gla1ve: "We didn't prepare Mirage"

Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander gave us an interview following Astralis' win against Natus Vincere in the quarter-finals.

Astralis began with a powerful Overpass, their own pick, as they got 12 rounds on the T side and had little trouble closing things out on the CT side.

On Mirage it was quite the opposite, Na`Vi started with a 9-1 scoreline as T before Astralis got 13 out of the next 14 rounds for a 14-10 lead. However, Natus Vincere came back with the last six rounds to push the match to Dust2. 

Astralis didn't expect Mirage from Na`Vi 

There, the first half was a back-and-forth battle, but the Danes put up a strong CT side and overcame Sergey "starix" Ischuk's team at 16-10, 2-1.

After the match, Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander talked to us about Astralis' preparation prior to the match, ran us through some of the most important parts of each map, and tried to pick which team he would have an easier time playing against.

I made this point in the preview and GuardiaN said the same thing in our interview, which is that you didn't really have much information to go off of because Na`Vi only showed their CT side in the groups and you didn't practice each other. How did you approach the preparation for Na`Vi?

We looked at their old demos, especially on Overpass, then we looked at their Dust2 demo against SK and also and old one, we tried to compare them. Everybody did it individually and me and zonic did it together. I think we were pretty prepared for the game against Na`Vi. We didn't prepare Mirage at all, because we thought the wouldn't pick it, and we weren't sure if we were going to play it as the third map.

You already touched on the veto a little, run me through it, were there any major surprises apart from Mirage?

They banned Cache, we knew about that, we banned Cobble, because they looked really good on it in the group stage. They picked Mirage, which surprised us a bit, we picked Overpass, I think it surprised them a bit, I think they thought we'd pick Train, but I think it's because we showed two Train games in the group stage so we decided to pick Overpass, as it's almost as good as our Train. So that's what went through our mind, they removed Train afterwards and we decided to play Dust2 as third, because we haven't played Nuke officially for quite some time, but it's still a good map for us.

You had a pretty convincing performance on Overpass, especially on the Terrorist side where it looked like you surprised Na`Vi. Was there anything specific that you noticed about them and used in the match?

Yeah, we noticed some specific things, but I don't want to talk too much about it, because then people can change up their stuff. But yeah, we did some really good things against their setups I think.

At the start of Mirage it didn't look good at all, as you were down 1-9 but then made a solid half of it, picking up the last five rounds. What was your adaption on the CT side?

I think if we had a good start on the CT side we could've get a lot more rounds, but when we get a bad start on Mirage, we fall a bit apart, and we have to change our style and pick ourselves up a bit. That's what happened, then I won a key clutch I think, a 1v2, which was really important for us, we came back from there.

You were up 14-10 and then they came back with the last six rounds, was it something they did well, or did you make any crucial mistakes?

I think it was my fault that we lost the 5v3 which came to be a 4v2, Kjaerbye tried to plant and died to the player on CT in the last few seconds. I wasn't really sure about the rotations, they were two B and I wanted them to come with me mid instead of going to A through T spawn, because there wasn't much time, only 30 seconds or so. But they went through T spawn, which was a mistake by us, that's why we lost.

In the semi-finals you'll face the winner of fnatic and Gambit, any preference? Who would be the better match-up?

I actually don't know. It's hard to tell, Zeus is an amazing in-game leader and I think I would have an easier time studying the opponent and reading the game against fnatic, because Zeus thinks about all the small things just like myself. But I don't know, because fnatic can be really strong individually, and that could hurt us. It's gonna be an amazing match no matter who wins.

Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
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Ukraine Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
Sergey 'starix' Ischuk
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2017-01-27 21:45
Europe thn! 
2017-01-27 21:45
Canada TwistZzZz 
RiP NaVi
2017-01-27 21:46
The worst excuse
2017-01-27 21:45
lol savage
2017-01-27 21:45
hahahhaaaaaaaaaaaahahahah glaive pls
2017-01-27 21:46
United States ichibaNcs 
WTF? didnt expect mirage and lost 14-16 ez astralis win this major
2017-01-27 21:46
rain | 
Norway Norsk 
2017-01-27 21:46
Turkey mrsocta 
2017-01-27 21:47
Denmark far3l 
they lost because of terrible communication on 14-14, not bcuz of "non-practice" wtf
2017-01-27 21:47
gg wp astralis
2017-01-27 21:47
Poland mamba99999 
excuses, excuses
2017-01-27 21:50
snatchie | 
Poland Vissi 
We didn't prepare Mirage - NO YOU CHOKED IT, YOU MEAN WE ARE DUMBS?
2017-01-27 21:51
yeah alright, you 'didn't prepare mirage'. if that was really the case they wouldn't have taken Na`Vi to their limit. doesn't excuse the fact that they played very well though so gl to them in the semis
2017-01-27 21:51
Russia avocadosatlaw 
lol while navi training almost 800 hours lol
2017-01-27 21:52
Navi wernt training. They just opened csgo homescreen, put on kalinka malinka and danced.
2017-01-27 22:03
Russia avocadosatlaw 
+1 edward without beard look like russian homeless
2017-01-27 22:06
I felt bad for them cause they did an amazing comeback on Mirage just to choke in the end, should of been 2-0 win Astralis are a way better team than Na'vi.
2017-01-27 21:57
Toggle works just as good on mirage as on any other map. no excuse.
2017-01-27 22:02
ofc u didn't prepare mirage you'renot in the credit of the map creation nice englando btw
2017-01-27 22:02
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
"didnt even had to call"
2017-01-27 22:05
didn't even use mouse or keyboard or monitor or computer
2017-01-27 22:50
he is obv lying look at his twitter :D
2017-01-27 22:07
Dust2 Too obviously, When you lost to fucking SK
2017-01-27 22:07
Spain Ayrr 
obv fake, wanna sum teams bite it
2017-01-27 22:19
Astralis has a great chance to make it to finals because if they face Fnatic they can match firepower and also have a lot of strats and teamwork and if they are playing against gambit they will overrun them with skill and they will match Zeus igl skills so astralis as it is are on their way to final.
2017-01-27 22:21
what a badboy. Too confident.
2017-01-27 22:44
they didn't remove Train you potato, you did.
2017-01-27 23:18
Russia grEminence 
I think Na'Vi had to ban Overpass cuz Astralis ain't good on cache too
2017-01-27 23:56
baiting even out the game...
2017-01-28 00:05
Brazil cadik 
gla1ve: "We didn't prepare Mirage" SAVAGE, NAVI REKTEREDED
2017-01-28 06:43
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