Dom’s Top 10 Teams of 2018

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Astralis lifted the ESL Pro League S8 trophy this December, and topped it off by simultaneously securing the inaugural Intel Grand Slam. This was one of the many spectacular moments which has built the Astralis Era. See where they place in my top ten, though it is pretty obvious where.

Other people tend to sort their rankings around the flash of big wins, but I will do it differently. It is possible for any team to complete a fluke; Cloud9 at ELEAGUE Major 2018 and mousesports at ESL One New York 2018 stick out to me. Those teams will not find themselves high, or even present, on my rankings. Teams need to prove that they are able to consistently perform against the best, and not embarrass themselves against fellow members of the top 10. Thus, I will be basing my rankings with that at the front of my mind and it will be what differentiates my rankings from the rest.
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Champions – An Astralis Story

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This is the story of how 2018’s greatest team, Astralis, have came to be to where they are today; a united, skilled and dominant CS:GO team. Image from RFRSH

If Counter-Strike was a game of Monopoly, where teams owned the equivalent of a single property, Astralis would own the entire red, green and blue sets. In 2018, they have redefined the way teams approach the game, crushed their opposition and made history. Their current roster will go down in the record books, reverently talked about by esports fans for many years. This lineup has battled their way through tough periods to breakthrough as both the best team of our current time, and the best team to ever to play Counter-Strike.

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gla1ve – Leading By Example

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gla1ve is the model in-game leader, read on to find out why.
With their victory at the FACEIT Major 2018 in London, Astralis have cemented themselves their own era. Since adding Emil “Magisk” Reif, they have been cutting through the competition like a hot knife through butter. Since he’s joined, Astralis have clicked and they are leaps and bounds ahead of everybody else. Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander has masterminded this squad to allow them to become the number one team in the world by a large margin.