Astralis at the Stockholm Major: Last hurrah, or new dynasty?

Will this be the final Major for our game's greatest ever core, or the beginning of a new chapter in their history?

Astralis are the most successful organisation in the history of Counter-Strike. That is undeniable; the litany of tournament wins, the months upon months spent at the very top of the world rankings, the Majors to their name. Four Majors to be precise, the last three they have won on the bounce. At this point, with two years having passed since the last, it is almost difficult to remember anyone but Astralis winning a major; indeed, many newer fans of the game watching now will have never experienced anyone other than the great Danes winning. The Stockholm Major gives the legendary core that has powered this incredible period of success another chance to further etch their names indelibly in the CS history books.

With all of that context in mind, somebody who stopped paying attention to competitive Counter-Strike in 2019 could be forgiven for thinking that Astralis must be coming into this major as the red-hot favourites, and the thought of anybody else winning it must be far from anyone's mind. They would of course, be wrong.

Can Astralis defend their Major title?

2021 has been a bizarre year for Astralis, there is no getting around that fact. They started by kicking off their year with relative success, placing top-two at the BLAST Global Finals, only being bested by a phenomenal lower bracket run from a Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev-powered Natus Vincere. Form after this event quickly dipped, a run of underwhelming finishes that belied the team's stature and pedigree seemingly coming out of nowhere; whilst 2020 had not been a peak year for Astralis, and saw members of the team battling with burnout, it was still filled with tournament trophies and months spent as the #1 team. This period culminated with an immediate exit at the BLAST Spring Showdown, the team capitulating at the hands of OG, a top-10 team in the world, but one that a full strength Astralis would brush aside.

Soon, a bombshell would drop that had already been hinted towards in an interview before the tournament, and would explain the sudden slip in form. Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz was leaving the team. The world of CS stood still for a moment, as it contemplated the unthinkable. The trio of device, Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen, and Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth, that we had grown accustomed to watching dominate the scene, would finally be separating after nearly eight years together and having won just about everything there was to win in the game. Having already written history together, they would not see it through to a shot at a fifth major title. Astralis were losing not just a world-class AWPer and regular top-three player in the world, but a talismanic presence, a key part of the identity of the team.

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device: "I had a lot of time to reflect on my career and how I can create my best possible legacy"

Their star player leaving for pastures new seemed it may be but the first domino, as other rumours began to circulate. zonic was also looking to get out, a potential replacement coach became embroiled in scandal, and the core was supposedly on the course of breaking up. These distractions were not only unhelpful for the current form of the team but also hurdles that would stand between them and further etching their name in the history of the game with the return of Majors looming.

The consolidation period has not been smooth sailing either, as first the team attempted to move on without bringing an AWPer into the fold. Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander quickly realised that returning to the top without a dedicated AWPer was unlikely, and thus Philip "⁠Lucky⁠" Ewald was brought on board. Even this manoeuvre proved to be anything but simple, as first Xyp9x was placed on the bench to make room, before being brought back into the team to stand-in for gla1ve as his child was born, only to then remain in the team in favour of Lucas "⁠Bubzkji⁠" Andersen upon gla1ve's return.

So the person we talked about earlier who hasn't paid attention since 2019, having been given all of this new information, might be forgiven for thinking that Astralis have absolutely no hope of getting anywhere near this Major title, and should be thankful for even making it to Stockholm. Once again, they would be wrong.

The immense success and experience of the core of gla1ve, Xyp9x, dupreeh, and Magisk cannot be understated, and they will be further motivated to prove that they can succeed without device; "device leaving the team gave me a lot of motivation," Magisk said in an interview just after the move. "It gave me the hunger to prove that it wasn't the correct decision." This is still 4/5 of the team that won three Majors on the bounce and countless other tournaments across years of play, and it would be foolish to underestimate them. They are also a core that has dipped in form previously, suffered through the difficulties of the BLASTralis era, and still come out the other side to dominate once again. Considering the sheer number of Major debutants, many of whom are playing their first notable LAN even, the experience of Astralis could be an absolutely vital factor in giving them an edge over the competition.

Their IEM Cologne run should not be forgotten either. This event felt like something of a warmup to the Major; the first LAN in a long time, featuring all of the best teams in the world competing in a robust format. The great Danes smashed all expectations, storming to a top four finish that featured marquee victories over nemesis Heroic, a FaZe team on a heater that would make top four themselves, and then world #6 Virtus.pro. They eventually lost to a G2 in red hot form, and it was in extremely close fashion, going to three maps and only losing the decider 16-14. If an Astralis not at the peak of their powers can perform like this, and let us remember this event was prior to the acquisition of Lucky, then what might they manage at a Major with a dedicated AWPer and time to work on a new system?

Lucky has carved himself a niche within the team

Of course, we must also explore the play of the newcomer. Lucky has settled surprisingly well into the team, especially for an AWPer who was not posting the astronomical numbers at tier two of players like Volodymyr "⁠Woro2k⁠" Veletniuk or Ilya "⁠m0NESY⁠" Osipov. It was always going to be an impossible task to replace device, a player of near unrivalled consistency in almost every statistical area of the game, and Astralis and Lucky have made the intelligent decision to not attempt to. Instead, Lucky has carved himself a niche in the team built around several key aspects of his play.

Firstly, he is a strong clutch player, being second in his team for successful clutches both at EPL and BLAST, and being first for his team and second at the entire event for IEM Fall. Secondly, he rarely dies, posting very low DPR numbers across all three tournaments, something incredibly important for a player that wields the most expensive gun used in pro play. Thirdly, he is surprisingly effective in finding opening kills. He had the highest success rate in opening duels for his team at EPL and BLAST and was second at IEM, whilst being second for opening kills per round at the former two, despite having generally low attempt percentages compared to his teammates.

All of these features of his play make him, above all else, a stable presence. He does not have stellar ratings, or kill totals, or damage stats. He is reliable, and this is exactly the kind of presence Astralis need from a rookie if they are trying to construct a winning formula ahead of the Major with precious little time to prepare.

Astralis have also, maybe most importantly of all, settled some of the transfer rumours hovering over the heads of the squad. gla1ve has been tied down with a three-year extension to his current deal, with Xyp9x only recently extending his own contract into 2025. Bringing stability to a roster that looked on the verge of collapsing cannot be understated in terms of its importance, as it will only serve to further motivate two veterans to build another dynasty that will last in the long term and be something they can be proud of.

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Xyp9x re-signs with Astralis until 2025: "I can now use all my energy and focus to get the team back where we belong"

Looking to the Challengers stage itself, where Astralis will begin their journey for a fifth Major title, signs also look promising. They will be considered among the favourites to advance to the next stage, and considering they only need two map wins and a best-of-three win to do so, it seems likely that they will get the job done. Beyond this, everything is up in the air; the field will be incredibly strong for the Legends stage, and the added pressure of it being a Major skews any potential predictions.

One thing is certain. This Astralis core will not go quietly into the night. They will fight tooth and nail, and gla1ve will use every resource and ounce of cunning at his disposal, to create a winning formula that can do justice to the legacy they've created, and give themselves a chance to build upon it further. Write off Astralis at your own peril, because the greatest core of all time arrives at this Major with everything to prove.

Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1853
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1311
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1766
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
817
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Philip 'Lucky' Ewald
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
363
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1534
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Ukraine Volodymyr 'Woro2k' Veletniuk
Volodymyr 'Woro2k' Veletniuk
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
177
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1826
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Russia Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Ilya 'm0NESY' Osipov
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
167
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.61
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1456
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
ok
2021-10-21 20:51
10 replies
All the best to Astralis!!! In the words of someone, "The greatest of all f***ing time!"
2021-10-21 20:58
8 replies
+1 lets gooooooooooooo dupreeeeh!!
2021-10-21 21:04
+1
2021-10-21 21:18
+1111
2021-10-21 22:11
Wait why can't you credit sado, other than saying 'someone'
2021-10-22 01:41
3 replies
He probably just didn't remember who it was
2021-10-22 08:54
2 replies
Lol, of course everyone remembers who it was. Just didn't feel like writing the name. Plus, I should've typed "As someone once said", instead of what I actually typed xD Sadokist is, personally, the best caster ever. He's just made a few controversial statements in the past, that's all...
2021-10-22 14:28
1 reply
Oh I didn't mean it to be offensive, I was just wondering that maybe you didn't remember who it was since the same happens to me every time I read someone say anything that almost any caster has ever said. I remember their voice and what they said but just forget who it was. And yeah, I'm not good at remembering names.
2021-10-25 11:04
can't deny
2021-10-22 02:27
I really hope Astralis can at least get to the semis of the major, I love these guys
2021-10-21 21:27
yesn't
2021-10-21 20:51
#3
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Czech Republic Guczy
first'nt
2021-10-21 20:51
1 reply
nice try'snt
2021-10-21 21:44
#4
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Russia amc20
Last hurrah
2021-10-21 20:51
10 replies
+1, if by hurrah you mean getting eliminated by NAVI in quarterfinal
2021-10-21 21:17
9 replies
#57
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Italy senseyy8
your name brings bad luck
2021-10-21 21:30
1 reply
Not true. My name is a prophecy
2021-10-21 21:39
navi will choke like ALWAYS haha
2021-10-21 23:50
2 replies
Not this time :)
2021-10-22 01:17
1 reply
navi like to do what liquid do but only at the major
2021-10-22 05:44
2 replies
yeah, navi lost some majors before
2021-10-22 02:03
1 reply
all of them
2021-10-22 17:03
Pretty confident for a team who chokes at major
2021-10-22 07:29
hurrah
2021-10-21 20:51
ez gambit
2021-10-21 20:51
1 reply
Gambit onliners kekw
2021-10-22 23:24
navi-astralis major final
2021-10-21 20:52
1 reply
gonna be legendary. the team who has never won a major but has the potential vs. the best of all f****ng time
2021-10-28 01:17
they aren't making it to the playoffs /closed
2021-10-21 20:52
3 replies
#32
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Romania styl3noxe
nt
2021-10-21 21:05
2 replies
ence>
2021-10-21 21:27
1 reply
reported
2021-10-22 11:26
Would be cool to see them win with this new team
2021-10-21 20:52
#10
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United States pasta10101
if they lose it will be last hurrah if they win it will also be last hurrah
2021-10-21 20:52
1 reply
if they win it will be continuation of dynasty. nice navi won some tournaments that dont mean anything now astralis will winnered
2021-10-22 15:57
#11
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Poland sznycel901
free bub
2021-10-21 20:52
Debatable whether it will even be a hurrah
2021-10-21 20:52
3 replies
making the major is already one in itself and they are still capable
2021-10-21 20:53
2 replies
It'll be good if the make semis which I guess is very possible considering their experience since a bunch of the players on other teams have never been to major playoffs before
2021-10-21 20:55
1 reply
it will be good if they win, they are not out of it at all
2021-10-21 20:56
with the guys in astralis surely it will be a new one :D
2021-10-21 20:52
23 replies
Nah, they are done I will be surprised if they will reach playoffs
2021-10-21 20:56
6 replies
why? 4/5 + new good guy
2021-10-21 21:10
5 replies
Lucky is worst sniper i have ever seen
2021-10-21 21:12
4 replies
i disagree but the astralis system will help him
2021-10-21 21:18
Guess you didn't watch cs long enough to see jugi?
2021-10-22 08:08
lol what do you expect from 18 years old boy to do? First time being on an tier 1 team, never played LAN before and you already want him to be good at the start? lol you haven't seen them long enough and you're already judging them
2021-10-23 12:33
1 reply
b1t 18 yo and already one of the best raw aimers flameZ 18 yo - highlighted player 1,12 rating Brollan top 20 player at age of 17 Did this players had any xp before joining tier 1 teams? No Lucky 1,00 rating playing easiest gun in game xd nice talent
2021-10-23 14:23
this astralis wont win anything imo, but with some talented players and with some fresh strats they can return to the top
2021-10-21 21:00
13 replies
who would need to go?
2021-10-21 21:07
12 replies
dupreeh is just not like the old dupreeh, i could imagine him in an another team
2021-10-21 21:18
11 replies
he is in a dip man( it will surely get better
2021-10-21 21:23
4 replies
i know he can do better, but some fresh players would help astralis a lot. i think they are better without dev1ce in 2021
2021-10-21 21:27
3 replies
its astralis, why would you just destroy the golden 5 of csgo even further
2021-10-21 21:30
2 replies
i know its strange, its strange for me too but they cant win more events with this roster.
2021-10-21 21:32
1 reply
i think the lan boost is real and disagree) but yeah im fan so ofc im going to say that
2021-10-21 21:35
Could be -dupreeh + konfig Theres a rumor his going to nip
2021-10-21 21:23
5 replies
that was my idea
2021-10-21 21:26
yeah thats likely and it hurts tbh
2021-10-21 21:31
#115
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Indonesia ivanovky
+1 dupreeh not sharp anymore, he need another motivation, konfig will be great for replacement, it will hurt astralis fans but it will be great for astralis future
2021-10-22 05:29
2 replies
im looking forward to see magisk and konfig together again if it happens im not an astralis fan just a fan of danish cs
2021-10-22 05:48
1 reply
Yeah, their duo was deadly in Dignitas/North
2021-10-22 14:04
Fantasizing another reality is good, it removes depression.
2021-10-21 21:01
1 reply
im just hoping mate
2021-10-21 21:04
gogo
2021-10-21 20:53
Dupreeh will leave after the major, mark this pls😎
2021-10-21 20:53
1 reply
#87
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Portugal weirdlion2
no shit sherlock
2021-10-21 23:28
#17
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Japan KotpeHead
Low competition abusers
2021-10-21 20:53
3-2 in challenger 0-3 in main stage
2021-10-21 20:53
It's over.
2021-10-21 20:56
A legendary era!
2021-10-21 20:59
beggining of the end
2021-10-21 20:59
MAJOR stickers will be out on 22nd or 23rd .... Time to invest..
2021-10-21 20:59
3 replies
stfu
2021-10-21 21:02
Yes go invest with your negative indian salary. DUH
2021-10-21 23:20
1 reply
Atleast I earn more than your entire family ..
2021-10-22 06:33
Im gonna buy so many syrson stickers
2021-10-21 21:05
Nice article dempz
2021-10-21 21:05
1 reply
+1 Seems like it was written by an objective Astralis fan.
2021-10-22 01:12
Best of luck to the guys - we're already proud af all of them <3
2021-10-21 21:06
#37
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Asia flipflop
What Astralis trying to do is really confusing... Preparing bubzkji for so long for future astralis Trying to take konfig Suddenly renew contract with xyp Who's gonna stay and who's not is really a puzzle
2021-10-21 21:07
2 replies
#47
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Brazil Elakk
I can see dupreeh departing and glaive becoming the coach
2021-10-21 21:19
Yes it is a confusing time for them. I hope they'll sign Magisk before the major and then we will see if both Dupreeh and Konfig end up on the new roaster. I can't see Zonic going anywhere else, so I hope he'll be staying as well.
2021-10-22 00:49
Just another group of Danish cheaters that everyone is too scared to call out.
2021-10-21 21:08
1 reply
#90
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Other LEMIEUX66
0/8
2021-10-22 00:02
I thought it would take some time for someone to repeat what SK/LG did, but the guys did it straight away, and even bigger. FUCKING LEGENDS
2021-10-21 21:11
2 replies
so rare seeing non-delusional brazillian SK fan
2021-10-22 01:55
1 reply
I am hallucinated by Fallen & Co. but it is undeniable that Astralis is by far the greatest team in history.
2021-10-22 15:04
pffff astralis gonna lose fast like NAVI
2021-10-21 21:16
0-3 KEKW
2021-10-21 21:21
#51
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Finland AliSabid
GL <3
2021-10-21 21:25
#60
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United Kingdom itzgeez
So many teams I want to cheer for.. it's gotta be Na'Vi to take it but I hope we get good performances from FaZe and Astralis
2021-10-21 21:32
#62
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Denmark Alphamon
Astralis the most successful org in cs history? Undeniably? Did we just completely wipe away every other cs version and everything that happened before 2018/2019? Astralis had a very dominant era but to claim they are the most successful org in +20 years of cs is a stretch.
2021-10-21 21:34
40 replies
I would say 1- Nip 2- Fnatic 3- NaVi 4- Astralis In CS history
2021-10-21 21:59
31 replies
#79
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Sweden suriel666
+1 maybe SK somewhere there as well
2021-10-21 22:41
5 replies
if you consider that they literally came out of nowhere, and brought a lot of profit to their orgs then for sure
2021-10-22 15:07
4 replies
#187
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Sweden suriel666
yeah in CSGO, but i was more thinking of CS1.6 times, where the famous Swedish SK was winning stuff left and right. Didn't bring in as much money as CSGO, but they won many titles if i remember correctly
2021-10-25 14:54
3 replies
A tag você quis dizer, sim, nos primeiros anos de CS basicamente ele varreram todos.
2021-10-25 19:02
2 replies
#191
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Sweden suriel666
oh yea i know that song, it goes like ... "Nosa, nosa, asim você me mata .. ay si eu ti pegu ai ai si eu ti pegu" , right ?
2021-10-25 21:04
1 reply
missing some letters, but it's perfect my swedish friend
2021-10-25 21:27
Replace Navi with liquid and astralis 4th liquid 5th.
2021-10-21 22:42
1 reply
No bait here
2021-10-22 00:25
Haha NIP played when there was no competition in the sport at all..
2021-10-22 05:28
12 replies
Delusional people on hltv hu Comparing nip/fnatic to astralis, what a blatant joke
2021-10-22 09:39
11 replies
man, if you consider CS since 1.5, Astralis is a baby close to Fnatic/nip
2021-10-22 15:09
10 replies
you acting like CS got less professional as time went on. Fnatic and NIP played an amateur game back then.
2021-10-23 02:59
9 replies
Naturally, CS became much more professional, I never said otherwise. It doesn't change anything, you talk like anyone could have done what they did in the past
2021-10-24 00:20
8 replies
Everyone could do what they did, cause there were competition.
2021-10-24 18:17
7 replies
Thank you for education young xandzera
2021-10-24 20:09
1 reply
sz
2021-10-25 19:06
And today there is no competition? CS is more competitive than ever! If I understand correctly, are you saying that winning today is relevant, but winning 10/15 years ago was irrelevant? It doesn't make any sense to me
2021-10-25 19:06
4 replies
What??? My point is exactly what you're saying, there is much more compitition today..
2021-10-26 10:20
3 replies
for me you're trying to belittle the old cs, nothing more.
2021-10-26 13:31
2 replies
Old cs was a nostalgic joke, nothing more. Look at replays from back then. People had no clue.
2021-10-26 13:51
1 reply
I'm sure you've never watched a CS 1.6 match, and you'll never know what it was like watching ''replays'. But keep lying to yourself, if it works for you it's ok
2021-10-26 13:52
Astralis nr 1 ofc But how could you evne mention Navi before Astralis aha, you woke up on the wrong side of the bed today hu
2021-10-22 09:40
9 replies
#135
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Denmark Alphamon
Na`Vi dominated in 1.6 when astralis hadn't been a thing for like 5-6 years.
2021-10-22 09:42
8 replies
Didnt watch 1.6 at that time, so wont commentate on that one i guess Just weird how 99% of commentators, anylyst and even players called it the most dominant and succesfull. Yet you guys still think it isnt top 3, doesnt really make sense Maybe just go take a look at their trophies for a second?
2021-10-22 09:45
7 replies
#137
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Denmark Alphamon
I never claimed they didn't have the most dominant era in CS:GO, but you can't talk about CS as a whole and completely disregard previous versions of the game. NiP, Na`Vi, fnatic, SK were all dominating before the current astralis org was even born.
2021-10-22 09:47
2 replies
Oh look a snowflake
2021-10-22 13:48
1 reply
#148
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Denmark Alphamon
That's cute, try again once you've learned to use the term in the correct context.
2021-10-22 14:23
I have been watching cs since 2007 so i know what i am talking about kid, i even remember watching cpl 2004 with my father back then, blurry memories but still
2021-10-23 11:42
3 replies
How am i a kid, just because i didnt watch csgo back in the days haha Maybe just because scene was shit, and teams were even worse?
2021-10-24 20:10
2 replies
Danish teams were shit* only mtw was something, but always top 2
2021-10-25 12:18
1 reply
Shit game back then
2021-10-25 12:26
What a joke, which era was more competitive and dominant? Nip played against silvers at the time
2021-10-22 08:18
2 replies
Astralis era was competitive ? NaVi with 2 deadweights and a fat one that can’t drag when it matters ? TL with TACO ? Faze changing rosters every week ? Yeah nice era.
2021-10-22 09:09
1 reply
Navi and Tl were still contenders at every event, wdym Tell me which era was better than, and stop disguising your hatred for Astralis
2021-10-22 09:37
#141
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Denmark Kon10R
dexerto.com/csgo/top-20-highest-earning-.. And: Nobody else has 4 stars on their shirt. Why even discuss this?
2021-10-22 12:50
4 replies
#147
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Denmark Alphamon
Earnings and prize pools are not comparable through times, prestige matters more. Also the important tourneys, nowadays majors, were just under different names back then. IEM tourneys (and WCG etc.) were your majors back in the day. As an org, SK and Na`Vi are more prominent throughout cs history. If we're strictly speaking CS:GO, then astralis takes the cake.
2021-10-22 14:21
3 replies
#151
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Denmark Kon10R
As mentioned: Why even discuss this? The article as well as you are using the words "most successful". I would DEFINITELY consider THE five most winning cs go players a fairly important factor in adjudicating success. And if you can find anyone who would agree with you that some other org have won FOUR Majors - whatever they were called back in the day - and, remember: You are talking about "prestige" ... compared to the four Majors Astralis have won ... I mean ... camaan, man. NO org have won FOUR "prestigous" Majors like Astralis, an entire year at the top 1 spot. Whether or not you include the "most winning" list or not, you are screaming against the wind on this one.
2021-10-22 14:48
2 replies
#155
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Denmark Alphamon
Exactly, why even discuss this. We're talking about a few years of cs:go vs the history of cs in its entirety. Remember we're talking about the most successful organization in the history of cs, not the squad or the players. It's not about "finding anyone who agrees with me", it's simply about tournament wins and prestige throughout Counter-Strike's entire lifespan. SK alone has more "major" level tournament wins under their belt when taken their entire lifetime into consideration, compared to astralis. It's an unfair comparison and it shouldn't even be made, but that's how the author worded it in the article so here we are. You can't even take the original finnish astralis from 2004- into consideration, since the org was completely different even if they share the same name. I absolutely do not want to take anything away from the current ast, I'm a fan of the squad and wish them the best. Hell, I've followed zonic since his NoA days back in 1.6. But to claim the current astralis is the most successful cs organization EVER just screams naivety to me. You have to consider the rest of the timeline too. As far as CS:GO goes? Absolutely, astralis is #1 right now and it's not even a competition.
2021-10-22 15:15
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#167
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Denmark Kon10R
Anyways: Danx for a decent conversation! They may be few and far in between in here ... Considering how BIG the game has become worldwide since Marseille 2018 with Mag1sk joining the team ... I find it "Mag1cal" to think what Astralis did. They were lightyears ahead of Liquid who were lightyears ahead of everyone else. (These teams taught the whole world how to play the game, and now even top 50 has something to say against the very top, unlike back in the NiP/Fnatic/SK days; Nobody could stand up to their standards.) But fair enuff: You hold on to yours, I hold on to mine. Disagreeing is not the same as being enemies! 😎👍
2021-10-23 02:21
#64
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Poland xMBTx
New dynasty
2021-10-21 21:35
#65
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Philippines flowster
disband after major
2021-10-21 21:36
Astralis very good brand, very not good csgo
2021-10-21 21:50
#70
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United States Festive_
Kind of strange to use "on the bounce" twice in one article especially when it's such an uncommon phrase. Why not just use it once and say "in a row" or "consecutive" for the other time?
2021-10-21 22:07
#71
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United Kingdom haz0ld
to the stars forever <3 <3 <3
2021-10-21 22:10
i dont think Astralis even make playoffs here
2021-10-21 22:21
1 reply
+1
2021-10-21 22:31
Astralis 0 chances to win this major.
2021-10-21 22:27
they are so done
2021-10-21 22:32
#77
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Sweden suriel666
last hurray ofc
2021-10-21 22:40
Last hurrah. At least let’s fucking hope so, such a boring team to watch and they are a scummy team.
2021-10-21 22:41
2 replies
Wauw did Zonic Bang ur mom or whats up with the anger?
2021-10-22 05:29
1 reply
Just love seeing scummy orgs who abuse young players fail.
2021-10-27 19:31
#82
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Denmark erenlef
Great article, well done!
2021-10-21 22:47
Keep copiuming
2021-10-21 22:47
#84
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Argentina fxzo
Hope they will be destroyed on major, just cuz take away bubzki's opportunity to be in a major.
2021-10-21 22:48
1 reply
#106
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Slovakia Daev0n
EZ4CPH
2021-10-22 01:47
>one new player >new dynasty xD
2021-10-21 23:20
#89
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Lithuania Airforlife
Last hoorah
2021-10-21 23:53
#91
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Indonesia lukerey
Top 8 max. I'll be surprise if they manage to make it into playoffs. Teams with average awper will get expose.
2021-10-22 00:11
aint win anything.
2021-10-22 00:19
I mean if Gla1ve, Dupreeh, Magisk and Xyp all hit like 2018 form they would have a chance even with Lucky but that wont happen. Astralis are in a similar place to a lot of teams who are missing that game changing AWPer
2021-10-22 00:36
#95
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Sweden piCt
I hope they at least make it to quarters or semis, and that they will stick with magisk, dupreeh, glaive and xyp. I also wish that someone buys out bubzskji so that he can finally be free and play the game. That way they can pay good money for a good awper.
2021-10-22 00:40
#97
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Portugal hpafonso
astralis should lose everything after dumping bubzkji
2021-10-22 00:56
We wont win this major, the team is fagile at the moment, and they have not found a fully replacement for device. I see Navi or Vitalty winning this one
2021-10-22 00:56
3 replies
Good luck finding one for someone who has the most top 5 rankings ever. And it's not like top level AWPers are a common commodity ATM.
2021-10-22 08:51
2 replies
Yep, there is only 2 other players in the world who can match Device´s level S1mple and Zywoo.
2021-10-22 09:58
1 reply
And there is an almost unprecedented lack of top tiers snipers , expection made of CiS region. Most if the former super AWPers are either past it or way past it. Fallen, GuardiaN, Kenny, JW, oskar... You name them. And the New gen is nowhere near that level even guys who werent deficated AWPers like cold or f0rest were better than most AWPers of today's top 20 teams ( CiS apart ) Poizon and maka and maybe hallzerk are some of the only promising ones
2021-10-22 16:48
#99
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Brazil Andr0id_br
astralis RIP ⚰⚰⚰
2021-10-22 00:59
Astralis will never be the same since dev1ce left the team was almost built around him and his impact in-game for Astralis was so big that most Astralis fans support this team just because of him let's be real that's why Astralis is kinda dead atm team needs some freshness, some motivation, some player like devve used to be otherwise it's dead one cannot imagine that this team already won 4 majors and still at this level it's just that a player can bring a lot with him as soon as he leaves the team kinda dies which is exactly the case of Astralis without mentioning the fact that the 4 remaining players won almost every single trophy and tournament they kinda feel their time is done as long as their job hard to get this team on top again it takes time maybe they will need to change all players which I think is a MUST other than that wish them only the best in future they will always be number one in CS as long as they still into it
2021-10-22 01:13
4 replies
Astralis was not built around device, just because he had a complete freedom mid-rounds doesn't mean the whole team was playing around him, you just forgot the fact that gla1ve and xyp are the most important players in the team, not a s1mple-like firepower but having the gamesense to beat someone like s1mple or anyone that we saw in faceit major. Astralis are known for their tactics and teamplay and all of a sudden you are telling me they were playing around device? they are not like Navi or Vitality or even G2
2021-10-22 02:03
3 replies
Device is the consistent goat of csgo and has been a top 3 player for years now. Let's not act like losing him didn't affect them. Suddendly they are a lot worse ( even if they were in a dip before ) and NiP a lot better. Facts speak for themselves. With device they would have been a real threat to win another major. With Lucky not si much, unless the other 4, especially dupreeh and magisk play at their top 6-5 in the world level .
2021-10-22 08:49
1 reply
+1
2021-10-22 16:38
It's like Barcelona losing Messi or Real Madrid losing CR7 those football clubs would never become the same in matter of reputation, fan base and a lot more, Astralis without dev1ce isn't the same anymore it's the ugly truth let's be real, if for example Magisk or Xypnx left instead of dev1ce I'm sure the team would be intact, but since dev1ce left it affected a lot the team because he was like the spirit of the team, kinda like the true face of Astralis and he was indeed we can't say the contrary because you got Astralis now without dev1ce the team is not recognizable anymore it's empty something is missing
2021-10-22 16:43
A playoff spot is the best this team in the current state can achieve imo if they can find their mojo. But nothing would make me more happy from this major than seeing them lift the trophy again. Good luck!
2021-10-22 01:14
#110
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United States Bettyu
1 new player isnt a new dynasty lmao
2021-10-22 02:15
Astralis 5th major and more to come)))))
2021-10-22 02:54
-dupreeh +k0nfig after the major dupreeh seems no motivated without dev1ce
2021-10-22 03:12
Yay, do not write off my boys! They will give everyone else a real run for their money, and a wee bit more.
2021-10-22 06:44
What will Astralis cook up this time? Maybe they pick Mirage vs some better teams?????? Maybe they have pracced Ancient like 24/7.... Anyway, they could go far in this major also but they are not winning it.
2021-10-22 07:06
last disband chance
2021-10-22 07:11
Hurra !!! this major already have a owner, liquid man
2021-10-22 07:47
1 reply
delusional luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuul
2021-11-03 22:59
#125
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Europe skelteR
I think they have a shot
2021-10-22 08:07
finished team sadly
2021-10-22 11:57
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#142
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Denmark VojenZ
Agreed. They are in a limbo right now. It is Impossible to reach former level, and on the other hand they are not willing to start from scratch. Imo. they should make a whole new young team with glaive as IGL.
2021-10-22 13:24
As long as Astralis didnt beat everyone 2x0 they can still be major champions..
2021-10-22 13:34
ok
2021-10-22 13:48
i dont think astralis will win a major in the near future. but i said the same thing when kjaerbye left the team shortly after their first major i 2017. i wont compare a kjaerbye-exit with device-exit, btw. but i remember how magisk sucked in the beginning. loosing device was a big blow. same deroute would happen if simple left navi or zywoo left vitality.
2021-10-22 14:43
3 replies
+1 Still if not Astralis the odds of a Danish team in the final is good, we could even get an all Danish final.
2021-10-22 21:49
2 replies
then they would all have beat navi, gambit, nip and vitality. that aint gonna happen. a hope for a new line up in astralis in 2022: glave, xyp, magisk, konfig and farlig (who is wasting his time in funplus). that would be a compatible astralis with potential.
2021-10-23 13:21
1 reply
Time will tell - it could happen.
2021-10-23 13:26
Sorry CIS Era unless liquid goes crazy
2021-10-22 19:37
4 replies
You mean ZywOolity
2021-10-23 12:56
3 replies
no
2021-10-23 15:19
2 replies
Liquid has no chance unless 2017 Fallen and 2019 EliGE show up
2021-10-23 20:49
1 reply
ok. and?
2021-10-23 22:48
-dupreeh +k0nfig after the major dupreeh seems no motivated without dev1ce
2021-10-22 20:56
1 reply
I hope he joins devve in NiP then, D&D best duo in csgo
2021-10-23 13:40
#163
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Poland SebL
Well we can't really know what to expect from this team, but I wouldn't expect miracles. They shouldn't get upset by Tier 2 teams, since they are not in that bad of a form, but their firepower looks pretty miserable, this team hasn't looked the same, or even close to what they've looked like before, and overall in my pick em I chose them to make it to TOP 16, but I doubt they will manage TOP 8, however I hope I'm wrong, I would love this roster to win this Major, and it to be another time that players leaves Astralis and they bounce back so quickly. Would be lovely. GL Astralis, I will be cheering for you!
2021-10-22 21:35
#166
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African Union wmzgod
Rip ecolai
2021-10-23 01:30
when the astralis are not allowed to play their game, lucky is lost at the bottom. I think they are not even ready for the main stage.
2021-10-25 10:19
Last braaaaahhhhh
2021-10-26 05:49
Sad truth is that the core of Astralis is just done. Their time has passed, and they stayed stagnant for a while before Device left, and now dupreeh and magisk are both up in the air with their future. I do think they have the drive and motivation to win a 4th consecutive major, and 5th overall, but I just don't think the talent/firepower is there right now
2021-10-26 11:32
OMEGALUL Clap
2021-10-26 13:09
as much as i love the astralis players, i think its the last hurrah. Dupreeh is done, Xyp9x has had his time, Gla1ve can't keep up, Lucky is not fit for this level and Magisk can't carry the whole team. Bubzkji doesn't fit the playstyle either. I hope they make it to playoffs, but honestly i don't think it'll happen.
2021-10-26 14:33
2/3 defeats to go KEWK
2021-10-26 17:23
New dynasty of goddamn losers.
2021-10-26 17:36
#203
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Denmark dogwater_
Last hurrah
2021-10-26 18:44
Last hurrah
2021-10-26 19:01
0-3 in challenger stage lmfao
2021-10-26 19:08
last hurrah for sure
2021-10-26 23:46
I really hope they'll manage to legends stage and face NIP there
2021-10-28 08:22
last hurrah for sure now, as we already predicted
2021-10-31 16:15
Last hurrah for sure
2021-11-01 18:11
F
2021-11-01 18:17
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
2021-11-01 18:35
Disband
2021-11-02 00:13
#216
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United States GVoidV2
rip
2021-11-04 15:30
One last hurrahhhhhhh
2021-11-04 23:59
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