As revealed by Astralis, Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander will return to the active Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. The news surfaced on Wednesday, October 13, just ten days before the PGL Major Stockholm 2021.
Gla1ve Is Back
Gla1ve has returned to Astralis CS:GO active lineup and is confirmed to attend the upcoming PGL Major Stockholm 2021. The 26-year-old CS:GO veteran will replace Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen on the team for the $2,000,000 event.
The Danish in-game leader has been sitting on the sidelines for the past month. Gla1ve announced he was stepping down from the team in September, as he did not want to miss the experience of his child being born.
Astralis have since been playing with Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth as gla1ve’s replacement and have achieved reasonable success. Shortly after losing gla1ve to his paternal duties, Astralis placed top-six at BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2021, and recently finished the Intel Extreme Masters XVI – Fall: Europe in fourth place.
Despite their lack of titles, Astralis have done enough throughout the year to accumulate 3055 Regional Major Ranking (RMR) points. This qualified them for the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 as Challengers.
With gla1ve back in the team, Astralis will boast four of five defending Major champions, who will travel to Stockholm to compete for the organization’s fourth Major title.
Bubzkji Will Sit Out the Major
With gla1ve’s return, Astralis had to make room for their in-game leader and decided to bench Bubzkji. Unfortunately, the 23-year-old, who has been with the team since July 2020, will have to skip the PGL Major Stockholm and miss out on his Major debut.
“It is never easy to take a player out of the starting lineup and with Lucas it can seem a bit unfair as, no matter the circumstances, he has been a true professional and always delivered his best on and off the server,” said Astralis’ Director of Sports, Kasper Hvidt.
“Danny and I have had a good talk with Lucas [Bubzkji] around the decision. He is disappointed, but he also knows he is a big part of the team, and he will give his best to help out.”
By benching Bubzkji, Astralis have also been penalized with a 20% RMR points deduction for making a roster change. However, that won’t change their Major qualification or status, as they remain the fourth-highest seeded European team.
Despite the deduction, Astralis will keep a healthy advantage over ENCE, who are at 2344 RMR points.
The initial speculations of gla1ve’s return suggested that he would replace Xyp9x, who has served as gla1ve’s replacement over the last month. However, instead of the 26-year-old, Astralis decided to bench Bubzkji.
Even though Bubzkji won’t be able to make his debut at a Major, another Astralis player will. Philip “Lucky” Ewald, who has joined the Danish team in August, has earned a spot in the active lineup and will now get a chance to compete for the lion’s share of the $2,000,000 prize pool.
Astralis will begin their Major title defense on Tuesday, October 26, in the first round of the PGL Major Stockholm New Challengers Stage.
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