The current Astralis CSGO Team have won 3 out of their last 4 tournaments. They almost made it 4 out of 4 but ultimately fell short at Intel Extreme Masters in Sydney. And it’s not like you can take that against them either, as they lost that Final in spectacular fashion. They’ve since “avenged” that loss as well, in the form of winning two tournaments in a row.
This, then, begs the question, are they a dynasty? And if so, how did that happen?
What Makes The Astralis CSGO Team So Good
First of all, sending Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye to North and adding Emil “Magisk” Reif was the best thing that could happen to Astralis. The roster move, which occurred roughly around 4 months ago, may not have sat too well with a lot of their fans at first, but it didn’t take long for Magisk to earn his place and prove any doubters wrong.
Ultimately, as a whole, Astralis is also pretty stable. They play with a lot of energy and they seem to be having fun. It also helps that every one of them is skilled and excel in their own roles. Case in point, Nicolai “device” Reedtz earned himself an MVP award for his performance at the ECS season 5 Finals where he averaged a KDA of 1.30!
On the other hand, their rivals, the second-ranked CSGO team worldwide, Natus Vincere, is a one-man team whose success mainly lies on the play of Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev.
The FaZe Clan isn’t too far behind at third, but they are inconsistent because of the constant roster shuffles. They started well by inviting Richard “Xizt” Landström, winning IEM Sydney and placing 3rd at ESL Pro League Season 7. However, after losing Xizt to Fnatic and adding Jorgen “cromen” Robertsen to their roster, the team has lost all of their momentum. They recently finished in third place at ECS Season 5 Finals, and are now currently dealing with Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer AWOL after taking a personal leave of absence three months ago.
As it is, FaZe Clan just doesn’t seem ready for ESL One Belo Horizonte.
Are Astralis Just a Lucky Team?
No disrespect to the Astralis CSGO team, but they’ve also been really fortunate. At the moment, they are the only serious team on the scene. The FaZe Clan are down one player, while Liquid are currently finding their ground. Mousesports are good, but they haven’t reached their full potential just yet. And, yes, Natus Vincere are threats, but s1mple can only take them so far on his own.
So, what we are saying is that while we expect the Danish team to continue dominating, FaZe Clan should give them a good run for their money once olofmeister returns and the other teams are done building their chemistry. When that happens, the competitive scene will be all the better.
Astralis are a good team, but we don’t see them repeating what Fnatic, SK Gaming, or Team EnvyUS did in the past.
Astralis are not a dynasty. Not yet, anyway. They’re a great team whose play is not based around a single player. Each of their players have more defined roles compared to other teams, allowing each of them to shine and carry the team when necessary.
There’s little doubt that Astralis can keep up their current performance, but that’s the problem. It feels like they have peaked already. Meanwhile, the other teams are still ramping up, which makes you wonder if how well the Astralis CSGO team will look compared to them when that happens. Then, there are the rumors surrounding s1mple and the possibility of him moving to FaZe Clan as olofmeister officially steps down from the active roster.
If the rumors are indeed true and we’ll see s1mple move to FaZe Clan, then the rest of the CS:GO scene better watch out.
All in all, rumors or no rumors, the future of the competitive scene is very intriguing as there are plenty of teams just lying in wait for their chance to break out of their slump and go on a run.
What do you think of the Astralis CSGO team? Do you think they are a dynasty? If not, do you believe that they have the potential to be one? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.