device: "One of our main issues right now is that we are not in form individually"

During the playoff days of ESL One New York, after his team was eliminated from the tournament, we caught up with Nicolai "device" Reedtz to talk about Astralis' recent results.

After a string of ten top-four finishes in a row for Astralis since they added Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander, the Danish team has now failed to make it to that point at two consecutive tournaments.

Astralis were disappointed by their showing in Malmö

Nicolai "device" Reedtz sat down with us to discuss the results in New York and Malmö, playing against FaZe and Liquid and how they plan to bounce back.

I guess we should start with Malmö. Obviously, the big storyline there was that that was the first time you guys went out below the top four. So what do you think was the problem there, what did you talk about after the event?

Obviously, Malmö was a big disappointment for us for more than one reason. We always have the philosophy that if we just play our own best, then it doesn't matter if we win or lose, because a team can sometimes overperform and play better than you. But in that game we didn't show up and it was just a horrible showing. What we concluded from it... There were several things, but I just think that we didn't not prepare well enough and we did not play good enough team wise and aim wise.

Do you think that transferred over to here? Do you think you are still kind of catching up, do you think that you are just not in form right now?

I think that one of our main issues right now is that we are not in form individually, obviously, but there are more things. We are trying to adjust some things, micromanage some things in-game, and changes take up some space and also some focus. Other than focusing on your own game you also have to focus on the team game. It's a mix of different things and I think it's normal to see a bit of a dip in performance. I think we will just work even harder to get back up there.

I wanted to touch on the FaZe match that you guys played here, again FaZe beating you, it looks like they have the upper hand. Do you account that to karrigan or do you think it's something else, like a playstyle thing?

I think that their playstyle is really good against ours in some way. I've touched upon this multiple times, about Inferno. I think playing a BO1 on Inferno almost always favors the T side, because there is so much economy that plays into the matter of taking banana control.

I think that we played our economy a bit bad, we lost the wrong rounds to lose and, if you look at the first 10 rounds, we could've won half of them but we didn't, again, perform individually and in the crucial situations. But yeah, I think that they have it good playing against us, and all kudos to them for playing well.

Going over to Liquid now, they beat SK just before that. Did they kind of surprise you, did you expect a little bit more from yourselves against them?

I think that we actually expected a lot from them. We've never lost to them, I think, me, dupreeh and Xyp9x, if I remember correctly, so we always had a good streak against them. And obviously, we didn't underestimate them, but we still wanted to play with confidence.

We knew that they are a really great team and a fairly new team, but they have very strong individual players that right now are having a good period. It goes a little bit up and down in that sort of a sense and I think, even looking back at the BO3, I think that we played a fairly good series, but they also played their A game. I feel that we could've performed better as well.

Now going in to the rest of the year, I'm not sure how many tournaments there are going to be for you, I know you guys prioritize a lot, but do you think you are going to have time to come back from this? Do you think you will be able to improve, as the rest of the year comes by?

I think I can speak for myself personally, I think that right now I'm not in a big slump in any way. I'm putting up good numbers, but I still feel like I can get better with the AWP. And it's hard in some way, because there are so many things around the role that I need to learn, and it takes time. And we don't have that much time in between tournaments.

So I think, in the end of the year a lot of it comes down to it being individually good and being confident as a team. Because you don't have more than a maximum of two weeks between tournaments and you can't really prepare a lot of stuff. So all of it comes down to getting a good streak, believing in your teammates and just getting a snowball effect of good performances.

Lastly, I wanted to touch on this period that we have right now. We kind of see the same thing happening as we did last year, after the offseason the favorites are kind of dropping off, SK are having problems as well, and instead some teams that made changes are on the upswing. Some of the teams that didn't make changes but didn't have that much impact throughout the year, like Liquid, have now kind of improved. So what do you make of this period, why do you think this is the case?

I think the hardest part of all sports, and also esports, is staying at the number one spot. I don't think it's necessarily that hard to get there, if you have the right combination of players. But staying up there, and staying motivated and staying focused all of the time, it's really hard because you don't always know what to be better at—because you are the best in the world.

I think that is why you always see it. And also, coming back from the break, I think there are so many tournaments and maybe there are people that have that 10% more will to get better, they play a little bit more on vacation and then it's easier for them to get back to their normal individual performances. And I think that players that go on a little bit more of a hiatus from CS, they take a longer time to get up there.

Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
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Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
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United Kingdom veiN_ 
2017-09-19 12:51
ez 4 devve
2017-09-19 14:54
Dev1 | 
Slovakia Trav1s 
they will be stronger before next major for sure
2017-09-19 12:52
NiKo | 
United States skurr 
2017-09-19 13:04
One of your main issues right now is that you exist.
2017-09-19 12:54
wrong team dude, he's not exist he's device
2017-09-19 13:34
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
no he's device
2017-09-19 14:51
Belgium Dhoore 
2017-09-19 16:45
Jordan LBJ 
Biggest asstralis issue is that they have useless eco and exit fragger BOT device in team. Without him they would be solid t1 team.
2017-09-19 13:00
did you at somepoint lose a bet, that made you having to write shit about device for the rest of your life? if so, RiP [*]
2017-09-19 14:02
2017-09-19 13:59
atleast he has found the meaning of life for himself...
2017-09-19 14:47
it seems so, but a really sad meaning
2017-09-19 15:48
2017-09-19 17:58
Denmark Xipingu 
How much?
2017-09-19 13:57
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
You must be device biggest fan
2017-09-19 14:15
Astralis era is over Boys
2017-09-19 13:00
"Era" ahahah
2017-09-19 13:01
Boo | 
France mbl4 
Astralis era ? Did I miss something ?
2017-09-19 13:03
Denmark Xipingu 
What era?
2017-09-19 13:55
Cant end something that hasnt begun
2017-09-20 12:13
We just won a major and lost motivation. Most accurate one.
2017-09-19 13:00
Other Phinks 
And they stole the major aswell. Tbh.
2017-09-19 13:28
from who?
2017-09-19 13:46
Other Phinks 
From VP. 13-7 to 13-16. If you play out that scenario 10 times, VP would win it 9/10 times. I don't wanna take anything away from astralis major title. But that last part on train was a big overperformace which made VP tilt or drop their heads w/e. Astralis took momentum and won the major. But it wasnt solid at all. VP was the better team in the final.
2017-09-19 14:13
Denmark chrkloster 
Flawless logic.
2017-09-19 14:19
lmao interesting logic.
2017-09-19 14:22
United Kingdom ChrisFroome 
wtf lol
2017-09-19 14:26
Other Phinks 
wtf wtf ?
2017-09-19 14:39
Pakistan d1ckweed 
Shut the fuck up
2017-09-20 12:09
Denmark Xipingu 
Stole? Wut? Lol
2017-09-19 13:56
Other Phinks 
Check my reply above
2017-09-19 14:13
Denmark Xipingu 
Bad reasoning tbh. You can't say 9/10 times VP would win, because while Astralis went over their peak on Train, VP played a lot of situations really poorly after the 13-7 Result. It was clearly a mix of overperformance and choking, and no, it is always the winning team that is the better team - on that day. Astralis proved this during the rematch. Yeah so basically I do not agree.
2017-09-19 14:21
Other Phinks 
Ofcourse you have your own opinion. But its not true that the team that wins is the best. They get the best result. But VP played a much stronger Bo3, untill astralis got their momentum and VP choked themselves to death. Let me tell you one thing, csgo results are affected by SO SO many small things, and over the 3 maps vp made the least mistakes. But on big one on train. Go rewatch all the games objectively and you will agree.
2017-09-19 14:38
Denmark Xipingu 
I will, and come back later.
2017-09-19 14:40
Other Phinks 
Besides that we are not agreeing atm im actually glad that there are still some normal people on HLTV. Nice discussion so far !:)
2017-09-19 14:42
Denmark Xipingu 
Yeah you too, the last 6 out of 10 comments I've made people do nothing but say "cringe astralis fan" "Astralis 1-2 Liquid" when I'm not even making comments about it. I'll check tomorrow, the day suddenly got very busy. Yeah very ;:D
2017-09-19 23:59
2017-09-19 13:18
Brazil LaicaBoss 
lol what a stupid excuse you're not coming from a offseason, you're constantly playing
2017-09-19 13:23
broky | 
Latvia De1Co 
Some people actually didn't played for like month or so in off season, they didn't even logged in...
2017-09-19 13:32
Device: " I'm putting up good numbers" See this is the main problem for Astralis, he just cares about his stats, and his team is suffering because that.
2017-09-19 13:24
Jordan LBJ 
+1 Impactless eco and exit frags won't help his team
2017-09-19 13:58
France Guedain 
And he can't create some opportunities to himself, unlike Fallen, Kenny or Guardian.
2017-09-19 14:11
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
+1 kick_devve_ffs
2017-09-19 19:38
+1, overrated just because he get alot of exit frags to boost his stats
2017-09-19 21:05
rain | 
Indonesia lather 
Emilia Hult LUL
2017-09-19 13:27
2017-09-19 13:30
Poland @skaddycsgo 
no aimlocks no win right ZYP9X and kjearbye? :DD
2017-09-19 13:34
Denmark Xipingu 
Salt because no VP major :)
2017-09-19 13:56
Katowice 2014 LUL
2017-09-19 14:11
Denmark Xipingu 
I'm talking ELEAGUE 2017, gg ResidentSleeper
2017-09-19 14:13
VP won a major in the time when Astralis wasn't even created. Your logic is invalid.
2017-09-20 17:53
Denmark Xipingu 
Jesus okay, I wrote it wrong mofo :| I meant he is salt because VP didn't win the bloody ELEAGUE major, happy?
2017-09-20 22:00
Other Phinks 
From VP. 13-7 to 13-16. If you play out that scenario 10 times, VP would win it 9/10 times. I don't wanna take anything away from astralis major title. But that last part on train was a big overperformace which made VP tilt or drop their heads w/e. Astralis took momentum and won the major. But it wasnt solid at all. VP was the better team in the final.
2017-09-19 14:14
Denmark Xipingu 
Read my answer on the other comment.
2017-09-19 14:22
not 13-16 we have lost 14-16 btw. Astralis won two maps with 16-14!! especially overpass a map which they won, because of neo's dumbness in xyp9x 3vs1 clutch. sorry i guess VP could've won it in 2 Maps. Overall VP had 44 rounds - Astralis had 44 rounds aswell and they won a round on train with was pure luck. the round which was won kjaerbye with 0.01 defuse.
2017-09-19 14:34
Switzerland Alzameister 
CS isnt all about who plays better like vp did in that bo3, sometimes small differences like that defuse wins a team the game. Thats just how it is
2017-09-19 15:22
I know that Luck plays a role in our life so does it in csgo aswell^^
2017-09-20 18:10
Switzerland Alzameister 
sadly this is the case xD
2017-09-24 21:43
Poland @skaddycsgo 
VP sucks tho, but you can not deny zypex and kyearbye were suspicious back then when they won the major
2017-09-19 14:16
Denmark Xipingu 
Xyp9x were never suspecious lol. Kjaerbye was, true, but he gave an explanation for his shaking in a Danish interview, which makes sense. I understand why it is a meme tho, to outsiders it can look like either aimbot or Parkinsons for sure
2017-09-19 14:23
Poland @skaddycsgo 
I saw like 10-15 clips of zypek being suspicious in my life, so stop saying he was never suspicious. There were many threads about him cheating on hltv past years.
2017-09-19 14:53
Denmark Xipingu 
I literally haven't seen anything suspecious, he's just a great - or was, he's slumping atm - player who knows how to fare in clutch situations. I wish I was as icecold, I'm 4300 hrs into CS:GO and I still get fucking nervous everytime. There is only one clip on Overpass actually now I think of it where he prefires the door through the wood on B as soon as someone from G2 peaked, a little time ago - but I do have explanations for that as well, as I have gotten similar shots during some matches, it's just rare. Like 1 in 200 spams. I'm not trying to be a fanboy btw.
2017-09-20 00:10
Poland @skaddycsgo 
I saw a clip on train when he aimed at the enemy through the wall when he was playing solo B site, he reacted like :O for a second then he took off a crosshair from this guy to a normal position. It was one of a few.
2017-09-20 00:49
Denmark Xipingu 
Probably a coincidence.
2017-09-20 01:39
"vp sucks tho" nice try lol. ok now they suck really
2017-09-19 14:35
Faroe Islands Jones123 
North<astralis right now
2017-09-19 13:39
why are these articles in size fucking 4
2017-09-19 13:40
Kazakhstan dc7 
from beta 5.6 when i first started cs when i was year 9 back in 1999 i've witnessed dsn place 1st about %60 of the time without excuse, fast foward to 2017 these astralis guys are number 1 for 4 months about 0.5% of cs history and they ripping out excuses for not being number 1 all the time... lol really
2017-09-19 13:59
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
Astralis is like es3tag now they will come back
2017-09-19 14:14
bot awper
2017-09-19 14:35
A lot of money... too much shit to do. Just like me
2017-09-19 14:46
Astralis are swapping kjaerbye with someone from heroic/north or a superteam is in cards too.
2017-09-19 14:50
Netherlands Yak_41M 
-kjaer +konfig but tbh North looks like a better team atm
2017-09-19 15:14
I was expecting more "Emilia killed Astralis" HLTV community is growing up it seems.
2017-09-19 14:52
eco fragger and exit kills memes too stronk for emilia hate
2017-09-19 15:49
One of my fan made a thread with this exact title
2017-09-19 16:06
Other mekkicsgo 
"Im putting out numbers" lol anyone else could do that with ecohunting and exitfragging, i dont remember him having impact kills in a while
2017-09-19 14:56
dude you suck and your team too, you can play quarterfinals and that's it like forever and always has been like that
2017-09-19 15:07
well maybe you should've picked up valde instead of kjerbye when you had the chance you fucking idiots
2017-09-19 15:20
Brazil Grifooo 
Astralis is back
2017-09-19 15:23
NEO | 
Brazil tegin 
nice interview! dev1ce monster <3
2017-09-19 15:29
Brazil dogduckk 
Or your team just fucking sucks, you were good when all other teams was slumping and now when they are back, you are back to shit
2017-09-19 15:34
Indonesia FinZzz 
I think they lack motivation, if they get motivated again for sure they are a solid contender for the number 1.
2017-09-19 16:19
they are too rich ... look at VP and SK. They reached high salaries and give up.
2017-09-19 16:27
Indonesia FinZzz 
I dont think Sk is like that. Knowing their history and all of that, they are probably one of most driven teams out there. As for vp, yea i agree.
2017-09-19 16:29
method | 
United States f0xes` 
Great interview, very detailed and sensible. I don't know about Astralis with their current roster but I look forward to seeing dev1ce and the Ast boys bounce back soon.
2017-09-19 16:21
firstly, grow up Astrakid... ure all the same .. maikelelelle, faze scandinavian kids etc.
2017-09-19 16:23
suNny | 
World gto13 
Thanks god the eco warrior has come to a end
2017-09-19 16:36
did device ever been in form?
2017-09-19 16:37
Palestine hevCS 
They should get k0nfig instead of kjaerbye or heroic niko
2017-09-19 16:46
When Astralis got kjajajajabye I found it confusing they didn't get k0nfig at the time as he was destroying way better than kakakakjjajajajbyebye.
2017-09-20 00:15
Palestine hevCS 
Kjajajajaja has been underperforming for the past 5 months and they should replace him
2017-09-20 00:16
Indeed. -kjajajajajajajajacyalater +OneFag
2017-09-20 00:17
lul most overrated team ever
2017-09-19 17:01
Croatia Jack Russell 
-device +JUGi Ez top 3
2017-09-19 18:07
ofc not in cs form when you got girlfriend like this.
2017-09-19 18:14
Love the hate lol.
2017-09-19 21:00
One of our main problems atm is that our team sucks and dev1ce mvp
2017-09-20 00:15
Malaysia phyzell 
IGL decides the next plan based on individuals level of strength during the game, bring in a substitute player if one of them are mentally unstable and let that esport psychologist grill him for a few days.
2017-09-20 01:43
Netherlands malse_man 
form doesnt exist its all mental
2017-09-20 09:50
HLTV coming through with the quality colour articles. gg wp
2017-09-20 11:50
They need to replace kjaerbot with someone. I suggest HUNDEN
2017-09-20 12:19
2017-09-20 17:58
Portugal skayer 
2017-09-23 10:42
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