Astralis

Astralis is a professional esports organization hailing from Denmark. This Danish firm is known for its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) team. Its parent group is Astralis Group, previously managing Origen and Future FC before merging all esports teams under its brand. 

HISTORY

The Astralis brand is relatively new compared to other organizations in the top 20 of CS: GO, but their launch in 2016 wasn’t where their story began. At the center of the first-ever S-tier Danish player-owned and run organization lies the story of Nicolai Reedtz, Peter Rasmussen, and Andreas Højsleth. The trio met in Copenhagen Wolves, where they competed under the in-game leadership of Henrik “FeTiSh” Christensen in 2013.

However, it wasn’t until the trio, and their team’s left the Copenhagen Wolves that they were able to improve significantly compared to their stay with the team. But they still became known as the team that would flounder as soon as reaching the semifinals, as they were always out of reach of first place.

But as years passed, it became apparent that the trio had to make some changes, and as a result, Finn Andersen was brought in from the bench to replace Henrik Christensen. Despite failing to win a significant title for themselves in 2015, the trio would be able to capitalize on their potential. And that year, they still managed to win several gold medals, five of which were in S-tier tournaments.

Flash forward to 2017, although the trio failed to play as perfectly as they can, in the end, they still made it to their first-ever Major Grand Final, where the last opponent standing between Astralis and the trophy was Virtus.pro, a legendary Polish esports organization. Two years later, though, they were jokingly referred to as the “Blastralis” due to the Danish team allegedly attending higher stakes LAN tournaments to secure exclusivity, among other things. Overall, the trio nevertheless broke new ground that no one can dispute.

Timeline

Here’s a brief timeline of Astralis’ history: 

2016

  • January 18 – Team Questionmark becomes Astralis.
  • May 19 – Astralis and Team Dignitas trade cajunb and Kjaerbye. 
  • October 11Astralis benches karrigan. 
  • October 19 – FaZe Clan acquires karrigan. 
  • October 24 – Astralis signs gla1ve. 

2017

  • January 29 – Astralis wins the ELEAGUE Major.

2018

  • January 11 – After a medical leave, dev1ce returns to the active roster.
  • February 2 – Kjaerbye leaves for the North.
  • February 7 – Astralis signs Magisk. 
  • April 23 – zonic signs a contract extension with Astralis. 
  • September 23 – Astralis wins the FACEIT Major.

2019

  • March 3 – Astralis wins the IEM Major.
  • September 8 – Astralis wins the StarLadder Major.

2020

  • May 11 – Astralis signs JUGi.
  • May 28 – Xyp9x steps down from the roster and goes on leave. With this, the organization acquires Snappi on loan from TIGER.
  • June 9 – Snappi returns to TIGER’s bench.
  • July 1 – Astralis signs es3tag.
  • July 31 – Astralis released JUGi and acquired Bubzkji.
  • September 3 – gla1ve returns to the roster.
  • October 5 – Xyp9x also returns.
  • November 12 – Astralis signs VNG as an assistant coach.

2021

  • April 23 – Ninjas in Pyjamas acquire dev1ce. 
  • July 23 – gla1ve signs a contract extension with Astralis.
  • August 1 – Astralis acquires Lucky.

Player Roster

Here are the players for Astralis’ active player roster: 

Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen

Popularly known by his gamer tag “dupreeh,” Peter Rasmussen is a Danish professional CS: GO player playing for Astralis as the entry fragger. He has been a core member of the Astralis lineup since it began in Copenhagen Wolves in 2013. Also, Rasmussen has been the team’s lurker and AWPer in 2017 and early 2021, respectively. 

Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth

Andreas Højslet is a Danish professional CS: GO and former Counter-Strike player playing for Astralis. He is well known for his high success rate in clutches, where many dub him the “clutch minister.”

Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander

Lukas Rossander is a Danish professional CS: GO and Counter-Strike: Source player playing for Astralis. Rossander is one of the most accomplished and decorated in the Global Offensive, leading Astralis to its four record-breaking Major victories.

Emil “Magisk” Reif

Emil Reif is a Danish professional CS: GO player who is playing for Astralis. Before joining the core in 2018, Reif played in multiple top Danish teams like the North, OpTic Gaming, Team Dignitas, and SK Gaming.

Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen

Lucas Andersen is a Danish professional CS: GO player for Astralis, playing as the rifler. 

Philip “Lucky” Ewald

Philip Ewald is a Danish professional CS: GO player and is the newest addition to the Astralis active roster. Ewald plays the AWPer.

Danny “zonic” Sørensen

Danny Sørensen is a Danish professional CS: GO coach for Astralis. He was a former professional CS: GO and Counter-Strike player and is arguably one of the best Danish Counter-Strike players. Sørensen had massive success with multiple Danish teams, winning over $110,000. Also, he founded Astralis with the rest of its core players in 2016, and he has helped the brand become one of the best in the Global Offensive.

Trivia About MIBR

  • Astralis has won the most CS: GO Majors in history. The organization has four wins, including the ELEAGUE Atlanta in 2017, the FACEIT London in 2018, IEM Katowice in 2019, and Starladder in Berlin in 2019. 
  • Winning the IEM Katowice Major in 2019 made the organization the third team to win Major consecutively and the second to win three Major in total. 
  • Astralis won the Esports Team of the Year category at the Esports Awards in 2018. 
  • Astralis is the only esports team to win a Major without losing maps during the playoffs, where they did so at FACEIT London, IEM Katowice, and StarLadder. 
  • The organization held a 31-match LAN win streak on Nuke, lasting from February 2018 to May 2019. ENCE defeated Astralis at BLAST Pro Series: Madrid back in 2019.
  • Astralis is the only Danish team to win three consecutive Majors, doing so at FACEIT in 2018, IEM Katowice in 2019, and StarLadder in the same year. 
  • The Danish esports organization holds the record for the longest reign as HLTV’s team ranking keeps increasing. 
  • Astralis was the first organization featuring all roster players in the same edition of HLTV’s top players of the year, where they did so in 2018, with a roster consisting of dev1ce, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, and Magisk.

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