- Revamped Astralis lineup takes down Fnatic in their comeback match.
- They defeat Fnatic on Nuke and Train to advance further in ESL One Cologne 2020.
- The latest player to join the team Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen turns out to be the star of the match up.
The Danish giants have long been absent from the competitive Counter-Strike scene, having skipped the second RMR tournament cs_summit 6 Online: Europe due to an unstable roster following the last-minute departure of Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth. But the Danes are back with their revamped roster and they seem to be better synchronized and in control of things, then before the player break.
They have kicked off their ESL One: Cologne 2020 Online - Europe campaign with a ‘2-0’ victory against Fnatic with Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen the latest player to join their lineup really standing out with his superb performance across both the maps.
Astralis - 16
Fnatic - 5
Astralis - 19
Fnatic - 17
Astralis Comes Back With A Bang
The Danes recently slipped out of the top-fifteen teams on the HLTV global leaderboard in their most recent ranking update which was published just a few days back on 17th August. But despite their massive slip which the organization had not witnessed for more than two years, they seem to be in control of things.
Both the newcomers, Bubzkji and Patrick “es3tag” Hansen seem to have gelled well with the team that is currently being led by Emil “Magisk” Reif. Their opening match-up against Fnatic was quite solid, though they did face a bit of trouble on Train the overall performance was miles better than the disaster which was witnessed at BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Showdown and DreamHack Masters Spring 2020: Europe.
Astralis Kick-Starts ESL One Cologne With A Victory
The first map was an easy wrap for Astralis as they reminded everyone once again how dominant they could be on Nuke. Both the new players had practiced well on the map along with their teammates as Astralis took a comfortable ‘1-0’.
However, the second map on Train was not at all smooth sailing as the game went into overtime after the Danes forced a draw catching up to Fnatic in the nick of time. Though Astralis was not tactically sound in this game, they made it up with their firepower and a few spectacular individual plays.
With this win Astralis advance ahead to face off against Team Vitality on 23rd August. It is too early to comment on how good the team actually is as the real test lies ahead, but at the moment they are looking quite fearsome.