Astralis are the greatest in the history of CS:GO, and perhaps in the history of the entire Counter-Strike discipline. In almost two years of the championship team’s existence (and it all started with Magisk’s transfer), the Danes have won as many tournaments as no one else has won.
“To the stars” is probably the perfect motto for such cool guys.
Today we want to remind you 5 most important Astralis’ matches.
Dreamhack in Marseille is the first tournament that Astralis won in their current lineup. After Magisk’s transfer from Optic Gaming to Astralis, the newly formed team took two months and a couple of tournaments to figure out how to win.
Before the final, the Danes went through their opponents without any problems, and Natus Vincere were waiting for them in the decisive match. Who knows, maybe the Na`Vi era could have started then? But Astralis just knocked out the CIS top. Natus Vincere lost in map veto (yeah, it was a bad idea to give Astralis Nuke already 2 years ago), and the duo of Edward & Zeus did not perform in the best way.
As for Astralis, then the MVP of the match was definitely the team captain, gla1ve. In addition to the fact that he filled important, working frags, so also created excellent highlights!
The victory in Marseille marked the beginning of all future successes of Astralis.
Astralis – Liquid, ELEAGUE Premier 2018 grand final
ELEAGUE became the first truly important victory for Astralis. Then the team of zonic proved that Dreamhack Masters Marseille was not just a coincidence.
The story repeated again – an easily passed group, a playoff without a single lost map… In the final match against Liquid, at least two important things happened:
• Astralis pulled Liquid both at the choice of the Americans and on their own map pick; and if we talk about Nuke – after this match, Astralis secured the title of Nuke kings;
• Nikolai dev1ce Reedtz, the main star of the team, on that day for the first time (within the current roster of the Danes, of course) showed an incredible level of performance: 45-24 K/D, rating 2.0 1.57 and a well-deserved MVP medal. Also, dev1ce provided Astralis a championship point in the final match.
Astralis – FaZe, FACEIT London Major quarter-final
It would be a crime to miss this match! Astralis came to London to prove what all their previous victories are worth. Not without issues, having overcome the group stage, in the first round of the playoffs, Astralis got on the star team of FaZe. The match turned out to be very hot, but without this victory, Astralis would not have had the title of champions of the London Major.
16-14, 16-12-probably, Astralis has complicated the match with 2 maps based on shooting, Inferno and Mirage. But FaZe made a wise map draft and threw Nuke out of the map pool as the initial ban, so there was no obvious choice, only situational ones.
The Astralis – FaZe match was a good example of the fact that CS:GO is often decided not by personal skill, but by teamwork and working in pairs.
A confident match against Na`Vi brought the first Major victory for Astralis. The Danes entered the match with such a charge and confidence that Natus Vincere had no chance at all.
The match is important not only because it brought Astralis the London Major crown. It is important to understand that then Astralis showed the world that they can be two heads better than their opponent even in the final of a major.
Astralis was unattainable, and the players did not show excessive nervousness and performed at their usual level. Unlike, S1mple, who failed the FACEIT London Major final.
Confidence is often shown in the pistol round, where a few bullets can solve everything. Enjoy:
Astralis – Liquid, ESL Pro League S8 final
There is such a series as Intel Grand Slam, for a victory in which $1.000.000 is given. The first season of IGS started in the summer of 2017, and it took almost a year and a half to end.
It was Astralis that became triumphants of the season. And the triumph came along with a win in the final match of the EPL S8 against Liquid.
Big ESL events often have finals in the best of 5 format. Astralis won 3-1, starting the match with the lost Train.
It seemed that after an uncertain game on Train (8-16), Astralis would crumble… Liquid struggled, but the Danes didn’t give them a chance to win. 16-11, 16-11, 16-10.
The clutch minister Xyp9x was shining especially brightly in that match!
Astralis won everything they could.
The Danish team has been a benchmark in CS:GO for 2 years, but it is still unattainable.
The 2020 competition year has already begun, and Astralisentering it with CS.MONEY.
Let’s go higher, to the stars!