HUNDEN signs with Astralis as Head Analyst
The announcement comes just one month after Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) announced that it was. HUNDEN was banned by the organisation back in August 2021, after it emerged that he had leaked sensitive information about his then-team Heroic to a rival team before IEM Cologne - that rival team, it should be mentioned, is believed to be Astralis.
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It isn't the first time that HUNDEN has been banned by the organisation either. He also served an eight month suspension after ESIC discovered he was exploiting the infamous coach spectator bug - which allowed team coaches to see parts of the game map that they should not have been able to see, and were able to gather information about the enemy team. Around 40 coaches to date have been banned for using this bug.
That reputation seemingly doesn't bother Astralis - who announced HUNDEN's appointment via their official Twitter account, marking his return to CS:GO after his second ESIC ban was lifted.
Kasper Hvidt, Astralis' Director of Sports, said the team was pleased with HUNDEN's appointment, describing him as "an extremely skilled and sought-after capacity" who will "empower our analytical work." He did make note of HUNDEN's controversial history, however, adding: "we are aware of Nicolai's history and what he has been through, but I have no doubt that as a person and as the extremely skilled analyst he is, he will be a great asset to our team and organization."
HUNDEN himself described joining Astralis as a "long process," with "many things we had to discuss with my role and everything I have been through."
"Astralis is something special in Denmark," said HUNDEN, "and having seen it all from the outside with the enormous support the team has always received, it feels great to be a part of it all."
It remains to be seen if HUNDEN's analytical skills will outweigh his negative reputation in the CS:GO scene, as Astralis works to rebuild its previous successes after a difficult 2022. Astralis is likely hoping that the recent return of Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz will please fans enough that they're willing to overlook their controversial new Head Analyst.
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