This article is part of a series aimed at introducing the teams that are going to play at the ELEAGUE Major Boston. To see profiles of other teams, click on the images at the bottom of the article.
The ELEAGUE Major Boston is going to be the first tournament to feature a new structure where the Offline Qualifier is played under the umbrella of the Major instead of it being a separate event. We have discussed all teams participating in the Qualifier and it’s now time to discuss the lucky few to go straight to the Main Event.
Even before Astralis was formed into a team, the roster behind it was a force in competitive CS:GO. When the team was formed, however, it didn’t take it long to get to the top. While Astralis is probably not the best CS:GO team in the world overall, it does get occasional flashes of brilliance which rocket them to the #1 spot.
This time last year, more or less, Astralis was on top of the world after winning ELEAGUE Major Atlanta. What followed was a year of exciting victories and bitter defeats.
Astralis will have a spot in the Main Event of the tournament, called The New Legends Stage due to their Semifinals finish at PGL Major Krakow. There is no reason why Astralis wouldn’t at least make it into the Quarterfinals of this ELEAGUE Major, which will take place in Boston.
After all, their roster is going to be in their strongest possible state.
There were doubts about the roster Astralis would bring to ELEAGUE Major Boston because one of their players, Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz, had to go on medical leave in November 2017. Fortunately for the team, he announced that he would play at the Major after all. If his in-game skill has not deteriorated too much, the team should stand a good chance of going deep in the tournament.
With that said, the Astralis roster will consist of dev1ce, Peter “dupreeh” Rothmann, Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth, Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye and Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander. It’s not the strongest roster in the world player-by-player but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t expect great things out of it.
The current iteration of Astralis has played 189 maps in 2017. The won 120 and lost 69, doing it on 17,442 kills and 16,109 deaths for K/D Ratio of 1.08.
Inferno, Overpass and Nuke are Astralis’ most successful maps with Inferno also being the one that is their most played. With that said, the team holds a decent win rate on most maps, except Cache and Cobblestone, which they’ve only played twice.
Why does Astralis have good win rates on most maps? The players are so good that they can brute force a victory against individually weaker teams, even when they are strategically better than Astralis on any given map. This must be the case because there is no way for a team to be equally good at playing all maps. There are simply too many of them and CS:GO is too complex a game in tactical terms.
As one of the best CS:GO teams in the world, Astralis has played in most big CS:GO events of the year, including IEM Katowice, PGL Major Krakow, ESL One New York, ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier, EPICENTER and, of course, IEM Oakland. How did they do? Pretty well, actually. 1st at Katowice, 1st at PGL Major Krakow, 5-6th at ESL One NY, 2nd at ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier and 7-8th at IEM Oakland.