For the second time this year, Astralis has made roster changes to the team. The Danish organization has signed the two Heroic players Martin "stavn" Lund and Jakob "jabbi" Nygaard. The two players have been benched on Heroic after rumors had linked the two with a transfer to Astralis.
Christian Møss "Buzz" Andersen and Johannes "b0RUP" Borup are the two players that has been axed from the team that yesterday failed to qualify for the Royal Arena with a devastating loss to Heroic.
The move hardly comes as any surprise given the many rumors that had circulated after Heroic revealed the reason why the two players got benched on the Heroic roster. The big question was if it was Buzz or Staehr who would be moved to the bench.
b0RUP tenure at Astralis only lasted five months.
- First of all, I want to welcome Martin and Jakob to Astralis. They both have the qualities and mindset we are looking for in Astralis, and by bringing in two players of this caliber we take an important step towards our goals short and long term. Both players have made it very clear how much they want to be a part of our organization, which besides raw talent and hard work is key to becoming a success in Astralis. - I want to thank Christian and Johannes for their time here, while looking forward to seeing the team and everybody around it get to work, CEO of Astralis, Anders Hørsholt says in a press statement.
For both Martin "stavn" Lund and Jakob "jabbi" Nygaard the move to Astralis must have been a relief after they were called out publicly by Heroic for their disloyalty.
- The past few months have been very turbulent and uncertain, so I am thrilled to have my future in CS2 secured with Astralis. My journey with Heroic, spanning over four years, has been filled with unforgettable memories. I'm sincerely grateful for the fans' support, the dedication of those within and around the organization and, naturally, for all the many players I've had the privilege of sharing the Jersey with. It has been blood, sweat, and tears. Thanks to all of you, Martin ”stavn” Lund says.
In Astralis the two players will be reunited with their former Head of Performance in Heroic, Kasper Straube Hansen, who is now the Director of Sports at Astralis.
- I would like to thank "b0RUP" and "Buzz" for their tireless contribution to the team. I have the greatest respect for both of them as players and people and am sure they have a bright future ahead of them!
At the same time, I am excited to say the least that we are bringing in two top quality players who, in terms of playing style and personality, are tailored to the Astralis team and organization. Their quality on the server needs no elaboration and at the same time they are both humble but extremely eager to develop as players and contribute to the team and community of Astralis. Today we are taking a significant leap forward and I am both proud and excited to have Martin and Jakob on board, says the sporting director.
The new Astralis core is set to make their debut at the BetBoom Dacha 2023 tournament starting the 5th of December.