Astralis have announced the signing of the former Heroic and FunPlus Phoenix player Patrick "es3tag" Hansen.
Astralis have announced the signing of the former Heroic and FunPlus Phoenix player Patrick “es3tag” Hansen, who will be joining the team upon the expiration of his current contract on July 1.
The addition of Patrick “es3tag” Hansen means that Astralis will have a six-man roster moving forward, with the plans of rotating players as a means to combat the busy schedule and stress that the players have to cope with.
Kasper Hvidt, Director of Sports at the Astralis Group had the following to say about the decision:
“Our work with Astralis and all our teams is focused around performance and health. It’s our responsibility as an organization to secure optimal conditions for our employees on all levels, and especially our players, who on a constant basis experience the highest pressure to perform. Increasing the roster size to six players is something we have worked on for a long time with relevant stakeholders in Counter-Strike.”
The move comes just days after FunPlus Phoenix announced their entry into CS:GO with the purchase of the Heroic roster, a deal that could now be in jeopardy with potential legal action to follow.
Erik Askered, CEO of Heroic, hinted at potential foul play on the part of Astralis. He said the following in a statement to HLTV.org:
“I am unable to comment at this moment, as we are making legal preparations. This is due to the fact that we know and can prove that Astralis has acted in bad faith, and have considerably affected the sale of Heroic to FPX.”
More details on this feud should surface in the upcoming days.
With the addition of es3tag, Astralis’ roster now looks as follows: