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The Danish organization Astralis is planning to expand it’s existing CS:GO roster by adding Patrick “es3tag” Hansen as their sixth player. None of the existing members will be affected with this roster move as Astralis prepares to play with a six-man roster, as reported by 1pv.fr and HLTV.
But it looks like that the signing of the player is not as easy as it sounds. With Astralis taking a last-minute decision to acquire the services of es3tag, FunPlus Pheonix find themselves with a four-man roster after acquiring the Danish lineup of Heroic.
With an incomplete lineup at their disposal, the South Korean organization that entered FLASHPOINT with the newly acquired Heroic roster, are pondering over their future with the CS:GO league.
This will be the first roster shuffle to be made by Astralis since February 2018, when Emil “Magisk” Reif joined the team as a replacement for Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye.
It actually comes as a surprise that the recruitment of a sixth player was a suggestion put forth by the players themselves, who seem to be interested in trying out an innovative substitution format. With no departures being announced yet, it looks like the core lineup will remain intact for now.
Astralis have not had a great start to 2020, after facing a harsh defeat at BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 Regular Season, the Danes had to settle for a 3rd-4th place finish at IEM Katowice 2020 as well. Currently standing 4th in their group at the on-going ESL Pro League Season 11, Astralis has decided to add some new blood to bolster their lineup.
When es3tag will join the Danish giant is still not known, as the 24-year-old is currently competing in FLASHPOINT with FunPlus Pheonix who are thinking about their future associated with the league.