Kjaerbye
Markus Kjaerbye 
Denmark
Astralis
Thrashes in Game 1
May 24, 2017
kjaerbye earned a firm 34/28 KD on Tuesday in a series draw with Fnatic in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.
ANALYSIS
kjaerbye crushed the offense of Fnatic, only allowing one round won in the first half for a massive 14-1 lead at the half. kjaerbye exploded on the defense picking up multiple double kills to have the early advantages as well as winning duels to help contribute to the massive lead. kjaerbye closed out the half with two rounds, picking up a couple of kills for a 17/6 KD and 109.8 ADR to close Train 16-1. Game 2 kjaerbye contributed to the three rounds won on the offense to start the half on Inferno; however, Fantic came back to silence the lead with six of their own. Down 6-3, kjaerbye opened up the defense to help close out the first half down 8-7. However, kjaerbye had a dismal second half for the defense, unable to generate an economy to hold off the offense of Fnatic for a 16-8 Game 2 loss, posting a 17/22 KD and an 83.1 ADR.
Dominant in 2-0 win over Dignitas
May 18, 2017
Kjaerbye earned an impressive 51/30 KD on Wednesday in a 2-0 series over Team Dignitas in the Esports Championship Series Season 3.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye had a great start on the defensive side of Nuke, taking a solid 4-0 lead to start the half. Dignitas managed to come back to win four of their own, but Kjaerbye put his foot down to contribute to the seven-round streak to take the first half 11-4. Kjaerbye had a horrible start to the second half on the offense, unable to win a round until Round 26 after Dignitas' ten-round streak came to a close as Kjaerbye opened the outside area to allow a better execution in the late five-round comeback to close Game 1 16-14. Kjaerbye earned a 26/19 KD and an 85.5 ADR. Kjaerbye continued to dominate in Game 2, taking a 5-0 lead on the defense of Mirage. Dignitas slowly won a few rounds but were unable to gain much ground, resulting in a 12-3 deficit at the half. Both teams traded rounds in the second half, but Kjaerbye out-shot the opposition to close the second half in four rounds for a 16-7 Game 2 win, earning another big 25/11 KD and 115.4 ADR.
Slow to start but heats up vs NV
May 18, 2017
Kjaerbye finished Astralis' 2-0 sweep of Team EnVyUs in ECS Season 3 on Tuesday with a KD of 38/26.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye had a rough start to the series on Inferno, despite Astralis' complete domination of Game 1. Kjaerbye struggled to pick up much of anything with a KD of only 9/9 while the rest of Astralis tore NV apart, taking a 16-1 win. Kjaerbye managed to find his rhythm in Game 2 on Train, where he was instrumental in Astralis' eventual 16-10 win. Picking up kills with consistency, Kjaerbye was a menace in both halves, posting a KD of 29/17 and an ADR of 108.9 as Astralis completed the 2-0 sweep.
Slips up in the late stages of the game
May 4, 2017
Kjaerbye finished Astralis' 16-12 loss to SK Gaming on Thursday at IEM Sydney with an 18/19 KD.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye started off this eventual loss with a double in Round 2. From there, he was a bit more subdued, picking up a few sporadic kills in the next few rounds before showing back up in a big way in Round 9. He plopped himself down in a corner on the A-bombsite and picked up a sneaky double kill as SK couldn't figure out where he was firing from and couldn't stop him. He didn't do much else in the rest of the first half and on into the first couple rounds of the second half. He once again put himself back in the narrative of the game with a massive ace in Round 18, with the first three of those kills being the absolute difference maker. Unfortunately for him and his team, that was about it from the Kjaerbye camp as SK broke Astralis' economy in round after round in the late stages of the game to lock up the 16-12 win and force Astralis to still search for the last win needed to secure a playoffs spot.
Pushes Astralis to big win
May 3, 2017
Kjaerbye finished up Astralis' easy win over The Chiefs on Tuesday at IEM Sydney with a 21/11 KD.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye was living right from the beginning of this game to open up IEM Sydney for Astralis. He secured Round 3 with a ridiculous 1-vs-1 clutch to get the defuse. He ended the half pretty well, posting a 3k in Round 10 and a double in Round 12 before Astralis lost the last three rounds of the half to The Chiefs. Despite the slow end to the first half, Astralis stabilized in the second half, with Kjaerbye doing his part. He picked up a double in Round 17 and then another in Round 21 to lock up the 16-5 win and secure a 1-0 record to start IEM Sydney off right.
Leads Astralis to win over GODSENT
April 26, 2017
Kjaerbye put up a stellar 49/25 KD in Astralis' 2-0 win over GODSENT on Tuesday in Season 3 of the ECS.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye was incredibly dominant in his team's big win over GODSENT on Tuesday. Things started off on Overpass for Game 1 and he actually was towards the bottom of his team in the first half. His teammates were carrying much of the weight while he pitched in with some consistent kills here and there. He blew up with an 11/2 second half to help his team get the 16-5 win. He continued that momentum into the second game on Mirage, posting an incredible 20/6 KD in the first half that saw his team go up 12-3. He was a bit more measured in the second half, but it was more than enough to help his team wrap up the big win.
Big start to draw vs NiP
April 20, 2017
Kjaerbye posted a 32/37 KD on Tuesday in a series tie with Ninjas in Pyjamas in the ESL Pro League Season 5.
ANALYSIS
Game 1 Kjaerbye had a rather rough start in the first half; however, he managed to get his wits together in Round 10 with a triple kill on the offense to secure the round. After a few rounds went Kjaerbye's way, he then followed up with an anti-eco triple kill on the B-bombsite to capture the last round of the half down 9-6. Kjaerbye had a big second half, racking up the kills for the defense to hold off NiP, winning 10 out of 13 rounds to take Game 1 16-12, earning a 20/16 KD and 74.5 ADR. Kjaerbye faced a tough Game 2 start as he found himself down 6-0 on the defense on Cache. Kjaerbye contributed to the three rounds won to cut the lead in half, picking up a double kill and a few assists along the way. He then capitalized in Round 9, where he was able to hold the A-bombsite for a triple kill down 6-4. Kjaerbye managed to hold on the offense for the remainder of the half for an 8-7 lead. The second half was a dismal performance, as Kjaerbye was unable to find the important kills that would have given them a better chance, as the team fell 16-12. Kjaerbye contributed to a team-low 12/21 KD and 50.7 ADR.
Massive Game 3 not enough to stop FaZe
April 9, 2017
Kjaerbye posted a 58/59 KD in Astralis' heartbreaking loss to FaZe Clan in the grand finals of the StarSeries Season 3 Finals.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye did his part in this game, showing up in a major way for his team in the decisive Game 3, but his team couldn't band together to take the win. Looking back at Game 1, he started off a bit slow, only managing a 17/19 KD in the 16-14 Astralis win. Game 2 was another poor showing for the Dane, only putting up a paltry nine kills in the 16-6 loss to FaZe. This game was more of just a poor showing from everyone on Astralis, rather than him being just poor on his own. Game 3 is where he made his incredible mar on the series. He was on a one-man mission to propel Astralis to even newer heights with another grand finals win, and it showed in his play. He was doing it all for Astralis. He was denying retakes, executing with impunity and holding bombsites of his own. This all led to a sweltering 32/21 KD and 95.3 ADR, which were both game-highs. Unfortunately, neither he nor his teammates could find the final rounds needed to first stop overtime, and then once in the overtime rounds, prevent FaZe from getting the win. Expect Kjaerbye and Astralis to come out firing in their next major tournament showing.
Gets no help from teammates in loss
April 5, 2017
Kjaerbye put up a 33/23 KD in Astralis' loss to North on Day 2 of the StarSeries Season 3 Finals.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye did it all for Astralis in this tough loss to North on Wednesday. He started off with a double kill in Round 6 and then followed that up with another in Round 14. He was right there in the beginning rounds of the second half to help his team erase the big deficit they faced at the half. He was excellent at shutting down rotations to help Astralis lock down a flurry of rounds in the second half to take a 15-14 lead. From then on, it was all North as they forced overtime and then dominated. Kjaerbye did have a 3k in overtime to make it 16 all, but then he couldn't find anymore kills, which led to the loss. He needs more from his team if they want to take yet another tournament.
Rakes in assists in win
April 4, 2017
Kjaerbye put up a 17/14 KDA in Astralis' win over CLG on Day 1 of the StarSeries Season 3 Finals.
ANALYSIS
While Kjaerbye was towards the bottom of the charts for Astralis, it doesn't mean that he wasn't doing his part. He put up a game-high nine assists, which ended up being the second-most over the entire tournament on Day 1. While assists aren't a stat that gets a lot of love in the CS:GO world, it certainly is one that still matters. That fact that Kjaerbye posted so many also keys in on what makes Astralis so good: they swarm you. Instead of playing like lone wolfs, they roam around the map in packs to attack opposing teams en masse. This allows them to win most of the duels they end up in, which is certainly why they've been so good over the last few months.
Slow start to a strong finish
March 19, 2017
Kjaerbye earned Astralis a 25/34 KD in a series split versus North on Wednesday in the ESL Pro League Season 5.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye had a rough start to the series in Game 1 after a crushing defeat. Kjaerbye had a hard time finding the right pixels with a 9/17 KD following a 53.4 ADR. He contributed to four rounds won for Astralis to Game 1 on Overpass following a five round blowout in the second for a 16-4 loss. Though Game 2 proved he was back in the game after a round eight win with a swift double kill on the A-bombsite retake. After losing the second pistol round of the second half, Kjaerbye wins the force buy with a triple kill on the B-bombsite. Kjaerbye closed out the series split with a 16/17 KD followed by a 62.5 ADR in a 16-11 win over North.
Decent performance vs OpTic
March 1, 2017
Kjaerbye ended Astralis' group stage win at IEM Katowice against OpTic on Wednesday with a KD of 18/20.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye had a solid game against OpTic on Train, quietly picking up a couple of kills in the first half on the CT side. While Kjaerbye struggled as the point of first contact, getting entry fragged repeatedly, he eventually found his groove later in the half, leading to an 8-7 lead for Astralis heading into the second half. Kjaerbye looked solid on the T side, despite some questionable early rounds. Fragging well while providing great grenades, Kjaerbye finished the 16-12 slugfest with a KD of 18/20.
Racks up frags against NiP
March 1, 2017
Kjaerbye put up a 43/36 KD Wednesday during a 1-0 group stage win over NiP at IEM Katowice.
ANALYSIS
It's easy to forget that Kjaerbye is still only 18 years old. He plays with an eerie poise for a teenager, like in Round 2 when he stood calm at Bench despite a Molotov landing inches away from him. Instead of losing his cool and immediately peeking out to challenge, Kjaerbye waited for the fire to burn away, lulling NiP into a false sense of security. When the flames were on their last tick, Kjaerbye sprung out for an easy trade kill. Although Astralis lost the round, Kjaerbye kept his composure throughout the map, and showed why so many have him marked as an up-and-coming superstar.
Another strong performance nets grand finals win
January 29, 2017
Kjaerbye posted a 73/54 KD in Astralis' monumental 2-1 win over Virtus.pro in the grand finals of the ELEAGUE Major.
ANALYSIS
In the most unsurprising revelation of the first half of Game 1 on Nuke, Kjaerbye was a rock for his team. They lost five straight after winning the pistol round, but then battled back and forth through the rest of the game. For all their success, Astralis still let some rounds slip away from them. This was none more obvious than in Round 25 where they somehow lost an anti-eco round. That would be the final nail in Astralis' coffin for Game 1; they lost the next three rounds after this to drop the map 12-16. While he is normally a rock for Astralis, Kjaerbye didn't find many kills early in the first half of Game 2 on Overpass. Once the game got going a bit more, Kjaerbye put up respectable kills to help get the 9-6 lead at the half. When all hope looked loss for Astralis in the second half after they had began to fall apart, Kjaerbye locked things up with a double kill on the retake to tie it back up at 14 apiece. He picked up another 3k in the following round to take a 15-14 lead that would eventually turn into a 16-14 win to force a decisive Game 3. He was so strong in the final game against VP. His leadership and consistent fragging was just what Astralis needed to keep in this game. His kill with the molotov in Round 29 was so huge and set Astralis up for match point. Astralis would win the tournament in that next round to earn the title of ELEAGUE Major Atlanta champions.
Consistent force for Astralis in win
January 28, 2017
Kjaerbye put up a 46/37 KD in Astralis' win over Fnatic in the semifinals of the ELEAGUE Major.
ANALYSIS
Kjaerbye was leading the charge for Astralis in the first half of Game 1 on Cache. His positioning was always spot on and he used that to shut down Fnatic at every turn. His main role was flanking for Astralis, and he did that job just fine. It ended up not being enough in the second half though, with Fnatic pushing back for an overtime period. Despite the slight faltering in the second half, he ended up stepping in just when Astralis needed him to in overtime. His 1-vs-2 clutch on the B-bombsite was the final piece needed to take this game 19-16. Going into Game 2, Kjaerbye was strong once again, securing rounds with his nice sprays and positioning. Despite the narrow win in Game 1, Astralis was firing on all cylinders in this one. There was no stopping them on the way to the 16-5 win that secure the Danes a spot in the grand finals.