The arT of destruction

Elliott Griffiths
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Illustration by NovaH. Source: Astralis

Astralis, so often, are described as machines. Machines designed to perfectly shut down everyone else, designed to play every map perfectly, and designed to win Counter-Strike matches.

What's the one thing that humans appreciate more than machines?

Er, not that one, you dirty minded freak. More fittingly, it's art. Or should we say, arT.

When Luke Skywalker destroyed the death star, it required a sheer disregard for one's own safety; bravery or stupidity, whichever you prefer. Similarly, to destroy the Astralis machine, it requires a man who has unbound the key to walk backwards.

arT never walks backwards, he just turns around and walks forward.

Online CS is weird, and for a lot of people Astralis' recent woes were just a product of that - but when FURIA completely annihilated them, something was clearly wrong. This is the team that shut down s1mple at his peak, but they can't stop the relentless aggression of arT?

Maybe there is something more happening underneath the surface, or maybe us suggesting Astralis are 'destroyed' might be a bit much. But with the players' contracts allegedly about to run out at the end of the year, internal strife might rise to the surface.

Nah, we're definitely overreacting, right?

It's not like their chairman is publicly disagreeing with the decisions of the team, or gla1ve is tweeting like he just watched Mean Girls to distract from the fact that Kjaerbye hasn't text back.


April 11, 2021

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