May 19, 2020

Astralis: JUGi will debut - gla1ve on medical leave

Photo: ESL

The health of players has been a key parameter in Astralis’ announcement of the increased player roster. Jakob “JUGi” Hansen has already joined the team and Patrick “es3tag” Hansen will follow on July 1st when his current contract expires.

Jakob “JUGi” Hansen is already facing his debut, as he is a part of the roster for DreamHack Masters Spring 2020, which begins today.

Lukas “gla1ve Rossander will stay home and Astralis will have to do without him in the coming months, as he will be on medical leave for the coming months due to stress-like symptoms.

Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander comments:

- For a long period of time, I have been experiencing symptoms of stress and burnout. Astralis Group and everyone on the team have tried a lot of different things in order to help, but after talking with Kasper Hvidt and my own doctor, we have concluded that unfortunately, I will have to go on sick leave.

- In the next three months I will be focusing on getting better and recovering 100%, and then afterward returning as an active part of Astralis. I want to say a huge thank you to my teammates and the organization for being so understanding towards my situation and for being so helpful and trying to find a solution.

"In the next three months I will be focusing on getting better and recovering 100%"  - gla1ve

Kasper Hvidt, Director of Sports, Astralis Group:

- From the very first day, the health of the players is something that we have prioritized with our teams and it is part of the reason why we have announced the expansion of the Astralis-roster. We want to give the players more opportunities to take breaks and rest when needed and we want to create a culture, where the pressure is positive and all players can use their time and resources best possible.

- For a long time, we have worked with Lukas and the team to minimize the tasks inside and outside of the game. This has helped, but unfortunately, it has not been enough for him to avoid going on leave.

- I know that there are many players out there in situations similar to Lukas’ and though you might say we should have taken this step a long time ago, it is my hope that we can avoid a similar situation in the future. I am obviously looking forward to having Lukas back 100%, but right now he needs to rest. We will support him in any and all ways possible

Astralis coach, Danny “zonic” Sørensen:

- First and foremost I am sad for Lukas, but I am also happy that he gets to take an actual break. You might not see it from the outside but there are so many tasks on a CS-team and many players are pressured beyond what is healthy. This has been a focus within the organization and on the team, but even under almost optimal conditions, there is still a need for improvement.

- This is our focus and I am happy that we can make a replacement and use “JUGi” in the coming tournaments. Of course, I am looking forward to having Lukas back 100% but right now he needs time to rest, and then we are fully focused on the tasks ahead.

"First and foremost I am sad for Lukas, but I am also happy that he gets to take an actual break" - zonic

Since Monday, the team has been gathered in Copenhagen for a bootcamp and team-building together with the performance team. Astralis will also be playing their DreamHack matches from the main office.

Danny “zonic” Sørensen:

- We have known for a while that Lukas would not be a part of this tournament, so we are fully prepared to be playing with “JUGi”. Spirits are high, and even though it can be a big task to include a new player, we are entering the tournament with the ambition to win it.

The roster for DreamHack Masters includes Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, Jakob “JUGi” Hansen, Emil “Magisk” Reif, Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth. The first match is today, Tuesday, at 2 pm where the team will meet Heroic.