The Danish based Counter-Strike:Global Offensive team, Astralis has announced their new fifth, Emil 'Magisk' Hoffmann Reif.
Remind you that the team was left with just four members after losing Markus 'kjaerbye' Kjaerbye to Team North.
The announcement was made on the official website of the team where team coach, Danny 'Zonic' Sorensen had this to say:
"Emil is one of the most talented players in the world. Fortunately for us, he's never really gotten the credit, but combined with his style of play, his personality and the motivation he has shown to play for Astralis it's close to a perfect match.
He has already proven himself on the highest level, and I am confident he will grow even further in the Astralis and RFRSH surroundings. He has the potential to become one of the best players in the world, and in time, I think he can get there.We had some good talks and negotiations with OpTic, and Emil has been very active and helpful in the process as well.
It's this form of dedication and motivation that will help Emil and Astralis take the next step. It always takes a couple of tournaments to show up for real with a new line-up, but we're looking strong, and the rest of the team can't wait to get going! Our ambition for 2018 is to bring home some of the big trophies, and to re-establish ourselves in the top, and by adding Emil's firepower and even clearer roles on the team, I believe we'll get there."
At the same time, Magisk had this to say:
"Ever since Danny send me a message, I haven't had a second thought. I want to play for Astralis, it's by far the biggest team in Denmark and one of the biggest teams in the world, and this is where I want to be the coming years. The players, the team and the facilities are second to none and I think very few players would turn down an opportunity like this.
I know most of the players on the team and the people around them and talking to them before I signed only confirmed my impression. I know what the team needs and I feel I fit very well into the way they play and their plans for future development.
I will play with some of the best players in the world, and even though it always take some time to get used to a new constellation, I believe I will be able to contribute from day one. It's the big league, and it might take one or two tournaments to get used to each other, but I am so ready.
I do wish to take the time to thank OpTic and everybody in the org. I had a great time there and they have been helpful even in this phase. I have a deep respect for everybody there, and I am proud to have been a part of OpTic! But playing for Astralis is just an opportunity I can't turn down."
As for OpTic Gaming the team has not announced a replacement as of yet, their future is unclear for the time being.
With this in mind, the new CS:GO teams for the two organizations are:
For Team Astralis:
- Andreas 'Xyp9x' Hojsleth
- Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
- Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
- Nicolai 'dev1ce' Reedtz
- Emil 'Magisk' Hoffmann Reif
- Danny 'Zonic' Sorensen (coach)
At the same time, OpTic Gaming is left with:
- Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
- Adam 'friberg' Friberg
- Kevin 'HS' Tarn
- Chet 'ImAPet' Singh (coach)