MSL: "We tried to antistrat Astralis really hard on Nuke"

We talked to Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen after North defeated Astralis 2-1 to top Group A and become the first team to advance to playoffs at DreamHack Masters Stockholm.

North are now through to the playoffs from first place in Group A after beating TYLOO on day one and their local rivals, Astralis, in a close battle earlier today.

We talked to MSL about taking up the AWP role

After the latter match, MSL talked to us about the arrival of Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen and how that changed North's dynamic before he shared his thoughts on the Astralis series:

Let's start with the addition of niko and how that has changed the team's dynamic, how have you dealt with that change?

niko is a very funny guy and he brings a fun element into our team that we lacked a lot, I think. We have a really good team chemistry now and as far as everything else, I just think that he's a very good rifler who can take a lot of roles that are not so good.

How comfortable are you now that you're back to the AWPer role, in which you haven't been for quite a long time?

We chose niko because we felt that we needed an experienced player for these two events. I think it was better to get an experienced player than taking an inexperienced player who is the AWP, so we just decided that I should try out playing the AWP because I can take a lot of good positions and be smart with the AWP, and we still have a lot of good riflers.

For me, it's very weird right now because I played it for 14 days and played like four matches online, officials, and this is the first LAN, but with the preparation I have had with the AWP I think it's pretty good so far. I think I have played pretty well after such a small amount of time.

I heard you started practicing quite early compared to other teams, and you mentioned having two weeks with the AWP, so when did you start playing as a team?

We started on August 13, I think. We played a lot of teams, so I think a lot of teams started, but teams like Astralis and the teams that we are ELEAGUE started a bit later than us. Maybe we got like four days more than some teams.

Let's get into the Astralis series. Tell me about Nuke at first and about how it slipped away from you after you had the 7-4 lead as CT.

Nuke is not good to talk about (laughs). We tried to antistrat them really hard, we knew coming into this game that we needed to do something different than other teams, I've seen teams looking like they didn't even look at a demo from Astralis, so we chose to really go deep on the antistrat this time and it didn't work at all.

We made so many mistakes, I think we lost three force rounds on Nuke where I made some bad decisions, and one time they just rushed inner and they killed all three of us in like five seconds, so I think if we didn't lose those forcebuys, we would have had a really comfortable CT side. And as T, we tried to antistrat them even harder with nade stacks and going completely away from how we play just to make them feel uncomfortable, but it didn't work at all.

We got out of our comfort zone and they played really well, gla1ve pushed the right places and caught us off-guard. So Nuke was just really horrible, I think we just learned that we can't antistrat that hard and go out our own play, so when we came to Inferno we just had small antistrats on them, some positions that we knew we needed to nade, or some things we needed not to do, so we just played our own game with a bit of antistrat and it worked out really great.

On Inferno you had a comfortable CT side and then, importantly, you managed to grab the pistol and the first gunround in the "bonus round", where it looked like you had a very clear idea on what to do - was that first gunround one of those antistrats you were talking about?

Yeah, on the T side I said to the guys that we needed to rush A in the first round. I think that Astralis know I'm very stubborn with taking banana control and all my teammates are always saying I'm stubborn about it. And I think it's the way to play it, but this time, I just wanted to rush A because I knew that Astralis would have three guys B at the start and try to take control away from us and device is often peeking down middle from short, so I knew if we just rushed, we would catch them off-guard.

Even on Mirage you had a pretty substantial lead, but in the end you didn't manage to close it out until overtime - what were the problems with the ending of regulation?

Yeah, on Mirage it was very hard because we lost the second round after we won the pistol. I think if we won the second round, it would have been a pretty comfortable victory. But they won the second round and they just came slowly into the match. I tried to make some contact calling, it was a messy game, but we tried to go B three times because we thought they were going to stack A. It didn't work out, but, happily, in the overtime our CT side was really good.

How do you feel about the competition going into the playoffs, especially coming off of the player break, now that you've beaten Astralis who are widely considered the best team in the world?

I think it will be very tough in the playoffs, there will be a lot of good teams and it will be very hard. We're still a new team with a new man, so we just need to grind it out, anyone can win any match right now. But I'm just looking forward to playing in the arena and, hopefully, we will play as well as we did in this group.

Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
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Denmark Nikolaj 'niko' Kristensen
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2018-08-30 14:54
like mibr, very overrated
2018-08-30 14:54
Canada YankeeM 
2018-08-30 14:55
Then whos top 1
2018-08-30 14:54
2018-08-30 14:57
But they worse than c9
2018-08-30 14:57
0/8 LUL
2018-08-30 15:01
I can't believe I'm saying this but... C9 1 major faze 0
2018-08-30 15:02
pronax 3 major s1mple 0 major nice argument
2018-08-30 15:02
Happy major mvp NiKo no major
2018-08-30 15:03
Happy major mvp s1mple no major
2018-08-30 15:06
2018-08-30 15:06
Netherlands Jonasio 
Olofmeister 2 major & 1 mvp s1mple 0
2018-08-30 15:10
Only applies for olof"the problem"meister
2018-08-30 15:34
Olof I was Jk I love you
2018-08-30 15:35
2018-08-30 15:33
Therefore NiKo=s1mple
2018-08-30 15:06
s1mple > NiKo
2018-08-30 15:10
Finally someone with a high iq
2018-08-30 15:10
So when mibr wins major will you change ur name to FACEIT_MAJOR_IS_OVERRATED?
2018-08-30 15:11
no cuz mibr will never win a major
2018-08-30 15:13
2018-08-30 15:14
read my name Faze 0 major
2018-08-30 16:06
Can confirm
2018-08-30 15:20
Hltv confirmed
2018-08-30 15:21
Australia iPinK_Guy 
North> astrash
2018-08-30 14:57
Kick msl he's worse than BOT Edward
2018-08-30 14:55
He is on of the worlds top 5 ingame leader. what is it about CS you dont know?
2018-08-30 16:03
United States TriHardSeven 
2018-08-30 14:55
2018-08-30 14:55
Netherlands Removed 
Wasting strats in the tournament before the major to avoid playing TyLoo LUL
2018-08-30 14:55
Wasting strats to win top1 team)
2018-08-30 15:00
Netherlands Removed 
To avoid playing TyLoo in a tournament 5 days before the major
2018-08-30 15:02
Brunei GucciLeIe 
MSomegaLul just outplayed astralis lul
2018-08-30 16:08
shox | 
Slovakia TreeMan 
Never good idea to trust MSL.
2018-08-30 15:41
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
2018-08-30 14:55
mertz | 
Russia godmertz 
best awper in the world xd
2018-08-30 14:55
Germany GoBIG0rGoHome 
MSL Anti Strat someone choose one
2018-08-30 14:55
lynxi | 
Sweden lyNxiiii 
2018-08-30 14:55
Pakistan d1ckweed 
Enjoy while it lasts, Mathias.
2018-08-30 14:55
2018-08-30 14:56
Brunei S4jko 
2018-08-30 14:57
Brazil ChrolloReal 
msl kicked magisk kicked konfig and cajunb kicked mertz TRIED TO ANTI STRATS ----ASTRALIS---- OK MSL, REALLY?//
2018-08-30 14:57
Poland Astoner55 
I mean... he did
2018-08-30 15:54
k0nfig | 
Denmark strogie 
Good move by astralis now they cant meet navi after beating tyloo
2018-08-30 15:03
I highly doubt this was on purpose
2018-08-30 17:14
MSL type of idiot to use all his strats in this tournament and get smashed at the Major
2018-08-30 15:08
"First team to advance to playoffs at Dreamhack MASTERS MARSEILLE" hahahaha omegalul
2018-08-30 15:09
North looks really solid right now. Surprisingly fast after their mertz/niko swap. MSL-haters are in shock. The sheer lack of comments on this thread says it all. Even harder times ahead, when North re-establishes themselves in the top 5. Wait for it...
2018-08-30 15:17
Denmark resolut 
2018-08-30 15:28
2018-08-30 18:54
Denmark Fonder 
Well done north
2018-08-30 15:22
2018-08-30 15:35
Vietnam Oida 
NIKO 0 MAJOR AND ONLY 1 or 2 250k+ events.
2018-08-30 15:44
North where only lucky, no worry, Astralis is gonna win :))))))))))))))))))))))).
2018-08-30 15:46
I can take a lot of good positions and be smart with the AWP Good for you! I am also very smart, can I join your team MSL? Please no rejection otherwise I cry so loud that mods ban me
2018-08-30 17:47
Spain deBurrows 
Truth is North has become a lot stronger on this summer. With aizy finally delivering and the addition of niko who I think is a solid player, they have great combined firepower. Maybe the awp role will fit better for MSL being surrounded by that great four riflers.
2018-08-30 21:22
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