Xyp9x Hopes to Keep Major Appearance Streak Alive, Eager to Compete in Stockholm


Danish esports organization Astralis has been going through a bit of a rough patch since the start of the 2021 competitive season. With their star player Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz signing a three-year contract with Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP), to Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth and Danny “zonic” Sørensen openly talking about the uncertainty of their future with the organization, it has clearly had an impact on the team’s performance.

Not only that, as Astralis reverted back to a six-man lineup Xyp9x has been spending more of his time on the bench, missing out on tournaments while the team adjusts to play alongside their latest recruit Philip “Lucky” Ewald.

Speaking about his desire to continue competing especially in the upcoming PGL Major Stockholm 2021, Xyp9x in a statement to Dexerto said that, “It would mean a lot to me. Majors are what we play for. They are the most important tournaments.”

Xyp9x eager to compete in the upcoming PGL Major Stockholm 2021

Xyp9x who is still a part of Astralis has been absent from the CS:GO competitive scene for almost two months now, after being rested for the recently concluded ESL Pro League Season 14.

Astralis had been in a slump following dev1ce’s departure with different players trying to play with the AWP and failing miserably. So they went ahead and signed Lucky, a young Danish marksmen with potential to become big. This meant that Xyp9x had to be rested, his last tournament being IEM Cologne 2021 before the Summer Player Break.

However, with Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander announcing that he would be stepping away from all his responsibilities for some time in anticipation of the birth of his first child, Xyp9x was once again rolled back into the playing five.

The clutch minister will be seen in action once again tomorrow as part of Astralis’ roster for the BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2021. But it is unsure for how long Xyp9x will continue to be a part of this lineup, considering that he has declared himself to be open to offers and looking to what the future has in store for him.

Xyp9x commenting on his future

Being one of the few players who has not missed a single Counter-Strike Major so far, having attended all 15 of them. Xyp9x does not want to break this streak and is eager to compete to keep it alive. Talking to Dexerto, the 26-year-old said that,

It would mean a lot to me. Majors are what we play for. They are the most important tournaments. Sometimes, things are out of control and I cannot really dictate what Astralis can or should do. But I can do my best inside and outside the server. Let’s see if I’ll be playing the Major.

Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth – Statement to Dexerto

There are a lot of factors in play, the most important among them being the upcoming Major which will be a proper LAN tournament with a live audience. It will be interesting to see if Xyp9x will make an appearance in the active roster of Astralis at the Major.