Astralis Declines to Attend EPICENTER

Astralis will opt out of attending the EPICENTER Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament in order to recuperate, the organization announced Tuesday.

"The ​CS:GO calendar can sometimes be a challenge and on the back of a very tough period with a massive traveling schedule, we are forced to give the players time to recover," the team wrote.

Astralis, the widely considered No. 1 team in the world, ​beat Natus Vincere to become the ​FACEIT Major: London champions two weeks ago and won the BLAST Pro Series Istanbul last week. Astralis came into the competition with a strong momentum and was successful in asserting its dominance in the scene.

EPICENTER will run from Oct. 23-28 in Moscow. FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere, and Team Liquid were invited to compete.