MSL: "Nobody would expect me to do any well with the AWP [...] and now I'm standing here with the MVP, really proud of myself and the team"

After North repeated their victory over Astralis and hoisted the DreamHack Masters Stockholm trophy, we talked to the tournament's MVP, Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen.

The in-game leader claimed his first MVP in Stockholm after taking on the AWP role following the off-season, helping his team defeat Astralis for the second time at the tournament in the grand final, winning Dust2 in a dominant manner and the deciding map, Overpass, after a fantastic run on the Terrorist side.

MSL's AWPing throughout the tournament was one of the keys to North's triumph

After the match, we caught up with MSL to talk to him about the grand final and his first big-event victory since EPICENTER in 2016, as well as the award and what lies ahead.

First of all, tell me how you went from losing 0-16 to mousesports on Dust2 to winning it 16-1 against Astralis.

We didn't play the T side against mousesports (laughs) because we lost 15-0, but I knew that if we started T side and we'd get momentum, push long and get long control, I knew that if we could long control and kill them, we could begin to fake it around.

I could call very easily on the T side because we got control every time and we could go fast short after, we could go middle, we could go B, and so on, it was a really good and easy game when we got the momentum.

It looked like you then just couldn't get into Train, winning the pistol and from there on it was all about Astralis - what was the problem there?

I actually think we made a huge mistake at 4-4 or something where we only took one eco instead of two, in which case we could get me on the AWP and get good utility, so I should have taken more responsibility there. I felt like we should take two ecos, but one guy said that we should buy and I listened, so it was just a mistake by me.

But I also think they played great, I feel like we knew what they were doing, I have seen it a lot of times in demos, I have watched 150 demos of them or something. But they played great and they caught us off-guard.

Going on to Overpass, towards the end you seemed like you had a clear idea on how to close it out, so tell me about your perspective and your calls at the end.

We started off great, we got a good start, and I knew that they would think we'd go B in the fourth round, so I called a rush A and it worked perfectly. And from there, I just felt like we were in control the whole game, and when they kept forcebuying... there was one round where we were close to losing because we wanted to win too much and didn't play so smart, but luckily valde shot two through the smoke.

But, overall, I think we were really in control on the T side of Overpass, we made really good choices and valde came with great input on some calls, so it was just really insane. And in practice we have played really well on T Overpass, so we felt like even with six rounds if we get the pistol round we can win.

In general, in both of your wins against Astralis here, it looked like once you got momentum on the T side you started running fast-paced strats, is that something you knew would work against them specifically, or was that more in the moment...?

We didn't have so much time to prepare, so, on Overpass, I just had a feeling and I went for it with the fast strats. But, yeah, in general I like fast strats and I like to slow down, so it's like a mix and it's what I'm feeling, or if someone has a good input...

This is your first MVP award, does that have a special meaning to you?

It has the biggest meaning in the world. I have gotten so much criticism and been down a lot of times. And playing the AWP, nobody would expect me to do any well, I think everyone thought that it would go to shit. And now I'm standing with the MVP and I'm really proud of myself, I'm proud of the team, I'm just so happy.

Did you expect yourself to play this well with the AWP?

I felt really good in practice, actually, in a lot of matches I felt that I was very close to getting a good level. But it was like 14 days with the AWP, so it's very hard, and I just felt that with every match we played I got better and I got smarter with how I should position myself. Yeah, I'm really happy with how I played.

Given this win that you have under your belt now, have your expectations for the Major changed, improved?

It's always a goal to win for us and it should be in North, no matter what, but this is insane and I didn't expect us to do so well, so of course your expectations will be higher for the Major. But we need to stay humble, work hard, and prepare well like we did here. And just take one game at a time because if you're not hungry you will not win any matches at the Major.

Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
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Maps played:
Sweden Rexz 
2018-09-02 23:05
Netherlands Removed 
2018-09-02 23:05
Sweden Rexz 
2018-09-02 23:05
Bulgaria Pixeland 
ignore this comment
2018-09-02 23:07
2018-09-02 23:27
You are the biggest bandwagon baiter dude
2018-09-02 23:10
Netherlands Removed 
I just had a north flair for like half an hour I was actually astralis fan way before it was popular and people laughed at me when I told them astralis would be top 1 when they lost in boston
2018-09-02 23:12
African Union hdlmb 
2018-09-02 23:17
Prove it and I'll apologize
2018-09-02 23:33
Damn good job, didn't expect this. I apologize for calling you a baiter / plastic fan. You're actually a true fan
2018-09-03 06:56
Albania artanmeniqi 
hey i fucked ur mom last night
2018-09-03 09:52
Brazil wardo 
I love this forum
2018-09-03 13:05
2018-09-02 23:05
Meu meu mignon gg g gl bcgjxcbn, c
2018-09-03 05:07
Netherlands Removed 
Why didn't he just play normal trough the challenger stage against noobs and then do his super secret awp strat in the legends stage instead of wasting it on a 250k event
2018-09-02 23:06
gAuLeS | 
Liechtenstein KotoPRO 
Its hard to realise ur rifle is Very shit... It can take a long time tbh Editora: plus, he always had better awps to play with.. so he prob tought letting a better awp grt his place would be better.. i guess he couldbt see How Bad he Was with rifles
2018-09-03 00:58
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
s1mple crying right now
2018-09-02 23:05
Netherlands Removed 
"Why you should awp like MSL, and not like s1mple"
2018-09-02 23:07
Video needs an update
2018-09-03 01:03
it can't be helped. they always play 2v5 if flamie or electronic doesnt step up and 3v5 if flamie or electronic does and 1v5 if no one steps up
2018-09-03 13:43
Denmark JustYes 
2018-09-02 23:05
Never been a huge Fan of north, but that was highly deserved and im happy for them
2018-09-02 23:06
2018-09-02 23:16
2018-09-02 23:22
Finland Tusku 
2018-09-02 23:32
2018-09-02 23:53
Czech Republic Trolic18 
2018-09-03 03:09
2018-09-03 09:53
Netherlands ZoMilan 
The semi wasn't really deserved imo Edit: I could see the same being said about mouz' quarter
2018-09-03 10:44
so close
2018-09-02 23:06
United States hltvconfirmed 
MSL good
2018-09-02 23:06
#21 is a cunt
2018-09-02 23:06
2018-09-02 23:06
United Kingdom 3thanol99 
Wow, wp by north and no longer BOT MSL
2018-09-02 23:06
2018-09-02 23:06
1 lucky win and he thinks he's hltv top5 2018 lmao expected
2018-09-02 23:06
Thorin | 
Sweden ezwuo 
2018-09-02 23:25
expected, and similar to big, but no way out cuz north much better than any team from ur country.
2018-09-03 06:38
nt vega squadron
2018-09-03 09:39
Slovakia Freddie28 
2018-09-03 10:25
i aren't think that
2018-09-03 10:31
we have a cis, it's a big region who speaks the same language, here is a lot of teams much better than any team from ur country. rip.
2018-09-03 14:19
2018-09-03 14:20
a lot
2018-09-03 14:20
cool dude
2018-09-03 14:22
I just popped a cyst
2018-09-02 23:07
Mertz crying now 🤣😂
2018-09-02 23:07
2018-09-02 23:08
Wtf is that long ass title
2018-09-02 23:09
new staff
2018-09-02 23:15
Wdym by new staff
2018-09-02 23:33
striker is vacationing in the bahamas so his intern logged onto his account to write this article title
2018-09-02 23:35
Not sure if you're baiting but I'm pretty sure that striker wrote the article because he tweeted about it too
2018-09-02 23:36
sorry my intern was using my account to bait. won’t happen again
2018-09-02 23:37
np I'm always honored to be baited by a tier1 user
2018-09-02 23:38
Lmao +1
2018-09-02 23:43
Rofl +1
2018-09-03 00:19
Czech Republic fnx_2_majors 
gg man it was long time coming
2018-09-02 23:11
Well definitly it's suprising that MSL had so much impact in North's win in DH. He played unexpectydly good, I am really impressed
2018-09-02 23:12
well now haters
2018-09-02 23:15
Czech Republic eth1x 
Deserved win and mvp for msl Hope they can remain strong for major
2018-09-02 23:18
Europe FlyingObject 
Unexpected from GodMSL
2018-09-02 23:18
Russia MH- 
MSL mvp rofl
2018-09-02 23:22
congrats MSL well deserved.
2018-09-02 23:31
Norway winterray 
ez for msl
2018-09-02 23:34
Omega cringe he acting like he just won the major this has to be the easiest event with top teams because most of them are hiding strats for major hahaa
2018-09-02 23:37
cArn | 
Vietnam milandini 
Good excuse now along
2018-09-03 00:20
How it is excuse it is truth
2018-09-03 00:25
Risking 1,000,000 prize pool when you only get 500,00 for the major.(this was faze’s last chance, now astralis will 100% steal the money away) 0/8
2018-09-03 05:59
Amazing run by them, well deserved MSL and North
2018-09-02 23:40
still can't believe that this happened, somebody wake me up
2018-09-02 23:41
Ireland lander1337 
"NOBODY WOULD EXPECT ME TO DO ANY WELL WITH THE AWP" fuck off MSL. You cocky ass. This is something somebody ELSE says about you. Not you to yourself. Asshole.
2018-09-02 23:43
Sweden Ivorn 
Thats not cocky its just a observation
2018-09-02 23:55
Czech Republic 0012 
lol wtf? what he said is true, even me as his huge fan didnt expect this...and he did well with it. he has every right to say this.
2018-09-02 23:55
Ireland lander1337 
shows about how much you know about social interactions.
2018-09-03 00:10
why is that cocky haahha wtf mate
2018-09-03 01:29
Argentina ivanpb 
Typical badass irish looking for a bar fight.
2018-09-05 08:26
mate you are the one with issues none of us thinks it's cocky...just truthful
2018-09-03 03:39
2018-09-03 09:31
Brazil rsouzadk 
"But we need to stay humble, work hard, and prepare well like we did here." Well said man. Congrats on you mvp and good luck on major.
2018-09-02 23:50
Hungary raffai 
He is right, I never expected MSL to be MVP. GG to North, deserved
2018-09-02 23:52
Turkmenistan Ronaldofanboy 
The king <3
2018-09-02 23:54
2018-09-02 23:56
Sweden zeromeister 
Expected by no1 for me to play good, ez rush vs Astralis im god with awp, we still humble, hard work.
2018-09-03 00:09
2018-09-03 00:10
GJ MSL. MVP deserved.
2018-09-03 00:04
What a cocky douche, mvp aint shit!
2018-09-03 00:10
Denmark pistolen 
How cocky are you to call him cocky based on that? Does he need to hate himself? Can't be proud that the hard work paid of? You are one cocky douche, you aint shit!
2018-09-03 23:24
Cry is free :D
2018-09-04 12:58
Denmark pistolen 
Your mom is free :D
2018-09-04 12:59
Hey u lil bastard, leave she out of this.
2018-09-04 15:52
Andorra hltv_citizen 
ofmg now the all types of trashtalk gonna come someone bring back on the ground this clown on major pls
2018-09-03 00:11
Whats wrong mate?
2018-09-03 01:28
butthurt much
2018-09-03 14:58
congratulation MSL, finally your effort got reward!
2018-09-03 00:31
El Salvador Sp1x 
Can you blame them though...everyone's asking where the hell MSL found this form out of. But it's great to see yet another team pick up form for the major.
2018-09-03 01:03
Gotta give it to the man! WP Now the struggle actually starts because people will pay more attention to them (demos etc)
2018-09-03 01:13
i think this guy is kind and humble guy, maybe im wrong. But i like this guy, i think after this DreamHack i will cheer more for North great story!
2018-09-03 01:28
2018-09-03 13:18
tarik | 
United States nikolaii 
150 demos...
2018-09-03 01:29
Watch North fiasco on major. Most likely they will lose on the first stage,
2018-09-03 01:32
Flag checks out
2018-09-03 01:44
2018-09-06 22:54
lol did u bookmarked it? xDD
2018-09-06 23:19
2018-09-09 19:57
2018-09-09 19:59
ropz | 
Sweden fearl3ss2 
same with navi tbh
2018-09-03 04:12
Ez money
2018-09-03 01:54
France Dov 
Everyone except get right knows how to play awp
2018-09-03 02:17
Brazil 1_Flippy 
2018-09-03 02:40
China Sin0aur0raS 
Pal ... you just 23 ??? Really ???
2018-09-03 03:42
Where is kjaerbye interview?
2018-09-03 03:49
ropz | 
Sweden fearl3ss2 
well deserved. Taken shit for his whole career
2018-09-03 04:12
2018-09-03 05:34
f0rest | 
China ZerOck 
2018-09-03 05:37
Greece deST) 
North deserved that T1 trophy 1000000000% People say aizy or valde should have get the MVP award but to me , MVP goes to MSL and im happy that he got it.All this trashtalk he got for his calls , his rifle skills , his moves on the team (kicking mertz etc). And now he came back improved 1000000000%.Happy for whole team
2018-09-03 05:53
good job MSL LOVE U
2018-09-03 06:08
sTAy hUmbLe
2018-09-03 06:31
2018-09-03 06:33
Brazil cadik 
2018-09-03 06:59
Well Played, MSL!
2018-09-03 07:49
fer | 
Russia Orz 
camper win LUL
2018-09-03 08:00
Switzerland hanniba1fade 
north won all our respect in this event now don't blow it
2018-09-03 09:36
Belgium HLTVnewfag 
2018-09-03 10:27
MSL with a MVP at tier 1 event? is this real life?
2018-09-03 10:28
Netherlands FaZe_ChrisJ 
MSL have my baby
2018-09-03 10:45
god msl
2018-09-03 14:22
Just a fluke, lol. Gambit, Cloud9, fnatic, FaZe, now North.
2018-09-03 14:55
people calling MSL shit shouldn't have the right to tell anyone, anything.
2018-09-03 17:11
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