Counter Strike Global Offensive Legend Confirms Absence from ESL

Published 08/07/2020, 1:42 PM EDT


The biggest Counter Strike Global Offensive tournament of the summer, ESL One Cologne, is just around the corner. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the tournament will take place in an online format. There have been a lot of announcements with teams updating their rosters to get the perfect match possible.

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Lukas “⁠gla1ve⁠” Rossander is one of the most experienced players from Team Astralis. He went on leave in May to spend some time away from the game. Astralis have been waiting for him to return to get their roster back in full strength. Set to make a comeback to the game, Lukas “⁠gla1ve⁠” Rossander announced that he will be taking gradual steps and won’t be participating in ESL One Cologne. Astralis also dropped out of the Top CS:GO teams in the world.

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Counter Strike Global Offensive: A Step Closer To A Comeback

Lukas “⁠gla1ve⁠” Rossander went on a break in May along with Andreas “⁠Xyp9x⁠” Højsleth due to stress and wanted some time off. He has now confirmed that he won’t be playing in the tournament but will definitely be on the team card. ESL One will make it possible for teams to use a substitute.

Astralis made a change in their roster a week back. They signed Lucas “⁠Bubzkji⁠” Andersen from MAD Lions, simultaneously letting go of Jakob “⁠JUGi⁠” Hansen. The roster for the prestigious tournament will now include Patrick “⁠es3tag⁠” Hansen the player from Heroic who joined Astralis on a free transfer. Lucas “⁠Bubzkji⁠” Andersen will be a new addition along with long time core members of the team, Nicolai “⁠device⁠” Reedtz, Peter “⁠dupreeh⁠” Rasmussen, and Emil “⁠Magisk⁠” Reif.

While we know that Lukas “⁠gla1ve⁠” Rossander won’t be playing in the tournament, the details of Andreas “⁠Xyp9x⁠” Højsleth still remain unclear.

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Astralis Drop Out of Top 10

Astralis is currently ranked 11th in the world. However, they have maintained the number 1 spot longer than any other team ( 490 days). The absence of two consistent and experienced players is definitely a massive blow for the team. But, Lukas “⁠gla1ve⁠” Rossander will be available to provide support and motivation to the players. It also gives more playing time to players like Lucas “⁠Bubzkji⁠” Andersen and  Patrick “⁠es3tag⁠” Hansen.

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It will be exciting to see the impact they have on the tournament. ESL One Cologne will take place on an online platform and is set to begin on 18th August to 30th August.

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Nakul Ahuja

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Nakul Ahuja is an Esports author at EssentiallySports. He has spent 11 years doing theatre and is currently preparing for his Master's degree in Journalism. Along the way, he hopes to rake in money as Ninja does.

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