Why is the Astralis vs Team Liquid Rivalry so one sided?

Published: 2/May/2020 23:45 Updated: 19/May/2020 10:50

by Alan Bernal


The CS:GO rivalry between Team Liquid and Astralis is stacked against the NA team, and looking at the various strengths from the Danes paints a much clearer picture as to why.

In 2018, Astralis established their hold on the competitive CSGO scene with a historic run of tournament wins. They looked flat-out unbeatable for much of their streak, and it wasn’t even close with other orgs in the Top 10.

Team Liquid’s 2018 campaign, on the other hand, was promising but never resulted in anything but good placements without noteworthy hardware. That was until they added Jake ‘Stewie2k’ Yip to their lineup.

Astralis have been a consistent thorn in Team Liquid’s side.

Almost overnight, TL took their rightful spot near the top, and outright claimed the World Number 1 rank shortly after. But something, or rather someone, was missing from a lot of the top tier events in the first half of 2019.

At the time, Astralis had been taking a selective approach when deciding where and when to compete, leaving their throne largely up for grabs. Surprising still was that when they would enter an event, they wouldn’t make it to the final – something that was standard for many events the year before.

The StarLadder 2019 Berlin Major would be the first time both teams would go up against each other with significant implications on the line. Astralis were looking to prove doubters they were still top dog among the elite, and Team Liquid wanted to cement their spot as the most dominant team with their first Major title.

At StarLadder and events after that, Astralis vs Team Liquid has been the premier CSGO matchup.

In the group stage, TL looked lackluster and Astralis looked dominant. TL had to fight for their spot in the playoffs, and Astralis stumbled along the way but ultimately breezed into the New Champions Stage.

The results worked out in a way where the CSGO kings of 2018 and the kings of 2019 (up to that point) were going head-to-head early; a matchup with the hype of a Grand Final was going to be played out in the first round of playoffs.

Astralis eliminated Team Liquid, 2-0.

This is the story of why a rivalry between two of the most dominant forces in modern Counter-Strike has been heavily one-sided, and what’s been separating Astralis from Team Liquid on the big stage since.


How to call a Technical Timeout in CSGO Competitive

Published: 28/Jan/2021 5:19

by Andrew Amos


Valve has added Technical Timeouts to CS:GO Competitive in their January 27 update. It’s different from the game’s already-existing Tactical Timeouts. Here’s exactly how they work, and how you can call one for your team.

The addition of Technical Timeouts built into CS:GO comes as Valve has looked to revamp Competitive play by removing bots, and even adding bonus income for teams down on players.

It’s different from the already-existing Tactical Timeouts ⁠— which players can call once per half in a CS:GO Competitive game. In fact, you don’t really get an opportunity to call a tech pause, as they automatically go through.

Here’s how the new feature works, and how you can best utilize it to boot.

How to use Technical Timeouts in CS:GO

Technical Timeouts aren’t something you can call on command in CS:GO. In a matchmade competitive game, something has to go awry first.

Technical Timeouts can only be called if a player has disconnected from the game, and hasn’t reconnected by the time the next round starts. They will be automatically called, and will last two minutes at most. This allows the DC’d player time to reconnect to the game.

The timeout will automatically be canceled if the DC’d player abandons the game. Timeouts also won’t be called in a 4v5 if the player was kicked. Each team gets one Technical Timeout. It doesn’t count towards your Tactical Timeout count.

CS:GO Tactical Timeout menu
Tactical Timeouts have existed in CS:GO matchmaking for some time, but not tech pauses.

Hopefully you won’t ever have to use a Technical Timeout in CS:GO competitive queues. If it does come down to it though, it’s a handy tool that will allow players to get back into the game if their internet died or their game crashed.

In the downtime, you can talk strategies about tackling the game while a man down ⁠— or a man up. However, you won’t just be able to call it for your mouse glitching out, or a sticky desk mishap.