Dev1ce is a pro CS:GO player who left Astralis to join NiP. This article will tell you why Dev1ce made the decision, what it means for him and Astralis going forward, and what this could mean for the future of NiP.
Dev1ce has been playing with Astralis since 2015. Throughout his time with them, he had an incredibly successful run in terms of tournament wins, but also team success as well as personal success. He won two majors in particular during that time – ESL One Cologne 2016 and ELeague Atlanta 2017 – which are arguably some of the most prestigious tournaments out there right now in Counter-Strike GO (CS:GO).
But all good things must come to an end. dev1ce has been playing with Astralis for more than 6 years and he had a lot of success, but it was time to try something new.
CS:GO is an ever-changing game in terms of the meta; we never know what teams will be on top next year or even which team will win any tournament.
This is unexpected and shocking news for all CS: GO players. There was a rumor that Astralis is going to change their roster. But people were not expecting for dev1ce to leave the team. Astralis lost a lot of matches in 2021. It is not a secret that they were bad players. But the fans did not want them to leave and they still loved Astralis. NiP has signed a three-year contract with dev1ce. Astralis and NiP agreed mutually not to comment on financial details.
Astralis said about their player’s departure,
” It was a personal request from dev1ce himself. He wanted to work in Stockholm and to have an organization close to him. dev1ce has been a major part of Astralis roster since day one. He is one of the greatest players of all time in CS: GO history. It was not easy to part away with such an amazing person and player.”
“His personality and work for Astralis is also the reason why Astralis helped him to arrange a transfer to NiP. dev1ce asked us for the possibility to transfer to NiP for personal reasons. We immediately contacted NiP to see if there was any way we could come to an agreement of a transfer – and here we are.”
dev1ce thanked Astralis on Twitter and said,
“I would like to thank Danish esports organization Astralis for listening to my request and help in all of this. I enter a project I truly believe in, and I am looking forward to finding the stability and good energy of having a more balanced work-life. I can’t wait to perform with my new team and teammates for Ninjas in Pyjamas!”
Astralis’s performance hasn’t been at their usual high standard, but NiP fans will still expect big things from the star signing.
Shortly after the announcement, NiP confirmed that nawwk had been benched and was now available for transfer.
Ninjas in Pyjamas roster
- Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz
- Fredrik ‘REZ’ Sterner
- Nicolas ‘Plopski’ Gonzalez Zamora
- Hampus ‘hampus’ Poser
- Erik ‘ztr’ Gustafsson
- Björn ‘THREAT’ Pers (coach)
Dev1ce leaves Astralis to join NiP in shock move reportedly worth $1 million
CSGO pro dev1ce has left Astralis to join NiP in a surprise move that is understood to be worth $1 Million. Dev1ce signed a 3-year contract with NiP. And with an already young roster that is competing at a high level (ranked No. 11 on HLTV at the time of signing), NiP should be in good shape for the next few years.
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Astralis commented their statement by saying that both teams. “agreed not to comment on financial details.” However, there are reports claiming that the buyout cost was around $1 million. CS:GO pro Dev1ce has reportedly joined NiP after signing a three-year contract with the Swedish organization.
On his time with Astralis, dev1ce cemented his place in the CS:GO hall of fame as their standout performer.
Mental Health was a huge factor on Dev1ce on quitting Astralis and joining Nip
Nicolai has stated that while NiP is his best choice in terms of gameplay, mental health was equally as important to his decision.
Nicolai did not mention the reason for this move and what made Astralis release their player, but in his statement, he highlighted ‘mental health’ as a major factor. “Mental health was a major factor in the decision to join NiP. Everyone who has followed me through my career knows that I’ve experienced it all; from choking to winning. It’s true that winning the first tournament can light up the spark, and I’m confident that I can bring a lot of winning culture to this talented roster over time,” his full statement reads.
When interviewed at a live event, he clarified that it was misconstrued. He clarified that this was a misleading topic and he didn’t have any problems with mental health or work-related stress issues at Astralis either.