Astralis forming a six-man roster

Astralis just announced signing of es3tag to their CS:GO team as they will feature a six-man roster, according to Nikolaj Nyholm, their CEO. However, Astralis’ signing of es3tag is putting Heroic’s CS:GO roster sale to Chinese organization, FunPlus Phoenix, in jeopardy. FunPlus Phoenix announced their CS:GO entry in early March 2020 and joined FLASHPOINT Season 1. However, as E3tag joined Astralis, FunPlus Phoenix’s future in CS:GO is in doubt.Astralis-Win-IEM-Katowice-1

Astralis to have a six-man CS:GO roster

Astralis has consistently brought about innovations in the esports industry. It was the first CS:GO team to feature a player-owned organization and one of the first to include a sports psychologist. Their decisions to focus on the well-being of the players and their mental health helped the team overcome several mental hurdles and dominate the CS:GO scene. The Danish team was the world’s best team for nearly two years in a row. Famously, they won both the CS:GO Majors of 2019 with StarLadder Berlin Major being their third consecutive Major victory. Astralis has won four CS:GO Majors in total and is one of the best CS:GO teams of all time. According to the recent report, the Danish players asked to add a new player, their sixth player. While traditional sports famously feature a substitute system where they can rotate players, esports teams often limit themselves to as many players are necessary. This could mean longer breaks for the Danish roster as their players could rotate in and out of the active roster. However, CS:GO teams often rely on fixed roles for players, so it will be interesting to see how Astralis uses the new system.

Why is Astralis adding a new player?

Esports players have to compete in LAN tournaments throughout the year. In a game like CS:GO, players have to travel throughout the world with events taking place in China, Brazil, North America and Europe. The constant travel and regular tournaments leave players little to no time to spend with their family and loved ones. Adding a sixth player is allowing Astralis to rotate players in and out of their roster. The six-man roster would enable players to take a break for specific tournaments and also help the team develop specific strategies for different versions of their active roster.

Heroic to initiate legal action against Astralis

Es3tag joined Heroic in 2017 and has been a part of their Danish roster ever since. As Astralis signed es3tag, it means trouble for Heroic, who are in the process of selling their CS:GO roster to FunPlus Phoenix.

“I am unable to comment at this moment, as we are making legal preparations. This is due to the fact that we know and can prove that Astralis has acted in bad faith, and have considerably affected the sale of Heroic to FPX.”

In a statement to HLTV.org, Erik Askered, CEO of Heroic said that Heroic are preparing for legal action against Astralis. Askered says that they can prove that Astralis acted in bad faith. Patrick "es3tag" Hansen is joining Astralis for an unspecified period starting July 1.

Astralis will have the following roster from July 1:

Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander
Emil "Magisk" Reif
Patrick "es3tag" Hansen

Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)