Kasper Hvidt talks about the departure of dev1ce 'Astralis': “No team depends on just one person”

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Today, fans of Counter-Strike woke up to the news that one of the top Astralis members, Nicolai 'dev1ce' Reedtz, has signed a three-year contract with Ninjas in Pajamas . 

Although news of the transfer sent shockwaves through the scene of the CS: GO, Astralis been preparing for this for weeks.

In an interview with The Loadout, Kasper Hvidt, director of sports at Astralis, said that the team became aware of the intentions of the dev1ce when he approached management about a month ago with a desire to establish a better life in Stockholm. 

“Nicolai has been a very important player for us,” says Hvidt, “which is why, when he showed up with such desire, we took him seriously.

“We have to listen to the guys and yes, we have contracts, and yes, we have to respect the obligations of those contracts, but these are young human beings and we have to take care of them as best we can. ”

Source: Astralis

The rest of the team knew about dev1ce's wishes, and Hvidt is sure that was taken into account in the team's recent performances. 

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Over the past few weeks, Astralis' results have been mixed. Despite winning the ESL Pro League, the team ended up losing to Gambit e Furia by 0-2. It was also deleted from BLAST Premier Spring Showdown by OG in the first round.

“If you have a player who shows he could be more motivated elsewhere, he's not going to perform at his best,” says Hvidt, while noting that the team finally has “peace” away from the “uncertainty” of recent weeks. 

However, despite the challenges the team currently faces, he is confident he has faced worse before.

“The seasons go up and down and yes, it's been tough because we're used to winning,” he continues. “However, we have been in difficult situations before and last year, when we were without two players, it was much worse. 

Every difficult situation has a solution, and the one we are in right now? It's not that difficult, we have five world-class players. ”

While Hvidt was reluctant to go into specifics about the roster and its current roles, he admitted that the team doesn't have a specific AWPer in the absence of the device. 

However, the five players in the books of Astralis have been training together for a solid week now and Astralis is committed to that for now.

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