insane stats, astralis is phenomenal team, in 2018 I was hating them because I was supporting navi then and they(astralis) were always kicking them but with the time I grew up and understood the perfection of astralis
Big respect to astralis and their fans!
Other players just want to earn money by playing at highest level and have fun instead of tryharding every tournament like Astralis do.
Just look at FaZe or SK - they used to dominate a single tournament but after that they sucked for some time because of lack of motivation. Same applies to Fnatic when they got bored by winning 5 tournaments in a row.
If other teams actually made reasonable decisions, yes, they COULD stop Astralis. Instead the NaVi's and Liquid's buy washed up Guardians and Fallens to "improve" their team. FaZe on the other hand doesn't seem to give a shit about their CS team. And these are just 3 examples.
Impressive that they have been #1 AT SOME POINT each of those years. So they were contenders, but so where a lot of other teams.
I think in 2020 at least 6 teams has held the #1 at some point. Astralis, Heroic, BIG, Vitality, G2, Mousesports, NAVI ... did I forget any?