Astralis Are Set To Add Ruggah As Head Coach

23 Jan 2024
Tit Krajnik 23 Jan 2024
Share this article
Or copy link
  • Astralis have announced they've reached an agreement with Casper "ruggah" Due
  • The current OG Counter-Strike head coach is set to join the Danish team
  • Ruggah will replace Peter "casle" Ardenskjold, who left Astralis last year
Astralis CS
Astralis CS (Getty Images)
On Tuesday, January 23, Astralis announced they'd reached an agreement with the current OG head coach Casper "ruggah" Due. The 35-year-old is set to join the team as a replacement for Peter "casle" Ardenskjold.

Astralis have been without a Counter-Strike head coach since December 20, when the Danish team parted ways with casle. However, according to the recent announcement, Astralis won't be coachless for much longer.

As confirmed, ruggah will join Astralis from OG on April 1 at the latest – once his contract with OG expires, ending his spell with OG, which started in January 2020. 

Four-Year-Long Spell Comes to an End

Ruggah has been a head coach of OG ever since the European esports organisation entered the Counter-Strike esports scene. As a constant on the team for the past four years, ruggah has coached multiple iterations but has yet to win a LAN CS trophy.

Ruggah came close to winning the elusive LAN trophy several times but saw more success in online events. In his first year as an OG head coach, the 35-year-old led the team to a third-place finish at cs_summit 6 Online: Europe and added a semifinal run at ESL Pro League Season 14 and BLAST Premier: Fall Showdown 2021 the next year.

Over the next two years, ruggah led OG to two Majors – the Intel Extreme Masters Rio and Paris Major hasn't found much success in either, placing 17th-19th and 20th-22nd, respectively.

The latter half of 2023 was particularly disappointing in terms of results as OG haven't won or come close to winning a single Counter-Strike event. The team also crashed out of Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2023: European Qualifier and ended the year with a 19th-place finish on the BLAST Premier World Leaderboard 2023.

A Fresh Start

By joining Astralis, ruggah will look for a fresh start in his coaching career, which began in 2016 with Dignitas. The only other two teams the Dane has coached over his career include North and OpTic, with who he remained until the end of 2019, when OpTic exited the CS scene.

Astralis sports director Kasper Straube commented on ruggah's signing.

"I am happy that we have come to an agreement with Casper, who, in addition to being a really skilled coach, comes with experience from the highest level."
"This is one of our priorities in the larger analysis work we have done around the requirements for a coach in Astralis and our culture, as well as the expectations we have for all members of our coaching team."

Ruggah is expected to debut with Astralis at IEM Chengdu. Until then, Astrals will count on assistant coach Mathias "R0nic" Pinholt to lead the team.

Astralis also approached other coaches to replace casle, including former Heroic coach Richard "Xizt" Landstrom, who was close to joining the Danish team. However, the talks broke down.