Benjamin “blameF” Bremer will be an Astralis player till 2025
Astralis have confirmed that Benjamin “blameF” Bremer has agreed to extend his contract with the team until the end of 2025. After joining Astralis in November 2021, the rifler now holds the distinction of being the team's longest-serving member, ahead of Nicolai “device” Reedtz.
We're thrilled to announce that our in-game leader @blameFFFFF has extended his contract with us 🤩
Sports Director @kasperstraube: Benjamin has proven his potential and is becoming a strong, modern leader.
Get blameF's reaction below 👇
— Astralis Counter-Strike (@AstralisCS) September 21, 2023
blameF Extends Astralis Contract after Taking On the IGL Role
In a recent turn of events, blameF took on the mantle of captaincy for his team. This leadership transition occurred following a substantial reshuffle during the off-season, which brought about notable changes within the Astralis lineup.
One of the significant shifts during this period was the decision to bench Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander, a seasoned veteran and former captain himself. This move was emblematic of the team's commitment to reevaluating its strategy and revitalizing its approach to the game. By opting for this change, Astralis demonstrated their willingness to adapt and evolve in pursuit of further success.
Additionally, the team's composition was enriched by the inclusion of two new talents: Johannes “b0RUP” Borup and Victor “Staehr” Staehr. These fresh acquisitions not only injected new blood into the lineup but also introduced new dynamics and strategies to the team's gameplay.
Astralis have been Resurgent Under blameF’s Leadership
Astralis have undergone a remarkable transformation in their performance since their return to the scene after the summer break. This transformation has been defined by not only a change in roles but also a strategic reconfiguration of their personnel. The Danish squad's resurgence has been nothing short of impressive, with a string of notable achievements in recent months.
Wouldn't mind playing in this arena 👀 https://t.co/FVfOg9XVJT
— Astralis Counter-Strike (@AstralisCS) September 19, 2023
At first, they secured a coveted spot in the prestigious BLAST Premier Fall Final. Astralis then made waves at IEM Cologne, one of the most prestigious events on the esports calendar. There, they demonstrated their mettle by securing a top-four finish. Most recently, clinched a playoff berth in ESL Pro League Season 18 after finishing third in Group A.
In addition, blameF remains a force to be reckoned with despite acknowledging to HLTV that his shift to captaincy would impact his personal performance. Over the past three months, the 26-year-old has consistently excelled as the team's standout player, boasting an impressive 1.25 rating and only experiencing a negative rating in three maps during that period.
“[blameF] has proven his potential and is becoming a strong, modern leader who sets his own clear direction while also being good at listening and involving his teammates,” Kasper Traube, Astralis' Sporting Director, said about blameF’s extension.
“His dedication and collaboration with the team's other natural leader, device, has been extremely important to the rebuilding of the team, and I am extremely happy about this extension.”
blameF also put out a statement after the news broke. “Today, Astralis is where I most want to be and the team I most want to be a part of,” he said. “We are in a really exciting process, and I am developing as a player.
“Astralis has done a lot of right things over the years, and there are many who should be given credit for what the team has achieved. It is never about one person, but with Kasper Straube, we feel re-energized, and together with all those who work hard every single day for us to succeed, his approach to performance has had a great significance for me.”
The next challenge for blameF and Astralis awaits in their ESL Pro League Season 18 playoff campaign, starting with the first round of the single-elimination bracket.
Astralis Current Lineup
Astralis currently are:
- Benjamin “blameF” Bremer
- Nicolai “device” Reedtz
- Christian “Buzz” Andersen
- Johannes “b0RUP” Borup
- Victor “Staehr” Staehr
- Peter “casle” Ardenskjold (coach)
- Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander (inactive)