The story of the StarLadder Berlin Major: Astralis' CSGO Hat-Trick - Dexerto
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The story of the StarLadder Berlin Major: Astralis’ CSGO Hat-Trick

Published: 16/Sep/2019 15:42 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 12:08

by Connor Bennett

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive kings Astralis completed an unprecedented back-to-back-to-back Major success at the StarLadder Berlin Major. This is the story of how they managed to do it.

When it comes to CSGO, top names stand out above the rest when entering tournament play. You’ve got FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, MIBR, and G2 to just name a few. Yet, one stands above the rest – Astralis.

The Danish Counter-Strike kings may have lost their spot on the throne of the game’s world rankings when they started picking and choosing which events to attend, but they’ve still been a force to be reckoned with.

Entering the StarLadder Berlin Major, many fans and pundits had already crowned Team Liquid as North America’s second Major winning team, but that wasn’t to be the case.

StarladderAstralis captured another CSGO Major title at the StarLadder Berlin Major.

Dexerto’s latest esports documentary tracks the StarLadder Berlin CSGO Major from start to end – including the heartbreaking exits of on the rise squads in CR4ZY and Mousesports and Renegade’s shock semi-finals appearance – before culminating in Astralis’ ascent back to the top.

There are also exclusive interviews with eventual champions in Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen and Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander who detail Astralis’ rise back to the top, as well as how they felt winning another Major.

On the other side of things, AVANGAR’s Alexey ‘qikert’ Golubev also gives his perspective on how the CIS-based squad shocked everybody to take on Astralis in the Grand Finals – even though they eventually fell to a 2-0 defeat.

Aside from hearing from players involved, esports historian Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields gives his unrivaled insight on proceedings with a number of interviews about the action. Hosts James ‘BanKs’ Banks and Frankie Ward also giving their say-so on the intense CSGO Major action amid interviewing players.

So, if you missed anything from the StarLadder Major, you can jump right in and get a complete rundown of everything that unfolded. We guarantee that you won’t want to miss it this time around, either.

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How CSGO caster Anders dealt with mental health issues I The Richard Lewis interview

Published: 27/Oct/2020 1:25

by Alan Bernal

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Renowned Counter-Strike caster, Anders Blume, sat down with Richard Lewis to talk about his bout with mental health issues and how he was able to cope with it all throughout the years.

Blume has been the gold-standard for on-air talent in esports. Whether it’s the amount of events he attends or the game’s he casts, his career has been a great example for others who want to follow.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t come without its hardships. Whether it was personal matters at home or a packed schedule of responsibilities, Blume was hit with a flurry of stresses that seemed to pile on at times.

This is something that Blume and Lewis recognized affects everyone, but something many don’t talk about – or even admit to themselves.

On the job, there are some times when people can invest too much of themselves into the craft, which can start to have adverse effects on their health. Outside of the job, influences from social media or the internet just adds to the mess if you let it consume you.

While there aren’t glamorous or catchy solutions to these issues, Blume found respite in everything from diet, exercise, and even meditation to start dealing with the issue head-on.

Self-control in practicing good habits and having the mental strength to cast aside negativity doesn’t come easy for all people, but it could be something everyone can work on.

Through years of practice, Blume eventually found a routine that works for him even when life gets thick, and is hoping more people can find a way to do the same for themselves.