Astralis LEC Team for 2021 Supposedly Finalized
According to former ESPN reporter Jacob Wolf, Astralis has finalized its LEC line-up for 2021. Frankly, it’s quite an underwhelming one. If rumors end up being correct, Berlin International Gaming’s top laner Matti “WhiteKnight” Sormunen, AGO Rogue’s Nikolay “Zanzarah” Akatov, and Mousesports’ bottom lane duo Jesper “Jeskla” Klarin Strömberg and Hampus Mikael “promisq” Abrahamsson will join Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm in January.
Is This a Good Line-Up?
This isn’t exactly a stellar line-up that’ll upset or challenge the long-established status quo. Heck, maybe that’s even an understatement. There’s nothing to get excited about, which isn’t all that fair to this ragtag group of players. However, it doesn’t make it any less true. WhiteKnight and Jeskla have played in the LEC (for the Unicorns of Love and Excel Esports, respectively) but failed to leave a mark. Zanzarah had a very short stint with Origen as a replacement, whereas promisq is pretty much a household name, for better or worse.
Finally, Nukeduck was one of Origen’s weakest parts throughout 2020. He has been pretty darn underwhelming despite the meta or line-up around him. He’s not that good at this point. While he might be a seasoned veteran player with experience, he lacks the power and potential to compete with the LEC’s best. That’s pretty much a fact at this point. It’s further proven by his performances throughout the last couple of years. He’s known for popping off on a very irregular basis, but that’s not enough to warrant a starting spot in the LEC.
Astralis wants to start their 2021 LEC journey with a clean slate, but this isn’t the way to go. Fans and viewers want results. It’s fair to say that this line-up won’t accomplish much, if anything at all. How are they better than, say, Excel Esports or SK Gaming? Or Team Vitality, for that matter? The answer is simple: they aren’t. This is a budget-oriented roster that’s not expected to do much. They haven’t been set-up for success whatsoever. Most of these players are glad to compete on the LEC stage again, but they’re in for a rude awakening come 2021. They’re lacking compared to their peers. Even though most of them have talent, they’re not good enough compared to Fnatic, Rogue, or MAD Lions.
In any case, temper your expectations if you’re an Origen/Astralis fan.