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Xyp9x: "Now is a great opportunity to see my options; nothing is set in stone with Astralis"

Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth contract with Astralis expires at the end of 2021. Right now he is currently in talks with some teams and may leave the Danish club.

There is nothing about the organization that has led to this. I’m only thinking about myself and where to win tournaments. That’s mainly where I put my focus. Any player would weigh up his options when his contract is about to end.

We as a team created an era and I don’t have any bad feelings towards Astralis. They helped us get here with performance optimization, elevating us. But now it’s a different team and a different era. I think we can conclude that the first Astralis that I was part of is over.

<...> I love Astralis, but I think now is a great opportunity to look around, see my options, and see what the future brings. There have been some talks with Astralis but nothing is set in stone. Everything is up in the air.

FaZe? There are lots of rumors. There have been some talks with some teams, but I can’t go into detail about it. I’m looking for a team that is professional and has the experience to take the last steps to be among the best. Most North American teams are bootcamping a lot in Europe or are even staying here. It’s not something that I won’t consider.

Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth

After two years of dominance of the Counter-Strike scene, Astralis faced problems in 2020. The team lost some of their confidence in the online era caused by the COVID pandemic.

I thought we still could manage to win tournaments. After that, as things progressed, I just didn’t see the same era [happening] again.

I’m not saying that we can’t win tournaments with this lineup, but it’s certainly tougher and contracts are running out, so we have a short window to get everything fixed.

Given the dynasty that we had for three years, almost winning everything, managing to win four Majors… There is a really long road.

Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth

Recently Astralis has signed a new deal with Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander and also bought young sniper Philip "⁠Lucky⁠" Ewald from Tricked.


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