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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.


Juggernaut vs Colossus: How Cloud9 shocked Complexity @ Blast Fall Showdown

Published: 2/Dec/2020 20:39

by Alan Bernal


The head-to-head between Complexity’s reformed Juggernaut and Cloud9’s Colossus was a matchup the CS:GO community were waiting to go down, and their clash at the BLAST Premier Fall 2020 Showdown didn’t disappoint.

The hype around HenryG’s C9 was just starting to take shape with matchday results. But many saw their match against a Complexity side who had already booked a trip to the Blast Global Finals in 2021 as the Colossus’ first real test.

Backed by IGL Benjamin ‘blameF’ Bremer, Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke, and latest addition Justin ‘jks’ Savage, the Juggernauts were seen as favorites against the new Cloud9 roster.

Complexity managed to take the first map off of impressive clutch moments and a more cohesive structure in navigating Cloud9’s Nuke pick. Something that is expected from a core lineup who’s been together for a year.

C9 didn’t start the series with a win, but they did show an aggressive T-side that got them up to 10-5 after the first half. But Juggernauts hit back even harder when it was their turn to attack, only giving up three rounds on their way to a 16-13 win.

The rest of the series saw the premier headlines shine: Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker’s AWP against his old team, IGL’s blameF and ‘Alex’ McMeekin masterminding plays, and star players Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen versus jks.

The matchup resulted in a shocking upset win for C9, but the duel formed a new narrative around the two storied orgs who are embarking in their next eras.