Astralis find unique use for IEM CSGO Beijing trophy - Dexerto

Astralis find unique use for IEM CSGO Beijing trophy

Published: 11/Nov/2019 13:37 Updated: 11/Nov/2019 16:27

by Matt Porter


For many, trophies are something to be treasured and kept safe in order to commemorate victory, but legendary CS:GO squad Astralis found a different way to use their hardware from their victory at IEM Beijing 2019.

For years, Astralis have been regarded as one of, if not the greatest teams to ever compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and showed off their incredible skill in a 3-0 demolition of 100 Thieves during the IEM Beijing 2019 grand finals.

Victories on Vertigo, Nuke, and Train saw them flatten the Australian squad as they marched to another piece of silverware, raising it high as they celebrated another tournament win for the Scandinavian juggernauts.

ESLAstralis got their hands on the IEM Beijing trophy.

With the shield secured and ready to come home with them, the boys at Astralis decided it wasn’t time to pack it up ready for travel just yet, instead choosing to have some fun with the item.

In a short clip uploaded to Reddit, Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz and Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth can be seen taking part in a friendly game of table tennis, however while dev1ce is using a normal paddle to play, Xyp9x is swinging around the IEM Beijing trophy, hitting the ball back and forward with it instead.

Astralis playing table tennis with their IEM Beijing trophy from r/GlobalOffensive

Of course, Astralis won’t be able to practice their ping pong skills with every trophy they win, but the shape and size of the shield definitely gave Xyp9x an advantage over his teammate when it comes to hitting the ping poll ball.

The team should be careful though as they have a long history of breaking trophies. The team have managed to break 3 different pieces of hardware in their spell together, most recently at the StarLadder Berlin Major back in September, when dev1ce hoisted up the massive trophy, only for the bottom of it to fall off with a bunch of wires spilling out.


Nivera: It’ll take more than a CSGO Major to surpass my brother ScreaM

Published: 23/Nov/2020 21:12 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 13:09

by Marco Rizzo


Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom has a lot to live up to. His brother, Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom, was a CS:GO legend… But his blockbuster debut with Team Vitality at BLAST Premier Fall, alongside his IEM Beijing win, has catapulted the Belgian super-sub into the spotlight. 
In an interview with Dexerto following his Beijing triumph, Nivera told us that the hard work starts here if he’s going to leave a legacy like his brother. He also told us more about his role in his new team and looked back at his early performances with Vitality.

Brought in as the sixth member of an already established Team Vitality roster, Nivera is surrounded by some of the biggest names in French Counter-Strike.

But aside from having to live up to the high standards set by his teammates, the 19-year-old has to handle the pressures of living up to his brother’s reputation.

ScreaM_ (Twitter)
ScreaM rubbed shoulders with CS:GO’s elite, but has since moved onto Valorant in pursuit of Major glory.

Nivera: Stepping away from ScreaM’s shadow

Despite never earning a podium finish at a CS:GO Major, ScreaM’s name is firmly cemented in Counter-Strike’s hall of fame. While Nivera certainly has big shoes to fill, the Vitality hotshot believes that he can certainly follow in his brother’s footsteps. “It’s my dream to replicate his career, you know? I’ll give it my best and I’m pretty sure I’ll have no regrets.”

But with that said, Nivera remained candidly humble when pressed on what it will take to surpass his brother’s legacy. “Even if I win a Major, it will not be enough… My brother did a lot of things in this game and I have to work really hard.”

Nivera on becoming Vitality’s super sub

Nivera finished IEM Beijing as the third highest rated player of the event — falling short to fellow teammate, Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut and Na’Vi’s Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev.

As Vitality’s sixth man, he has become their resident Inferno & Dust 2 specialist… Even pushing ZywOo aside when it comes to AWP duties. “If I want to take the AWP, I take it… I’m the main sniper!”

Nivera was Vitality’s highest rated player in the series (albeit only playing two maps), after posting a 87.1 Average Damage per Round and a 45-31 kill-to-death ratio.

So was the youngster the key ZywOo and co. finally overcoming their Grand Final jitters? Well, the pressure certainly didn’t affect him. “I didn’t feel a lot of pressure, honestly… I just give everything, I stay focused on the game — I just give my best and give everything for the team.”

IEM Beijing was Team Vitality’s fifth Grand Final appearance in as many months, but the first for their super sub. And as fate would have it, the French squad finally overcame their second-place curse and secure their first event win of the year.

Was Nivera the difference maker? Well he certainly adds a fresh dynamic to the roster in a best-of-five series. Team Coach, Rémy ‘XTQZZZ’ Quoniam, can utilize their latest signing to make it more difficult for prying eyes to strategize against them. But one thing’s for certain, only time will tell if Nivera can carry the Benrlitom torch in CS:GO.