device to return to Astralis - Report
The Danes are reportedly welcoming back a familiar face after a series of dismal performances.
Nicolai "device" Reedtz has completed a move back to his former team Astralis, according to a report from Jaxon. device's return is the latest in a series of roster moves from Astralis, who recently parted ways with Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke and coach Martin "trace" Heldt.
While it's still unclear who the 27-year-old will be replacing, Asger "Farlig" Jensen seems to be one foot out the door after another report by Jaxon reveals that he was offered to Sprout in a trade deal for Victor "Staehr" Staehr.
Astralis have had a woeful 2022 campaign with their best result being 3-4th place at IEM Cologne ahead of the summer break. The Danes couldn't keep their momentum going, however, and concerns started to pile up after Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander's crew just barely managed to qualify for the Europe Regional Major Ranking tournament at the final open qualifier.
From there, things quickly went from bad to worse as Astralis suffered an early exit as ESL Pro League Season 16 after failing to make it out of the group stage. The Danes' RMR campaign would be their worst-ever performance at the Major-qualifying event, as they finished with a 1-3 record and missed out on the top-24 stage of a Major for the first time in the organization's history.
device was part of the original Astralis roster when the organization was first founded in January 2016 by the former TSM members. He would go on to win a record four Major championships with the organization, three of which were achieved consecutively. He also holds the second-most MVP medals with 19, only behind Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev's tally of 21. device joined Ninjas in Pyjamas in April 2021, but the Danish sniper hasn't played in an official match in 2022 after being sidelined due to health issues.
device's first appearance with the team could be at the upcoming Elisa Masters Espoo, which is currently the final event on Astralis' calendar for the remainder of the year.
It's still up in the air who will be on the five-man roster, but Astralis' troops following the move would be as follows:
Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander
Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
Benjamin "blameF" Bremer
Asger "Farlig" Jensen
Mikkel "MistR" Thomsen
Peter "casle" Ardenskjold (interim coach)
Martin "trace" Heldt (inactive)