Astralis to skip RMR 2 tournament
Astralis have decided against participating in the second European Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament, to be hosted by Beyond the Summit later this month, a representative of the Danish organisation has confirmed.
In a statement provided to 1pv.fr, Kasper Hvidt, Sports Director at Astralis, explained that the decision to skip cs_summit 6 was made "due to our general planning around the team and the way we would be punished for substituting players."
With Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth currently on leave as they recover from burnout, Astralis would be forced to make two substitutions, losing 960 of the 2400 RMR points that they have amassed so far through winning the StarLadder Major and ESL One: Road to Rio. Any further changes before the final RMR tournament would then also cost them 20 per cent of their total points, per player — meaning that they could end up with fewer points than what they have now in case of a poor run at cs_summit 6.
"Unfortunately it would make no sense for Astralis to play this tournament under the given circumstances," Mr. Hvidt added.
cs_summit 6 will take place from June 22 through July 5 in Europe and North America, with the winner netting 2000 RMR points. Astralis are currently leading the European rankings with a 720 point lead over second-placed G2. The third RMR tournament, which will take place in the Fall, will have the most points of all on offer as Valve wants to reward teams hitting peak form in the run-up to the Major, which is scheduled for November.
Astralis are currently competing in DreamHack Masters Spring and the BLAST Premier Spring Europe Showdown with Jakob "JUGi" Hansen and Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer. The latter has joined the team on a short-term deal that runs until the end of this month, when Patrick "es3tag" Hansen will finally complete his free transfer from Heroic.