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BLAST Spring Series Preview: Astralis


Astralis’ 2019 was full of successful tournament runs. They won both Majors and four other big events last year white retaining No. 1 team status. After another dominant year, Astralis looks like the frontrunner to win their group and the event.


ICYMI:


Astralis start the year by winning IEM Katowice … They attend three straight BLAST events over other prestigious events and caused a stir … After a Summer slump, they recover with Berlin Major win … three event wins out of seven attempts to close the year … 101-39 record at LAN in 2019.


Lineup:


Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen | 1.10 RAT, .70 KPR, .62 DPR, 72.9 ADR

A consistent fragger for the Astralis machine.


Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth | 1.11 RAT, .67 KPR, .59 DPR, 75.2 ADR

The clutch minister performs his roles to near-perfection.


Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif | 1.16 RAT, .72 KPR, .62 DPR, 80.7 ADR

Being the No. 2 talent on the best team in the world has its perks.


Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander | 1.04 RAT, .65 KPR, .65 DPR, 73.3 ADR

The best in-game leader in the world. A true master of his craft.


Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz | 1.22 RAT, .77 KPR, .60 DPR, 81.1 ADR

Perhaps the most well-rounded and refined talent in Counter-Strike. Nothing about his game is wasteful.


Three keys:


Avoiding the Rust: A player break can be tough on the top team, as the break in time can shorten the distance between them and the rest of the field. Astralis have shown that they are unaffected by breaks, but they want to be self-aware to continue that trend.


Reinventing the Wheel: Gla1ve has to freshen the tactics after another year of dominance to stay at the top, as opponents will strive to emulate the best team.


Strong Supporting Cast: Xyp9x and dupreeh execute their roles to perfection in the server, which always makes it easier for the other three members. Establishing opening drag and clutch dominance makes Astralis a near-impossible team to beat.


Player Spotlight:


Device - As the best player on Astralis, the spotlight is normally on device. For group play, the spotlight will be especially on him. He will be pitted against fellow top three players Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut and Aleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev in the first clash of the titans for 2020. Device has not won No. 1 honors in his career, but a strong start over those two players could help him make his case.


The Bottom Line:


Astralis enter the BLAST Premier as the heavy favorites to not only win their group but win the event. It is hard to imagine anyone defeating them with any consistency given their form before the player break. Even in their worst form, they are still a world-class team. Barring a total collapse, they look poised to continue their dominance.