Alexander "Altekz" Givskov, who recently moved to the main Astralis CS:GO roster, is replacing Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, the organization reported.
Astralis hasn’t fired Xyp9x, instead he’ll perform with the academy team, Astralis Talent, where Altekz was promoted from.
"It tells you everything about Andreas that his first thought is to help the organization where he can and give the talents a chance to learn from Andreas' huge experience, while at the same time, we can give one of the most talented young players the opportunity to get closer to the first team. Andreas is still part of our main roster, and the attitude he shows in a difficult situation is exactly what we are looking for in Astralis," said Astralis' Director of Sports Kasper Hvidt.
The switch happened after the Danes failed to qualify for the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 as they bombed out of European RMR B, finishing 12th-14th.
"I am still super disappointed that we missed the qualification for the Major. That was my goal and everyone's ambition. An organization like Astralis must participate in all Majors and ultimately be able to compete for the title. When we miss this opportunity for the second time in a row, it's clear we have to look at all options. I know the game and know how I contribute, but I'm also Astralis to the core and will do what it takes to move us forward," Xyp9x said.
Xyp9x plays his first match for Astralis Talent on April 10, against Prospects in the European Pro League, Season 7.
Altekz will have to wait a little longer for his first team debut, which will happen in connection with the online tournament Brazy Party 2023. This tournament kicks off on April 27.
Astralis main roster:
- Alexander "Altekz" Givskov
- Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander (IGL)
- Benjamin "blameF" Bremer
- Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz
- Christian Møss "Buzz" Andersen
- Peter "casle" Toftbo Ardenskjold (Coach)
Astralis Talent is now:
- Mikkel "MistR" Thomsen
- Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
- Kristoffer "kristou" Aamand
- Patrick "Patti" Larsen
- Alexander "br0" Bro
- Mathias "R0nic" Pinholt (Coach)