We need a change!
by Kasper Hvidt, Director of Sports, Astralis Group
There is only one thing we regret about the decision to increase the roster size in Astralis: We should have done it years ago!
The message of protecting the mental and physical health of our players is essential for the future of our industry. We have carried this message since day one, and we have invested significantly in improving the conditions on and around our teams.
The organization around our teams at Astralis Group consists of a sports psychologist, available around the clock, we have a physical trainer and training set-up, physio, team doctor, dietist, body SDS and a range of other health resources available if and when needed.
This is a part of our strategy to build a solid foundation around our teams and players to secure a strong competitive position long term, and it is done to help the players extend their careers.
This is also the basis for increasing the roster size. Ultimately we would like to see across game titles a full 10 player set-up with an academy team like in the pro League of Legends leagues. It would be a great way of letting talents work in a fully professional environment with access to all facilities, and it would be a smoother transition when substituting players on the “A team”.
The pressure on a CS:GO player today is inhumane. We have done a lot to avoid fatigue and burn-outs including prioritizing tournaments to give the players much needed time to recover and also have a private life. We have worked with mental tools, physical fitness, sleep patterns, and a range of other areas, and had we not done this, we would not have seen Astralis on the top of all charts for as long as they have. All credit should be given to the players as well, as besides being incredibly skilled, they have adapted to and embraced all the new practices and habits, we have thrown their way.