Astralis are currently exploring options of replacing Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth, who has decided to take a temporary leave from the active roster, according to a report from DBLTAP.
"Andreas @Xyp9x is in the need of a pause from competing. The timing isn’t optimal, but we can't compromise when it comes to giving the players the best possibilities to maintain a healthy mental balance and to perform in the long term." – Kasper Hvidt, Director of SportsMay 28, 2020
According to the report, which HLTV.org can confirm, the Danish heavyweights have attempted to acquire Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson from NiP and accelerate the process of the transfer of Patrick “es3tag” Hansen, whose tenure with Astralis will otherwise start after the end of his contract with Heroic, at the beginning of July.
However, neither possibility has come to fruition so far, which has forced the coach, Danny “zonic” Sørensen, to play in Xyp9x’s place in practice, the report states.
According to 1pv.fr, Astralis also enquired Vitality about Alex “ALEX” McMeekin’s availability but their transfer approach was snubbed as the two teams will face off in the upcoming BLAST Premier Spring Europe Showdown.
The 24-year-old’s decision to take time off sees one of the original Astralis members follow Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander out of the active roster for the time being, after the in-game leader took medical leave in mid-May for three months to deal with symptoms of stress and burnout.
I have sadly been feeling burnout/stress symptoms chasing me over many months. It’s time to take the necessary break to rest and find the motivation to get back to competing for Astralis. Everyone around me has done a great number of things in order to avoid it, and there is nothing that I would rather do than keep on playing without a break, but the time has come to take care of my health and therefore I have given in a sick note to Astralis.
I really want to extend a huge thank you to my teammates, the Astralis organization and everyone around me who has been very supportive in this time. I don’t know when I will be back competing but I hope for my fans understanding as this was a very hard decision for me to make <3Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth said it on Twinlonger.
The Copenhagen-based organization had signed Jakob “JUGi” Hansen as a sixth member of the team to help deal with such scenarios, but as things stand now they do not have a seventh player who could step in for Xyp9x, who will reportedly be out of the roster for at least the duration of DreamHack Masters Spring.