valde: "It's always important [to win] when you face other Danish teams, to establish the hierarchy"

Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså's North kicked off their run at StarSeries Season 6 by beating OpTic in a Danish derby, and start their run with a positive record.

North were the dominant side on Overpass, beating OpTic by an ample 16-7 scoreline in a heated match between two Danish teams that have just swapped players.

It was all smiles as North made quick work of OpTic on Overpass

The Danish rifler talks about the importance of winning against OpTic in their opening match, the preparation going into it, the thought process behind the recent changes in the roster, and the need to have a good showing in Kiev after an underwhelming Major run.

Let's get straight to it, how important was winning the match against OpTic?

It was really important. It's always important when you face other Danish teams, to establish the hierarchy. We also just beat them in the online qualifier for ECS, so I think we came into the match with the upper hand and we showed we're the better team.

Especially after switching players and making changes. Tell me a bit about the transfers, how it went down and the thought process behind the signings.

Yeah, it has been a bit of a chaotic period, getting everything in place, but the thought process was that cadiaN would be perfect after MSL was no longer with us because he's both an AWPer and an in-game leader, which is exactly what we needed after we lost mertz.

In terms of bringing gade on, he's a good entry fragger and that's how we're trying to use it. He's also really willing to learn and has a really good mindset for a newcomer. We had him on before we got Kjaerbye, on a trial period, so I think if Kjaerbye wouldn't have come from Astralis back then, we would have gone with him. It was pretty natural that he was the one to come in for niko.

Talk to me about the differences between cadiaN and MSL, be it AWPing, leading...

I think cadiaN is much looser and more diverse. That's not a bad thing towards MSL, who was a great leader and I actually miss him a little bit, but he runs a very structured system where everything is set in place, very tactical... Obviously we still have tactics, but everything is a bit looser and it feels a bit more fresh with cadiaN on the team.

Losing niko is another interesting topic, since he was somebody a lot of people like because of his firepower. You said you miss MSL a bit, do you miss niko at all or do you see it as a good change?

I think it was a good change, but we didn't get rid of him because we didn't like him or because he didn't fit in. You know, these days in Counter-Strike there are buyouts and contract stuff that gets in the way, so I think getting rid of niko wasn't something so much that we wanted to do, but we had to do it because of contractual stuff and so on.

We won a huge tournament with him, and I think we are all forever grateful for what he brought to the team before Stockholm. It's a trophy we have for the rest of our lives, so it was short but it was a good period, with niko.

We established it was very important to beat OpTic, but tell me a bit about how you came into it, the mental work and the preparation that went into it.

We knew that the veto would come down to Overpass or Inferno. We saw they lost a match against aTTaX on Inferno a few days ago and we thought they might be a bit shaky in terms of confidence, so we were pretty sure it was going to be Overpass. We did our usual preparation and had a good idea of how what they like to do, their structured playstyle, and I think it can be pretty easy to read if you do your preparation well. That's what we did and I think it showed.

Other than mousesports, you're one of the favorites to have a really good showing. After the Major, how important is a strong finish here?

It's of the utmost importance. The Major was a huge letdown for all of us and it was definitely not what we expected coming out of a big tournament win, but that's how it goes sometimes and it's what makes it fun to play, it's like a rollercoaster with its ups and downs. The Major was a huge down for us, but now we have a fresh start with two new guys. We just have to take it one game at a time and so far we're really happy.

What do you think it is that happened after winning DreamHack Masters. How did the Major fiasco happen?

I wouldn't say we were overconfident because we really knew teams were going to study us. I think it was a mixture of not having time to go home and prepare new stuff, and it was such a big relief to win that we failed in the consistency department.

Now we won a big tournament and I feel like we know what we need to do for the next time if we can't get so lucky as to win another big tournament. It was a case in which multiple things went wrong, but we're past the Major now and we have a lot of tournaments ahead of us and we're just looking forward.

To close it off, as you said, it's a fresh start with two new players. Some teams go straight into a honeymoon period while others seem to struggle to get things rolling. How are you feeling? Where are you on that scale?

I think it's a mixture between both. We actually had a really good start online, we're 6-2 in Pro League and we qualified for ECS. This was our first LAN match, and we won it as well, but in terms of a honeymoon period, cadiaN is bringing a new playstyle and it's going to take some time to adapt. A lot of us are not used to the way things are run now, so it's probably going to take a few months to get into the groove and hopefully, we can show a better North in like half a year.

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Austria S3nsey 
expecticus anti deleteus this commentus
2018-10-07 16:49
2018-10-07 16:48
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
2018-10-07 16:48
Germany DrachenRainer 
,Establish the Hierarchy‘ What is this, the gorilla cage at the zoo
2018-10-11 17:12
hhahahaha.I thought the same thing, if that's the case he just need pee around his territory!
2018-10-15 19:06
Sweden Unluko 
2018-10-07 16:49
I too use complicated words to make myself sound more photosynthesis
2018-10-08 08:52
You dont generate o2 and C6H12O6 You generate CO2, H2O and energy Its called respiration
2018-10-21 17:24
LETN1 | 
Finland Sandels 
2018-10-07 16:48
LETN1 | 
Finland Sandels 
i was so close :(
2018-10-07 16:48
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
2018-10-07 16:49
Sweden Unluko 
2018-10-07 16:49
You are gonna get it the next time buddy
2018-10-07 17:20
get a wifi
2018-10-07 17:52
Netherlands Removed 
So when will he start winning
2018-10-07 16:48
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
Optic is overrated
2018-10-07 16:48
Astralis . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .. the others
2018-10-07 16:48
Astralis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. North
2018-10-07 16:50
Denmark Azreal 
During the last 3 months, Astralis have only been able to beat North online. Lost on LAN. Typical onliners...
2018-10-07 16:57
astralis all danish teams except north north
2018-10-07 16:58
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
so you are saying astralis is under astralis and also has same skill as every other danish team except north?
2018-10-07 17:28
2018-10-07 17:43
Australia nazzle 
fragsters > astralis ez
2018-10-07 23:17
United States 4stralis 
2018-10-07 16:50
India Narendra_modi 
2018-10-07 16:49
Damn thats cold :D
2018-10-07 16:49
No, thats valde
2018-10-07 18:37
2018-10-08 09:04
United States DervGuy 
My boy Valde asserting his second place danish dominance
2018-10-07 16:49
Denmark Alphamon 
+1 lmao
2018-10-07 16:57
India |sKy| 
Ok did he forget yesterday....
2018-10-07 16:50
Valde: "Astralis who, the north is here!"
2018-10-07 16:52
Denmark Alphamon 
Precisely valde, long way to the top!
2018-10-07 16:56
Yes north too established the hierarchy when they beat Astralis in two bo3's and then went out last in the major
2018-10-07 17:02
Yeah, local derbies literally mean nothing. Like Gambit who can beat NaVi but nobody else.
2018-10-07 17:22
They mean as much as any other match, only difference is just bragging rights against your country men. Having a good head to head statistic vs a single or 2 teams doesn't really mean anything if you aren't winning events or placing high. Old G2/FaZe with maikelele and jkaem used to beat Virtus.Pro constantly in 2015-2016 but they didn't have a single top4 finish, while VP were winning events... It doesn't establish any hierarchy, it's just nonsense
2018-10-07 17:37
Germany xkillua 
Astralis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. North
2018-10-07 17:14
shox | 
India iejesus 
North > Astralis confirmed
2018-10-07 17:19
>TO ESTABLISH THE HIERARCHY >In one Bo1 with 8:7 on the first half >with Optic beating you every 2-3 match in the previous matchups
2018-10-07 17:22
Denmark resolut 
>yes >as T side on a CT sided map, went 8-0 in 2nd half. keep using facts that only stick to your narrative. >yeah, cause the lineup is totally the same.
2018-10-07 18:10
>lul >I did use the main argument objectively tho (it's a one Bo1), so it still beats anything else >so you're saying there's even more reasons to not compare these teams right now? I think valde just used that word cos it sounded pretty lol, not knowing that it means like a solid structure or system. When North will start consistently win Bo3 against Heroic (at least several) then we can talk about hierarchy.
2018-10-07 19:37
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic Puqet 
2018-10-07 17:30
lol nobody gives a shit about the national ranking of teams but if it can give him motivation its cool
2018-10-07 17:32
>talking about danish hierarchy when astralis exists in this dimension k
2018-10-07 17:54
Cough Astralis Cough
2018-10-07 18:24
16-3,16-4 OMEGALUL
2018-10-07 20:30
Greece deST) 
They never said they are #1 in Denmark. Obviously talking about #2 spot
2018-10-08 02:58
Valde rats soon right people catch you and ggbet dont help to you
2018-10-10 12:30
Xaxaxa nice hierarchy dummy
2018-10-10 13:19
fragsters: What ?
2018-10-10 13:52
Denmark Xipingu 
WHAT HIERARCHY, HAHAHAHHAHAHA just stfu Valde. You established shit, Fragsters > you
2018-10-14 22:39
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