Ever since Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth and Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander took a break from professional CSGO, Astralis has been in a rapid decline.
Just recently another Astralis CSGO pro Dupreeh just shared his take on all of their recent performances. He told his fans to not expect the same Astralis for some time as they are currently in the middle of a rebuilding process. A couple of their most valuable players have taken an indefinite break from the game.
As a result, new replacement players are now taking their places. Since these new players are still trying to get accustomed to the Astralis CSGO roster, they are bound to lose some matches.
The tournament structure needs to change
According to Astralis players, in the last few years, CSGO has seen a meteoric rise in popularity. Unlike all other major sports, CSGO tournaments are still happing online. There are very few breaks for these top pro players as there are tournaments all throughout the year. Consequently, players are showing symptoms of burnout.
Every time we finish a tournament, I throw upDev1ce
Almost all the big-name players in the competitive scene are talking about how these frequent tournaments are responsible for player burnout. Astralis players are asking tournament organizers for a better structure so that they can compete at a higher level without feeling burned out.
In the recent tournaments, Astralis were not performing up to their usual standards. And they are claiming that burnout is the main reason behind their recent decline in performance. Due to burnout two of their top performing players had to take a break at around the same time. This has definitely hindered their chance of success in the recent tournaments.
To mitigate this burnout issue, Astralis have plans to pick up a ten-man roster in the future. That might come in handy if one of their players can not play at a higher level due to stress or burnout related issues.
“The overriding factor is the pressure that lies if one cannot play, the others cannot play either. They individually bear the responsibility of the entire team on their shoulders. One can never be gone. No one can really imagine it. There is no one who can work around the clock, every day of the year” explained Kasper Hvidt, Astralis Sports Manager in an interview with sport.tv2.dk.
Seems like in the future there might be a 7-10 man roster in any pro-CSGO team to combat burnout. Although how many top teams can actually afford to pick up a 10-man roster like Astralis will be interesting to see.