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Astralis search for Xyp9x replacement as he reportedly steps down

Published: 27/May/2020 16:03 Updated: 27/May/2020 16:15

by Calum Patterson

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Danish CS:GO legend Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth is reportedly no longer starting for Astralis, with the organization now exploring their options for a replacement.

In a report from DBLTAP, sources say that Xyp9x has not been practicing with the team of late, with coach Danny ‘zonic’ Sørensen stepping in for the meantime.

The news comes only a week after Astralis’ veteran in-game leader Lukas ‘Gla1ve’ Rossander stepped down from the starting lineup due to health problems related to “burnout and stress.”

Xyp9x with AstralisThe Clutch Minister is reportedly taking a break.

Astralis has been playing with Jakob ‘JUGi’ Hansen in Gla1ve’s place, and Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif is expected to be filling the boots of IGL left vacant.

But, with the clutch minister now also out of the lineup, Astralis are in an even trickier spot, and have inquired about NiP’s Jonas ‘Lekr0’ Olofsson and Heroic’s Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen (who is joining Astralis when his contract ends), according to DBLTAP.

DBLTAP’s Dekay explains that the cause and length of Xyp9x’s absence from the team is unknown, but is expected to be out for the duration of DreamHack Masters.

Although Astralis have tried to acquire es3tag’s services before his contract with Heroic officially expires, these negotiations have apparently failed.

Another CS:GO insider, neL, reports that Astralis also asked Vitality about British player Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin, but were similarly turned down.

Despite missing Gla1ve, the roster put their best foot forward in their group stage matches as DreamHack Masters Spring, finishing 2-1. Their next match is now not until June 9, so they do have some time to prepare, though it is possible zonic will be joining the server for this match, if a replacement can’t be arranged in time.

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How Team Vitality Broke their CSGO Curse Against All Odds @ IEM Beijing

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:21

by Marco Rizzo

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Dexerto explores how Vitality was able to win their first tournament of the year at IEM Beijing, pulling out an incredible comeback against a seemingly unstoppable NaVi. 

French CSGO has made a comeback in the past two years, with Team Vitality and G2 Esports working hard to put France back on the map.
While the performance of the two best teams in the region has been admirable, reaching multiple grand finals throughout the year, they have failed to overcome their opponent on every occasion.
After their performance at Blast Premier Fall Series, Vitality looked to be in good form coming into IEM Beijing-Haidian, especially as the addition of Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom seemed to add another weapon to the Vitality arsenal.
The Frenchmen showed from the start of the group stages how dangerous they could be and how their new sixth member could change the way they approached games.
The finals of the tournament saw the two highest-rated players in the world face each other, with Oleksandr ‘s1mple Kostyliev taking on Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut. Both acting as catalysts for one of the most entertaining series of the year.
The rivalry between the two is only just starting, with a few tournaments still left before the end of the year, both prodigies are looking to claim the title of the best player of 2020.