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Thorin’s CS:GO World Rankings – Post-DreamHack Malmo 2019

Published: 1/Nov/2019 10:27 Updated: 5/Dec/2019 11:57

by Dexerto

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Esports historian and award-winning journalist, Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, has put together his top 10 CS:GO teams following the Dreamhack Malmo 2019 tournament, with important competitions including the StarLadder Berlin Major and ESL One New York contributing.

Rankings run typically over a three-month span, extending back three months prior to the date they are published, and encapsulating all offline results within that time span.

This allows for a sense of how good a team is to be established after they have had time to accomplish multiple placings, but without unduly letting teams who were fantastic many months ago hang on to top rankings when the game and time has moved on.

As well as placings, the value of which is determined by the prestige of the tournament and the quality of the opposition in attendance, the opponents a team beats counts to their ranking.

Teams who defeat Top 10 opponents, with the higher-ranked teams more valuable scalps to claim, help determine their overall ranking and break ties with other teams who have similar kinds of placings.

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How Gla1ve is leading Astralis back to the stars

Published: 27/Nov/2020 16:32

by Shane King

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No team has dominated the modern era of Counter-Strike like Astralis. The Danish juggernauts have been a tier 1 threat since forming from the ashes of Team SoloMid in 2016 and their first Major victory in 2017 cemented them as a permanent fixture of CSGO’s top-level.

Their meteoric rise in 2018 was one of the most dominant years from any esports team ever, bagging 10 championships and more than $3,500,000 of prize money in less than a year. This continued into 2019 with them becoming the first team to win three majors in a row, but, what or who is the secret to their success?

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After replacing Karrigan at the back end of 2016, gla1ve has become the most decorated captain in CS:GO. His ability to optimize every player on his squad is unparalleled and he has proven time and again to have the ability to outmaneuver his opponents.

He took a hiatus from Astralis due to burnout, but now he’s back. The IGL was sorely missed during his time away from the team, but upon his return, he’s helping them get back to where they should be.

With an ESL Pro League 12 victory and third place at DreamHack Open Fall 2020, Astralis are well on their way back to the stars, but there’s still some way to go yet.