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IEM Katowice Major is over and Astralis are on top once again. The Danes smashed ENCE 2-0 in the grand final to bank another $1M payday and remain on top of the highest-earning CS:GO professionals of all time, according to esportsearnings.com.
Every single Astralis player has now won more than $1M playing CS:GO. The only one not in the seven-figure club was Emil “Magisk” Reif, who joined Astralis in February 2018. In one year with them, however, Magisk has won eight LAN titles, including two Majors, on top of the Intel Grand Slam Season 1 prize.
Of the five Astralis players, Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth leads the table with $1.42M in winnings. Xyp9x is also in the top 40 of highest winning pros of all time and is the only non-Dota 2 player to be ranked that high.
Opportunity for MIBR
The core of MIBR places second after the Astralis five with Epitacio “TACO” de Melo leading with $907K. The Brazilians might be far behind Xyp9x still, but if the next few tournaments go their way, they could at least come on par with Magisk.
MIBR are set to play in the WESG 2018 Grand Finals and are considered the heavy favorites among a largely underwhelming pool of teams. A first place would mean a $100,000 payday for each of their players and will put TACO and Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo just less than $10,000 below Magisk. Astralis are not going to WESG, which makes MIBR’s chances even higher.
There will be two more opportunities for MIBR to get a top 5 earnings placement by the end of March. BLAST Pro Series Sao Paulo offers a $125,000 to the winner, but MIBR will have to do better than Astralis at that one — a tall order given how well the Danes played at the Major. Then, there’s StarSeries Season 7 with a $250,000 first-place prize: another event Astralis are not attending but a stacked one nonetheless, featuring FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere, Fnatic and ENCE, among others.
14-times Major playoffs participant Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer wraps up the top 10 with $755K in winnings. Olof has two Major titles himself, but his came in an era where prize pools were much lower. In 2015, Cologne and Katowice, the Majors Olof won with Fnatic, gave away only $250,000 — a mere quarter of the Major prize pools of today.