Astralis' Magisk reveals identities of shirtless stage crashers at CSGO Berlin Major - Dexerto

Astralis’ Magisk reveals identities of shirtless stage crashers at CSGO Berlin Major

Published: 8/Sep/2019 21:51 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 12:16

by Scott Robertson


Following Astralis’ victory at the StarLadder CS:GO Berlin Major 2019, Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif spoke to Frankie Ward and Dexerto about the victory, and revealed the identity of the gentlemen who stormed the stage. 

The 2019 Berlin Major saw Astralis reach their third consecutive Grand Final at a Major, and the only team that stood between them and further glory was the Kazakh side AVANGAR.

Wanting to get to their victory ceremony as quickly as possible, the Danish powerhouse took down AVANGAR in dominant 2-0 fashion.

However, following the victory, the players weren’t alone as they celebrated on stage, as the Dexerto crew caught a couple of fans getting wild alongside the booth.

The fans banged on the booth glass and fell over, much to the delight of the victorious players inside.

After seemingly everyone was confused as to who those sloppy supporters were, Astralis’ Magisk spoke to Frankie Ward and Dexerto and revealed their identities.

“It’s gla1ve’s brother, so we knew them, we’ve seen them before,” he admitted to Frankie. “It happened at ECS in London as well.”

As for the other gentlemen, Magisk said he recognized them from the previous encounter in London, which means they’re likely to be the brother’s friends.

While that part of the celebration was unplanned, as was the breaking of the bottom part of the championship trophy, the Danish destruction of AVANGAR’s magical major run went all according to plan. Magisk acknowledged that preparation was key to to a dominant defeat, which echoed what gla1ve told Frankie and Dexerto the day prior.

“We had a pretty good idea of how we should play the T side [of Inferno] against them, we found a lot of tendencies of how we could punish them.”

Magisk also gave credit to their slow play approach they used on the second map on Dust 2. He said the key was to slow down AVANGAR’s pushed into site by using lots of utility early in the round, which mimics the approach Astralis used against NRG Esports in their Train rematch in the semifinals.

The third straight major championship coincides with a special date, Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz’s 24th birthday, and Magisk tells Frankie that he went above and beyond to get him a gift.


“I set [dev1ce] up so that he could get MVP on his birthday, so I would say that’s a pretty good birthday present,” the 21-year-old rifler told Frankie. “I’m really happy. It’s been a long time since we actually won something, so it’s a nice feeling to finally win.”

Counter-Strike and Astralis fans can be happy too, as magisk hinted that fans will see more of the Danes in the future, after they had skipped some big tournaments over the past few months.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.