The Counter-Strike dream team, Astralis, has seen better days. With the recent replacement of two of their top players, Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth and their IGL Lukas “Gla1ve” Rossander, the team is falling short of their dominant reputation. Now, with their recent losses, the squad has moved down from their longtime HLTV first place ranking and are now ranked #2. The current #1 team in the world is Natus Vincere (NAVI).
Both Xyp9x and Gla1ve have stepped down from the current roster due to the negative mental effects of playing at the pro level. At first, Gla1ve had stepped down and was replaced by Jakob “JUGi” Hansen. JUGI, joined the team in May during the Group Stage of the DreamHack Masters Spring 2020. Xyp9x’s replacement Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer made his debut today in the matches against NiP and sAw.
Unfortunately for Astralis, the loss they suffered pushed them down from the top rank, and they are now #2. Astralis lost against NiP and both JUGi and Snappi earned themselves an HLTV rating under 0.50. This is a tough loss to take, but giving the players the benefit of the doubt, this is their first day with the second roster change. With the roster adjustments, there must be some sort of period where the squad has to get comfortable with each other.
But it is possible that these players joining just wasn’t the right move. Unless the two subs can bring their play to a higher level, Astralis may sink even lower. However, while I did not expect them to lose their first place position, I did expect these newcomers to under-perform.
NAVI isn’t the only team to go up in the ranks; G2 moved up as well. Mousesports fell down to 5th place despite their victory over Dignitas earlier today. The next match G2 will play is against the top squad NAVI on June 6th. This will be NAVI’s first chance to show the world if they deserve the title or not. It is no question they are a top 5 contender, but do they have what it takes to be #1?