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Astralis CSGO players aim differently to other pros, here’s how

Published: 16/Sep/2019 4:37 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 11:46

by Brad Norton


One of the most dominant teams in CS:GO history, Astralis, has a surprising approach when it comes to aiming and crosshair positioning.

After an extraordinary performance at the 2019 StarLadder Berlin Major, which saw the Danish organization cruise through the playoff bracket without dropping a single map, it can be said that they are a step ahead of the competition right now. 

A recent Reddit post has analyzed a unique aiming tendency among players on the Astralis roster. A tactic that could be the leading contributor to their history-making, third consecutive Major Championship.

Dissecting gameplay from 2019, Reddit user ‘IWillFindAWayToDoIt’ has highlighted how members of the Astralis lineup often aim for the body, as opposed to the heads of their opposition.

When pre-aiming certain angles, or holding down specific chokepoints for instance, this habit among the players is especially evident.  

ValveAstralis at the 2019 StarLadder Berlin Major

In one such example, the post focuses on the way in which Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif holds A Site on Mirage. “His pre-aim against palace is really low and even when he peeks ramp you can see it’s on the same level as the chest of the enemies.” 

When juxtaposed with identical plays from other pro players such as Jay ‘Liazz’ Tregillgas of Renegades, it becomes clear that Magisk is focusing his crosshairs at a lower elevation than what would be considered the norm.

The benefits of doing so seemingly outweigh the risks for the 21-year-old champion, as he goes on to mow down four members of the ex-3DMAX team in this particular highlight.

If he were to have positioned his crosshairs at head height, while the potential exists for quicker eliminations, there’s a very good chance that some of his shots would have missed altogether.

The full Reddit post is an incredible piece of analysis with an abundance of similar examples, all touching on the notion that aiming for the chest rather than the head.might It just might be a superior play at the elite level of CSGO.

Now in the history books with the most Major successes of any organization in history, if Astralis continues to dominate the entire competitive scene in such fashion expect competitors to be replicating their body shot tactics in the near future.


ForZe under fire for signing CSGO coach implicated in cheating scandal

Published: 24/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal


Russian esports org forZe are facing backlash for signing former Hard Legion coach Aleksandr ‘zoneR⁠’ Bogatiryev, who was banned by ESL for abusing a coaching bug that was found to compromise competitive CS:GO matches.

After the initial wave of backlash, forZe clarified that zoneR was brought on for a “testing coach period” to the ‘forZe School,’ a project that teaches and develops emerging CSGO talent. They do not recognize the forZe School as an academy team and said its not affiliated with the main roster.

“Zoner has made a big shameful mistake but we’ve decided to give him a second chance as he’s still a well-experienced coach,” forZe wrote in a statement. His work with the school will be conducted under supervision with the team’s management.

Despite org CEO Sergey ‘MegioN’ Ignatko’s optimism for the signing, debacles within the CSGO competitive landscape in the last year created a perfect storm for doubt on the deal.

“Not the smartest brand development choice, forZe have a lot of lovable characters and their storyline is exciting,” esports host and commentator Alex ‘MACHINE’ Richardson said. “Would be a shame to see an ill-thought out decision damage their reputation or fan base.”

Moreover, people are concerned that the org would position young, impressionable players to work with a person who was found cheating.

“This has to be a joke, right?” FaZe Clan coach Janko ‘YNk’ Paunovic said. “The most blatant cheater in coaching is supposed to set an example for young players? My mind is blown, absolutely disgraceful from forZe.”

On September 1, Hard Legion announced they were parting ways with zoneR, who went by the in-game name ‘MechanoGun’ at the time, following ESL’s decision to ban him as well as two other coaches after an investigation found them guilty of using a coach’s spectating bug.

ESIC csgo coach bug ban
ZoneR, listed here as ‘MechanoGun,’ was given a 36-month ban after ESIC found 16 cases of using the coaching bug.

It was initially decided that zoneR would be banned for 24 months from playing or coaching in ESL or DreamHack events. ESL later upgraded his ban to 36 months after the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) concluded their investigation of the bug’s abuse.

Of the 37 CSGO coaches found cheating, zoneR’s three-year ban was the longest penalty issued by far. He was found of using the bug in 16 cases, and had “Tier 1 Aggravated” sanctions levied against him.

This comes at a sensitive time for the CSGO community, who have been anxiously awaiting any further reaction from Valve on the coaching scandal. Some are worried the publisher might create bigger consequences or tweak team structures to prevent it from happening again in the future.

“If Valve removes coaching it’ll be because of some BULL**** like this,” CSGO commentator and BOXR CEO, Mohan ‘launders’ Govindasamy, said.

A similar concern sprouted when CSGO teams whose coaches were implicated in ESIC’s findings were simply demoted from the position to an analyst role; thereby using a loophole to keep working with the team.

ForZe will monitor their partnership with zoneR for the time being, but said they could part ways with him after the testing phase for his position has concluded.