device: AWPing brings some calmness

As ECS Season 2 was brought to an end, awarded the last MVP medal of the year to Nicolai "device" Reedtz, the AWPer of the winning team Astralis.

In the rematch of the ELEAGUE Season 2 grand final, Astralis managed to get revenge on OpTic with a decisive 2-0 win.

Following the final, we talked to the team's star, Nicolai "device" Reedtz to find out what the achievement meant to him, why he went back to full-time AWPing and what was difference in this match against OpTic

After a long period we finally have it - Astralis winning a big tournament and device is the MVP - how are you feeling?

Obviously I'm feeling really great. The whole team was the MVP throughout the tournament and it feels good to finally have it off my back, officially, I've felt like I haven't had choke issues and stuff like that for a while, but now I have an award to show and we also have the trophy to go back on.

This tournament you've had a massive amount of AWP kills, about 50%. Do you feel like you are gradually going towards a dedicated AWP, not a hybrid that you used to be?

Yeah, this year has been really rough for me in sense, because I started out as a primary AWPer and we switched around so many times. I've been thrown into the hybrid, I've been rifling when karrigan was full AWPing, I've been doing a lot of things and I finally feel like I've found my suite where I am the primary AWPer and I play the AWP a lot.

I still sometimes change up when we play five rifles, but I really like AWPing and I feel like it brings some calmness into my playstyle. Like, I could stress earlier if I played with the rifle because it's easier to be… I don't know to say it… You are faster at getting the duels than with the rifle and you have more action. When I'm an AWPer it gives me more overview, I can contribute with some calling and help and I can also just be there in the server instead of completely falling out of it.

device feels like AWPing brings calmness to his playstyle

Let's talk about the veto in the final, you had the opportunity to pick Dust2 against OpTic, you beat them on it in the opening match and you decided to go to Train. Tell me about the mindset behind that.

I think, in the grand scheme, in ELEAGUE we tried to play in our comfort zone, that meant that we played Overpass and Train, and also Cobble instead of Cache, which didn't pay off. So this time we were thinking of playing to their worst maps and it showed that we can actually beat them on Overpass as well. But we were counting on winning Train and winning Nuke in this series. Yeah, this time we played to their weaknesses instead of playing to our own strenghts.

Earlier in the tournament you were talking about your struggles on Overpass. It didn't show in the finals, do you feel like you matured over that?

I've watched a lot of demos lately, we've had a day off after we won the group stage so I had a lot of time, looking at heat maps and where I didn't play that much. It showed in the game against SK and it gave me confidence moving into the finals against OpTic.

I found a nice balance on how to AWP on the CT side, it's showing and I'm gradually improving - it can always be better, I can always look at more demos. FalleN has been the top priority at watching, he's really good at that map.

On Train, on your CT side, it seemed like you were always flanking them, whatever they were doing. What was the reason, why were you able to read them so easily?

I feel that when we won the rounds it was because of we had reads. But when we lost rounds it was because they were doing fast executes and we didn't really get to read them. They were hitting crazy headshots, they are really good aimers and have really good strategies. We knew when we had a read on them we would probably win, but when we go in aim battles, 1 on 1, they are really good at that. We need to go on what their weaknesses are instead of fighting at what they are best at. That was why we had so many backstabs on the CT side.

You finished 2016 now, we've had fox say you are the best European team, some people are putting you as the team that should win the Major. How are you feeling going into the next year?

Obviously everyone will be looking at how we are playing etc. right now. It's still hard to say who should win the Major, we had a really really good showing and we feel confident going into it. But looking at the Major Qualifier, there are 10 teams there that are capable of winning the Major. I'm pretty excited to see how the new system plays out, I've never tried it and we are going into it with full confidence.

Professeur writes on Twitter and can be found on Twitter.

Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
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2016-12-12 05:34
After this event device is now the HIGHEST RATED player of 2016. Where are you at, haters?
2016-12-12 06:25
He is overrated, mostly has no impact in importen games.
2016-12-12 11:00
Who are u baiting ? :D
2016-12-12 11:28
lol are you telling me he has notchoked alot?
2016-12-13 11:00
Sure bro
2016-12-12 12:19
people like you just makes him underrated
2016-12-12 12:49
It is sick how hard he chokes.
2016-12-13 11:01
2016-12-13 05:28
stop being a dickrider.
2016-12-13 11:01
Calls people dickrider... but your name is Fiff1aren and your fan tag is <3 Fifflaren.
2016-12-13 15:41
I do not dickride fifflaren though, I just like him and did not want to use my real alias. :)
2016-12-13 16:36
all I see is double fifflaren dick riding though?
2016-12-14 01:06
Are you mad cause I think device is very overrated?
2016-12-14 01:22
No, I am honestly not a fan of him or his team. I am calling you a dick rider because you have 2 things about fifflaren in your name lmao.
2016-12-14 14:35
Well there is where you are wrong, there is a major difference between being a dickrider and a fan.
2016-12-14 15:39
He is your name and your tag.
2016-12-15 16:17
Sounds like rap
2016-12-13 06:00
2016-12-15 17:20
2016-12-12 06:42
pronax | 
Russia ShaDyTH 
2016-12-12 06:49
2016-12-12 12:10
Poland cGev 
2016-12-12 13:15
2016-12-12 13:52
Armenia HrachAsatryan 
Fak u
2016-12-12 14:23
2016-12-12 14:54
Argentina juanme555RIP 
exit fragger with awp
2016-12-12 05:34
Like something new
2016-12-12 07:11
best plyaer
2016-12-12 05:34
2016-12-12 05:35
Poland cGev 
Ragining riflers agree
2016-12-12 05:35
Armenia HrachAsatryan 
Nice English fag
2016-12-12 14:24
Denmark qwedsa 
2016-12-12 05:42
Russia xtkjdtr01 
Tsm back
2016-12-12 05:44
You could use some of that calmness during LAN sempai-tachi
2016-12-12 06:03
Poland Astoner55 
He just used it on LAN dood
2016-12-12 19:21
Estonia Saurise 
god device <3
2016-12-12 06:11
happy for him man <3 finally!
2016-12-12 06:17
device new sex god
2016-12-12 06:18
I think, gla1ve is mvp. He did so much for Astralis to start playing good again
2016-12-12 07:10
Turkey powergs 
He is def real mvp.He is amazing reliable player very smart calm bice tactics simple and good reading the situation... Glave for president Now Astralis only need prime dupreeh kjb and xy9x steped up device always playing good level i hope dupreeh can step up his monster form
2016-12-12 11:19
United States EmperorTrump 
devve > fallen
2016-12-12 07:21
easily. One is a csgo player the other is a snake
2016-12-12 07:25
Sweden X-rAy 
what a douche
2016-12-12 14:55
snake, douche, whatever you prefer to call Gabriel "TwofaceD" Toledo
2016-12-12 15:01
Sweden X-rAy 
this isnt big brother you know.. its only a fking game. even top football players change to rival teams... if u had the same chance to win much more money, u would think to be polite to hltv retards or win a lot more money? i would do exactly the same ur just a kid and i can tell it by ur way of thinking.
2016-12-12 15:03
football players dont often talk shit about teammates behind their backs though they generally leave that to the analysts and reporters and other professional bullshitters
2016-12-13 12:34
Jordan LBJ 
LMAO guy without any skills with awp trying to act like a hero.
2016-12-12 07:22
Device > SK. :^)
2016-12-12 07:32
but it's hard to get an awp kill, don't hate him;< jk, he's bad
2016-12-12 07:39
zonic | 
Denmark Phoey 
Device > Snax Gla1ve > Seized Dupreeh > Byali Xyp9x > Pasha Kjaerbye > Taz
2016-12-12 07:59
2016-12-12 08:21
you should stop drinking m8
2016-12-12 08:24
United States mcbrisket 
why did you even post this you look so stupid
2016-12-12 08:29
Mby he want's to look stupid?
2016-12-12 15:14
Jordan LBJ 
Trophy of the worst awper ever?
2016-12-12 08:23
Trophy of the best player to ever touch cs.
2016-12-12 08:32
Jordan LBJ 
This trophy was already claimed by friberg
2016-12-12 08:37
2016-12-12 08:38
2016-12-12 09:18
Any player>pasha
2016-12-12 14:29
2016-12-13 12:20
Denmark Loolesen 
God Device <3
2016-12-12 10:06
Device: "I didnt even have to call"
2016-12-12 10:08
Finland M0nzaa 
Yes they got gla1ve for that :()
2016-12-12 10:30
so he didnt have to call
2016-12-12 11:26
Finland M0nzaa 
Yes :()
2016-12-12 21:43
2016-12-12 11:23
LUq NEO 742 Kuben Loord TOP 1
2016-12-12 12:10
Norway v3nz 
2016-12-12 12:43
Happy to see Astralis win. Had they won Eleague, it would have been 2 $750k+ tournament wins to end year but still, they had the last hurray of the year. Also what the fuck has happened to OpTic, where did they find this form. This year must not be like 2016 where NA team reached semis of both majors
2016-12-12 13:01
Nice Devvinho, you deserve!
2016-12-12 13:11
Hello Mr. Professeur where are the damn quotation marks? I would be truly ashamed of this.
2016-12-12 14:11
Europe bueR 
"Overrated" ayyyy lmao Astralis #1 throughout 2017. Dev1ce #1 AWP atm!
2016-12-12 14:23
I liked kjaerbye in this tournament much more his frags were so crucial and he really stepped up also glaives calls were impressive whole team looked solid and deserved this tournament
2016-12-12 15:04
you dont mind all the times he toggles aimbot while shaking like he has parkinsons?
2016-12-13 12:35
Sweden X-rAy 
ofcourse he likes awping its the easier way to get kills in csgo. u get an angle..easy kills for life while running with m4 or ak the model is so slow so easy to get kills. still hes good.
2016-12-12 15:05
he could get those kills with rifles too if he just chilled the fuck out instead of panicking already before an enemy peeks
2016-12-13 12:35
Australis is a shithole LOL D Nice day just rekt your small english and than Russia in Donbass also threaten on Russia oñ fell out fell out fell out fell out also threaten on hltv for the second round but dude your country is better option for Russia oñ fell in this game sense fr better on hltv like you are Finnish retards from the plane cuz your small surprise Finnish guy
2016-12-12 15:08
2016-12-12 15:16
United States MAY0 
2016-12-12 16:16
Sweden godname 
too many event thats why CS is starting get boring to watch hope not so many events in 2017
2016-12-12 15:36
Go back to reddit you fuckin filth Ez for Nicolai "sponsored by nike" Device
2016-12-12 17:05
new system?
2016-12-13 08:00
bot device
2016-12-13 08:06
Confirmed: AWPing is good for sleeping! Brings calmness..
2016-12-13 08:53
same for me too lazy to aim the head. so ez with awp
2016-12-13 12:41
Finland kikkelele 
"I'm pretty excited to see how the new system plays out, I've never tried it and we are going into it with full confidence." Where was Device when ESL One New York happened using Swiss format?
2016-12-13 15:45
just sit back and let the aimbot do the rest
2016-12-13 16:19
Little changes make big plays.. glad they finally won one
2016-12-14 08:27
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