trace on removal from Astralis: "I personally believe it was a mistake to let me go"

The Dane was clear about his feelings on Astralis' decision as he announced his free agency.

Martin "⁠trace⁠" Heldt announced his free agency on Saturday, with the news coming more than three months after he was removed as the head coach of Astralis.

The Dane was brought into the Astralis fold in January 2022 as the coach for Astralis Talent, but was quickly promoted to take the reigns for the main team in March due to Alexander "⁠ave⁠" Holdt's ineligibility to stand behind the squad at Majors.

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trace takes over as Astralis head coach ahead of Major cycle

During trace's tenure with the Danish organization, the roster experienced a few highs, such as a semi-final appearance at IEM Cologne, but generally struggled to contend for trophies. The 32-year-old coach was ultimately removed after the team failed to qualify for the IEM Rio Major.

trace helped guide Astralis to top-four at IEM Cologne 2022

Speaking to HLTV about his time on Astralis, the 1.6 legend reflected on the results they achieved, why the team struggled to kick on, and his feelings about being let go.

"There was a bit of turmoil and imbalances in and around the team, which I believe had a negative impact on the results," trace stated. "With that said, I do believe our results in my time there was what one could expect, perhaps we even did better than what we should have, keeping in mind the team and composition of players at the time - which is why I personally believe it was a mistake to let me go. I do respect their decision, and there are no hard feelings between us."

He also talked about the different things he learned while under the Astralis banner, including managing multi-Major champions and the pressure he experienced as the head coach of a large organization.

"The main thing is definitely being head coach and in charge of one of the biggest orgs, if not the biggest, and the pressure that comes with it. How to coach 5 different players, some with Major trophies, with different personalities and how to get the best out of everyone and make the team work together and be in sync.

"Also how every player has a different approach to the game and different ideas and ways to play. I have my own view of the game, but the sparring and how to come up with the best solutions together with such clever players really broadens your perspective. Everyone learns something from each other."

Finally, trace stated that he was open to leadership roles outside of head coaching. "I am now looking for a position as head coach, but it could also be another position in which I can contribute with my leadership, initiative and knowledge, so I can support and help a new team reach their full potential and rise to the top. I keep an open mind."

Denmark Alexander 'ave' Holdt
Alexander 'ave' Holdt
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.74
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.03
DPR:
0.13
Denmark Martin 'trace' Heldt
Martin 'trace' Heldt
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
125
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
#1
l | 
Germany _car
No bias
2023-01-23 22:55
13 replies
#6
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Romania aLeeeeex
how so fast? you really car about #1
2023-01-23 22:56
12 replies
#17
l | 
Germany _car
I just went vroom vroom
2023-01-23 23:00
11 replies
Don’t break the speed limit
2023-01-23 23:55
10 replies
#40
l | 
Germany _car
Going on autobahn 😎👌
2023-01-23 23:57
9 replies
dont die, german autobahns are crazy
2023-01-24 00:04
3 replies
Honestly going 240 on the Autobahn feels wayyy safer than driving 50 in some other countries I’ve been too
2023-01-24 00:09
2 replies
Astralis is fcking desperated even hiring a cheater lol
2023-01-24 04:58
1 reply
When every org is hiring known / suspected cheaters, you have to do the same to be able to compete.
2023-01-24 16:08
deutschland things
2023-01-24 00:05
4 replies
#143
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Sweden frozze90
deutschland deutschland! btw, do rodes excist in andorra?
2023-01-24 16:38
3 replies
fender rhodes? yes there's at least one that i know of
2023-01-24 18:21
2 replies
#150
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Sweden frozze90
sweet. we only got camels here, so no need
2023-01-24 18:25
1 reply
thats kinda awesome ngl but i recall getting my butt sore last time i traveled by camel so maybe more awesome with a cushion
2023-01-24 21:19
#2
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Romania aLeeeeex
l astralis taking hunden
2023-01-23 22:56
16 replies
imagine literally kicking one of the best coaches in cs to hire a convicted cheater. The astralis directory board is fucking stupid, hunden must have proof that the astralis directors went to eipstein island or some career killing shit because it is fucking mental why they kept him over trace. Mindblowing...
2023-01-24 01:43
15 replies
There is no proof trace is a good coach
2023-01-24 03:59
13 replies
#90
FASHR | 
France Ansi
exactly this. in fact, during trace's era as coach, ASStralis looked more discombobulated than ever before. yes, HUNDEN is a convicted cheater, but at least he has proven to have a brain and some organizational talent. most likely, AST is better off now, even though the saying "shit attracts shit" is literally hereby proven by this org.
2023-01-24 05:06
5 replies
astralis as an org is a revolving door someone is going to get axed soon i would put my money on buzz getting replaced with esetag if that doesn't work then someone else
2023-01-24 05:25
1 reply
#105
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Indonesia ivanovky
agree, replace buzz with es3tag then xyp too
2023-01-24 08:34
#111
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Romania aLeeeeex
yes but if they fuck their reputation by signing hunden why in the world would they let k0nfig go? thats my problem with this. getting hunden destroys their image more than keeping k0nfig would
2023-01-24 09:26
1 reply
Kicking k0nfig was totally fine but having hunden at the same time is just dumb
2023-01-24 09:45
#113
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Romania garcea89
Yes but they were lifting more, squatting more, they looked fit, its different kind of coach
2023-01-24 09:28
#95
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Get trace on an actual team and he would do wonders, when you got to coach washed xyp and gla1ve, bot farlig and konfig then yes
2023-01-24 06:35
There is no proof any of the coaches actually do something. My guess is that they are there to launder money. 😊😊😊
2023-01-24 09:35
5 replies
tbh i dont think any coach is that important only outside the server
2023-01-24 09:45
3 replies
You forgot b1ad3
2023-01-24 09:55
Blade totally not important yea
2023-01-24 10:15
1 reply
Since boombl4 left they only won 1 tournament
2023-01-24 18:17
There is no proof that you exist
2023-01-24 13:00
' went to eipstein island ' 💀
2023-01-24 04:56
L
2023-01-23 22:56
hunden goat coach
2023-01-23 22:56
2 replies
hunden woat
2023-01-24 00:05
1 reply
#96
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Vietnam _Liam_
lol
2023-01-24 06:35
It was not trace, fuck Astralis A legend like you deserves a better home
2023-01-23 22:56
4 replies
#47
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Europe Lumbagor
Same as K0nfig
2023-01-24 00:20
1 reply
#61
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Brazil leomuradas
+1
2023-01-24 00:57
Being a legend doesn’t mean being a good coach
2023-01-24 09:27
+1
2023-01-24 13:38
#7
 | 
Brazil galaxysz
Better than hunden
2023-01-23 22:56
no shit, also removing k0nfig
2023-01-23 22:56
5 replies
k0nfig was the real shit decision, but he didnt give them much of a choice tbh
2023-01-24 01:47
4 replies
+1
2023-01-24 03:21
#86
Xyp9x | 
India NinX
+1
2023-01-24 04:51
+1
2023-01-24 06:10
+1 smart guy
2023-01-24 07:34
Well no sh*t, because you lost your job and tier 1 income
2023-01-23 22:56
1 reply
+1 back to regular shit ass jobs unless a brainless org would invest in a noname xd hey maybe apeks guys can hire him xaxa
2023-01-24 08:55
Everyone trashing on Astralis rn lol
2023-01-23 22:57
10 replies
They are the current punching bag of the scene
2023-01-23 22:58
1 reply
yes, deserved mismanaged pile of shit
2023-01-24 08:23
everyone? who else?
2023-01-23 22:59
3 replies
tier 2 teams heet and flames
2023-01-23 23:02
2 replies
lmao
2023-01-23 23:22
wait what when why
2023-01-24 04:14
#24
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Poland Suvkha
For a reason
2023-01-23 23:09
They just hired a known cheater, so it's expected
2023-01-24 13:09
2 replies
Hunden isnt cheater He is actually Cypher from valorant!
2023-01-24 13:27
1 reply
yeah ofc hunden should go to valorant
2023-01-24 14:21
#15
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Korea WJSN
no way astralis is known to make the best decisions in csgo and esports in general
2023-01-23 22:59
is okay, hunden will trace the enemies with his cheats
2023-01-23 22:59
1 reply
#19
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Europe KrepaN
AHAHAHA
2023-01-23 23:02
they rather want cheaters yaayaaxaxa
2023-01-23 23:00
Personally, I dont care
2023-01-23 23:02
Guy who got kicked from his job complains about ex employer. Never happened before.
2023-01-23 23:04
13 replies
#29
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Romania styl3noxe
it was a shitty decision tho, after they first made him coach the team looked a little bit better but overall, even if he wasn t that great of a coach, astralis had like a thousand other more important problems + they changed so many coaches...wtf were they trying to look for ? Somebody who can make a major winner team with 0 firepower ? They just put the blame on whomever they could and called it a day.
2023-01-23 23:21
12 replies
Yeah, I'm not saying astralis did a good job here. But being salty and publicly complaining just proves to the org that it might not have been the worst decision to let him go. After the fact.
2023-01-23 23:25
11 replies
#65
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Europe jigglep33k
"which is why I personally believe it was a mistake to let me go. I do respect their decision, and there are no hard feelings between us." if thats salty then you are living in teletubby world.
2023-01-24 01:13
8 replies
+1
2023-01-24 01:27
+999 he couldn’t be more polite lmao
2023-01-24 06:09
Read between the lines. Ofc he's not like "yeah, astralis so dumb". And "they will see where it brings them without me"
2023-01-24 09:55
5 replies
get some brains
2023-01-24 10:57
4 replies
Strong argument, boi. I guess you still think all your school reports were ace.
2023-01-24 11:03
3 replies
#68 , #93 , #99 but somehow you are the man XD XD XDDDD teletubby boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
2023-01-24 11:14
2 replies
Wait. Is this real life? Because some random ppl on a forum agree with you.... That is your argument? Boi fits like a glove obv.
2023-01-24 11:20
1 reply
Read between the lines. boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
2023-01-24 11:20
Read the article instead of the headline
2023-01-24 07:35
1 reply
I did Read between the lines.
2023-01-24 09:58
no impact at all, really nothing to say about him, which is terrible.. even if he failed miserably doing something awesome, at least people would say he tried, but not even that.. just nothing to say, it is like if he was never there tbh
2023-01-23 23:08
4 replies
As if you would know anything about how much impact he had.
2023-01-23 23:30
3 replies
+1
2023-01-24 00:04
#62
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Brazil leomuradas
gigachad ASDtato
2023-01-24 00:59
+1
2023-01-24 15:58
I agree, don't kick GigaChad, one Chad kick was bad enough(k0nfig).
2023-01-23 23:12
#26
 | 
United Kingdom novaseer
only got kicked because he could beat blamef in a fist fight
2023-01-23 23:15
4 replies
Jontys Troll Account I see
2023-01-23 23:44
2 replies
#39
 | 
United Kingdom novaseer
you're not the first person to call me jonty just for being a british nip fan, and you probably won't be the last but i still heavily doubt that jonty rocks the blonde jesus look
2023-01-23 23:55
1 reply
#54
 | 
United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Yeah, I can only apologise for that, friend.
2023-01-24 00:38
Yooo jonty alt
2023-01-24 07:36
#27
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Hopefully another team can utilise the legend. :)
2023-01-23 23:15
8 replies
#50
 | 
Europe kuu1
Jonty, can you explain #35? Anyway, on topic, the move didn't work too well.
2023-01-24 00:35
6 replies
#51
 | 
United Kingdom novaseer
What is there to explain?
2023-01-24 00:35
1 reply
#53
 | 
Europe kuu1
Why did you reply from this account?
2023-01-24 00:38
#52
 | 
United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Assuming the user to be me based upon the flag and flair alone. Not really fair on user "novaseer", in all fairness. ^^ EDIT: Forgot a word.
2023-01-24 00:38
3 replies
#55
 | 
Europe kuu1
I'm kidding, man. You don't seem the the type to use multiple accounts.
2023-01-24 00:39
1 reply
#56
 | 
United Kingdom Jonty04l32
I wasn't referring to you. :D You are correct, I have no alternate accounts. Personally, I don't really see the need to have one.
2023-01-24 00:40
#60
 | 
United Kingdom novaseer
It's okay, it's funny, I don't mind.
2023-01-24 00:57
#81
 | 
Indonesia lumayan
I hope he didn't leave a trace tho ;)
2023-01-24 03:31
#28
 | 
United States zovint
DESERVED
2023-01-23 23:15
#32
 | 
Denmark Baxebondi
Every time something happens at the astralis camp, someone is salty lol
2023-01-23 23:26
probably didnt have enough Heroic Stratbooks for that job. Unlucko
2023-01-23 23:37
He is right. He got Astralis to fluke Cologne and then got fired because k0nfig is braindead.
2023-01-23 23:46
Maybe he should start cheating and blackmailing so astralis will notice him
2023-01-23 23:51
1 reply
+1
2023-01-24 01:46
It was a big mistake, just like Astralis does nothing but make big mistakes all the fucking time. I'm sorry to say but Casle sounded like a dyslexic drunk guy on the interview. Not sure what the fuck they are doing
2023-01-24 00:25
BREAKING: Unemployed man believes he deserves job
2023-01-24 00:30
1 reply
This guy gets it
2023-01-24 17:03
#57
 | 
Portugal dracø
neutral person, no bias probably thinks it was racism towards him as well
2023-01-24 00:48
what did he do for the team that potentially no one else can? Nothing. Astralis won nothing and didnt even get close to winning anything under Trace. Better to then get someone else that might have whats needed to fix Astralis.
2023-01-24 00:54
4 replies
He got an Astralis with farlig, Xyp, and gla1ve in 2022 to top 4 at IEM Cologne, I don't see what you expected from him lol.
2023-01-24 01:09
3 replies
Then couldn't beat Los Kogutos
2023-01-24 07:37
2 replies
That makes making Top 4 at Cologne all the more impressive, he was working with some of the worst pieces at tier 1 CS and yet he still made them work (at least occasionally). Trace got F'd over by an Astralis lineup that will achieve nothing and sign the most notorious cheater in CS
2023-01-24 20:41
1 reply
At this point Astralis need to disband and stop ruining careers by putting talented players in shitty positions.
2023-01-24 20:51
Agreed, I hoped for G2 to take a chance on you.
2023-01-24 01:08
Trace secretly about Astralis: hltv.org/gallery/view/12336
2023-01-24 01:16
Damn this is exactly what I said about my last job.
2023-01-24 01:34
I agree
2023-01-24 01:44
Why hltv give this man a platform to embarrass himself that's just mean
2023-01-24 01:49
5 replies
He's a good coach. He low-key got his career fucked up by Astralis... which is not really uncommon in that org.
2023-01-24 02:07
3 replies
i cry everytiem
2023-01-24 03:18
2 replies
My opinion of them took a big hit after the Bubzkji incident.
2023-01-24 03:26
1 reply
Bubskji was their best player at the time as well
2023-01-24 08:44
Embarrass himself how?
2023-01-24 03:57
legend of the game
2023-01-24 03:44
Astralis one Big mistake
2023-01-24 04:57
#92
 | 
World NukestrikE
No results...
2023-01-24 05:50
1 reply
still best
2023-01-24 09:38
he must have been doing something right to get kicked from astralis
2023-01-24 07:42
#103
JW | 
Sweden EntonXD
Did good, so obviously you would get kicked by astralis. Think trace think!
2023-01-24 08:15
#107
HEAP | 
India LRAD
>take the reigns it's "reins", literally unreadable mr dempz
2023-01-24 08:53
#109
 | 
United States h2ger
trace was such a legend in 1.6, was even probably better rifler than gtr or f0rest.
2023-01-24 09:17
1 reply
#144
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Lithuania Jaguaras
yeah, he's device before device. Insane rifler forced to awp
2023-01-24 16:41
it was you were a lamb for slaughter for how shit the roster was and he it would climax ( missing the major ) so the management does not take the slack for it you were pretty good , best resaults out of any coach since zonic left same way the current coach is a lamb for slaughter ( so hunden can coach )
2023-01-24 09:17
He's just crying
2023-01-24 09:57
#125
rain | 
Switzerland zeKxa
embarassing
2023-01-24 10:34
it'seems not mistaken
2023-01-24 12:16
Nice one
2023-01-24 12:16
Imagine if they kept him and konfig, then still got dev1ce. Now THAT would be a smart decision and you'd have an insanely strong team. Instead, they kick him and konfig and bring in the cheating rat hunden. Fuck me it's hard to watch
2023-01-24 13:43
1 reply
Hunden was already in Astralis while trace was coaching, you people just dont get the difference between a coach and an analyst.
2023-01-24 16:00
#145
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Denmark rbnx
I agree.
2023-01-24 16:51
Who?
2023-01-24 17:48
cope
2023-01-24 18:25
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