2019: A year of progress and new ambitions
By Kasper Hvidt, Director of Sports, Astralis Group
At Astralis Group we have a clear ambition to be the best in the world at what we do. We want to create results by maintaining a great environment for our teams and give them the tools they need to have healthy and skilled players across the board.
I, and everyone else in the organization, work towards strengthening this aspect every single day. This has resulted in Astralis being the most dominant Counter-Strike team for the past two years. It’s our ambition that the same strategy will make Origen the best League of Legends team and Future FC the best FIFA team.
Our approach for creating a strong, healthy, and winning foundation is different from what you see in esports in general. Origen began the year with a story and an unbending goal to do things our way.
Four of the teams in the European LEC league were new while six of the teams already had established rosters from the year prior. Origen started with nothing but our name was already well known and we quickly found a mix of skilled, experienced, and young talents who wanted to be a part of our project.
A great boot camp gave the team a strong sense of comradery and already in the first season split we finished 2nd best in Europe after a semi-final win over Fnatic in Rotterdam as the most prominent highlight.
Unfortunately, we came to a halt over the summer. We were trying to do too many things at once and suddenly we were cornered and the pressure from the thought of not making the play-offs became too much for the team. We weren’t prepared well enough as an organization. We ended the summer with a brave attempt at qualifying for Worlds but lost our last battle and the last chance at making it. An otherwise magical beginning to the season ended on a bitter note.
The Spring Split was an amazing beginning and we showed off the strong, result-producing foundation. The summer was a big wake-up call and reminded us that these things take time and we need to focus more on introducing the players to a new world for them. A world where we start out by focusing on our own development instead of spending our energy looking at the other teams.
We’ve seen first-hand how our model and approach works and creates results by doing things our way. But we need to maintain a firm grip on the approach part. We’ve made changes within the organization to be even closer to the players which means that we can start 2020 even stronger - both in-game, but most importantly, outside the game.
Our ambition is to create a healthy and strong culture of winners and become the best in the world. We will never compromise with this and we’ll spend the first year securing an even stronger baseline for our foundation.