Bubzkji: "We had to rethink the whole idea of a six-man roster; I can now play multiple maps"

The Dane has spoken about his role in Astralis after the team stopped substituting him in for Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth on Nuke during IEM Katowice.

In a press conference ahead of the IEM Katowice playoffs, Lucas "⁠Bubzkji⁠" Andersen has revealed that Astralis' view of the six-man roster has evolved in recent times. The 22-year-old has not played for the team in the last month, sitting out the recent Nuke game against mousesports in the first round of IEM Katowice.

According to Bubzkji, the organization's approach changed following Valve's announcement of the 2021 Regional Major Ranking system, in which teams will not be able to make mid-match substitutions, like Astralis had done between December and January.

Astralis are going to approach the six-man roster differently

"Valve wasn't going to allow substitutions for the RMR [events], so we had to rethink the whole idea of a six-man roster and I think we tried to come up with something different," Bubzkji revealed. "The difference is that I won't really just play one map — I can now play multiple maps.

"It's kind of hard to do it the way we have when Valve limits it, so we're trying to work on solutions around it. We have something coming up — maybe not in the [IEM Katowice] playoffs, but after the playoffs, from Pro League, I think we're going to see me coming in to do some work."

Bubzkji struggled to make an impact during his stretch of eight Nuke games, putting up above-average ratings only in the one-sided victories against FURIA and mousesports. He has admitted that his previous positions on the map were not a good fit, adding that his role will change so that he can be more comfortable in the game.

"I think it was no secret that some of the roles on Nuke weren't perfect for me, and I also think that maybe hindered my performance a little bit, so now we're going to try again in a new way," Bubzkji shared. "I think the way we're going to do it now is going to work better for both them and me."

Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1748
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
747
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
ok still wont work poor benchzkji
2021-02-24 15:48
24 replies
hope he replace Magisk on some maps
2021-02-24 15:51
14 replies
#32
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Jordan Zereeni
magisk? lmfao magisk is the best player on astralis after device
2021-02-24 15:52
12 replies
#34
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United Kingdom Triturn
2021-02-24 15:56
Wake up plz
2021-02-24 15:55
1 reply
magisk best astralis player. You want proof ... 16-1 is the proof. Thank magiskGOD
2021-02-24 17:00
Magisk has a high ceiling but not as consistent as g0d Dupreeh
2021-02-24 15:57
2 replies
+1
2021-02-26 12:44
#153
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Serbia MyLaN19
+1
2021-03-04 00:19
#46
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Algeria LOBYA6AJIN
clearly not for the past year.
2021-02-24 15:59
2 replies
he was the igl for most part of 2020
2021-02-24 20:46
1 reply
he neeks a break, and i say this because he is performing bad even if he isnt the igl for the past 3 months.
2021-02-24 20:52
He never really was. Not because he doesn't have the skill but because dupreeh has much more important roles on almost every map.
2021-02-24 16:05
#123
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Romania babyvasy
nobody is saying that magisk is bad but he needs a break like his teammates did last year so he can dominate again
2021-02-24 20:20
#139
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Albania alt0
magisk is playing bad
2021-02-25 10:37
#110
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Argentina BlanKsT
I mean, you're right. Bubzkji is not a support, it's obvious that if he plays support he's not going to perform as good as he should, so i think that maybe playing instead of Magisk for some maps or maybe for some time till Magisk feels better can make a huge difference
2021-02-24 18:21
#41
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Australia B_Tannen
+1 snake org
2021-02-24 15:57
of course it won't, I will translate this decision for those who don't get it We never wanted to create a working 6 man roster, we just wanted to hoard players and resell them for higher. Bubzkji however did not get any (good) offers and despite playing 1 map per event where he performed suboptimally we will try to integrate him more into the team so we can hopefully sell him for a profit still - Astralis
2021-02-24 16:11
4 replies
#99
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Europe dalgass
0/8 only worked for es3tag, who they would've kept were it not for HenryG's offer. How did it work for Jugi? Snappi?
2021-02-24 17:32
2 replies
wasn't jugi free?
2021-02-24 17:49
1 reply
#113
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Europe dalgass
Right, they didn't profit off of Jugi and Snappi, so to say that they are hoarding players for profit is a bit off. It will probably depend on what happens with their academy roster, though
2021-02-24 18:37
Exactly, Astralis as a org are just a bunch of greedy poachers.
2021-02-26 14:32
#94
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Romania hurei
In my opinion this roster is a bad idea, we are talking about the goat of csgo, let them play, they proved that they are the best there is, xyp is nuts on nuke anyway, just let it be a 5 man roster, there is no need for change
2021-02-24 17:04
1 reply
True but teams will start to skip events to get some rest. Coz beforr Covid was a lot of LAN events on different continents and players getting burned out so a lot teams need a 6th player when they want to rest somebody.
2021-02-24 17:17
#119
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Sweden Mullden
+1
2021-02-24 19:33
#2
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Canada JustLuke
rip astralis
2021-02-24 15:47
2 replies
#59
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United States squidos
rip bubzkji, fuck astralis snake org
2021-02-24 16:13
1 reply
#88
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Canada JustLuke
yeah, its not good for either of them. They would both be better off if they went their seperate ways. He doesnt fit the roles they need him to for a six man roster.
2021-02-24 16:48
#3
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Poland jsburk
POG
2021-02-24 15:47
ripstralis
2021-02-24 15:47
#5
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Canada @elgrucho
Astraliers
2021-02-24 15:47
benchzkji
2021-02-24 15:47
#8
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United States Bonzeee
interesting hopefully his talent can be utilized better
2021-02-24 15:48
#9
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India icle
bubzki will play cache and cobble HLTV confirmed
2021-02-24 15:48
9 replies
season and tuscan too
2021-02-24 15:49
2 replies
#131
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Finland Nollegee
Also Militia and Italy
2021-02-25 03:14
1 reply
Also Mirage and Aztec
2021-02-25 09:05
#33
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
im very excited to see!
2021-02-24 15:54
and mirage
2021-02-24 16:35
2 replies
#82
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United Kingdom novaseer
unironically if astralis can pull off a 7 man mappool that'd be insane
2021-02-24 16:39
1 reply
true ahah
2021-02-24 16:46
What about mill?
2021-02-24 16:40
ahahaha
2021-02-25 09:57
Very good for him If that is the truth
2021-02-24 15:48
3 replies
#19
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Canada JustLuke
good for him, but bad for astralis lol
2021-02-24 15:49
2 replies
sure? bubber isnt bad and in some maps he could replace Magisk and get some practice in real matches
2021-02-27 21:17
1 reply
#146
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Canada JustLuke
true, but they wont do that. although on nuke he never looked that good, and astralis stopped picking nuke because they "didnt feel comfortable on it anymore"
2021-02-27 22:08
#11
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Germany Xrageon
expected Xyp no where near where he should be
2021-02-24 15:48
4 replies
Xyp was hardcarrying quite a few maps lately, what are you talking about?
2021-02-24 16:12
3 replies
#96
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Germany Xrageon
Yeah sure he went big in some matches but his good performances dont carry the team
2021-02-24 17:08
2 replies
#147
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Canada JustLuke
they're not suppose to. hes the support, not the star.
2021-02-27 22:08
1 reply
#151
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Germany Xrageon
Yeah sure I know
2021-02-28 14:25
career not ruined?
2021-02-24 15:48
No you won't lmao
2021-02-24 15:49
Nice b8 boobzkji
2021-02-24 15:49
#16
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Bosnia and Herzegovina dc4
6-men roster is NOT for astralis.
2021-02-24 15:49
1 reply
+1
2021-03-06 15:38
Just. Leave. Astralis. Jesus man...
2021-02-24 15:49
just another bench in mirage
2021-02-24 15:49
why would you bring bubzkji over any astralis player? ever?
2021-02-24 15:49
subzkji
2021-02-24 15:50
maybe actually become useful and go to an actual team
2021-02-24 15:50
#24
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Best of luck to you, Bubzkji!
2021-02-24 15:50
"for both them and me" not for us. It's bad thing
2021-02-24 15:51
2 replies
+1 that also irked me, sounds like he doesn't feel like beeing a part of the team at all.
2021-02-24 16:11
+1 Though not his fault. Not easy injecting oneself into a circle of legends. They have to facilitate. They don't really seem like the facilitating type. I remember when Dupreeh infringed upon Device's awper role and he made a public stink about it. 6th man is 6th man. You will play in lesser tournaments and if someone has a conflict or injury.
2021-02-24 17:59
It seems Botzkji Benchzkji doesn't understand he will seat there forever
2021-02-24 15:51
#28
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Jordan Zereeni
rip career
2021-02-24 15:51
nice. I hope they play him on d2
2021-02-24 15:54
#31
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Serbia eliiiiii_
I like how the PR team is pushing him to constantly update people on his status in the team and playing it off as if he himself decided to come out with this info. The Astralis org is very much still dogwater seems like, they don't deserve to have this roster.
2021-02-24 15:52
4 replies
#63
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United States PP_Bizon
+1 I wish that article about the astralis org came out
2021-02-24 16:18
+1 this roster could be more likeable if they weren’t in astralis. Astralis seems like a big company where your average corporate slave goes
2021-02-24 16:26
1 reply
#97
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Serbia eliiiiii_
let's not forget that they took forced paycuts to sign es3tag, jugi and now this guy
2021-02-24 17:16
+1
2021-02-24 16:35
#37
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Czech Republic FabyCZ
How does Valve limit rotation during games? Vitality to happen normally, right? Thx for answer. :)
2021-02-24 15:55
2 replies
I guess the roster is locked for the whole game, so they will have to play a BO3 with the same 5 players, no substitutions for a single map.
2021-02-24 16:10
So no Nivera on Inferno and D2 basically
2021-02-24 16:35
Nice interview with the astralis pr department
2021-02-24 15:56
#40
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Australia B_Tannen
Snake org.
2021-02-24 15:57
hmm
2021-02-24 15:58
#45
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Sweden hayliN
babsi
2021-02-24 15:59
LETS GOOOOO
2021-02-24 15:59
Tbh I can't really see him replace anyone on any map without making the team worse. Subbing someone like dupreeh out would completely destroy their t-sides, gla1ve would be a better fit but I don't know if he would still be allowed to call in RMR when he is subbed out. Xyp and Magisk both are way more passive than he is, wouldn't be a good fit and noone in their right mind would ever replace device with any other player.
2021-02-24 16:09
2 replies
I think Astralis would prefer to just stick to 5 man roster but they try to prevent fatigue/burnout. they just ended 3rd consecutive year as TOP1 team and probably know stuff like Gla1ve and Xyp taking a break will happen again. they need to cope with it if they want to extend their streak so they try to implement this 6/7 men roster shit (not very succesfully so far)
2021-02-24 16:16
The only player I could see him replace rn is Magisk. I know he is a different type of player, but his stats the last 3 months has just been pretty rough. In my eyes that is the only way bubzkji gets to play.
2021-02-24 16:50
#53
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Georgia Megobari
Just leave Astralis
2021-02-24 16:09
#61
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United States PP_Bizon
Nt. Astralis pr department
2021-02-24 16:17
translate: trade me or bench others.
2021-02-24 16:17
boobski needs to play more maps in order to get that synergy from whole team
2021-02-24 16:24
kustralis
2021-02-24 16:25
ez for godzkji
2021-02-24 16:28
Should just leave for the sake of your career.Astralis is a team that relies on team play, synergy and tactics not individual skill like Navi and Vitality
2021-02-24 16:35
the end of Astralis is upon us if this happens. They just need to go back to the original 5 and work on their map pool.
2021-02-24 16:32
Probably not gonna happen :(
2021-02-24 16:34
His own fault that he got baited thinking he would play a lot for Astralis Hope this helps
2021-02-24 16:35
#80
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Iceland caverat
i want to believe
2021-02-24 16:36
#81
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Poland Aiko_
Soon -bubzkji
2021-02-24 16:37
gl bubzkji
2021-02-24 16:39
#85
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World Beard43
Unlucko mate, gl finding a new team Mr ⁠Bubzkji.
2021-02-24 16:45
#87
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Switzerland Schwandi
Good job Valve
2021-02-24 16:48
Bubzkji starts to suspect something wrong in his situation after more than half of the year on the bench XD
2021-02-24 16:49
"Im going to play multiple maps....just not for Astralis"
2021-02-24 16:54
at least he isn't Jugi
2021-02-24 16:58
1 reply
watt
2021-02-24 18:07
valve did the right thing
2021-02-24 17:07
why not use him against only certain matchups vs certain teams? and man just sell benchzkji
2021-02-24 17:40
Astralis want to keep Bubzkii as back up in case one of main guns gets burnout again and needs a break... bubzkii himself is getting paid so living life, right?
2021-02-24 17:43
That's what HE thinks
2021-02-24 17:50
#105
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Poland SebL
Great, he is a really good player and he deserves this spot. GL to him and Astralis.
2021-02-24 18:03
#107
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Russia mshkoda
Nice to see, they had to free him or let to play
2021-02-24 18:10
Cool, now please let us see it because the latest Astralis has been painful to watch
2021-02-24 18:19
Just remember that ASTRALIS was complacent, they were okay with Bubzkji wasting away on the bench, it was VALVE who ultimately caused this change to happen.
2021-02-24 18:23
can play multiple maps but won't play any lol
2021-02-24 18:23
I can but i wont
2021-02-24 18:38
Why the fuck u want to stand in bubzkji BOT with THE GOD xyp9x ? IQ -10000 Astralis... bubzkji is low player for this team.... fuck this 6 man roster
2021-02-24 18:38
Imagine having bubzkji as a stand in, not playing. Any other country in almost any other team in the world would start him Danish scene my freinds
2021-02-24 19:03
1 reply
I think magisk should go.. -Magisk +Bubzkij
2021-02-24 23:43
and the logic behind leaving the best team in history? just to jump from tier2 to tier3 teams till the end of his career? Astralis is the best opportunity for him at this moment even as a substitute, especially when he fits into it
2021-02-24 19:12
I would just keep Xyp and look to transfer bubz. The team dynamics will change too much if he's incorporated into the map pool when its not needed. Xyp is a better player IMO anyway, unless he completely goes off and plays terribly. I don't see bubz really having much say in the future of astralis.
2021-02-24 19:18
Finally atleast something
2021-02-24 20:17
Imagine a pro player is proud that he can play more maps than 1. What I did just read?
2021-02-24 20:24
124 comments, and I see a wealth of people talking ish about 6-man rosters, about Bubskji, about Astralis, and not one single comment talking about Valve not allowing mid-match subs. First, are you a member of the Astralis org? Of any pro CSGO org? No, you're not. What you are, though, apparently, is against change. Anyway, why wouldn't Valve allow subs? Does it screw too much with the point system? I certainly don't hope Valve feels the same way as all of you, in that you're just against innovation and also talking about things you basically don't really know about.
2021-02-24 22:20
oh nice to hear from him. i forgot he existed
2021-02-24 22:27
from mad lions super star to Astralis new janitor
2021-02-24 23:40
well
2021-02-25 07:32
Translation: "Astralis wants to sell me, but they need to get me to play more to drive my market value up so they can squeeze as much money out of my buyout as possible." This guy could still be a good player in many other teams if given a chance to develop properly.
2021-02-25 08:29
six-man rosters should be forbidden. six-man rosters must go to jail. i hate six mens.
2021-02-25 08:33
go casual, far more bigger rosters
2021-02-25 10:42
#FreeBubzkji
2021-02-25 13:38
astralis waste his youth
2021-02-27 01:46
Just get estag back sign him a solid for the new astralis core.
2021-02-28 00:19
bubzkji doing something other than bench warming ? poggies
2021-02-28 02:51
Ye bubzkji keep calming yourself down we all know you aren't gonna play shit in astralis, nobody will buy you out and after your contract ends you will end up in something like tricked or worse, that's the price you pay for being a naive kid, now keep on warming that bench
2021-02-28 10:29
astralis please stop wasting his talent and youth...
2021-02-28 18:35
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