News concluded about the addition of a sixth man into the Astralis CS: GO Team.
The case was that the previous roster did not consist of enough off-time hours in order to recuperate the gameplay. This latest signing gives some breathing room for the team to work on. Patrick Hansen now wears the Astralis banner.
Full first source Statement:
For most pro-Counter-Strike players, periods with tight schedules, high tournament stress and a constant strive to improve, leaves little time for physical and mental recovery.
The Astralis roster has felt this and has coped by prioritizing tournaments and travel during certain periods. The improved structure in e.g. ESL Pro League is real progress. However, it does not change the fact that a 5 player roster leaves no room for giving players a pause when needed for physical or mental recovery.
In order to improve working conditions for our players, it has been decided to increase the Astralis roster to six players. On this basis, Patrick “es3tag” Hansen will be joining the roster July 1st, when his current contract expires.
“Our work with Astralis and all our teams is focused around performance and health. It’s our responsibility as an organization to secure optimal conditions for our employees on all levels. And also especially our players, who on a constant basis experience the highest pressure to perform. Increasing the roster size to six players is something we have worked on for a long time. This is alongside relevant stakeholders in Counter-Strike.
This approach is no different than in traditional sports. But, it’s new to Counter-Strike, and a change like this will take time to optimize for a full advantage. The players, coach and our performance team have been involved in this decision. Moreover, everybody agrees it is the way to go.” – Kasper Hvidt, Director of Sports at Astralis Group.
THE RIGHT MOVE – ALSO FOR THE INDUSTRY
“We are delighted to see Patrick join Astralis and a six-man roster is a right way to go. As agents, the health and well-being of our players is the first priority. If other teams follow this lead, it will ultimately create more positions to fill among top teams. And thus, more opportunities for pro players.” – Robert Gertsen, Partner in People in Sport.
Patrick “es3tag” Hansen will officially join Astralis on 1 July 2020 at the expiry of his current employment.
Renowned to win four major tournaments of the game, the news comes as a reenactment of the sustenance of performance all fans and viewers saw these past few months. The organization seems keen to keep things up and to further improve their roster in order to reach the highest position they can in their Esports career.
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