The popular Counter-Strike team Astralis has released 4 episodes of their Behind the Stars documentary. In Behind The Stars, viewers are invited into the inner workings of this renowned Danish Counter-Strike team.
The documentary, described as an “unfiltered story,” chronicles Astralis’ intense tournament season in the first half of 2023, showcasing the highs and lows of professional gaming. This gripping narrative begins with a pivotal meeting on January 2, where players and staff lay out their aspirations for the year ahead.
Behind the Stars Documentary by Astralis
The documentary unflinchingly portrays the team’s struggles. Early in the year, Astralis faced a significant setback, failing to qualify for the BLAST.tv Paris CSGO Major—a key goal for 2023. This was a result of a disappointing 1-3 record in the European RMR.
The pressure was palpable, with players like Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth candidly discussing the looming threat of being removed from the team.
Astralis didn’t shy away from making bold moves. In April, they promoted academy player Alexander “Altekz” Givskov, replacing Xyp9x. This was part of a larger strategy to rejuvenate the team’s lineup and approach. Benjamin “blameF” Bremer, the in-game leader, voiced a critical perspective, highlighting the stagnation in the team’s tactics despite numerous roster changes.
The Future Unfolds
“Behind The Stars” is a dynamic look at a team in transition, determined to redefine itself. As blameF notes, the team had not improved “in the slightest” over two years, underlining the need for a new direction. The documentary, available on Astralis’ YouTube channel, is just the beginning of their story, with more episodes anticipated in the future.
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