Lucky to be here

Elliott Griffiths
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Lucky from Astralis

Illustration by NovaH. Source: Astralis

And then there were three spots left.

Though NaVi might have fallen at the hands of MIBR, G2 swept them away with consummate ease. NiKo, as he does seemingly every single game, topfragged and dropped 100+ ADR. No sweat.

The encouraging thing for G2 is just how good m0NESY is looking already; and that clutch above, man. Just an absolutely outrageous display of talent. It’s a really easy comparison to make, but... there are shades of s1mple in that.

The control, the speed, the presence of mind: It’s just perfection.

We’d like to say this was a good effort from MIBR, with lots of positives to take, but... they got 11 rounds in two maps. There’s not a lot of positives to take.

Take a guess who topfragged for NaVi as they beat NiP? You’re right!

s1mple and his boys sliced through NiP over and over; until eventually NiP made a giant comeback on map two to bring the game to 14-14 from 14-7.

And then lost anyway. How typically NiP.

Don’t worry; it could DEFINITELY be worse. Astralis got 2-0’d by BIG, and fell down into the BLAST Showdown with NiP, MIBR and the whole of NA. And it was... it was bad, man.

If you want the perfect encapsulation of quite how far Astralis have fallen, watch this, and imagine it happening under the old five and zonic. Hitting the site with too little time, not checking corners, missing shots... it just wouldn’t happen.

Lucky is catching a lot of heat for his performances as of late, and probably not unfairly. But he’s not the only one who’s struggled; xyp9x’s numbers have been terrible of late, k0nfig is wildly inconsistent and gla1ve isn’t the same all-action player he once was.

blameF has great stats, but as pointed out by people smarter than us, there’s a reason for that.

Astralis are in shambles, boys and girls.

February 6, 2022

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