gla1ve: "I feel like we are on the right path again"

We talked with Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander at StarSeries i-League Season 4 and heard about how the roster is shaping up with their new addition Emil "Magisk" Reif.

Astralis picked up two wins and one loss so far at the tournament, with the most recent victory coming at the expense of Gambit (16-13 Cache, 16-8 Overpass).

gla1ve admitted that, in hindsight, the AWPing decision for the Major wasn't the right one

Following the game, we got some insight on how Astralis felt after Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye's departure, their team's role issues and his difficulties leading the team.

After the Major, the player change came in form of North getting kjaerbye. Can you give me your thoughts on that, how it happened and how you were as a team at that moment?

We were feeling pretty good as a team I think, we were, of course, sad about losing at the Major, but we knew that we just changed roles and that we could fix our mistakes, so I think that everybody was really motivated to go back and play with the old playstyle, with device as the AWPer. It came to a big surprise to all of us, I must admit, that kjaerbye decided to go to North. It was nothing that we would ever expect, to be honest.

As the two best Danish teams for the last two years, has this raised the rivalry [between you and North] to a new level?

I guess so, we always had a big rivalry against North because they are the second-best team in Denmark I think, maybe Heroic is up there right now, but they are really close to each other. We just want to be the best in the country. I'm not sure that anything has changed [in terms of the North rivalry] though, I don't think so. We always had that rivalry and we will always have it, I think.

You picked up Magisk and are playing with him now, what are your thoughts on his 2017 and why did you decide to pick him?

Ever since the first day I started playing pugs with Magisk I found out that he is an awesome player. He is really good, he has sick aim, he is really young and hasn't peaked at all yet, so it was the perfect decision. He also fits perfectly into the system that I wanted to have, and he fits in socially as well, so that is really good.

Limited time I guess, but how has the preparation for this event gone?

Preparation has been a bootcamp and some practice days home. I think with Magisk it was 10 days or two weeks in total of preparation for this event and Katowice afterward. I feel that we are pretty well prepared and I think that we are playing really good right now. We didn't play good against G2 yesterday, but both today and against Liquid I was feeling really smooth and I was being a good in-game leader, something I think I've been lacking a bit in the last... half year I think. So I'm really happy that I can still show the guys that I'm a good in-game leader.

Why do you think that was? Is it having standings that influenced it or was it already happening before that?

I'm not sure, I've felt a bit drained of energy and motivation maybe, and I'm not quite sure why, but I'm definitely working on never getting there again. I've been having a lot of talks with zonic about it and he has been helping me a lot. I feel like we are on the right path and I feel that we are not going down that road again.

You mentioned it before, device going back to the AWP. When he came back in for the Major you decided to use dupreeh as the AWPer. We can't judge it that much because you didn't play that many games, but do you think that maybe wasn't the right call, looking back at it?

Yeah, looking back now I must admit that it wasn't the right call, but back then everything just felt so good. When we played with a stand-in and dupreeh was the AWP it felt good. We had role issues with dupreeh and kjaerbye and that is why we did the change, because dupreeh wanted the same role as kjaerbye, and he couldn't have it as kjaerbye also wanted it. So device said that dupreeh can have the AWP and that he can take his role instead. It was a bad decision, but it happens.

Give me your general thoughts on the tournament here, as a full BO3 swiss system, how has it been for you guys?

It is probably the best Swiss system I have ever played. Getting so many BO3s is just an amazing feeling as a player. You don't ever play a team in a BO1, which can be a little bit random. I just like this format a lot.

Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
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Maps played:
Norway bouncerul 
I fell you
2018-02-19 18:55
Gla1ve "TwoFaced" Toledo
2018-02-19 20:22
Denmark Twick_ 
2018-02-20 06:52
Lol :P
2018-02-21 19:33
Rospen | 
Norway Rospen 
2018-02-27 09:59
India Reaper1 
2018-02-19 18:54
Cyprus z1ver 
2018-02-19 18:54
United States c0da 
2018-02-21 22:37
fell feel*
2018-02-19 18:54
Noooo, i almost got first xD
2018-02-19 18:55
He fell on the right path, was he tripped or just tried to bellyflop on dirt
2018-02-19 18:55
2018-02-19 18:55
North America ksp52 
fell lmao, eu education
2018-02-19 18:55
Saying EU has bad education, because one norwegian makes a mistake. Only NA things.
2018-02-20 12:29
North America ksp52 
well that's not true at all, most of EU can't speak proper english
2018-02-20 15:40
Denmark Enggaard 
u cant speak proper danish?
2018-02-21 08:59
Germany Fabbsen 
And many native english speakers cant speak other languages, our english might not be always the best or grammaticaly correct, but as long as we can understand each other its fine i think
2018-02-21 09:09
France VeryG2Guy 
2018-02-19 18:55
Calm down Grill
2018-02-19 18:55
MY PogChamp NAME PogChamp IS PogChamp zeff PogChamp
2018-02-19 18:56
2018-02-20 21:24
feel fail fell
2018-02-19 18:56
... until another choke.
2018-02-19 18:56
EliGE | 
United States EdgyBlob 
I fell you B
2018-02-19 18:56
Russia xtkjdtr01 
i feel it too
2018-02-19 18:56
vsm | 
United States Plactus 
I fell lol
2018-02-19 18:56
I am felling thank you
2018-02-19 18:57
CIS STAboss 
U just choked vs gambit with decoy
2018-02-19 18:57
North America YungRiceG0d 
Ez for Fnatic
2018-02-19 18:58
Inb4 2-3 rekt
2018-02-19 18:59
Portugal S4nd 
I think
2018-02-19 19:00
nice edit hltv
2018-02-19 19:06
wins one game .. "EVERYTHING IS GOING GREAT!"
2018-02-19 19:12
Topkek no you guys still garbage
2018-02-19 19:27
i'm feeling good glaive
2018-02-20 15:27
i'm feeling thank you
2018-02-20 22:35
Germany Payynnkilla 
Which path? The path on choking again? Yep
2018-02-23 22:29
Thanks gla1ve
2018-02-23 22:46
United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
Title aged well
2018-02-23 23:24
United Kingdom Vura2k 
2018-02-24 12:02
2018-02-26 10:07
Sweden Lil187 
Worst igl
2018-02-26 10:09
Right path to destruction.. WTF Astralis wake up.. gla1ve not bad IGL.. but something is not working proper here
2018-02-26 10:14
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