Astralis has signed Philip “Lucky” Ewald from Tricked. This brings the Danish team back to a six-man line-up after NIP Nicolai “device” Reedtz left the team. “I expect Philip to be an active part of the line-up from day one, and with Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander becoming a father in fall, it could prove beneficial to have six players,” said Kasper Hvidt, Director of Sports at Astralis.
The Danish organization has not yet revealed when its sixth player will officially join the game, but according to Kasper Hvidt, he is expected to be “an active part of the lineup from day one.” Lately, as Astralis has fielded more than five players, and Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen was initially only used on certain maps, an approach the team eliminated in early 2021 due to a
Valve decision that penalizes teams for changing lineups during and between regional major ranking tournaments.
Lucky wanted to take the opportunity
Lucky had issued the following statement about his move to Astralis: “I really enjoyed my time at Tricked and I owe them a lot. But when Astralis comes knocking, everything changes. It’s without a doubt one of the most professional organizations and I already feel welcomed and part of the family.” “I know some people will compare me to ‘dev1ce,’ but no one can do what they do. But I hope to show who I am, and I will work hard to contribute to the team in my own way.”
Super happy and excited to show the world what i can and contribute to the team with anything i can!! https://t.co/lpCV09YvCb
— Philip Ewald (@Luckyv1CSGO) July 26, 2021
The young Dane is one of the hottest prospects in Denmark and has already shown his skills in the lower-tier scene, with an average rating of 1.13 in 2021. The 18-year-old was previously with Tricked, an organization he joined in early 2020. Now Astralis has given him his first opportunity to play at the highest level. His first official appearance as the newest member of the team will be in ESL Pro League Season 14.
Luckys joins the team at a time when the future of the lineup is uncertain, asDanny “zonic” Sørensen’s, dupreeh’s, Emil “Magisk” Reifs, and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleths’ contracts all expire at the end of the year. So far, only Gla1ve has signed a new three-year contract with Astralis.
The line-up of Astralis is as follows:
Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth
Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen
Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander
Emil “magisk” hoarfrost
Lukas “Bubzkji” Andersen
Philip “Lucky” Ewald
Danny “zonic” Sørensen (coach)