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Astralis coach on youngster: Undoubtedly one of the most exciting talents

Big words from the Astralis coach on his new promising weapon before his debut this week.

Alexander “Altekz” Givskov is set to make his debut on Astralis this Thursday after the 19-year-old got promoted to the main team last week, replacing the legendary rifler Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth “for the coming period”.

On the main team, Altekz will reunite with his former coach on Astralis Talent Peter "casle" Ardenskjold, who calls the teenager “one of the most exciting talents on the field”.

- Playing with new teammates at a higher level is always different, but he has taken on the task with humility and a huge desire to show what he can do. He is undoubtedly one of the most exciting talents on the field right now, and we have already seen glimpses of that in training, casle says in a statement put out by Astralis.

"I want to show what I'm capable of"

Altekz himself explains that the team has been welcoming towards him and that the transition has felt natural for him, leaving him to focus more on the in-game aspects.

- (…) It's mostly the in-game stuff that I must get used to. There are many new things I have to remember, such as the callouts being a bit different, but I'm learning everything quickly enough, Altekz says and continues:

- First and foremost, I must be myself and help the team as much as possible. Everyone says there's no pressure and more matches will come, but I want to show what I'm capable of, so I'm excited about my first game.

Altekz has been a standout performer for Astralis Talent in 2023, averaging a strong 1.15 Rating so far

Sharp in duels

About the challenge ahead for Altekz and the young rifler’s strengths, casle said the following.

- There are several things to get used to on a new team, but he knows the system for the most part and can play freely and without much pressure. He is sharp in duels, which can also be seen in his stats, and if he can transfer some of that to the matches, we can look forward to seeing him on the server.

Altekz will get his debut tomorrow at 11:00 (CET) when Astralis kick off their campaign at the $333.000 online event Brazy Party 2023. Here the Danes will go up against their fellow Dane Frederik "acoR" Gyldstrand and the rest of GamerLegion.

You can read the article published by Astralis here.

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