Astralis Unveil Its New All-Female CS:GO Roster

09 Aug 2023
Tit Krajnik 09 Aug 2023
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  • Astralis, Danish esports organization, unveils new all-female, all-Danish Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster.
  • Aurora "aurora" Lyngdal is the only carryover from the previous lineup
  • Astralis fe will debut its new roster at ESL Impact League Season 4 qualifiers
Astralis Unveil Its New All-Female CS:GO Roster
Astralis Fe (credit: via Twitter @Astralisgg)
On Tuesday, August 8, Astralis unveiled an overhauled all-female Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. The Danish esports organisation decided to move away from fielding an international lineup in favour of home-grown talent and a Norwegian in-game leader.

In September 2022, Astralis announced its first all-female Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster, which consisted of players from all over Europe. Unfortunately, the team failed to find any meaningful success in their competitive endeavours.

In their first tournament appearance, Astralis fe placed top-four at ESL Impact Cash Cup: Europe - Summer 2022 #5 and crashed out of the ESL Impact League Season 2: European Division before ending the year with two semifinals appearances at ESL Impact Katowice 2023: European Open Qualifier #1 and #2, thus missing out on ESL Impact Katowice 2023.

In 2023, Astralis Fe continued showing some promise, but while they were always in the mix for the top spots, Astralis fe consistently fell short. Over the first five months of the year, Astralis fe won FASTCUP SAKURA #5, #6, and #7, but in more significant events, they failed to leave a mark.

The lack of accomplishments led Astralis to announce a complete roster overhaul in May. The Danish organisation unveiled that it'll focus on putting together an all-Danish lineup, aiming to build a long-term project and help develop domestic talent who can compete at the highest level. And as revealed on Tuesday, Astralis' new project is complete.

"Today, Astralis is announcing a team comprised of 4 Danish players, led by Danish/Norwegian resident Aurora Lyngdal. Aurora has been with the team from the beginning, serving as one of the initiators and the captain of the first women's team in Astralis."

Astralis' new all-female roster is built around in-game leader Aurora "aurora" Lyngdal as the only carryover from the previous roster and the only non-Danish player on Astralis fe's new lineup. The 27-year-old will team up with Anja "anja" Soelberg, Marie "maliTy" Holm, Marie "marie" Sørensenm and ex-Flames Josefine "josefine" Jensen.

"It's truly a great day for Astralis and hopefully for Danish women's CS. Since spring, the organisation has been considering forming a Danish women's team, and now we are at a point where we can take the next step and present the team that can now call themselves Astralis players. We want continue down the path we are already on with our CS organisation, combining established and talented players who can develop both as humans and as players."

The new roster consists of mostly unproven talent, except for aurora, who is a known name of Astralis fe fans and Josefine, who spent over a year with Copenhagen Flames, with who she recently placed ninth-10th at ESL Impact League Season 3 Europe.

The new roster announcement comes just 10 days before the start of ESL Impact League Season 4 open qualifiers, from where four European CS:GO teams will advance to the main event, slated to kick off on September 13.