Legendary in-game leader Gla1ve will be playing in a new CS2 organization next year after ending his seven-year stint with Astralis on Wednesday.
Astralis announced the end of a seven-year relationship with Gla1ve without giving further information as to the next destination for Gla1ve, although reports have indicated ENCE as a possible next stop for him alongside Polish head coach Jakub “kuben” Gurczyński.
The Finnish organization are said to be close to losing its current In-Game leader, Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer, to Falcons, hence the reason why ENCE may be targeting gla1ve. Gla1ve is expected to grab the opportunity as he has been on the Astralis bench for the last five months as the organization opted to promote blameF to IGL and sign two new players, Victor Staehr and Johannes “b0RUP” Borup.
While Gla1ve won some titles for Astralis in the first few years, he failed to win Astralis the big titles in the most recent few years, but he remains truly a Counter-Strike legend, having won four CS:GO Majors under the Astralis banner between 2017 and 2019, and the Intel Grand Slam in 2018.
It can be argued that Gla1ve and Zonic were a huge influence on CS:GO tactical styles across the board, especially between 2018 and 2019 when they dominated with Astralis, although things changed from April 2021 when they started to fail to deliver results when dev1ce went to NiP in April 2021, and Magisk, dupreeh, and zonic to Vitality in January 2022.
In a social media post on X on Wednesday, Gla1ve said he learned a lot of lessons in the last two years but still appreciated his time at Astralis.
“It’s hard to put into words how grateful I am for the last 7 years I’ve spent with Astralis. They will always hold a special place in my heart as a team where we were able to reach new heights and create something never seen before.” gla1ve wrote on Twitter.
Daniel Ademiju Idowu