One of the greatest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in-game leaders of all time has announced he will be stepping down from the starting lineup of Astralis for the next three months. Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander says he’s having to take a break from playing after suffering from symptoms of stress and burnout.
The Dane, who posted a Twitlonger explaining the situation will be replaced by Astralis’ latest signing Jakob ‘JUGi’ Hansen. The ex-North man will lead the pack at the upcoming DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 event, which kicks off later today.
“For a longer period of time I have had symptoms of stress and burnout,” gla1ve says in his Twitlonger. “My teammates and the Astralis organisation have tried many different things to help me out and overcome this. As it’s still going on, my doctor and I have decided that I need a break, and yesterday I have given a sick note to Astralis.”
His coach, Danny ‘zonic’ Sorensen says he’s sad to see gla1ve go, but he’s happy that he finally gets to take an extended break away from the game.
“You might not see it from the outside but there are so many tasks on a CS team and many players are pressured beyond what is healthy,” zonic says in the official announcement. “This has been a focus within the organisation and on the team, but even under almost optimal conditions, there is still a need for improvement.”
JUGi, who was signed to the Danish team last week, will now be calling the shots in gla1ve’s place for the next two tournaments. This might change when Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen joins the team in July following the expiry of his Heroic contract.