Astralis and Spirit hit the rocks

Elliott Griffiths
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Illustration by ANDYJ. Source: Astralis CS

There’s always a couple of teams who completely balls it up.

Astralis aren’t exactly averse to a comical failure, but they weren’t alone. In fact, they inflicted one on Team Spirit.

It’s not completely out of the blue for Team Spirit - they’ve been on a bit of a slide for the last few months, but an 0-3 seemed out of the question. Losses to 500, Aurora and yes, Astralis left them out of contention for Major qualification.

Astralis might’ve survived an extra day, but device was dealt a fatal blow at the hands of the org he originally snaked Astralis for. Karma might not be a female dog, but she certainly has a sense of humour.

Spirit had massive structural issues from the jump. Even in their map win over Astralis, they were largely winning rounds with disadvantages, losing space and opening picks, but pulling off miracles. They looked lost, and weirdly, as if they had barely any firepower.

A very strange showing from them.

Astralis’ issues were somewhat hinted at in that paragraph, too. They were picking up opening kills left, right and centre, but falling apart after that. device still looks money, but xyp9x and gla1ve might be done at this level, sadly.

While FaZe’s fall was spectacular, they at least are still technically still in the event and have a shot at the last chance qualifier.

Spirit and Astralis missed that, and then some. Changes inbound, one would assume, for both.

April 13, 2023

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