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Astralis Officially Announce Xyp9x's Temporary Leave, Replacing him with Snappi

Aditya Singh Rawat
28th May, 2020

Cover And Thumbnail Image Courtesy: Astralis

  • Xyp9x to take a temporary break from competitive Counter-Strike.

  • Snappi will stand-in for Astrailis until es3tag's arrival.

  • Astralis undergo their second roster shuffle within a month and will be competing at two top-tier events with the new lineup.

The Danish esports organization Astralis has officially announced that Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth will be taking a momentary pause from competing in CS:GO and will be temporarily replaced by Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer.

Kasper Hvidt - Director of Sports for Astralis stated that Xyp9x is in need of a break and though the timing isn’t optimal “we cannot compromise when it comes to giving the players the best possibilities to maintain a healthy mental balance and to perform in the long term.”

[Also Read: Astralis Might be Looking for a Fifth Player as Xyp9x Reportedly Takes a Break from Counter-Strike]


Reiterating their commitment to providing players with better playing conditions, he points out that because Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen cannot join them before 1st July, Snappi is being introduced to the active lineup temporarily, and will be competing with the roster effective immediately.

Snappi who has been on Heroics bench for almost two months now will finally be getting a chance to play with the Danish lineup for just more than a month. Along with Astralis, he will be competing in both the playoffs of DreamHack Masters Spring 2020: Europe and BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Showdown.

imageSnappi to Temporarily play for Astralis, but what will happen to the Agreement with the Mongolian organization TIGER?


This is the second roster shuffle for Astralis within a month as Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander was earlier replaced by Jakob “JUGi” Hansen after the former also took a three-month leave of absence from the roster citing long-term fatigue and stress as the reason for his short departure.

The current Astralis lineup looks as follows,

  • Nicolai "device" Reedtz
  • Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
  • Emil "Magisk" Reif
  • Jakob "JUGi" Hansen
  • Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer [Temporary Stand-In]
  • Danny "zonic" Sørensen [Coach]
  • Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander [On Break]
  • Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth [On Break]

[Also Read: "We will have 6 players on the team, not 5 and a substitute." - Zonic on es3tag Joining Astralis]

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Aditya Singh Rawat is the in-house CS:GO editor at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.

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