Astralis signed Jakob "JUGi" Hansen as its seventh member on its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. The brand already made the decision to add Patrick “es3tag” Hansen as its sixth, stating the decision was meant to give its players a break from time to time.
Then early last week, Jarek Lewis reported on how Astralis wasn't going to stop at six players, and would look to add one to two players more. As of now, JUGi and es3tag will be only new members.
While having more than five players is unusual for CS:GO rosters, it shouldn't be surprising Astralis is attempting to innovate the league. By having more players on the roster, players can choose to take certain events off or even go on vacation for a time, but the team can still compete at events.
In 2019, Astralis had a short period of time when it skipped events to allow its players to rest, now the team could do both. Astralis expects both players to be able to participate in scrimmages as well as matches.
"He has already participated in a practice session where he adapted and contributed as we expected. CS:GO is a demanding game, however, and it requires an extremely high level of teamplay and understanding of the game, internal roles and agreements," explained Danny “zonic” Sørensen. "I hope and believe that “JUGi” will adapt and integrate into the team and our way of working, and I really look forward to working with him."