Astralis commit to trace as coach; MODDII replaces ave in academy team
More coaching news from the Danish organization.
Martin "trace" Heldt will stay on as Astralis' main team coach after the Major, the organization confirmed on Monday, as the team showed an uptick in performance since he slotted into the role temporarily for the Major-qualifying cycle.
Unable to compete in Valve-sanctioned events due to his coaching-bug abuse ban, Alexander "ave" Holdt was demoted from main team coach to the academy in March, but has now resigned from the position. The Swede that spent most of his career in Danish teams, Andreas "MODDII" Fridh, will take the spot and work with Astralis Talent moving forward.
Speaking about the decision to make trace the permanent coach, Director of Sports Kasper Hvidt praised the effect the 31-year-old had on the squad, helping them qualify for the PGL Major and reach the grand final of the BLAST Showdown, where they suffered a narrow loss to ENCE.
"Martin has stepped in with the authority and clarity needed on a team with big names and personalities, and under him we are starting to see some of the energy and confidence we in Astralis must always stand for," Hvidt said.
Having gone from coach of ECSTATIC to Astralis Talent and now Astralis' main team in about five months, trace shared his excitement about taking the next step. "When you work with such skilled players as at Astralis, it is about creating the best possible framework so that they can use all the resources to deliver on the server," trace said. "I understand that the expectations for Astralis are always high, and they should be. [...] We might not always win, but we will always do what we can to make it possible."
"I have long wanted to use my Counter-Strike experience in the coaching role and come with a lot of ideas, but also a great deal of humility in relation to the work that has already been done," MODDII commented. "I know the organization and the people from my time on one of their teams and can only say I am very much looking forward to getting started."
Lastly, ave's departure marks the end of a short stint with the Danish powerhouse as his first coaching gig since 2019 ended after just six months, and with mediocre results.
Astralis are now:
Martin "trace" Heldt (coach)
Astralis Talent have the following lineup:
Andreas "MODDII" Fridh (coach)