During the summer, Benjamin "blameF" Bremer took over the role of in-game leader for Astralis' Counter-Strike team. The development has been positive to the extent that the in-game leader and the Danish organization have agreed to extend the contract.
Kasper Straube, Sports Director:
- Benjamin has proven his potential and is becoming a strong, modern leader who sets his own clear direction while also being good at listening and involving his teammates. His dedication and collaboration with the team's other natural leader, Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz, has been extremely important to the rebuilding of the team, and I am extremely happy about this extension.
- As we work with the development of our organization around the team and the way we want to work, Benjamin has also shown a great willingness to develop as a player. At Astralis, we have an obligation to strive for great results and big wins, but results are pretty much the only thing that cannot be guaranteed. What we can and must guarantee, though, it to be persistent, thorough, help each other when needed, work for a common goal, and we can dare to be innovative - and in that way give ourselves the best opportunities to reach our ambitions.
- Here, Benjamin is almost the prototype of what Astralis must stand for. Although things take time and we are patient, we have now taken yet another step in the right direction and I have great comfort in the direction we’re taking, says Straube.
Benjamin "blameF" Bremer:
- Since the first time I signed, we have gone through a development. At times it has been tough but I feel we are in a really good place today. You sense it everywhere in the organization and I think everyone can feel that we are here for each other. Both on the team, but also all those around us.
- Today, Astralis is where I most want to be and the team I most want to be a part of. We are in a really exciting process, and I am developing as a player. Astralis has done a lot of right things over the years, and there are many who should be given credit for what the team has achieved. It is never about one person, but with Kasper Straube, we feel re-energized, and together with all those who work hard every single day for us to succeed, his approach to performance has had a great significance for me.
- I have been an in-game leader before, but never in a place where I can lean on such skilled and experienced people on and off the team. It gives me a better opportunity to help my teammates and there is nothing in the world I want more than to help lead Astralis towards becoming the very best.
- It requires time and patience, but this is what I spend all my energy on, and this is what I will work for every single day until we achieve it, says Astralis' in-game leader.
The contract runs until and including 2025.
blameF and his teammates are in the playoffs of season 18 of the ESL Pro League, where the first match is on Tuesday, September 26.