trace takes over as Astralis Talent coach

The former ECSTATIC coach and Danish legend joins the organization ahead of the start of WePlay Academy League's third season.

Astralis has announced the signing of Martin "⁠trace⁠" Heldt, who will take over as the head coach of their academy lineup, Astralis Talent. In the position, the 31-year-old has replaced Dennis "⁠vnG⁠" Vang, who will be staying with the team in the coming months to help with the transition.

The former mTw legend joined Astralis Talent just hours ahead of the start of the WePlay Academy League. The Danes are part of a strong-looking Group A, featuring four other finalists from the previous two seasons. The first match will pit them against Young Ninjas, on Monday at 17:00 .

The Dane's addition comes as what the organization calls the next step in further strengthening the infrastructure of the talent division, which also included full-time contracts for the players.

trace found a new home after leaving ECSTATIC last month

"Everybody knows who Astralis is and what they stand for," trace said in a statement.

"In that way, it is a no-brainer for most to say yes, but for me, it is just as much about the fact that there is a potential, a plan, and clear ambitions for the team I am to lead, both in regards to the overall structures, the development of the team and individual players, but also when it comes to tournament performance."

trace has quickly found a new home after parting ways with ECSTATIC in early December despite a successful partnership with the organization previously known as Lyngby Vikings, who advanced through the ranks from 40th to 20th place with the Dane behind them.

"By bringing Lyngby (now Ecstatic) all the way to number 21 in the world, Martin has already proven his capabilities as a coach," Astralis' Director of Sports, Kasper Hvidt, said.

"We share a common view on culture, performance, and dedication. I am convinced, together with Martin, we will see our Counter-Strike Talents grow and reap the fruits of the work that has already been done while also developing the set-up team and individual players."

Astralis Talent are:

Denmark Alexander "⁠Altekz⁠" Givskov
Denmark Frederik "⁠Fessor⁠" Sørensen
Denmark Victor "⁠vigg0⁠" Bisgaard
Denmark Benjamin "⁠brzer⁠" Jensen
Denmark Mikkel "⁠MistR⁠" Thomsen

Denmark Martin "⁠trace⁠" Heldt (coach)

Denmark Alexander 'Altekz' Givskov
Alexander 'Altekz' Givskov
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
74
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.71
Denmark Victor 'vigg0' Bisgaard
Victor 'vigg0' Bisgaard
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
101
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.73
Denmark Dennis 'vnG' Vang
Dennis 'vnG' Vang
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
14
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
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Denmark Benjamin 'brzer' Jensen
Benjamin 'brzer' Jensen
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
71
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Frederik 'Fessor' Sørensen
Frederik 'Fessor' Sørensen
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
167
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Mikkel 'MistR' Thomsen
Mikkel 'MistR' Thomsen
Age:
18
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
27
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.72
Pog?
2022-01-03 11:47
8 replies
Underrated coach, he will do alright
2022-01-03 11:55
1 reply
Who pls
2022-01-03 12:54
No Astralis Talent is shit and trace probably shit coach
2022-01-03 12:22
5 replies
#39
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Portugal cyn1cal
Trace played with zonic and ave if im notwrong
2022-01-03 12:55
4 replies
Yes he was beast in 1.6 in mTw one of the best danish players.
2022-01-03 14:15
3 replies
#61
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Sweden dogtown
and the end of fnatic 1.6 where they won every single tournament making everyone switch to csgo lol
2022-01-03 14:24
One of the best 1.6 players.
2022-01-04 02:52
1 reply
yes actually its true :D
2022-01-04 21:32
Good luck
2022-01-03 11:47
#3
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Poland Astoner55
Very cool, waiting for Sunde and Minet now
2022-01-03 11:47
3 replies
Sunde tuscan round from WCG 2010..... *Sigh* the good ol' days
2022-01-03 13:04
Intresting fact: in Russia word "minet" is mean "blowjob"
2022-01-03 13:38
Haven't thought about Minet for a long time but this one immediately came to my mind lol. youtube.com/watch?v=a3M_0ThhFBk
2022-01-03 22:18
#4
DEv | 
Sweden ice!
LUOL
2022-01-03 11:48
who
2022-01-03 11:48
8 replies
#13
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Europe @elgrucho
best danish player in cs history
2022-01-03 11:55
2 replies
best in 1.6, overall hes not even top 3
2022-01-03 12:28
1 reply
#74
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Europe @elgrucho
overall he is 2nd behind device (maybe) if not first Have a nice day!
2022-01-03 17:54
best danish player in cs history
2022-01-03 12:15
best danish player in cs history
2022-01-03 12:41
best danish player in cs history
2022-01-03 12:51
best player in cs history
2022-01-03 13:15
#73
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Sweden any!
best danish player in cs history
2022-01-03 16:46
Noice
2022-01-03 11:49
Noiceäe
2022-01-03 11:49
#8
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New Zealand SWARN151
Trace nostalgia!!!! One of the best Danish players from 15 years ago!
2022-01-03 11:49
1 reply
Remind me what a talent coach is? I should put that in my resume that I’m a “talented coach” 🤷‍♂️
2022-01-03 16:01
trace look has changed so much that i wouldn't even recognize him by the photo alone
2022-01-03 11:51
#10
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Europe shitshow
TRACE POG
2022-01-03 11:51
No trace of vnG
2022-01-03 11:52
1 reply
omegalol
2022-01-03 11:56
-zonic so astralis just sign mtw
2022-01-03 12:00
1 reply
Zonic was never a coach of Astralis talent
2022-01-03 12:15
coolio
2022-01-03 12:00
#17
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Denmark LeCerveau
Deeply needed and really nice change. VNG was No Action Talk Only.
2022-01-03 12:11
Maybe astralis talent can win a match now?
2022-01-03 12:14
train hard
2022-01-03 12:19
mTw comeback :D
2022-01-03 12:20
Why? Massive downgrade for him coz from 22 HLTV team to Astralis Academy but maybe he has a Chance to join first Astralis.
2022-01-03 12:22
3 replies
this "top22" team is the worst team in top30 ever
2022-01-03 13:37
2 replies
Eternal Fire?
2022-01-03 13:50
1 reply
both equal shit, but ecstatic is farming pinnacle/malta vibes only cuz they can use radar:)
2022-01-03 14:28
man this guy is 2yrs younger than f0rest but feels like hes been retired for 10 years, was an amazing player in 1.6
2022-01-03 12:23
3 replies
It feels that way because it basically has been. Last real tournament he played was in 2013, I'm pretty sure.
2022-01-03 15:45
2 replies
Yeah.. so many 1.6 legends gave up way too early but probably could have done some damage in first couple of years on big stage
2022-01-03 15:49
1 reply
Trace is still dishing out headshots... faceit.com/en/players/_traceF
2022-01-04 09:26
Maybe I'll be trace-r
2022-01-03 12:23
androgens abuser wtf
2022-01-03 12:24
When the coach is better than the players..
2022-01-03 12:26
1 reply
+1
2022-01-03 12:31
honestly apart from Fessor this team is pure trash, look at mouz NXT or NaVi Junior if you wanna see how Talent scouting is done. Dunno if he will have any influence on how the roster should look from now on. Now Astralis has/had 3 mTw players as coaches Pog
2022-01-03 12:37
2 replies
from my sources: Sunde is godly at AWP and will replace device later in January 2013
2022-01-03 13:47
1 reply
so in 8 months
2022-01-03 13:47
#33
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Finland uSnaj69
That's great! Legend
2022-01-03 12:42
#34
JK | 
Asia flipflop
wait..trace?
2022-01-03 12:43
if u still stuck in an academy team at the age 20+ you should quit. you dont have the talent for tier 1
2022-01-03 12:46
1 reply
He is coaching for a academy team and not playing for a academy. Maybe reading can give you help.
2022-01-05 12:11
traceb <3
2022-01-03 12:54
jebaited
2022-01-03 12:56
he looks so different with the beard, gl for him, he was a rock solid consistant player back then, I expect this experience to transfer to youngsters
2022-01-03 13:01
#43
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Lithuania Jaguar4s
God traceFFFF
2022-01-03 13:09
i misread as the original astralis sadge :(
2022-01-03 13:10
the legend is here 😎
2022-01-03 13:10
legend
2022-01-03 13:16
#48
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Denmark N1nQa
pog
2022-01-03 13:18
Nice
2022-01-03 13:31
who asked and who cares ?
2022-01-03 13:48
1 reply
#57
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United States cybonics
flair and flag checks out
2022-01-03 13:55
#56
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Germany noirGG
trash
2022-01-03 13:54
1.6 legend
2022-01-03 13:56
#64
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Finland AliSabid
Nice
2022-01-03 14:50
he looks quite different, nice to see trace still around the scene, one of my fav late 1.6 players
2022-01-03 15:00
#66
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Denmark twinseN
Trace nice
2022-01-03 15:04
Nice,my favourite 1.6 player what a beast he was
2022-01-03 16:18
#71
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Japan mameloff
hltv.org/gallery/view/25293 oh... Where did my cute trace ?
2022-01-03 16:39
33.3% win rate , why they just don't replace this roster it's obviously not working
2022-01-03 16:43
#75
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Russia w1ndcast
LEGEND
2022-01-03 20:14
Wonder if he still plays on arrows? gl trace
2022-01-04 02:18
the good old mtw first zonic then ave now trace
2022-01-04 03:59
One of the best 1.6 players
2022-01-04 12:53
man, he was so good in 1.6. was really weird how his time in sk went though.
2022-01-04 12:55
lul
2022-01-10 10:51
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