Astralis mid-laner Carl Felix ‘MagiFelix’ Boström has left the LEC League of Legends team.
The organisation announced today that the Swedish player’s contract will not be extended. According to the global contract database, MagiFelix’s contract was due to expire on November 15th 2021.
Astralis signed MagiFelix earlier this year and went on to finish eighth in the Summer 2021 LEC season, with 7 wins and 11 losses, the same record as Excel Esports, who also missed out on the Summer 2021 LEC playoffs.
MagiFelix originally joined Astralis to fill in for outgoing mid-laner Nukeduck, who took a break for personal reasons before joining Excel.
It’s not yet clear why MagiFelix has left Astralis or if he has another team lined up. We’ve reached out to him and will update this article if we hear back.
Hansen, Astralis assistant coach who has worked in the UK LoL scene in the past, told Esports News UK: “The decision to not extend Felix’s contract wasn’t taken lightly. Given the circumstances and the fact we do things quite differently, we had an okay first year in the LEC, which Felix did contribute towards in a positive manner.
“However, we believe it’s vital that all the pieces fit the way we want to do things, and unfortunately Felix isn’t the right fit for our strategy and for us as a team at this time. We have been and will continue to strive towards making 2022 a great year for Astralis LoL.
“We have clear challenges to resolve (both individual and teamwork) and will work to improve on key elements this off-season, on and off the rift. I’m actually really excited what we have cooking and for 2022. Our plans are to shock everyone with a strong standing Astralis, but we do know it will require something special from the org, the staff/coaches and the players. That is what we’re working on, though.”
MagiFelix reached Challenger level in all five League of Legends roles and had 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.
Astralis said MagiFelix has been ‘an important part of the first-ever Astralis season in League of Legends and our new set-up’. The org thanked him for his ‘contribution, professionalism and dedication to the game and Astralis’, and wished him well for the future.
Astralis coach AOD said: “Thank you for our time together, you stepped in at a crucial moment for our team and adapted well to our way of doing things.”
Hansen added: “You proved a lot of people wrong throughout this year and had some great performances especially against Misfits. Thanks for our time together and I hope you land in a good place for next year.”
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