TSM Announce a Full-Danish Counter-Strike Roster

02 Jul 2024
Tit Krajnik 02 Jul 2024
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  • TSM finalised a new Counter-Strike roster
  • The new-look lineup will feature only Danish players
  • Altekz, niko, and acoR join as the final missing pieces
On Monday, July 1, TSM announced the signing of Frederik "acoR" Gyldstrand, Alexander "Altekz" Givskov, and Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen. The trio round-up TSM's new-look Counter-Strike roster ahead of their debut at ESL Challenger League Season 48 Europe.

The trio joins Rasmus "Zyphon" Nordfoss and Valdemar "valde" Vangså as the only remaining players following the numerous roster changes TSM have made this year. Valde and Zyphon are now also the only remaining pieces of TSM's European project which didn't net any positive results.

TSM re-entered the Counter-Strike esports scene in August 2023 with a new international lineup, hoping to relive their glory. However, the project didn't accomplish much, as TSM failed to win a single tournament in 2023 outside of ESEA Cash Cup: Europe - Autumn 2023 #3.

The team's results across the first four months of 2024 were hardly more impressive. Their most notable accomplishment was finishing third at European Pro League Season 13, which was TSM's only tournament appearance besides ESL Challenger League Season 47: Europe, where they placed 13th-14th.

The new all-Danish project sees TSM return to their roots from 2015 when the organisation fielded five Danish players, who eventually formed Astralis.

AcoR joins TSM as a primary AWPer with nearly ten years of experience. He previously played for Tricked Esports, MOUZ, MAD Lions, and most recently, GamerLegion, with who the 27-year-old reached the finals of BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023.

Likewise, niko started his career in 2015 and has, over the ten years, played for some of the biggest CS teams, including OG, OpTic Gaming, and Heroic. Most recently, niko was a part of 00Nation and has spent the last two months on loan at Sashi Esports.

Altekz is the least experienced of the bunch. He joins TSM as a free agent from Preasy Esports, which ceased operations in April. He has, however, spent a short stint with Astralis in 2023, when he helped the team reach the IEM Dallas Playoffs.

The new TSM roster will debut in the ESL Challenger League Season 48 Europe, which is set to begin on Monday, July 15.