karrigan: "I feel like I won an event"

Finn "karrigan" Andersen was our next interviewee at ESL One Cologne following Astralis' win in a nail-biting dignitas series where the coach had to step in.

Yesterday news came to light that Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen wouldn't be able to play the remainder of the event as he was hospitalized and had to undergo surgery.

Astralis still came out on top of the decider against the odds, losing Cobblestone in overtime and winning Mirage and Cache in double-digit results.


"Virtus.pro have everything to lose and we have everything to gain," says karrigan 

Finn "karrigan" Andersen sat down with us to talk about how the team planned to use Danny "zonic" Sørensen in-game, ran us through the maps and previewed the Virtus.pro quarter-final scheduled to kick off day four.

With dupreeh not being able to play, how hard was it to figure out how to use zonic as a completely opposite player?

One of the decisions we took when we found out about dupreeh was basically try to play what we didn't practice, we tried to play more on me and device opening, we can see that we changed a lot of stuff in-game wise as far as the playstyle goes for the players and their roles. It was kind of hard, because in practice it went very good with gla1ve and dupreeh as this combo, same as we had with Kjaerbye and dupreeh, so basically what we have trained for wasn't the way we wanted to play today because it wouldn't have made sense to put zonic as the entry-fragger. But still, he would also be able to do mid-round calling as well, doing some stuff for the team which you don't see, flashes and smokes. That was one of the big issues we had and we decided to try to play more on me entry-fragging and let Xyp9x and gla1ve play their own game. You can say more FPL-like but still going together as a team and try to out-play the enemies. And that worked somehow, especially when our T side on Mirage was one of the best we've had for a long long time.

Were there any surprises in the veto, was there a better way for you to go out of it?

Coming into it we knew they would pick Cobblestone, that's why we were shouting "yeaaah" when they took it, we kinda knew it and didn't really anti-strat, just decided to play our own game and see where it took us. One of the reasons we let Cobble go through is basically that we haven't played Nuke at all with zonic, so it would be strange to put him there when he doesn't know the map. Going into it, we kinda knew how they played, because Kjaerbye told me everything about it, we had a good idea on how to play. One of the things we also decided was to play that map first instead of playing our map first so we could get two good maps afterwards. So we let them get Cobble to begin with, but somehow we were close to winning it. Going into the third map, Cache was basically the worst map out of the remaining maps if you ask me, especially against them because we lost it 16-6 in Malmö. It would've been better with Dust2 or Overpass, but in the end we managed to close it out, maybe we should've done it earlier at 15-11 when they won their forcebuy, the rest was close but we still won it.

I have to ask about Cobble, it was 14-11, I guess it's going to be an obvious answer as to why you lost it in the end...

Yeah, we lost that 1v4 to k0nfig, but I think one of the main issues we have with Cobblestone is not getting the entries and not knowing how to play off of your teammates, how to rotate. I have problems with knowing the routine of how teams rotate on Cobble, basically we only had practice, and practice is just practice, so I'm learning a lot. They retake A so fast, so when we get two kills on A, either we should go A directly or rotate to B and let device try to get a pick on B. So that's what I learned in the end, but it was too late and that 1v4 just cost us the whole thing. They would've been at a forcebuy at 15-11, but he played it well compared to what the situation was, so well played to him.

Before this tournament, you mentioned your goal was to advance and then see what happens, things have now obviously changed with dupreeh out of the picture, but how far do you think you can get against Virtus.pro, who aren't the hardest match-up for you?

If we had our lineup that would probably be a very good match-up for us. You have to keep in mind that Virtus.pro sees this as an opportunity to plow us. They have that opportunity to go to a semi-final of a Major and I think they will take it with all their hearts, because they want it so bad to be in that semi-final again. It's going to be a hard match, especially if they start the plow and have no respect, because we are a mix-team with two stand-ins, so people may say it's an easier match-up for us, but we still feel that we are the underdogs. It's a big map pool, it's between six maps and you never know about the third map, but we have to win our map pick, that's the only thing I'm going into tomorrow. If we do that, then you could probably say the randomizer will favor Virtus.pro. We can't do much about it now, we just want to enjoy the moment, enjoy the arena. That's all we wanted coming into the Major, of course we had higher hopes with dupreeh in the team and with how practice went, but right now I feel like I won a tournament with the emotions we had today. And the emotions will only be higher tomorrow if we start playing good, Virtus.pro have everything to lose and we have everything to gain.

So far we have conducted eight interviews at the Major, which you can catch up on in the list below:

Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell: "Came in with fresh minds today"
Serbia Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović: "nV match was a team effort"
Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács: "Confident playing T side [on Cobble]"
Russia Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov: "We wanted revenge for MLG"
Norway Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad: "I expect us and G2 through"
Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski: "Tech pause was good for us"
Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz: "gla1ve is really good at adapting"
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Ladislav 'GuardiaN' Kovács
Age:
28
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1450
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
20
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1523
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
890
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1606
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' Jarząbkowski
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1592
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
go kjaerbye!!!
2016-07-07 16:05
:D
2016-07-07 16:05
:D:D
2016-07-07 16:07
#38
lueg | 
Czech Republic Lueg 
))))))))))))))))))))))
2016-07-07 16:32
#45
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
you forgot ":", it's :) , not ))))))))))))))))))))))
2016-07-07 21:38
#47
lueg | 
Czech Republic Lueg 
))))))))))))))))))):))))))))))))))))))))
2016-07-07 21:46
#49
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
so you guys got 2 mouths? 1 mouth over the eyes and 1 under? wtf seems like tschernobyl was bigger than i thaught haha
2016-07-07 21:48
#51
lueg | 
Czech Republic Lueg 
Thats where it began ))
2016-07-07 21:53
#52
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
yes it began there, and whole east europe got infected, rip east europe
2016-07-07 22:04
When astralis is so strong with 2 standins they will win the next major with kjaerbye for sure...
2016-07-09 12:33
#9
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CIS sergioff 
gj
2016-07-07 16:05
nice!gratz
2016-07-07 16:06
#12
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Canada ryxze 
sk
2016-07-07 16:05
k
2016-07-07 16:05
#16
Jesus | 
Czech Republic Jurys 
but u didn´t LUL
2016-07-07 16:05
karrigan da legend
2016-07-07 16:05
ez for karrigan
2016-07-07 16:06
#21
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
Lol, karrigan's face lmao.
2016-07-07 16:06
low life, won against Digi, feel like won an event..
2016-07-07 16:08
with a stand in, and they're second best player replaced with a coach. Zonic dropped only 37 frags across 3 maps. And still managed a win. I'd say thats pretty impressive.
2016-07-07 16:14
you realize how hard it is to play without two of your three best players out of the picture? zonic had 0 hrs the past 2 weeks, dropped 37 frags across 3 maps and gla1ve hasn't been playing this high level of CS in a long time. i'd say beating dignitas with such a handicap is pretty nuts.
2016-07-07 16:21
#40
GuardiaN | 
Sweden kvNr 
don't listen to this kid, he's probably a rtard stuck in silver blaming his teammates.
2016-07-07 16:43
When olof was kicked Fnatic was a joke, now imagine dennis/flusha was kicked aswell.
2016-07-07 16:32
#42
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Singapore Trisha 
you cant even beat a fpl team shut up.
2016-07-07 16:59
when u realised it was group decider
2016-07-07 16:08
isnt this the max he can reach anyways :D:D:D:D:D:D
2016-07-07 16:09
no considering he beat fnatic in 3 finals in a row
2016-07-07 16:12
all of them probably max 50k prizepool tourneys
2016-07-07 21:48
#Playing4Dupreeh Much love to Astralis
2016-07-07 16:11
if it was Eleague, they might be DQ already XD
2016-07-07 16:16
u sure did buddy
2016-07-07 16:18
#34
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Cyprus Swishh_ 
a few mistakes on the writing but informative interview :)
2016-07-07 16:23
zonic!!!
2016-07-07 16:30
#37
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Korea MavenCSGOD 
Win vs VP is far far away..
2016-07-07 16:32
nice, gl!
2016-07-07 16:44
nice! hope dupreeh get better and they go far this tournament, unfortunately, sk will have to rek xD
2016-07-07 18:47
#46
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
ez for the finnish e-sport organization ence
2016-07-07 21:39
Like that'd ever happen
2016-07-07 23:19
#54
cyx | 
Europe SeNSEI^ 
Karrigod wp
2016-07-08 00:21
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