Astralis through to ESL One Cologne playoffs over Vitality

Astralis secured a playoff spot by defeating Vitality on Nuke (16-8) and Dust2 (16-7) in the first Group B upper bracket semi-final.

Lucas "⁠Bubzkji⁠" Andersen and Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen had another good showing after their opening victory against fnatic. The duo were the highest rated players on Astralis’ map pick, Nuke, doing their part to overcome Vitality in the Group B upper bracket semi-finals, whereas the old guard stepped up on Dust2 to secure a high seed playoff spot.

Vitality, who opened their tournament run with a victory over their Heretics countrymen, will now have to play FaZe in the Group B lower bracket semi-final in a do-or-die match that will end with elimination or a spot in the playoffs.

Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon picked up three as Vitality took the first pistol round on the defending side of Nuke, although Astralis hit right back the following round to tie it up. Three more kills by shox, this time with a Desert Eagle, kept the French team ahead. Bubzkji got two opening kills in the first full buy round which Astralis were able to win with a play on the upper bomb site, propelling the Danes to a 4-4 tie. Rounds then went back-and-forth as both teams fought to win the half, with Astralis coming out ahead 8-7.

Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif and Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen eliminated the attacking team to increase their lead in the CT side, furthering their buffer after the first gun round. Vitality were finally able to retaliate in the fifth round, but Astralis didn’t lose momentum on the defense and closed their map pick out 16-8.

Astralis are through to the playoffs after two matches

Astralis got ahead on the first pistol round of Dust2 with Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz downing three attacking players. Vitality won their first buy round, bringing it then to a 2-2 tie, but Astralis kept their lead after a successful forecebuy. The two teams then brawled, trading rounds to 4-4 before Astralis took control of the situation, leading 10-5 at the half.

Bubzkji killed three defenders in the second pistol round as Astralis increased their lead to 13-5. Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire and Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut got doubles each in the first gun round to keep their team fighting to push the series to a decider, but Astralis won the following round with an A play to get within one of match point. Vitality delayed the inevitable with a low-money buy, but eventually caved as Astralis secured the map and series 16-7 to secure a spot in the playoffs.

Matchpage
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22nd August 2020
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Nuke
16
7
Dust2
16
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
33 - 34 -1 70.2 0.96
26 - 34 -8 65.1 0.86
28 - 40 -12 77.8 0.83
23 - 39 -16 58.8 0.72
23 - 39 -16 52.5 0.63
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
40 - 24 +16 80.5 1.34
37 - 29 +8 84.0 1.33
38 - 26 +12 76.9 1.32
34 - 27 +7 84.5 1.28
37 - 28 +9 86.9 1.24
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1120
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1748
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1628
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1206
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1791
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
746
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
770
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1757
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
ZyWho ????
2020-08-22 20:40
11 replies
0.72
2020-08-22 20:40
5 replies
#12
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Denmark ASTRALlS
Ez
2020-08-22 20:40
3 replies
Astralis is back
2020-08-22 20:49
#59
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India nitinS
Look at the ratings. Perfect example of team play. Deserve to be on top #to_the_stars
2020-08-22 20:58
1 reply
#104
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South Africa Ston3Cold
For sure +1
2020-08-22 23:54
Zy.72
2020-08-23 10:03
#10
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Belgium Yuukek
So noob
2020-08-22 20:40
#31
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North America Tic0
ZyPOO
2020-08-22 20:44
That was so easy Destroyed Fnatic Raped France baguette #TOTHESTARS #COLOGNEWINNERASTRALIS #BubskizyhooS0mple
2020-08-22 20:49
#1 player in the world loses to new astralis team with a 0.72 rating Holy shit
2020-08-22 21:10
1 reply
#128
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United States 1nsaneMe
Lmao
2020-08-23 11:52
#2
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United Kingdom replicanoob
EZ
2020-08-22 20:40
1 reply
EZtralis
2020-08-22 20:45
EZ4GODBUBZKJI zywhere?
2020-08-22 20:40
1 reply
here
2020-08-22 20:58
#5
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Sweden HLTV_Member
Zywho?
2020-08-22 20:40
#6
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Denmark dyinbyran
+1 if astralis should win cologne
2020-08-22 20:40
52 replies
#35
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Ukraine I_like_CPP
+1
2020-08-22 20:45
10 replies
#37
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Denmark dyinbyran
+1 ty for supporting astralis despite being Ukaranian
2020-08-22 20:45
9 replies
Ez4astralis
2020-08-22 20:47
8 replies
#49
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Denmark dyinbyran
+1 Ty for not spamming zywh0 or dev0ce despite being s1mple fan (i like s1mple too)
2020-08-22 20:49
7 replies
eZ4s1MpLe BrO SiMpEl Best Actually Ez4Godfecto, Goatfecto, n1fecto
2020-08-23 01:21
4 replies
cringe bot
2020-08-23 09:53
3 replies
#164
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Spain JesterS
#ToTheStars since 2017 <3 Cheers from Barcelona
2020-08-23 19:27
Bru, i was being sarcastic, i even typed it like that so people like u on hltv could understand
2020-08-25 00:34
1 reply
#170
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Denmark dyinbyran
lol i understood it but idk how didnt get it maybe he didnt understand that using caps and normal alphabets at the same time means its supposed to be sarcastic
2020-08-25 10:46
Astralis is my favourite team
2020-08-24 20:42
1 reply
#171
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Denmark dyinbyran
S1mple is my fav player actually ,next is kenny, olof ,dev1ce then brollan zywoo
2020-08-25 10:47
+11111
2020-08-22 20:50
+1
2020-08-22 21:10
+1
2020-08-22 21:11
+1
2020-08-22 21:13
+1
2020-08-22 21:27
#83
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Denmark twinseN
+1
2020-08-22 21:44
+1
2020-08-22 21:57
navi Clap
2020-08-22 22:11
29 replies
#131
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Denmark dyinbyran
Navi's playing col today ,right ? Lets see if they 2-0 col or lose a map and disappoint
2020-08-23 11:56
4 replies
#133
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Europe AlL1n
Navi will 2-0 astralis col got more chance to take a map. Don't get so exited by one under performed game by vitality.
2020-08-23 12:05
3 replies
#138
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Denmark dyinbyran
Lol even i said that navi will win astralis so many times before and actually once in this thread wtf are you trying to say dude
2020-08-23 13:18
#145
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Denmark dyinbyran
where tf are you reta**** little bit*h ? i called it haha bur didnt think they would lose both the maps
2020-08-23 17:06
#165
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India slayr121
Navi will 2-0 Astralis in your dreams , everyone saw the Navi shitshow against Col and Astralis rn is miles ahead of somple & boys
2020-08-24 05:25
#146
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Denmark dyinbyran
Flukevi got clapped* by col
2020-08-23 17:06
23 replies
flukestralis will lose next match XD
2020-08-23 17:07
22 replies
#149
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Denmark dyinbyran
Godstralis have already beaten #2 , while shitvi losing to complexity Rush > S0mple with 0 major haha
2020-08-23 17:09
15 replies
lucky win for astralis XD
2020-08-23 17:10
14 replies
#153
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Denmark dyinbyran
KEKW like how flukevi won katowice 2020 luckily?
2020-08-23 17:11
13 replies
like astralis won 2 last majors
2020-08-23 17:12
12 replies
#157
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Denmark dyinbyran
Lol however mich you deny ,you know that shitvi was literal shit today like always with botronic on bottom of scoreboard and s0mple baiting as usual ,so keep crying
2020-08-23 17:14
11 replies
they were bad today cuz electronic was unlucky and btw electronic>every astralis player
2020-08-23 17:14
10 replies
#161
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Denmark dyinbyran
Lol no understanding of roles or the game haha s0mple fangirl iq Keep crying while trashvi loses to tier 2 teams i gotta go manke some more shitvi fangirls cry see you later
2020-08-23 17:16
9 replies
ok astralis
2020-08-23 17:17
8 replies
#172
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Denmark dyinbyran
Omegalul looks like trashvi lost 3-16 in their map pick xaxaxaxaxaxaxa what a shit team ,cant even beat nip and col they def wont stand a chance against new astralis fkin bots
2020-08-25 17:03
7 replies
hltv.org/matches/2339401/natus-vincere-v.. 10 rounds in bo3 XD AHAHAHAHHA astralis 2020 KEKW
2020-08-27 12:46
6 replies
#174
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Denmark dyinbyran
Thats not even the new astralis bro so idc and also navi was 16-2 or 16-3ed by nip who are so bad lol navi was a good team at katowice unlike nip now TRASHVI KEKW
2020-08-27 17:24
5 replies
that was old astralis which won 3 majors, so they didnt deserve 3 majors?
2020-08-27 17:28
4 replies
#176
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Denmark dyinbyran
Are you stupid ? This was the same navi that won katowice so they dont deserve katowice and everything else they won ? Is your iq literally 10 ? Lol how can you ask something like this without thinking ,you gotta be retar***
2020-08-27 17:36
3 replies
astralis lost to navi 10-32 so astralis is silver team? XD
2020-08-27 17:46
2 replies
#178
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Denmark dyinbyran
if you thunk astralis is silver for losing to navi , it means navi is mge dude , im done arguing with you cause i like s1mlle and navi so keep crying about a team for no reason when you can wnjoy the competition instead
2020-08-27 17:51
1 reply
u like s1mple and navi?? ahahahaha so why u said that they are trash cuz lost to nip 3-16?
2020-08-27 18:19
#150
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Denmark dyinbyran
Also you said navi would clap astralis lol and now they got clapped ,so your prediction = shit and reta****
2020-08-23 17:09
5 replies
navi will win vs astralis
2020-08-23 17:10
4 replies
#155
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Denmark dyinbyran
for that navi needs to win shit teams like col first if they wanna face godstralis lol Not getting 2-0ed with botronic and s0mple against washed up rush and 17 year old obo poizon
2020-08-23 17:12
3 replies
astralis never won vs navi 2020 XD EZ
2020-08-23 17:13
2 replies
#158
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Denmark dyinbyran
Atleast astralis didnt lose to tier 99 teams kekw like flukus shitcere and s0mple
2020-08-23 17:14
1 reply
XD if u say that navi is shit then astralis is more shit(they lost 3 times to navi 2020 )
2020-08-23 17:15
No
2020-08-22 22:38
#98
NiKo | 
Italy Spiryn
+1
2020-08-22 23:12
+1 But not "they should". They will.
2020-08-23 11:37
1 reply
+1
2020-08-24 14:26
wow
2020-08-22 20:40
zywho
2020-08-22 20:40
#11
zyh | 
Denmark zyh
Damn
2020-08-22 20:40
#13
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Denmark pdxm
Es3tag and bubzki on nuke....AMAZING Old Astralis guys on dust2.....AMAZING
2020-08-22 20:40
4 replies
+1
2020-08-22 20:42
#45
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Portugal jsousa941
that was zonic tweet xD
2020-08-22 20:48
2 replies
#46
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Denmark pdxm
wrong, glaive :D
2020-08-22 20:49
1 reply
#81
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Portugal jsousa941
oh yeah mb xD
2020-08-22 21:40
ZywHo?
2020-08-22 20:41
2 replies
Zyloo(se)
2020-08-22 20:42
1 reply
Zypoo
2020-08-23 00:22
Looking good this line up
2020-08-22 20:41
ESL Final Astralis vs Sprout, check it out.
2020-08-22 20:41
13 replies
Sprout kekw
2020-08-22 20:42
8 replies
Why?
2020-08-22 20:42
3 replies
Fluke team, lost to ago and just win against the shittest day of their oponents, will lost the next game
2020-08-22 20:48
2 replies
We can't say that they fluke, cause ESL is still going
2020-08-22 20:50
1 reply
After next game we talk about it
2020-08-22 21:25
#39
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Denmark dyinbyran
It actually may happen dude like katowice and starladder finals lol ,a underdog beating everyone out of nowhere and getting rap** by astralis
2020-08-22 20:47
3 replies
+1
2020-08-22 20:51
#57
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Denmark Fonder
or like BIG, cologne 18 against navi in final .. an outsider
2020-08-22 20:57
1 reply
+1
2020-08-23 01:58
#29
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Austria SplasJ
+1 or maybe navi
2020-08-22 20:43
3 replies
Why not, everything is possible
2020-08-22 20:44
2 replies
#54
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Denmark dyinbyran
He means if sprout doesnt play in finals it would be navi (since theyre also a really strong team rn in cologne)
2020-08-22 20:53
1 reply
Without a doubt
2020-08-22 20:55
#17
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Spain elskio
good job
2020-08-22 20:41
This new Astralis roster looks great after those 2 games.
2020-08-22 20:41
#21
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Russia evg1804
They can really win this tournament and I hope so
2020-08-22 20:42
ZywOo: 1 bad game Navi and s0mple fans: ZYWHOOOOO?
2020-08-22 20:42
9 replies
Same with s1mple...
2020-08-22 20:45
1 reply
S0000mple?
2020-08-23 01:58
#74
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Serbia LtN))
also s1mple 1 bad MAP Zyw0o fans: s0mple baiter
2020-08-22 21:17
6 replies
But he is a baiter
2020-08-22 23:31
But that's facts. He's a baiter regardless of good or bad map
2020-08-23 09:54
3 replies
#129
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United States 1nsaneMe
So is zywoo
2020-08-23 11:53
#134
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Europe AlL1n
So if I palyed in taem of superstars like elec and s0mple and would sacrifice myself or my economy for them that's baiting and not team play? Mmm.
2020-08-23 12:17
1 reply
That's both team play and baiting
2020-08-23 12:27
s0mple baiter
2020-08-23 11:38
ty mald lions for bubzkji, hf with innocent
2020-08-22 20:43
Good job, Astralis!
2020-08-22 20:43
#27
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Brazil FERRAZZZ
ggwp... nice teamplay
2020-08-22 20:43
Ez for the GOAT team
2020-08-22 20:43
#32
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Spain Pog_chaos
Ez game. We MOVE
2020-08-22 20:44
#34
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Europe b7ack0ut
wow so EZ
2020-08-22 20:45
shox carrying zywho KEKW
2020-08-22 20:46
1 reply
#72
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Serbia LtN))
+1
2020-08-22 21:15
Ez for GOAT team as I predicted
2020-08-22 20:47
#42
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Denmark BobbyBae
Astralis will soon be #1 again!
2020-08-22 20:48
4 replies
#135
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Europe AlL1n
Win against navi than talk pleas.
2020-08-23 12:18
3 replies
OK tell s0mple to prepare that ass device is coming for it, will shove an entire awp up there
2020-08-23 12:28
2 replies
#140
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Europe AlL1n
This will age well.
2020-08-23 13:23
1 reply
Lmao this will age well Pray Navi at least makes it to the playoffs oof
2020-08-23 17:56
#43
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Turkey DebbSoray
Astralis winning 5th major
2020-08-22 20:48
Even if Astrails replace 2 meritorious rosters with unnamed, they still perform as nothing changed, if most of the teams improving by the player, Astrails is the opposite
2020-08-22 20:51
#56
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Pakistan LoOuU2
i missed the whole game , this isnt the result i expected tbh. Vitality didnt even contest them Esetag heard you all talking shit.
2020-08-22 20:55
#58
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African Union elzuddd
more danish player mean higher chance of winning nuke. 5 danish player + 1 danish coach is a guarantee win.
2020-08-22 20:57
NaVi x Astralis final incoming
2020-08-22 21:00
#62
arT | 
Brazil logzera
Mibr wasnt so bad after all
2020-08-22 21:09
1 reply
#65
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Denmark pdxm
nice bait
2020-08-22 21:12
Zywho?
2020-08-22 21:11
THEY'RE BACK! LETS GOOO #ToTheStars
2020-08-22 21:13
#70
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Hong Kong RaqRo
72who
2020-08-22 21:14
#71
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Serbia LtN))
Astralis is back!
2020-08-22 21:14
#73
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Iceland caverat
Ez for blastralis
2020-08-22 21:15
Zywhooo? - 16 ?????? Not best player (((( S1mple one
2020-08-22 21:23
dont mind me just trying to be more active lol
2020-08-22 21:24
#79
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United States Gonginator
Wow, not bad from es3tag and Bubzkji at all. It will be a shame that they will probably be back on the bench when Xyp9x and gla1ve return though. I like the idea of having backups to try and prevent players from burning out or help with it rather, but I would love to see them play as active starters permanently.
2020-08-22 21:33
13 replies
Yes, 7vs5 everymatch incoming
2020-08-22 21:42
3 replies
#84
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United States Gonginator
Lol nah :)
2020-08-22 21:49
2 replies
Why
2020-08-23 05:57
1 reply
Keep it fair my guy
2020-08-23 07:07
The next roation will be Magisk, Gla1ve will enter the active roster and Magisk will have a break so Bubzkji and es3tag will continue playing at least the ESL Pro League, but I hope for the major will be the original roster again
2020-08-22 22:18
8 replies
#94
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Denmark Stabilos
I dont see Magisk taking a break anytime soon. He is so consistent and hyped up whenever the cam is on him.
2020-08-22 22:35
Nop - if glaive and xyp comes back itll be a rotation between bub, es3 and xyp - from Danish TV today :))
2020-08-22 22:38
6 replies
Oh! Thanks for the information! Its logical since dupreeh and Device say that they dont want to take a break, but I dont see a rotation between 3 players, the roster could start being so inconsistant
2020-08-23 03:21
1 reply
Agree :) dont Think xyp Will rejoin tbh And maybe glaive will get an other rolle as Well :) i Think he Will rejoin but i dont see him as a part of the team in 2021 - as i see it, the core team is with as3 and bub in the future
2020-08-23 09:39
Thanks for the information as well! I only see gla1ve and Xyp9x taking breaks. It just seems like the star players - Magisk, dupreeh, and device - have more energy and motivation in them.
2020-08-23 04:25
1 reply
Agree :)
2020-08-23 09:39
#139
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Denmark dyinbyran
So you mean gla1ve will def be in perma roster and its just the clutchminister and the two new stars who will be cycling out for one place? Also which channel or programme did you get this info from bro ?(i dont have tv lol)
2020-08-23 13:21
1 reply
TV2 Zulu : ) I øvrigt nice bare at gå væk fra flow tv : D har virkeligt overvejet det samme
2020-08-23 16:55
zywh0???
2020-08-22 21:39
VITALITY are still stronger than these dumb astralis. Just unlucky day for french boyz
2020-08-22 22:09
1 reply
Ok dreamer
2020-08-22 22:07
zywho n00b s1mple GOAT >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> zywho n00b
2020-08-22 22:08
4 replies
real GOAT Dev1ce >>>>>>>>>>> baiter s0mple >>>>>>>>>>>> zywh0
2020-08-23 09:57
3 replies
#130
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United States 1nsaneMe
Device is goat indeed. But so is s1mple. I dont think zywoo has earned the "goat" status yet.
2020-08-23 11:55
2 replies
Seriously speaking zywoo is far far away from goat status. S1mple and device are the two contenders for GOAT
2020-08-23 12:03
1 reply
#143
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United States 1nsaneMe
Agreed.
2020-08-23 15:23
#92
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Portugal luis_hf
Astralis era never ended, and it wont end boysssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
2020-08-22 22:23
Facepalmality
2020-08-22 22:27
it should read Astralis destroy Vitality
2020-08-22 22:48
Astralis wins the event
2020-08-22 23:13
Impressive with two new players at that!
2020-08-22 23:20
1 reply
Really fuckin’ impressive. Don’t think that has happened before.
2020-08-22 23:29
Astralis will win esl cologne
2020-08-22 23:50
1 reply
Hmm
2020-08-23 04:11
#105
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Russia ToughGuy
oh no they're back
2020-08-22 23:58
Astralis and Heroic both look amazing right now. Danish cs is back in the top 10.
2020-08-23 01:26
Astralias showing the Counter Strike world again, they signed players who are not considered elite talent they sign people who know how to play and fit the bill on a teamplay and chemistry level.
2020-08-23 05:37
This only shows that the system, zonic was so eager to build is working. Great showing by astralis
2020-08-23 08:19
I never thought that Astralis will ever be good without Glaive and Xyp9x. it was a topnotch performance. I hope that they can continuously perform like this and meet NaVi on grand finals :) Kudos to Zonic for putting up this great team! Good Luck to all of the teams!!!!
2020-08-23 11:43
When does the competition start?
2020-08-23 11:50
Astralis looking good
2020-08-23 14:09
2 replies
as always!
2020-08-23 17:07
1 reply
not always...
2020-08-24 17:34
Stop play valorant zywhooo
2020-08-23 14:53
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