Astralis complete es3tag signing

The Danish player will finally return to activity after over three months on the sidelines.

Astralis have officially completed the signing of Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen, who joins the four-time Major champions on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract with Heroic, the organisation he had represented since mid-2017.

The 24-year-old finally sealed a move on Wednesday after months of waiting, having agreed to join Astralis on March 22, when he had just three months left on his contract with Heroic. The agreement had a rippling effect that saw the transfer of Heroic's lineup to FunPlus Phoenix fall through at the final hurdle despite the team having already been unveiled by the Chinese organisation and played an official match under its banner in Flashpoint.

es3tag is officially an Astralis player

es3tag's arrival brings Astralis' roster to seven players after Jakob "⁠JUGi⁠" Hansen was signed in May, also on a free transfer. The Danish AWPer has already played for the team but is expected to have a marginal role from now on as Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander and Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth will be reintroduced to action after the player break.

In a recent 'HLTV Confirmed' show, Astralis star Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz confirmed that gla1ve will resume playing sometime in August but stressed that Xyp9x doesn't have a return date in sight and will not be rushed back in order to avoid unnecessary stress. This means that es3tag could make his debut for Astralis at ESL One Cologne, which is slated to take place from August 21-30.

When asked about the decision to add es3tag, device praised his teammate's versatility — "he can AWP, lurk and play map control" — and the ability to make those around him better players.

es3tag spent three years on Heroic following his transfer from Tricked in June 2017. He helped the team to win Games Clash Masters 2018, Toyota Master Bangkok 2018 and DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019, playing his final match on March 15 in a 2-1 defeat to Cloud9 in Flashpoint before being moved to the bench as Heroic began to plan for life without him.

With this signing, Astralis now have:

Denmark Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz
Denmark Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen
Denmark Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth
Denmark Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander
Denmark Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif
Denmark Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen
Denmark Jakob "⁠JUGi⁠" Hansen

Denmark Danny "⁠zonic⁠" Sørensen (coach)

Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1335
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1085
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1507
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1675
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
913
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.10
haha wtf this wont go well for Astralis
2020-07-01 17:06
#9
MACKO | 
Serbia shmoko
ez
2020-07-01 17:02
Jugi kicked soon i guess
2020-07-01 17:04
back to top 1
2020-07-01 18:12
#104
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India _Jazz_
xyp9x return is uncertain and gla1ve will return in August. So, Jugi will probably stay for atleast 1 month.
2020-07-01 18:15
But... they won’t play until august anyway lol
2020-07-01 23:32
#152
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India _Jazz_
Probably.
2020-07-02 05:48
Doesnt matter. He is with the lowest salary anyway. Astralis will keep him to use like a tissue
2020-07-01 19:44
+1
2020-07-01 20:41
+1
2020-07-02 04:13
That chinese dwarf can supply water to Ass-tralis players though.
2020-07-02 05:16
another Indian guy...plz check first... HE is a NorthKorean guy. NOT Chinese
2020-07-02 08:19
Doesn't matter.He looks Chinese so he is Chinese.
2020-07-03 12:11
#188
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Brunei ALEISTER!
kkk pakistani
2020-07-03 16:58
Are you Pakistani Pathan?
2020-07-03 18:24
You are asian as well you donkey
2020-07-02 12:13
Sorry mate for the late reply.I was banned for another 2 days for being toxic.First of all,I didn't deny I am Asian.Don't dare to open your donkey mouth with donkey face and little brain in forums please.
2020-07-03 12:14
#179
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United States botv1ce
of course the indian has to be racist. what a fucking disgrace to the human race. stfu you streetshitter
2020-07-02 19:15
Sorry mate for the late reply.I was banned for another 2 days for being toxic.If you are a black guy,you can say don't be racist and sit idle all day.No one give a shit.If you are white murican speaking about racism then please smell my Indian curry fart.If you are fake flagging Pakistani then I will give you a reply once your country is able to afford a genuine pilot.Lastly,it feels pretty awesome to shit on streets with cold stinky breeze around.Try yourself and feel the real pleasure of it you boomer.
2020-07-03 12:19
Nice English moron
2020-07-05 12:05
You must be a fakeflagging Pakistani with little English knowledge.
2020-07-05 19:58
lmao sure
2020-07-07 09:33
Thanks for affirming that you are fakeflagging Pakistani.Just one more query.Why most of the Pakistanis leave their country and settle in EU?Is it because of terrorism?
2020-07-07 12:58
No one here values your opinion you git🤦‍♀️
2020-07-08 09:59
Why are you even bothered to reply dumbass?Btw,when will you be able to afford a genuine pilot?
2020-07-08 10:19
man, that's hurt
2020-07-05 15:55
Jugi > es3tag
2020-07-01 21:21
es3tag is a very good team player. Something which gives a lot of "points" in Astralis. JUGI might be a better AWP player, but that's where it ends.
2020-07-02 12:24
hes not even that, es3tag is better than jugi in every single aspect, jugi was amazing in 16-17 but hes been shit ever sincr
2020-07-02 23:11
#136
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Denmark ITerry
They wanna make a 10 man roster
2020-07-01 22:39
"Astralis academy team debuts headlined by es3tag, JUGI & _______"
2020-07-02 00:01
#148
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Denmark ITerry
dont think thats what they are going for, they want a 10 man roster where they can swap out any player who needs it, to avoid burnout
2020-07-02 02:03
Imagine getting burned out from playing a video game. What a bunch of shit. Glaive and Xyp fucking pussies.
2020-07-02 07:58
Sometimes I get burned out from sitting on the couch so I shoot heroin into my dick so I can wake up tomorrow
2020-07-02 08:11
lol u know nothing
2020-07-02 10:54
Well, people get burned out at work infront of a computer, don't really see the difference there...
2020-07-02 12:18
Imagine reading press messages, believing 100% in them. xyp probably lost someone dear to him, GF, friend, family....as his departure were unplanned. And gla1ve breathes CS.GO, being a very dedicated IGL. His break is understandable.
2020-07-02 12:26
#184
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Denmark ITerry
Why should Esport be the only sport in the entire world where the same player play EVERY match
2020-07-03 06:41
I dont think so. He was brought in as a substitute. Have they brought an even better player in, he would feel left out when normal lineup plays. JUGI will just accept it, and cash in his paycheck, being ready to play when called for.
2020-07-02 12:22
#183
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Indonesia lumayan
Why will they kick 1 of their best player?
2020-07-03 05:31
unexpected
2020-07-01 17:04
#40
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Australia Boostral
Ez4AUS
2020-07-01 17:09
es3 is good it'll be good
2020-07-01 17:18
+1 eztralis
2020-07-01 17:29
fan of flukia LMFAO
2020-07-01 17:23
#125
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Denmark U w0t m8?
es3tag is a decent player, but jugi has to get the hell outa there
2020-07-01 20:21
More players please
2020-07-01 17:01
+bubzjki +hunden +any other danes plssss
2020-07-01 17:09
#82
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India _SHM_
They keep rejecting PIMP
2020-07-01 17:40
#96
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Sweden sjoberg
well to be fair pimp is only streaming rn, he will start playing fpl soon so we'll wait and see
2020-07-01 18:07
are u joking pimp is worst than me
2020-07-02 16:16
Relatable
2020-07-01 19:14
nice
2020-07-01 17:01
From best to tier 2 team :/
2020-07-01 17:01
+1. Astralis org not treating their players fairly is a very bad move by them. If thorin is telling the right info I dont think xyp9s coming back, unless astralis fix
2020-07-01 19:49
What info?
2020-07-01 20:24
#128
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Spain N0Love
Watch BTN #120 and you'll hear it
2020-07-01 20:32
More details PLEASE
2020-07-02 08:29
#162
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Spain N0Love
Nop
2020-07-02 10:05
no love
2020-07-02 13:01
that one that he said
2020-07-01 20:52
Astralis made player's pay cut. And decided to pay the player 6 &7 salary with that. Some player didnt like it. I assume its xy6n and g1ave. I dont know if it is true. But if it is , my prev comment can apply
2020-07-03 22:14
Thx
2020-07-04 06:11
Finally
2020-07-01 17:01
#6
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Poland Hanse
World #1 yet again
2020-07-01 17:02
#7
tarik | 
India XCCUR8
Lul
2020-07-01 17:02
ok
2020-07-01 17:02
cool
2020-07-01 17:02
expected
2020-07-01 17:02
Now what? 4 more majors?
2020-07-01 17:02
#89
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Japan Amatsuk1
no 4 more players
2020-07-01 17:59
true
2020-07-01 19:16
t2 team
2020-07-01 17:02
it's not shit'vi we're talking about
2020-07-01 17:23
haahha ok kid
2020-07-01 17:25
poorkraine
2020-07-01 18:54
#110
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Dominican Republic Numb_
retardo salo
2020-07-01 19:01
ahah navi>astralis
2020-07-01 19:42
#161
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Dominican Republic Numb_
navi = shit
2020-07-02 09:43
ethereal???
2020-07-02 12:07
Starting to look like it, Astralis is the only ones crying about a hard schedule... it's a joke, they have maybe 5 years left being relevant and they need a vacation, what a joke. AND I'M AN ASTRALIS FAN!
2020-07-02 08:01
Better than bot JUGI
2020-07-01 17:02
Cool
2020-07-01 17:02
What a disaster area
2020-07-01 17:02
dead team
2020-07-01 17:03
#18
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Slovenia evrazem2k
lul
2020-07-01 17:03
#19
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India RicoNasty
Astralis T2 incoming?
2020-07-01 17:03
#165
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India sp@rk
hah! you don't say.
2020-07-02 11:40
#20
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Libya NoobGreen
Whyyyyy
2020-07-01 17:03
Because hes a good all around player? lol. He can literally play lurker, AWPer or support, which is good if Device, Xyp9x or Magisk takes a break.
2020-07-01 17:04
#83
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Brazil _Awper
better one guy that it's good at 1 or 2 things than es3tag that can do anything, but it's average on all of them.
2020-07-01 17:43
Hopefully we're done with the breaks for now. I also see es3tag as a great transfer, will especially be needed while xyp and gla1ve is absent
2020-07-01 17:56
"Hopefully we're done with the breaks for now." Well...who knows. Maybe Dupreeh or Magisk wants one xd " I also see es3tag as a great transfer, will especially be needed while xyp and gla1ve is absent" Yeah exactly, and hes also useful IF Device takes a break as well.
2020-07-01 18:02
#21
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Russia Evitte
wtf this shit
2020-07-01 17:03
7 man roster Pog EDIT: Also, why is people complaining about Es3? Hes solid lol. Can play AWPer, lurker and support.
2020-07-01 17:05
And igl
2020-07-01 17:18
Yeah, i forgot about that. But i believe Its either Magisk or gla1ve thats gonna handle that. I think Es3 will be used as AWPer, lurker and support.
2020-07-01 17:19
i feel like es3tag will become sort of a second coach, and main sub so hes doing stuff behind the scenes aswell as being used in any role if a player takes a break
2020-07-01 17:27
Depends to be honest. Cuz...i heard, could be bullsh*t of course, that some Astralis players have a sh*tty relationship to people within the org. But, right now i believe Es3tag will play from start since Astralis just have JUGI, Device, Dupreeh and Magisk in the teams lineup.
2020-07-01 17:30
#23
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Brazil pooternd
expected
2020-07-01 17:03
#24
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Turkey Xetax
expected
2020-07-01 17:03
#25
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Japan Amatsuk1
too many players
2020-07-01 17:03
JUGi and es3tag - the dynamic Hansen's
2020-07-01 17:04
#29
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Brazil aAlem
F Bubzkji
2020-07-01 17:04
that's not a football game Astralul
2020-07-01 17:04
With his signing, Astralis now have: Denmark Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz Denmark Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen Denmark Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth Denmark Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander Denmark Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif Denmark Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen Denmark Jakob "⁠JUGi⁠" Hansen
2020-07-01 17:04
Damn they only sign players whose first name is "Denmark"...
2020-07-01 17:35
It's new rule in Denmark. Every person's first name is "Denmark"
2020-07-01 17:36
Damn that's hot
2020-07-01 17:37
Hahahaha
2020-07-01 19:16
Ez for GOAT team
2020-07-01 17:05
0/8
2020-07-01 18:25
Lmao p0mple fangay.. lul better than t3 shitvi with 0 majors omegalul
2020-07-05 11:23
#34
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Germany Flachzange
unexpected
2020-07-01 17:05
#35
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Syria LONE_8122
7 players haha
2020-07-01 17:06
bottag
2020-07-01 17:07
Look at that team roster Pog
2020-07-01 17:07
gl to patrick <3
2020-07-01 17:08
#39
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Bulgaria goshyy
With his signing, Astralis now have: Denmark Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz Denmark Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen Denmark Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth Denmark Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander Denmark Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif Denmark Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen Denmark Jakob "⁠JUGi⁠" Hansen Denmark Danny "⁠zonic⁠" Sørensen (coach) LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
2020-07-01 17:09
#46
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United States TrashPanda
Should have just let you make the thread.
2020-07-01 17:12
#59
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Bulgaria goshyy
IKR!
2020-07-01 17:23
fan of navi LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
2020-07-01 17:24
#63
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Bulgaria goshyy
IKR LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2020-07-01 17:25
7v5 ez
2020-07-01 17:09
8th player when
2020-07-01 17:10
#44
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United States TrashPanda
Everyone shitting on this “7 man roster” I promise you this will become the norm. I bet my team Liquid would kill to have 2 extra players so Nitro could take a break (which he really needs) and Elige to take a break to breathe for a bit from carrying. 7 man rosters will become a thing of the future. Astralis paving the way as usual.
2020-07-01 17:12
+1111111111 liquid should really pick up floppy and an awper in the backlines so they can adjust
2020-07-01 18:14
#112
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African Union elzuddd
oSee is a really good awper and he's american
2020-07-01 19:13
Not gonna happen. When C9 bought ATK they signed them for big contracts.
2020-07-02 01:32
if i learn danish, will astralis sign me?
2020-07-01 17:12
Zonic's face: "we are fucked"
2020-07-01 17:13
also him: Why didn't we wait to pick up a upcoming dane
2020-07-01 18:05
also astralis: sooooo fucking broke
2020-07-01 18:07
also atralis: fuck it road to tier silver
2020-07-01 18:10
#177
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Estonia babzkL
Also him: buy my book
2020-07-02 17:30
Also him: IN ENGLISH TOO!
2020-07-02 18:23
#48
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Macau Be_Happier
only 3 more to 10
2020-07-01 17:13
Ez 7v5 Now plz take me as 8th player currently I'm dmg but I play like global
2020-07-01 17:13
word.exe?
2020-07-02 01:56
almost a football team
2020-07-01 17:18
LOL
2020-07-01 17:19
#54
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Switzerland x676
HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAH
2020-07-01 17:19
Finally, now they can start playing and winning again. Es3tag has great potential
2020-07-01 17:22
#58
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Poggers Yes Xyp will be missed but the team still pretty good with Glaive and Esetag in Cologne!
2020-07-01 17:23
they're not gonna win anything with BOT JUGI anyway.
2020-07-01 17:26
He'll fit in well, eventually when Xyp and Gla1ve come back he'll be a great rotating player.
2020-07-01 17:27
Kasper Hvdit on his way to sign every danish pro
2020-07-01 17:28
dead team
2020-07-01 17:28
#72
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Hungary Gulaash
astralis team 2
2020-07-01 17:30
#73
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Spain chanSw0w
road to tier 3
2020-07-01 17:32
lmao
2020-07-01 22:51
xaxaxa dead team
2020-07-01 17:33
Kids suprised lul, even 10 man rosters in League has almost always existed, it's normal.
2020-07-01 17:33
BRING BACK THE ERA!
2020-07-01 17:36
unexpected
2020-07-01 17:37
I'm excited to see what gla1ve will do with him once he comes back.
2020-07-01 17:38
#84
arT | 
Europe t.o.p
7>5
2020-07-01 17:48
#85
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Germany ConAction
this looks so weird
2020-07-01 17:52
I wish astralis also sign me man I'm a free agent lem rank faceit lvl 7
2020-07-01 17:54
Estag will tag players with scout and dev1ce will take all the kills, hltv confirmed.
2020-07-01 17:58
es3tag? The guy who when something normal works for him points at his head in the camera as if he just made a 400IQ play? Oh joy.
2020-07-01 18:00
#91
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Kazakhstan AKandra
Xyp9x and g1ave please comeback T_T
2020-07-01 18:00
LOLZ are they building a soccer team?
2020-07-01 18:05
expected
2020-07-01 18:07
#98
shrek | 
Nigeria S_I_O
7 vs 5 Poggers
2020-07-01 18:08
I don't think they will be as strong as they were before when Xyp9x and gla1ve come back.
2020-07-01 18:10
+k0nfig +blameF +farlig +bubzsjki +aizy +therestofdenmark
2020-07-01 18:11
#105
BobZ | 
India Ez4ez
-jugi
2020-07-01 18:24
#107
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Russia Le_Beast
shittag + bot jugi tier 3 inc lmao
2020-07-01 18:27
With his signing, Astralis now have: Denmark Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz Denmark Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen Denmark Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth Denmark Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander Denmark Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif Denmark Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen Denmark Jakob "⁠JUGi⁠" Hansen Denmark Danny "⁠zonic⁠" Sørensen (coach)
2020-07-01 18:35
It's kinda sad actually, seeing this news about astralis and thinking about how good they once were.
2020-07-01 19:07
Astralis can be solid TOP 10 team, however I don't think they will re-enter TOP 5 with this roster. es3tag is a really good star player, I like this signing.
2020-07-01 19:18
EZ4EZ3TAG
2020-07-01 19:51
of all the players they signed I actually don't mind this one too much
2020-07-01 19:58
Astralis is already missing Gla1ve brain.. Xyp9x clutch...
2020-07-01 19:59
EzPz
2020-07-01 20:13
#124
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Venezuela xoile
more than chinesse population
2020-07-01 20:16
#127
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Indonesia cleostar
still will be shit
2020-07-01 20:30
Good idea. This will be the new thing in CS. Being able to rotate players instead of forcing to play is smart
2020-07-01 21:06
Astralis tier 5 omegalul out of rank after vacation
2020-07-01 21:11
SOON: ASTRALIS COMPLETE PIMP SIGNING
2020-07-01 22:03
#138
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Ireland YungWilla
Actually very excited for this move cant wait
2020-07-01 22:54
same es3tag is much better than snappi and i believe in this team if we get gla1ve back instead of jugi. idk if xyp will come back though :/
2020-07-01 23:12
#140
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Russia GramDEL
I don't freaking understand what they're doing. This whole 7 man roster stuff won't work
2020-07-01 23:29
Could work and if anybody could make it work, it would be Astralis. Just - JUGI and +bubzkji 7 players in harmoni could be a dangerous cocktail. You can change your gamestyle alot from game to game. Tough for the opponent to counter.
2020-07-02 00:50
I think he'll work as replacement for Xyp9x even though xyp will be missed for the clutches, but Gla1ve need to get his stressy ass back.
2020-07-02 01:27
#145
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Finland 5way
OUT OF TOP10 SOON KEKW
2020-07-02 01:32
#149
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Portugal XpLoZiV
Are Astralis Trying to Make A Football Team?
2020-07-02 02:30
Bubzki next
2020-07-02 05:56
what??? i hope astralis know what theyre doing
2020-07-02 06:37
#160
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Finland 0lter
ratstralis sign escam3tag
2020-07-02 08:37
Next title: "Astralis ready to enter the football scene with 11 man roster"
2020-07-02 11:36
Now we need big brain like gla1ve.
2020-07-02 11:58
Cool, became a soccer team, like it too...
2020-07-02 15:22
Good move by the danish team Astralis. If you buy every player on the scene you go back to rank number 1... Call me the thorin or mistic mac if you want. I know... +1 you're welcome
2020-07-02 20:29
Good move...
2020-07-02 22:04
Ok
2020-07-05 15:57
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