Astralis and The Era That Almost Was ft. Thorin - Dexerto

Astralis and The Era That Almost Was ft. Thorin

Published: 3/Jul/2019 20:51 Updated: 7/Jul/2019 13:58

by Alan Bernal


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Astralis have held the banner of Counter-Strike’s top elite team for ages, and while the 2016 iteration had gone from Danish dark horse competitors to Major champions, it never could quite cement its era even at their height.

While the black and red jerseys are now seen as beacons of success and dominance in the CS:GO pro scene, it took a lengthy episode of transfers as well as risky gambles before Astralis became the powerhouse team fans know today.

Team Dignitas had impressive talent in René ‘cajunb’ Borg, Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz, Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen, and Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth which would eventually make up the core for a championship caliber Team SoloMid roster along with Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen.

DreamHack Leipzig 2016The initial roster of Astralis were impressive to be sure, but not quite the Champs they were capable of being.

In 2016, the team transitioned into Astralis but were still lacking firepower to thrust themselves into top contention. Which is when they added Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye from Dignitas, replacing CajunB.

Something in the formula still wasn’t clicking to push them to be the Champions that their potential indicated on paper.

ELEAGUESlowly, Astralis’ success was ramping up, but never quite reaching the apex of their potential.

At that time the org made the controversial move of replacing in-game leader karrigan with Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander, a gamble to be sure and one that would see a complete change of roles for the players on the team.

It was this collective of five young guns that would shake up the Counter-Strike competitive landscape, but their legacy wouldn’t quite hold until much later.


Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch


Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.