S1mple explains why Astralis are still the world’s best CS:GO team

Published: 9/Jun/2019 13:25 Updated: 9/Jun/2019 13:41

by Joe Craven


CS:GO professional Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev still believes that Astralis remain the best team in the world, despite back to back losses to FURIA, which saw them eliminated from the ECS Season 7 Finals in London.

FURIA Esports have set the Brazilian CS:GO scene on fire, after defeating Danish giants Astralis twice in as many days, to knock them out of the ECS Season 7 Finals. FURIA first beat Astralis 16-14 on June 6, then backed this victory up through a 2-1 BO3 series on June 7, which they took 12-16, 16-10, 16-13.

In spite of these defeats, s1mple, who currently plays for Ukrainian organization Natus Vincere, still believes Astralis are the best roster in the world.

HLTVAstralis celebrate their IEM Katowice 2019 victory, after beating ENCE 2-0.

Astralis, consisting of dev1ce, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve and Magisk, have been together since February of 2018, and have amassed numerous major tournament wins in that time period, including the IEM Katowice in March 2019. 

This success and longevity has led to many fans and commentators calling the roster the most dominant in CS:GO history.

However, having skipped out on numerous events, and with their struggles versus FURIA, some now argue that their reign as top dogs is over, but s1mple isn’t buying it: “Still the best team in the world @astralisgg, surprised by @furiagg let’s go guys!”

This led to something of a debate on social media, as many argued Astralis’ supremacy was over. One user argued that they “are still very good… but clearly aren’t [one] step ahead of everyone as it used to be”.

S1mple wasn’t convinced, arguing that they need to lose at a major tournament before they can be discounted as the best roster. He said that if they lose 3 “big” tournaments in a row, then they should no longer be considered the best.

S1mple himself is considered one of the best players of all time, but clearly thinks more has to be done to dethrone Astralis’ stellar roster.


Exclusive interview: GeT RiGhT announces Twitch switch from CSGO

Published: 16/Jan/2021 15:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 15:03

by Lauren Bergin


Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund has announced his departure from professional Counter-Strike, as he moves to Twitch streaming full-time. 

2021 has just got started and Sweden are already stealing the show. Just days after PGL announced the Stockholm Major, GeT_RiGhT has decided to call time on his legendary competitive career.

During an exclusive interview with Dexerto, the 30-year-old discusses the career highs and lows, his battle with Crohn’s disease and what the future holds for the Swedish titan.

GeT_RiGhT interview

GeT_RiGhT & f0rest: End of an era

f0rest and GeT_RiGhT hugging
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Counter-Strike’s dynamic duo is no more.

The Swede has a CS legacy like no other, but an integral part of those wins and losses was his partnership with countryman Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg. The two share a long list of tournament wins together, including the coveted Major.

The two Counter-Strike behemoths have played together for over a decade, and it’s clear that the end of this partnership is one of the most emotional aspects of GeT_RiGhT’s retirement.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, but at the same time, it’s been a beautiful ride.” Alesund goes on to describe their partnership as “the biggest highlight” of his career.

CSGO & Crohn’s: A battle worth fighting

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GeT_RiGhT’s battle with Crohn’s is a perplexing one.

It may shock a lot of people, but GeT RiGhT describes living with the disease as being “one of the best things that ever happened” to him, as well as one of the worst ones.

He describes his lifelong battle with the stomach pain that accompanies the illness, but goes on to explain that he’s thankful, as the official diagnosis brought with it a sense of both physical and mental relief.

In terms of playing CS, however, he describes it as “horrible.” The associated pain, alongside weight and blood loss meant that focusing on the game became a trial all in its own. After asking himself whether it was worth risking his health, his response shows a mixed bag of emotions. “Yes and no really,” he admitted, as the pro player life and its fandom are always worth it, but the two day bedridden recovery period certainly has left a scar.

GeT_RiGhT: Twitch streaming & beyond

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What’s next for GeT_RiGhT? We can’t wait to find out.

It’s important to note that the Swedish legend will not be leaving CS. He sees the game as home, explaining: “I grew up in the scene and I’ll do anything it takes to help it grow.”

While he admits he can’t go into exact details about his future plans, he sees Twitch and content creation as a “competition on another level,” as he explores a plethora of games such as League of Legends and Warzone with more creative freedom.

GeT_RiGhT explored his excitement for Valorant, but clarified that he’s “not going to become a professional Valorant player.” With that said, he does believe that the game “has huge potential to overtake CS:GO” at some point in down the line.

Throughout this entire interview, you get a sense that the Valorant pro (sorry Chris, we had to) is in the best place he’s ever been. We’ll be excited to see where his streaming career takes him, whether it’s Riot’s Future Earth or otherwise. So keep an eye out, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon!