The homecoming of “br0”, dev1ce takes over as IGL

February 29, 2024

Wednesday saw the early recruitment of the new head coach, Casper "ruggah" Due, while team captain Benjamin "blameF" Bremer was benched with a potential sale in mind.

Thursday morning, Astralis, Monte, and Alexander "br0" Bro reached an agreement on a transfer, sending the young Dane to Astralis, where he has previously been part of the successful talent squad.

Simultaneously, Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz assumes the role of team captain and in-game leader.

Kasper Straube, Sports Director:

- Our top priority has been to find a player who can step into the team and create space for the other four to move into their favorite positions. Alexander "br0" fits perfectly here.

- He was a standout player on an extremely successful talent team and chose to seek international experience after his run on the talent squad. It's a pleasure for us to complete the circle and bring a former talent player back to the main team in this way.

- He was the first player we identified who has the level and fits perfectly into the role, and I'm extremely happy we succeeded in bringing him back so quickly. We also owe thanks to Monte, who has been understanding and flexible in making this transition successful.

Alexander "br0" Bro:

- I'm insanely happy to return to Astralis. I know what I'm talking about when I say it's a fantastic organization, and it really hurt to see them miss the Major because I know how much it means to everybody here. However, it has opened up opportunities for me, and I will do everything to show that I am the best choice for the team.

- They know what they're getting, and I know what it means to play here and be part of Astralis. Although I have the utmost respect for playing alongside such skilled players and the pressure of being here, I also know I can make a difference. That's who I am as a person and as a player, and I'm just insanely excited to get started.

dev1ce New In-Game Leader

The team also changes its in-game leader, and although he has been around for a long time and had much to say both on and off the server, it's a new responsibility for Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz.

Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz:

- I've always been the secondary caller and right-hand man for both Lukas and Benja, so when there was a change underway, it naturally came up in the team if I could see myself taking the lead as IGL.

- It's obviously a very different role to be the IGL with more responsibility both on and off the server, but it's a good time for me to go this way. I also see it as an opportunity to do even more of what I love most in the world, playing CS at the highest level for much longer.

- It motivates me insanely because I don't just intend to continue this for a couple of years – it's my lifelong dream to play CS! Stepping into a new chapter in my career really excites me, and it's a role I see myself in for many years to come.

- The hardest thing for me is to ask Astralis fans for patience because they have really been patient for the past 3 years. That's also why I'm fully committed, and although it's new, it's also in many ways a continuation of my own development.

- I have a group of outstanding players around me and feel great support from the team. I know we've said it before, but I truly believe in this, and I'm just super motivated to do my best in my new role.

Alongside the new coach, Casper "ruggah" Due, Alexander "br0" Bro joins the team on Friday, when the first boot camp begins for the team.