Astralis in-game leader Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander confirmed on TwitLonger Tuesday that he’ll be taking a three-month-long break from competing in CS:GO tournaments to look after his health.
“For a longer period of time I have had symptoms of stress and burnout. My teammates and the Astralis organization 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,” writes gla1ve.
This would mean Astralis will have to compete without their IGL until the end of August, likely to miss the $1M ESL One: Cologne, starting Aug. 21., as well as the $500,000 BLAST Premier Spring Finals in June, should Astralis qualify.
Luckily for Astralis, there is plenty of talent on the roster to stand in for gla1ve after most recent signings. Last Monday, the Danes acquired former North AWPer Jakob “JUGi” Hansen, who will be the immediate sub for gla1ve. After Jul. 1, Astralis will also be able to field Patrick “es3tag” Hansen, whom they acquired from Heroic/FunPlus Phoenix.
“It can be tough to put health first, but I have found out that it’s necessary,” gla1ve adds.