Astralis Release Coach Casle

20 Dec 2023
Tit Krajnik 20 Dec 2023
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  • On Wednesday, December 20, Astralis announced the departure of Counter-Strike head coach Peter “casle” Ardenskjold.
  • The 37-year-old had been with the Danish CS team since August 2022
  • Astralis have yet to announce casle’s replacement
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Peter “casle” Ardenskjold (credit: via
On Wednesday, December 20, Astralis announced the departure of Counter-Strike head coach Peter “casle” Ardenskjold. The 37-year-old has been with the team for over one year and is one of many Astralis members to be let go in the recent roster overhaul.

Casle joined Astralis in August 2022 and took over the main Counter-Strike lineup in October 2022. Initially, casle served as an interim coach before being appointed to the head coach position by the end of the year.

Shortly after taking over as a coach of Astralis, casle led the team to the semifinals of Elisa Masters Espoo 2022 and, earlier this year, added three more top-four finishes at Intel Extreme Masters Cologne 2023, Pinnacle Cup V, and CS Asia Championships 2023. Unfortunately, those are also some of the most notable accomplishments of Astralis since late 2022.

The team hasn’t looked great this season, struggling to find their footing at the top level of competitive Counter-Strike. In a bid to find more success, Astralis have recently rebuilt their lineup with two new signings, Martin "stavn" Lund and Jakob "jabbi" Nygaard from Heroic, and now seem to also be on the lookout for a new coach.

Astralis Have High Expectations

The recent roster changes in Astralis were expected after the team failed to show much over the last 12 months. Astralis, who were once by far the most dominant team in the Counter-Strike world, have failed to retain their position in the top 10 in the global rankings and are currently ranked no.19 in the world.

In the announcement of casle’s departure, Astralis Sports Director Kasper Straube explained that the demands are high and that the team is looking for ways to improve.

“After analyzing the fall season and working to identify the future needs on and around the team, the conclusion is that a profile with different skills than Peter's is needed. We are acting on this now so that we can hit the ground running in 2024."
"Overall, we are in a very good position and enter 2024 with a strong belief that we can compete at the highest level. This requires, among other things, finding the right coach to lead the team, and that process is underway."

Astralis have yet to confirm a new coach; however, reports suggest that Richard "Xizt" Landström is the main candidate to take over the Danish lineup.