es3tag, Bubzkji to debut for Astralis in ESL One Cologne
The Danish outfit's latest recruits will make their first appearance for the team on Tuesday against fnatic.
Astralis have confirmed their starting lineup for their next tournament, ESL One Cologne's European division. Patrick "es3tag" Hansen and Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen will be making their debut for the Danish giants, who will be led by Emil "Magisk" Reif in the $325,000 online tournament.
es3tag joined Astralis on a free transfer on July 1 following the expiry of his contract with Heroic. ESL One Cologne will be his first tournament since March after he spent the final months of his Heroic contract on the bench. Bubzkji was signed later that month for an undisclosed fee from MAD Lions, who had moved the player to the bench before the break.
The announcement of Astralis' starting lineup comes as little surprise after Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander announced that he would be sitting out the tournament, which will run from August 18-30. He and Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth have been out on medical leave after complaining of burnout symptoms, with the Danish in-game leader understood to be ahead of his teammate in the recovery process.
Astralis will take on fnatic in their first match in ESL One Cologne's Group B, scheduled for Tuesday at 18:30 . The double-elimination group also includes Vitality, Heretics, FaZe, Heroic, G2 and MIBR.
The Danish team will compete in the ESL tournament with: