Copenhagen, October 2016
They always say the sky is the limit, but for us it is the stars. So far however, there have been more downs than ups in 2016, a fact that no one in Astralis can accept.
In order to change that, we benched Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen last week and today we are proud to announce that we’re welcoming Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander back ‘home’ in Astralis.
Coach Danny ‘zonic’ Sørensen, who is happy to have signed his first choice, said:
As many of you already predicted we have chosen Lukas to be our new 5th guy and in-game leader. We know Lukas from the previous Major where he proved himself to be a strong team player with great analytical skills and a drive that we can utilize here in Astralis. We will start playing with Lukas today, preparing for our tough group in ELEAGUE and IEM Oakland. I wish him the best of luck and I am confident that he will help us get back on track. Welcome Lukas!
In recent tournaments Lukas has proved he is not only an excellent fragger with great skill, he is also a leader with an acute eye for the tactical side of the game.
At the ESL Cologne Major, Lukas helped us retain our Legends status despite being one of two standins against rising stars Team Dignitas, and with his help we almost got to the semi-final, only being eliminated by Virtus.Pro after two overtime losses.
The 21-year-old, who currently carries a 1.05 K/D ratio according to HLTV.org, will be making his mark on the game as our new in game leader.
Talking about his new challenge, Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander said:
Since the ESL One Cologne Major my biggest dream has been to play for Astralis and today that dream has come true. It is truly a great honour for me to get the opportunity to play and work with such talented people. Astralis have been through a rough patch lately and I will do my very best to get them back to where they belong.
I have always known that someday I would go back to being the in-game leader I once was. I am extremely motivated and I feel ready to show people what I am capable of. This last year has been amazing – as have the last couple of months.
I want to thank the guys from Heroic for being so understanding and such great friends. A special thanks goes to Snappi, who I have been playing with for the last year. Good luck in the future with the Heroic project!
By adding Lukas as our fifth and final player we have finalised our roster in time for ELEAGUE, IEM Oakland and the EL Major in January. As the new Dane already has Legend status we will be able to utilise the full line-up at the Major without fielding Danny 'zonic' Sørensen as a player and swapping someone else in.
The completed transfer also means we will be able to play in ECS Season 2 at the start of next month.
Although the change in roster has generated a number of questions from our fans, Astralis founder and managing director Frederik Byskov is looking forward to watching Lukas grow into his role.
We have not lived up to our own expectations and goals in recent months and therefore I am excited to see what Lukas can bring with him to the team: A new style of leadership and a different approach to the game. He has a big task ahead of him.
The next couple of months will be trial & error, but I'm confident he'll have the team prepared for the major in January.
Lastly, we would also like to thank Heroic for a professional negotiation process which allowed us to complete our roster in time for the upcoming tournaments.
If you have any questions about the two transfers, please let us know on Twitter or Facebook and we will answer them in a fresh Q&A article later this week.