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Astralis demote Xyp9x to academy team

The Danish veteran is set to swap seats with academy player Alexander "Altekz" Givskov for the upcoming matches.

Long-standing team member and four-time Major winner Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth has been moved to Astralis’ academy squad, the Danish organization confirm today.

Xyp9x will for the coming period switch roles with Alexander "Altekz" Givskov from Astralis Talent. Director of Sports at Astralis, Kasper Hvidt touches on the decision here.

- It tells you everything about Andreas that his first thought is to help the organization where he can and give the talents a chance to learn from Andreas' huge experience, while at the same time, we can give one of the most talented young players the opportunity to get closer to the first team. Andreas is still part of our main roster, and the attitude he shows in a difficult situation is exactly what we are looking for in Astralis.

Academy player put to the test

With Xyp9x stepping down for the main squad for the time being, it means that Altekz will step up to the plate joining the profiled quartet of dev1ce, gla1ve, blameF and fellow youngster Buzz. Already yesterday, it was announced that Altekz were to help the main squad. Something you can read more about here.

- I intend to give my everything to help the team. I haven't been made any promises, so for me it's just about showing what I can do and who I am as a person and as a player.

- I know there will be a lot of speculation, but for me, it's about Astralis and about being a team player so that we can lift the results together, Altekz notes in a statement.

Xyp9x contracted until 2025

Whether or not Xyp9x has lost his roster spot on Astralis’ main team permanently is not known yet, however, it is a fact that he and the organization agreed on a four-year contract extension back in 2021 holding him at Astralis until 2025.

Astralis | Active roster

Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander

Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer

Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz

Christian "⁠Buzz⁠" Andersen

Alexander "Altekz" Givskov

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