Astralis Promotes Academy CS:GO Coach Trace To Main Team

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Astralis Promotes Academy CS:GO Coach Trace to Main Team for Next Major

Astralis adopts a new change for upcoming CS:GO Major qualifier.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Astralis has decided to promote their academy team coach, trace, to the main roster effective immediately for the upcoming Major.
He will be replacing ave, who currently faces a two Major ban from Valve handed to him in January 2021 for abusing the coach spectator bug exploit.
Ave will still be providing support to trace while focusing on the growth of the academy team, Astralis Talent.

Astralis has decided to change its CS:GO coach for the upcoming Major qualifiers. The Danish esports organization has decided to promote their Academy team's (Astralis Talent) coach Martin "trace" Heldt to take command of the main team, replacing their normal head coach Alexander "ave" Holdt.

This change has been adopted by Astralis as ave was one of the coaches who had been named in the coach spectator bug incident. As a result of which he had received a six-month ban from the ESIC (Esports Integrity Commission) and a two Major ban from Valve last year in January.

Astralis changes CS:GO coach for main team ahead of Antwerp Major

Astralis has taken a decision to change its coach for its main CS:GO roster a few months ahead of the PGL Antwerp Major 2022 and its associated RMR (Regional Major Rankings) qualifier scheduled to take place from 21st to 24th April.

The 31-year-old has a lot of experience under his belt having been a former CS:GO player, while also coaching teams like Team Singularity, Lyngby Vikings, ECSTATIC, and currently Astralis Talent.

Trace had joined Astralis Talent in January earlier this year, since then he has led the academy roster in three CS:GO tournaments. The team's best result under his guidance came at WePlay Academy League Season 3, where Astralis Talent placed third winning $15,000 USD in prize money.

Trace will be replacing ave, who is the head coach of the main roster. The 33-year-old will be stepping down to help out the academy team instead, as he is currently serving a two Major ban handed to him by Valve for abusing the coach spectator exploit.

Trace gets promoted to CS:GO coach of Astralis main team

Ave has already served the ban for the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 which took place last year, and now the upcoming PGL Major Antwerp 2022 will be the final CS:GO tournament that he will be missing out because of the ban.

This change will be effective immediately, so in upcoming CS:GO tournaments like BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2022, ESL Pro League Season 15, and other such events leading up to the RMR qualifiers and PGL Major Antwerp 2022, trace will be coaching Astralis while ave will provide support with focus on Astralis Talent.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer 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.