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CS:GO devs respond to Karrigan’s appeal to nerf Astralis

Published: 25/Mar/2019 14:39 Updated: 25/Mar/2019 16:36

by Connor Bennett


Mousesports in-game leader Finn  Counter-Strike: Global offensive event.

The Danish squad, once again, swept to BLAST Pro Series glory as they comfortably secured the Sao Paulo event on March 23 without a single defeat. They bested Team Liquid by a 2-1 scoreline in the grand finals, completing the reverse sweep with a 16-2 third-map win – despite losing a close 16-13 battle on Dust II to start the series.

With 12 trophies secured from LAN events in the past year, the reign of dominance has begun to wear on some fans and players, including Mouseports’ Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen who is seeking intervention from the highest power in the CS:GO world – Valve.

ESLAstralis have won back-to-back Majors, BLAST Pro events and ECS LAN finals.

The former FaZe Clan in-game leader jokingly asked the CS:GO developers via Twitter to bring the dominant Danes down a notch. Karrigan tweeted: “@csgo_dev can you nerf @astralisgg somehow? Maybe removing utility or something, just to see if it changes anything.”

It took a few hours, but Karrigan got his response. “Try this: sv_allow_astralis_utility 0,” read the reply, making reference to a possible in-game command that would take utility away from Astralis.

With the CS:GO devs discussing their success, members of the Astralis squad weighed in. Both Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander and Emil ‘Mag1sk’ Reif responded with gifs of their squad celebrating – clearly poking fun at Karrigan’s request. 

Sadly, for CS:GO teams, however, the command was purely a joke as typing it into the game’s console would bring up an error – so there’s no way it’ll work at Astralis’ next event, which they’d probably win regardless. 

Both Vega Squadron and PRO100 tried to get in on the act by responding with joking tweets of their own about how the command didn’t work for them. 

Astralis’ reign of dominance does not look like it’ll slow down any time soon as they continue to pick up tournament win after tournament win. 

While it’s close to impossible that Valve would impose rule changes based solely on how good the Danes perform, their constant updates to the game may change the competitive meta – and it’s up to teams to improve in their bids to bring down Astralis. 


CSGO legend KRIMZ mysteriously VAC banned

Published: 28/Nov/2020 11:10

by Connor Bennett


Fnatic and Counter-Strike legend Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson has been hit with a VAC ban out of the blue, and nobody seems to know why. 

When punishing cheaters in games like CS:GO, Dota 2, and even Rust, Valve rolls out VAC [Valve anti-cheat] bans that locks down an account – preventing users from playing on another VAC-secured game. 

These bans are, usually, handed out without any warning, and are typically permanent. Though, plenty of players have been able to get them overturned – be it because the ban was wrong in the first place, for example. 

On November 28, CS:GO players and fans alike noticed that Fnatic CS:GO star Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson had his account struck with a VAC ban – and nobody seems to know just why it happened. 

Krimz has played for Fnatic since 2016.

Astralis players Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen and Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz were among the first to tweet about KRIMZ’s VAC ban – with the former chalking it down to a likely mistake. 

After word quickly got around about the ban, KRIMZ himself took to Twitter to ask for help from the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developers in getting the VAC ban removed from his account – again, hinting at a mistake. 

“It seems that my account got vac banned. @CSGO can you fix this asap pls,” he posted shortly after the VAC ban was handed down, attaching a confused face emoji as well as the praying hands. 

As of writing, Krimz’s account still has a VAC ban attached to it, and there’s been no confirmation as to whether or not he’s cheated or if it’s a mistake. Though, there has been speculation about a possible wave surrounding players who use the esportal to find matches. 

If anything changes, be it the ban gets overturned or Valve makes a statement on the matter, we’ll be sure to update this article.