WELCOME TO THE TEAM

If you ever want to manage your favourites, change your details or update your marketing preferences, just visit ‘My Account’

Personalise your GGRecon page so that the information presented is bespoke to your likes
Games
Call of Duty
Overwatch
VALORANT
CS:GO
LOL
Apex Legends
RL
Fortnite
Trending
FIFA
PUBG
Fall Guys
Dota 2
Influencers
Fallout
Starfield
Redfall
Indie Games
Why Should I Join GGRECON?
Welcome
to the team
Sign Up via Social Media:
Or Sign Up Manually
Select A Country
Already got an account? Login Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

RESET YOUR PASSWORD
Complete!
Success! You’ve reset your password
You’ll now be able to use this password to login successfully
RESET YOUR PASSWORD
RESET YOUR
PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
Email sent! Check your inbox

We’ve sent a link to the email ‘’.

Please follow the instructions in this email
to reset your password

FORGOT PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
Please enter your username so we can send you a link to reset your password
Welcome back to
Enter your details below to log into the GGRecon Site:
Login via Social Media:
Or Login Manually
Not a GGRecon member yet? Sign Up Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

Why Should I Join GGRECON?
Complete your sign up
 
Select A Country
Already got an account? Login Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

Scroll to read

Markus Kjaerbye - The World’s Oldest Wonderkid

Written by 

Aizyesque

Posted 

15 Jul 2020

Share via:

It’s the 26th of January, 2017. You, and the rest of us so-called gamers, were sat in your underwear watching Astralis taking on Virtus.pro. That day, however, was likely young Markus Kjaerbye’s best day ever. At eighteen years old, he almost single-handedly dragged an Astralis team notorious for choking, over the line to their first Major win. And you, at 18 years old, are on a losing streak on FACEIT. In your underwear.

This ridiculous performance saw Kjaerbye as the only player on the Danish team who went positive in the Grand Final and earned him the MVP. At 18, Kjaerbye had already completed the dream of anyone who even thinks of going pro. And… well, sadly, after the peak, comes the trough.

Kjaerbye was often cited as a weird fit for Astralis, largely as he was seen as a raw aimer who needed to go in first, which was a role that dupreeh was known for. Though he was the MVP of the Major, he had struggles with inconsistencies and swapped roles with dupreeh from time to time.

From inconsistent to inconsistent

That was, until February the following year. Out of nowhere, Kjaerbye had decided to join North to rejoin MSL, a player he felt got the best out of him on Dignitas. He spent a little while being called a snake for leaving Astralis, but after picking up Magisk, they quickly forgot to care. North, meanwhile, continued their trend of occasional brilliance punctuating long stretches of mediocrity.

Kjaerbye was North’s best performer in the first period and weirdly looked more consistent. Of course, this came with a more consistent star role, but North continued to be somewhat underwhelming. Rosters came and went, and despite the occasional good performance (DreamHack Stockholm) Kjaerbye never had a team like he had at Astralis.

How much was his fault? It’s hard to say. He was expected to be the superstar for North (and rumours suggest he was paid like one, too) and he sometimes popped off like one, but he was never a consistent carry. But, as mentioned, North have been through many players, and none of them have been able to perform extremely consistently.

Even a change or three in the in-game leader role hasn’t helped. valde, Gade, Cadian and MSL have all had periods drinking from the chalice that we can only assume is poisoned, and under none of them has Kjaerbye - or any North player, truly, been consistent. We’ll never truly know whether Kjaerbye was held back by North, or whether North’s consistency issues plagued Kjaerbye - ‘til we see him in another team.

He has now been moved to the inactive roster by mutual consent, with rumours of kristou - the player who filled in for him - becoming a permanent fixture. This would leave Kjaerbye without a team - something which seemed impossible just a few years ago.

Markus Kjaerbye CSGO

What lies ahead?

Kjaerbye is widely renowned for being one of the best players in Denmark at his peak, and rightfully so. His bizarre spraying style has earned him plenty of sceptics among the cheat conspiracy communities, but really his spraying is not what makes him dangerous. He has electric first bullet aim and an acute awareness of where the gaps are in the CT defence. Though he was an entry-fragger on Astralis, his best games on North have often been when he was able to puncture defences with his map rotations and outsmart them in clutches, more than just straight out-aiming them. 

Kjaerbye came on the scene about as hot as possible, and while the star is still shining, it’s a little duller than the wonderkid we saw. The future is not yet written, though.

Rumours of an Astralis return are a little weird. Though Kjaerbye has spent time out before leaving North recently, making him in theory perfect for a 6/7 man roster, a talent like his, going to waste on the bench, would be sad. However, the management knows him and it would make some sense if he’s willing to be less of a superstar.

As a North fan, a straight swap with Bubzkji would be ideal as they often play similar roles, but I’m not sure Mad Lions could afford Kjaerbye and I also doubt Bubzkji would move to North. 

That leaves Heroic, who don’t need him, or international rosters. Mousesports have been dire as of late and Kjaerbye would be an extremely interesting choice for them, while ISSAA hasn’t set the world alight on OG and could also see his role under threat. FaZe Clan could maybe use him, but realistically there’s not enough space for another star player on that team. 

Whatever happens to Kjaerbye, I really hope we see him at his peak again. His peak killed Virtus.pro, and since they’ve never been the same again - I sincerely hope the case is not the same with the youngest ever Major MVP. 

What’s bizarre is that Kjaerbye still feels like untapped potential. At 18 years old he looked like he was going to be one of the best in the world - and he still has some time to fulfil that after this detour - but his next move has to be the right one, or he might just be Counter-Strike’s Michael Owen.

It still feels like Kjaerbye can find that level in another team, it still feels like he can become a true superstar. He’s 22 now, making him a bit too old to be a wonderkid in Counter-Strike. Another spell like this one might see him confined to the same pigeonhole that Joe Cole found himself in - forever a young player with potential, without ever quite breaking into the top tier. But if he can re-find that Astralis form once again… well, the sky's not even the limit for a superstar. 

 

Images via ESL

Advertisement
Trending
BLAST Announces 12,000 Fans Will Attend CSGO Fall Final
CadiaN Clutches His Way Into The History Books
Coldzera Reportedly Benched By FaZe
All The Different Ways Amateurs Can Become CSGO Professionals
FPX Esports Makes A Deal With GODSENT Following Their Revamp
Advertisement
Related Articles
The First North American Team To Win A Major
CS:GO Pro Interrupted By Shirtless Father During Major Qualifiers
Spectator Glitch That Got CS:GO Coaches Banned Is Back
Dev1ce Joins Ninjas In Pyjamas, Departing From Astralis
FBI Involved In CS:GO Match-Fixing Investigations
Advertisement
Scroll to read

CadiaN Clutches His Way Into The History Books

Written by 

Jens Koornstra

Posted 

15 Apr

Share via: