For 406 days, Astralis reigned supreme atop the HLTV team rankings as they swept aside any team they came across with near perfect CS:GO play. Until June, the Danes looked an unstoppable force, but their decision to pick and choose events has seemingly led to their downfall.
They finished 5-6th at the recent ECS Season 7 Finals in London, before falling to a 5-6th place finish at the ESL Pro League Season 9 finals on June 23. It was at those finals that their long-time rifler admitted they have now fallen behind Liquid as the best team in the world.
“I don’t think it’s a surprise Liquid has made it this far, Liquid is the best team in the world as of right now,” admitted dupreeh prior to the North American’s EPL finals success. "They’ve knocked us off the throne which is, of course, disappointing but at the same time they’ve definitely deserved it.”
The three-time Major champion complimented his rival squad further, praising their teamwork, individual skill, and how they’ve combined those two factors into becoming the best team around at the moment.
Of course, the current world number one squad proved dupreeh to be right, as they overpowered the G2 Esports and the vocal Marseille crowd to secure a 3-1 series victory.
The LAN success, which puts Team Liquid one more IEM event win away from the Grand Slam, will only add to the American’s cause and widen the gap between themselves and everyone else on the HLTV world rankings.
They’ll have a chance to secure the Grand Slam bonus when they head to the prestigious ESL One Cologne on July 2. It won’t be an easy task, however, as Astralis will surely be looking to bounce back and reclaim their spot as the most dominant team in CS:GO ahead of the upcoming StarLadder Berlin Major.