One of the best CS:GO teams in the world Astralis might not have been at the top of their game this year but their coach Danny "zonic" Sorensen’s dedication has surely not gone unnoticed as he has been named the ‘Best Esports Coach’ at The Game Awards 2020.
The 34-year-old Dane has had to adapt a lot which the numerous player shuffles that Astralis had witnessed this year. He kept his patience through the rough patch and kept working hard to still produce three stunning victories with the team currently standing second on the HLTV global rankings.
Zonic - Best Esports Coach | The Game Awards 2020
Zonic has managed to win the ‘Best Esports Coach’ award second year in a row at ‘The Game Awards’ and this is certainly nothing short of absolutely fantastic. Astralis has not had the best outing in 2020 with the Danish organization witnessing a lot of roster shuffles due to which they hit a rough patch.
This saw Astralis drop out of the top ten world ranking in July for the first time in more than three years. But despite the ups and downs the organization managed to successfully operate an extended CS:GO lineup which is slowly becoming a common trend across professional CS:GO.
The Danish lineup kept working hard along with Zonic who fought through all the set backs to groom multiple strong combinations and slowly Astralis found their groom coming back to win DreamHack Masters Winter 2020: Europe, their third big win this year.
Zonic did receive a lot of praise from his peers but the community in general were divided on the opinion whether he really deserved the award this time once again or not. The Dane was up against the following nominated coaches from different competitive titles,
- Dae-hee "Crusty" Park - Overwatch
- Fabian "GrabbZ" Lohmann - League of Legends
- Lee "Zefa" Jae-min - League of Legends
- Raymond "Rambo" Lussier - Call of Duty
Zonic himself stated that “The Game Awards is the most prestigious in the gaming industry, and to be even mentioned next to the biggest titles and events in the world is surreal. It comes at a time where we as a team and the organization has gone through a lot, just like the rest of the world I guess, but to get this kind of acknowledgement in 2020 means a lot.”