Xyp9x extends contract with Astralis ahead of PGL major

Fariha Bhatti • October 18, 10:36

Clutch minister Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth has decided to stay in Astralis after showing signs of uncertainty regarding his future two months ago. 

Xyp9x has revealed that he’s extended his contract with the Danish team after weighing his options. The professional player will continue his esports journey in Astralis in hopes to bring the four-time major winning team back to the fore. 

The clutch king was hesitant about staying in Astralis after Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz packed his bags and left for Ninjas in Pyjamas. Xyp9x went as far as to say that Astralis’ era was over when dev1ce left for good. Considering the team’s frail condition, Xyp9x wasn’t sure about his own future with Astralis, but that seems to have changed. After numerous roster swaps, the team finally looks a bit more stable as Xyp9x has continued his current deal with the team through 2025.

Xyp9x stays with Astralis for PGL major

Astralis has been in hot water since dev1ce left the team. With player contracts nearing an end in 2021, rumors of roster shuffles have reached fever pitch. Xyp9x re-signing surely breaths some life back into the Danish powerhouse going through a dip. 

Xyp9x is the second legacy member confirmed to be continuing with Astralis after Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander also confirmed his stay after he recently returned for PGL major following his sitting out BLAST Premier Fall Groups on paternity leave. Sixth member Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen is tied in a contract until 2025 and continues to fill in for players while they’re on leave. 

These three older players and new recruit Philip “Lucky” Ewald are locked into Astralis’ roster for the long term. However, there’s still an air of uncertainty surrounding the futures of Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen and Emil “⁠Magisk⁠ Reif. It remains to be seen whether these two would follow in the footsteps of Xyp9x and extend their contracts or look to switch rosters. 

The Danish organization has also been eyeing star player Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke, according to the reports. The pro player recently parted ways with Complexity to pursue a “different direction for 2022.” Reports hint that either dupreeh or Magisk might bid farewell to the team to make room for k0nfig.

Astralis will showcase their renewed roster at PGL Major Stockholm, which will kick off on October 26. 

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