Credit: DreamHack

Former Major winners: Astralis (2017, 2018, 2x 2019)

  • Lukas “Gla1ve” Rossander 🏆🏆🏆🏆
  • Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen 🏆🏆🏆🏆
  • Andreas “Xyp9x” Hojsleth 🏆🏆🏆🏆
  • Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz 🏆🏆🏆🏆
  • Emil “Magisk” Reif 🏆🏆🏆
  • Markus “kjaerbye” Kjaerbye 🏆

As Sadokist put it so eloquently: The greatest of all f*cking time. Astralis didn’t just define an era of Counter-Strike. They changed the game to its core. Gone was the emphasis on raw mechanical skill. In came the heavy lean on tactical preparation that is nowadays a necessity to succeed in the game. 

Astralis had their first taste of Major gold in 2017 when they won the Atlanta Major. Kjaerbye became the youngest Major MVP at the event, and the team seemed set to dominate the upcoming years.

But health issues forced AWPer dev1ce to take an extended break from competing and limited the lineup’s success. A year after lifting their first title, kjaerbye announced his departure from the roster. A role conflict between him and entry fragger dupreeh was said to be the reason for his news.

Astralis scrambled to find a replacement, as most Danish players were locked in long-term contracts. Eventually, they signed magisk and accidentally created the strongest lineup CS:GO had ever seen. 

Astralis 2.0 went on a 3 Major winning streak, despite not working a full schedule during the ‘Blastralis’ era. They broke most of the records out there, forcing other teams to reconsider how they looked at the game. 

The first cracks in the team showed in early 2020. Gla1ve and xyp9x left on medical leave, as the grueling travel schedule had burned them out. The team signed several replacements but returned to the permanent roster in late 2020.

In April 2021, Astralis announced the departure of dev1ce from the team, as the player was transferred to NIP. As dev1ce had been living in Sweden for several years, this move meant he could work closer to home. NIP will enter the PGL Major ahead of Astralis as Legends.

Further cracks started showing during the summer, as the Astralis players were nearing the end of their contracts. Gla1ve and xyp9x have since inked a new deal. Magisk and dupreeh will enter free agency in just over two months at the time of writing.