UPDATE (March 16th 2021): Astralis have extended MagiFelix’s contract to the end of 2021 and let their previous LEC mid-laner Nukeduck go.
Kasper Hvidt, director of sports at Astralis Group, said: “We want to thank Erlend for his time with us and his efforts to help the team and the organisation. We wish Erlend all the best of luck with his future endeavours.
“When Erlend stepped back, we were very lucky that Felix was able to join us on short notice. I look forward to continuing working with Felix and believe we will see his full potential over the coming months, as he is fully integrated to the team and our ways of working with our players.”
Original article (February 8th 2021):
LEC team Astralis has signed League of Legends mid-laner Felix ‘MagiFelix’ Boström.
It’s currently a short contract for the Swedish player – he’s been signed to Astralis until March 31st 2021 and is in Copenhagen now with his new teammates.
MagiFelix will be filling in for Astralis’ current mid-laner, Erlend ‘nukeduck’ Våtevik Holm, who is taking a break due to personal reasons, as announced on the Astralis website.
MagiFelix, who has reached Challenger level in all five League of Legends roles, has been playing in the UK scene for the past couple of years to great success.
With Fnatic Rising he won all four UK League of Legends titles in 2019: two UK League Championships and two Forge of Champions.
MagiFelix travelled to Shanghai with the Fnatic first team for Worlds 2020 as a substitute, but didn’t play in any of the matches. He also played one match for Fnatic in the LEC in 2019, a defeat to Rogue.
Astralis said the timing for Nukeduck’s return is ‘uncertain’ but that the organisation looks forward to his return.
Astralis play Schalke in the LEC this Friday (February 12th) and Misfits on Saturday (February 13th).
It will be interesting to see how MagiFelix fares in the LEC over the coming weeks and how he adapts to his teammates in WhiteKnight, Zanzarah, Jeskla and promisq.
Last year, Origen rebranded to Astralis in the LEC and its former British top-laner Alphari joined Team Liquid in the North American LCS.
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