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October 29, 2021

Bubzkji's bad luck continues as Astralis look to offload him, with Spirit trying to swing the righteous sword of karma for their misdemeanours.

Justice for Bubzkji

Illustration by NovaH. Source: Astralis

Bubzkji isn't just out of Astralis for the Major, he's out of Astralis.

According to Jaxon, Bubzkji is being actively offered around by Astralis as they look to move the enigmatic Dane on to another team, and this decision was made during IEM Fall.

Yeah, during the tournament he played in to help Astralis qualify for the Major that they dropped him for. Poor guy finally gets in the team and they can't wait to get rid of him, even when they need players.

So it was with great joy that we watched Astralis drop down to 0-2 after getting smashed by Entropiq and Copenhagen Flames in the opening games, truly. Life was great. Water tasted like honey. Our musty bedrooms smelt like lavender and camomile.

We thought karma was paying Astralis a visit for being mean to Bubzkji. But alas, it was only kicking us in the gut.

Sending GODSENT back to meet their maker before pulling off a miraculous 15-7 comeback over paiN on map 2 to close out the series made them Brazil's most wanted, and now leaves Astralis with Team Spirit in their sights.

As Team Spirit's biggest fans, we're inhaling lots of hopium in preparation for tomorrow. Give 'em hell, lads. For Bubzkji.

Author: 
aizyesque

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RIP our Pickems and GG to CPH Flames

Now obviously Astralis wasn't the only team at the Major Challenger Stage - even though the last few years felt like that was the case - and there's a bunch more to recap.

0-3 teams

Brazil really took up the role of going 0-3 this Major, ruining a lot of pickems in the process.

  • Sharks: Despite their strong showing against TYLOO and their three-map attempt at saving themselves against paiN, the CS just wasn't quite good enough from realzin and co.
  • GODSENT: We're not going to lie, we thought TACO would have a little Major Magic in him. But no, they just had to enable Astralis in their climb back from the danger zone.

1-3 teams

The Pickem Ruiners club (and paiN) sees us confirm that being in an echo chamber for a full year is not a lucrative method for winning.

  • Renegades: Member number one of the Pickem Ruiners are the Aussies, who to the delight of our very own delusional MOUZ fan napz, only won against paiN.
  • TYLOO: Come on guys. You just had to go and win that game? The biggest win they took was not against Sharks, but against our pickems.
  • paiN: They really are living up to their name, aren't they? Bested by VP and Renegades, they managed to salvage themselves against Sharks - only to fall to Astralis. Another comeback enabler.

3-1 teams

If you played your cards right, you had these guys in the bottom row of your pickems. You know they'll be upset by an underdog at some point, but they'll make it through.

  • Virtus Pro: Despite doing SANJI dirty, Jame and co. have settled in with FL1T pretty quickly. A small hiccup against FaZe, but they did solid overall.
  • ENCE: Even though they were hard to judge beforehand, Snappi managed to set the path for his team to do what AleksiB did before him - make a deep run.
  • Entropiq: You just know it had to happen. As if ordered by the gods themselves, we have found our Vega Squadron/Quantum Bellator Fire/DreamEaters of this Major.

3-0 teams

Now this one's full of surprises.

  • FaZe Clan: Karrigan shows us that he's still got it, and this time there's no Cloud9 in his way.
  • Copenhagen Flames: As a note to other teams, apparently putting your squad up for sale makes them perform better. It must be the pressure.

And what an insane performance that was. Not only did the Danes beat their local rivals Astralis and Heroic, but they also took down BIG - which aren't small names at all.

They've certainly cemented themselves as the most solid Danish team at this Major. And that not only means that their price tag will increase, but also that their org will be able to reinvest that money in to even more Danish talents!

Anything to get them out of our matchmaking queue.

Author: 
napz

NAstralis?

Tune in to this week's episode of Overtime on Inferno where your favorite hosts aizyesque and Logan Ramhap go deep on the biggest news in CS:GO:

  • Why Astralis are a true North American team
  • karrigan's Vietnam flashbacks
  • Why BIG are like... Rafael Nadal?
Author: 

Living on the edge

Set that alarm, boys and girls.

Well, it's a little bit late for that, but the sentiment was there. By the time you're reading this, the first game of the day is either just about to start, or if you have a real gamer sleeping pattern (or are American), the second game of the day is halfway done.

It's us, we have a real gamer sleeping pattern.

Heroic kick off the day by taking on Movistar Riders in a super hype game. Movistar have looked pretty up and down - beating Renegades and TYLOO but losing to Entropiq and VP; but they do tend to raise their game in the big clashes.

Heroic have been... beatable, too. They raced into a 2-0, but losing series' to CPH Flames and Entropiq (sound familiar, Danes?) has them needing to win a decider. This one looks like a simple one to call on paper, but don't count out the Riders.

Speaking of hype... ropz takes on BIG for a spot in the next stage. We say ropz instead of MOUZ because, well... without him they are not a real team. He was the one bright spot in an otherwise poor game from both sides, as MOUZ squeezed past Renegades.

It feels weird to call this a German derby - because of course, it isn't really - but it also feels weird to not call it that, given MOUZ' German heritage. There might not be proximity-related bad blood, but there's pride on the line.

BIG have, as always, been a middle of the pack team, but as something of a gatekeeper to the highest tier, it's up to MOUZ to prove they belong up there again. We... kinda doubt MOUZ will make it.

And then finally, Team Spirit vs Astralis - which we briefly mentioned earlier - to finish the day. This one is causing an internal rift in the team, with the writers backing Spirit and Harry on his own standing tall backing the Danes.

Spirit lost in heartbreaking fashion to VP after being 14-7 up on the deciding map, and now have one last chance against the reigning champions to make it.

While Astralis might have that champion's mentality and spirit and history and all that, Spirit have something more than that. They have the Vega Squadron energy.

Watch your B site, Astralis. Daddy's coming home and he's bringing a MAC-10.

Author: 
aizyesque

Lineups? Where we're going we don't need lineups

  • 88 MPH straight to the bench. I guess he poizoNed his own chances.
  • s1mple is just cradling his many, many babies.
  • Doesn't look like he's proud of all of them though. Somewhere out there, ZywOo is smiling.
  • We'd love to try this trick ourselves, but that requires us surviving to the afterplant.
  • Want to know who will play who at the Major, or just like making the most insane "what if" scenarios? This website's got you covered.
  • He's not only got super biceps, he's also a super sub!
Author: 
napz