Astralis makes massive roster changes after early Major exit


Astralis makes massive roster changes after early Major exit

Following the conclusion of the PGL Stockholm Major, where we finally saw Na’Vi lift a CS:GO esports Major trophy, and that infectious smile on Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev’s face, there are bound to be some roster changes on the cards for teams heading into 2022.

Astralis, the Danish powerhouse team with four Major titles under their belt, couldn’t even make it to the playoffs of the PGL Stockholm Major, dropping out in the Legends stage. Astralis has been looking quite shaky, especially after the departure of iconic AWPer Nicolai “Dev1ce” Reedtz. Now, Astralis has sent shockwaves through the CS:GO esports scene by announcing some massive roster changes.

Astralis roster changes

Let’s just cut right to it. Astralis has added Benjamin “⁠blameF⁠” Bremer and Kristian “⁠k0nfig⁠” Wienecke, previously from Complexity, to their star-studded roster. The organization also announced a new coach in Alexander “ave” Holdt.

So who’s out? Well, the two new Astralis players and coach will replace Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, Emil “Magisk” Reif, and Danny “zonic” Sørensen. These players will part ways with Astralis “no later than January 2022 when their contracts expire.

The new Astralis roster:
  • Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander
  • Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth
  • Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen
  • Benjamin “blameF” Bremer
  • Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke
  • Philip “Lucky” Ewald

Astralis will debut their new roster in the proverbial trial by fire, as they will compete in their first tournament (BLAST Premier Fall Finals 2021) as a squad live on LAN at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen. No pressure, right?

Those wondering what will become of legends and Major champions dupreeh, Magisk and coach zonic. Well, according to a credible report, these CS:GO legends could join Vitality, replacing Richard “shox” Papillon, Jayson “Kyojin” Nguyen Van and coach Rémy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam as the French side plans an international roster makeover.

With the BLAST Premier Fall Finals kicking off on 24 November, it will be interesting to see just how quickly the new Astralis roster can sync up, especially under the added pressure of a LAN environment in Denmark.

Header image via Astralis.


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