Sitting atop the world in CS never seems to last; indeed, it seems that being the best is the predecessor to disaster.
In other words: the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
Astralis' dominance was absurd, but it was somewhat short-lived in the grand scheme of things. Their Barcelona-esque rebuild is underway, and they're auctioning off the limbs of Exodia to the highest bidder, keeping the head - as though it was worth anything on its own. Silly Astralis. You need all five to win the game.
They were the jewel in the Danish crown, and Danish CS had never been better; but now it might be on the cusp of entering its lowest point.
If you think I'm crazy, ask fnatic
There's precedent here. Sweden was for a while considered one of the greatest regions, and Brazil had two teams around the top of the ladder for a while too. They've fallen off hard and fast, and their free-falling has only recently stopped.
Do not think you are too big to fall, Denmark.
Heroic are the last remaining kings in the north, but with their coach disgraced, time will tell if they can carry on their spree.
And when it comes to change, who will they look to?
The reason I bring this up is the all-too-recognisable failure of Team South, or the third iteration of North. They were once the little brother of Astralis, now just a weird, distant cousin who can't stay out of trouble. Astralis have fallen. There remains only Heroic to fly the flag.
Just like Sweden only had fnatic, once NiP were slain.
South's disbandment was as tragic as it was laughable, an NA-ESEA-Premier-esque less-than-a-month jobby. While it's easy (perhaps too easy) to laugh at their failure, the fall out could easily bring Denmark to its knees.
Astralis can't steal from North/Dignitas any more. To maintain a tier one status as a nation, you need a thriving tier 2 scene, and Denmark is struggling right now.
They're not quite NA level yet, but if the country does not wake itself up, trouble is brewing.