The world of Counter-Strike felt tremors this morning after the news broke out from Europe of a Danish to Swedish transfer. One of the industry’s skilled and most experienced players was reportedly released by an organization after four and a half years with no possible anticipation.
Denmark’s CS:GO powerhouse Astralis has released Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz ahead of his scheduled contract, making it probably the biggest transfer. The transaction which is assumed to be in millions of dollars will make Astralis wealthier and ambitious for their next pick.
Astralis says Goodbye to Dev1ce
Nicolai did not mention the reason for this move and what made Astralis release their star player, but in his statement he emphasized ‘mental health’ being one of the prime reasons for this. “How NIP works with mental health was a huge factor in the decision. Everyone who has followed me through my career knows that I’ve experienced it all; from choking to winning. It’s true that winning the first tournament can light up the spark, and I’m confident that I can bring a lot of winning culture to this talented roster over time,” his full statement reads.
Astralis is currently ranked as the second-best CSGO team in the world, it was formed in 2016 with karrigan, cajunB, dev1ce, Xyp9x, and dupreeh, which was one of the most successful rosters of all time. The Danish side currently has Dupreeh, Xyp9x, Gla1ve, Magisk, and Bubzkji.