It’s a good day for Astralis fans as the iconic trio of Lukas “gla1ve“ Rossander, Andreas “Xyp9x“ Højsleth, and Nicolai “dev1ce“ Reedtz are officially reuniting under the red flag.
After a string of leaks and reports, the Danish organization has confirmed the highly-awaited return of Mr. Consistent, more commonly known as dev1ce. The AWP maestro and legendary Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional player who led Astralis to their pinnacle will hop back into the server but in a different jersey. The pro AWPer will be replacing Asger “farlig” Jensen.
After staying on the sidelines, citing mental health reasons, the dev1ce has formally returned to his former home. High expectations are tied to this transfer, but fans are hopeful that dev1ce is the key to unlocking Astralis’ win streak.
dev1ce’s transfer to Ninjas in Pyjamas was undoubtedly one of Counter-Strike’s biggest esports happenings. The transfer drew comparisons with traditional sports stars Lebron James and Cristiano Ronaldo. The $700,000 transfer that rocked the CSGO ecosystem didn’t pan out well for any of the parties involved. While dev1ce’s failure to show up on the server cost NiP many wins, Astralis’ also struggled to find a suitable replacement.
Months later, dev1ce has decided to hop back into competition, but in Astralis’ new jersey. The four-time major winner’s comeback has already shaken the ecosystem, with fans rushing to Astralis’ website to cop the new jersey donned by dev1ce.
Of course, the reaction was warranted, but it remains to be seen if the transfer is worth the hype. So far, dev1ce is well aware of the expectation and has expressed confidence in the organization.
“I am aware expectations will probably be higher than what we can deliver off the bat, but I also know that the organization is very good at shutting out the noise and standing together,” dev1ce said in a statement.
Farlig will move to the bench to make space for dev1ce, whereas Mikkel “MistR“ Thomsen will stay on the squad due to Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke’s sudden contract termination.