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dev1ce: The Inside Story of the Astralis Dynasty

Published: 27/Mar/2020 17:06 Updated: 1/May/2020 15:11

by Joe Craven


Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz is considered as one of the best players of all time in Counter Strike: Global Offensive. We sat down with him to discuss how he helped build the Astralis dynasty.
When video game fans think of the most dominant teams in esports history, there are a few that come to mind. Arguments can be made for the OpTic Gaming roster that dominated Call of Duty for nearly three titles, or the G2 Roster that continues to command Rainbow Six Siege’s professional scene.
However, one team that should be on everyone’s list is Counter Strike’s Astralis, who have been the most dominant team of the past two years. Among their victories are 2019’s BLAST Pro Series, StarLadder Berlin Major and IEM Katowice. They won all of these grand finals without dropping a map.
Astralis celebrate winning IEM Katowice 2019.
To find out what it takes to build such a staggering esports dynasty, James Banks sat down with Astralis AWPer ‘dev1ce’, who gave us an insight into what it’s like to be a member of such an esteemed esports organization.
Among other things, dev1ce revealed how important minimizing roster changes has been to the team’s success, describing how they have “stuck together”. The core three of himself, Dupreeh, and Xyp9x have played together since 2013.
Similarly, dev1ce shed some light on the physical fitness routines Astralis have famously pioneered, keeping all their roster members in excellent health.
The interview highlights just how hard players work to get to the top of a game as popular as CS:GO.
It doesn’t look like Astralis are going anywhere anytime soon.

Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch


Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

CaseEsports land1n
CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.