Xyp9x says Astralis’ era is “dead,” open to new opportunities

By Fariha Bhatti


Aug 16, 2021

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Legendary clutch minister Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth has revealed that he’s exploring other options ahead of the end of his contract with Astralis. 

The Danish organization’s slump is quite evident since star player Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz made the big switch. The team has struggled to find its footing since. And with rumors of most players stepping down, it seems that the “Astralis era” is nearing an end. The team’s oldest member Xyp9x thinks the same as he weighs his options before the current deal with Astralis winds up. 

“I love Astralis but I think now is a great opportunity to look around, see my options, and see what the future brings. There have been some talks with Astralis but nothing is set in stone. Everything is up in the air,” Xyp9x told Dexerto.

The 25-year-old professional player has remained a key element behind Astralis’ success since 2016. Xyp9x earned himself the title of “clutch master” with his incredible ability to turn a losing game into an easy win. The pro player has contributed tons to Astralis’ pinnacle of success in esports but the recent dip might see him bid farewell to the Danish organization. 

Is Xyp9x leaving Astralis?

Xyp9x hasn’t confirmed that he’s stepping down from Astralis. However, the pro player wants to compete at a higher level and is browsing for better teams. The pro player revealed that he wouldn’t mind playing for a North American team as he’s keeping his options open. His decision to consider other organizations is attributed to Astralis’ never-ending dip triggered during the online format. device’s departure only acted as a catalyst in bringing Astralis closer to the end of its dominion. 

The pro player admitted that the void left by the former Sniper has certainly put Astralis ten steps back. The team might have been able to rise from the rubble if they had device’s firepower but now that era is far-fetched. 

“I thought we still could manage to win tournaments. After that, as things progressed, I just didn’t see the same era again. I think that when device left, that was when the era died, so to speak,” Xyp9x said. 

It’s still unclear what’s next for Xyp9x as his contract is set to expire at the end of 2021. If Xyp9x leaves Astralis, it’ll certainly leave an irreparable dent to the Danish squad already struggling against lesser teams. It’ll be interesting to see how the organization rebuilds its roster if the rumors of most players stepping down come true.