The end of an era at Astralis: Superstar Nicolai 'dev1ce' Reedtz leaves the organization after five years and switches to the ninjas in pajamas.
Astralis surprisingly announced the farewell to its star dev1ce on Friday afternoon. The 25-year-old leaves the organization after five years and joins the ninjas in pajamas. There the Dane signed a three-year contract. He will take the place of Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson, who is now available for transfer.
dev1ce wants to bring major titles to Sweden
"Leaving Astralis is tough, to say the least," dev1ce said in a statement posted on the website of Ninjas in Pajamas. "The boys will always be like family to me, but the COVID time made me think a lot. [...] I have been living in Sweden for some time, speak the language and I am extremely excited about this young and exciting NiP -Project."
The 25-year-old compares himself to NBA superstar LeBron James and points to his success with the Los Angeles Lakers. "dev1ce" wants to bring back the title of the CS: GO major planned for the coming autumn in Stockholm to Sweden, he added. This is his greatest goal.
"How NiP works in mental health has been a big factor for me. Anyone who's followed my career knows that I've seen everything from failure to winning," the Danish professional continued.
Jonas Gundersen, COO of the Ninjas in Pajamas, sees the transfer as the reward for the hard work that everyone involved in the organization has put in over the past few years: "[...] dev1ce is one of the best in the world. We are here to and we're here to win championships. The hard work to achieve our ambitions has only just begun. "
Countless trophies and four major victories
For Astralis, his superstar's departure is without a doubt the end of an era. dev1ce was already part of the roster, which first appeared in the organization's colors in the professional CS: GO scene at the beginning of 2016.
Within a few years, Astralis rose to become the world's best team and won a total of four major tournaments, including the three youngest before the outbreak of the pandemic. To this day, numerous other top-level titles have followed in competitions such as the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, the ESL Pro League or the DreamHack Masters. At the end of 2018, the team also secured the first Intel Grand Slam and thus one million US dollars in prize money.
Disappointing year 2021 for Astralis
For Astralis, however, the year 2021 has been extremely disappointing so far. After a second place at the BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020, the Danes failed prematurely in four consecutive competitions and always missed a top 4 placement, including at the IEM Katowice 2021 and the ESL Pro League Season # 13.
With Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen, the organization has had a sixth player for some time, but has only used him in two best-of-three series in 2021. The team will contest the upcoming DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 with the 22-year-old, it was declared on their own homepage.
"Of course it is a challenge in the short term to say goodbye to a player like dev1ce, but changes are part of it and we are well prepared," said Kasper Hvidt, Director of Sports at Astralis, in his statement. "We will see a strong Astralis compete at the top. Regardless of how much we will miss him on the team, this transfer will not change our daily work, our ambitions or our strategy."
First use in Flashpoint Season 3
For the ninjas in pajamas, signing dev1ce is supposed to be the first step back to the top of CS: GO. After a moderate year in 2020, the organization most recently relied on the young Erik 'ztr' Gustafsson from their own offspring, after Simon 'twist' Eliasson was put on the bench in February. The youngest ESL Pro League Season 13 closed NiP after a defeat in the semi-finals on the 3rd / 4th. Place.
Dev1ce will probably have his first appearance in the jersey of the ninjas in pajamas in the third season of Flashpoint. The tournament starts on May 10th and functions as a competition within the framework of the European Regional Major Ranking for the qualification for the PGL Major in Stockholm.