SAMRIDDHA SAHA (Gl1tch_mast3r)
Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth published a statement on Twitter citing mental health as main reason to take a break from the competitive scene. The news follows only a week after Astralis’ in-game leader Lukas "Gla1ve" Rossander, announced he was stepping down from the roster for three months reporting stress and burnout.
The Danes had signed Jakob “JUGi” Hansen earlier this month to fill in for Gla1ve, with his IGL responsibilities being passed on to Emil "Magisk" Reif. In their first few games without Gla1ve, the team managed to finish 2-1 at the DreamHack Masters Spring group stage, beating North and Heroic respectively, but falling short against G2 Esports.
For the upcoming matches Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer will start as subsitute for Xyp9x. The Dane was recently benched by Heroic and has played with Jakob “JUGi” Hansen in the past. Before settling on Snappi Astralis allegedly asked several other top tier teams in CS:GO. DBLTAP reports that Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson – currently benched by Ninjas in Pyjamas – was Astralis’ first pick. It is even rumored that the Danish team asked direct opponents G2 Esports and Vitality.
Several experts are suspecting conflict or deeper issues behind closed doors as the departure of two of Astralis’ pillars in short succession leaves many questions open. And, it does seem that Astralis is facing a difficult transition period. It remains to be seen if Astralis’ current roster issues will have long-term effects on the team’s dominance in recent years.
The current Astralis roster:
* Nicolai “device” Reedtz
* Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen
* Emil “Magisk” Reif
* Jakob “JUGi” Hansen
* Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer
* Danny “zonic” Sørensen (Coach)