After a long day at the Palace "Ukraine" at Kiev, Ukraine, we talked to Astralis' Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen who talked about their match against CLG and taking on Na`Vi tomorrow.
In a short interview following the match. Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen talked about what caught them off guard and how they felt moving into the semi-finals.
Let's start with the first map against CLG, Cache, they had a good start, it was kinda rough for you in the beginning, talk me through the map a bit.
I think it was pretty clear CLG felt pretty comfortable on the map, the way they played in the beginning. We also made a lot of mistakes. Obviously, CLG was the easier opponent for us to get so people were playing a little bit loose, they caught us off guard and played a lot better than us in the beginning.
We took a timeout and discussed what we needed to do because everyone was like "come on, we need to focus"—because obviously, we have to win. They just felt comfortable, they got the double AWP going, and with them comfortable it was harder for us to figure out what to do. So big kudos to them, they played very well on Cache especially.
You won in the end, moving on to the second map, were you caught off by their Inferno in general? Especially the pistol round, they had a full stack on B - did you feel antistrated?
Yeah, only in the pistols—in both pistols they did exactly what they should to win against us. We got surprised that they were stacking like at least four guys on the B bombsite. They played well, we still got off to a really slow start on Inferno as well, we should've got a lot more CT rounds, we played pretty sloppily.
I guess everyone has run out of energy by now, it's so hot in those booths, it's so hard to concentrate, everyone is having headaches. Hopefully, tomorrow they fix the booths so it's not so warm in there because now you can't play in there and focus at the same time.
Tomorrow you play against Na`Vi, GuardiaN said that they are ready to play you. You had a sloppy tournament so far—how do you feel going into that match?
Usually, we have a really good match up against Na`Vi, they are playing pretty well this tournament and I think they are in one of their better forms that they have been lately. GuardiaN has started to hit his shots and in general, they are starting to play better as a team.
I think we have a really big advantage in the veto though, that's what I feel at least. I think it is going to be a good matchup tomorrow no matter what. It's going to be hard as always, we always play close with them. If we have better conditions tomorrow and we don't have to sit around the entire day, wait for the rest to play, the amount of time we have to go home and prepare, mentally as well, will result in a good matchup. Also, I think our playstyle fits well against Na`Vi's.
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