Astralis have confirmed the sale of es3tag to Cloud9 in a deal described as "one of the biggest transfers on record."
Astralis have reached an agreement with Cloud9 for the transfer of Patrick “es3tag” Hansen. The 24-year old Dane has impressed since officially joining Astralis on July 1, posting a 1.12 rating and helping his side win the 12th season of ESL Pro League. The transfer described as “one of the biggest transfers on record” by Anders Hørsholt, CEO of Astralis, is set to become official following the conclusion of DreamHack Open Fall.
“I am proud to represent Astralis, I love the fans and I never for a second thought I would be move on to a different team this early. I just won my first big title and I truly enjoy working with all the guys on and around the team. Over the past six months, I have grown as a person and a player, and I owe a lot to the organization.” es3tag said in a press release on Astralis’ website.
“That being said, what Cloud9 is offering me is something I needed to consider seriously. I love the ideas behind the project, and I believe it will be a team to consider in the top of CS for the years to come. While I am sad to leave Astralis and all the people here, I look forward to the challenge in Cloud9.”
With the sale of es3tag, Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth will be making his return to the main lineup after close to five months on medical leave.
Cloud9 have made some big moves on the transfer market since former commentator Henry “HenryG” Greer took over as the General Manager for the Cloud9 CS:GO team, signing the likes of Özgür “woxic” Eker and Alex “ALEX” McMeekin. With the addition of es3tag, they now have a full five-man roster heading into Nine to Five 5, which will be their first tournament together on October 26th.
Cloud9 now have the following roster: