A year at the summit: how Astralis wrote history

On April 23, Astralis became the first team since HLTV introduced the world ranking in 2015 to remain at the top for a whole year. To celebrate their achievement, we went back through their history to retrace how they became the best team that has graced the game.

Before Astralis: device, dupreeh, and Xyp9x

Going back in time, a part of Astralis’ fate can be traced to mid-2013, when Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth left fnatic and joined CPH Wolves, playing DreamHack Bucharest with Nicolai "device" Reedtz and Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen. Xyp9x and dupreeh then played a couple more events together, namely the RaidCall EMS One Fall 2013 Finals and ESWC 2013, before the trio got back together, joining forces with Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen and Henrik "FeTiSh" Christensen, with whom they played the first ever CS:GO Major, DreamHack Winter 2013.

At the Elmia venue in Jönköping, the home of DreamHack Winter, CPH Wolves topped their group, beating Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen’s Reason and the CIS superteam Astana Dragons, although the Danes eventually fell in the quarter-finals when up against one of the teams of the moment, Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans's VeryGames.

“It's hard to put it into words, we've played together for six years, Xyp, dupreeh, and myself. It's surreal to put it into perspective, to think about all of the things that happened in our lives, personally, everything we've gone through, together, all of the situations we've experienced, all of the defeats, and now all of the wins... I don't regret anything in my career, and everything has been leading up to this.

“I remember back in Dignitas when everyone started to talk about how one day we could be the team that could win a lot of tournaments, and the same thing happened in TSM, when we kind of won some tournaments, but never a big one, and then it was back to the choking again. We’ve been developing through all of those hard times, personally and in-game, and that made us really strong. I think that now we're just this crazy family that never argues and is really happy. We've been through a lot of things now, so it's kind of like the old VP that stuck together. It's just really special.”

- Nicolai "device" Reedtz

The five players who played that first Major then landed contracts with Dignitas, where they would start to have good placings at larger tournaments, including two semi-final runs at Majors, EMS One Katowice 2014 and ESL One Cologne 2014—the latter of which they played with Philip "aizy" Aistrup instead of Nico. As one of the best, if not the best CT-sided team in the world, that Dignitas squad became a serious contender at some of the bigger events of the time, but it was during that period that they started to garner a reputation as a side that could not thrive under pressure during deep runs, bowing out of tournaments over and over again in the semi-finals.

device, Xyp9x, and dupreeh with Dignitas at ESL One Cologne 2014

After René "cajunb" Borg was brought into the ranks as a flexible player who could cover holes with both rifles and the AWP, it was time to try and revamp the team’s tactical style, as a weak Terrorist side was constantly making them struggle despite many times being able to garner favorable results on the defense. It was then that Finn "karrigan" Andersen, who had just ended a stint in mousesports, was brought in to try and readjust the team after they had gone back to a disappointing 5-8th place finish at DreamHack Winter 2014 following a loss to Natus Vincere.

“I think we've been through a lot of things as a team, but also as individuals. Especially when people considered us chokers, it was hard on the team, but it’s also something we have now been able to overcome and it has made us even stronger. We have learned how to follow the meta of the game, but we’ve also been good at finding our own style. I think the best asset we got from all of these times is that we could take something from every person we played with, add it or discard it to the new team we created, and actually make it work pretty well.”

- Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen

Early victories under a new direction

After a third-place finish at MLG X-Games Aspen with karrigan on board and under the TSM banner, the Danish quintet had another quarter-final finish at a Major, ESL One Katowice 2015, where they lost to NiP in the first match of the bracket. Slowly but surely, the tides started to turn for TSM, however, as the old core and the new duo started to flow. A final at CPH Games was followed by three first-place finishes at the CCS Kick-Off Season Finals, FACEIT League 2015 Stage 1 Finals (ECS’ predecessor), as well as the Fragbite Masters Season 4 Finals, and, despite a 7-8th place blunder at the first Pro League finals, TSM went on to lift another trophy at the second stage of FACEIT League 2015.

During their time in Dignitas and then in TSM, the squad remained a force to be reckoned with in a span of time of time that saw fnatic’s dominant periods, the tail end of LDLC and the Major-winning Envy, as well as the rise of the Brazilian squad that would go on to be an unstoppable force for many months a little bit later. After their first wins, the Danes managed to make several finals and win one last tournament in 2015, the PGL Season 1 Finals, taking the first place in the rankings in late October—the first month of our rankings’ existence.

Needing the Heimlich maneuver

Soon after tasting victory at some of the events mentioned earlier came some of the roughest moments for this team, as they went out once again in 5-8th place at a Major—DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca, where they were one of the favorites to take it all. Despite two easy 16-6 wins against FlipSid3 and G2, TSM eventually went out to NiP in the quarter-finals, again. A slew of finals and semi-final finishes followed, with a few more disappointing exits sprinkled in, as the team transitioned from a neglectful TSM to their new brand, Astralis.

Tagged as chokers and with half a dozen finals and semifinals lost, it was finally cajunb who got cut after two group stage exits at DreamHack Masters Malmö 2016 and the ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals, making way for one of the rising stars of the Danish scene, Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye. “That was one of our issues back in the days, right?", asks device, rhetorically. "We didn't really believe that we could do it, or there was this kind of false commitment in a certain way. We believed that we could do it, but then every time we got pressured, we just choked. Now, the most influential parts of our game are being able to support each other in any way we can.”

device was one of the players that had to deal with overcoming problems during pressure situations

The addition of Kjaerbye didn’t prove to be an immediate boost for Astralis, who were still struggling to find themselves as they had several more early exits in playoffs. Things got harder before they would get better, and this time it was karrigan who lost his teammates’ confidence, especially regarding his calling. One of the few remaining pieces in the puzzle of the team that would go on to make history, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander, joined the team after karrigan was given his marching orders following a seventh-place finish at ESL One New York 2016.

“When gla1ve joined I think we got a better structure on our defaults and in our map pool, which showed instantly in our gameplay. We became really good at fundamental CS and not overextending. karrigan had more on-the-fly ideas and he would call a tactic in the middle of a round, which was also crazy good in certain situations, but gla1ve gave us more stability.”

“That helped Kjaerbye a lot, since he didn't thrive under the system we had with karrigan. That was the immediate change. When we played with karrigan there was this period in which we just got worse and worse results and we tried to change the way we play and so on, and it just didn't work out. It became similar to his situation in FaZe, where people kind of lost some faith in his calling and that's when you're ready to get that fresh blood, a new caller to be the leader in-game and out of the server. It just worked out perfectly.”

- Nicolai "device" Reedtz

Renewed leadership: signing gla1ve and freeing up zonic

After karrigan’s departure, some restructuring in RFRSH also helped Astralis, as Danny "zonic" Sørensen was relieved of some of his duties and was freed up to work more on theorycrafting and spending more hours finding out how to improve the team’s strategic approach to the game. "He's really good at it,” says device when talking about his coach’s abilities, "because he has a sharp mind and he sees a lot of trends before they start. The anti-stratting he brought in from 1.6 was also very important, getting that into our game, and that happened even later, when we brought Magisk into the team."

With zonic in full stride and gla1ve on the roster, Astralis started to get the ship back on track, finishing second at ELEAGUE Season 2 and 3-4th at IEM Oakland 2016. It was then that the Danes were able to go back to winning ways for the first time since the TSM days, at the ECS Season 2 Finals, and they did so by taking revenge on OpTic, who had just beaten them in the ELEAGUE Season 2 final thanks to an impressive display by Keith "NAF" Markovic on Overpass, the deciding map.

The signing of gla1ve as zonic was freed up to work on tactics pushed Astralis ahead

Astralis were also finally able to win the most elusive of titles, the one that had caused struggle and strife nine times before, at the ELEAGUE Major in Atlanta. On the biggest stage, Astralis were able to lift a Major trophy after playoff victories over Natus Vincere, fnatic and Virtus.pro, and it seemed like it could now be time for them to have their moment at the top—especially when they won IEM Katowice 2017 shortly afterwards in an event that saw Xyp9x start to get recognized as the "clutch minister" with 13 1vsX situations won. Disappointingly, the Danes weren’t able to keep it up and it became more of a 15 minutes of fame situation as SK and FaZe battled it out for the top place in the rankings in the months that followed while Astralis —still a top contender—once again struggled deep in tournaments.

Lows and highs: signing Magisk

Astralis then went into a deep crisis as star AWPer device was sidelined with stress-induced stomach issues, playing with Dennis "dennis" Edman and Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel as stand-ins while dupreeh took up AWPing as he and Kjaerbye were clashing over the roles they wanted to play. When device came back, in early 2018, to play the ELEAGUE Boston Major, the team decided to keep dupreeh on the 'Big Green' as device played on the wings in a lurking position. A bad call by the team, Astralis went out in the group stage of the Major for the first time, beginning what would turn out to be the best year of their careers on a sour note.

An unexpected turn of events came right after the Major blunder when Kjaerbye decided to sign with North without giving notice to his teammates. An apparent blow to the Danish lineup, it proved to be the last piece of the puzzle for the team that has now been dominating the scene for a year. “Losing Kjaerbye was a hard hit, obviously, because it left us in uncertainty,” says dupreeh when asked about some of the hardest moments they lived through, “but after all, it turned out even better [for us].”

Magisk was the spark Astralis needed to get back on top

Astralis then turned to Emil "Magisk" Reif, who had just ended a brief and unsuccessful stint with OpTic’s European lineup. The first tournaments they played together were not bad, considering the last minute changes: a quarter-final run at StarSeries i-League Season 4 and a semi-final finish at IEM Katowice 2018. But it wasn’t until after a month and a half away from the competitive circuit, when the Danes had time to practice hard to get the last member of the team up to speed, that they were finally able to go all the way again and win a tournament. It was at DreamHack Masters Marseille, and it happened in dominating fashion, as they were able to smash all opposition, dropping only one map in ten, a 14-16 loss to Liquid, en route to the grand prize.

“I remember when we brought in Magisk, we were quite convinced that we could become the number one team in the world and that we had some experience on how to stay there, but we never really imagined making it a whole year as the best team in the world. For us, it was always a long-term goal, but we really kept focusing on the short-term goals, which are the tournaments, and how to improve on the tactical and the technical part of CS. I guess in some sense we dreamed of it, although we really never thought it was going to happen. But we believed.

“Right from the get-go Magisk had this motivation, this spark that we didn't have when we were playing with Kjaerbye, and I was just coming back from my sick leave. The first few tournaments, we had this direction, we had these calls that we made together and we knew we were on a path and nothing was going to stop us even though we lost in the quarter-finals. Then we improved and lost in the semi-finals, and from those losses we learned a lot.

“We had a month of practice before Marseille and we were just destroying everyone, we were winning all of the practices and it was quality over quantity, as well. We changed our systems a lot. Our sports director, Kasper Hvidt, brought a lot of new ideas and put us into a system that created stability outside of the server and we had stability in the server with gla1ve. Magisk just gave dupreeh the possibility to play the role he wanted to, so that took care of all of the role issues and it worked out perfectly.”

- Nicolai "device" Reedtz

The beginning of an era

The day after DreamHack Masters Marseille, April 23rd, 2018, Astralis hit the No.1 spot in the rankings. All of the pieces of the puzzle were in place. They had all of the players filling the roles that were necessary for the team: an aggressive rifler, a support player who can decide late rounds and win clutch situations, the star AWPer who was back from injury, a young, hungry, and adaptable rifler, and a fragging in-game leader that was hard at work with the coach trying to always push the meta and keep the team ahead of the curve.

The rest of the puzzle, that which is not always visible to the eye, was there as well, as a small army of RFRSH staff members, including sports psychologists, managers, and professionals in several other fields, were backing the team to try and squeeze every bit of their potential out. Astralis were set. Looking to up the standards, the Danes started to pick and choose the events they would attend instead of burning out on the road, and to follow meal plans and workout routines to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. In the server, a brand of solid CS with an ever-increasing playbook and map pool that allowed the team to always have an edge over their opponents proved to be exactly what was necessary to find the stability needed to win consistently, something that started to rid the team of the ghosts of their past.

DreamHack Masters Marseille was where the one-year run started

As Milan “Striker” Švejda noted in his Astralis: A legend in the making article, in which he did a statistical analysis of why the team worked so well at the time, Astralis had one of the best starts after their first 75 maps on LAN, winning 79% of them (59-0-16), topped only by the legendary NiP of yore—although it could be said that the quality of competition during the first months of the game’s existence was hardly what it is today. The Danish side then really rocketed to the stars, winning three out of the following five events, the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, the ECS Season 5 Finals, and ELEAGUE Premier.

“I think we've been through a lot of things as a team, but also as individuals. Especially when people considered us chokers. It was hard on us, but also something we have now overcome and that has made us even stronger. We learned how to follow the meta, but we have also become good at finding our own style. I think the best asset from all of these times is that we managed to take something from every person we played with, add it or discard it in the new team we created, and actually make it work pretty well.”

- Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen

All eyes were now on the Danes as they clutched to the top of the rankings and continually put further distance between themselves and the teams lagging behind. The quality over quantity methodology seemed to work, especially as they started not only to have one of the best map pools in the circuit, but their best maps started to become so good that their win percentages put fear into any rival willing to play them. To this day, Astralis have a 30 win streak on Nuke, with the last loss dating back to over a year ago.

Writing the epic

After a surprise loss to North in the DreamHack Masters Stockholm final, Astralis went to the FACEIT Major in London, the true trial by fire, where they came out unscathed, pulling through the New Challengers and the New Legends stages with 3-1 records before winning six maps in a row in the playoff encounters with FaZe, Liquid and Natus Vincere. "There were a few moments where we kind of thought about having the potential to become a historic team,” says device. "When we went to the FACEIT Major and won fairly easily, that's when we thought, ‘OK, yeah, this can go pretty far.’”

Astralis then won BLAST Pro Series in Istanbul, and after a small slip-up at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen, in front of their home crowd, they win four tournaments in a row: IEM Chicago, the ESL Pro League and the ECS finals, and BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, the final tournament of the year.

“Even in Chicago, where we had a somewhat bad tournament, we won. At that point, we were like, ‘OK, our base level is high enough to win tournaments,’ and we won so many tournaments during the whole year that we didn't even realize it. I'm not sure we've realized it yet, or we won't until it's over and we look back at how crazy it has all been.

“You get used to winning and lifting the trophy, and in some way it's silly because you really want to enjoy it, but after the trophy ceremony when you go back to the hotel and speak to the team, you haven't really realized what just happened. Then you start thinking about the feelings you should be going through and so on, and it's kind of surreal because looking back three years, four years, when we were in TSM and we started Astralis, we had all of these issues, and now we're on top of the world—a crazy dream world.”

- Nicolai "device" Reedtz

We got insight into another piece of the puzzle in Odense, when we interviewed Lars Robl, Astralis’ psychologist and a former special forces officer, and wrote about it in The mind game meta: Astralis’ mental supremacy feature. Robl spoke at length about the importance of being able to go through issues within the team to create a healthy atmosphere, something that device agrees with when he says that "it is quite hard to say, 'I think you should change this,’ and it's quite hard to receive that criticism and understand that it's not anything personal, especially when you have been together as much as we have."

“I think that, in the beginning, when we got gla1ve, when we were working with Mia [Stellberg] back in the day, it was a lot about dealing with pressure, the pressure you put on yourself, understanding that pressure isn't something to be avoided. A lot of people imagine that when you're under pressure you should just try to walk around it instead of going through it, but in reality, what's the worst that can happen? It's your job and you just have to deal with it, in some way. That was one of the issues we always had and never talked about. When we choked we talked more about what happened in-game, instead. Sometimes we would play not to lose instead of playing to win, and learning these things as a unit and with the addition of gla1ve, that kind of pushed us to believe that we could win the big tournaments and the Majors.

The behind-the-scenes work has been crucial to Astralis' success

“After that, when we added Magisk, we started to understand more about setting goals and maintaining a plan. It wasn't just about, ‘we have to win this, this, this, and this tournament’, or, ‘we have to go to quarter-finals, then semi-finals, and at some point win a tournament,’ it was more about the technical and tactical part of the game, the individual part of the game, how to develop that.

“It's also about structuring diet, exercising to have more energy, the psychological part. There's this huge plan we made and the goals were just like 5% or 10% of it, and it's constantly changing, there's constantly something we're working on, things we talk about after tournaments, it's a whole puzzle and you have to fit all of the pieces. It’s about learning to understand that you don't just set goals as an individual or a team, but how to clear the way towards those goals and make them possible. That helped us a lot and it gave us a perspective that's really important because otherwise, if you just fail one of your goals, like the one we had of winning ESL One Cologne, you can't look back and ask yourself what went wrong.

“When you have the whole plan in front of you, you can take out the pieces and say, ‘oh, maybe our calendar planning wasn't good enough, or maybe we didn't work enough on our map pool, or we didn't play well enough individually, or we had a lot of unspoken stuff in the psychological aspect.’ You can always pick out the issues and work on them for the next tournaments.”

- Nicolai "device" Reedtz

After becoming the first team to win an Intel Grand Slam at the ESL Pro League Finals in Odense, in front of their home crowd, Astralis started to set new goals to keep their hunger as time went on, and they got one Major closer to making history again after winning IEM Katowice, where they won five matches in a row—once again, not giving up a single map in the playoffs against NiP, MIBR, and the tournament's surprise package, ENCE.

“Starting 2019 we lost the iBUYPOWER Masters LAN and we were wondering if we'd lost the mojo. But in reality, everyone had had a one-month break and why should the other teams have come back stronger from it than us? It's kind of silly, right? But it's how the team works and how the community thinks, so we just talked a bit about it and how silly it sounded and got back to grinding, which led us to win the Major and São Paulo.”

“We had this one-year meeting at the same place we had last year, where we set some long-term goals. At some point, it's really hard to go higher than we did last year, and it would be quite naive to think that it's just going to continue for eternity. Our goal is to win three Majors in a row and we have one left, but other than that, as I said earlier, the short-term goals become more important. The structuring of the calendar, learning from mistakes regarding where to travel, and why, and when, and learning how to take care of our bodies to prolong our careers. That's becoming more of a focus.

“I think at some point it will happen, there will be another team that will be as good and we'll have a bigger rivalry, or a team will come that becomes even better. We've seen now that Na`Vi are getting a dietician and a psychologist, and they're starting to work on some of the same aspects that we're working on, and I think that it's a natural development for the scene. When there's a dominant force you start investing in the same stuff as the dominant team, so I think it's just a matter of time, but as it is now we still have a lot of confidence.“

- Nicolai "device" Reedtz

One of the ways Astralis maintain their dominance is through their map pool, with a 30-0 LAN streak on Nuke that goes back over a year and a 19-0 streak on Inferno that was just broken in overtime by BIG, and overall impressive numbers on just about every other map in the pool. “When you start out as a team you don't really know what your strengths are,” says device. "We tested all of these different maps and Nuke, in the beginning, was the map we were really comfortable and good on. You get into a state where the things you do are so good and you have so much variety that you don't always have to come up with new stuff."

Having been able to put themselves at the top of the food chain, Astralis have also managed to make other teams work for them. “You rely on other teams coming up with new stuff and then you can basically steal from the games that you play against them or that they play against other teams, and you learn while you keep the minimum level to win the matches,” the Danish AWPer adds. "That's how it started on Nuke, we played a lot of close games against mousesports and Liquid, and we kind of learned from all of those games.”

Astralis are always on the lookout for what other teams are doing, applying it to their own game

With such strong performances, the Danes have a psychological advantage when it comes to drawing out the vetoes. “Now we're in a situation where it's also in the opponents' heads,” says device. "so nobody wants to play Nuke, and now also Inferno. The same thing happened there, we grew in that map and we learned from all of our games. The match against Liquid at the FACEIT Major, where they beat us 13-2 as Terrorists, we learned a lot too. We developed our game style making little changes from practice to practice and every time we see a good strategy, we say, ‘OK, let's try to run that,’ so we just keep getting more and more tactics.”

Little under 400 points ahead in the ranking over the current No.2 team in the world, Liquid, Astralis have proven that the methods they and RFRSH have been working on are paying dividends, and that the big picture, which includes both the team and the organization, is crucial to their success.

“It's always impossible to say, but I'm strongly against the thought that this would have happened either without RFRSH or without any of the players in the team," reflects device.

"I think it was a mutual agreement that we were going to professionalize everything with them, and in the same way they gave us everything we needed. I had a lot of help from doctors and dieticians regarding my sickness, and they helped with the structuring of the calendar and being more aware of where you're going, what you're eating, how to properly exercise, how to maintain a good work environment, working with the sports psychologist...

"More individually at the beginning, working on the choking issues, now more geared towards creating an environment in which we can talk about things that are quite hard even for adults to go through. So to answer your question, I don't think you could take any piece of the puzzle out, and you couldn't take Kasper [Hvidt] out of the equation, either.”

Cementing their legacy

After winning the first Intel Grand Slam and equalling fnatic’s Major record, Astralis are now trying to become the first to win three Majors in a row and take the solo lead in terms of Major trophies raised. “A lot of it is up to ourselves, staying hungry and motivated," says device. It is surely something we talk about from time to time, but it's always the same answer: we want to be the best, and we want to prove we are the best. We put in hours of practice to learn from our mistakes, and hours to make new tactics and moves to always try and be unique, but it's hard to be the favorite in terms of the pressure because you always have to win an event, otherwise people will see it as an upset, and so will we."

As it stands, with only a few months left before the StarLadder Major in Berlin, it seems more than plausible. But at what cost? Some voices have started to question the team’s scheduling, such as Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, who wondered if Astralis are tarnishing their legacy by choosing to skip too many events, something that could get worse if they to lose a few of the ones they go to, like it happened at BLAST Pro Series Miami.

Astralis will try to become the first team to win three back-to-back Majors, in Berlin

Be as it may, the team and their support network have come up with a method that has worked so far, holding onto the first place in the rankings for a full calendar year and still leagues ahead of any suitor. But as with all other legacy teams that had their time at the top, be it the early NiP of 2012-2014, the fnatic side that dominated in late 2015 and early 2016, or the 2016-2017 Luminosity/SK roster that won back-to-back Majors, it now remains to be seen how far Astralis can take it, and if they can keep pushing the envelope, breaking records and accomplishing unprecedented feats. Looking ahead as the interview wound down, device added:

“How do you push yourself more as a player? That's quite a tough question, which as an individual you can kind of reflect a lot upon. That's something you can get complacent about in some way, as I said earlier. When you win a lot of tournaments, it just starts to feel like another one, in some sense, but also it's important to understand the perspective of the time we're in, the hardships we've been through, and demanding a lot from ourselves even if we're winning because there's always something you can get better at. As Danny said, I can get better at flash assists. I was a really good CT player last year, so now I really want to work on the T side, as well, because there’s always something to get better at.

“Other than that, it's just about maintaining and working on the short-term goals. With Vertigo coming into the map pool, that's pretty cool, so maybe becoming really dominant there. Demanding a lot from teammates, as well. We'd rather take a day off and then have a really good day of practice than having two semi-good days of practice. I think that's one of the things we're doing that gives us time to breathe—you have time to see your girlfriend, your family, and do stuff that you usually miss out on. I think that's the most important part, but also being aware and not being naive and think that this is going to go on forever. As long as we don't fall into those traps, we have a good chance of staying at the top for quite a long time, but nobody really knows when the other teams are going to be taking the next step."

Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
898
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1023
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1242
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Norway Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Ruben 'RUBINO' Villarroel
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
869
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
156
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1497
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Denmark Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Henrik 'FeTiSh' Christensen
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
239
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.17
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1225
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1372
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1440
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1320
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1433
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1163
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1463
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Nicolaj 'Nico' Jensen
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
399
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
969
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1357
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
#1
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Europe Skraj 
Didnt see articles like this when other teams dominated
2019-04-29 21:00
#8
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Finland Weathermen)) 
+1 expected from danish site
2019-04-29 21:01
#15
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Denmark Twick_ 
Shit team
2019-04-29 21:02
unexpected
2019-04-29 21:28
#73
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Croatia TricKED 
name checks out
2019-04-29 21:44
#86
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Austria shaakeh 
Such a sick article
2019-04-29 21:58
#100
ZywOo | 
Europe vacban 
Based article*
2019-04-29 22:10
#120
Nero | 
China Aachen 
wow
2019-04-29 22:42
HOW ASTRALIS WROTE HISTORY: LOSING 16-2 TO MIBR KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-04-29 22:58
KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK M16R First team to get 16-0'd at a fucking major. KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-04-29 23:48
#152
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Brazil Whillpull 
AND ASTRALIS LOST TO THEM _KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKj
2019-04-30 00:02
KKKKKKKKKKKKKK No one would remember that like 16-1 North did, 16-0, especially at a major, cannot be forgotten tho. KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-04-30 00:04
#155
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Brazil Whillpull 
ASTRALIS SO BAD CAN'T WIN AGAINST CHOKE CLAN AND MASSACRED IN BRAZIL KKKLKKKKKKKK
2019-04-30 00:07
KKKKKKKKKKKKKK CRY IS FREE, 2-0'd by LULminosity btw, GIGALUL KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK EZ FURIA Top 1 Brazil btw KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-04-30 00:08
#158
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Brazil Whillpull 
LOST TO WHO WAS 0-2'd AGAINST LUMINOSITY KKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-04-30 00:10
KKKKKKKKKKKK hltv.org/matches/2332363/mibr-vs-luminos.. LG_1_major_M16R_0_major btw KKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-04-30 00:12
fallen has more majors than all luminosity players together brotha
2019-04-30 00:52
KKKKKKKKKKK LG_1_major_SK_1_major_M16R_0_major KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-04-30 10:57
/r/IHadAStroke
2019-04-30 19:33
/r/yikes/redditard/alert
2019-04-30 20:14
why are you using slashes or underscores in place of spaces? what is up with spamming K's? Are you legit retarded?
2019-04-30 20:20
>Posts reddit related cancer links >ArE yOu leGiT R E T A R D E D? ???
2019-04-30 20:23
>calls me a redditard for mentioning a subreddit on hltv >himself uses 4chan green text quotes just look at this cuck
2019-04-30 20:28
>calls me a redditard for mentioning a subreddit on hltv... youtube.com/watch?v=Zd9muK2M36c
2019-04-30 20:33
KEK. why you use Green Text Quote then huh?
2019-04-30 20:34
MIBR_NEVER_BEAT_FAZE_LUL
2019-04-30 02:20
#189
FalleN | 
Brazil trevis 
ROFL
2019-04-30 03:55
MIBR_NEVER_BEAT_WINDIGO_OMEGALUL
2019-04-30 20:15
#145
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India Vish77 
MIbr took the top spot by beating astralis 16-2 in Bo1 once.. Congrats.. wake up buddy
2019-04-29 23:57
Yeah, team of Spain is better
2019-04-30 19:31
#249
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Denmark Twick_ 
Whole Spain vs Astralis easy spain best country
2019-04-30 19:55
Ofc, ez4.... someone player of team Spain
2019-04-30 20:20
F
2019-04-29 21:05
Expected from haters. Do tell - which other teams has won as much and been in the #1 for more than a year? Also lets not forget that the scene has changed, with more soft-core fans it is a different thing.
2019-04-29 23:45
+1 No other team has maintained the top level as convincingly and as consistently as Astralis has proven in the past year.
2019-04-29 23:59
#154
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Brazil Whillpull 
1 year because HLTV is danish Expected from danish brain
2019-04-30 00:04
LOL Brazil must be a terrible place, since so many of the haters use that flag.
2019-04-30 00:11
+1, i rarely see any astralis fans hating but brazilians always hate :(
2019-04-30 00:28
#185
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Brazil Whillpull 
Because you cry all alone LMFAO
2019-04-30 03:05
What are you even saying, you make no sense with your 3rd world lingo? Only one language btw, you might as well call yourself American cause you are dumb as hell LMFAO
2019-04-30 16:01
I loved every minute in Ibirapuera when Team Chokid was losing to GOATstralis and it was so quiet. That overpass was something else
2019-04-30 02:25
#208
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India ASTRALGUY 
Ah! Didn't know Danish calenders are different. Brother, simply speaking, if you can't celebrate with someone for their glories, at least do not cough out all the acid from your stomach trying to deny the facts. 365 days as #1 team <period>
2019-04-30 08:13
Fnatic, SK/Luminosity
2019-04-30 00:57
Make your own fucking site if it is such a big problem! Otherwise stfu.. Zzz
2019-04-30 08:28
f5
2019-04-29 21:01
Unluko f5 and still 12th lul
2019-04-29 21:05
#93
rain | 
Lithuania LevelUpp 
#9=/=#12
2019-04-29 22:04
I thought it was unluko alt but then I saw him so far down lol
2019-04-29 22:07
#102
rain | 
Lithuania LevelUpp 
Ok mens, i forgive you))
2019-04-29 22:12
#11
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Brazil eoteamo 
:thinking:
2019-04-29 21:01
just a reminder faze was 1 round away from winning the major, and 1 round away from winning the grand slam
2019-04-29 21:46
#157
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Brazil Whillpull 
AND CHOKED AF OMEGALUL
2019-04-30 00:08
Compared to what we've seen from team liquid now its not even that bad haha
2019-04-30 03:13
#12
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-04-29 21:01
+1
2019-04-29 21:02
+1
2019-04-29 21:02
#19
jOELZ | 
Faroe Islands staxus 
+1
2019-04-29 21:03
#20
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France BeeenJaY 
Maybe because no team dominated the game as fuck as they did ?!
2019-04-29 21:03
#21
jOELZ | 
Faroe Islands staxus 
fnatic
2019-04-29 21:03
#31
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France BeeenJaY 
You're right :/
2019-04-29 21:08
not even close lol
2019-04-29 22:03
#101
jOELZ | 
Faroe Islands staxus 
when astralis were sucking dick 5-14 or so i've never felt like they will comeback and win. when fnatic was playing on their best everyone had the feeling that they had already won. fnatic players were less tactical, but much more flexible and skilled than current astralis players. more memetic and funny also. that's why astralis era is so boring for everyone except danes and bunch of idiots which enjoying watching the same shit over and over again
2019-04-29 22:13
+937262949493
2019-04-29 22:15
Really true.
2019-04-29 22:37
an era isnt based on how you feel about their game lol, an era is based on results, so many haters are crying about how they play, yet every single CSGO analyst and caster have stated several times that Astralis' gameplay is the most impressive there ever was. If u think its boring its probably cause u know very little of the game or is a jealous hater who gets tilted every time they smack ur favorite team - they have taken the game to the next level - fnatic back then wouldnt even be near top10 now - i mean look at where they are: pronax struggling in tier 91919, flusha on a break, jw completely washed up, probably the worst on fnatic roster together with xizt, olof washed up, krimz playing decent tho.
2019-04-29 22:47
#128
jOELZ | 
Faroe Islands staxus 
fnatic time was funnier and more entertaining for viewers anyway for a reasons i posted above. i dont really care about what analysts are saying since it's not becoming more entertaining because of their insane stats and its their job to fap on a good results of any team. they will never say how boring they are. they're like virgins talking about sex, there is no point to listen to them. i feel like if you'll sex fnatic 2015 it would be the best sex of your life with priestess of love with so many variations and enjoyment, although it will not always be available (it's a reference to their less dominating era). on the other hand you have astralis and it's like sexing a dry wood, so fucking dull and a lot of splinters infected with boredom, but it's always available. from the point of viewer i would choose fnatic, just like many and many others on this site. such a fucking show makers they were! but... no one runs forever, fnatic players became worse and their era is done and dusted. so, enjoy your time, boring ass boy, with your boring ass team while you can. it would be one of the best days for cs community ever, when they'll fall of the top.
2019-04-29 23:16
#178
KRIMZ | 
South Africa Cheppo 
Speech 100
2019-04-30 01:45
#192
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Denmark sNju 
Formatting 10/100
2019-04-30 04:18
#191
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Denmark sNju 
Stop talking like what you're saying is the absolute truth. You're talking about your own emotions - you're talking about how YOU feel with the way Astralis is dominating. When I see Xyp9x ninja-defusing 5vs1 against North, I get a rock hard boner. When I see a perfectly executed B attack on Inferno, where the entire bomb site literally is on fire. When I see them move around the map in perfect harmony, reading the opponent like they can fucking see them on the minimap. When I see them stacking 3 HE's and taking out someone, simply because they studied them for countless hours. When I see Gla1ve top-fragging for almost an entire tournament. When I see Magisk or Xyp9x being the worlds best defensive players. All of those things makes me enjoy Astralis games. It makes me enjoy CS:GO. I respect that it's not for everyone, but I will not respect those people talking like they decide how I am supposed to feel.
2019-04-30 04:19
#199
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Slovakia veeellys 
10/10
2019-04-30 05:51
#200
Happy | 
Poland Millka 
Astralis is boring. That's your truth. Duupreh plays boring cs. Gla1ve is boring ASF. And device is pure emanation of borialism. I like just newest Magisk and clutchmeister Xyp. No hate, just truth.
2019-04-30 05:51
#201
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Denmark sNju 
You just proved that you're not intelligent enough to read and comprehend what I wrote. It's actually quite amazing that you managed to do it in such a short answer.
2019-04-30 05:54
#231
Happy | 
Poland Millka 
You just proved you are enjoying boring stuffs and you are less intelligent than me. That's ok.
2019-04-30 14:12
#259
 | 
Denmark sNju 
Keep telling yourself that. When you one day wake up and realize your life is one big lie, don't come crying to me.
2019-04-30 21:27
#264
Happy | 
Poland Millka 
I have just said it's okay for me, can't you read? I thought you, Danes, are good educated, oh unfortunately you are not even this one. Bye, no more respond from me, talking with autists ppl make no sense
2019-05-01 08:28
#265
 | 
Denmark sNju 
I literally just made a long post explaining why people should stop talking like their oppinion is a fact. It's an emotion YOU have, not one everyone has. And then you say "Astralis is boring" - No.. YOU think they are boring. And my post didn't leave room for anyone to comment with their own oppinion. It clearly serves the single purpose of telling others that they could think whatever they liked, I PERSONALLY JUST FELT SOMETHING ELSE. Do you understand? Or still too hard to read? Everything you've written this far has just showed how little you can comprehend. So if you're not able to understand, why do you even respond? Remember this in the future, to save yourself the embarassment. Ps. It's well educated, not "are good educated". And "autistic people". Try harder, or take some English lessons. It's 2019 ffs.
2019-05-01 14:59
#308
Happy | 
Poland Millka 
its ok, you can be autistic, my autistic danish friend...
2019-05-25 09:30
#219
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Denmark MeToxi 
That is actually really well said. I agree completely.
2019-04-30 12:29
I'm afraid you will have to wait a plenty of years for your wet dreams to become reality
2019-04-30 09:30
An era is defined by how we feel though. LG/SK were always energetic hype af and not that much better so games were always close. Can’t speak on other eras cuz I’m a viewer since 2016
2019-04-30 00:51
It really is not. Just like Lebron isn't less the GOAT, because people think it was boring when he won a lot.
2019-04-30 09:59
When did he win a lot ? Lol. I don’t think your comment relates to the conversation but I am high though
2019-04-30 11:22
#271
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Denmark Kon10R 
You may define it as you like, but I prefer statistics, data collection and evaluation, results, reasoning, logic ... you get the idea. It is of course entirely up to us individuals to support or not support this or that team due to what we feel, love or feel attached to, but the records and consistence Astralis has shown since Kjaer-bye-bye inadvertently created this "monster" roster is simply not ... I mean ... A child may use "ultimate denial of indisputable truth" but even a young teenager should be able to read a few numbers and understand what Astralis has achieved. And not only that: The individual players of Astralis may not be at the very top of any ranking list compared to other "superheroes", but it should be clear to anyone that i,e. the philosophy of Faze a year ago: A superteam put together simply with the purpose of winning Majors ... did NOT succeed! (Now we look at where Karrigan went: Mousesports are doing fine, aren't they?! So there maaaay be a little somdin' somdin' about putting TEAMS together! Not just "the 5 fastest guns in the West" ...) If the audience like it or not ... if the "hero-craving" youngsters like it or not ... Astralis has REDEFINED what it takes to play and win CSGO.
2019-05-02 21:59
I totally agree with u Astralis taking cs to another level. They play as a team and dont give a shit about anything else. I started to watch cs in 2017, so i cant talk about these things before that. I just love watch them play, because they play insane and perfectly :D
2019-04-30 06:15
#267
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
"Same shit over and over again" ... Guess THAT would be pretty easy for other teams to analyze ... ;O)
2019-05-02 21:26
#268
jOELZ | 
Faroe Islands staxus 
fnatic was more fun to watch. it's not a meme that astralis is boring. i know that they're better team, btw
2019-05-02 21:30
#270
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
He ... I find the "boring" subject a little "funny" or weird. You may be right: More "flashy" play by Fnatic (and other teams with "one-man-armies: I luuuuv to watch i.e S1mple ... and now we have seen Faze without Nico ...), but it's like asking the leader of a race - like Louis Hamilton or Team Sky - to slow down a bit to make it "more fun to watch!" ;O) Nope: The other teams gotta step it up! Janko with Faze, Zews with Mibr ... Not sure about AdreN for Liquid ... Time will tell ... but it SEEMS that some of the brighter guyz begin to understand what it takes to challenge the Overlords!
2019-05-02 21:42
#25
 | 
Germany zeolikk 
+111
2019-04-29 21:05
+1
2019-04-29 21:05
to be honest there were no teams that have done the same like astralis.
2019-04-29 21:09
+1
2019-04-29 22:17
GOAT. Bow before them you dogs.
2019-04-29 21:09
#37
 | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina Stook 
+1
2019-04-29 21:11
#38
 | 
Czech Republic marekkingx 
yes it is hltv's fault that astralis is the first ever team to be number 1 for a whole year
2019-04-29 21:11
Actually... In part it is, if they created the world ranking in 2012 NiP should have been the first team, anyway, Astralis dominance deserves the article
2019-04-29 22:38
+1 haha I like your thinking
2019-04-30 06:06
+1 who fukin cares astralis = boring team hltv = astralis fanboys
2019-04-29 21:20
#193
 | 
Denmark sNju 
I'll say the same to you as I said to someone else in this thread, in regards to people saying Astralis is boring: Stop talking like what you're saying is the absolute truth. You're talking about your own emotions - you're talking about how YOU feel with the way Astralis is dominating. When I see Xyp9x ninja-defusing 5vs1 against North, I get a rock hard boner. When I see a perfectly executed B attack on Inferno, where the entire bomb site literally is on fire. When I see them move around the map in perfect harmony, reading the opponent like they can fucking see them on the minimap. When I see them stacking 3 HE's and taking out someone, simply because they studied them for countless hours. When I see Gla1ve top-fragging for almost an entire tournament. When I see Magisk or Xyp9x being the worlds best defensive players. All of those things makes me enjoy Astralis games. It makes me enjoy CS:GO. I respect that it's not for everyone, but I will not respect those people talking like they decide how I am supposed to feel.
2019-04-30 04:21
#269
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Denmark Kon10R 
You can ask some of the other teams if they care ... Hat's off for BiG (top#19 or so at the time) ending Astralis' winstreak on Inferno! Well done, A GREAT fight, pushing Astralis to the limit! But in the end ... Astralis came out on top, going 3-0 up, and straight to the finals ... As anyone expected. YOU may not care about the #1 team, but there are MAYBE a few of the players on the other teams scratching their heads about this - NOT unbeatable! - but "fairly strong" TEAM. (TEAM in capital letters, since you simply don't beat Astralis just by putting together some "superheroes" with flashy play and fast mouses. NO wonder why Liquid is up there as #2: They are JUST as coordinated! Of course I love to watch S1mple, Nico and the other sharpshooters, but when it comes to WINNING, you may look elsewhere.)
2019-05-02 21:37
#48
 | 
Germany ToiletShitter 
+1G
2019-04-29 21:20
#51
NAF | 
Canada fIy 
+1 and we all getting banned
2019-04-29 21:22
this era is unique. not even an astralis fan but you can recognize their brilliance
2019-04-29 21:27
+1 expected from danish site
2019-04-29 21:28
#273
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
He ... another comment where the thought process behind ended before it started ... You see NUMEROUS articles EVERY DAY in here about EVERYTHING going on in the CS world. OF COURSE you write an article about a team achieving #1 for a year in times of such fierce competition, that #19 (at the time, I think) BiG ended the INSANE winstreak on Inferno! But astralis came out the winners of the group, going 3-0 up = direct qualification, as anyone expected on forehand. 10 of 18 tournaments last year, now THREE "stars on the back" together with NiP, but only ONE team has won the Grand Slam ... Repeat: WHY on EARTH wouldn't you write a big fat article about ANY team achieving this, if you take yourself seriously about "reporting what's going on out there" in the CS world? Any other team achieving this will get their own well deserved article for sure!
2019-05-02 22:15
#60
Xyp9x | 
China Autumn7 
Maybe you should at least read the first sentence: On April 23, Astralis became the first team since HLTV introduced the world ranking in 2015 to remain at the top for a whole calendar year. To celebrate their achievement, we went back through their history to retrace how they became the best team to have graced the game. First Team to have this achievement, first article like this
2019-04-29 21:29
#274
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
+1 It's sooo s1mple, isn't it??! (Yup: Pun intended! ;O) You just READ the numbers, the results, the statistics, the records ... collect data, listen to the professional analysts, who spend HOURS on preparation before each event, THINK about it and make your own conclusions. You may not LIKE what you find ... but THAT is not required in a "scientific" approach! One thing is winning a round, a map or a match: Astralis certainly DON'T win everything ALL the time. But they simply won MORE than any other team in fairly short period of time! In other words: They are THE ONLY TEAM who works on "staying up there as number one" whereas EVERY other team is working on how to get there!
2019-05-02 22:24
#61
 | 
Poland Lukovsky 
+1 ass licking is strong in this one
2019-04-29 21:29
#275
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
#273 and #274 ... Astralis may be THE most studied team of all time ... HOW did they DO that ??! The article just gives you the story or the history. "Ass licking" is just an expression that shows me that you DON'T read all the other stuff put up on this site.
2019-05-02 22:28
didnt see any other team dominate the scene for 1 entire year
2019-04-29 22:03
#276
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
+1 Statistics, results, data, records ... "Emotions", "love", "attachment" and "fan support" is absolutely fine, but that's a different story!
2019-05-02 22:30
Because Now, MOST COMPETITIVE CS ERA EVER +1
2019-04-29 22:26
#111
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Brazil Karl_Tanner 
No one dominated like that. NO ONE
2019-04-29 22:29
10 IQ comment.
2019-04-29 22:38
#131
 | 
India Vish77 
Bcoz they are in top spot for whole year.. Thats what this article is about..
2019-04-29 23:31
#132
 | 
Brazil LukeCS 
+1
2019-04-29 23:37
#175
 | 
France FanchD 
+1
2019-04-30 01:27
+1
2019-04-30 04:59
#287
 | 
Germany luros 
+1
2019-05-03 00:03
#2
 | 
Europe ManoSkull 
EZ4ENCE
2019-04-29 21:00
EZ4FAZE
2019-04-29 21:01
#3
 | 
Brazil eoteamo 
GG
2019-04-29 21:00
F5
2019-04-29 21:00
#5
 | 
Brazil BENd 
No
2019-04-29 21:00
#121
Nero | 
China Aachen 
No what
2019-04-29 22:43
#6
HS | 
Cyprus blessdevve 
Astralis best team in the world!
2019-04-29 21:01
NAVI TOP 50 XDDD
2019-04-29 21:01
ez for the GOAT
2019-04-29 21:01
#14
 | 
United States fatburger 
Astralis noob
2019-04-29 21:02
#277
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
"Noob", noun, INFORMAL: "A person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or the use of the Internet." You may not have nailed a precise or sufficient description of Astralis 100% ... Considering that Astralis beat Liquid 7 times last year in various finals ... You may want to refraze that comment to something like: "I think Liquid has a similar strong structure regarding the organization, and they may be just as well coordinated as a TEAM when playing. I still have to figure out the strength of AdreN as coach but individual firepower is most certainly competitive with Stewie2k added to the roster, so we may see some GREAT fights between #1 and #2 in the world the coming months!" You like that one, my friend?! ;O)
2019-05-02 22:38
#305
NAF | 
Canada NAFFAN26 
Omegalul Danish education
2019-05-12 21:25
#16
 | 
Turkey tap2K 
EZ4ENCE
2019-04-29 21:02
#22
NiKo | 
Poland Kocykeee 
Danish site lul
2019-04-29 21:04
Danish cs is coke men
2019-04-29 21:24
Spanish writer
2019-04-29 22:18
#278
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
hltv NEVER writes anything about anything else going on in the CS world like roster changes or results from events not including Astralis. And that some random team achieved #1 for a year in THE most competitive times of CSGO is simply not interesting to anyone following the developments at the very top of a professional sport watched by millions all over the world ...
2019-05-02 22:47
Nice
2019-04-29 21:04
zzz
2019-04-29 21:05
#30
 | 
Germany zeolikk 
I don't remember any article A YEAR AT THE SUMMIT: HOW FNATIC WROTE HISTORY but ok Danish site
2019-04-29 21:05
#34
 | 
Poland friendlySeb 
+1 fnatic deserve it.
2019-04-29 21:09
#40
 | 
Spain elskio 
On April 23, Astralis became the first team since HLTV introduced the world ranking in 2015 to remain at the top for a whole calendar year. To celebrate their achievement, we went back through their history to retrace how they became the best team to have graced the game. Fnatic not even close LOL
2019-04-29 21:12
#43
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Germany zeolikk 
Flair checks out plastic fan
2019-04-29 21:13
#46
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Spain elskio 
2019-04-29 21:16
#50
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Germany zeolikk 
That's when fnatic fell off for a bit and changed out pronax with dennis, after that they had a great streak until olofs injury
2019-04-29 21:20
#64
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Spain elskio 
When Astralis lose 1 event = era over When fnatic lose 4-5 events = fall a bit OK
2019-04-29 21:31
#67
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Germany zeolikk 
I didn't say that their era is over but okay
2019-04-29 21:38
Spanish writer
2019-04-29 22:19
#118
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Germany zeolikk 
Probably held at gunpoint
2019-04-29 22:41
Holy shit you're dumb. This article is written because Astralis has been #1 for a year. Fnatic was not #1 for a year.
2019-04-29 22:41
#119
 | 
Germany zeolikk 
Okay
2019-04-29 22:42
#32
dont | 
Czech Republic @me 
literally who
2019-04-29 21:08
GOAT bow before them you dogs
2019-04-29 21:09
+1 MAKE THEM BOW
2019-04-29 22:05
+1 CRY IS FREE HLTV PLEBS OMEGALUL!
2019-04-30 00:02
#210
 | 
Sweden Hauta 
gz you’re the first ”toxic” Daniel fan i’ve seen.
2019-04-30 08:43
#221
 | 
Denmark Menterx 
Trust me, they are out there!
2019-04-30 13:01
#39
 | 
Denmark firkant 
tldr
2019-04-29 21:11
#41
 | 
Iceland LULTARES 
Danish Site...
2019-04-29 21:12
#44
 | 
Germany zeolikk 
+1
2019-04-29 21:13
That's why device was No.1 :(
2019-04-29 21:15
#49
 | 
Iceland LULTARES 
Okay, u beat me. :D
2019-04-29 21:20
Just because Device was No. 2 the site isn't supporting the Danishs? HAHA. When Astralis wins something, insta att in the ranking, almost always. s1mple was No. 1 because HTLV know Astralis is boring, so to keep the game rolling, they needed someone to "shine" more skillwise... Like giving 2 times MVP medal when he didn't desearved it... But its ok, HLTV has no favorites.
2019-04-29 21:30
hltv arent the ones handing out MVP's LUL
2019-04-29 22:06
They have their own MVP medals... OMG newbie
2019-04-29 23:58
And how many times did HLTV give the MVP to device while the tournament organizers gave it to someone else...?
2019-04-30 02:35
He has the most MVPS and EVPs won in history so it wouldn't matter either way.
2019-04-30 06:29
If you are talking about Device, i really dont think he desearved any MVP, all 4 of Astralis team members are better than him... EVEN THE COACH.
2019-04-30 14:38
Here is the thing, those events or at least most of them where he received the MVP award he had the best stats/highest rating on Astralis and they won the event, HLTV is based on stats, it's not about deserving or not, if you meet the metric you get the award end of story no hating or dick riding that's just how it works so yeah doesn't matter what is your opinion on if he deserved them or not because by HLTV's metrics he did and that's the only thing that matters, not your emotions.
2019-04-30 15:54
Ofc doesn't matter, im not from HLTV.ORG a Danish site... Stop trying to defend it, in various camps someone had a better stats and that didnt make the player MVP. When you have a subjective choice, emotions matter, not mine, but from those who gives the medals ;)
2019-04-30 23:21
#279
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Denmark Kon10R 
As mentioned elsewhere: The "boring" thing is simply funny, amusing or weird at best. THEEE most winning team in 2018, #1 for a year, "three stars" on the back but only ONE team with a Grand Slam. It's simply like asking Louis Hamilton or Team Sky to "slow down a bit" to make it more fun to watch!
2019-05-02 22:57
Besides winning, Astralis didn't make anything more than copy success teams, don't know about you, but that is boring. Let's take Dev1ce as example, "his" play style with AWP was purely created to counter Fallen's style. I guess Danish people like to see Naruto, we have the Kakashi of the Sharingan from CS.
2019-05-03 00:10
#291
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
Your English is slightly insuffecient ... I don't understand your comment fully. One team won MORE than ANY other team in 2018. If you find that "boring" it's fine with me. I may NOT blame the winning team though ... ;O)
2019-05-03 00:21
You are so persistent, guess fanboys dont change their minds ¯\_(`-`)_/¯
2019-05-03 05:08
#296
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
"Didn't make anything than copy success teams ..." You are simply not OBSERVING! If you listen to the commentators and casters, they aaalwalys talk about how innovative Astralis have been, i.e. use of utility: Just OBSERVE DMR stats of any team. And Dev1ce: Apparently strong enough to end up top#2 on the player of the year list ... (only beaten by a CS GOD!! ;O) It's not what I think or feel or "juz luuuuuv Astralis" with posters all over my room ... I OBSERVE statistics and numbers: THEY don't change, whether you and I are fanboys or not.
2019-05-03 10:20
Hey why we never had articles regarding fnatic domination?
2019-04-29 21:31
"On April 23, Astralis became the first team since HLTV introduced the world ranking in 2015 to remain at the top for a whole calendar year." are you fuck you?
2019-04-29 21:41
Thats why device was #3 in 2015.
2019-04-29 21:35
For me device is actual no.1
2019-04-29 21:47
#42
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Spain elskio 
gz and see you next year
2019-04-29 21:12
Liquid > Astralis anyway Hltv danish site
2019-04-29 21:23
LULquid at finals, free trophy for opponent team, GIGALUL.
2019-04-30 00:01
#280
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
Considering that Astralis beat Liquid 7 times last year in various finals ... You may want to refraze that comment to something like: "I think Liquid has a similar strong structure regarding the organization, and they may be just as well coordinated as a TEAM when playing. I still have to figure out the strength of AdreN as coach but individual firepower is most certainly competitive with Stewie2k added to the roster, so we may see some GREAT fights between #1 and #2 in the world the coming months!" You like that one, my friend?! ;O)
2019-05-02 23:04
DANISH site as always never seen anything like that when fnatic had domanation
2019-04-29 21:27
cause they werent 1# for an entire year, cant u read ?
2019-04-29 22:08
cause they werent 1# for an entire year, cant u read ?
2019-04-29 22:21
#135
k0nfig | 
Denmark nalleB 
Are you upset about that fact, hmm?
2019-04-29 23:46
s0mple_0_major_0_era_3_major_chokes_Cry_is_free
2019-04-29 23:59
#58
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Brazil sprk1 
I think it's pretty safe to say they are the best team in cs go history
2019-04-29 21:28
I'm gonna find you and beat the shit out of you. You see? It wasn't safe to say that after all.
2019-04-30 01:36
So angry....
2019-04-30 02:37
#194
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Denmark sNju 
He just cleaned a Brazilian toilet, that must be why...
2019-04-30 04:24
#59
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Poland Lukovsky 
I've never seen more ass licking from a website that poses as unbiased and 'neutral'
2019-04-29 21:28
#222
 | 
Denmark Menterx 
The salt is strong with this one!
2019-04-30 13:03
#66
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United States DervGuy 
Was fnatic at the top for a whole year like Astralis was? Not hating, genuinely asking.
2019-04-29 21:37
#72
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Germany Get_BaIT 
No they were not
2019-04-29 21:42
#88
autist | 
CIS bjornzz 
Not even close
2019-04-29 21:58
they werent 1# for an entire year, cant u read ?
2019-04-29 22:22
#112
 | 
United States DervGuy 
Chill man, my b
2019-04-29 22:29
Take a chill pill dude.... the guy was just asking a question....
2019-04-30 02:38
#223
 | 
Denmark Menterx 
Plz stfu
2019-04-30 13:03
never. but you ought to do everybody the courtesy of applying your apparent wisdom personally.
2019-04-30 14:35
hltv.dk confirmed
2019-04-29 21:39
#136
k0nfig | 
Denmark nalleB 
FeelsGoodMan
2019-04-29 23:47
omg denmark dominate cs scene. how????
2019-04-30 19:34
#281
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
Per 29th of April 2019 you see Astralis#1 (for a year), North #12, Heroic (with one GREAT Swede) #18, Optic #22 and Tricked#28. That's FIVE Danish teams in top#30. Any questions?! ;O)
2019-05-02 23:38
nobody: hltv: danish site.........
2019-04-29 21:40
#70
easy | 
Finland ENCEL 
Okay but where is the ENCE article???? Biased website smh.
2019-04-29 21:41
#224
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Denmark Menterx 
I'm sorry, did I miss ENCE one year #1 raking? I would love a article on ENCE btw but plz don't be so salty...
2019-04-30 13:05
#266
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
Meme team lul
2019-05-02 14:13
#282
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
ENCE did great beating NaVi and Liquid ... but in the final: The 1st map against the Overlords was exciting ... the rest was bizniz as usual. They created a BIG impact on the CSGO world with their aggressive play, and we all would juz luuuv to see more from them! If you missed the articles or videos about them you may have been living under a rock!
2019-05-02 23:43
#74
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
Unstoppable era
2019-04-29 21:45
shut
2019-04-29 21:45
#78
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Denmark Jonasnhj 
Its stupid how people hate on HLTV for making a big article on Astralis Dominance and history, and people hating cause they didnt make one on the other few eras. Some reasons we already know, some we dont. The ones we do, is that Astralis's era deserves such a thing, while the other eras was not even close to what Astralis has achieved. Hate all you want, it gives you nothing. Kids like you just want attention and or are toxic that Astralis is so dominant.
2019-04-29 21:47
+1
2019-04-29 21:48
#83
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Poland anton1oo 
+1
2019-04-29 21:52
Lmao
2019-04-30 08:49
#225
 | 
Denmark Menterx 
+1
2019-04-30 13:06
#283
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
+1 It's just a matter of looking at statistics, results, collecting data ... Then you THINK about it for a moment ... I FULLY understand that others may support this or that team due to emotions or preferences, but the numbers just don't lie. Astralis has won EVERYTHING, three Majors and a Grand Slam ... But most importantly in my view: They have CHANGED how the game is played, if you wanna WIN! "The FIVE FASTEST GUNS IN THE WEST" looks good on tv ... the crowd and the youngsters are cheering about the "superheroes" ... but apparently that's NOT how you win trophys and INSANE amounts of money in the CSGO world today. Astralis set the bar WAY higher than anybody up until now ever imagined. Any questions?! ;O)
2019-05-02 23:50
#295
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Denmark Jonasnhj 
+1 Exactly like i would say it
2019-05-03 07:17
Gl to you guys. The best team of the fking history
2019-04-29 21:49
#84
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Poland anton1oo 
+1
2019-04-29 21:52
>Be Russian >Support Danish CS cuz your country's CS scene has gone from bad to worse. FeelsBedMen
2019-04-30 19:35
>Be Indian >Support Ukrainian CS cuz your country's CS scene is even shittier after word.exe got exposed FeelsBadMen
2019-05-01 02:01
My country's CS Scene consists of over pretentious MGs thinking they are good enough to become pros and then wasting their lives.
2019-05-04 20:19
#297
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Denmark Kon10R 
Yeah ... there are "only" FIVE Danish teams in top#30 ... ;O)
2019-05-03 10:23
Really nice article ;) Always exiting to get under the skin of pro cs players, especially ones that has been this successful. Cheers
2019-04-29 21:49
#85
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Poland anton1oo 
+1
2019-04-29 21:53
#284
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
+1
2019-05-02 23:52
#82
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Poland anton1oo 
BEST TEAM IN HISTORY! BEST ERA IN HISTORY! #ToTheStars
2019-04-29 21:51
"wrote history" nop didnt play vs. fnatic 2014 SK 2016 beaten by FaZe with niko igl omegalul
2019-04-29 21:58
#89
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Poland anton1oo 
cry is free
2019-04-29 21:59
You do realize CS have evolved a lot since then right? If 2014 Fnatic played against 2018 Astralis, Fnatic would get their ass beat
2019-04-29 22:43
#139
k0nfig | 
Denmark nalleB 
The Astralis trio back then aka TSM went a lot of games unbeaten against fnatic at the time who were dominating. They were considered their kryptonite. nt though
2019-04-29 23:49
Biased article, Astralis is facing less competition than fnatic in 2014-2015
2019-04-29 22:01
cry is free, Astralis goat 1########
2019-04-29 22:10
10 IQ comment..
2019-04-29 22:43
#129
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Germany Vini_1337 
no this is true, the gap between tier 2 and 3 teams became much smaller but astralis is way ahead of everyone else because all the major teams are in a slump
2019-04-29 23:16
Or the other tier 2 and 3 teams are not trying hard enough. That's why they are below tier.
2019-04-30 05:30
What #129 said, the teams between like 12-100 rank got much better but most of the top 10 teams are playing really bad CS
2019-04-29 23:57
#285
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
You can't mean that ... I mean ... Astralis lost the winstreak on Inferno the other day to BiG????! Organizations and sponsors know SO much more about the whole thing today ... There is SOOOO much more information for free about any team available ... Okay. I should go to bed now. That you think that Fnatic were up against tuffer teams back then compared to what Astralis is up against today ... eeeeh ... Seeya later!
2019-05-02 23:59
#96
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
a whole calendar year? we can talk about that at the end of this year
2019-04-29 22:07
dumb?
2019-04-29 23:48
#140
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
dumb?
2019-04-29 23:53
no u
2019-04-29 23:53
#143
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
no u
2019-04-29 23:53
no u, always 1x more
2019-04-29 23:55
#161
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
no u, infinity
2019-04-30 00:14
you still lose bro, I always got 1 more
2019-04-30 00:18
#163
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
there is nothing like 1 more with infinity ez for me
2019-04-30 00:18
infinity is not a real number my +1 is also infinite
2019-04-30 00:34
#168
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
ez for me, but nt
2019-04-30 00:40
#239
REZ | 
Europe NiQa 
Actually there’s. There’re infinities of various sizes and as such infinity + 1, although still infinity, is bigger infinite set than starting infinity.
2019-04-30 19:04
#240
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
nt, but no
2019-04-30 19:07
#241
REZ | 
Europe NiQa 
Georg Cantor, godfather of Set theory begs to differ. Nonetheless, it doesn’t seem that truthfulness of your objection was the point in the first place. Have a good one.
2019-04-30 19:12
#242
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
mr. cantor actually was my grand-grand-grand-father, so yes, i know what i'm talking about. have a good one too
2019-04-30 19:14
#243
REZ | 
Europe NiQa 
I don’t think so, in both cases. But delusion is good enough for some, I guess.
2019-04-30 19:19
#244
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
It seems.. imagine thinking there is something like infinity plus one LUL
2019-04-30 19:20
#286
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
Yes! I'm ready to talk about that at the end of the year! Especially about looking at the future ... WHICH team do you think would repeat this accomplishment ??! I'm listening ...
2019-05-03 00:02
#292
oskarJ | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
I don't think anyone can replicate what astralis did.. why are you so mad, bro?
2019-05-03 00:41
good read guys. Keep m coming!
2019-04-29 22:17
#113
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
F
2019-04-29 22:31
GOAT DEVICE
2019-04-29 22:55
Wow all these jealous people in here :) Love it
2019-04-29 23:10
#133
 | 
United States Trump2020KAG 
Overrated
2019-04-29 23:39
Astralis is as overrated as Donald J. Trump ;)
2019-04-30 05:16
Ez 4 D3vveGOD! d3vice_3_majors_1_major_mvp_s0mple_0_major_0_major_mvp_3_major_chokes btw. OMEGALUL
2019-04-29 23:53
cool
2019-04-30 00:32
The beginning of an era
2019-04-30 00:36
#169
s1mple | 
Germany NatsuS 
stop this Astralis propaganda
2019-04-30 00:44
#226
 | 
Denmark Menterx 
Okay, if you stop being a salty hater, they might...
2019-04-30 13:08
#229
s1mple | 
Germany NatsuS 
I don't hate. But shit is shit and not gold
2019-04-30 14:01
RENAME TO "THE MOST BORING YEAR OF CS HISTORY"
2019-04-30 01:13
#290
 | 
Denmark Kon10R 
Tell Louis Hamilton or Team Sky to "slow down a bit to make it more fun to watch" ... OR ... Tell the other teams to step it up to challenge THEEEE "number ones" of any sport, showing EVERYBODY else how it's done. The "crowd-pleasers" ... the "bold" ... the "brave" ... The suuuper-heroes we luuuv to watch on tv ... Great, fine, good, well played and thank you. The "history books" only reference the ones who WON. If you enter "boring" into the equation you may look at "lack of competition". NOT blaming the topdogs ... Just a thought ...
2019-05-03 00:14
#174
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Canada top_zozzle 
DANISH SIte!!!!!!! just kidding
2019-04-30 01:26
#176
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Liechtenstein yppiL 
That picture of Fetish, holy shit... it's been a long time
2019-04-30 01:35
#179
 | 
Spain acopalipsa 
Who
2019-04-30 01:58
#187
 | 
United States Raptorial 
DANISH SITE OMEGALUL When was the fnatic article????
2019-04-30 03:21
#214
 | 
Denmark NikolaiBC 
We don't like swedistan. We would much rather like to promote our own country so we one day can take over the world. GL trying to stop us...
2019-04-30 09:39
#227
 | 
Denmark Menterx 
Lol!
2019-04-30 13:09
#234
 | 
United States Raptorial 
>Denmark >take over Pick one
2019-04-30 14:49
This article was written because Astralis has been #1 for a year. Fnatic was not #1 for a year.
2019-05-04 00:32
w0w a lot of BURGERs and nosceners are MAD.
2019-04-30 03:46
#228
 | 
Denmark Menterx 
Yup, it's pretty crazy...
2019-04-30 13:09
#190
 | 
Indonesia resolut 
holyshit there are a lot of haters here
2019-04-30 04:12
Who cares
2019-04-30 08:48
#196
 | 
China noah_cs 
so salty but i love to see that
2019-04-30 05:03
Kjærbye must feel sick - so much pride, money trophies just not for him lol shitting himself in North hahahahahahahaha Great artical
2019-04-30 06:53
#230
s1mple | 
Germany NatsuS 
He don't cry. He made the right decision for himself. That is what matters. Only pussies and betas think like you.
2019-04-30 14:04
What right decision ? North vs Astralis lol
2019-05-01 07:25
4 players astralis wrote. then came 5th
2019-04-30 07:17
#207
 | 
Austria gex0r 
GOATs forever
2019-04-30 07:23
#218
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Greece her-1g 
ASTRALIS are the mTw of csgo!! They had the same transformation as mTw did when they added whimp!! old fats like me and others on this site can see the same gameplay, retakes, antistatting etc.
2019-04-30 12:09
how fat are you? in kg pls
2019-04-30 12:31
#237
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Greece her-1g 
71 (old farts i meant typo there!!)
2019-04-30 16:39
#238
 | 
Vietnam rollofocker 
it was so good to see the danes finally hit the top level. it was obvious throughout the cs-history that they had the best talents but they never had stable teams or anything that worked. but then the sweet spot got hit and oh damn it has been amazing.
2019-04-30 16:53
They weren't even first at all of the blast pro series LUL
2019-05-06 18:42
Shit site.
2019-04-30 21:19
Nah
2019-05-01 01:04
#272
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Hungary _thiNk 
guys how can i post on forums? it doesn't let me
2019-05-02 21:59
#302
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Brazil LuizMoreno 
Me too
2019-05-08 14:18
#288
 | 
Germany luros 
astralis era btw.....pfff to make yourself look bad
2019-05-03 00:04
THE BEST TEAM ♥ Dupreeh best entry Dev1ce best AWPer Gla1ve best IGL Xyp9x best Clutch minister Magisk best support Zonic best Coach
2019-05-03 01:07
LUL, not even number 1 at all the blast pro series!
2019-05-06 18:42
Wrote history as most boring team ever. Gj
2019-05-09 08:14
what about the end?
2019-05-12 13:45
Lost their historical era because of not attending events lul
2019-05-13 12:36
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