The competitive season of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) 2018 ended, but was marked by breathtaking games among the best teams in the world. Optician India’s Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat’s controversy, banned from the competition for five years, has also entered history as well as Astralis supremacy and MIBR’s return . Recall, in the following retrospect, facts that marked the international scenario of CS: GO in 2018.
1. Featured Europeans
The Astralis won 10 major events in 2018 and became the most successful team in the history of the game. The Danes were impeccable throughout the year, earning something around $ 3.45 million in prizes and stunned the world with dominant performances. The team won two editions of ESL Pro League, two seasons of ECS, two BLAST Pro Series ( Lisbon and Istanbul ), a Major and other expressive titles.
Natus Vincere also shone this year. The Eastern European team was Astralis’ main opponent in the LAN competitions and raised four trophies under the tutelage of Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev. FaZe Clan , Fnatic and Mousesports complete the list of top winners with three wins each. The MIBR, unlike the rivals, did not take off. The team Gabriel ” Fallen ” Toledo reached the highest step of the podium on just one occasion, the ZOTAC Cup 2018 Masters.
2. Money in your pocket
According to the website Esports Earnings, Astralis players were the CS: GO athletes who made the most money with prizes in 2018. Predominance was already expected as the organization won almost all the championships it has played. Nicolai “device” Reedtz, Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth, Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Emil “Magisk” Reif accumulated about $ 730,000 in bonuses.
Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson, former AWPer of Fnatic, is the first pro player on the list outside the Danish axis. The current in-game leader of Ninjas in Pajamas ranks sixth, with $ 281,000 received. It is worth remembering that the numbers presented by the portal are approximate amounts and do not reflect the actual billing reached by professionals.
3. World Champions
The 2018 calendar counted on the accomplishment of two Majors (the most outstanding event in the competitive CS: GO). EL ELEAGUE Major: Boston, first World Cup of the Year, was played January 12-28 in the United States. The title was in the hands of Cloud9, who until then had players Tarik “tarik” Celik and Jake “Stewie2K” Yip , today at MIBR.
Already in the second half, the best teams of the scene faced again in London, England, during the days 5 to 23 of September. Sovereign, Astralis dispatched all opponents of the competition and lifted the cup under the eyes of 12,000 people at the Wembley Arena. Denmark’s opponents defeated Na’Vi 2-0 in the final.
4. Controversies and Cheats
The year 2018 was also marked by controversy. Nikhil “forsaken” Kumawat, of OpTic India, was spotted using cheat at Zowie eXTREMESLAND Asia in October.
The organization was excluded from the championship and the Indian athlete was banned from ESL competitions for five years. According to the investigations, forsaken used fraudulent software called ” aim-lock ”.