Astralis Announces gla1ve Returns With es3tag Being Removed
After announcing he will be returning to Counter Strike: Global Offensive on August 7, Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossand will be returning to the Astralis roster in place of Patrick "es3tag" Hansen.
Astralis has confirmed on their Twitter that "He's Back".
The joint most decorated CS:GO majors player will return to the Astralis starting roster after taking some time out to focus on his mental wellbeing.
The announcement comes just a matter of hours before they begin their journey in the ESL Pro League Season 12: Europe. Kicking off the league versus Complexity, Astralis will look to return to winning ways and get back to conquering the world and continuing the greatest dynasty that CS:GO has ever seen.
As for es3tag, the 24-year-old rifler has only been a part of Astralis for two months, as he makes his way to the inactive roster alongside Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth. Astralis' newest recruit, Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen, retains his spot in the starting roster, alongside Emil "Magisk" Hoffmann Reif, Peter "dupreeh" Rothmann Rasmussen, and Nicolai "dev1ce" Hvilshøj Reedtz.
Since gla1ve stepped down from the starting roster, Astralis have struggled for form, falling to make the top four at the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Showdown, before suffering defeats to Ninjas in Pyjamas at DreamHack Masters Spring 2020: Europe (finishing 9th-12th), and ESL One: Cologne 2020 Online - Europe (finishing 5th-8th).
The ESL Pro League in which gla1ve will make his return, kicked off last night (September 2) with Mousesports getting the better of FaZe Clan, and Team Vitality defeating Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-1. Tonight, Astralis will go toe-to-toe with a Complexity side who will be searching for the form that saw them win the BLAST Premier European finals in June.
The fact that Gla1ve returns is good news for everyone, bar Complexity, as one of the games most recognisable faces puts CS:GO back on the map.
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