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Shubh Dangi | 20. September 2022

k0nfig on the sideline; Astralis to compete with MistR at Major Rio RMR

A severe ankle fracture will prevent Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke from competing in the upcoming Regional Major Rankings qualifiers for the IEM Rio Major.

The Danish rifler, Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke has suffered from a serious ankle fracture and will spend some time away from competitive play. It’s unclear how long he will be out of action, but it’s likely to be for a while. According to the organization, he will miss the IEM Road to Rio RMR A, which is scheduled to take from October 4-9.

The Danish heavyweight will compete in the RMR with Mikkel “MistR” Thomsen, a member of their academy, who has been designated as their official replacement player prior to the RMR event roster deadline. According to HLTV, the 18-year-old has a 0.95 Rating, 0.61 kills per round, and 49.5 percent headshots over the past three months.

Astralis’ roster for the upcoming IEM Road to Rio RMR:

  • Lukas “⁠gla1ve⁠” Rossander
  • Andreas “⁠Xyp9x⁠” Højsleth
  • Benjamin “⁠blameF⁠” Bremer
  • Asger “⁠Farlig⁠” Jensen
  • Mikkel “⁠MistR⁠” Thomsen
  • Martin “⁠trace⁠” Heldt (coach)

Can Astralis end their Major draught without k0nfig?

While the Danish team once utterly dominated the regional and international scene from 2017 to 2019, winning four CS:GO Majors, things haven’t been going well for them since the online era. They have been underperforming ever since they lost their primary player Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz to Ninjas in Pyjamas in April 2021, along with other valuable players Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, Emil “Magisk” Reif, and head coach Danny “zonic” Sorensen at the end of the year.

In an effort to improve its performance, the Danish organization added Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke and Benjamin “blameF” Bremer to its CS:GO lineup in November. Asfer “Farlig” Jensen was also added to the lineup earlier in February of this year to offer extra strength, however, despite his firepower and the earlier acquisitions, the team failed to have a significant impact.

The team’s performance was inconsistent throughout the season, but the first half of 2022 was capped off by a successful run at IEM Cologne, one of the year’s most prominent competitions, where they advanced to the quarterfinals. While the seasoned blameF has consistently shown his value, the young gun k0nfig’s performances have been quite erratic.

Despite being hailed as one of Astralis’ top players, k0nfig struggled in the majority of competitions, including the most recent ESL Pro League Season 16.The Pro League had several unexpected results, but the elimination of the Danish team was the most shocking. Not only will the squad miss the Pro League playoffs, but their early exit may also affect their eligibility for the IEM Major Rio.

 

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