Astralis is one of the most successful Counter-Strike teams in the history of esports and holds several records and titles in CS:GO. The superstar Danes embodied by the likes of Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz, Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, and Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander, lifted not only an entire region, but also managed to elevate the game through a new pioneering perception of the game.
The background and first period
Astralis was established back in 2016 by Nikolaj Nyholm and Jakob Lund Kristensen, with their name and meaning of Astralis resemble on astronomy, which their motto “To The Stars” also illustrates. The Danish team entered the scene with a profiled core of dev1ce, dupreeh, and Xyp9x, who was obtained from Team Questionmark (Former TSM). The roster was filled up by gla1ve, a 21-year-old inexperienced IGL at the time, but an individual who quickly proved to be an essential part of the team, and the mastermind of an unbeatable dynasty to come.
Astralis became quickly a significant figure on the csgo scene and the dominant Danes managed to make numerous deep runs at some of the best tournaments in the world, against CS titans as Virtus.pro, Luminosity, and NAVI. Their first big triumph and the first testament to the future greatness of Astralis, came in January 2017 when they overpowered the Polish legends from VP at the ELEAGUE Major in Atlanta. An event, where Astralis’ youngster Markus “kjaerbye” Kjærbye presented a stellar showing with his astounding rifle abilities, which granted him the prestigious Major MVP medal.
Kjaerbye and the rest of Astralis looked like a match made in heaven and a partnership that could accomplish great things for years to come. However, only 369 days after their astounding Major title, kjaerbye stunned the entire CS:GO world with a shock transfer to Astralis’ countrymen and rivals from North. To replace the former Major MVP, Astralis decided to sign the talented 19-year-old Emil “Magisk” Reif – A move that should prove to have astronomical meaning and value for the future of Astralis.
The Glory Days
In 2018 it looked like Astralis had found their ideal roster composition regarding both roles and positions, with the signing of Magisk working out perfectly for the Danes. The former North player and the rest of the roster didn’t need any time to settle in, as they just sky-rocketed through every Tier-1 tournament, steamrolling over prominent teams like FaZe, MIBR, NAVI, and Liquid. Especially the North Americans from Liquid should end up being a long-lasting rival, with the Astralis vs Liquid matchup being a true CS:GO classic in years of 2018-2019.
However, not even the best NA team in the history of CS:GO could alter the greatness or dethrone Astralis. Under the guidance of gla1ve, mixed with the immense firepower from dupreeh and dev1ce, and rounded off with two of the best role players in Xyp9x and Magisk, Astralis went on to establish a dominant dynasty. In a two-year period from 2018-19, Astralis won three Majors back-to-back as the first team ever, and furthermore racked up millions of dollars in prize earnings, owing to their countless titles and victories – All being achievements and a golden age that we most likely never will see again in gaming.
1st ELEAGUE Major Atlanta 2017
1st FACEIT Major London 2018
1st ELEAGUE Premier 2018
1st ESL Pro League Finals Season 8
1st Starladder Berlin Major 2019
1st Intel Extreme Masters Katowice Major 2019
1st Blast Pro Series: Global Final 2019¨
1st Intel Grand Slam Season 1