Astralis Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s longtime coach Danny “zonic” Sørensen has officially announced his intention to leave the organization.
Confirmed news of Zonic’s departure was broken by e-sports news app Jaxon. The legendary Counter-Strike 1.6 player was a founding member of the Danish CSGO organization in 2016. His new team or possible retirement has yet to be announced.
Nicolai “HUNDEN” Petersen, who coached HEROIC before being banned in the coach error scandal, has been brought forward as a possible replacement. It’s hard to say whether Astralis’ third place at IEM Cologne will hold the team together or bring it to pieces.
zonic first emerged as the greatest Danish Counter-Strike 1.6 player of all time. He started coaching Astralis right after the stack left Team SoloMid and competed under the name ?. zonic coached the team through an incredibly dominating streak from 2018 to 2019. The Danish legend won Best E-Sports Coach at The Game Awards in both years.
zonic will continue as Astralis CSGO coach until a suitable replacement is found. Considering zonic’s close association with the Astralis brand, that could take a while.
Early reports note that if zonic leaves Astralis, he will likely bring some players with him to a new organization. All player contracts, with the exception of Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen, expire at the end of 2021.
Poaching of the team’s core trio of Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander, Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth and Peter “Dupreeh” Rasmussen is possible but a large amount of friction is believed to have piled up between the zonic and bridges. his player since the beginning of 2021. The four-time major champion CSGO has slowed down considerably over the past two years.
Who plays for the Astralis CSGO roster?
Assuming zonic doesn’t bring any players, Astralis’ CSGO team will consist of the following players:
- Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen (Rifler)
- Emil “Magisk” Reif (Rifler)
- Peter “replicreeh” Rasmussen (AWPer)
- Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth (Rifler)
- Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander (In-game Leader)
No Astralis players have yet confirmed their intention to leave the organization. The Danish icon’s next tournament will be ESL Pro League Season 14 starting August 16.
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