MagiFelix and Astralis Part Ways
Solo queue phenom Carl “MagiFelix” Felix and Astralis have officially parted ways. The reason why, however, is still unclear at the time of this writing. Astralis did put out an official statement, but it’s about as brief and succinct as possible.
“Today Astralis and Carl Felix “MagiFelix” part ways as the midlaner’s contract will not be extended. MagiFelix has been an important part of the first-ever Astralis season in League of Legends and our new set-up. We thank him for his contribution, professionalism, and dedication to the game and Astralis. On the server, in the office, and as a part of the Astralis Family,” said Astralis through its official website.
Temper Your Expectations… If You Even Have Any
The way this statement has been worded, however, makes it seem like Astralis didn’t want to enter 2022 with MagiFelix as its starting mid laner which, in all fairness, is a bit strange. Now sure, MagiFelix is by no means the second coming of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that he often played way above expectations, and that Astralis as a whole failed to deliver. Their issues go far beyond the surface, and getting a new mid laner — whoever that might be — isn’t going to solve much, if anything at all.
Moreover, competing for Astralis in the LEC isn’t really all that alluring. Heck, we’re putting it mildly here. They had fielded a “budget-friendly” roster and that’s probably not going to change coming into 2022. They might bring in someone from the ERLs, but unless they go for a complete roster overhaul they’re bound to remain a gatekeeper (at best).
MagiFelix, flawed though he is, definitely stood out from time to time and was a fairly big catalyst for Astralis, especially whenever he got his hands on a comfort pick like Corki or Sylas. He might not be the most versatile (or impactful) player around, but it’d be unfair to make him a scapegoat for Astralis’ issues, all of which go as deep as the marrow of the bone.
They might be able to get someone who’d perhaps be a better fit stylistically, but that’s also somewhat of a long shot. In any case, we can’t wait to see what they have planned, and whether or not it’ll make a big enough difference in the grand scheme of things.