:38
i do not care
2019-01-07 06:57
#395
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
i have it with russians that i can not take them seriously ,,, my reason is that they can not take themselves seriously, and then there are many who have a lot of hatred in them so i guess they are a shit life.
2019-01-12 12:28
why would you answer to me then, just dont take me seriously :)
2019-01-12 13:09
#398
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
It is actually in the text,,,,,,THERE is that many Russians that hate us in europa, they think we are americans, and then i also meet many russians in mm who cheat, also in sports,,, cheats the russians ,,, so many take doping as you know....I certainly do not hate Russians but have only bad experience, I do not judge everyone, but only those who play csgo and the sport in russia, and many in here on HLTV
2019-01-12 13:51
i dont give a shit about what you hate or not
2019-01-12 13:58
#401
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
I hate no one, I'm just an honest person who knows who I am and where I come from, I wish you a great day, even though it may be a little difficult to sense.
2019-01-12 14:03
#399
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
That's why I find it difficult to take Russians seriously, but if you are serious in our chat, otherwise if a beautiful Russian girl should come over to me, I can be serious.
2019-01-12 13:54
#3
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Denmark danishwarrior 
wow
2018-12-26 17:00
#5
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Spain Silber_ 
Astralis robots
2018-12-26 17:01
#6
NAF | 
Russia avedanya 
Gla1ve in FaZe,please xD
2018-12-26 17:01
Why would he downgrade?
2018-12-26 19:03
#307
NAF | 
Russia avedanya 
IDk :D
2018-12-27 05:53
gods
2018-12-26 17:01
#10
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Sweden La1rea 
ez 4 VP in 2k18 even though i dont support 'em anymore
2018-12-26 17:01
#59
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Iceland Arag0rn 
:D
2018-12-26 17:35
nice
2018-12-26 17:02
#20
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
not bad but quite longgg
2018-12-26 17:05
#23
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Denmark Skejzen 
Astralis - most professional org ever made
2018-12-26 17:08
astralis fans - yikes
2018-12-26 17:16
He is correct though no other org has ever had this level of professionalism
2018-12-27 00:09
lmao
2018-12-27 00:16
Actually i should of limited my statement to csgo i dont know anything about orgs of other esports
2018-12-27 00:19
tell me why you think they are more professional than other orgs
2018-12-27 03:18
They only have a csgo team so they can focus all their resources and time to just 5 players.
2018-12-27 05:41
This is true.
2018-12-27 06:26
#377
blameF | 
Denmark megz 
The just bought in to lol with a 10 million euro investment this fall...
2018-12-28 04:53
#314
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Brazil Cold_beast 
Fnatic fan LMAO
2018-12-27 06:49
mibr fan LMAO
2018-12-27 12:50
#350
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
they are the most professional team because they act like professionals.
2018-12-27 13:58
obvious glory hunter
2018-12-27 09:30
Not even close
2018-12-27 09:34
#131
FalleN | 
United Kingdom h4m 
Fair checks out
2018-12-26 18:38
#165
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Netherlands WitnessMe 
Flag checks our as well
2018-12-26 19:30
#238
FalleN | 
United Kingdom h4m 
N1
2018-12-26 23:46
danish site ofc they are biasing toward astralis. nothing new
2018-12-26 17:09
So true
2018-12-26 17:16
#315
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Brazil Cold_beast 
Cry kid
2018-12-27 06:49
duh, astralis is one of the most dominant teams ever and they've broken the record for most LAN wins in a year. of course people should write about them and analyse them.
2018-12-26 18:06
#189
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
most dominant team ever, only other team fangays would argue against that, and i dont even like astralis
2018-12-26 20:44
With “ever” you mean 2018, right?
2018-12-26 22:27
#252
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
with ever i mean from like 2006, cant talk about SK.swe era coz was not watching back then
2018-12-27 00:23
Sure Astralis was top 1 on 2018, but ever? XD haha almost fell for the b8, by though.
2018-12-27 23:04
#381
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
if you actually look at what other dominant teams accomplished, write results down on the list it will be obvious who is the best only argument you can make is that fnatic won more majors, but even than the argument doesn't hold up vs better consistency, higher amount of top finishes and better winrates 2010 navi is closer, but even they where not as dominant results wise
2018-12-28 18:17
#133
FalleN | 
United Kingdom h4m 
True
2018-12-26 18:38
#153
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Nigeria Eruptor 
+1, noone ever thought of making an article about Luminosity/SK/fnatic/NiP
2018-12-26 19:16
#262
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Germany Trax_ 
Lul there were articles though. nt (no, not my 1st acc.)
2018-12-27 01:12
1. not true, there were plenty of articles 2. luminosity/SK were not as dominant as Astralis has been. not even close. so less reason to write about them.
2018-12-27 01:34
Hmm.. i thought their sports psychologist was Mia Stellberg.
2018-12-26 17:09
"former" mostly saw her with the team before kjaerbye left
2018-12-26 19:47
#42
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Spain elskio 
nice
2018-12-26 17:21
Astralis god nades
2018-12-26 17:23
#49
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Israel mojna37 
Ez Ast Ya
2018-12-26 17:28
#56
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
godMagisk godGlaive
2018-12-26 17:33
#64
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Sweden Maoux551 
Interesting read =) Very well written as well, gj Yossarian.
2018-12-26 17:36
Wow finally a comment about how good this article is, it was indeed a very good read.
2018-12-26 19:15
#254
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Germany brotplayer 
+1
2018-12-27 00:25
thank you for not contributing to the vomit that is the HLTV comment section, but actually being a bit positive :)
2018-12-27 01:39
+1
2018-12-27 13:33
#70
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Panama Cyain10 
Hltv really sucks off astralis doesn't it
2018-12-26 17:38
why wouldn't u? they have had an unprecedented year in CS history.
2018-12-26 18:08
#106
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Panama Cyain10 
'Unprecedented' How about fnatic in 2015? With the same amount of tournament wins but 2 major wins instead of 1?
2018-12-26 18:14
Astralis have had 1 more tournament win than fnatic had in 2015, and they attended less tournaments than fnatic did in 2015. So yes, unprecedented.
2018-12-26 18:16
And unprecedented or not, you can't deny that it's been one of the most dominant years for any team ever. If that didn't deserve an article like this, I don't know what does.
2018-12-26 18:17
Astralis Best team ever in CS Fnatic almost up there, ill place Them Second behind Astralis
2018-12-27 18:46
#316
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Brazil Cold_beast 
Toxic bitch
2018-12-27 06:51
Psychologist in Faze was Karrigan's girlfriend? or did/do they actually have a professional one?
2018-12-26 17:49
They don't, just only superstar players
2018-12-26 19:49
Great article.
2018-12-26 17:49
#82
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Europe FJUL 
Astralis supremacy = out of group stage in the first major of year?
2018-12-26 17:54
hurrdurr
2018-12-27 04:29
#317
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Brazil Cold_beast 
Nip in 1 major since 2017 hahahah
2018-12-27 06:52
2016*
2018-12-27 07:31
#337
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Brazil Cold_beast 
+1
2018-12-27 11:02
hard to belive - TSM chokers became one of best teams in history xd
2018-12-26 17:56
With the support of aimwares i guess. Same core 2 people always have suspicious plays even have comments about cheating. I wish they won’t caught in the future because i will sad for Rasmussen.
2018-12-26 18:06
reddit.com/r/VACsucks/comments/5xt45i/gl.. ironic isn't it ? btw they were even joking about this because they knew they won't be ever banned - same with fallen,coldzera,flusha and rest haxors from pro scene x)
2018-12-26 18:14
Glaive actually hacked like 10-12 years ago when he was called something else.. and made a new acc and started use glaive as name. Msl used to hack too but mostly for "fun" in cs 1.6 (he played css). But then again both were 13-15 years old when they did that. :D
2019-01-02 15:17
a lot of pros have 'cheating past' like jw or kuben (ex-pro/now coach) , and those retarded excuses - i was young ,only cheating with friends for fun, bullshit ; p once a cheater always cheater
2019-01-06 11:16
mooN became gla1ve :-D I'm pretty sure even xyp9x cheated back in the 1.6 days.
2019-01-07 00:36
Yes there it was, moon :D No idea about xyp9x didnt play with him back then since he didnt play css.
2019-01-07 09:56
not entirely true. they switched out 40% of their team.
2018-12-26 18:18
But that made a difference. karrigan has the curse to choke his team. and dupreeh had to compromise his role when kjaerbye was in astralis. bringing in gla1ve and magisk did the trick. Along with the former army guy as a psychologist.
2018-12-27 07:33
Exactly. It made a huge difference, and it's not the same team anymore. That's why it's faulty to say that "TSM chokers became one of the best teams in CS history"
2018-12-27 10:34
#85
zonic | 
Denmark meganice 
People are so jealous, it must be so sad being you :) hope you have a Nice Christmas and if you dont like The article or The site? Well just ignore it or dont use it?
2018-12-26 17:58
#93
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Denmark MeToxi 
+1, it's a win win situation. We get a friendlier community, they won't have to waste their time on something they clearly hate.
2018-12-26 18:05
Or if you love the site protect them from fanboy news like this. All a part of POV.
2018-12-26 18:28
Had this been another team, the articles would've been about them instead. It's not fanboy news lol. Get over yourself.
2018-12-27 14:32
yeah, tell you this to yourself every time Device gets another MVP even he is the weakest player in his team.
2018-12-27 19:03
All deserved. Eod.
2018-12-27 19:08
Yeah, cuz u are a fanboy like your danish HLTV owner...
2018-12-27 19:10
I fan good CS. I like BIG just as much as Astralis. So that has nothing to do with it.
2018-12-27 19:21
Device is good player. Notice i said GOOD.
2018-12-28 13:14
Nice read
2018-12-26 17:59
good read
2018-12-26 18:02
did you really read all of this?
2018-12-26 21:01
yh
2018-12-26 21:52
are you really making several negative comments on an article that you didnt even read? How pathetic
2018-12-26 22:59
This article is very eye candy. Very cool Yossarian!
2018-12-28 13:13
#90
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
RoboXyp9ex such a long and detailed article. I've broke my heart with these guys so many times since 2014, it's so good to see them dominating the scene as they're chokers no more
2018-12-26 18:03
#91
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Luxembourg codygod 
Xyp9x is a GOD
2018-12-26 18:04
#92
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China teguP 
nice post theres a typo under elige's pic btw
2018-12-26 18:04
For what such a long text? Pronax > gla1ve. Fnatic didn't need that stuff and win 3 majors. Also they won cuz of comebacks in a time were the noob forcebuy mod wasn't released...
2018-12-26 18:08
Yeah CZ and tec9 weren't OP... fucking imbecile
2018-12-26 18:44
First u masterbrain tec9 is only for T-side ump was not a part of the meta. The 1900 for lost pistol round wasn't there 1 shots only possible with deagle. Nuke map required more skill Check ur facts before you cry It was never so easy to win a forcebuy as now
2018-12-26 19:08
All pistols were more OP, tec9 used to have running accuracy of AK and would 1hit kill opponents in close range, similar with five-seven. And you talk like only now is viable to win force buy, give me a break. Also unlike fnatic, Astralis uses clever utility - strategic part of the game, unlike deathmatch run and gun out aiming your opponents fnatic...
2018-12-26 19:13
yeah tell that lies to yourself. Keep the hype train on.
2018-12-26 19:27
#249
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Singapore Blloopy 
“1 shot only possible with deagle” Every pistol besides the default pistols and the dualies can one shot people in the head back then. Forcebuys existed back then, so dunno wtf you are talking about. “UMP is not part of the meta” It was and still now used for Forcebuys. “Nuke map require more skill.” Nuke require more skill? Seriously? There’s a reason why pro players don’t like to play old nuke at all. It is CT-sided as fuck. “1900 for lost pistol round isn’t there.” Astralis was already dominant even before the update to the game’s economy. I recommend you check your facts before you try to argue with another person.
2018-12-27 00:17
Forcebuy ever exists. I never doubt that. UMP started being a meta pickup 2017. Cheap "Fullbuy rounds". Nuke map required more skill yes because first, you had more direct contact on A and outside. Also, the second vent entry was a very important part. You could confuse enemies run a circle etc. Now you are a cheap victim in vent. Now the map is far more passive. Perfect map for teams like Astralis OHH it is their best map... I am surprised... NOT. You cant watch on HLTb stats how many forcebuy you win. But Just compare the outcome if CT wins first rounds and lose second round between 2015 and 2018. I took Inferno because the map had little bit changes most was graphic 2018: 49% Chance to make after CT1:0 that T make 1:1 hltv.org/stats/maps/map/33/Inferno?showK.. 2015: 42% CT 1:0 chance T make 1:1 hltv.org/stats/maps/map/33/Inferno?showK.. Or look after 2:0 for CT to 2:1 2018: 58% 2015: 50% Do your math before you start arguing with other persons.
2018-12-27 01:03
The ump got nerfed before astralis started dominating 2015 had the same exact deagle? Nearly the exact same cz A tec 9 that is better then the current cz and deagle put together And the 57 with a similar powerlevel
2018-12-27 00:14
Nearly the exact same Cz? Nope. other points though. +1
2018-12-27 06:32
It was nerfed in 2014? I cant remember
2018-12-27 06:53
No need to call anyone names. Thank you.
2018-12-27 03:58
#102
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Algeria MagnumDz 
mibr are going to hire a Psychologist too in 2019
2018-12-26 18:11
too bad most hltv users are plebs/kids who only care about "s1mple vs. device?!" and can't appreciate the impressive effort and professionalism that has forged astralis' spot as one of – if not the – greatest teams ever. we should all appreciate astralis. their approach is a huge contributor to making esports widely recognised and respected.
2018-12-26 18:12
Why should anyone. This man-made hype created by hltv don't care real csgo fans.
2018-12-26 18:25
#127
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Brunei GucciLeIe 
+11111 exactly this. This hype is all man made and artificial
2018-12-26 18:31
#159
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Hong Kong GoGirlAbbie 
+111111
2018-12-26 19:24
It's not something that people just say. more and more television stations are starting to pick up e-sport.
2018-12-27 01:06
you know in Germany we had an esports television station 2002-2008. Called "Giga" and ESL was the owner. 24/7 esports. So Germany picked up 2002... and still nothing has changed.
2018-12-27 01:09
things have definitely changed, at least in scandinavia it would seem. the danish prime minister held the opening speech at Blast Cph (i believe it was) and esports has become something that even my parents know about and have heard about from the news or newspapers. this was not the case when i played cs 1.3.
2018-12-27 01:31
In Dota two of 3 finish TI winner got an invitation at the political "New year dinner" with their highest political people. And still esports depend only on marketing and how the publisher support it. As long as this does not change, nothing has changed. Next finance crises is going to come for sure. And then if you parents know esport or not it could die very fast. Beside media bullshit it needs structural changes. To become stable even a crises comes or like in HOTS if the publisher decides to don't support their game. Astralis had not change that actually they are a part of the problem. You should always think everytime some one win money... Another guy lose money. And I don't talk about the second place. I talk about where the money comes from.
2018-12-27 03:34
Sure, CS is more "fragile" than for instance football, that is so deeply rooted in our society so it won't fall off by the wayside if a new financial crisis hits. But teams like Astralis are taking strides in making CS:GO well-known in the public eye and make it more than a niche commodity. This is what NEEDS to happen if the pro scene is to survive, say, a financial crisis. The game needs to be an indispensable source of entertainment. Sure, it's not entirely there yet, but I do believe that Astralis are helping improve things — it's not all just smoke and mirrors.
2018-12-27 10:32
I have weird feeling that you are fan of astralis since 2018
2018-12-26 18:51
YES i am. because of the reasons i wrote above.
2018-12-27 00:58
#212
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Denmark Duke1996 
+1
2018-12-26 21:28
#220
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Yup. If people want the scene to grow there have to be teams like Astralis who set a good example, who show little kids parents that Esports isn't a bad thing g to get into, that it's professional, taken seriously and can be stable and provide a lot of money. And HLTV need to produce content like this that highlights why they are so good, why they are different to other teams. This is only going to make the scene better and Astralis are genuinely leading by example and hopefully other teams will follow.
2018-12-26 22:21
What they all need is s1mple. Who reveals that 99.99999% of all pro players are bots.
2018-12-27 01:10
#240
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Denmark Menterx 
This!
2018-12-26 23:49
Maybe this is ideal for Liquids players lol
2018-12-26 18:16
faze be like brb hiring psikologist ahahahha n00bs😋😋😋😋 not kiddink, astra era 500iq started lonk time ago cuz of these things.
2018-12-26 18:18
Best article I read on this website
2018-12-26 18:35
#138
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Singapore Trisha 
really don't like when hltv fanboys astralis like this. really shows how biased they are compared to other teams
2018-12-26 18:42
#157
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Nigeria Eruptor 
Just confirmed themselves to be the biggest Astralis' ass lickers on the planet... once again
2018-12-26 19:20
They made articles on sk as well
2018-12-27 00:15
Why do you think that? Exactly what in this article sustains your point? I’m pretty sure you won’t argue the 9 big wins, the major and the Grand Slam, so what is it? For me this article is quite incredible and extraordinary in terms of quality. This is a free community website, the quality and writing in this piece is something you normally don’t get for free. So please. Enlighten us.
2018-12-27 08:46
#333
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Singapore Trisha 
why should i waste my time writing a essay for a astralis fanboy though? its basically talking to a brick wall but the brick wall is deflecting everything i say
2018-12-27 10:14
Thing is, you’re wasting our time, so it would seem only fair. I see you carry team logo. As i’m sure you noticed, i don’t carry Astralis.
2018-12-27 12:20
Amazing as always, great job Yossarian
2018-12-26 19:01
Thanks man!
2018-12-26 20:44
#146
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Sweden ZEDENy 
The 58-year-old scratches his graying beard as he dishes out insight into the mentalities of each Astralis player hm paid u got for that line lmao :D
2018-12-26 19:04
what a detailed article. Interesting read HLTV! I really like to see how the sport is evolving :D I found the guy's socialmedia: instagram.com/robl_peoplecan/
2018-12-26 19:43
good article
2018-12-26 19:55
#178
PlesseN | 
Sweden zhok1 
good
2018-12-26 20:01
#187
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Croatia Jack Russell 
Kasper Hvidt, the legendary handball goalkeeper? Wow
2018-12-26 20:42
Yes that is indeed him :)
2018-12-26 23:03
You can't deny the fact that the third picture looks exactly like Fifflaren in 40 years
2018-12-26 20:44
#299
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Brazil Collee 
+1 w tf
2018-12-27 04:46
#191
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
This is the most detailed and insightful article ever posted on HLTV and possibly ever posted about CS in general. It gives a huge amount of useful information to teams who are aiming/hoping to emulate the Astralis formula and level of professionalism. Astralis doing what they're doing is brilliant for the scene and for showing how mature, professionalism and serious this game is to many people. But it's equally important for the sites covering this scene to produce content like this for just the same reasons. Top work all round.
2018-12-26 20:58
Thanks for the kind words. I certainly learned while researching for the piece!
2018-12-26 21:05
#202
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Spain elskio 
gj sir <3
2018-12-26 21:09
#201
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Russia razorVJ 
> it has to do with a promise of fellatio later on in the evening what the fuck?
2018-12-26 21:06
#207
NEO | 
Macedonia ElGancho 
Lol so much effort for a danish team, kinda expected And wtf is eternal chokers
2018-12-26 21:21
#221
tr1p | 
United States Rambeard 
Probably going to go down as the most dominant team in CS history before it's all said and done with this roster.
2018-12-26 22:25
#224
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Italy JuliaN7 
Palpatine: "It's ironic..."
2018-12-26 22:37
#225
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Other Onizuka_go 
Comments are full of envy, jealous, hate. I think those guys who reply like dat need psychologist to talk.
2018-12-26 22:41
#243
zonic | 
Denmark mainz 
Agreed, but it will never stop. Its part of being the top team, there will always be a line of super haters whos favorite team got beaten at some point by them. It is what it is
2018-12-27 00:05
robots
2018-12-26 22:45
+1
2018-12-26 22:55
Amazing article +1
2018-12-26 23:05
Dominant but Astralis is boring as fuck. Real fans want knife and zeus kills, collaterals, insane flicks, agressive plays, 13x2 comebacks, dosia nades, trashtalking, full berettas pistol rounds, negev on banana, nade stacks and 1v5 clutches. Except xp9x Astralis is just a bag of boring and safe things. They play like a perfect bots. Is cool ok but just that.
2018-12-26 23:05
But astralis do make giant comebacks though They literally do nade stacks all time
2018-12-27 00:18
Ok ok its true but i'm just saying their gamestyle is just cool. For me CS lost the hype. And the hype spin arround impossible plays, funny things, and crowds scream. This Astralis supremacy made stuffs like that Less common. And fking previsible at big tournaments.
2018-12-27 02:00
-1 real fans don't want knife kills, stupid forcebuys, collaterals, they want their team to win above anything and they don't want their team to gamble with that. -1 people don't want trashtalking. everyone on hltv literally goes bananas with hysteria whenever someone trash talks someone else on twitter. -1 astralis is not a "bag of boring and safe things" (you write it so nicely, lol). they actually often do aggressive pushes and flanks, nadestacks, innovative boosts etc. take your biased glasses off. thanks.
2018-12-27 01:53
forgot to mention they also cheat
2018-12-27 04:52
-1000
2018-12-27 10:07
#394
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
I want a good show not booring game to watch. Who is going to example go watch hockey match where they just keep puck behind own net or football match where they just keep passing in own defence area.
2019-01-09 11:24
this is probably why vp sucked later lul
2018-12-26 23:21
If you are so long together you need it. This why in music so many Bands broke up after X years or get shitty. Or they replace someone. This happens everywhere when a team is needed for success. The band Rammstein founded 1994 was 2001 close to broke up then they made for real a family therapy 17 years later still there and make money and fill stadiums etc. At some point, you need it necessary or you make roster changes etc.
2018-12-27 01:16
#244
zonic | 
Denmark mainz 
Good read, im happy to be reading such good stuff about my favorite team.
2018-12-27 00:07
#253
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Denmark MinorThread 
Liquid should be on the US budget. Bring in two or three MF's from the Forces - and they're off.
2018-12-27 00:24
You know who needs one? Niko. He trembling like hell while in important matches. I can see blood run out of his face.
2018-12-27 00:44
#258
kNgV- | 
Italy InSuu 
Wtf do u mean diagnosted with stress?
2018-12-27 01:02
many people believe that stress is a mental disease. i guess you're not one of them. end of discussion.
2018-12-27 01:40
#270
kNgV- | 
Italy InSuu 
It definatelly isnt
2018-12-27 01:41
Most people in the comments need psychologists way more than Astralis ever could. Fnatic got hated on, SK got hated on and now it's Astralis turn I guess. Amazing year in 2018 and here is to an even easier year in 2019. Also s1mple should get one of these asap kid is physically shaking in some moments, maybe he wouldn't choke in every major he ever played in.
2018-12-27 01:47
#384
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Poland wiktorex 
You will also shake if only your form matters in team with 5 players, best player on the majors 2k19? S1mple with 1.29 - pretending to be shocked go back to cave where you belongs
2018-12-30 04:49
Nah I would never shake I don't use aimlock/aimkey. Also yes I don't care if his stats are best in group stage when it comes finals or semi finals he's fucking useless all year, being top 1 is tough when your team relies so heavily on you yet you rarely ever preform in the games that matters. He reminds me of Oskar a lot, Oskar had same problem his whole career, farms stats like it's nothing in the easy parts of the tournaments and when the big game comes he chokes and disappears from the server which doesn't matter cause the stats from the group stage will average out the bad performances in the big games still making you look like you're a super impactful and sick player even though you never perform in the games that matter.
2018-12-30 23:28
#393
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
Well if you watched flusha back in the days well i dont know should i cry or laugh. He started this top lvl cheating and then it get out off the valve's hands when they didnt do anything. Now this game is too cancer to watch too many cheaters and this is why we cant take csgo seriously + this is why dota2 will allways be bigger than csgo. Dota2 skill based game, csgo cheat based game with rng.
2019-01-09 11:25
#291
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Indonesia Exodd 
I miss that Finnish lady psychologist they had in 2017, seems like she's not around anymore :(
2018-12-27 02:41
#353
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
She from Finland
2018-12-27 14:15
#358
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Indonesia Exodd 
Yeah she is
2018-12-27 15:59
#292
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Europe Vallon2 
Wait, didn't they have some blond chick as a psychologist?
2018-12-27 02:57
#302
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Brazil Collee 
yeah I remember that as well
2018-12-27 04:47
#359
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Indonesia Exodd 
Seems like they don’t use her as the team’s psychologist anymore
2018-12-27 16:00
#295
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Denmark NT_ 
There is no hope for this generation of stupid people. Astralis is doing so well and all professionel teams could learn from them - some teams more than others. All that preparation the Astralis team is doing, it's just insane.
2018-12-27 03:34
#375
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Denmark Nastyniick 
+1111
2018-12-28 02:42
good article, ty
2018-12-27 04:43
#300
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Brazil Collee 
amazing
2018-12-27 04:46
more like astralis cheating supremacy
2018-12-27 04:50
great
2018-12-27 05:13
#308
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Other WorldIsAFuck 
Tldr pls
2018-12-27 06:18
Nice read, hopefully more orgs and players follow Astralis example. It would do a lot of good to the game and E-sports as a professional activity. There is still a lot to do tho, from the community who does a lot of harm to itself, tournament organizers, groups like WESA, people behind the casters or analysts desk, relevant sites like HLTV and Valve who could do a lot to push pro CS to the next level but doesn't seem to care much about that aspect of the game.
2018-12-27 06:18
#313
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
Great read
2018-12-27 06:43
Previously known as the eternal chokers Lmao savage
2018-12-27 11:16
#339
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Sweden Div-\ 
Very good article!
2018-12-27 11:18
what happened to that hot blonde?
2018-12-27 12:22
#345
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Denmark blue_sheep 
Nice well written article. Gj
2018-12-27 12:30
#348
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China P1k1 
TyLoo
2018-12-27 13:42
#349
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Turkey Thunderball 
Great read
2018-12-27 13:52
#352
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Denmark MetatronKbh 
just like it,,,,, LEARN from Them,,,,
2018-12-27 14:13
Good read thx
2018-12-27 15:29
Nice article HLTV. Well done.
2018-12-27 16:27
I love you, Kjaerbye! Learn from this. Always follow your OWN heart. Do no not believe in what you hear, and only believe half of what you see. Good luck my friend. You was a teacher for everybody here .. Amen
2018-12-27 17:24
Danish teams are n1 in csgo
2018-12-28 04:20
#383
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Poland wiktorex 
Team*
2018-12-30 04:43
great article, some helpful things there for any player. I found it intruiging how this year when you watched teams facecams astralis were always emotionless, lost round or won round you couldnt really tell by the facecams. very stable
2018-12-28 12:00
#382
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Poland wiktorex 
Last
2018-12-30 04:43
#392
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Belarus Ruble 
Their cheat coder is making so much money :)
2019-01-09 11:16
What a shame Astralis noobs have psychological issues and now they get help from a shrink
2019-01-12 13:27
If they are noobs then what's your favourite team and you? Ultranoobswithmanboobs?
2019-01-17 05:46
Don't have a favourite team. I support no team, I just watch to amuse myself with the stupidity of it all
2019-01-17 12:43
lmao it says posted a minute ago with over 230 comments
2019-01-20 20:01
lmao it says posted a minute ago with over 230 comments also simple deserved
2019-01-20 20:02
device top 1
2019-01-20 21:46
the nvidia.cfg
2019-01-23 23:07
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