Astralis reunited: the stats behind their road to redemption at BLAST Fall - Dexerto

Astralis reunited: the stats behind their road to redemption at BLAST Fall

Published: 10/Nov/2020 12:56 Updated: 16/Dec/2020 12:58

by Ava Thompson-Powell


Considered one of the greatest CS:GO teams of all-time, Astralis have broken records and history with their four consecutive wins. All in all, they’re regarded as five of the best players in the game.

They stamped their legacy after winning the previous three Majors, but a jam-packed calendar caught up with their In-game Leader and Clutch Minister, seeing them take an extended leave of absence.

But after months of waiting, the coveted five made their long-awaited return during BLAST Premier’s Fall Regular Season. The Danes were looking to make a splash during their comeback, but G2 Esports’ debutant, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, had something to say about that.

Completing their roster with Emil “Magisk” Reif back in 2018, the team has never gained or lost players. Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth both decided to take an extended break in 2020, leading the team to try out fresh, new talent. Prior to gla1ve eventually returning after a 3-month hiatus, the team had a string of subpar performances, placing poorly at events including BLAST Premier Spring 2020.

It’s clear that the team has struggled to adjust to this online era, going so far as 140 days without a single win. While the team managed to take down G2, they couldn’t quite manage it in the rematch against them. NiKo came in hot, dominating the plays with 85 frags, and a 1.40 HLTV rating.

While this event was their first match together in some time, it was clear that their spark and synergy is still electric – highlighting the enormous potential for them to retake the crown as CS:GO’s best team out there.


Cloud9 CSGO terminates woxic’s contract three-months after forming the “Colossus”

Published: 18/Jan/2021 18:44 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 18:46

by Andrew Amos


Cloud9 are making another change to their long-term CS:GO “colossus,” reportedly benching Turkish AWPer Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker for ex-Chaos’ Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach. The former mousesports star is just three months into his three-year contract.

Update on January 18

Cloud9 and woxic mutually agreed to terminate the AWPer’s contract after trying to navigate problems that were “almost insurmountable.”

CSGO fans are now looking ahead for what may come next as C9 officially look for a replacement AWPer and head coach, as woxic will now plan his next move apart from the org.

Original story follows below

Cloud9 is undergoing big changes heading into the 2021 season. Turkish star woxic could be on his way out of the colossus just three months into his three-year contract.

The star AWPer is reportedly being benched “due to non-performance related issues,” according to Rush B Media, but a person close to the team “did not believe that there was an internal disagreement that took place which would cause [woxic] to be [benched].”

woxic playing for mousesports at DreamHack Open
Woxic is set to be benched on Cloud9’s CS:GO colossus for American rifler Xeppaa.

The team had mixed results after their late-2020 rebuild, finishing last in Flashpoint Season 2, but third in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.

W0xic has posted middling results at these recent events, with an average HLTV rating of 1.00 since joining Cloud9. He has struggled to shine like his 2019 peak with mousesports, where he played a part in claiming the European squad a ESL Pro League Season 10 title.

First in line to replace woxic is the now teamless Xeppaa. After the disbanding of Chaos, the squad has gone their separate ways, with the likes of Nathan ‘leaf’ Orf and Anthony ‘vanity’ Malaspina swapping to Valorant.

The 20-year-old American rifler shone during Chaos’ rise at the end of 2020, helping the squad win IEM Beijing 2020, DreamHack Masters Winter, and secure a podium spot at ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Summer.

Speculation has also been rife about who else Cloud9 could potentially be signing. Cloud9 General Manager Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer posted a Tweet with four emojis indicating two contracts being signed.

With the removal of Kassad at the end of 2020, the second signing could indicate a return of former Assistant Coach Chris ‘Elmapuddy’ Tebbit. The Australian coach has been linked with Cloud9 yet again, less than two months after leaving the squad for Gen.G.

Cloud9 are yet to confirm either the benching of woxic, or the signing of Xeppaa. We will update you as more information arises.