Astralis revamps CS:GO roster with k0nfig, blameF, recruits ave as head coach
Astralis has announced a revamped roster as they signed former Complexity players, Benjamin “blameF” Bremer and Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke. They will be replacing Emil “Magisk” Reif and Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, as their contracts expire at the end of the year.
Both k0nfig and blameF were elated to become part of Astralis, as they explained their decision on signing with the team.
“In Astralis, it feels like you are stepping into a family with people around you who are all working for the same goal,” k0nfig said in a conversation with Astralis’ media team. Many expect him to sign with the Danish team after being out of action for two months due to a fractured wrist.
“I will do everything I can to contribute with the same passion and energy, and hopefully to ultimately add a Major star or two to the jersey,” he added.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started. When Astralis calls, you need really good arguments to hang up, and the conversations I’ve had confirm my impression: This is where I want to be now and going forwards!” said blameF.
Alongside the roster change, Astralis has to bid goodbye to coach Danny “zonic” Sørensen soon, with Alexander “ave” Holdt on the line. Holdst’s latest previous coaching experience includes North back in 2019 and has been on hiatus since.
Magisk, dupreeh and Sørensen had been a part of Astralis for a while. dupreeh has been a part of Astralis since the very beginning in January 2016, followed by Magisk joining two years later.
Together, they managed to bag various Majors and tournaments. Their achievements include ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017, and the $1 million Intel Grand Slam Season 1 title. After ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018, they earned the position of the top team in CS:GO and one of the best in Counter-Strike History, after ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018.
The future of Astralis
“We add two world-class players and a new, strong coach profile who all bring a lot of energy and motivation to build on the strong Astralis legacy and to again be a contender for the biggest titles,” said Kasper Hvidt, Director of Sports at Astralis.
Hvidt also discussed the decision to move forward with the changed line-up to “eliminate the insecurities and ensure the clarity and focus”.
With the best possible conditions for the team and those surrounding them, more energy and motivation will be restored to Astralis as the team strives for the biggest titles again.
In July, Luke “gla1ve” Rossander extended his stay with the team with a three-year contract, while Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth penned a four-year contract down the line.
So far, including the two new additions, Astralis’ current roster consists of Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander, Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth, Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen, Benjamin “blameF” Bremer, Kristian” k0nfig” Wienecke and Philip “Lucky” Ewald.
This new roster will make its official debut on November 24 at the BLAST Premier Fall Final 2021 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.