Astralis AWPer Nicolai ‘Dev1ce’ Reedtz has admitted in an interview that he still suffers from stress-related symptoms after CS:GO events, including vomiting for “a day and a half” after competing.
Dev1ce reveals to Danish sports broadcaster TV 2 Sport that the effects of his stress-induced Irritable Bowel Syndrome – which he first opened up about in 2018 after missing the final months of competing in 2017 – still plague him after finishing “every single tournament” he plays in. While the Astralis star admits it is something he has now learnt to live with, he says it can cause him to throw up for up to 36 hours after competing as his adrenaline levels fall.
Despite telling HLTV earlier this year that he was feeling positive about Astralis choosing to decline tournament invitations and make the team’s schedule less packed, it seems that the pressure, excitement, and nerves of competing are still affecting Dev1ce in a negative way. Astralis has been put under the microscope in recent weeks after both Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth and Lukas ‘Gla1ve’ Rossander took leave from the starting roster due to stress and burnout.
While Dev1ce admits he now copes with this stress-related illness, it is still not an ideal situation and one that Astralis – which has looked to be at the forefront of physical and mental training to ensure better player welfare in esports – can’t seem to help solve.
Outside of just Astralis, a number of measures are trying to be taken to prevent players from suffering with stress and burnout in professional CS:GO.
Extended rosters are being contemplated by tournament organiser BLAST – according to DBLTAP reports – to allow mid-game substitutions to reduce the strain on a traditional five-man roster, while the Counter-Strike Professional Players Association (which includes Xyp9x on its board of players) continues to push for better conditions for pros and a less packed and conflicting calendar.