IEM Cologne treated the veteran roster of Astralis well. Placing 3rd-4th in such a prestigious event with a lot of doubts placed upon the roster was impressive to say the least. But as rumors swirl around the departure of the majority of the players, including the coach Danny “zonic” Sorensen, Astralis now begin their wild set of roster moves that could see the greatest lineup of CS:GO players go their separate ways.
Gla1ve Shocks By Staying
In a surprising turn of events, Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander has signed a three-year deal as the IGL of the former Danish powerhouse. The Dane wants to continue to build the legacy of Astralis while simultaneously have a stable job in support of his newborn child. Having the opportunity to go wherever he chose, gla1ve still decided to remain within his home of Astralis and begin his potential rebuilding phase.
Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen remains committed to the Danish project as he still has one year left on his contract. On the other hand, Emil “Magisk” Reif, Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, and Andreas “Xyp9x” Hojsleth all have their contracts ending in January. The core of the championship-winning roster has been disheartened by the organization’s poor understanding of the players’ health. Citing pay-cuts, unnecessary signings, and refusing to give any breaks, it is completely understandable if the team parts ways with their storied IGL.
A New Danish Talent Emerges
In order to deal with this potential fallout, Astralis have finally pulled the trigger on a younger talent to strike with the AWP. Philip “Lucky” Ewald is an 18-year-old Danish AWP’er who has only played on a professional lineup since the beginning of this year. With Lucky lacking experience, gla1ve will have quite the task ahead of him to bring this potential talent to the upper echelons of Counter-Strike. Although the gaping hole of Nicolai “device” Reedtz may never be filled completely, Astralis must begin their slow journey back to such a position.
Greatness Continues to Leak From Astralis
Zonic has been previously cited to also leave the roster in recent reports. His current status on the lineup seems under wraps, but multiple sources continue to suggest that his time with the legendary organization is coming to an end. The Danes already have a replacement, however. Longtime IGL and coach of Heroic, Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen, is expected to arrive in zonic’s stead. Having scouted many talents such as Bubzkji himself, he could be the perfect piece to rebuilding a younger Danish roster and rise through the ranks once more as he did with Tricked and MAD Lions previously.
The Astralis roster remains in a misshapen limbo. TGH will continue to monitor the situation and update on any potential roster moves to follow in the coming weeks. Regardless, this new-look roster must debut at ESL Pro League Season 14, set to start on August 16th.
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