Xyp9x Leaves Astralis

11 Mar 2024
Tit Krajnik 11 Mar 2024
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  • Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth leaves Astralis after eight years
  • During his stint at Astralis, Xyp9x won four Majors
  • The 28-year-old is set to embark on a new project
Andreas Xyp9x Højsleth (Getty Images)
On Monday, March 11, 2024, Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth announced he is leaving Astralis. With that, the 28-year-old Counter-Strike player departs the esports organisation after eight years, during which he won four Majors and a plethora of big LAN events.

Xyp9x released the statement of his departure on Twitter, where he announced he is set to “embark on a new project filled with promise and potential”. However, he hasn’t specified what his plans for the future are.

An 8-Year-Long Journey Comes To An End

Xyp9x has been a part of Astralis since the organisation’s inception in January 2016. In just one year, Xyp9x helped Astralis win the organisation’s first significant Counter-Strike trophy, when the Danish team won  ECS Season 2 Finals, to which they added their first Major title, ELEAGUE Major 2017 shortly after.

Since then, Xyp9x has accumulated a plethora of significant CS trophies, including three more Majors, the most recent being StarLadder Berlin Major 2019. Due to the team’s success, Astralis have earned their spot in the Counter-Strike hall of fame as one of the most dominant teams in the game’s history.

Dubbed the “clutch minister”, Xyp9x became known for his ability to perform at a very high level in late-round scenarios, often “clutching out” wins for his team. He also won several individual accolades, including five HLTV top-20 appearances and Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2017 MVP.

Astralis’ era of dominance ended in 2020, and the team fell apart in 2021 when Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz left the team. Shortly after, Xyp9x’s individual level dropped as well, and the Dane has since not added another LAN tournament title to his resume.

Eventually, Xyp9x got demoted to Astralis’ academy team, however, even his stay in Astralis Talent didn’t last long. He stayed on the academy roster for just two months, before he got benched in June 2023. 

Since then, Xyp9x has remained inactive in the Counter-Strike scene and hasn’t played a single official match in nearly one year.

It remains to be seen what Xyp9x’s plans for the future are. However, according to his announcement, Xyp9x is ready to embark on a new project.