Gla1ve Steps Down From Astralis Lineup for Three Months, Citing Stress and Burnout

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Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander announced he will step down from Astralis' starting lineup for the next three months starting Tuesday.

"For a longer period of time I have had symptoms of stress and burnout. My teammates and the Astralis organization have tried many different things to help me out and overcome this. As it's still going on, my doctor and I have decided that I need a break, and yesterday I have given a note to Astralis," gla1ve said in a Twitter statement.

Astralis announced on May 11 that it signed Jakob "JUGi" Hansen as its seventh member on the team's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. JUGi fills in for gla1ve during the time being while Patrick "es3tag" Hansen is still expected to join the team when his contract expires on July 1.

"First and ofremost I am sad for Lukas, but I am also happy that he gets to take an actual break. You might not see it from the outside but there are so many tasks on a CS team and many players are pressured beyond what is healthy," coach Danny "zonic" Sorensen said in an announcement.

JUGi made his Astralis debut Tuesday against Heroic in DreamHack Masters Spring. The team defeated Heroic 2-0 in Group A.