Kristou joins North on loan as Kjaerbye takes extended break

The 18-year-old AGF player Kristoffer "Kristou" Aamand will be joining North on loan, standing-in for Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye who announced an extended break due to medical reasons.

Kjaerbye had been missing from North's official games since earlier this month, with the Danish squad managing to reach the playoffs of ESL One: Road to Rio nonetheless, using their coach Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson as a stand-in.

More light has now been shed on what caused Kjaerbye to step down now, with the 22-year-old citing "abdominal pains, breathing problems, and chest cramps" which caused problems playing the game.

North will try out Kristou until Kjaerbye is ready to return

To replace him, North have turned to Kristou, a fairly inexperienced Dane who will join on loan from AGF. The 18-year-old averaged just a 0.98 rating across 104 maps played so far, with little recent activity in terms of HLTV-featured matches - just nine in the last three months.

Kristou does, however, stand out on a lower level, in the Elgiganten League, the Danish competition where he boasts a 1.47 K/D, helping AGF secure nine wins from eleven games. North's Head of Esports Operations Graham Pitt says that Kristou had "the qualities they desired":

"We have been collecting and tracking data on a number of young talents in the Scandinavian region as part of our expanded scouting directive in 2020. When it became apparent that we would need a short term substitute due to Kjaerbye's unfortunate situation, we wanted to take the opportunity to look at the future and use a young and developing talent.

"Among the many players that were at the top of our metrics, further analysis from our coaching team lead to Kristou standing out as a player that had the qualities that we desired for the role we were looking to fill. We are looking forward to seeing him play during our run in Dreamhack Masters." - Graham Pitt, Head of Esports Operations

North will be using the following roster moving forward, starting with DreamHack Masters Spring Europe, withe a timeframe for Kjaerbye's return currently unknown:

Denmark Nicklas "gade" Gade
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen
Denmark René "cajunb" Borg
Denmark Philip "aizy" Aistrup
Denmark Kristoffer "Kristou" Aamand (stand-in)

Sweden Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)
Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye (on break)

Denmark Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
111
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.10
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1595
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1540
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Sweden Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
175
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
731
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1400
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
GET WELL SOON!
2020-05-15 13:49
Poor kjaerbye
2020-05-15 13:49
#24
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Russia Mahone_322 
no, he is balling
2020-05-15 13:51
#34
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Australia Zilox 
Kjaerbye joins Astralis as the 8th member
2020-05-15 13:55
COVIDJAERBYE
2020-05-15 13:58
I mean, there's quite a few much better differential diagnoses.
2020-05-15 15:16
#118
meyern | 
Argentina Sagon1 
corona bro, just corona ez4corona to make T1 cs online
2020-05-15 15:42
What? Covid and corona are 99% likely not in any way causing this.
2020-05-15 15:44
Just keep Jumpy
2020-05-15 15:59
#185
meyern | 
Argentina Sagon1 
xddd
2020-05-16 01:38
#186
meyern | 
Argentina Sagon1 
jk bro. But I have to say offline cs make more randoms results in tournament like RtR, idk but not so serious
2020-05-16 01:39
Yes I think he is secretely already training with astralis, just before next major he will transfer back to astralis without telling North about it!
2020-05-15 14:08
#116
meyern | 
Argentina Sagon1 
he regret about left Astralis xd
2020-05-15 15:40
He have to , honestly. He wasted his career pretty much.
2020-05-15 15:45
he doesn't, if you saw the interview, he explained why he left Astralis and that there's no going back to that environment.
2020-05-15 22:19
#184
meyern | 
Argentina Sagon1 
I didn't see that lul URL?
2020-05-16 01:38
search it on youtube
2020-05-23 01:20
more info please?
2020-05-16 04:33
imagine if that happens, damn
2020-05-15 21:53
#74
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Europe chespiZ 
He eat 2much burritos, thats why
2020-05-15 14:28
nah, he talked shit to lucas and then another guy punched him, thats why
2020-05-15 15:36
Sauce : trust me bro
2020-05-15 15:45
Why does german always get #1
2020-05-15 17:58
#198
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Indonesia coffstr 
hltv server in german maybe XD
2020-05-17 01:35
#2
Thomas | 
Malaysia 1st 
sad
2020-05-15 13:49
SAD!
2020-05-15 13:50
#3
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Portugal NMS467 
Sad
2020-05-15 13:49
#5
Aleksib | 
Nigeria PiapA 
Sad
2020-05-15 13:50
Sad 😢
2020-05-15 13:50
#7
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Hungary Skipper001 
who?
2020-05-15 13:50
Youngest Major MVP lul
2020-05-15 14:40
#117
meyern | 
Argentina Sagon1 
xd
2020-05-15 15:40
#155
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Hungary Skipper001 
you need to relax, i mean who is replacing him? Lol, your iq isn't that high, huh.
2020-05-15 18:18
lul im replying to man who dont know about my idol Kjaerbye. looks like IQ is your problem, not mine.
2020-05-20 15:53
#87
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Finland Karppanator 
How have you not heard of Kjaerbye?
2020-05-15 14:46
He is from Hungary they introduced internet for the first time in his country 2 years ago
2020-05-15 15:04
#112
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Croatia MiSTeR_SwaG 
Lol +1
2020-05-15 15:36
Racism expected fom a flusha fan
2020-05-15 15:59
Since when is technology is racism?
2020-05-15 16:00
Seems like they introduced English lessons in your country like two months ago what a dumb fuck
2020-05-15 16:31
Well.. Same story for you apparently.
2020-05-15 17:53
Well.. Same story for you apparently.
2020-05-15 17:55
That extra "is" is obviously a typo.
2020-05-15 18:28
No.
2020-05-15 20:11
#156
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Hungary Skipper001 
looks like in sweden no one has introduced brain cells yet. I mean that who the hell replaces him. my god you are stupid.
2020-05-15 18:19
hahah mad come to ICA u have free spot outside
2020-05-15 18:28
#157
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Hungary Skipper001 
I haven't heard of kristou, not Kjaerbye
2020-05-15 18:20
"KRISTOU JOINS NORTH ON LOAN" He said WHO to this mens... Use brain maby :D
2020-05-16 05:00
who
2020-05-15 13:50
:( thats sas
2020-05-15 13:50
#10
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Portugal K0nje 
Wish a well recovery to Kjaerbye
2020-05-15 13:50
#11
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Turkey OdunKafaYT 
Nice b8
2020-05-15 13:50
#12
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Spain SaileSamkaed 
Get well brother. That's means if he plays r2r tournaments they will lost the 60% of the points?
2020-05-15 13:50
#46
valde | 
Sweden dodin0 
Jumpy Will play the last game its confirmed
2020-05-15 14:03
Be the 8th Guy on Astralis
2020-05-15 13:50
poor guy
2020-05-15 13:50
#15
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Israel Z1X0 
Why not Nico? I heard he's back :/
2020-05-15 13:50
#32
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Argentina kratoS_fsa 
the old Western Wolves Nico ? what an amazing awper he was
2020-05-15 13:55
I guess he meant niko.
2020-05-15 13:58
#45
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Argentina kratoS_fsa 
but niko (danish one) is in heroic i think
2020-05-15 14:02
#92
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Israel Z1X0 
no i said nico nicolai jensen
2020-05-15 15:00
#124
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Argentina kratoS_fsa 
thats the one i mean too ! s2
2020-05-15 15:53
#97
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Israel Z1X0 
he is still one of my fav awper <3
2020-05-15 15:05
im in tears :'( Nico was damn good AWPer
2020-05-15 18:53
#201
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Israel Z1X0 
yeah but hes back now :-) He's searching a team now
2020-05-21 00:31
yung draken
2020-05-15 13:50
who?
2020-05-15 13:50
#19
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Russia de_markastyan 
Kjaerbye to Astralis pog
2020-05-15 13:50
#20
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United Kingdom Raiiser 
ok
2020-05-15 13:51
who
2020-05-15 13:51
#22
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Austria MORK1Z 
Kjaerby to Astralis as 7th confirmed.
2020-05-15 13:51
nt try
2020-05-15 13:53
Smh my head
2020-05-15 14:13
as 8th *
2020-05-15 15:00
*8th
2020-05-15 18:37
#176
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United States Shmikeb0b 
if they sign him before august he's the 7th
2020-05-15 21:58
#23
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Bulgaria goshyy 
Get well soon!
2020-05-15 13:51
#25
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Sweden Lagge15 
Is North seriously using comic sans in their official Web page?
2020-05-15 13:52
You blind or baiting
2020-05-15 14:21
#95
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Sweden Lagge15 
Might not be comic sans but it is one of the worst ones I've seen
2020-05-15 15:04
Get well shakerbye
2020-05-15 13:53
#27
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Germany iBUYPOLAND 
abdoMEN((((
2020-05-15 13:53
lol
2020-05-15 16:04
#28
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Portugal TwistedJayPee 
expected
2020-05-15 13:53
Who?
2020-05-15 13:54
kjaerbye leaving north incoming????? he said he was sick when he left astralis
2020-05-15 13:54
North are doing better without him anyways...
2020-05-15 15:48
+11111 The Urban Meyer of CS:GO
2020-05-15 18:37
#172
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Denmark wheelsup26 
Didn't he stay at Florida for another year after the indefinite leave of absence because of health problems?
2020-05-15 21:08
He did, but coached a 7-5 season and promptly dipped for "health reasons" again, taking a $1 million dollar retirement bonus, became a travelling analyst within weeks, and then took the OSU job only months later. It's not so much that he wanted to switch teams that was the issue, he manipulated the press and stole a ton of money from Florida basically. al.com/sports/2012/04/from_champs_to_cho..
2020-05-16 00:06
#192
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Denmark wheelsup26 
ah damn that must've slipped my mind. thanks for the refresher
2020-05-16 07:42
#33
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Netherlands meneert 
RIP RTR points and Kjaerbye
2020-05-15 13:55
get well soon boss
2020-05-15 13:56
Get well soon, Kjaerbye and gl to North and Kristou
2020-05-15 13:56
#37
Frankie | 
Ukraine d3adLY 
gg for north
2020-05-15 13:57
A good tip stop drinking so much energydrinks lul
2020-05-15 13:57
Covid-19? I hope he’s at the hospital!
2020-05-15 13:59
#42
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United Kingdom SLurSs 
Astralis member number 8 coming up
2020-05-15 13:59
FROM MAJOR MPV ... TO TIER3 STRUGGLING WATER BOY ... TO BENCH GG
2020-05-15 14:00
This is what’s happening when you stop cheating. Astralis found out after major, got rid of him to north with a cover story of bailing them, he stopped cheating and went from being a star player to being decent, and now he lost it completely. Or maybe North found out they bought a cheater back then, and benched him. All possible scenarios. He’s as scam!
2020-05-16 11:26
North cannot seem to catch a break. I hope this change works out for them but 0.98 rating does not seem that promising but who knows. Looks like karma finally came for Kjaerbye.
2020-05-15 14:01
#47
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Ukraine ksay 
karma for what? for making astralis #1 and getting shit from braindead kids 24/7 last 2 years ?
2020-05-15 14:06
+1 people so mean to him.
2020-05-15 14:16
WTF help astralis to first major and so get hated because he switch team. Dev1ce has aslo saifd it was okay, and so stupid kids hated him for this hahah IDIOTS
2020-05-15 14:12
Wow wish someone a lot of pain for a fucking transfer to another team in a game Very mature my friend
2020-05-15 14:46
#48
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Europe Skraj 
"We have been collecting and tracking data on a number of young talents in the Scandinavian region as part of our expanded scouting directive in 2020." I can also navigate to the player statistics page.
2020-05-15 14:07
Stats dont say that much wtf?
2020-05-15 14:46
Look at his flair, think in his case it's mental
2020-05-15 15:11
#49
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China |REM1| 
imagine if they would have to buy jugi from astralis for 1M now xD
2020-05-15 14:07
#50
It's my | 
Turkey tap2K 
messi pog
2020-05-15 14:08
crying about a fuckin flue... wtf happend whit these kids.... this generation like over breeded dogs...
2020-05-15 14:08
flu??, its seems more like anxiety tbh
2020-05-15 14:09
he quit bcs they are sucks... thats simple :D
2020-05-15 14:11
ok
2020-05-15 14:11
#58
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Russia Jet1k 
+1 ppl treating like kjaerbye like shit, wtf
2020-05-15 14:12
#137
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United States stotte 
"This generation of kids!" a child talking about a person older than them
2020-05-15 16:17
not rly but i respect your opinion...
2020-05-15 16:19
kjarbye corona?
2020-05-15 14:09
#55
Lekr0 | 
Sweden Onkov 
Get well
2020-05-15 14:11
#59
XTQZZZ | 
France MarcoXY 
Sad
2020-05-15 14:12
F
2020-05-15 14:13
#63
Dosia | 
United Kingdom Noided 
Didn't Kjaerbye get knocked TF out, is that why he is on break?
2020-05-15 14:14
#64
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Denmark Jonasnhj 
Its alright, hope he feels better soon.
2020-05-15 14:15
#65
kennyS | 
Europe @LEDGER 
Have kjaerbye got covid 19? Thats not a joke
2020-05-15 14:16
Kjaerbye ratings in past month: 0.96, 0.92 impact Get well soon Kjaerbye <3 It's good that he stops now before the storm hits. As soon as your performance takes a significant dip, you know it's time to take a break
2020-05-15 14:17
Huge opportunity for him. At least something good came out of this bad situation
2020-05-15 14:18
#69
NAF | 
Turkey arewsr 
north disband pls, you suck anyways
2020-05-15 14:19
Still top30 team
2020-05-15 14:31
#166
NAF | 
Turkey arewsr 
getting worse everyday bro
2020-05-15 19:11
#70
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Finland Karppanator 
So who knows him from beforehand, is he decent or a rising star?
2020-05-15 14:19
lying. focusing astralis.
2020-05-15 14:22
#73
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Netherlands Aizebear 
sad
2020-05-15 14:25
a break with 22 they said hahaha ah hes ill go healthy my friend
2020-05-15 14:33
#77
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Indonesia rezrex 
he will join astralis again for sure
2020-05-15 14:33
#78
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Poland friendlySeb 
Sad for Kjaerbye, but Kristou has shown insane potential, maybe if he will step up he can join North for longer time as a replacement for cajunb? This North could achieve something then.
2020-05-15 14:34
#79
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Japan chanse 
Astralis pick many but him, he's sad and sick
2020-05-15 14:35
Sad for snakebye
2020-05-15 14:36
#81
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Ukraine NAVI_Fanboy 
Hate to say it but I think we're gonna see an even lower dip in performance then North of about 3 months ago
2020-05-15 14:39
Get well soon... See this is why it's good to have backup player(s). So player doesn't have to overwork themselves (See Kjaerbye tweet) and can take some time off despite in the middle of season. And the backup player can be sub in as a stand-in seamlessly (no need time to adjust or learn the system).
2020-05-15 14:42
+1
2020-05-15 17:03
#84
North America Slye 
north major winner incoming
2020-05-15 14:44
#88
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Yugoslavia RiggedShit 
aka hes cheat coder retired
2020-05-15 14:50
#89
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Indonesia Journeast 
"He wasn't good enough for North"
2020-05-15 14:56
#125
Dosia | 
Europe topkek8 
+1 but different person (xyp to magisk)
2020-05-15 16:03
#90
twenty3 | 
Faroe Islands sGaen 
kjaerbye caught corona check hltv
2020-05-15 14:57
#91
Maka | 
Czech Republic EZ4MElul 
why would you pick someone with 0.94rating in omegalul tier?
2020-05-15 15:00
who else is there to pick up on an emergency basis ?
2020-05-15 19:57
KJAERBYE CORONA monkaGIGA
2020-05-15 15:04
#98
shox | 
India iejesus 
gws
2020-05-15 15:08
gl North with young talent
2020-05-15 15:11
kjaerby astralis pog
2020-05-15 15:11
Hope Kjaerbye gets better soon, love watching him play!
2020-05-15 15:12
#103
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United States SWiFTzZzZz 
Covidbye. Hope he gets better before the next road to rio
2020-05-15 15:14
Typical Euro like Golden almost dying from playing a video game. NA never has this problem
2020-05-15 15:16
0.91 rating talent hahah
2020-05-15 15:17
hard gamer life
2020-05-15 15:22
So many young people suffering for all kind of illness
2020-05-15 15:22
#109
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Brazil Nickzim 
Kjaerbye is migrating to VALORANT boys
2020-05-15 15:28
#111
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United States RAK47 
Omg top1 north inc to ezy for new Danish talent Next device of Danish scene
2020-05-15 15:36
return to Astralis incoming.
2020-05-15 15:36
#132
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Denmark LordHundeN 
#130
2020-05-15 16:02
Get well soon Mr Kjaerbye. I can't help but think those symptoms sound like stress-induced anxiety which I hope isn't the case. God knows he's been getting a lot of hate over the last few years and I surely don't hope that's what's affecting him to such an extent he has to take a break. A huge chance for Kristou though. Best of luck to that guy.
2020-05-15 15:39
#119
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Chile nachooww 
gg bois
2020-05-15 15:42
get well kjb
2020-05-15 16:01
#131
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Denmark LordHundeN 
#130 Nice edit btw lol.
2020-05-15 16:02
yes, easy one. XD
2020-05-15 16:32
#130
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Denmark LordHundeN 
Very interesting! EDIT: And people saying Kjaerbye to Astralis? Lol no. Astralis said that only player, Es3 was enough, but decided to go for JUGI because his contract was ending and he got potential according to them, so yeah, there will probably not be any more additions to Astralis lineup at the moment.
2020-05-15 16:01
#178
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United States Shmikeb0b 
they said they were aiming for an 8th nt fake hunden
2020-05-15 22:00
#179
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Denmark LordHundeN 
"they said they were aiming for an 8th" Link that interview/tweet/article then. They said that they only wanted Es3 but got JUGI because he was free. lol
2020-05-15 22:11
rip north
2020-05-15 16:08
#135
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Australia TeBo 
as if they don't get Snappi
2020-05-15 16:11
#136
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United States Scvboy1 
He got Corona? Sad.
2020-05-15 16:12
who
2020-05-15 16:19
#140
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Finland 0lter 
kjaerbye to astralis lmao
2020-05-15 16:27
#144
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Denmark Menterx 
Get well soon!
2020-05-15 16:43
"uuuhh im sick, i cant sit down on my ass and play on my pc buuhuu - now i need an excuse to get a break on my coach and watch netflix" Must be hard being such an elite athlete, Mr. Snake :)
2020-05-15 16:50
Get well soon Markus.
2020-05-15 17:40
#148
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South Africa @FyreCS 
I said it in the beginning when he first got "sick" and stepped away. Astralis is signing Kjaerbye I'm sure. This is the same thing he did to Astralis when he decided to go to North. Remember Kjaerbye is also on an extension of his contract right now. No finalized signing again.
2020-05-15 17:44
No lol
2020-05-15 19:09
#149
NiKo | 
Asia 12345610 
Unlucky
2020-05-15 17:49
#150
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Canada suzi 
I thought North looked pretty good with Jumpy on the team. 2-1 record and only lost to heretics by 2-3 rounds both maps.
2020-05-15 17:51
Intresting
2020-05-15 17:56
Not Astralis VAC got em
2020-05-15 18:39
#163
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Denmark Two_Inch_Man 
WTF...? Last player to switch from AGF to FCK got fire bombed at his delivery address.
2020-05-15 18:51
who?
2020-05-15 19:30
;,( So sad, wish you the best recovery Kjaerbye! <3
2020-05-15 20:27
#171
flusha | 
Netherlands davin 
wut
2020-05-15 20:27
#173
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North America Kjaerbyeee 
Get well Kjaerbye <3
2020-05-15 21:21
#177
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United States Shmikeb0b 
Astralis inc.
2020-05-15 21:58
Hope he comes back stronger than ever
2020-05-15 23:29
Get better king! You'll play pro CS again someday soon
2020-05-16 00:57
hisssss
2020-05-16 01:57
#189
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Denmark Raskoiano 
My stomach would hurt pretty bad if i had made the same choices as him. Like it's sad really. A young man who man a huge mistake, might not recover.
2020-05-16 04:46
KjaerBYE Get well soon
2020-05-16 07:06
kjaerbye's cousin confirmed
2020-05-16 09:25
#194
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Denmark b0ROV 
-cajunb + kejearby
2020-05-16 09:35
Sucks when this sort of stuff happens. Think about Dev1ce or GTR. Get well soon
2020-05-16 12:59
Get well Markus <3 We all know what he is capable of when playing in his top level <3
2020-05-16 14:49
When this guy is out his team wins major :) GL north
2020-05-19 18:17
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