K0nfig Explains Why Lucky Is Not AWPing for Astralis
The revamped Astralis lineup has some distinct changes!
The revamped Astralis lineup has impressed many with their performance at BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2021. The new players Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke and Benjamin "blameF" Bremer have only added positively to the team so far. However, a doubt that disturbed most folks was the fact that Philip "Lucky" Ewald was not brandishing the AWP. Instead, it was the shotcaller Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander who was predominantly playing with the weapon.
Though the strategy played out well for Astralis in their opening bout against Ninjas in Pyjamas, the role swap was not particularly ideal when they went up against Vitality. Speaking about this role change in a post-match interview, k0nfig explained why Lucky was holding down sites with a rifle rather than playing more comfortably with an AWP.
K0nfig explains why gla1ve was playing with an AWP instead of Lucky
It was a strange sight to see gla1ve holding angles and playing aggressively with the big green, while also managing the new Astralis roster. It surely helped that the new members, k0nfig and blameF were firing on all cylinders. However, Lucky's performance was a big questionmark as he mostly played an anchor role, deep within the sites with rifles.
The fans were confused with these role changes, especially with Lucky playing on rifles as he was initially brought into the roster as a dedicated AWPer. The 18-year-old was supposed to take on the responsibility of playing with the scoped sniper and excel at it, but this new Astralis roster seems to be headed in a different direction altogether.
Explaining the situation in a post-match interview, k0nfig explained why Lucky was not the one running around with an AWP:
He (Lucky) likes to AK (47), he likes to M4 (A1S), he picks up the AWP sometimes. I think he is pretty comfortable with playing inside sites with me on Nuke for example and playing AWP as well as the M4. So, I think it is the right decision to let gla1ve AWP.Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke - Interview with BLAST
The above explanation given by k0nfig might not have provided a substantial reason behind the role swap, but it surely gave us an insight about the direction that Astralis are headed towards when it comes to using the AWP.
It is mostly going to remain in the hands of gla1ve with Lucky picking it up every now and then. Other than that Lucky seems to be the site anchor along with k0nfig who will be playing more freely and aggressively. Only time will tell how this setup fares because the fans are not sold on it just yet.