GINX TV – CS:GO: What Does dev1ce’s Return Mean for Astralis?

Danish prodigy Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz is one of the very best players we’ve ever had in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The Astralis man’s ability to transition from functioning as a pure rifler, to hybrid AWP, to full time sniper over the course of his career has demonstrated his sheer versatility and seemingly boundless skillset.

He has always been a key component for the Danish team. Unfortunately, 2017 was a year in which dev1ce was dogged by illness that ruled him out on several occasions.

The Major achievement

Just over a year ago, on 29 January 2017, Astralis beat Virtus.Pro to be crowned Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Champions for the first time at the inaugural Eleague Major in Atlanta. They had reached the pinnacle of the sport. Astralis certainly gave a good account of themselves throughout 2017, rarely missing the playoffs of big tournaments, but were not able to add another Major to their trophy cabinet.

Astralis Starseries Season 3
Astralis at SL i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals. Photo courtesy of Starladder

This dev1ce is faulty

Throughout 2017 dev1ce was suffering with illness and dealing with debilitating pain while continuing to perform at the highest level. He revealed that he had been suffering a hiatal hernia during the team’s winning run at Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice in early March, which he managed thereafter without resorting to surgery.

We didn’t hear much about his condition until IEM Oakland in mid November. It’s unclear whether it was the same condition as afflicted him earlier in the year, but Dev1ce missed the first match of IEM Oakland. He would arrive late to the USA while receiving treatment in Denmark. He was replaced by coach, Danny “Zonic” Sørensen for the opening clash against NIP before playing the remaining group stage games before the team was knocked out. In the wake of the tournament, he announced that he would be stepping down from the active roster to try to recover. One can only presume it became too painful for him to continue fighting through it. Tragically, it seemed he might also be missing the Eleague Major in Boston in January 2018 as well with Zonic the man tapped to be his replacement at the tournament.

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