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How Xyp9x became the Iron Man of Astralis

Published: 27/May/2020 10:41

by Shane King

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The biggest modern enigma in the Counter-Strike scene is Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth who, for the last 5 years, has managed to reinvent himself from a run-of-the-mill fragger to someone who constantly beats the odds in the game.

Højsleth started off in Counter-Strike: 1.6 before moving to Global Offensive. During his time with Copenhagen Wolves, he joined up with Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz and Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen, who would go on to be the core of the world’s greatest team, Astralis.

Xyp9x is often the least noticeable player on his team as he plays in the support role. He won’t get many multi-kills like Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif or sit on top of the leaderboard like Dev1ce. Instead, he has become a master at setting the stage for these players and doing the cleaning up after the fact.

The Dane has earned the title of ‘Clutch Minister’ as the support player for Astralis, often being the last to rotate into a fight, regularly sacrificing himself as a result.

He isn’t just good in these situations: he thrives in them. At the time of writing, he is second-best in the clutch rankings with 648 1vx clutches, closely behind Richard ‘shox’ Papillon at 649.

Xyp9x has brought glory to the support role when a lot of people thought it was simply a position for players of a lower mechanical skill, but he continues to prove them wrong every time he loads into the server.

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Report: Valve cancel upcoming 2021 CSGO Major

Published: 5/Dec/2020 11:20

by Calum Patterson

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CS:GO publishers Valve have scrapped plans for the game’s next Major tournament, which was set for May 2021, according to an email sent out to organizers.

According to a report from HLTV, the Major that was due to take place May 10-23 will no longer go ahead, presumably due to the global health crisis and travel restrictions, with Valve expecting impacts to still be felt in six months.

This was also why the previous Major, ESL One Rio 2020, which was meant to have taken place in September, was canceled. In the announcement from ESL, they stated “While Valve is currently not able to say when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio.”

In the email to organizers, Valve explained their plans in more detail, including confirming a Major to be held in Europe later in 2021 has been agreed with a partner and venue.

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The ESL One Rio major was canceled in 2020.

CSGO Major in 2021

“We are still disentangling our prior commitments,” Valve said, “and currently have both a partner and an EU venue designated for a Major later in 2021.

“Assuming it makes sense to proceed, the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24.”

The last Major was StarLadder Berlin, which concluded with Astralis’ victory in September 2019. That means that it could be a full two years since the previous Major before we see another. With plans for it to take place in Europe, it means that all of the last four Majors will have been held in the continent.

In the email sent to tournament organizers and obtained by HLTV, Valve added that it “doesn’t have any new information about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR)” system, but welcomed feedback from the recipients.

At least in the meantime, while there are no Majors, CS:GO just launched it’s new Operation, Broken Fang, after much anticipation, adding a wealth of new content and features.