MSL: CT sides were our main focus

North's in-game leader, Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen, was our next interviewee ahead of SL i-league StarSeries Season 3 Finals, which is set to start in just under three days.

North's first match of the Swiss system group stage in Kiev will be Immortals, who came out on top of the previous encounter the two shared in IEM Katowice quarter-finals.

MSL's North worked on their consistency over the last few weeks

The Danes' 5th-6th placing in Poland was among the topics we discussed with Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen in our interview ahead of StarSeries

The 22-year-old in-game leader also went over North's practice during the last month and the process of accommodating Philip "aizy" Aistrup, as well as their disappointing finish to ECS Season 3 Development league following the team's exclusion from the main league due to their former organization dignitas holding the spot:

Placing 5th-6th at IEM Katowice following a loss to Immortals, how did you view your performance there?

We were of course very dissapointed, we felt like we had a really good chance at getting to the final and finally play versus Astralis. But the fact is that Immortals were just way better on the day, we never felt like it was our game, we were always one step behind. Overall, in the group stage we played pretty well, but against Immortals it was not good enough.

Was there anything that you took away from Poland that you focused on over the last few weeks? Can you tell us more about your practice after IEM, was there a bootcamp?

We took with us that we finally had confidence back on cbble and that we played really well in the group stage. Our biggest problem was our CT sides and that was our main focus when we got home. Other than that, we tried to make ourselves more consistent by making more setups and routines which will help us at the big tournaments.

Right now it's only about consistency, we have an incredibly high peak level where nobody will beat us, but we can play incredibly badly as well, so that's what we're working on right now.

Last time we spoke to you, you mentioned that aizy split RUBINO's positions with k0nfig, have there been any other changes in roles or positions since then? How has aizy accommodated in the lineup since your first event with him at DreamHack Masters Las Vegas?

The T positions have stayed the same, but we have changed up some of our CT sides to make aizy more comfortable. Our T sides feel very smooth and it feels like the roles are set. As CT, we are still testing what is working and trying to figure out how to have the most consistent CT sides.

I'm really happy about how aizy has been in our team. He is a great team player and has helped the whole team a lot, including me. Now we are trying to get him more focused on his own game and when he will go off, it will be really tough for our opponents.

StarSeries will utilize the Swiss system in groups, which means you can meet anyone. Who do you see as your biggest threats in the best-of-one scenario?

I would say the team we have a hard time playing against is SK, but overall everyone is on such a high level right now that everyone can be a threat to us if we have an off-day. So, for us, it's just about taking one game at a time and showing up.

How would you compare the Swiss format with IEM's one, which was quite heavily criticized? Are there any downsides to the Swiss format that you can think of?

The two differences between Swiss and IEM is that it's easier to prepare for opponents with IEM's format, because you know your opponents beforehand. While with Swiss, if you're playing an early game, you will have very little time to prepare. But overall, I like the Swiss format the most. It's intense, exciting, and funny at the same time. The everyday thinking and waiting for who we meet is exciting.

Could any of the underdogs, especially the Asian trio, UYA, TyLoo, and MVP Project, have an impact in the groups in your point of view?

I think that maybe they can upset one team or two, but I don't think they will go through groups. The groups are too stacked, there are so many good teams right now and I don't think they are at that level yet.

Changing your organization from dignitas to North resulted in you losing a spot in ECS S3 despite your good results last season. You played this season's Development League and finished first, but in the end failed to qualify for ECS S3 by losing to fnatic. Was this a frustrating experience? What are your thoughts on ECS' slot allocation rules?

It was of course a frustrating experience. We really wanted to qualify, but we weren't good enough on the day and fnatic played better, so it's fair and square.

don't like the ECS slot allocation rules at all. We qualified for the ECS spot after finishing last one season and I don't think it's fair that a team that has no results gets our spot. At the same time, I can see that it's because organizations need power so that players want to stay or join their organization, and I fully understand that. But what will the tournament organizers do if for example three of the best teams in the world change organizations at the end of a year? Then I don't think it's gonna work for them. I think it's bad for the CS scene, mainly because at some point it will not be the best teams in the leagues, just like we saw that either us or fnatic couldn't be in the league, because a team with no results had to be in the league. It will ruin the viewership experience.

Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
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Greenland freqgod 
The north roster look good but i think SK and VP will smash them.
2017-04-01 18:41
But the fact is that Immortals were just way better on the day Right now it's only about consistency, we have an incredibly high peak level where nobody will beat us typical arrogant MSL and and his delusions...
2017-04-01 18:47
2017-04-01 22:11
He legit said right after that, that they can play incredibly bad as well. How is that arrogant lol. And also they've beaten immortals in the past, obviously they know they're capable of it. He's not going to say "Immortals is simply a better team than us at all times." Haters gonna hate I guess.
2017-04-02 00:33
so triggered lol
2017-04-03 16:49
Argentina Matrek 
well yes
2017-04-01 18:55
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Lithuania Tomekas85 
pls disband north
2017-04-01 18:40
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Czech Republic Yaaa 
nice try
2017-04-01 18:40
best hairline eu
2017-04-01 18:40
nice! :)
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blameF | 
Denmark s0MATiC 
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Hong Kong b1uhwk 
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Latvia DanShu 
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United States Mirbo1 
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Portugal dracø 
april 1st bait, they were practicing T sides confirmed.
2017-04-01 18:42
India transformer 
"because a team with no results had to be in the league. It will ruin the viewership experience." I am not at all against MSL views, but how can he predict the current dignitas lineup, are no result team. They yet to play a league or event with the current lineup, they might even get placed number 1 in the ECS league who knows what will happen or even placed last (just my pov). If he had cared so much they should have beaten fnatic and qualified.
2017-04-01 18:46
He is talking about past. This dignitas did nothing to deserve that spot.
2017-04-01 18:47
India transformer 
No read it correctly he is telling about the current DIGNITAS Lineup who got North spot, because Dignitas organisation had the spot not the NORTH players who left dignitas.
2017-04-01 18:48
World LeviathaNz 
ezSK is right though, MSL is talking about the fact that the new dignitas lineup has no result yet to be gifted a spot into that ECS season :p
2017-04-01 18:56
India transformer 
it is the organizers wish they gave the dignitas organisation the right to hold that spot and they gave it to the current dignitas team :P
2017-04-01 18:58
Current dignitas have no result so far.
2017-04-01 19:01
India transformer 
but it is not the players fault right, agreed that they have no results as of now.
2017-04-01 19:02
France t3r4byt3 
applying your logic, if Liquid wanted to win the Major, they should have beaten SK and done it of course North would have wanted the spot, but Fnatic were simply the better team
2017-04-01 18:53
India transformer 
then why he is taking the other team name like he is jealous towards them? That players had no issues they just signed to a organisation who had a spot in A League, and they will play it. And come on how come the current dignitas lineup playing will ruin the viewership experience??
2017-04-01 18:55
France t3r4byt3 
It's not just dignitas he's talking about. What if Astralis dropped the current lineup and picked up some random tier 5 Russian team? Surely that will ruin the viewership experience.
2017-04-01 18:58
India transformer 
hmm, you have a point but organizers decision is the last decision, might be next ECS season we might see the rules changed.
2017-04-01 19:00
Russia bralBry 
If their focus is CT sides then just -MSL +FeTiSh
2017-04-01 20:14
North and consistency are two things that don't go together. But those guys will still get in the first position, some day. Tip: -cajunB.
2017-04-01 20:54
LOLED at "we have an incredibly high peak level where nobody will beat us". MSL, there have been two times in CS:GO history when VP was stoped when they were playing their best. ESL Cologne 2015 semi-final and Elegue major 2017 in the final. Your highest peak is somewhere between VP's feets and knees. Beat Virtus.plow when they are on their best, you will prove me otherwise. They are the ultimate gate-keepers to big titles. Not even worth mentioning that there are at least 5 teams that I can think of with higher peak. Nice try though.
2017-04-01 20:58
>Your highest peak is somewhere between VP's feets and knees. LMAO, North were 3 rounds away from raping your poor oldies at EL (where according to you they have played very well) just like they did at Epicenter. Shame that they have burnt- out emotionally and choked, but that was definitely not "between VP's feet and knees". At DH Bucarest you have barely won due to a lucky 1v5 by NEO. More often than not North defeats VP obline and the overall head to head record is 8-8. Now if you'll say that most of those times North/Dig beat VP, your team wasn't anywhere near it's peak, then you should understand that North hasn't even reached theirs yet. If everyone plays up to their levels (which unfortantely hasn't happened yet) they surely have more potential than VP.
2017-04-01 22:09
France Dov 
North skill wise > VP VP tactical > north
2017-04-03 12:06
I agree with that.
2017-04-03 14:49
Norway masturbater 
Lol losing his hair xDDDDDDDDD
2017-04-01 21:47
Hong Kong korean 
u are just a overrated team, beat an underperforming vp to never be any closer to final again XD
2017-04-02 03:27
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Malaysia phyzell 
playing 16-0 mind games? LUL
2017-04-02 11:47
High peak : When Aizy/Magisk/k0nfig/cajunb is performing Low peak : When msl is performing hehexd
2017-04-02 14:08
north at their best is when magisk drops 30 like his old days.
2017-04-02 14:20
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Poland Vwash 
He droped 30 once xD
2017-04-02 15:10
#incredibly badly# xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD pasha london school englando 10/10
2017-04-03 18:12
north is a great team and still very young. magisk and konfig are beasts. just watch konfig play t-side vs b on cache. movement, crosshairplacement, speed, awesome. dude on fire is an one man army.
2017-04-04 02:56
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