Magisk: "Train has been a big focus because we knew it was one of our weaker maps"

September 1st, 2018 16:53

We talked to Emil "Magisk" Reif after Astralis' triumph over MIBR in the quarter-finals at DreamHack Masters Stockholm.

Astralis have joined NiP in the top half of the bracket's semi-finals after defeating MIBR 2-0, securing a convincing win on Overpass and a narrow victory on Train.

Magisk talked us through Astralis' adjustment on Overpass and their first Train in over three months

After the match, we caught up with Magisk to ask him about the match, their first time playing Train in over three months, and tomorrow's semi-finals against NiP.

On Overpass against MIBR, it just looked so convincing after you were down 3-5, was there any specific adjustment that you made? What was it that made it so dominant for you from that point on?

I think the reason why, first of all, Lukas had a really good round, he saved one of the rounds on B site and from there, we just knew that the rounds we had already lost were on B. They really focused on coming B delayed in the rounds and we kind of adjusted into that and knew that they would probably keep doing that because that's what has worked for them and, therefore, we just changed our gameplan a little bit.

We played kind of passive on A and saved a lot of nades so that if they executed we would still have very good nades. And even if they went to B, there would be three guys there and we could still retake with some great nades and still win the round from that. So I think that was the adjustment we made.

Overall, we have played them a lot in the past on that map and I think they're just playing kind of in the same way as they used to back in the day, and also in that period they were abusing B because they knew sometimes we could be weak on it. We like to be aggressive on A, as well, so we're only two B sometimes, and that's why they abused it in the beginning and we just changed our gameplan a little bit.

Were you worried about playing Train next considering you hadn't played it for a such a long time, since Sydney? How was that experience for you?

Directly after Sydney we changed me and gla1ve, the positions, so I'm playing alley now. I think it was just more to make sure that if I had a bad game, gla1ve doesn't care if he plays bad, he just accepts it and he still talks and communicates and makes plans, and I think that's kind of what we needed on the CT side to make sure that we always had a plan and good ideas to do throughout the round. And that's why we decided to change me and him, to make sure that we always have the initiative. Even though alley might not be the best position, it's just the better for the team and that's why we did it.

We have actually practiced Train a lot and we have actually been really good on the map and we've been beating almost every top team on it, as well, so we actually feel confident on the map even though many people think it's one of our worst maps.

We have been working a lot on our T side, especially because that's usually been our weakest point on the map, so that's why we've been focused on improving that T side, watching demos of some of the really good teams on the map, stealing a few tactics and stuff like that. So it's been one of our biggest focuses because we knew it was one of our weaker maps and if we want to beat all the top teams, we have to be able to play that map.

Still, given your history on both sides, being so dominant on CT and lackluster on T, were you really comfortable with seven rounds as CT before the sides switched?

7-8 is not really the best scoreline for the CT side, so of course we knew that we had to play a really good T side and we knew that we couldn't afford to make stupid mistakes. We also had that feeling that we really needed the pistol round. And it was really important for us to get the momentum going and get the money control.

At least for myself, I was a bit worried, of course, but I knew if we played like we did in practice, where we just didn't lose first picks all the time, we didn't get into disadvantages all the time. On that map, if you lose entries it's really hard to win the round.

So we focused on not dying early in the rounds and then doing something to get us a good late round scenario, because we're really good in those situations when it comes to trading, high-pressure situations when it's low on time, and we know that we have a good feeling about how they play, the positions, etc. So we went in as a group, we didn't lose first blood in the beginning of rounds.

Tell me about the upcoming semi-final against NiP - what do you make of the matchup?

NiP has always been great when they have their crowd with them. I'm pretty excited to play them, it's been a long time since we have played them on LAN, actually.

They're looking decent, I don't think they're playing insanely well right now, but I still think they have some good momentum going right now and they're definitely going to be tough to beat with the crowd behind them. I think it's going to be a close best-of-three, I'm pretty sure it might even go to three maps.

Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
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I agree with him but i want to see astralis against a good team now. So far they did not have been tested. They were unlucky against North and dropped a map against tyloo but completly destoryed mibr.
2018-09-01 16:55
ez 4 na'vi
2018-09-01 16:54
-destroyed -14-16
2018-09-01 17:01
well mibr were out of their depth, it'll come in time
2018-09-01 17:04
2018-09-01 17:04
2018-09-01 17:05
oskar | 
Czech Republic Trolic18 
2018-09-01 17:50
Germany mary69 
2018-09-01 19:00
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
Wanna see North vs. Ast in Grand final. MiBR not tier 1 obv, Tyloo no enemy except mirage (Ast. weakest map atm.) Still wanna see K0nfig in a gr8 team tho :(
2018-09-02 02:17
RapeN | 
Italy GODcenz0r 
2018-09-01 16:53
Other KyLu4k 
2018-09-01 16:53
2018-09-01 16:53
2018-09-01 16:53
Xyp9x | 
Israel Mayr0N 
Ez nip
2018-09-01 16:54
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
-1234567890 NiP no chance (not even Ast fan, just realistic sadly :( )
2018-09-02 02:19
2018-09-01 16:54
I like trains
2018-09-01 16:54
India ashwani597 
I also like trains in real life but not the map train in CS :(
2018-09-01 19:18
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
train is great. It leaves a lot of space for practice and working out enemies pos. and tendencies.
2018-09-02 02:21
2018-09-01 16:55
Tarik Baba in my lang LoL
2018-09-01 16:55
Denmark Zorrondo 
Astralis saving strats in Train cuz mibr is a tier 4 team. They stomped BR CS so hard in first map.
2018-09-01 17:09
uruguay scene...
2018-09-01 17:10
Denmark Zorrondo 
?? expected from BR brain OMEGALUL
2018-09-01 17:24
nt fakeflagger LMAO
2018-09-01 17:29
Myanmar xdcc 
do u hate tarik and stewie that they fakeflag in mibr???
2018-09-01 17:32
i dont hate tarik and stewie, actually i rly liked when they come to mibr (atually i like more auti than stewie)
2018-09-01 17:33
coldzera | 
Brazil guz4 
miBr dumb, should have caught mirage.
2018-09-01 17:23
+1 if they are looking for the major, they picked the right one. they already know how weak af on mirage, imo win the dreamhack its not first choice of them
2018-09-01 17:31
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
Mirage would surely have got them into a 3rd map. But I think though, as a neutral observer, Astralis have a superior map pool.
2018-09-02 02:24
”One of weaker maps” - dutch education
2018-09-01 18:07
Nepal Avhy 
2018-09-01 18:10
2018-09-01 18:10
Nepal Avhy 
More like CZ, do you mean Magisk's or the Writer's education?
2018-09-01 18:11
2018-09-02 15:51
United Kingdom 69thicc_boi69 
this is actually good news for mibr, they took astralis who looked to be on form very far on a map they actively practice. overpass could of been closer but it's practically the home map for ast so i was expecting a loss. i think the main reason why ast were so good is cos they shut down cold all the time he had no room to make plays from the t side which is a big reason for their good t sides we have seen so far. he could only really do anything from the ct side which he had basically no chance of on overpass and started showing signs of life on train in the second half. overall with some ynk anti strats and some fixes for the major could go very deep. something to note ast do this to all teams they are so good at shutting down stars in teams, s1mple always plays worse same with niko and cold had played bad against them
2018-09-01 19:30
Overpass is not the home map for astralis it is 100 percent nuke or inferno
2018-09-01 22:12
United Kingdom 69thicc_boi69 
pretty much every map is a home map lmao they literally have every map - cache. they are insanely good on that map and to my knowledge mibr dont really pick or practice it so but ye now that i think about it nuke is the home map
2018-09-02 00:42
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
Ast. is just really good at shutting down individuals i guess. MiBR brought up a great fight, but the fact Ast. managed to almost silence cold was too much.
2018-09-02 02:28
United Kingdom 69thicc_boi69 
ik if you look at all the matches this event cold is always fragging insanely well and having mad clutches and impact saving round for mibr and without that they seem to be much weaker
2018-09-02 14:28
ropz | 
Finland qhann 
i'd suggest checking up d2 too:D
2018-09-02 18:51
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