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Why Astralis are S1mple & ZywOo’s kryptonite | CSGO IEM Global Challenge Review Show

Published: 23/Dec/2020 18:23 Updated: 28/Dec/2020 10:24

by Ava Thompson-Powell


With an incredible $500,000 under their belt after blazing through to a win, Astralis are proving to be CSGO top teams Na’Vi and Vitality’s nemesis. 

Richard Lewis and James ‘BanKs’ Banks break down all the action from the IEM Global Challenge, the final CSGO event of 2020. Team Liquid was destroyed by champions Astralis, before team member Twistzz announced in the following interview that he had played his last game.

Astralis also managed to take down another superstar in Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut – is 2021 another Astralis year? With Na’Vi falling short, where is it going wrong for Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev’s team of fraggers?

With an extremely hopeful, supportive fanbase supporting the esports team, many are crossing their fingers that they can find it in themselves to get back to their A-game.

Both s1mple and Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov are such fantastic pieces that work like clockwork together in Na’Vi, but some of the other team’s pieces can leave something to be desired. When it comes down to the wire, though, the team just isn’t able to hit their stride when it’s absolutely crucial that they’re doing so.

With time going on, s1mple’s esports days are numbered – he won’t be able to stay at the top of his game forever. This gives opposing teams the chance to take him out, something that’s evidently doable with Astralis’ win.

The game ultimately lives and dies with his ability to pull his teammates through a match, and this is why teams like Astralis can sweep through. In comparison, though, we always see Astralis being overlooked by their opponents – players often expect an easy, breezy win. Perhaps now, though, with the win at the IEM Global Challenge and the lion’s share secured under their belt, people will finally stop and take stock.





Can Anyone Beat Astralis at BLAST Global Finals?

Published: 16/Jan/2021 23:11 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 23:15

by Bill Cooney


The Counter-Strike calendar is kicking off on all cylinders to start 2021, with 8 of the game’s finest professional teams facing off at BLAST Premier’s Global Finals. Astralis has been dominant as of late, so will anyone be able to take them down?

Each and every org in attendance will be looking to kickstart 2021 with success at the BLAST Global Finals starting on January 19, but Astralis is a lot of people’s favorite to walk away with the lion’s share of the $1 million dollar prize pool, and rightfully so.

You couldn’t ask for a better in-game leader than Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander and there’s no question he brings out the best in Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen, Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz, and Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif round after round.

One player to keep an eye on though will be Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth, who struggled to get his player average above 1.0 before the end of the year and lately hasn’t seemed to be the same crusader of clutch we’ve come to know and expect.

While plenty of teams have had a tumultuous few months leading into the new year, the French squad of Vitality has remained stable and could pose a real challenge to the Danes if Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut can provide the spark his team needs.

To follow along with the action be sure to check out our BLAST Global Finals hub for all the latest scores, results, and more.