Astralis’ CS GO squad has made one more change to the lineup after sadly failing to qualify for the IEM Rio Major in an unexpected manner.
They will be putting their coach on the bench
The organization has officially benched Martin “trace” Heldt, the head coach for their CS GO squad, with Peter Toftbo “casle” Ardenskjold taking the spot as interim head coach. Astralis also stated more “organizational changes and upgrades” will be coming soon to their roster.
One of the main ideas behind such a big change in the lineup is absolutely down to the team failing to punch their ticket to the IEM Rio Major. The team ended with a 1-3 scoreline in Europe RMR A Qualifier after losing to forZe, Bad News Eagles, and Ninjas in Pyjamas. This is the first time in organizational history that Astralis has missed a spot in a CS GO Major.
Anders Hørsholt, CEO of Astralis stated via social media:
“We have not lived up to our own expectations at all in terms of results in the Counter-Strike division,” “We will work on modernizing and developing the organization around the Counter-Strike team.”
Trace has been a part of Astralis since March 4, when he was promoted from his coaching role in Astralis’ academy, Astralis Talent. From then on, his highest achievement was leading Astralis to a semifinal place at IEM Cologne 2022, where the team ultimately lost to Natus Vincere.
Earlier this month, Astralis also cut ties with Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke after the player admitted to his involvement in a fight in Malta.
Going into our second story, there’s a high chance Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz will come back to Astralis. Recent reports have mentioned that Ninjas in Pyjamas and Astralis have already agreed to the price tag on the player.
A new report has come out with additional information about Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz’s 2021 transfer from Astralis to Ninjas in Pyjamas.
The player reportedly paid “around €130,000 (1M DKK) out of his own pocket” to be sent from Astralis to the Swedish organization, according to Jaxon’s Christian Slot. Taking a look at Astralis’ financial results back at 2021, the final price of the move was around €600,000 in total.
While dev1ce’s transfer to NIP was extremely unexpected for the CS GO community back in April and changed the entire Danish scene, the player didn’t play many games with the team. He has been on medical leave since back in December 2021, without any proper details given to fans. Outside of that, plenty of new reports have stated Device’s desire to reunite with his former team. All of this reportedly finished with a similar transfer contact to the previous one between teams.
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