Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth has decided to stop competing for an indefinite period. His place in Astralis will be temporarily taken by Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer.
Xyp9x has been part of Astralis since its exception in 2016. According to the player’s statement, he has decided to take a medical leave due to “burnout/stress symptoms” that he has been experiencing for months. He mentioned that the decision was incredibly hard for him, and that he doesn’t know when he will return to the professional scene.
Earlier last week another member of Astralis Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander also took a break due to similar symptoms. As a result, the team started competing with Jakob "JUGi" Hansen, who earlier had joined the squad as a seventh player. With him they played the group stage of DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 – Europe, where placed second in Group A after defeating Heroic (2-0) and North (2-0), but losing to G2 (0-2).
Snappi is a 29-years-old Danish player, who is most known for his time with Heroic and OpTic Gaming. Currently being benched by Heroic, the player is expected to stand in for Astralis at the upcoming BLAST Premier Spring 2020: Europe Showdown. The team was seeded into Group A alongside Team Vitality, ENCE, sAw and Ninjas in Pyjamas. The event will be played on June 1st – 7th and feature a $182,500 prize pool.