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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

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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.

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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. 

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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”.

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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.

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100 Thieves set to exit CSGO amid JKS Complexity rumors

Published: 12/Oct/2020 13:26

by Connor Bennett

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100 Thieves are reportedly set to exit Counter-Strike: Global Offensive amid reports that JKS is set to fill Complexity’s open roster spot. 

After first picking up a Call of Duty team for the Black Ops 3 season, 100 Thieves made their first step into a different esport with a hopeful transition to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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The North American organization picked up the core of the Immortals roster that had been anchored by Brazilian stars Lucas ‘LUCAS1⁠’ Teles, Henrique ‘HEN1⁠’ Teles, and Vito ‘kNg’ Giuseppe prior to the ELeague Boston Major. Though, that team was released without ever playing under the 100 Thieves banner due to visa issues. 

After a two-year wait to re-enter the scene, 100 Thieves picked up the longtime Renegades roster of Australian stars. However, it appears as if they will be exiting CS:GO in the not too distant future after just a year back in the game. 

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The former Renegades roster joined 100 Thieves in late 2019.

A report from HLTV claims that, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, 100 Thieves have decided to bow out from CS:GO once again. 

According to their report, HLTV state that the decision to leave CS is set to be announced “imminently” by 100 Thieves and comes amid some roster uncertainty. 

A recent report from CS:GO insider Jarek ‘dekay’ Lewis states that longtime star Justin ‘JKS’ Savage is set to depart the team he’s spent so many years on as a core member, and join Complexity’s European-American mixed roster. 

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JKS has been a key cog in ever top level Aussie CSGO squad.

On top of JKS’ apparent departure, Dekay also reported that Norweigan rifler Joakim ‘⁠jkaem⁠’ Myrbostad has also reportedly received offers but hasn’t agreed a transfer. 

There’s no telling what will happen with the remaining members, or with the team’s partnered pots in  ESL Pro League and BLAST Premier. As more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to update this report.