Updated: May 9, 2021
Astralis Legend Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz is leaving Astralis to join the Swedish team NiP. This news come as a shock to all the CSGO fans worldwide as it brings the end of the most dominant era of CSGO pro scene of Astralis.
Device won four Majors with Astralis which is most in CSGO's history along with his former Astralis teammates.
Astralis revealed that the transfer was “a personal request” from dev1ce himself, who wanted to work out of Stockholm and “still be able to have a team and organization close to him.”
It was not deniable that the recent performance of Danish powerhouse was somewhat underwhelming as after loosing to 2-0 Navi in Blast Premier 2020 Global finals they failed to secure any top 4 finish in the next tournaments.
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Kasper Hvidt, Director of Sports in Astralis, said: “Nicolai has been a part of Astralis and the core of the team since day one, and he has been vital to the culture and legacy of the team. He is one of the greatest players of all time, and for any team to part ways with a player and a person like him is never easy in any way.
“His personality and contribution to Astralis, though, is also the reason why we have made the decision to help him out and arrange a transfer to NiP. For personal reasons he has asked us for the possibility to transfer to an organization closer to his home in Stockholm, and after lengthy talks, it became clear that this is what he felt is best for him. We immediately contacted NiP to see if there was any way we could come to an agreement of a transfer – and here we are.”
Device will be debuting with Nip in Flashpoint Season 3 which starts on 10th of May.
Related- Navi won DreamHack Masters 2021.