device: "I'm improving and my health issue is getting better"

After Astralis' decisive victory at the ECS Season 5 Finals, we sat down with the and betway MVP Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz to discuss his team's current dominating form.

The Danish No.1 team only lost a single map throughout both the online season and the LAN finals of the $660,000 event, and took down Cloud9, FaZe and Liquid to claim the title.

Astralis came into the event after taking a break and skipping StarSeries i-League Season 5, just like they won't be going to ESL Belo Horizonte next week.

device is the ECS Season 5 Finals MVP

This is the sixth time the 22-year-old AWPer has received the MVP medal. We caught up with him after the grand final:

First off, congratulations on the win and the MVP title. This is actually the second time we named you MVP at ECS, the last time was Season 2, which you also won. How do you feel about all of it?

In all honesty, it was quite a short event for us since it was only six maps in total. We had great preparations because we didn't go to StarSeries and we felt going into this tournament, but I don't think we performed our best. We got off to slow starts in many of the matches and I think the other teams got better throughout.

You're saying you didn't play as well as you can. What could be an example of something that was sub-par?

I think our utility usage has been really great in practice on all maps, but the overall flow of the game and our comms when we started struggling in games kind of fell off. That happens to everyone, but usually, we're better at getting back in the zone. We fell into a bit of a hole and I think that our team play and communication could have been better, as well as our individual plays.

So you're saying that you didn't actually play that well. I just talked briefly with Magisk who said the same thing, both him individually and the team as a whole. You still won though, so what does that say about the team and your position in the scene right now, that you can play badly and still win?

I think the scene is a bit shaky right now. We have FaZe, who are obviously missing olofmeister, which is a huge loss for both them and the scene. He's a huge personality and player and I really hope he comes back sometime soon. There is just so much going on in teams that make things unstable. But I think a team like Liquid should get a lot of credit because they've been going to every tournament and improving.

device managed a 1.30 rating throught the event

You have ESL Cologne coming up next and then obviously, there's the Minors and Majors in the pipeline. Do you think this level of play from you will be enough to win those two events?

We're definitely gonna work on our individual play. We haven't had many hours on Steam because FPL wasn't going on last week while StarSeries was going on, and we took a longer break after Dallas, so we're gonna practice our individual skill and practice, keeping our flow constant and train more consistently.

That break came because you opted out of StarSeries. I talked to zonic yesterday, who said that it was obviously deliberate, just like the decision not to go to ESL Belo Horizonte next week. That especially has to do with you because of your condition. What's that like, having a team and organisation that acts like that?

I think it's a must. I'm so extremely lucky to have zonic as a coach and also RFRSH and Astralis behind me, who support me fully, just like the entire team does. So, I wouldn't be able to compete at a top level if that wasn't the case, and I owe a lot to them. I feel like I'm improving and that my situation is getting better, so I think at some point we might be able to test out going to an increased amount of events in the future. But for now, we'll keep on doing what we're doing right now.

Belo Horizonte is coming up soon, which is an Intel event. So that's a chance to get closer to the Grand Slam that you're going to be missing out on. Aren't you a little bummed out about that?

I don't really play for the money. I play for being the best team in the world and staying on top, hopefully. It's sad in some way, and obviously, the team has a goal to win the Grand Slam as the first team because that would send the signal that we're really the top team. But yeah, I think it's still a better decision to skip the event, and I have no regrets regarding that.

Is this the Astralis Era?

It's hard to say. We're playing really well and keeping our composure, more than we did with Kjaerbye. It's not really up to me or the team to state whether we're in our era, but I think we have to win at least a few more events and possibly the Major, which is obviously the biggest goal. If we keep playing this well, we could potentially win both in Cologne and Stockholm and still go for the Grand Slam.

So, my last question is this: Do you think that Astralis players will have more MVP medals combined than s1mple when we reach the end of 2018?

That's a hard one (laughs). I think s1mple is just, undeniably, the best player in the world. I can study a lot of players and learn from them, like FalleN, GuardiaN, and so on, and take something from their game and implement it in my own. But when I look at s1mple demos, it's really hard because sometimes, he can be in the worst situations and still get like a 4k. I think he's just really impressive and I'm just lucky to be playing at the same time as him.

But if you had to guess, who would have the most medals?

I think that we'll get more. But it depends, I've heard some rumours about s1mple in FaZe but I don't know. If that happens, it would be a really sick team.

Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Norway Rednaxela
2018-06-11 01:08
7 replies
2018-06-11 01:11
5 replies
Always expect the unexpected
2018-06-11 01:17
s1mple in FaZe ? Source or device baiter.
2018-06-11 01:18
3 replies
2 replies
lol critical
2018-06-11 05:04
Belgium TomDew
2018-06-11 09:43
S1mple in faze PogChamp
2018-06-11 05:29
2018-06-11 01:09
Good for devve :)
2018-06-11 01:09
Brazil truphexz^
+1 definitely top 5 hltv players in 2k18
2018-06-11 01:09
4 replies
top 3 actually
2018-06-11 02:35
3 replies
India bonelessp3
Yes he's top3 rn, but we don't know how the next half of the year will go. So top5 is a safe bet.
2018-06-11 13:13
2 replies
yeah i agree... theres still next half of the year, but if he keeps putting up these numbers he will be top 3 100%
2018-06-11 21:31
1 reply
Vietnam tdm2k
2018-06-12 07:04
Good to see device and Astralis back in general
2018-06-11 01:10
2018-06-11 01:09
Germany xappy
Ez for ence
2018-06-11 01:09
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic Puqet
2018-06-11 01:09
great tourney from device but tbh he always makes excuses when he loses lol
2018-06-11 01:10
4 replies
What do you mean?
2018-06-11 01:40
every1 does lol
2018-06-11 01:45
1 reply
Estonia Shoyo
#1 Coldzera lol joke
2018-06-11 02:36
Denmark MeToxi
Well.. He said he and his team played shit this event with no excuses sooooo....
2018-06-11 10:24
CIS A_Hilter
tremendous improvement and a lot of other good things
2018-06-11 01:10
NiKo better
2018-06-11 01:10
11 replies
2018-06-11 01:19
10 replies
its funny how much better NiKo is
2018-06-11 05:25
9 replies
Device > NiKo
2018-06-11 07:22
8 replies
was device ever a #2 player, no /closed
2018-06-11 07:53
7 replies
/open Yes, he was. /closed
2018-06-11 07:56
6 replies
/open #20('14), #3('15), #3('16), #5('17) /closed
2018-06-11 07:59
5 replies
2018-06-11 08:16
+ some of those rankings were BS and he didn't deserve them.
2018-06-11 10:58
3 replies
indeed, he deserved higher ;)
2018-06-11 13:23
1 reply
corrupt Danish site, he shouldn't have ever been top 5
2018-06-11 19:13
Lmao of course a Danish kid thinks he should've been higher lol. Pathetic.
2018-06-12 14:43
Sweden dinolinoxd
good for him
2018-06-11 01:11
s1mple in faze IZI
2018-06-11 01:13
Listen Device fanboys, even him admits that s1mple is way beyond his level so stop with the asskissing and accept s1mple as the true number one player.
2018-06-11 01:13
8 replies
Lul what a retard mad kid who's desperately scared of the title of his daddy been taken away
2018-06-11 02:13
1 reply
Actually you're suffering from the effects of paranoia and it doesn't look promising at all.
2018-06-11 07:36
S1mple is a better player. But device is very good at playing into the astralis system. That's why a little asskissing is okay sometimes
2018-06-11 05:22
1 reply
A little? I wanna kiss that ass everyday. Can I do that?
2018-06-11 09:06
Denmark mersault17
XD just XD
2018-06-11 07:14
1 reply
If he said that then he's delusional as well.
2018-06-11 07:38
i think everyone knows that, and we support teams not players
2018-06-11 09:37
+5 as much as i love this astra monster team, simple keeps suprising me in each and every game, he's just a god.... pos kd all over the place, and hes so young, cant wait to see him over the next years dominating
2018-06-11 09:59
Peru cookiesA
2018-06-11 01:15
Asia Degeni
Where is this Faze S1mple rumour coming from?
2018-06-11 01:15
8 replies
+1 wonder same thing
2018-06-11 01:18
i think this is clearly and s1mple again teammates, when guardian left navi cuz him?
2018-06-11 01:18
6 replies
idk, when thorin did that reflections video with Guardian just after he joined FaZe he asked him about his relationship with s1mple and he said they don't mind each other now, he's even played some PUGS with him. Obviously they've buried the hatchet
2018-06-11 01:47
5 replies
they dont care about each other, because they are not teammates, so they can be friends for example on FPL game or pubg, etc...but navi had a lot issues because this duo and s1mple was one of the reasons why guardian left them
2018-06-11 01:51
4 replies
s1mple seems to have changed a lot though since then
2018-06-11 01:54
3 replies
if yes, its because zeus. this team has finally good leader and captain, who has huge respect (seized wasnt respected by others)
2018-06-11 01:56
2 replies
s1mple has matured a lot over the last two years in Navi. Through the loss of guardian and zeus, to the loss of seized and re-addition of zeus, all the poor tournament results. You no longer see s1mple slamming his keyboard or table every time he loses something, he has calmed down quite a bit. I do think zeus plays a key part in this and it's hard to see s1mple leaving the team after their recent results and the addition of electronic, who he has wanted to play with for over a year. I think this new found maturity and humility also leads to the potential of guardian and s1mple playing together again though, making Faze a possibility. Both players have had huge ups and huge downs since Guardian went to FaZe. I think he'd welcome the addition in the end because s1mple on FaZe means top team in the world hands down. guardian, rain, karrigan, s1mple, niko - shiiiiit
2018-06-11 03:12
1 reply
FaZe's environment seems 1000 times better than the 2016-2017 Na`Vi. That Na`Vi wasn't even a team, it was 5 players with no real IGL, with no leader and no team structure. The environment was toxic, it seemed. Even GuardiaN said in an interview that everyone was raging in some match, in-game. I'm sure s1mple and GuardiaN would get along well in a much more different environment in FaZe.
2018-06-11 03:45
What is his health problem ?
2018-06-11 01:21
8 replies
want to know aswell
2018-06-11 01:48
Its related to stomach issues
2018-06-11 02:17
1 reply
2018-06-11 02:22
Hiatus Hernia
2018-06-11 02:24
penis 2 smol
2018-06-11 02:50
Hiatal hernia or something like that if i recall
2018-06-11 03:16
he got aids from emilia hult, then hult got bettererers w/ medical treats and devve fked her now she preggo and device getting rid of aids too
2018-06-11 08:05
1 reply
Belgium sasha_king
wtf lmao
2018-06-11 14:43
Dev1ce is so humble lol
2018-06-11 01:24
They have pills for syphilis...
2018-06-11 01:30
If s1mple joins faze rip scene astralis vs faze everywhere Just imagine s1mple in faze and olof in fnatic :D
2018-06-11 02:22
Yeah health issue is getting better,but next time when he loses he will say " health issues are back "
2018-06-11 02:41
9 replies
Interesting assumption.
2018-06-11 07:45
2018-06-11 09:08
4 replies
0,i dont bet,i dont play csgo,i only watch pro matches,cya.
2018-06-11 21:47
3 replies
The way this comment was put together, really made me question life.
2018-06-11 23:34
2 replies
Why? Its true tho,when they were loosing he was complaining about health ,then he wins and says his health situation is getting better,when they lose it would be still the same thing,i don't know how can be someone sick for months now? What kinda sickness last that long lol
2018-06-12 02:21
1 reply
I never said it wasn't true. All i said was how annoying your grammar was. And also there are lots of sicknesses that could last over years dude. Not sure which stomach issues he has, but i know it isn't fun to have stomach issues.
2018-06-12 10:53
Denmark resolut
Almost like theres a legit correlation
2018-06-11 10:33
I swear you're right lmao
2018-06-11 11:00
Cause he made excuses when they lost to Faze at IEM sydney smh
2018-06-11 13:18
Hult is giving him syphilis
2018-06-11 04:43
he is so attractive
2018-06-11 05:14
4 replies
2018-06-11 06:33
3 replies
im bisexual tho, i have a gf
2018-06-11 07:42
2 replies
Azerbaijan prokcla
2018-06-11 10:03
1 reply
i like dicks and pussies :) HOMOPHOBICCCCCCCCCCCCC
2018-06-11 17:38
Device's respect for Team Liquid, s1mple and his team and coaches. Super professional, super skilled, very deserved. WP dev and Astralis.
2018-06-11 05:18
we need to nerf emilia, so devve be the best player to ever touch cs!!1 #FREEDEVVE #devvedidnothingwrong #emiliadestroyedznadjer #emiliadestroyedFNX #devicehealthissues=emilia
2018-06-11 05:29
'it was quite a short event for us since it was only six maps in total' damn devve do you have no mercy at all XDDDDDDDDDDDD its good to see the astralis domination, tho
2018-06-11 06:39
Awp saving god
2018-06-11 07:37
They have pills for syphilis
2018-06-11 07:50
Denmark NikoH_1337
Device = GOD
2018-06-11 09:08
Germany ConAction
2018-06-11 09:32
simple & niko in 1 team ... too many headshots
2018-06-11 09:43
i hope its a joke and s1mple will not join that plastic squad
2018-06-11 09:47
simple to faze OOOOOOOOOOFFFF
2018-06-11 09:48
kjarbot was the problem :)
2018-06-11 09:56
2018-06-11 10:02
1 reply
What should be the problem?
2018-06-11 13:15
s1mple to FaZe is gonna happen 🙏
2018-06-11 11:38
1 reply
Mate, s1mple wont go to FaZe) It would be great opportunity for him but he never leave NaVi
2018-06-11 12:12
guys what event is in stockholm?
2018-06-11 13:54
ez for S1mple
2018-06-11 15:48
Singapore Kyoli48
"device is the ESC Season 5 Finals MVP" Please fix the typo, thanks.
2018-06-11 16:46
Tier 10 awper confirmed
2018-06-11 16:55
Mongolia k0ng0
It would be really good for CS if a dedicated team like Astralis have 2018 as their Era. Other teams will see that hard work and good strats pays off. The CS scene will improve off of this.
2018-06-11 18:43
2018-06-11 19:35
Yeah s1mple does whatever he wants and still wins many duels just because of those sick reflexes.
2018-06-11 20:20
Device is actually a sympathetic guy :D
2018-06-11 20:42
United States johnjay
Expected for the #1 Awper in the world.
2018-06-12 05:58
anyone else notice that as device got better olof disappeared and before astralis won ECS olof was about to come back then didn't and device goes on to be MVP? device must be siphoning olof's powers, i knew it was no coincidence!
2018-06-13 02:03
I hope that device will indeed improve, he does not deserve such an illness. All the best!
2018-06-13 18:41
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