The Danish organization has announced that they would be using Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel instead of Nicolai "device" Reedtz for the upcoming LAN finals of ESL Pro League.
Despite a report that Astralis could skip the ESL Pro League Finals if they would not be allowed to use their BLAST Pro Series stand-in Dennis "dennis" Edman at the event, the Danish organization will be attending the tournament on home soil, with Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel stepping in.
"First of all, we look forward to playing and we will do our utmost to reach the playoffs in the arena in front of all the local fans. It was such a boost to have the home crowd behind us last weekend at BLAST, and for us it’s amazing to be able to play two big events on home soil."
"The competition is fierce and I have to say that playing with our 4th line-up in the last 4 tournaments does not exactly increase our possibilities to prepare optimally and to find our rythm on the team. That being said, I’ve had the chance to work with RUBINO before. He is an extremely skilled player, and it will be a great experience to have him on board for the coming events. We have had a great year, and we intend to finish the way we started!"
First of all, to allow either to compete for Astralis, the team had to be granted an emergency transfer, since the transfer deadline already passed. That emergency transfer was approved by WESA due to Nicolai "device" Reedtz's medical condition.
However, since dennis competed for GODSENT all the way until the end of the regular season, playing his last match on November 12th, he was not allowed to be added to Astralis. The team was allowed to add a player that did not participate in the last match of ESL Pro League, and they decided for RUBINO.
Astralis also added that the Norwegian will be stepping in for them at the upcoming ECS Season 4 Finals, that will be held in Cancun, Mexico, mid-December.
Danny "zonic" Sørensen (coach)
Nicolai "device" Reedtz (medical leave)