The Danish Counter-Strike-the flagship Astralis has so far had the wind in their sails in 2020, but it may have to be changed before long.
the Team has on Sunday announced that a sixth man is being written on the holdkortet in the future, and it will be none other than FunPlus Phoenix' Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen from the July is a part of the Astralis.
'es3tag' is given the role as sjettemand, which is something you rarely see in Counter-Strike at the absolute top level.
For the sports director at Astralis, Kasper White, then it is to be able to relieve the load on the players, which naturally becomes the pressure of a hard program with travel back and forth across the globe.
- We have long worked with relevant people and stakeholders in Counter-Strike around the ability to increase the squad to six men. We have seen that may give a player a long break for health reasons, and even today we have players who do not feel optimally comfortable. With this decision, we are going to kunn work with the squad and the individual players in a completely different way, " says Kasper White.
the Establishment of a sixth man provides the natural challenges in the training and in relation to the roles on the team, but it is a agree organization that stands behind the decision to try with an extra player into the fold, says Kasper White.
- It is not in principle different than in traditional sports, but it is new in Counter-Strike, and it can, of course, require a little time and resources to get the full advantage of the new circumstances. Both the players, the coach and the entire performance-the team has been involved in the decision, and we have no doubt that it is the right way to go.
Patrick es3tag's switch to Astralis, however, not without problems. As late as Saturday evening said Heroics CEO, Erik Askered, to hltv.org they will taken legal steps against Astralis, which is alleged to have acted in bad faith.
the Agreement on the sale between the Heroic and the FunPlus Phoenix risk namely, that the smoke in the sink because of the switch, it sounds from Erik Askered.
- We are in the time with the legal preparations. This is because we know and can prove, that Astralis has acted in bad faith, and thus affected our sales of the players to FunPlus Phoenix, says Erik Askered to hltv.org.
Patrick es3tag' Hansen joins officially Astralis 1. July 2020.
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