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Astralis CS:GO coach zonic defends skipping events after losing #1 ranking

Published: 5/Jun/2019 12:00 Updated: 5/Jun/2019 12:39

by Joe O'Brien


Astralis CS:GO coach Danny ‘zonic’ Sørensen has released a statement regarding the recent controversy surrounding the team’s prioritization of events.

The Danish team have come under criticism lately for their prioritization of BLAST Pro Series events while opting to skip more prestigious tournaments like IEM Sydney, StarSeries Season 7, and DreamHack Masters Dallas.

BLAST, who are also owned by Astralis parent company RFRSH Entertainment, have themselves come under criticism for a weak format and what are seen as attempts to push for soft exclusivity as well as devaluing other premier tournaments by organizing their own events such that all of the top teams rarely compete simultaneously outside of BLAST Pro Series.

In a lengthy statement, zonic highlighted that Astralis’ selection of events in recent months came as a result of a number of considerations, such as the “standard of the tournament, possibilities to prepare, prestige, how the geography fits into our general travel plans, our previous results in the tournament, seeing the fans and our experience with relevant [tournament organizers].”

With regards to particular events they’ve skipped, zonic highlighted that the reason they were absent from DreamHack Masters Dallas was its proximity to the upcoming ECS Season 7 and ESL Pro League Season 9 finals, stating “we are back to back champions of both ECS and EPL and would love to give ourselves the best option of trying to defend those titles.”

ESLSince winning the IEM Katowice Major, Astralis have only competed offline at BLAST Pro Series events and the EPL Season 9 group stage.

Astralis’ absence from prestigious events in recent months recently resulted in their being knocked off of the number one spot on the HLTV rankings, with Team Liquid’s victory at DreamHack Masters Dallas carrying them over the Danes.

The change marks the end of Astralis’ record-breaking streak at number one, having held the position since April 2018, becoming the first team ever to maintain the spot for over a year. According to zonic, however, the ranking is not a primary motivator for Astralis, as “our mission is not the world rankings, but to do all we can to win the biggest and the right tournaments.”

For many, the loss of their top ranking also marks the end of the Astralis era, for now at least, with fans frustrated that a team many consider the greatest in CS:GO history relinquished their era through inactivity, simply failing to defend their title rather than actually being defeated.

Fortunately for fans of Astralis, the team are now heading into a series of premier events, kicking off with the ECS Season 7 finals on June 6-9. They’ll then be attempting to defend their title at the ESL Pro League Season 9 finals on June 18-23, before competing at ESL One Cologne on July 2-7.


Valve lifts Fnatic star KRIMZ’s mysterious CSGO VAC ban

Published: 1/Dec/2020 3:21 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 6:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Valve has lifted the VAC ban on CSGO legend KRIMZ, and although fans think it was probably due to a matchmaking tool, the reasons are still unknown.

The CSGO community stood still on November 28 after Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson announced he had been VAC banned. Valve never specified why, which made the situation a bit of a mystery.

“It seems that my account got vac banned,” he said. “CSGO can you fix this asap pls.” It sounded like he was probably more confused than anyone else and was adamant he’d done nothing wrong.

CSGO fans think he might have been banned for using a third-party tool named esportal to find matches. However, there has been no official word to support it.

FNATIC coach Andreas “Samuelsson” Samuelsson issued a statement not long after. “We have reached out to Valve, TOs, and third-party community websites… to understand the nature of this unexpected shutdown,” he said. “We have no reason to believe this is the consequence of any intentional use of any illegal program.”

Either way, it didn’t take Valve long to rectify the issue. They’ve already lifted the ban, and it’s been a huge relief to CSGO players and FNATIC fans around the world.

The first one to spill the beans was ‘DonHaci.’ “Krimz has been unbanned,” he said. “His VAC ban has been removed from his Steam page.

KRIMZ’s Steam profile isn’t private, which means anyone can take a look and see for themselves. His fans have been pouring in and leaving comments to celebrate and share their relief.

Still, nobody is more excited than the man himself. KRIMZ made a brief statement on Twitter and expressed his gratitude for having it fixed. “I’m free [motherf**ers], he said. “Thank you CSGO for sorting it out quickly.”

Interestingly, Valve still hasn’t explained why they banned KRIMMZ in the first place. KRIMMZ hasn’t elaborated on it either.

In the end, though, the key takeaway is that it appears to have been a mistake. The CSGO community is thrilled to have its favorite son back.