Dev1ce Reportedly Keen On Returning To Astralis

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NIP CS:GO Star Dev1ce is Reportedly Interested in Returning to Astralis

The Danish AWPer wants to return to his former organization.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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As per reports, dev1ce is keen on returning back to Astralis just seven months after transferring to Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Several performance and personal factors seem to have played a role in dev1ce supposedly abandoning this project.
He had signed a three-year contract with NIP and as per earlier reports, the transfer amount was about $717,136 USD.

Danish superstar Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz seems to be homesick and is keen on returning back to Astralis just seven months after transferring over to the Swedish esports organization Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP).

The 26-year-old has not had a great outing following his surprise transfer with only one win under his belt since joining NIP at IEM Fall 2021: Europe. Performance issues along with personal problems has taken its toll on the decorated AWPer who decided to skip both the playoffs of IEM Winter 2021 and BLAST Premier: World Final 2021.

With his game suffering and things not looking to change for the better despite several changes like signing the talented Danish rifler Patrick "es3tag" Hansen, dev1ce is keen on returning back to Astralis according to reports by Dexerto and 1pv.fr.

Dev1ce might be looking to make his way back to Astralis from NIP

NIP had brought in dev1ce over from Astralis to turn things around for themselves, trying to create a new roster and game plan around the star AWPer. But results have not come easy for the Swedish side, unable to attain success even with a four-time Major winning MVP on their side.

Dev1ce had shown an interest in playing for NIP earlier this year during the global pandemic. He had already been staying in Stockholm, Sweden since the past four years and so he decided to switch over to a Swedish team, as social distancing and travelling restrictions had started taking a toll on him.

With the transfer taking place he had spoken of staying committed to this new project being undertaken by NIP and bringing a Major title to Sweden. Dev1ce had even drawn comparisons to NBA star LeBron James who had also won trophies with multiple CS:GO teams.

NIP failed to make that initial impact followed by an early quarterfinal exit from the PGL Major Stockholm 2021, where they almost failed to make it to the playoffs due to a close three-game thriller against Copenhagen Flames.

The defeat against Team Liquid at the BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2021 seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for dev1ce, who looked shattered following the loss to a 'dead team'. Later he went on to admit that he was disappointed with himself and even the addition of es3tag could not make him feel better.

On a personal front, dev1ce's relationship with streamer Emilia Hult, who lives in Sweden has also come to an end. Dexerto reports that he has since moved to Copenhagen where he has bought an apartment.

Statement by dev1ce after loss to Liquid

With all that has gone done, dev1ce is now keen on returning back to Astralis and somehow he seems to fit perfectly into the current Danish roster. However, NIP will want to recover the amount they spent on signing dev1ce as he signed a three-year contract with the organization.

Though his signing amount was never officially revealed, Astralis' financial report for the period of 1st January to 30th June 2021 revealed that he was reportedly sold for DKK 4.5 million, which is approximately about $717,136 USD.

Astralis is clearly lacking when it comes to AWPing as the team's shot called Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander can be seen brandishing the bolt action sniper, despite the team having signed Philip "Lucky" Ewald for the role.

If the report actually comes true the Astralis roster for 2022 might look as follows,

  • Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth

  • Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander

  • Philip "Lucky" Ewald

  • Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke

  • Benjamin "blameF" Bremer

  • Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz

  • Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen

  • Alexander "ave" Holdt - Coach

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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.