Welcome @Bubzkji to the Astralis roster. We're looking forward to play with you.
— Astralis (@astralisgg) July 31, 2020
Jakob “JUGi” Hansen joined Astralis in May 2020
So after only a few months it seems that he will have to continue his career in a different team. Astralis has kept their 7 player roster with this decision, as they have signed a 2 year deal with Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen. He seems to be happy with this turn of events, as he stated the following:
“I want to be a part of this team and this organization and this is where I want to play! I had other options, but after talking to “zonic” and Kasper about the role I will have, the ambitions of the team, and how they work I am convinced I can contribute to the team and I can become a better player.”
As for JUGi, he was less happy obviously, but it was not completely unexpected after his less-than-stellar performance recently. He played in Astralis colors in two tournaments: BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Showdown and DreamHack Masters Spring 2020: Europe, and in both of them the team dropped out earlier than expected. Though the team had 2 newcomers, they still have their name to live up to. JUGi himself rated at 0.83 and 0.89 in the tournaments, with a total K-D difference of -44. Jakob did not get to play his forte as being the team AWPer, and it became clear that this will likely not change. This is what he had to say on the matter:
“I am convinced I could have done more here and I am confident I can contribute to any team. The stay here has only confirmed to me, this is what I want to do and I look forward to playing for another team.”
As for Bubzkji, he was performing better in these 2 tournaments, with ratings of 1.14 and 1.06, playing for the MAD Lions.
The Astralis roster will consist of 7 players
Emil “Magisk” Reif, Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen, Patrick “es3tag” Hansen, Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz, Lucas “gla1ve” Rossander (on leave) and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth (on leave).
The players and coach are on break and preparation for the upcoming season will begin on Monday, starting with a Team Bootcamp off-site.
Kasper Hvidt, Director of Sports at Astralis Group made the following statement:
“First of all, I want to thank “JUGi” for stepping in and taking on a huge task when we approached him. He is a top professional and under the right conditions, he is an extremely skilled player. He has not had the chance to play his favorite position, though, and when looking ahead things would not change in any near future and we believe it is the best solution for all to make the change now. We can only give “JUGi” our best recommendations as we still believe he can again become a high impact player on the right team.
Over the summer we have taken our time to see how things developed with the players on leave and have adjusted our strategy accordingly. We have a very important fall season coming up and we want to stand as strong as possible in the upcoming tournaments and ultimately to defend our Major title
We have looked for a skilled, hungry profile that could step right in and take his natural role on the team. Lucas “Bubzkji” Andersen fulfills all these criteria and I am glad we have managed to secure his signature on a 2-year contract. As always it will take time to get used to Astralis’ playbook, but after talking with him, the coach, and the team, I have no doubt Lucas will be able to contribute from day one.
We are very humble about the situation and we have a lot of work ahead of us. We’ll see ups and downs in games and tournaments, but we’ve been here before and the team and the organization are hungry and eager to do everything to get back to where we belong.”