Magisk is part of a generation of young Danes that have taken over the Counter-Strike scene under the Astralis banner. Expectations of him are high, but he managed to surprise even himself with an insane play against Fnatic.
Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif joined Astralis in February 2018 after a brief stint with OpTic Gaming and has since won and achieved more than many esports veterans could dream of, including three consecutive Majors and over $1 million in prize winnings.
You would think there isn’t much that could shock Magisk – he knows how good he is, and he’s provided some outstanding moments in the last couple of years, but managed to surprise even himself with a play in the ESL Pro League.
Coming up against Fnatic on October 16, tied 9-9 in the second map, Magisk hit a quick 3K with the Desert Eagle pistol. He took down Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson, Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell and Maikil ‘Golden’ Kunda Selim, including a wallbang headshot on KRIMZ.
What was best about the clip, though, was Magisk’s reaction afterward: clearly overjoyed and in disbelief at what he had done, laughing jovially and winking to the camera after fist-bumping his teammates.
It’s rare you see a player beaming like that outside of winning a tournament, but it’s fair to say the play deserves it – not many people could hit a clip like that, especially not with just a Desert Eagle against a top-tier professional team.
The two Scandinavian teams are amongst some of the most popular in Europe, with a rich combination of history and glory between them, but right now Astralis definitely edges out the Swedish team when it comes to winning.
Next up for Astralis is BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2019, where they will face off against FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere and Ninjas in Pyjamas, as well as North American teams Cloud9 and Team Liquid.
They currently sit in second place in the BLAST Pro Series standings on 22 points, behind only Team Liquid who has 26. That could change with a win in Copenhagen, but both teams have already confirmed their spots at the finals in Bahrain.