Danish CS:GO powerhouse, Astralis has officially announced the signing of Lucas Bubzkji Andersen. Bubzkji joins Astralis on a two-year contract and will replace Jakob “JUGi” Hansen. The announcement comes soon after an HLTV report publicized Astralis’ interest in the MAD Lions player.
The Astralis CS:GO squad has seen a constant rotation of Danish CS:GO players in and out of the team. Earlier this year, Astralis picked up Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen as the sixth member on the team. Later they also added JUGi, who has now been replaced by Bubzkji.
Welcome @Bubzkji to the Astralis roster. We're looking forward to play with you.
— Astralis (@astralisgg) July 31, 2020
The former MAD Lions rifler is one of the most promising talents from Denmark. The 22-year-old has a 1.10 rating on HLTV and was a crucial component of the MAD Lions’ success story. But he was more than eager to join Astralis when he became aware of the team’s interest.
“When I heard about Astralis’ interest, I already made up my mind,” Bubzkji, 22, said in a statement.
Bubzkji’s addition means Astralis retains its seven-person team size. The large team size does not deter Bubzkji as he is all praises for the constant innovation and unique playstyle that Astralis continues to bring to the game.
Good luck in the future, and good luck having him @astralisgroup – you are the lucky ones!
— Nicolai Petersen (@hundencsgo) July 31, 2020
“I know people will ask about the roster size, but for me it’s simple,” Bubzkji added, referring to Astralis’ seven-player group. “Astralis has introduced a lot of new ideas to the way the game is played and it is done with one purpose: To become better as individuals and as a team — and to win.”
Glaive And Xyp9x Are Still On Leave as Bubzkji Joins
Astralis was the most dominant CS:GO team in 2018-19, winning most of the CS:GO Majors and tournaments. Earlier this year, however, two of the team’s core players, Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth, went ‘on leave.’
Astralis players and management have been vocal about the need for a ten-man roster. The team has been advocating player breaks and less number of events in the packed CS:GO calendar to ensure player health and well-being.
“We have looked for a skilled, hungry profile that could step right in and take his natural role on the team. Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen fulfills all these criteria and I am glad we have managed to secure his signature on a two-year contract. As always it will take time to get used to Astralis’ playbook, but after talking with him, the coach, and the team, I have no doubt Lucas will be able to contribute from day one,” Hvidt said.
When Will Astralis Play Next?
Astralis will participate in the ESL One Cologne: European Division, which is one of the first events after the player break. There is still no clarity when Glaive and Xyp9x will return to the active roster and the final playing five when the players return to the team.
Now this whole Astralis situation becomes interesting.
Is Gla1ve and xyp9x not coming back, or just one of them?
If they do return, you lock up es3tag, bubzkji and Jugi, at least two talents who should play on a consistent basis.
Don’t go waste your talent on a bench, or…?
— Jacob "Pimp" Winneche (@Pimp_CSGO) July 30, 2020
The Astralis roster is as follows:
Astralis are now:
- Nicolai “device” Reedtz.
- Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen.
- Emil “Magisk” Reif.
- Patrick “es3tag” Hansen.
- Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen.
- Danny “zonic” Sørensen (coach).
- Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander (on leave).
- Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth (on leave).