Three-time Major champion, Danish team arrives in Brazil being tipped the favorite. Since the side was quite dominant in 2018 and triumphed at IEM Katowice in 2019.
Stronger than ever, Astralis comes to Brazil with hopes of winning the BLAST Pro Series, São Paulo. After the recent conquest of IEM Katowice, the third title of a Counter-Strike Major: Global Offensive of the organization, Astralis is considered by many to be the best team in the history of CS: GO. The Danes arrive with team status to yet to be beaten in the tournament. It will take place on 22 and 23 March at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium.
String start to 2019
Astralis is looking for the third title in a BLAST event, as well as revenge against MIBR. Gabriel “FalleN” and team got the better of the Danes in the BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2017 final. Before the tournament in São Paulo, Astralis played two championships in 2019. There were the finalists in both of them. The first was the defeat from Team Liquid in the finale of the iBUYPOWER Master. The other final in the win against ENCE in the Katowice Major.
Astralis side is by far the most powerful in the world today. They depend a lot on teamwork and hardly rely on individual brilliance to win the games. The synergy between the performances of the players is incredible.
No room for weaknesses
The team’s map pool is increasingly vast and dominant. Consolidated as the best team in the world at Nuke (32 wins and no defeats in the last year), Astralis recently racked up 15 straight wins at Inferno, another strong Danish map.
Astralis hardly make big mistakes. The frustrating performances in big tournaments haunted the side in the past. Nicolai “dev1ce” faced health problems and not being able to play a few tournaments. On the server, Train and Overpass are the two “worst” maps of the team. Yet they hold a very high victory rate (69.2%) on both of them.
Dev1ce all the way
Dev1ce is undoubtedly the great star of the Astralis. Although the team is extremely balanced in terms of responsibility and impact within the servers, the numbers show that the player maintains exceptional consistent stats. Dev1ce led the team to ten titles in 2018 and to the triumph at IEM Katowice.
That’s also why the player ranked second in the world’s best CS: GO player ranking in 2018.
Brazil Welcomes Astralis
This will be the first time that Astralis compete in Brazil. The team did not attend the last two major events held in the country: The ESL Pro League Finals 2016 and the ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018. The only player who ever competed in the country is Emil “Magisk”. He played the ESL Pro League Finals in São Paulo. He did not even advance to the playoffs with Team Dignitas.