blameF: "I’m very happy to continue my career in Astralis, I feel at home"

HLTV caught up briefly with Astralis' in-game leader after he signed a contract extension ahead of their ESL Pro League playoff campaign.

Despite taking up calling, blameF is still providing much of Astralis' firepower

Astralis have been resurgent in recent times, finding themselves back in the upper echelons of the world rankings and once again making deep runs in the biggest tournaments. At the heart of this revolution is Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer, who has taken on the fresh responsibility of calling in-game and continued to find impact in the fragging department as Astralis' best-rated player.

"It’s harder to focus on your aim and stuff when you are IGLing," blameF said in an interview to HLTV ahead of the ESL Pro League Playoffs. "I’m not surprised that I haven’t taken a big hit, but I think I have taken a hit individually."

blameF may be feeling a slight drop off in his individual level, but that is not really manifesting on the server, as he currently sits as the second-highest rated player in the tournament heading into the playoffs. "We didn’t play the best opponents yet, so that’s why the stats are higher right now," is his modest response when asked about his performance thus far.

Regardless, the Danish powerhouse squad managed to make it to the playoffs, and they are feeling optimistic ahead of the commencement of their playoff journey in Malta, according to blameF. "I think we’re feeling pretty good, it’s been some good practice days so yeah, we’re ready."

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blameF signs contract extension with Astralis through 2025

The dramatic upswing in Astralis’ form has resulted in blameF committing himself to the organization through to 2025, something he is certainly pleased about. "It feels good to be committed to Astralis, I like it here, I’m very happy about the new setup. I’m very happy to continue my career in Astralis, I feel at home here."

Astralis' new setup is allowing all players to have important roles, and Buzz seems to be benefitting from the structure

One of the revelations of the Astralis team since blameF took over leadership duties has been the immense peak performances of Christian "⁠Buzz⁠" Andersen. Previously the young Dane was struggling to find much impact on the server, but in recent games he has shown a new peak level previously thought beyond him, particularly in the matches against Natus Vincere and Heroic in Cologne.

"We are trying to build a team where different people have different maps that they are having important roles on, so anyone on the team can win a map for us," blameF stated when discussing Buzz’s performances. "Of course it’s a little bit map dependent, depending on roles and stuff, but I think everyone can win maps for us."

Looking forward to their ESL Pro League playoff campaign, blameF was nonplussed about the prospect of facing Eternal Fire in the first round. "I don’t think we really care about who we play honestly, we just play what’s in front of us. I think they’re a good team, but it doesn’t matter for us." He was, however, reserved when discussing his team's goals for the tournament, despite their recent success and upturn in form. "I think we’ll just go match by match honestly, I don’t think we have a deep goal from the get-go."

Denmark Christian 'Buzz' Andersen
Christian 'Buzz' Andersen
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Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
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2023-09-25 12:33
Pakistan LoOuU2
2023-09-25 12:33
No shit, you play from your room
2023-09-25 12:33
Niceone Blame, keep going
2023-09-25 12:33
Rip Astralis future trophies
2023-09-25 12:34
2 replies
Name checks out.
2023-09-25 12:41
true they never gonna win anything with this guy. Maybe some tiny trophy with 8 teams.
2023-09-25 12:44
device | 
Poland dhuun
1.25 rating for an IGL is superb. Also, so muscular, thick and strong. Love seeing this guy and how big he can get. Hopefully we get to see even more of him in the near future.
2023-09-25 12:35
11 replies
Slovakia GloryMole
He is alright, but I still remember seeing him in a 3v3 retake on Ancient where he stayed on T spawn waiting if his teammates kill someone or not. He is only good when his team has advantage in disadvantage he is useless and just saves
2023-09-25 13:40
3 replies
That definitely sounds like the Baitf I know. But It's still hard to get even a semi-reliable IGL who can frag out in matches. If Astralis had an issue with his play style, they would've addressed it already.
2023-09-25 14:14
1 reply
Slovakia GloryMole
I mean you can kinda understand his gameplay. He doesnt want to risk losing all weapons if the retake is not successful. But imo he has enough skill to turn the 2v3 around. If someone like interz or Sanji did this it would be more acceptable.
2023-09-25 16:24
He also won 3 1v1 clutches against NAVI . Specifically against AlexiB at match point...thus saving the entire series by patience and waiting and allowing the chance to take the series 2-1 and get to Cologne semi finals And the performance against Apeks against match point and elimination where he single handedly took over the game to bring it into overtime and take the series 2-1 all while facing Elimination Dude is a genuine leader and a very talented Rifler via positional control. He deserves the contract and salary bonus for how he’s giving Astralis fans hope
2023-09-25 18:02
does his dick taste good?
2023-09-26 04:41
3 replies
Nothing tastes as good as an Astralis victory
2023-09-26 12:46
2 replies
United States chokyy
Aged poorly
2023-09-26 22:36
1 reply
I am in pain
2023-09-27 10:07
United States chokyy
"Also, so muscular, thick and strong." You are very zesty, sweet, saucy, fruity
2023-09-26 05:09
2 replies
Just showing appreciation for a man willing to put in the effort, his blood, sweat and tears into pumping that iron. His diet and work ethic must be insane. Gets your blood pumping. You almost want to give him a little slap on the ass, just to let him know what a stallion he really is.
2023-09-26 12:44
1 reply
United States chokyy
Why slap when you can eat?
2023-09-26 22:36
The King
2023-09-25 12:39
congrats for the contract exts bennie
2023-09-25 12:42
Armenia VirtusNo
no one else would bait for you
2023-09-25 12:42
top1 igl 2023
2023-09-25 12:42
Hasn't taken individual hit since Konfig left the team
2023-09-25 12:51
this wont end well
2023-09-25 13:05
we all know device is by far the best player in astralis yet the IGL blameF has a higher rating. it's an anomaly that makes my blood boil. he does not care about actually winning, he's just setting himself up for success aka in his eyes a high rating. look at hooxi and karrigan, they're throwing themselves out there gathering info and blameF is saving in spawn half the time letting his teammates fight for their lives with one less player
2023-09-25 13:07
4 replies
p r o j e c t i n g ?
2023-09-25 13:27
1 reply
huh? how?
2023-09-25 15:53
2023-09-25 15:50
niko, hunter, jks ropz, twistzz, rain vs staehr, b0rup, buzz guess i don't have to add nothing more. you are comparing differently built teams
2023-09-25 17:39
Padded stats secured till 2025
2023-09-25 13:10
A couple more years of mediocrity 😍
2023-09-25 13:12
3 replies
Russia Lessix
flag and flair
2023-09-25 13:25
2 replies
The irony abounds
2023-09-25 13:32
Best flag and flair
2023-09-25 13:54
lesgo godf
2023-09-25 13:35
Belarus Ginny)
gonna lose to the turkish king XANTARES
2023-09-25 13:47
Top baiter of all time
2023-09-25 13:54
Sweden multib
Blamef brutally underrated, consistent 1.20+ player. Insane
2023-09-25 14:09
Where else would you get to bait new players
2023-09-25 14:13
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New Zealand stam_
2023-09-25 14:15
2023-09-25 14:21
I guess Astralis are fine without trophies other than baiting gambling site tournaments. Fine with me, just feelsbadman for device that he signed up his last top level years for this clownery.
2023-09-25 14:35
21 replies
Yea Faze aren’t going to get anymore trophies anytime soon and looking at the parallels of Astralis vs NAVI against comparing Faze vs NAVi at Cologne 2023 I think it’s apparent who’s the better team. Astralis manhandled NAVI on Overpass 11-4 Tside and Faze got embarrassed and eliminated by NAVI’ s abysmal Overpass Navi,Mouz,Faze,Heroic aren’t going to do any better than Astralis so let’s not pretend not lifting trophies is a good reason for disbelief in a teams ability
2023-09-25 18:15
20 replies
Bro stating facts
2023-09-26 00:34
1 reply
Don’t worry mate even if Astralis manage to win some tier 3 gambling events it will be without your beloved benchwarming one roster fraud gla0ve.
2023-09-26 03:49
First of all this post is about blameF and Astralis, so I have no idea why clearly offended Mr. Murica has to talk about Faze only because I support them. And holy moly you just proved you are another 10iq newkid who knows absolute crap about CS with statement team A beats B team A loses to team C team C > team B This retarded rule doesn’t work in most sport and especially in CS where there are just to many variables. That is why some teams play extremely better against other teams and vice versa, different teams have different styles, map pools and veto is never the same. You are supporting this stupid claim by one map (Overpass) where Navi barely beat Faze in OT 19:17 and map could literally go to any team…. you probably don’t even realize Overpass is the best map of Astralis atm while it’s mid map for both Faze and Navi, so no shit Astralis clearly beat Navi while Navi and Faze was much closer and at the end Navi edged the victory in OT after miraculous comeback from being down 12-10 on T side with many clutches going their way. Also “Faze got embarrassed and eliminated by NAVI’ s abysmal Overpass” while map was literally one round difference lmao. Also “Signed up 2023-09-15” Go watch NFL instead with your 10iq logic please. No wonder only one who agreed with you was delusional “gla1ve the benchwarmer” pakistan fan.
2023-09-26 03:47
16 replies
Faze look very bad and have been truly underwhelming, Astralis are ranked above them now by beating the same team NAVI that just destroyed Faze on Anubis at proleague and Mirage 16-5 at Cologne, humiliating them is the right word Astralis manhandled NAVI at Cologne and took over Fazes top 5 Ranking because they're actually good..unlike Faze who somehow have never beat Heroic of all teams..then Astralis shows them how to benchpress Heroic with ease. Cry More
2023-09-26 04:00
15 replies
“Signed up 2023-09-15” Value of comment = 0 Let’s see how far will Astralis go in EPL
2023-09-26 03:59
14 replies
I've been in the competitive scene since CPL 2006 and my steamID is 4 digits, I don't like NFL I'm more of a fan of actual good counterstrike...something Faze haven't provided in quite some time. Even if Astralis lose theyll still play better counterstrike compared to Fazes form right now
2023-09-26 04:06
5 replies
4 digit steamID = value in CS knowledge lmao? “……blabla since 2006” Source “trust me bro” But it doesn’t matter, you are either pretending newkid who knows crap or you are toxic user who knows crap and went throught tens of banned accounts because Mr. From 2006 has to operate with 11 days old account haha. Either way value of your comments =0 /closed
2023-09-26 04:13
4 replies
Look me up, why you mad bro?
2023-09-26 04:12
3 replies
Delusional Americans can never make me mad, I just laugh at you. Look up what “noname”?
2023-09-26 04:14
2 replies
Good talk. Lots of good arguments you've made and valid points. ttyl sweetie
2023-09-26 04:17
1 reply
Oh wait it's Mister NA clown with his brilliant logic forged by USA's great educational system. So I guess you can now say following #25 Eternal Fire >>> #7 Navi, #6 Faze and #5 Astralis Confirmed and certified by MURICA. Remember I told you let's see how far will Astralis go in EPL? Was really funny watching turks destroy your beloved Astralis 16-7 on their own map pick lmao. I was wondering why you spam all other EPL matches threads, but went silent in Astralis vs Eternal Fire one, don't have your 5 cents there? Holy moly get lost mate with your 12 days old account oh no wait..... I forgot "since 2006 CS knowledge"
2023-09-27 00:14
United States chokyy
name + flag + flair FaKe Clan coper spotted
2023-09-26 05:13
7 replies
Oh wait where is Astralis? Eliminated by turks? No way lmao. Same clown as american user above you.
2023-09-27 00:17
6 replies
United States chokyy
i dont support Asstralose, but you were acting goofy as hell, so i had to jump in
2023-09-27 00:18
5 replies
ye jump in cowboy protect your country man since he know absolute nothing about CS and follows stupid logic team A beats B team A loses to team C team C > team B So as I said to him by his logic Eternal Fire is now better than Navi, Faze and Astralis. If you defend that you know nothing about CS just like him.
2023-09-27 00:21
wp your comment got instantly deleted, so i guess you bring just as much value in your comments as user above you
2023-09-27 00:29
3 replies
Same awesome EF Turks that sent those superstar multimillion dollar teams Cloud9 and Liquid , and Vertigo merchants 9nine home No shame losing single elimination to a squad of hungry Turks with crazy firepower and MAJ3R at the helm. Astralis actually suck at inferno yet somehow still beat Heroic on it which isn’t something Faze or Navi have accomplished Astralis are not amazing but still look great compared to Faze’s recent form..
2023-09-27 00:50
2 replies
Holy Cope #85 get lost
2023-09-27 04:31
1 reply
Faze are very underwhelming, Same with Liquid,Cloud9,Furia,9nine,VP,Astralis in these single Elimination formats. It's a single elimination game and obviously anything can happen. I hope Faze can rest on individual form and not get embarrassed by MOUZ then beat G2, nothing would make me happier. Judging by how theyre constantly losing 16-4 games or how they lost nuke to NAVI I don't see it happening Can only hope though.
2023-09-27 05:28
2023-09-26 05:07
Absolute clownfiestas Astralis... What is wrong with counterstrike? how can teams like NiP, fnatic and Astralis drop of so hard? Is it the players or is it the game? Xyp9x dupreeh Glave Magisk Device You should never need to change this roster.. so what's going wrong? why do so many teams have to make changes on this game? As a player you should be consistent.. so it has to be the game? Is Counterstrike really that hard to play that you can drop of at times?
2023-09-25 14:49
3 replies
nip should've kept their first roster with fifflaren as well and their dominance would've never ended, cos that's exactly how it works xd also, previous astralis 50iq management did everything they could to preserve that exact roster, refusing to integrate new players properly (es3tag, bubzkji) so that team collapsed by itself when dev1ce left it willingly and they had no plan whatsoever if a team isn't getting refreshed properly it falls apart, that's what happened to old guys like nip, vp, astralis who had no plan for the future. at the same time, look at a masterclass navi rebuild back in 2019-21
2023-09-25 17:46
2 replies
Very true great points you have mentioned thank you and let's not forget Counterstrike is probably 1 of the hardest FPS games out there to play so it will be very easy for players to drop off in form at times... They shouldn't but that game is very unique for sure....
2023-09-25 18:30
Indonesia ivanovky
thats why vita replace dupreeh with flamez, a few year later magisk should be IGL when vita replace apex with younger star riffler
2023-09-26 10:40
2023-09-25 14:46
2 replies
Poland dejmanOOO
k0nfig obviously didn't want to play with him cuz he did such shit xd
2023-09-25 14:51
Ofc when k0nfig always goes first and blameF sits at spawn hiding in corner… it’s perfect duo… for baitF. I bet k0nfig probably wasn’t so keen to play with blame as he was lol
2023-09-26 04:02
Poland dejmanOOO
top1 igl 2023
2023-09-25 14:51
i wonder how much blamef can bench
2023-09-25 14:51
4 replies
My guess is 145 Kg
2023-09-25 14:55
His PR is on his IG, but most recently, he answered that in a Short on Astralis' YT.
2023-09-25 15:17
2 replies
Yeah I just looked up the video... he said his all time record is 190 Kg that's impressive
2023-09-25 15:22
1 reply
damn that's a lot good for him
2023-09-25 15:51
Crazy how someone can feel at home missing the last 2 majors
2023-09-25 14:57
1 reply
Well at least they bullied Frozen out of his baitfest defaulting and sent him home at Cologne
2023-09-25 18:19
overrated t3 player time to retire
2023-09-25 16:25
This should happen once FaZe files for bankruptcy and can't afford salaries and Liquid lets YEKINDAR go cuz he's not a natural IGL but that's just IMO. blameF - Lurking IGL YEKINDAR - Hard Entry dev1ce - Main AWP Twistzz - Support/Rifle/2ndary AWP ropz - Anchor/Rifle/2ndary AWP
2023-09-25 17:06
Sweden Vrede
Mr Bait
2023-09-25 18:20
paycheck stealers
2023-09-25 19:32
Poland Ryunar
"i feel like I can bait as much as I want ☺️☺️"
2023-09-25 23:39
Ngl blamef is proving he has a valid way of seeing the game because he is igling astralis with staehr and borup to top 5 while putting up insane stats and idk which is more impressive
2023-09-26 00:41
NiKo | 
Asia SeNaL
Pro Baiter
2023-09-26 03:49
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