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- 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.”
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.
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]