Astralis Coach Zonic Talks About The Struggle That The Best CS:GO Teams Face

Zonic expresses the struggle that every ranked one CS:GO team goes through.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Zonic, in an interview with BLAST, talks about the struggles the best CS:GO teams in the world generally go through.
He gives a personal example of what he, along with the Astralis lineup, used to face during their peak.
The 34-year-old further speaks about why he became a coach and what his role as a coach actually comprise of.

One of the best CS:GO teams in the world that dominated the top spot for a very long time, Astralis might not be as dominant as they once were, but they still continue to hold their own. The Danish giants recently lost their star player Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz, but despite the setback, they managed to finish 3rd-4th at IEM Cologne 2021, quickly adapting to the situation and making the best of it. However, the journey has been tough for Astralis as pointed out by their head coach, Danny "zonic" Sørensen who has been with the organization since the very first day.

Zonic, in an interview with BLAST Premier which was released on 26th July, talks about some of the struggles every top CS:GO team goes through, after attaining the number one spot in the world.

Zonic reveals what Astralis went through when they were the best CS:GO team

Zonic who has been named the 'Best Esports Coach' for two consecutive years at the Game Awards 2019 and 2020, is a massive reason behind Astralis' success up until this point in time.

The 34-year-old, in a recent interview released by BLAST, spoke about the struggle almost every CS:GO team goes through after becoming the very best in the world. First, talking about his own experience along with Astralis, zonic said that,

I think I do a lot of things as a coach, it is a role that has a lot of job titles. There is a lot of pressure on me as a coach because we have been winning a lot in the past couple of years. I think there is a pressure from the community. Obviously they expect a lot from us and they should, especially our fans. It is getting tougher by the year and not because we aren't working as hard as we did before or that we started to put in less effort, but simply because it is incredibly difficult to be the first.
Danny "zonic" Sørensen - Interview with BLAST

Zonic moves on from Astralis and talks about how teams, after claiming the throne, have to struggle even harder. He points out how being at the top requires teams to come up with new stuff constantly, as others study their whole playbook.

He shines a light on the mental side of things, saying once a team starts winning all the trophies and stay longer at the top, every loss hurts more especially the times when the team goes through a bad period.

Zonic goes on to talk about other things like how his journey as a coach began, what this role actually means, and more.

Astralis recently expanded to a six-man roster once again by signing a young AWPer. It will be interesting to see how the team goes on to perform from here on out.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.

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