Astralis brings in “Staehr” and “b0RUP” to CS:GO Roster
“gla1ve" and "Xyp9x" are moved to benched as young talents arise.
Astralis and Sprout have agreed on a transfer of Victor "Staehr" Staehr with immediate effect. An agreement has also been reached with Johannes "b0RUP" Borup, who also joins the team immediately.
At the same time, team legends Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth are placed on the bench, while Alexander "Altekz" Givskov rejoins the talent squad.
Meanwhile, the young talent coach, Mathias "r0nic" Pinholt, who together with the Astralis Talent team has won no less than 5 tournaments in 2023, is promoted to assistant coach for the main team.
Coach Peter "casle" Ardenskjold:
- I am extremely happy that we have agreed with Sprout on an immediate transfer of "Staehr", who is undoubtedly one of the biggest Danish CS talents of the past 5 years. It's an open secret, we've had a good eye for him for a long time, and in terms of what we want with the team, he fits in perfectly. I am looking forward to working with him and helping him to really develop his potential further.
- In relation to "b0RUP", he is a player we know well. He has been brought in for the specific role in the system we want to play and I expect him to contribute a lot to the team and his teammates. He is only 23, but he brings in a lot of useful experience, and with these 5 players on the roster, I have a strong belief, we have found a better balance in the team and a will come out with a lot of energy and firepower.
- At the same time, I would like to praise Andreas, Alexander and Lukas for their efforts during a difficult period when, despite hard work from everyone, we have not made things succeed quite as we would have liked. We have seen good signs and trends along the way, but we also had some very big dips and neither found the right constellation nor a stable level of performance. We now have the opportunity to bring in two players who fit in with the way we want to play, and the time for change is right, says the head coach.
Victor “Staehr” Staehr:
- I've been aware that Astralis has been interested in signing me at one point, and I can only say that I'm extremely happy to call myself an Astralis player. The team has won some not so big tournaments this spring, but even without any big tournament wins, Astralis is still one of the world's most interesting teams and organizations. I had several good opportunities, but as a Dane you still can’t beat wearing the Astralis jersey.
- I know a few of my new teammates very well and I am really looking forward to getting started and "grinding" with the team and the coach. We don’t have a lot of time, but we are a group of players who are ready to do everything we can to get there, says "Staehr".
Johannes "b0RUP" Borup:
- I’ve had a lot of thoughts in relation to your future, and honestly this beyond what I had expected. But you don't say “no” when Astralis asks if you’re interested!
- I am really looking forward to getting started, and I know exactly why I have been brought in, for which role. These are some of the world's best players who I already know from different contexts, so I am completely calm about the expectations.
- I am aware that expectations are always high in Astralis, but for me that is actually one of the great things about being a part of this org. I will do everything I can to show that I belong and to give the fans something to cheer for – and to win!
New coach for Astralis Talent will be announced at a later date.
"Staehr" and "b0RUP" join the team with immediate effect.