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Astralis star Magisk surprises himself with insane CSGO play

Published: 17/Oct/2019 10:22 Updated: 17/Oct/2019 10:45

by Jacob Hale

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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.

ESLAstralis have won the last three Majors in a row, bringing their total up to four.

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.

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Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett

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A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

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Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
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Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.