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.