Astralis on Twitter have revealed the signing of Philip ‘Lucky’ Ewald to their CSGO division and have expanded to a six-man roster ahead of the forthcoming ESL Pro League Season 14.
Lucky comes from Tricked, a Danish side with whom he spent a year and a half sniping left, right, and center. His heroics with the AWP seemed to have attracted Astralis who eventually brought the young Dane on board and would take up the AWPing role on the roster.
Philip is expected to replace Nicolai “device” Reedtz on the main roster who previously served as the sniper for Astralis before the Ninjas in Pyjamas bought the former out of his contract. For now, there has been no official word from Astralis whether Lucky will straightaway hop on the main roster or would need to wait.
In a press release, Astralis’ Director of Sports, Kasper Hvidt added,
Under Tricked, Lucky averaged with a rating of 1.11 across his time at the same and has most notably steered his side to championships at Elisa Nordic 2021 held in Denmark and a plethora of top table finishes at Dust2.dk Ligaen Seasonal events.
This roster update has been the first change Astralis has made post the rumors around the community as Danny “zonic” Sørensen, Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, Emil “Magisk” Reif, and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth are nearing the end of their contracts and might explore their options going forward.
Astralis will return to competition at the ESL Pro League, scheduled to be played from August 16, and are expected to try out Lucky for one of their games.
The team now looks like:
- Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth
- Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen
- Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander
- Emil “Magisk” Reif
- Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen
- Philip “Lucky” Ewald
- Danny “zonic” Sørensen (Head coach)