dennis: "I'm pretty free, Astralis just told me to do what I like"

We had a quick chat with Astralis' stand-in, Dennis "dennis" Edman, following the team's fourth match, which sent them to the grand final at BLAST Pro Series.

Astralis found themselves in a tough situation after Nicolai "device" Reedtz's health issues forced the team to find a stand-in last-minute. That stand-in ended up being Dennis "dennis" Edman, who was placed on the bench in GODSENT less than two weeks ago.

Aside from the tie against North, Astralis cruised to the grand final in Copenhagen with ease

We interviewed the Swede about when he got approached by Astralis and found out why he believes the team is working well together in spite of the circumstances. dennis also touched on what happened with GODSENT, the format of BLAST Pro Series and last night's issues at the venue.

We should start with you even got together with Astralis last-minute, how did you get approached?

Actually, I didn't even expect them to ask me, I have no idea how I found out, I think I talked to someone in RFRSH and they said they were thinking about asking me, so I wrote to dupreeh and said that I was up for it. And here we are.

Considering your situation with GODSENT, you must be glad to play a top-tier event again...

No, I've been very demotivated, GODSENT wasn't really what I thought it was going to be. It's really hard to go from the top level to kind of the lowest level of Counter-Strike. There's some really nice guys, some really good players, but we just didn't click together. It was not a good fit, some players wanted to play the same roles, I couldn't find my own role, so I struggled a lot. That's why it's pretty easy to play with people like in Astralis, they are such good players, I can do kind of whatever I want, I'm pretty free, they just told me to do what I like. They welcomed me pretty well, we practiced for three days and we're in the final. It's working out pretty well.

It is working out well, three one-sided matches plus the tie with North, you had a couple of really good games individually, how does it work without device who is normally the star AWPer being there and yet the team is working well together...?

dupreeh has been AWPing since I started practicing with them and he's been doing a very good job, actually, he's really good with the AWP, I'm surprised that he doesn't play it more often.

The format here is very different to what we've really ever seen before, what do you think about having all three teams playing at the same time in front of the crowd, how is it from a team's point of view?

I think this is kind of fun because it's a new thing. You play five maps and whoever is best gets to the final and that's fair, so I think it's a good thing to try out.

Touching on yesterday's issues, do you have anything to say about what happened last night, how it affected you?

We knew that this wasn't a problem someone caused, it was a network error or something like that so it couldn't be fixed. You can't really do much if the internet or network isn't working as it's supposed to, it was no one's fault and they fixed it for today and everything has been running smooth. They didn't sleep at all as far as I know, they did a good job and it was just unfortunate. BLAST is probably, with the exception of yesterday, one of the best events I've attended.

Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Dennis 'dennis' Edman
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1087
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Aka wreck fools
2017-11-25 16:33
#10
ele | 
Europe ctronic 
yes you are
2017-11-25 16:34
hellz yeah
2017-11-25 16:34
Traitor. F faze.
2017-11-25 18:30
#2
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Norway felt 
astra <3
2017-11-25 16:33
"It's really hard to go from the top level to kind of the lowest level of Counter-Strike." shots.
2017-11-27 08:45
#3
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
PISTOL GOD WE ARE BLESSED
2017-11-25 16:33
#51
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Denmark Twick_ 
TO THE STARS
2017-11-25 17:49
#4
Nifty | 
United Kingdom Hende 
wow
2017-11-25 16:33
#5
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Other Valeriana 
Thank goodness
2017-11-25 16:33
#6
Malta yzy23 
he is a very good player
2017-11-25 16:34
yeah, he is too good for Godsent
2017-11-26 06:42
#79
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Sweden rekleM 
+1
2017-11-27 17:43
Ez
2017-11-25 16:33
This guy needs a team asap
2017-11-25 16:33
cry is free
2017-11-25 16:34
#11
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Denmark JustYes 
-kjaerbye +dennis
2017-11-25 16:34
#28
Lekr0 | 
Belgium Slyven 
That could actually work out pretty well!
2017-11-25 16:37
#60
God | 
Russia STDGod 
Kjaerbye MVP of tourney so far
2017-11-25 18:52
#61
Lekr0 | 
Belgium Slyven 
That is very true, even though his consistency isn't that great as far as I know...
2017-11-25 18:53
#68
God | 
Russia STDGod 
FalleN MVP. :)
2017-11-26 00:05
yes please!
2017-11-25 17:36
that could work actually
2017-11-25 18:10
#12
RpK | 
France hltvuser1 
nice dennis !
2017-11-25 16:34
Like raping other csgo players?!
2017-11-25 16:34
#54
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Brazil sprk1 
what?!
2017-11-25 18:11
xD that was not well written
2017-11-25 18:37
ahahahaha :P
2017-11-26 12:44
ok
2017-11-25 16:34
dennis is a beast
2017-11-25 16:34
#18
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
dennisGOD
2017-11-25 16:34
#19
Nifty | 
Switzerland hermitt 
pistol god
2017-11-25 16:34
hahaha -device +dennis
2017-11-25 16:34
#22
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Slovakia Loseras 
they did a good job and it was just unfortunate. BLAST is probably, with the exception of yesterday, one of the best events I've attended.
2017-11-25 16:35
I mean, yeah from the viewers perspection it does suck, but as far as I've heard the players are treaded super well, makes sense why he said it.
2017-11-25 17:15
g o d
2017-11-25 16:35
#24
FalleN | 
Brazil tails36 
let's go my frend!
2017-11-25 16:35
#25
Lekr0 | 
Belgium Slyven 
Expect the +dennis in a tier 1 team soon
2017-11-25 16:36
-HS +Dennis would be nice
2017-11-25 17:37
#49
Lekr0 | 
Belgium Slyven 
That's what I think will happen too, that'd be sick
2017-11-25 17:39
dennisdarealhunter
2017-11-25 16:37
#27
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
love you dennis!
2017-11-25 16:37
"No, I've been very demotivated, GODSENT wasn't really what I thought it was going to be. It's really hard to go from the top level to kind of the lowest level of Counter-Strike." BANG BANG SHOTS FIRED XD
2017-11-25 16:37
#32
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Norway SkaMathias 
yea lol
2017-11-25 16:40
lowest level of CS, silver 1 MM is higher xD
2017-11-25 16:40
#44
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Europe KappaKaako 
Atleast silvers are motivatef
2017-11-25 17:16
motivated derankers
2017-11-25 17:17
+1
2017-11-25 19:13
#55
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Brazil sprk1 
wooow.. lol
2017-11-25 18:12
Astralis fans must be feeling so good right now,i dont watch them much in general but theyre hyping me so much with dennis
2017-11-25 16:38
We are not worthy of pistol god
2017-11-25 16:39
#34
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Germany ggauNN 
Pistol god.
2017-11-25 16:42
device is dead long live dennis
2017-11-25 16:43
BLAST is probably, with the exception of yesterday, one of the best events I've attended.
2017-11-25 16:43
Godsent = lowest level of CS? lul I see his ego is on point this tournament
2017-11-25 16:48
lol its true, Godsent is absolutly dogshit team
2017-11-25 16:57
They've been really bad, but that comment was unnecessary. He was given a salary and a team after getting the boot from fnatic, he should be thankful for that.
2017-11-25 17:05
i think its good, that he is saying things how they are, it would be weird if would say that Godsent highest or atleast high level of CS
2017-11-25 17:10
#50
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India Ad1_KaM 
Well he doesn't have to talk about high/low tier. He could have just said that he didn't fit into the team and the thing about roles and just let it be. I mean I understand that he got the bad part of that deal but still...
2017-11-25 17:45
#56
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India bozzmob 
+1 exactly, he shouldn't have talked about high/low tier. That's some disrespect shown to the team which took him after Fnatic footed him.
2017-11-25 18:24
Well im not sure if it was really fnatic who kicked him, and if they did well theyre retarded, dennis is a player worthy of a spot in a top 10 team - something that fnatic is not, and with godsent... It was a huge mess long before dennis, shame that it is the way it is but why sugarcoat shit.
2017-11-25 17:19
#38
JORDAN | 
Jordan LBJ 
Dennis > shit > BOT device
2017-11-25 16:49
#40
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Czech Republic marekkingx 
dennis such a cool guy
2017-11-25 16:58
#52
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
"GODSENT wasn't really what I thought it was going to be. It's really hard to go from the top level to kind of the lowest level of Counter-Strike." LOL "the lowest level of counter-strike." savage.
2017-11-25 17:51
#58
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Brazil Setrock 
A S T R A L I S D E N N I S C O N F I R M E D
2017-11-25 18:35
-allu +dennis mixwell go awp. lets go
2017-11-25 20:14
It's awesome for Astralis for choosing dennis he is pretty good player. And Astralis gear looks better on him than Godsent's or fnatic's :D
2017-11-25 20:32
dennis good guy ;) <3
2017-11-25 20:33
I lost all respect I had for dennis tbh playing in a Dane team is just not forgivable.
2017-11-25 21:20
#72
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Spain CornerBoy 
The thing is, Dennis is a nice guy and a good player, but i dont understand why he has to write as he did about his old team (Godsent)
2017-11-26 16:00
I don't care about any of that tbh I'm just pissed this guy actually standed in for a full Danish team, where is his pride?
2017-11-26 22:09
#67
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India akashp1997 
What I think about Kjaerbye is that he plays a role that only Astralis can understand. You know, it is not always about fragging. It is about taking the team together. Kjaerbye has a bad consistency, but he is a very decent player. Also, any team with a significantly new line-up is gonna play good, and the reason for that is that the Strategies of any team changes whenever any new player comes up. The pro players study the opponent teams for hours to get their weaknesses and having the same lineup makes it obvious.
2017-11-25 21:56
#71
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Spain CornerBoy 
Now that he left Goodsent, they will be a high tier team again. So i guess he was right about Goodsent beeing a low tier team... make sence since he was playing with them...diva
2017-11-26 13:20
#73
God | 
Portugal MAD_MONKEY 
Respect dennis very good player
2017-11-26 18:03
#74
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United States caliprep 
So let me get this straight, Dennis....The guy who complained about Godsent's lack of structure and discipline is now praising Astralis for their lack of structure on him?? Dennis is a great player, but people forget, he either got kicked or left fnatic. He wanted a more loose style of play and not the rigid style of fnatic. He then comes to Godsent thinking he can do the same thing, but he forgets that the only reason he was able to do what he did his entire career, was that he had better players carrying his ass. Dennis is a good player, but not great. I never thought highly of his skills. He constantly, stretches the offense, peaks at the wrong times, and has his teammates cover his ass constantly after dying from his roaming and gunning. Ask anyone whos watched this sport for some time, and they'll tell you that. Dennis is a solid player but not a star player, as you can see hes substituting good for Astralis. Definitely not the player Godsent needed, as you can see Godsent is doing much much better without him.
2017-11-26 20:11
K
2017-11-26 22:34
#77
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United States caliprep 
You know its true. He is an overrated player.
2017-11-26 23:01
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