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Xyp9x: "I love the Swiss format"
By: Sander
Time: 2017-01-20 17:01
Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

HLTV.org have interviewed Xyp9x from Astralis about the upcoming ELEAGUE Major. The Danish player is very excited for the Swiss format even though he thinks it's a bit of a lottery.

The countdown for the ELEAGUE Major is near the end as 2017's first Major kicks off on January 22nd. One of the favourites at the event is without doubt Astralis who currently hold a first place at the HLTV.org Ranking.

We have spoken to one of the players Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth who looks forward to play at the Major. He thinks it will be a tough first game versus GODSENT, but he expects Astralis to win the match.

Xyp9x is one of the co-owners of Astralis.

The Danish player likes the addition of Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander who has brought leadership, calmness and structure to the team, and Xyp9x trusts his in-game leader 100%.

Besides that, he also says that he loves the Swiss format even though he never experienced it as a player. 

You are attending ELEAGUE Major as one of the favorites, but it is quite some time since you last were that. Does it feel different?

The last time we went to a Major as one of the favorites, was at Dreamhack Cluj - So yes, it has been a long time since we've been favorites at a Major. I feel more prepared about many things. At Cluj we were very confident, but as soon as we had a little bit of trouble, we had a hard time to get back up. This could be seen in the quarter-final against NiP in Cluj where we got crushed. This time, we have confidence and we know what to do if our game doesn’t play out as we want it to. We have worked with our sports psychologist for four months, and we've all learned a lot. We are much stronger now than ever before. Previously we lived in a house with moisture in the base but now we are building our own house with our own cement.

Your first match will be versus GODSENT who you crushed last time you faced them. Will the match end up the same way this time?

They certainly have their problems which they work on, but remember that they knocked us out of the WESG qualifier. The battle we won 16-3 online have nothing to say in relation to, that they beat us on LAN in Ukraine in a BO3. But yes, of course we expect to win the opening match against GODSENT.

What do you feel, that you especially have to be aware of when you face GODSENT?

There are a lot of things to be aware of, but the most important thing is, that we play our own game and make a few changes from what we’ve see them do. I put my trust 100% in Lukas and Danny, who have the plan in their head.

You have no idea who you will face besides GODSENT. Are you preparing differently for this Major compared to the other ones, where you at least know the three teams in your group?

We are preparing to meet the next opponent as soon as we know who it will be. It would be to shoot oneself in the foot, if we prepared for all the teams in the tournament. Well, some things you can prepare, such as the maps to play against different teams and stuff like that. But to watch demos of all the teams on the maps you think you will play is too difficult, and you lose the overview and the focus on the first match. Therefore, we’ll take it step by step.

What do you feel about the Swiss format, which will be used at this Major?

What do you feel about the Swiss format, which will be used at this Major?

I love the Swiss format. It's so exciting to see which teams will face each other, when they are turned into a lottery, and if one team loses, who do they come to face the next round and so on. However, I have only experienced it as a spectator, so I do not know how the Swiss format feels from a player’s perspective, but I am looking forward to try it. I think you will be able to feel the excitement when you are drawn versus your opponent.

gla1ve came into the team as ingame leader in the end of October. Do you feel that the team is ready to win a Major under his leadership?

We have made some goals about what we should come to fix before the Major, and we have achieved all these goals. Therefore, we stand really strong. I must admit, this is a weak answer to the question, but we have to wait and see what happens at the Major.

gla1ve has come up with new ideas and thoughts, but where can you especially feel those within your game?

Leadership, calmness and structure. These three things and more, is what he brings to the team. He is the perfect leader, and I have always admired him as a leader when he played in other teams before joining us. I will not go in depth with everything, but to have a leader who takes responsibility is important. Even if he "only" is the tactical leader. He has the respect of everyone in the team.

Which team will you prefer to face in the Grand Final if you make it there?

North. There is no doubt that we are archrivals, and there is no doubt that North is working hard to kick us down from the top 1 position we have right now. It's the perfect story line if you take in mind, what has happened in the Danish esport recently.

At the end; what are you looking forward to the most, at the upcoming Major?

I am excited to play and I am excited to see ELEAGUE run their first Major. They have undoubtedly been those, who have treated the players in the best way based on my own experiences from events. In addition, I am looking forward to see if we have as many fans present in Atlanta as we had in Oakland. The support was fantastic!

The ELEAGUE Major, which will take place from January 22-29, will hand out a total of $1,000,000.

Nice =)

Post edited 2017-01-20 17:02:38
2017-01-20 17:02:15
i love too but you guys no chance aganist godsent

http://i.imgur.com/9sJJuBl.jpg :(

Post edited 2017-01-20 17:04:20
2017-01-20 17:02:18
2017-01-20 17:06:50
2017-01-20 17:18:39
lol Astralis will make sure they live up to their name HOMESENT
2017-01-20 19:19:13
2017-01-20 19:20:24
Congrats on being 1st
2017-01-20 17:02:49
ez godsent =)
2017-01-20 17:42:13
I love it too))

Post edited 2017-01-20 17:02:37
2017-01-20 17:02:15
i like it too <3

Post edited 2017-01-20 17:02:41
2017-01-20 17:02:15

Post edited 2017-01-22 13:03:28
2017-01-22 13:03:01
2017-01-20 17:02:16
hahaha ^

Post edited 2017-01-20 17:02:29
2017-01-20 17:02:16
2017-01-20 17:02:17
swiss format is great, no lies!

Post edited 2017-01-20 17:02:32
2017-01-20 17:02:17
I'm all for the Swiss format.
2017-01-20 17:03:22
KappaPride Kreygasm
2017-01-20 18:49:31
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Post edited 2017-01-20 17:02:33
2017-01-20 17:02:18
2017-01-20 17:02:18
me too
2017-01-20 17:02:20
2017-01-20 17:02:29
Sander :3
2017-01-20 17:02:41
nip love swiss format
2017-01-20 17:04:14
raported for telling the truth in HLTV
2017-01-20 18:50:28
i love it, but deciders should be bo3
2017-01-20 17:07:07
How can he say "we have the right mindset" when he can't answer if they are going to win the MAJOR.
2017-01-20 17:07:51
He has the right mindset to choke im semis xd
2017-01-20 17:09:36
he's already choking at answering :D
2017-01-20 17:10:11
Because he is not a pretentious dumbass that some people are.
2017-01-20 17:12:30
being confident is different than being pretentious.

His answer doesn't show confidence at all
2017-01-20 17:13:18
LOL saying "you're gonna win" is being pretentious, not confident.

Even a team like SK or fnatic before who would have said "we are gonna win" is being pretentious, and they would have had a bigger gap (vs the opponents) than Astralis currently have.

You either say "we are the number 1 favorite, but others teams have definitely a shot at winning the Major" or "we will see how it goes", not "i'm gonna win".

Difference of behaviour, and simply not wanting to look like a complete idiot if you say "we are gonna win" and not even reach the semi finals.

Pasza has made himself a fool a few times that way for example.
2017-01-20 17:17:02
I like this answer a lot
"we are the number 1 favorite, but others teams have definitely a shot at winning the Major"

"we will see how it goes" is definitely the wrong answer here....
2017-01-20 17:19:04
I agree that "we will see how it goes" is not showing much self confidence, but it might not reflect how they are internally feeling.
"we are the number 1 favorite, but some teams have a shot at winning it" is i would say politically correct, but overall the most accurate thing a player from the number 1 team can say : they are not completely destroying the concurrence and the state of CS right now is such that more teams (personal opinion, i might be wrong) can win than it was the case on previous majors.

But considering the fact that Astralis (and also OpTic obviously) won the last big tourney (okay NV won a Tier 3 800k$ LAN :D) and ended up second to OpTic at Eleague, they are the teams that found some consistency before Christmas break.
Besides Astralis and OpTic, you could say that North and FaZe are the 2 most consistent on current form.

On the other hand VP, SK, NaVi, G2, NV don't look good for a final win.
They have been irregular in the last few months.

Post edited 2017-01-20 17:26:22
2017-01-20 17:25:09
I guess we are on the same page now. Although i think the scariest team will be VP. They are consistent and old enough to put stress away on important tournaments like this.
2017-01-20 17:43:05
The hype is real, let's hope it will be a good one.
We have been waiting 6 months !
2017-01-20 17:44:52
indeed. Thank god it starts sunday.

Wife won't be happy with 12 hours of CSGO!
2017-01-20 17:45:41
Haha, have fun (try to give her your interest for CS so that you could enjoy it together).
2017-01-20 17:47:25
2017-01-20 17:10:27
"Previously we lived in a house with moisture in the base but now we are building our own house with our own cement."

... Wtf Xyp9x :D
2017-01-20 17:10:27
This is a direct translation from danish. He is trying to say that the team had some fundamental internal problems. Now they are building their fundamentals up from scratch.
2017-01-21 11:52:09
Xyp9x the iniesta of cs.
2017-01-20 17:12:05
2017-01-20 17:19:12
*Iniesta, the Xyp9x of football
2017-01-20 18:52:11
Previously we lived in a house with moisture in the base but now we are building our own house with our own cement.
2017-01-20 17:19:32
"Previously we lived in a house with moisture in the base but now we are building our own house with our own cement."
2017-01-20 17:31:24
Debut from Sander?
2017-01-20 17:31:56
xyp9x knob and a massive c0ck$uck3R
2017-01-20 17:32:06
I don't dislike it, but I'm still waiting for Bo3 games :\

It's still an improvement from the past major format's tho.
2017-01-20 17:37:39
Same here.

I'd also like them to try the format used in The International.
2017-01-20 18:01:23
Wuhu Sander!
2017-01-20 17:42:50
Careful, Johnathan E might ban you.
2017-01-20 19:52:17
"Previously we lived in a house with moisture in the base but now we are building our own house with our own cement."
2017-01-20 17:48:45
Yea u love swiss format lets see what u think after u get 0-3 xypnx
2017-01-20 18:22:10
lol xD
2017-01-20 20:02:11
Inb4 Asstralis bomb out in groups
2017-01-20 18:26:20

was looking for this comment
2017-01-20 19:22:10
Obviously you do ,you love Bo1 games.

VP will get rekt,no top 8
2017-01-20 18:29:57
inb4 you are 2-3 out LUL
2017-01-20 18:30:42
A mistake in the second to last question - "in the Danish esports SCENE recently"
2017-01-21 11:03:29

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