How Es3tag finally achieved his Astralis dream - Dexerto

How Es3tag finally achieved his Astralis dream

Published: 24/Jul/2020 14:43

by Shane King


Astralis is arguably the greatest team in CS:GO history, so it’s no surprise that when Patrick ‘Es3tag’ Hansen was looking for a new team the Danish org was the top of the list, even if he might not crack the starting line-up right away. 

Now, as Astralis is exploring a new approach to how they build a roster – with their current seven-man squad – that will help combat player burnout, Es3tag will have the chance to help this team get back to the top.

With Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander and Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth out on medical leave due to the aforementioned burnout, Hansen has big shoes to fill. However, Astralis has been clear, this will not just be some temporary band-aid substitution – they want Es3tag to be a real part of the team.

Astralis have been innovators in the past with how they try to combat issues for the players whether that be enforcing diet and exercise plans for the players, or hiring Mia Stellberg and leading the way with sports psychology within esports.

With insights from the man himself, we take a look at Es3tag’s journey up the rankings to his dream destination and just what it means to be representing the premier Danish esports brand.


BLAST announces new measures to prevent CSGO coaches from cheating

Published: 26/Oct/2020 19:58 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 20:22

by Marco Rizzo


BLAST has introduced new changes to their rulebook in order to prevent CSGO coaches from cheating in the upcoming BLAST Premier Fall Series tournament.

This comes directly as a result of the coaching bug scandal which hit the CSGO scene late in the summer after an ESIC found over 30 coaches who abused the exploit.

New rules include the necessity for all coaches to stream their perspective to a Discord channel as well as making it compulsory for all coaches to install and maintain MOss Anti-cheat active during all games.

Robert Mulgan, Esports Operations Manager at BLAST, communicated the changes to the public on twitter.

“Although this isn’t a perfect system, it’s a fantastic step forward in improving the integrity of online games, and will give us more evidence if we need to review cases!” Mulgan wrote.

The changes should prevent coaches from making use of any glitches present in the game or utilizing cheats as their perspective will be under constant supervision.

While this could partially hinder coaches from potentially opening an official stream and see the enemy’s position in a practice called “stream sniping,” individuals would still be able to do so using another device.

The MOss Anti-cheat is a software that constantly monitors the user’s PC, taking random screenshots and reporting any prohibited activities such as the use of macros. It has been active since 2010.

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New rules at the BLAST Premier Fall Series will try to combat any potential coaching issues.

While Valve patched the spectator bug soon after it became public, it was revealed that it had been present since at least 2016.

Use of the bug compromised several matches, including qualifiers for the major and resulted in several teams having their Regional Major Ranking points removed.

The coaching exploit scandal affected the entire CSGO scene and the initiative taken by BLAST, while not perfect, is the TO’s next step in combating the issue. These new rules will try to help prevent any further incidents throughout the BLAST Premier Fall Series.