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Dev1ce breaks down how Astralis has trained for CSGO success

Published: 20/Sep/2019 21:44 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 23:57

by Scott Robertson

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Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz joined Frankie Ward and Dexerto for a short interview at the #OMENChallenge event in London, and got a chance to discuss Astralis’ training tips, his goals for the #OMENChallenge, as well as his viral trophy break.

When you’re one of the best players in the world, you set high standards for yourself. And dev1ce laid out big plans for what he was going to do to his competition at the #OMENChallenge. When Frankie asked if he would knife s1mple, dev1ce responded by saying he’s going to try and knife everyone, and then donate all his winnings to charity.

But dev1ce isn’t just helping charity, as it turns out that a couple of amateur players have been participating in the Astralis training regime. Dev1ce laid out what goes into the training that has produced three straight major titles, and it extends far beyond just in-game experience:

“Basic seating position, basic physical training, good posture, sleep well, how to de-stress, how to mentally prepare for tournaments. [Being healthy] matters the most. Also not overplaying and overthinking things. It’s more or less about finding balance.”


Featured: Check out Dexerto’s coverage of the OMEN Challenge


When it comes to tackling the mental game, Astralis is perhaps the greatest success story. Before their dynasty took off, the biggest opponent to Astralis was in fact Astralis. While they would make several deep runs into tournaments, they would frequently fall short right before the finish line. Thorin describes this time period asthe Astralis era that almost was.

StarLadderdev1ce with Astralis in the StarLadder Berlin Legends stage

But Astralis would climb out of that pit after the addition of Magisk, and have broken free of the lull that slowed them down to begin this year. Astralis lifted another major trophy at StarLadder Berlin this September, their third major in a row. But when dev1ce himself went to lift the physical trophy, things didn’t go too well.

“It was too heavy,” he told Frankie. “It broke. Or maybe I was too strong.”

StarLadderdev1ce celebrates a win with coach zonic

Thankfully for Astralis, their confidence is far stronger than the trophy they broke. Frankie referred to her interview with gla1ve at the Berlin major, when the in-game leader admitted that he still didn’t think Astralis was back to being the best team in the world.

Dev1ce said that winning the major was “a huge confidence boost” for the team, but acknowledged that they still need to build off of that, improve their map pool, keep the pace, and let their in-game play do the talking.

There are plenty of big events left in 2019 for Astralis to showcase their improvements: ESL One New York, DreamHack Malmö, IEM Beijing, and the BLAST Global Finals just to name a few. Some more championships go their way and there won’t even be a discussion on who the best team in the world is.

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IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals preview

Published: 24/Feb/2021 18:21 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:02

by Andrew Amos

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IEM Katowice 2021 has already served up some amazing matchups, and now the quarterfinals are upon us. With CIS supremacy sweeping the CS:GO server, Astralis stand as the lone force to try and stave the three Russian squads away.

Six teams have qualified for the playoffs at IEM Katowice 2021, and four of them are from CIS. Gambit, Natus Vincere, and Virtus.pro are hungry for quarterfinals success, while Spirit awaits one of them in the semifinals.

It’s put more pressure now, more than ever, onto two stalwarts of their respective scenes ⁠— Denmark’s (and Europe’s) Astralis, and North America’s Liquid. The latter looks reinvigorated with Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo in the squad, while the former are struggling to reach their peak online.

Ahead of this weekend’s action, let’s take a look at the two quarterfinals ⁠— Gambit vs Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro vs Astralis ⁠— and what you should expect.

Gambit vs Natus Vincere

The battle for CIS supremacy will reign on in the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice when Gambit takes on Natus Vincere. This has been a historically Na’Vi-sided matchup, to the surprise of absolutely no one.

Gambit went on a lower-bracket tear to make it to the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice, and they won’t let their rivals stand in their way. Young gun Dmitry ‘sh1ro’ Sokolov is really trying to make a name for himself as CS:GO’s next big AWPer, trying to reach the heights of idols like Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Vastyliev.

Natus Vincere Socios s1mple

Seeing the two face off will be a treat in this quarterfinal, but don’t expect the reigning champions to take it easy. Na’Vi are really finding their stride now, and despite losing to Team Liquid to find themselves in this position, you can’t keep them down for long.

Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov and s1mple are bouncing off each other better than ever, and it really feels like a repeat of IEM Katowice 2020 is on the cards. Na’Vi didn’t make it easy for themselves there in groups, before proceeding to demolish Liquid, Astralis, and G2 Esports without dropping a single map in playoffs.

Gambit’s going to have to be prepared for a Na’Vi they’ve never faced before. It’s the biggest stage this matchup has happened on, and while the potential for an upset is there, you’d have to back Na’Vi to finish strong at Katowice.

Thrive Props

  • Ax1le: 28.5 total kills
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Hobbit: 43.5 total deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points
  • Electronic: 6.5 total assists
    • Over = 95 points
    • Under = 105 points
  • Flamie: 18.5 total headshots
    • Over = 105 points
    • Under = 95 points
  • S1mple: 75.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points

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Virtus.pro vs Astralis

Virtus.pro and Astralis marks the first rematch of the StarLadder Major Berlin 2019 final. Back then, Astralis were decimating anyone in their patch, and VP (then Avangar) were collateral as the Danes took home their fourth major. However, it’s funny how things change in 18 months.

Astralis’ experimentation with six and seven-man rosters has led nowhere, and with the core five back together, they’ve been struggling to get back into gear. Virtus.pro, on the other hand, has started 2021 on fire with a win at cs_summit 7 (where Astralis didn’t play).

One also has to look at how far Virtus.pro has come since then. “Jame Time” might still be the slogan, but everyone from Timur ‘buster’ Tulepov to Mareks ‘YEKINDAR’ Galinskis have been pulling their weight. The team isn’t as reliant on Jame’s AWP to win as they once were, and he’s taken to the IGL role like a fish to water.

If there is one time where Virtus.pro could get their revenge, it’s now. VP have taken down Vitality and FURIA ⁠— two of the best teams in the world ⁠— to get here, and Astralis have been hot and cold to start off the year. The tournament remaining online likely doesn’t help Astralis either.

However, you can never count out the Danes. Much like Gambit vs Natus Vincere, the real big ticket matchup will be Jame vs Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz. The AWPers will once again prove to be the deciding factor in this matchup, and if history is anything to go by, it should be explosive.

Thrive Props

  • Buster: 45.5 total kills
    • Over = 115 points
    • Under = 85 points
  • Sanji: 32.5 total deaths
    • Over = 80 points
    • Under = 120 points
  • Magisk: 9.5 total assists
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points
  • gla1ve: 13.5 total headshots
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Device: 88.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points

The IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals get underway on February 26.


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