Danish esports company, Astralis, has released their roster for the 2021 LEC season. Through a short video sketch posted on their social media accounts: Astralis welcomes WhiteKnight, Zanzarah, Nukeduck, Jeskla, promisq, to Denmark!
The new team has remnants of what-was LEC team Origen, despite the new names on the roster. Originally founded as a CS:GO team, the brand ventured into the world of League of Legends and eventually acquiring League professional team, Origen, back in August 2019. Earlier this year in September, Origen officially rebranded as Astralis along with their team of coaches and managers.
So who are these new players? Aside from Nukeduck, who was previously part of the original Origen team prior to its merging to Astralis, the rest are quite new to the Danish team.
In the top lane, Matt “WhiteKnight” Sormunen was previously from Berlin International Gaming for almost 2 years. He isn’t entirely new to the LEC scene after his experience back in 2017 briefly with Ninjas in Pyjamas and a year-run with Unicorns of Love, back when they played in the EU LCS. Through the jungle, Nikolay “Zanzarah” Akatov and the star of the roster announcement video was picked up from Rogue’s academy roster. Akatov does have some history with the Astralis team last year as he played for Origen’s Spanish team, Origen BCN, for most of 2019 and joined the main team briefly later in the year.
Jesper “Jeskla” Klarin Strömberg and Hampus Mikael “promisq” Abrahamsson will be showing off their Swedish duo skills in the bot lane. The duo have played together prior to joining Astralis as they were both picked up from academy team, mousesports. The young-blood, Jeskla, is working with support, promisq, who has his fair share of LEC experiences with other pro teams.
Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm is the only player remaining from the Origen roster prior to the rebrand. He offers the one of the lengthiest history among the team in EU’s professional scene. Baltat ‘AoD‘ Alin-Ciprian, head coach of Astralis, shared their hopes for the new team through an article on their website.
The players tweeted a lot of their excitement to return to the LEC pool and fans are looking forward to a possible new top-team in the making. It’s always thrilling to see an underdog-slash-reverse story. Let’s see what you can do, Astralis! How do you think Astralis will do in the LEC? Tell us in the comments below.
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