CS:GO pro Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen is the fifth member of Cloud9
Meanwhile, Xyp9x returns to the original Astralis roster
After leaving Heroic and joining Astralis on 1 July 2020, Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen impressed everyone by putting up a 1.12 rating across 36 maps. With him, Astralis also went on to win at the European division of ESL Pro League Season 12 taking home their share of $99,000 out of the total prize pool.
Welcoming this move, es3tag has told Astralis' website that "What Cloud9 is offering me is something I needed to consider seriously. I love the ideas behind the project, and I believe it will be a team to consider in the top of CS for the years to come. While I am sad to leave Astralis and all the people here, I look forward to the challenge in Cloud9."
This move has solidified Cloud9's 5-man roster and they will be set to make their first appearance at the Betway Nine to Five 5 tournament which is scheduled to run from October 26 - November 4.
Meanwhile, Astralis is set to welcome Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth to their active line-up. The 25-year-old took a break from competitive CS:GO owing to stress and burnout. Xyp9x is a part of the Danish core of Astralis who won 4 Major tournaments- ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017, FACEIT Major: London 2018, IEM Katowice 2019, and the StarLadder Major: Berlin 2019.
After es3tag's joining of Cloud9, their roster now looks like this-
Alex "ALEX" McMeekin
William "mezii" Merriman
Özgür "woxic" Eker
Ricky "floppy" Kemery
Patrick "es3tag" Hansen
Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović (coach)
Cloud9's General Manager Henry 'HenryG' Greer has also stated that the Cloud9 roster will have an active sixth player. For now, who that player will be is not known.