RGE vs AST is a wholly tremendous mismatch and everyone’s predictions will surely reflect it as well; it’s still worth tuning in to, however, and that’s primarily because Astralis seem to be a fair bit more competitive and able than most folks thought would be the case.
Are they still a gatekeeper? Of course! That was to be expected. What is a surprise, however, is that they’re feisty, capable, and pretty darn dangerous, too. And so the fact that they’re inherently limited and bound to end up outside of the Top 6 should in no way diminish and skew our perception of them.
We can still praise a team for its growth and dedication, even though said improvements won’t result in much.
The LEC is as top heavy a region as they come and so any time a team evolves — be it in huge, sweeping ways or more nuanced ones — we have an obligation to give it its due.
Wins over Misfits and Team BDS might not be worth much these days, but they were still enough for Astralis to end up in a tie with teams like Fnatic, MAD, and EXCEL. Not too shabby, all things considered.
They will now go up against one of the very best teams in the LEC and, well, they’re not expected to accomplish much (if anything at all).
RGE vs AST Predictions — Still a Mismatch
No matter how capable Astralis might be, Rogue are still better and more dangerous in nearly every conceivable fashion. There’s really no other way to say it. We’re talking about a team that’s about as stacked as it gets.
And so the fact that they’re currently sitting on a 1W-2L record shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. In fact, it’d be weird if it were any different given whom they had to face. They’re still a towering giant and they will, by all means, be making waves at some point in the very near future.
Astralis are good. They really are. They’re not, however, as good as Rogue — nor will they ever be.