Kobbe Reportedly Going to Astralis
In what can only be described as a mind-boggling career decision, seasoned LEC marksman Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup will reportedly be joining Astralis for the 2022 competitive season. If you’re scratching your head right now, know that you’re not the only one.
Kobbe is still a top-tier AD carry. Even though he might not be as sought-after as was the case a few years ago, he’s still a household name and is by no means “washed up.” And while his most recent split wasn’t spectacular, it’s worth noting that Misfits played through Shin “HiRit” Tae-min and Vincent “Vetheo” Berrié most of the time. Their bottom lane duo was supposed to hold its own and do its job come mid and late game, and, sure enough, it did. Kobbe and Oskar “Vander” Bogdan didn’t exactly blow us away, but they did their job in accordance with what was expected of them and were by no means a “weak link.”
The decision to sign for Astralis — one of the least successful and competent organizations in the LEC — is not what you’d expect from a seasoned veteran like Kobbe. With that being said, we don’t know what happened behind the scenes nor if he had any better option for 2022. Playing for Astralis might not be a wise career choice, but it still beats being teamless. Then again, you have the right to argue otherwise.
More of the Same
Nikolay “Zanzarah” Akatov and Hampus Mikael “promisq” Abrahamsson will both still compete under the Astralis banner. In other words, the starting line-up will look a bit different, but it almost certainly won’t be enough for Astralis to stand a chance of leaving a mark.
Kobbe is a stellar pick-up, but him joining the team will by no means turn Astralis into a contender — or anything close to it. They’re lacking when compared to their peers, so a finish near the bottom of the standings is all but guaranteed — barring any mind-blowing twist for the ages.
Furthermore, Astralis is reportedly holding tryouts for its new top laner, which means that Matti “WhiteKnight” Sormunen — arguably their best performer — will be looking for a new team to call home. We still don’t know why they’re going to part ways, but losing such a clutch player will undoubtedly hurt their competitiveness chances.
In any case, don’t expect too much from Astralis, as all signs point towards another underwhelming season.