Astralis’ absence from prestigious events in recent months recently resulted in their being knocked off of the number one spot on the HLTV rankings, with Team Liquid’s victory at DreamHack Masters Dallas carrying them over the Danes.
The change marks the end of Astralis’ record-breaking streak at number one, having held the position since April 2018, becoming the first team ever to maintain the spot for over a year. According to zonic, however, the ranking is not a primary motivator for Astralis, as “our mission is not the world rankings, but to do all we can to win the biggest and the right tournaments.”
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For many, the loss of their top ranking also marks the end of the Astralis era, for now at least, with fans frustrated that a team many consider the greatest in CS:GO history relinquished their era through inactivity, simply failing to defend their title rather than actually being defeated.
Fortunately for fans of Astralis, the team are now heading into a series of premier events, kicking off with the ECS Season 7 finals on June 6-9. They’ll then be attempting to defend their title at the ESL Pro League Season 9 finals on June 18-23, before competing at ESL One Cologne on July 2-7.