Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen, Emil “Magisk” Reif, and coach Danny ‘zonic’ Srensen have all announced their departure from Astralis. Due to their contracts expiring in January, leaving the organisation early.
To replace Richard ‘Shox’ Papillon and Jayson “Kyojin” Nguyen Van, as well as head coach Rémy ‘XTQZZZ’ Quoniam (as reported by 1pv.fr in November), they are anticipated to join Team Vitality. The three had previously been released by Vitality following their BLAST Premier World Finals exit.
After five years with Astralis, dupreeh, Magisk, and zonic have come to an end, having won every prize they could and established the most dominating era by a team in CS:GO ever. When dupreeh and zonic played for Astralis, they won four major championships, the most by any team or individual, with three of them occurring in a row. ‘kjaerbye’ was remained on the squad when they won their first ELEAGUE Major Atlanta in 2017.
It would be difficult for Astralis to match their success after adding Magisk in 2018. Along with a slew of other championships, such as the ESL Pro League, the BLAST Pro Series, and the Intel Grand Slam, they won the FACEIT London Major 2018, IEM Katowice Major 2019, and StarLadder Berlin Major 2019, as well as the StarLadder Berlin Major in 2019.
When Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Andreas “xyp9x” Hjsleth went on leave in 2020, things seemed gloomy for Astralis. After winning ESL Pro League S12, DreamHack Masters Winter 2020, and the IEM Global Challenge, the team once again ranked as the best in the world at the end of 2017.
With only one Grand Finals appearance, BLAST Premier Global Finals 2020, and no trophies were awarded. AWPer Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz made the decision to leave and join NiP at that point. Astralis continued to struggle against the world’s finest for the rest of the year, and things didn’t get much better. The nucleus of the club was cut as they failed to qualify for the Major League Baseball playoffs.
In addition to the signing of Chrisitan Wiencke (k0nfig) and Benjamin Bremer (blameF), coach ave also brought in Benjamin ‘blameF’ Bremer and Chrisitan Wiencke (k0nfig), whose contract was not renewed.
Current CSGO Astralis Roster:
- Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander
- Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth
- Philip “Lucky” Ewald
- Benjamin “blameF” Bremer
- Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke
- Alexander “ave” Holdt (coach)
- Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen (benched)