glace: "CS is my livelihood"

Dust2.dk have conducted an extensive interview with Nicolai "glace" Jensen to find out more about the recently announced international mixture called Unity, such as what the origins were, how they're settling in and whether they've already made a decision about their new home.

Two weeks ago news of the new international team Unity, consisting of names such as Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez and Casper "cadiaN" Møller, came to light.

Dust2.dk have taken the liberty of grabbing one of the players, Nicolai "glace" Jensen, to question him about the team.


glace talks all things Unity

In the following interview the former Copenhagen Wolves and Escape player discusses the origins of the mixture, how the squad is set up in-game, whether communicating in English affects them and more:

How did the team end up together?

Actually everything began with SKYTTEN, Maniac and I committed to gather a squad with potential to go all the way. At that point we also agreed that if the team felt a better replacement was a possibility we went with it. There would not be any free passes handed out. The only priority was the in-game level.

After TENZKI was removed from dignitas, I quickly came to terms with him and cadiaN about a trial period. This meant the end of Spitfire and SKYTTEN, but the swap paid off instantly and that led to the creation of the team.

Unfortunately we are holiday struck, which means we won't be able to practice until August 16th. My team mates had booked their vacations in advance. This means we will have quite a hectic start, with a bootcamp from the 22nd until Power LAN, then 2 resting days, and then straight off to Toronto for the next tournament.

Geographically you are scattered all over Europe. Where do you bootcamp?

We will be meeting up at my place in Amager, Denmark. We will be flying in 3 players, which made sense because we are going to Power LAN right after the bootcamp after all. We have been so lucky to make a deal with Ballerup eSport (Danish eSport organisation) who will lend us all the gear and hardware we need. We are of course very grateful of this.

How have you divided the positions on the team?

We have been testing two different setups. One where I was lurking and another where HS was the lurker. We decided to go with the latter for now and most likely in the future as well. Besides that we have cadiaN as in-game leader and AWPer. He takes over the map control together with Jesper (TENZKI) and I, while HS and Maniac lurk at the flanks. We have a casual approach to the mid round calls, which means that we can call openings and suggestions to cadiaN who then makes the final call. We have faith in each other, and if a call from anyone sounds certain, we instantly run with it.

You arrived in Unity after a very short period in Wolves. How come the Wolves adventure didn't turn into more?

Wolves was a fairly easy offer to accept, since my good IRL friend Snappi was a member and I also had a good connection with the other players. Unfortunately there were some problems with Wolves right from the beginning, which ultimately meant that all contracts were terminated with no penalties or buyout fees.

This happened just after the Danish shuffle started, where dignitas signed MagiskB0Y, which then led to gla1ve taking his former spot, and when the dust had settled Snappi and valde joined him in Team X.


SKYTTEN and Spitfire were at the origins of the international squad

How does the international constellation affect the team?

Our international constellation isn't a big barrier at all. TENZKI, cadiaN and I have all been used to speaking English in both Preparation and CSGO2x. It's already in the back bone, it just needs to be freshened up a bit. Get back into the rhythm as you say.

The only disadvantage concerns Danish events and bootcamps. It complicates things with two guys in Estonia (TENZKI and HS) and Maniac in Norway. Besides that it is just a question of adapting. We have created "code" words for various situations to cut down communication time in stressed situations, and by using that everyone knows exactly how to react.

With a majority of Danes, do you sometimes, in a hectic situation, forget to communicate in English?

Surprisingly not. To be honest once in a while a wild random Danish word appears when the pressure is on. And sometimes in a clutch/retake situation we switch to Danish, but it is a bad habit we are trying to kick, in order for everyone to be able to follow the play. It is impossible to make a strategy if two players have no clue what is going on.

What are the plans in terms of joining an organisation? What is your approach on this matter?

Right now, it isn't possible to know what we can expect from an organisation and for the organisations it's impossible to know what they can expect from us.

We are aware that we are a brand new team, with very few matches in our track record. But with that being said, we have plenty of experience and value as individual players. Three players have participated in three or more majors. We have a humble approach and know we need to prove ourselves as a team. That is why the current plan is to participate in both Power LAN and then Northern Arena before we make any decisions concerning a new "home". So both parties will know what to expect from each other. I would like to add though, that if the perfect opportunity arises, we will of course commit.

What are the pros and cons to postponing this decision?

The best scenario is of course to return from both Odense (where Power LAN takes place) and Toronto (Northern Arena) with top 3 placements. Then we would have removed any doubt, anyone or any organisation would have about the team and how we can perform.

On the other hand worst case scenario is of course the direct opposite situation where nothing goes as expected. After all, we are a new team with less than three weeks of practice before our two first events; both rather big.

You are currently ranked 5th in Denmark behind Astralis, Dignitas, X and Tricked. Does that match the self-perception in Unity?

I would have liked to see us place ahead of Tricked, since I believe we are a worthy contender of Team X. It's a bit shaky and I don't want to go too much into this discussion, but I'm certain that we will surpass Tricked after the next update of the ranking.

According to you, what is the current Danish top 5?

Astralis

Dignitas

X

Unity

Tricked


cadiaN was chosen to lead the team

What's the skill level between the other 4 teams in top 4 and Unity?

It is very difficult to answer. Astralis is at a whole other level, but Dignitas, Team X and Unity is basically three new teams just settling after a lot of player swaps. Add to that that everyone is returning from the summer holidays without too much practice. It will be very exciting and interesting to see how things will play out at Power LAN. Who will be able to make the best preparations and who is on form.

What are Unity's ambitions on a national level and also internationally?

Our ambitions are quite high, and if you ask anyone on the team, we aim for a top 16 ranking at a major, which we feel is quite a realistic goal over time. Perhaps 2017 will be the year with four Danish-based teams at a major? I don't think this scenario is unrealistic. As for the national ambitions, of course it could be fun to sneak into the top 3, but as long as it goes well internationally it doesn't really matter that much. Team X, Dignitas and Astralis is a strong top, and I think the rankings will change slightly over time, but among the four of us.

On a more personal level. How is your situation with education and a regular job?

CS is my livelihood and has been so throughout 2016. It was a tough transition, where I had to live month by month in the beginning, while chasing my dream. It's a necessary struggle until you reach a level where the salary can support you, but how many people can say that they actually live off their hobby? This should undoubtedly be the motivation and give you the drive and motivation, and at some point you will succeed if you don't give up. In relation to education, I have nothing but my HHX (high school) which I finished back in 2013. There is no doubt that I am planning on going back to school again at some point, but right now my focus is on CS.

What do your closest people think about your lifestyle?

Well, most think it's super cool. Both boys and girls. Most of them envy me for living as "free" as one may do as a professional, while making money off something as crazy as playing on a computer. My first tournament outside of Scandinavia will be Northern Arena, and everyone is super excited on my behalf, and think it's great that we're going to Canada to play. My parents were VERY skeptical at first, since there was not enough money in it, and I worked so little on the side in the beginning, so I just barely could cope with the rent, food and some fun with friends. They have lately been incredibly supportive and are actively following my matches and ask about our tournaments. But CS has been my first priority for so long, and it was the dream I chased for several years before it finally "succeeded". Play hard, go pro.

Is this the time where everything goes into a higher unity and the dream is realized?

It is at least now that I'm starting to get the feeling of "success". I am by no means satisfied with the level I'm at now, and will not be happy until I've won a major. It is of course the dream and what everyone is struggling for every day. I hope that this team can help to get a step closer, and maybe you will come see me at my first major with this roster. We have a really good mix of experience and firepower, which we hope will go well together.

With the following roster Unity will take part in Power-LAN on August 26-28 and Northern Arena, taking place in Toronto, Canada on September 1-4:

Switzerland Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez
Estonia Kevin "HS" Tarn
Denmark Jesper "TENZKI" Plougmann
Denmark Casper "cadiaN" Møller
Denmark Nicolai "glace" Jensen 

Estonia Kevin 'HS' Tarn
Kevin 'HS' Tarn
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
539
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Denmark Jesper 'TENZKI' Plougmann
Jesper 'TENZKI' Plougmann
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
910
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
827
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Denmark Nicolai 'glace' Jensen
Nicolai 'glace' Jensen
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
589
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
868
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
#1
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Denmark fReddyFromDK 
Cool danish brothers
2016-08-13 18:20
gz
2016-08-13 18:19
ence
2016-08-13 20:46
glENCE the finnish esports org
2016-08-13 22:11
hltv is cancer
2016-08-14 03:43
des vischen us bloggen nauslesh vur?
2016-08-14 04:21
#2
suelo | 
Germany siN1337 
glace <3
2016-08-13 18:20
1st
2016-08-13 18:19
#4
MEZi | 
Finland Sukrami 
Cool story bro, changed my life.
2016-08-13 18:20
#5
Nifty | 
United Kingdom Lynxyy 
1
2016-08-13 18:19
#6
Norway r0tta 
ay
2016-08-13 18:19
1
2016-08-13 18:19
#8
sarna | 
Poland xDEUCE 
1
2016-08-13 18:19
#9
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Latvia sayb 
lol who cares
2016-08-13 18:19
You clearly do if you answered to the thread ayy lmao. You
2016-08-13 19:03
Ayy lmao ruined it. =(
2016-08-13 21:13
:( I very sorry, please heal me from dis cringe with med kit :D.
2016-08-13 21:15
:D
2016-08-13 21:53
And since your appearing, this thread became yellow.
2016-08-14 02:59
#10
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United Kingdom NoelG 
S
2016-08-13 18:19
hahahah
2016-08-13 18:19
EZ
2016-08-13 18:19
#13
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Finland Slyp3 
EZ4ENCE
2016-08-13 18:19
#14
kenzyy | 
Denmark RaXXa 
nice
2016-08-13 18:19
1
2016-08-13 18:19
wut
2016-08-13 18:19
dank
2016-08-13 18:19
a
2016-08-13 18:19
#20
nukkye | 
Australia riotbz 
fuckin nerd
2016-08-13 18:19
#21
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United Kingdom Benpgr1 
1st
2016-08-13 18:19
#22
f0rest | 
Estonia Rebae 
nice
2016-08-13 18:19
n1
2016-08-13 18:19
n1 lul
2016-08-13 18:19
motherf
2016-08-13 18:19
nice
2016-08-13 18:20
lol
2016-08-13 18:20
ez 4 glence
2016-08-13 18:20
#30
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Poland camarpl 
who????
2016-08-13 18:20
#31
smooya | 
United Kingdom trtr098 
g1ave
2016-08-13 18:24
Still find it pretty funny that Maniac is probably the best player on this team.
2016-08-13 18:24
#37
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France Kairos1g 
he's not
2016-08-13 18:36
hes not but it's like a team consisting of rejects lol, i doubt they will do any damage
2016-08-13 18:39
#80
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Europe Matesh 
+1
2016-08-13 23:54
lmao
2016-08-13 19:38
tricked > Unity
2016-08-13 18:26
cadian leading them to glorious losses
2016-08-13 18:31
idk what do u wan from him cause he is still better than ur ence ;))))
2016-08-13 21:40
#77
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Finland Lehtori 
Says world flagger, pls reveal us your scene
2016-08-13 23:13
GUYS TELL ME PLZ WHY SKYTTEN ALWAYS GET KICKED
2016-08-13 18:32
CUZ HE IS NO BUENO
2016-08-13 18:47
#36
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United States hltvconfirmed 
EU life goals LOL
2016-08-13 18:35
living off cs > 9-5 desk job
2016-08-13 18:41
funny to think about it really. Unity is better than 90% of NA cs, only c9 and Liquid are better than them.
2016-08-13 18:51
#52
chrisJ | 
United Kingdom Harribo 
That's probably not true
2016-08-13 19:34
#71
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Estonia swag420weed 
Tbh, they could easily be in NA ESL pro league...
2016-08-13 21:48
#75
chrisJ | 
United Kingdom Harribo 
yes no doubt, but I wouldn't say only c9 and liquid are better than them
2016-08-13 22:23
Rofl skytten always gets fucked over :D
2016-08-13 18:39
#53
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Poland Astoner55 
He's creating new team with Spitfire and Maikelele
2016-08-13 19:36
who?
2016-08-13 18:42
#42
Faroe Islands slut 
who is grace?
2016-08-13 18:43
glace is cold-blooded
2016-08-13 18:47
K
2016-08-13 18:47
#47
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Sweden godname 
Maniac need a better team
2016-08-13 18:55
#58
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Liechtenstein Hidolf_Atler 
Haha you stupid. Maniac is so bad. He plays with pilot settings. When he pulls the mouse downwards the crosshair goes upwards. That is retarded
2016-08-13 19:48
#78
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Finland Lehtori 
Maniac plays with bizon
2016-08-13 23:14
#48
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Turkey Mustafa- 
WHO ?
2016-08-13 19:01
tier 3
2016-08-13 19:05
glgl =D!
2016-08-13 19:28
#54
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France StickyRice 
What's the skill level between the other 4 teams in top 4 and Unity? "It is very difficult to answer. Astralis is at a whole other level," Astralis on a whole other level ? WTF ? LMAO All these "top" danish teams are either Tier 3 or Tier 4, Unity isn't really weaker than Astralis/Dignitas or Team X.
2016-08-13 19:38
who?LUL
2016-08-13 19:42
worst-team-ever pretty much just a team full of tier 3 reject players. this is like the tier 5 version of old kinguin/faze
2016-08-13 19:46
#59
cogu | 
Brazil delfs 
Expected
2016-08-13 19:49
Goodluck but I think this won't last long. Not enough individual skills on these players combined with having to communicate in English will lead to the team dying.
2016-08-13 19:51
GL glace!
2016-08-13 19:52
Don't know him nor his capabilities but sounds like someone here needs to do a reality check...
2016-08-13 19:55
coolon cheater wears burqa :D
2016-08-13 19:56
#64
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
good luck boys!
2016-08-13 20:13
#65
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
Every team maniac has played for, has struggled a lot.
2016-08-13 20:25
Not true. LDLC made it far in the major with him. They almost beat nip in the semis at cologne 2014.
2016-08-13 23:31
maniac was better than happy or kqly at middle of 2014,like smithzz top 20 players on 2013 idk what happened to them
2016-08-14 04:12
Probably couldn't adapt to the meta.
2016-08-14 04:29
That is just not true. He was better than he is now though, I'll give you that.
2016-08-14 04:38
#95
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
yes, 2014, what year is it now? 2016, gmx uzzziii maniac were always the weak points of the team, taking the fact that maniac has huge experience he still plays worse than some noobs which didnt play anything else except some pubs. hltv.org/match/2303875-switzerland-bulga.. hltv.org/?pageid=186&c1=7833_3&c2=7565_3..
2016-08-14 09:09
how is this news a pro cs player isnt going to say "yeah cs is ok" are they
2016-08-13 21:09
#73
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United States StewieOnLAN 
glace: "i have no life"
2016-08-13 22:07
#82
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Sweden ShageN 
+1 lmao
2016-08-14 01:39
#76
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Denmark beastd 
who ?
2016-08-13 22:56
#81
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United States TruthEmbargo 
and coincidentally also his manhood
2016-08-14 00:52
skytten lmaooooo hahahahahahahahaha
2016-08-14 01:57
lol and glace doesnt even have a picture on hltv topkek
2016-08-14 02:13
cool story but for bad team...
2016-08-14 03:07
What a boring, put you to sleep, lame ass story. Maybe this would be relevant if there was any chance in the world that they would be decent. But they won't and should just disband now. This is basically like making a post about a Complexity player. Cool. You will never succeed in GO.
2016-08-14 03:30
#104
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Estonia Delan0 
Whats with all the hate? Who cares which tier they are gonna be playing? How many t1 teams there are at all times anyway, huh? 3-4? So youre saying that all teams that dont qualify under your standards as t1 should just disband? So what if they are castoffs, everyones gotta start somewhere and even if they dont make any reasonable results at least they tried. I bet they could still compete with some of the NA teams and weaker european teams as well. Well whatever... Best of luck from me anyway
2016-08-14 21:41
its not hate. i'm just saying the truth. they are saying they want to win a major..... never gonna happen.
2016-08-17 05:58
#107
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Estonia Delan0 
Probably not, but whats bad in aspiring towards something like that. If one doesnt have high goals they wont probably make it far to begin with. Besides 95 % of the teams out there will never win a major or a big tournament anyway
2016-08-17 19:52
Unity will later release cadian and become a top15 team with their new addition.
2016-08-14 03:31
#96
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Denmark geerZo 
find a decent job
2016-08-14 09:40
Glace is very sexy... Mmm, ahahah :D
2016-08-14 11:00
This team will achieve nothing without hunden
2016-08-14 11:03
FeelsBadMan
2016-08-14 12:14
gl :)
2016-08-14 14:35
nerd
2016-08-14 16:16
#102
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Macau jinxw 
-maniac pls
2016-08-14 17:33
lol
2016-08-14 17:58
You backstabbed Spitfire you disgusting fucking bot.
2016-08-16 03:08
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