Danish Counter-Strike players Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth, Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye and Peter “dupreeh” Rothmann’s contracts are set to expire with the Astralis organization on January 1st, 2018, according to sources close to the team. All three players have been in discussion with Astralis for an extension, however they have recently began to explore options with other organizations as the new year draws closer.
In CS:GO, teams who placed top eight at the previous Valve sponsored Major tournament receive an automatic invite to the next one. The three aforementioned players own the rights to the Legend spot, as a majority of the lineup, at the ELEAGUE Boston Major on January 19th. Although, the deadline for roster submissions was on November 10th meaning only having three players might cause an issue. One source explained that it is unclear if the two remaining players of Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz would follow their teammates to a new organization or if they would remain with Astralis.
Astralis has remained one of the top teams in the world for the entirety of 2017 and was arguably the best team overall for the first half of the year. They started with their first ever Major victory at the ELEAGUE Atlanta Major last January and would go on to win IEM Katowice in March. They rounded out 2017 with a semi-final appearance at the PGL Major and only failed to make the playoffs twice, which were both a result of missing dev1ce for a majority of both events.
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