blameF signs contract extension with Astralis through 2025
The Danish captain has committed to Astralis for a further two years.
The Dane, who first joined Astralis in November 2021 and is now the longest-standing member of the roster ahead of Nicolai "device" Reedtz, recently took control of the captaincy following the team's off-season overhaul, which involved the benching of Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander and the signings of Johannes "b0RUP" Borup and Victor "Staehr" Staehr.
Astralis have enjoyed a significant uptick in form since returning to competition following the change in roles and personnel. The Danish quintet earned a spot at the BLAST Premier Fall Final, secured a top-four finish at IEM Cologne, and more recently earned an ESL Pro League Season 18 playoff berth following a third-place finish in Group A.
Furthermore, blameF continues to post strong numbers despite confessing to HLTV that his individual level would inevitably take a hit with his pivot to captaincy. The 26-year-old remains his squad's best performer, averaging a team-high 1.25 rating over the past three months, while also dropping down to the red in just three maps during that time.
"[blameF] has proven his potential and is becoming a strong, modern leader who sets his own clear direction while also being good at listening and involving his teammates," Kasper Traube, Astralis' Sporting Director, said about the renovation.
"His dedication and collaboration with the team's other natural leader, device, has been extremely important to the rebuilding of the team, and I am extremely happy about this extension."
blameF also made a statement of his own for the occasion. "Today, Astralis is where I most want to be and the team I most want to be a part of," he said. "We are in a really exciting process, and I am developing as a player.
"Astralis has done a lot of right things over the years, and there are many who should be given credit for what the team has achieved. It is never about one person, but with Kasper Straube, we feel re-energized, and together with all those who work hard every single day for us to succeed, his approach to performance has had a great significance for me."
Astralis' roster is as follows: