Farlig has been good in FPX and acoR was good in ML though he's struggling a bit in Mouz. Not sure if their playstyles match that of Astralis though.
No need, dupreeh and magisk can do awp
In the server logs to 2 players that are training with them are es3tag and canjub (replacing xyp9x)
Dupreeh awp and +es3tag prob
No real solid option right now so they should not get anyone.
Dupreeh can AWP really well, fyi. However, we would be losing one of the best riflers in the world, in that case. I can only think of k0nfig lol. Magisk knows him well :D
It's going to be Es3tag. Everyone knows.
Either Dupreeh or Es3tag will switch to the awp.
Put dupreeh on the awp and use that devise money to buy either k0nfig, valde or stavn.
They will 110% sign es3tag, good rifler and decent awp'er. Better rifler, maybe Dupreeh will transition.
its obviously be dupreeh and bubzkji going to entry role at least at first
even nato better than mertz... but acor or any tier2 young talent better choice... even msl or cajunb better than mertz... whats wrong with u? :D
Farlig or Lucky from Tricked
dupreeh will AWP. Not only that, I think dupreeh will start to be a star AWPer as he consistently plays the role.
msl, birdfromsky, acor, jugi
Or just take a huge fuckin risk and sign Natosaphix?
acoR, Metz, Es3tag, I guess Natosaphix if he's up for the task, JUGI; they might bring in Bubzkji and make Dupreeh full-time AWP.
The options are there for Astralis, it's just utilising them.
I think the easiest transition would be Dupreeh picking up awping, and Bubzkji to take Dupreeh's roles. Dupreeh has shown great capacity on the double AWP and is comfortable with the weapon, and Astralis can stabilize, relying on Bubzkji to break them out of this bad individual form.
Es3tag is also an extremely valuable player, and if Astralis do look to make more changes, he is an instant pickup. The guy can play so many positions and showed his value in his previous tenure with the organization.
As far as lower tier talent, Mertz and Farlig have popped up quite a bit. I'll add a new name to the list: Nicoodoz. Hes an awper for Copenhagen flames. Overall, Farlig has shown the most potential in the lower tiers, but he hasn't impressed too much on FPX so far.
While I see a lot of people ruling out international options, keep in mind, everyone on Astralis speaks functional English, so it's entirely possible that outside agents could be valuable to them. KennyS, Syrson, and Allu are all experienced awpers with T1 experience.
There are a lot of options for Astralis atm, but I think the best route, at least for the short term, is to have Dupreeh pick up the big green and Bubzkji playing an active entry role.
dupreeh / or?
+esetag is like a no brainer but not as an awp. especially not on t side.
he's a good ct awp, just as magisk. i could even think of a dupreeh main awp at this point. 1 year ago i said astralis will pick up acor and do changes its crazy but looking at his form in mouz... idk about that. but mouz is a bad non-structured team anyways.
I guess they will most likely try to evolve one of the remaining players into an Awp role.
That would also be a smart move imo. I'll comment on every single player that was holding the awp at some point, even if it was only for one single round.
1. Dupreeh Main Awp:
Dupreeh is getting older but his mindset is still one of a teen so all good. He won't decline any soon BUT he also has had some poor performances on certain maps. He's an aggressive and experienced player who knows how to position himself and literally played together with device so he knows his spots, habits etc. The thing that comes to my mind thinking about a player like him is that (looking at younger teams) new sick agile aimer will come in eventually. If Astralis would want to pick up a sick aimer any day in the future it could be possible for dupreeh being forced to play more supportive anchor positions like flamie in navi. A role that would take much more dedication. He's a sick entry but could also teach a new guy how to entry (bubzkji for example, who used to be really aggressive as well) while taking up the main awp. He also picked up the awp much more recently, so astralis probably knew about device wanting to leave much earlier than we are thinking rn.
Pros: Experienced, already 2nd awp for a long time, still good with the rifles, pistols (typical meta all around awp), His aggression could help him especially on CT side (could be a problem on T side eventually though)
Cons: Not experienced enough as a main awp, will need time to fully transmit into the role and whiff easy shots as any "new awper", New entry needed
Picked up the Awp from time to time on ct side and even made some highlights playing with it. His aim with the rifle dropped recently so it could be an idea to implement him into a main awper role to make up for that and keep the rifle firepower in dupreeh, esetag, bubzkji.
Another crazy idea would him trying to be Fallen 2.0 if its true that glaive wants to take on a break or even retire. Imagine that working out. Magisk Main awp + igl. That would be sick!
Pros: Good with any gun, recently worse with the rifles than usually, could transition into Fallen 2.0 in the future, definitely would have the dedication for perfecting the role of an awper, allows astralis to keep the firepower in dupreeh, esetag, bubzkji instead of "wasting their rifle firepower on the awp"
Cons: Not much experience while awping, especially on t side. could go horribly wrong as well.
Cloud9 fans come here. Tried to main awp but didn't really work out in the end. Used to main awp for teams in the past as well, but imo he's a much better Awper on CT side than T side.
Pros: Versatile player
Cons: Idiotic to pick up a rifler to fill in an awper spot.
4. Bubzkji :
Why not? If he would be extremely good with it sure, but his flicks as a ct awper on ramp weren't that insane. So probably no. It's much more realistic to have him fill in dupreehs role while dupreeh is taking over the awp. But his aggression and agility could come in handy trying to implement into an awper.
Pros: Young and could 100% do it after some time
Con: Wasting his rifling talent, let him finally play his roles
He is decent with the awp but having him as a main awper would force other players to play more supportive. Probably not a long term solution.
6. Xyp9x :
Yes even Xyp has had the awp in his hands and he wasn't that bad with it. Xyp already did a lot of role-changes in his career coming from a star role in fnatic to his current supportive role. So if they see him as a deadweight with rifles why not try to go for the awp. Would also force other players to play more supportive.
Pros: Why not
Cons: The least experience with the awp of them all. Would probably not be worth it to change his role up completely as he wasn't ever considered being a secondary awper.
Looking at these 6 astralis could also end up with multiple roles depending on maps. I could really see magisk transitioning into a main awper for example but now think of his role on Dust 2 B. Anchor. And often a solo anchor. So either dupreeh would need to fill in the gap over here with magisk taking on the awp duties or they could just switch the awp around within the team. This could allow all the players to remain in their favourite positions and wouldn't force a single main awper to awp on maps or sides he's not comfortable in to awp.
Dupreeh Main awp Dust 2 T and CT side. 2nd awp could be anyone on the other side of the map depending on where dupreeh is playing from.
Magisk main ct awp Train if dupreeh remains a pop player. Dupreeh T side awp tho. If Bubzkji would take on the pop position dupreeh main awp again.
Looking at this it's most likely going to be dupreeh with the awp at least until they handle things out and have their final roster as more changes aren't unlikely to happen.
Bringing in a main awp.
If you've asked me 1 year ago whether astralis should sign him or not I'd have said this is a stupid question as it's a nobrainer for me. I actually thought he would be the 6th/7th man in the astralis roster instead of bubz. But looking at his current performance in mouz i don't know what to think of him atm. He's still a great player but it seems like he currently lacks carry potential. Astralis could unleash him. again though, especially playing together with bubzkji.
Same problems as the players mentioned in the first part. He's not a main awper and imo way to inconsistent to be a choice for astralis. he's way better with the rifles and whiffs many shots as an awper so definitely not a short term main awp solution.
i won't cover cadian here as he's the igl of heroic and has ups and downs,i won't cover mertz as his time in t1 is probably over anf it would be crazy to get him into a team like astralis. idk about asralis academy main awper but that move comes in too early as of now. Idk about the danish abilities of swedish players like nawwk or jw but they surely could be a choice if they were able to speak danish. especially nawwk as he's shown some great ups in recent times (sadly a couple of downs aswell) and i think his best times are yet to come.
Will be really interesting though.
Can they take k0nfig please save him from trashxity
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