Carl “MagiFelix” Felix has left Astralis, with the reason behind the Solo queue star’s departure remaining unclear at this time. Danish Esports organization Astralis released a statement on Thursday, however it shed little light on the 21-year-old’s exit. MagiFelix had been part of Astralis’ League of Legends roster since February 2021, having risen the ranks with Fnatic previously.
The statement from Astralis read: “Today Astralis and Carl Felix “MagiFelix” part ways as the midlaner’s contract will not be extended. MagiFelix has been an important part of the first-ever Astralis season in League of Legends and our new set-up. We thank him for his contribution, professionalism, and dedication to the game and Astralis. On the server, in the office, and as a part of the Astralis Family.”
Why MagiFelix’s departure will Come as a surprise to many
The departure of MagiFelix is something of a surprise. While the Swede is by no means one of the leading mid laners in the LEC, he has performed above expectations during his time with Astralis. This is particularly impressive, given the fact that Astralis as a team failed to deliver throughout the season. The org will now be on the lookout for a new mid laner, however regardless of who they acquire, he is unlikely to solve the bigger issues within the team.
Having posted the news of MagiFelix’s departure on Twitter, many fans called into question the decision. Some suggested that the Swede had been Astralis’ best player of late, while others called for other members of the roster to be replaced. The remainder of the Astralis League of Legends roster is made up by top laner Matti “WhiteKnight” Sormunen”, jungler Nikolay “Zanzarah” Akatov, bot laner Jesper “Jeskla” Klarin Stromberg and support Hampus “promisq” Mikael Abrhamsson.
Today we part ways with @magifelix_lol as his contract will not be extended. Thank you for your time, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
— Astralis League of Legends (@AstralisLoL) September 22, 2021
Astralis has not invested heavily in its League of Legends operation, with their LEC team for 2022 unlikely to make any significant improvements from this year. This is unless the org ungergoes a complete roster overhaul, something which appears unlikely. It remains to be seen as to whether Astralis can attract a mid-laner content with not challenging for titles.
What the future holds for MagiFelix & Astralis
MagiFelix should have no trouble in finding a new team, having stood out for Astralis on many occasions. His abilities with comfort picks such as Corki and Sylas are particularly impressive, however his versality has often been called into question. Astralis will take their time in finding a replacement, as they look to sign a player more suited to their style. We will bring further updates as and when we get them.