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Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth, a four-time Major champion renowned as the “clutch minister”, has bid farewell to Astralis, ending an extraordinary eight-year partnership.

Xyp9x’s departure from the organization comes after an extended period of inactivity, marking the end of an era for the legendary core that once dominated the Counter-Strike scene.

Xyp9x’s journey with Astralis began at the inception of the organization, which was celebrated for its player-owned structure.

He played an instrumental role in Astralis’ early successes, including securing their first significant trophy, the ECS Season 2 Finals, and later clinching their maiden Major title, the ELEAGUE Major 2017.

Throughout his tenure, Xyp9x established himself as one of the most consistent clutch players in Counter-Strike history, earning widespread acclaim and numerous individual accolades, including multiple appearances on the HLTV Top 20 lists and the IEM Katowice 2017 MVP award.

However, Astralis’ dominance began to wane following the departure of Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz in April 2021, leading to a decline in both team performance and Xyp9x’s individual form.

Despite his immense contributions, including four Major championships and an Intel Extreme Masters Grand Slam, Xyp9x found himself relegated to the organization’s academy team before ultimately parting ways with Astralis.

In his farewell statement, Xyp9x expressed gratitude for the unforgettable experiences and shared triumphs during his time with Astralis, describing the organization as his “home and heart.”

Astralis reciprocated the sentiment, expressing pride in Xyp9x’s remarkable journey and acknowledging his impact beyond the server as a pillar for his teammates.

As Xyp9x embarks on a new chapter in his career, the esports community eagerly anticipates his next steps, reflecting on his enduring legacy and anticipating further contributions to the Counter-Strike scene.

While his departure marks the end of an era for Astralis, the impact of his remarkable journey will undoubtedly be remembered as nothing short of legendary.

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