Astralis benches In-game Leader

February 28, 2024

Following the missed Major qualification, ambitions remain intact at Astralis, and the work towards creating a team capable of competing at the top of the world continues.

On Wednesday, there was a change in the head coach position, and today the organization announces a change in the lineup, with in-game leader Benjamin "blameF" Bremer being benched with a potential sale in mind.

Kasper Straube, Director of Sports:

- Benjamin is one of the hardest working players in the game, and he is extremely dedicated, as evidenced by various rankings. He has always worked loyally for Astralis and is highly regarded within the organization, so it is with a heavy heart that we make the decision to bench him with a potential sale in mind.

- We have to acknowledge that we haven't succeeded with him in the role of IGL as there is a mismatch in profiles and roles that everyone has been working to resolve. Unfortunately, we have never achieved the stability required to compete at the highest level, and after thorough analysis and discussions with all involved parties, the conclusion is clear:

- We need to establish roles and utilize the players where they individually feel most comfortable so they can perform optimally for the team. That is our focus in the short term, and it's crucial for determining who we bring in.

- We have a group of quality players who can and should compete at the very top of the sport consistently. It takes time, but with the talent we have available and with the addition of Casper Due to the coaching staff, we are at a point where we have to reach higher standards than what we have delivered.

- On behalf of everyone at Astralis, I would like to thank Benjamin for his time and dedication. He is a top-class player who will surely make his mark at the top of the world in the right role. He will always be part of the Astralis history.

Benjamin "blameF" Bremer:

- Naturally I'm disappointed to be leaving Astralis and a team I hoped to bring back to the top. I've truly enjoyed my time here and can only speak positively about my teammates and all the great people who work tirelessly to support the team in any way possible.

- I probably saw it coming, as we haven't succeeded, even though it felt like we were on the right track. I play with four incredibly talented players, but we just haven't functioned as a team in the matches that really matter, and you know that something new needs to happen.

- It has been an honor to be part of Astralis, and I would like to thank everyone here for the way they have always treated me. I wish everyone the best of luck in the future and believe they will bounce back.

- Right now, however, I am mostly looking forward to new opportunities because I still have the burning desire to prove that I can compete among the world's best.

Benjamin’s replacement will be announced shortly.