Magisk: "Everyone wants to take us off the top; it just makes it more fun to beat them"

We spoke to the BLAST Pro Series Lisbon MVP, Emil "Magisk" Reif, to reflect on Astralis's grand final triumph over Na`Vi and their tenth title in 2018 and look ahead into 2019.

Astralis clinched their tenth 2018 title in Lisbon with a 2-1 win over Natus Vincere in the grand final, where Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko & co. opened up with an Overpass win but ended up falling on Cache, a map they let through instead of Nuke in the veto, and Dust2 convincingly.

Magisk led Astralis to their tenth title in 2018

In our last interview from the tournament, the MVP, Magisk talked to us about the final veto and the victory, as well as about the award. He also briefly reflected on 2018 as a whole for him and Astralis and looked ahead into the next year.

To start off with the veto in the grand final, the main point was that Na`Vi let Cache through instead of Nuke, is that something you saw coming?

Yeah, we actually had a good idea that they would probably try to do something else now because we have been playing them so many times where we've been playing Nuke, and it felt like - at least from our perspective - that we had it under control every time we played against them. I don't think they have gotten over 10 rounds on Nuke, so I actually said before the final that I'm pretty confident they are going to veto Nuke.

We have been playing Cache once in a while to make sure we can play it just to play it against teams like Na`Vi, we know that people have to try something different because we're so strong on Nuke, people are experimenting with maps against us to figure out what kind of maps they can play against us. We had some preparation on Cache, we sat down and walked through everything before the final. We expected it, but we were better than I thought.

Considering how the map pool came out, were you confident about it?

Without Nuke, it's kind of different because whenever Nuke is in the map pool, we have almost won the map beforehand. Let's say in a best-of-five, we play their map first and then we play Nuke and if we win their map, we kind of feel like it's a 2-0. Obviously, we have to do the hard work, as well, but still, it's just a really nice confidence booster to know we have Nuke in the map pool.

You had a great tournament and this is your first MVP in your career, what does it mean to you?

I was wrecked in 2016 at EPICENTER (laughs), no, I'm kidding. It's really awesome to finally get the MVP. Not that it's the most important feeling for me, the most important feeling is to win, but it's nice to get some confidence for yourself and feel like you've been a huge part of winning, as well. I'm just happy that I finally got my first MVP, you always have to be happy about yourself, so it was a nice confidence boost.

2018 has been a particularly special year for you - your teammates had all been a part of the best team in the world at a point, but you hadn't -, is there anything at all that you regret from this year, any specific loss that you look back to?

No. Yeah, we have lost finals this year, we had a lot of tournaments, but in the end, sometimes you just have to accept the fact that people have a really good day and they play better than you. Yes, we lost finals in Sydney and Stockholm, that's just how it is. We know that people can beat us and we have to work hard every time to win, we do that and we prepare for every tournament.

It's nice to end the year in this way, I didn't expect it to go so well, I don't think anyone could have predicted us to win so many tournaments this year, but we just have to be grateful and not take it for granted. Next year is a new year and we have to keep working hard if we want to stay on the top. Everyone is going to look at us into the new year and that also means we have go home, make new stuff, evaluate if we have to change something, stuff like that. Even though we have a holiday now, we have to make sure that when we start next year, we work hard and don't take it for granted.

Looking into the next year, you already mentioned that the teams will look into you, a couple of players have mentioned they want to take you off the top, what's your response to that?

I don't really care if they want to take us off the top, everyone wants to do it. It doesn't really change the perspective going into a game, we know how to play against almost every team in the world and, of course, it just makes it more fun to beat them and destroy them every time.

If they want to think they can just take the throne away from us, it's okay for us because we know that we have everything in our hands and we have the ability to stay there if we work hard and develop all the time.

Ukraine Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko
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Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
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Famous last words lol like SK last year
2018-12-16 02:46
Brazil rodrigo0079 
true indeed... Player's break is the most brutal adversary of every top team of CS in history
2018-12-16 02:48
Cant wait for 2019 👍
2018-12-16 02:49
Austria shaak! 
🤠 Yes 🤠
2018-12-16 02:50
2018-12-16 02:50
imagine being a mibr fan
2018-12-16 03:35
Imagone being a g2 fan lul
2018-12-16 04:52
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
2018-12-16 05:22
2018-12-16 06:43
Australia CaZeR01 
Imagine being a non-australian order fan. Thats just weird
2018-12-16 08:56
Any team that takes on the task of humiliating Navi I'm a fan of
2018-12-16 12:06
what a sad life
2018-12-16 16:48
Moldova zyynk 
Imagine being a Order fan
2018-12-16 09:00
Imagine being old VP fan
2018-12-16 10:03
Must hurt
2018-12-16 11:30
Denmark Nici 
Imagine being a FaZe fan
2018-12-18 09:56
United Arab Emirates BRAZlL 
2019 :D
2018-12-16 02:58
2018-12-16 02:59
2018-12-16 02:52
Player break before Faceit Major and they won it. Your argument doesn't stand.
2018-12-16 06:00
Brazil rodrigo0079 
They won vs player break once, doesn't mattet. They still can drop to #6 on february without any problem. Enjoy this championship, could be the lastl of an era
2018-12-16 13:34
They would have to lose pretty much every match to drop to #6 by feburary, they are about double the points ahead of the team on the #2 place. They are capped at 1000 points in the ranking system.
2018-12-17 13:03
They know this thats why they attending iBuypower (tier 2-3 event) before major D:
2018-12-16 11:39
they are the only team invited so far so not sure if its 2-3 tier tournament
2018-12-16 17:46
Well historically it is tier 2-3 with its low price pool.
2018-12-16 17:49
NiKo | 
Australia nikofan 
haha xd
2018-12-16 19:50
Croatia Jack Russell 
2018-12-16 02:59
As a diehard Astralis fan, I have to say I kinda agree. I do love that Magisk got his first MVP ever, but his tweets now seem a bit... cocky. Idk though
2018-12-16 10:39
Sweden frozze90 
he gonna hurt himself bad when he falls of that high horse
2018-12-16 12:48
Hey Peter Griffin here to explain this humble man's metaphor for you inaccurate english speakers He gonna (He's going to) hurt himself (fail) bad when he falls of that high horse (the High horse they're talking about is the fact he's in the best team in the world, as for the horse, horses are able to carry stuff) Today in our lesson we learned what it meant, it means that Magisk will fail because of his arrogance
2018-12-16 14:10
Sweden frozze90 
fank yu 4 explaining my humble viewpoint
2018-12-16 19:15
+1 it changed my life
2018-12-20 03:07
2018-12-16 18:15
India MihirX27 
Not "When", "If" is the word you're looking for.
2018-12-17 15:12
We all know that's gonna happen soon.
2018-12-17 20:44
Sweden frozze90 
nah, "when" is the perfect word.
2018-12-17 22:40
2018-12-16 02:46
Indonesia Astranesia 
boo hooo boringtralis
2018-12-16 03:29
Denmark MetatronKbh 
Then go over and see vp plaay,,,and drop to se astralis,,,,polski,,,omg,,
2018-12-16 15:04
2018-12-16 02:47
Brazil rodrigo0079 
savage, brutal, I'm hyped for 2019
2018-12-16 02:48
2018-12-16 02:48
Fnatic is comming
2018-12-16 02:48
Brazil Kelmec 
2018-12-16 02:51
Europe L1iMA 
2018-12-16 03:07
Brazil ZerongBr 
Maybe yes maybe not, btw, brollan>>>>plopski (JW was right)
2018-12-16 03:21
India |sKy| 
2018-12-16 04:40
A lot
2018-12-16 11:55
Kazakhstan tomik0 
top 1 i doubt top5 could be
2018-12-16 07:02
Im hoping for everyone so its more iteresting
2018-12-16 10:04
lol they won a tournament where only good team against them was G2 :D and G2 have been a meme longtime already anyways.
2018-12-16 12:12 1 week with brollan sad they chocked a 15-9 lead on inferno to end up losing overtime.
2018-12-16 15:43
brutal savage wild
2018-12-16 02:48
Be humble
2018-12-16 02:48
2018-12-16 02:49
I love him :) My irl friend have Magisk on his player jersey. Guess what I have?
2018-12-16 10:12
Moldova AJollyDoge 
Xyp9x ? Kinda obvious.
2018-12-16 11:03
Fag9x maybe?
2018-12-16 11:34
you spelled it slightly wrong but yes I know who you mean.
2018-12-16 12:52
Nah his name on shirt is Gayton
2018-12-16 12:55
2018-12-16 11:33
Other Onizuka_go 
still better than what niko said
2018-12-16 02:49
Japan Switchance 
which one?
2018-12-16 03:21
Kazakhstan tomik0 
anime is trash for fucking weeabos he said right
2018-12-16 07:02
2018-12-16 08:12
When valve will fix the radar smoke you will go down like a chopped tree
2018-12-16 02:51
Yeah,It could happen when valve move smoke and flash away from CS series. LOL
2018-12-16 02:59
Hong Kong GoGirlAbbie 
love magisk
2018-12-16 03:01
love every MVP of premier events
2018-12-16 03:07
Belgium SNeKstLevel 
You gotta delete all utility to nerf Astralis
2018-12-16 03:26
2018-12-17 03:06
Ukraine gungrave 
just wait till valve fix smoke\radar abuse
2018-12-16 02:51
India bozzmob 
Lol :D i was looking for this comment.
2018-12-16 04:42
ohh is a navi fan crying :D look at the game and se how many time Navi did cheat.
2018-12-16 12:01
Then Simple will lose even bigger?
2018-12-16 12:59
Denmark Pabuna 
You know they All use it when they can.. LMAO so clueless kiddo. It will still be the same. Cry some more betch
2018-12-17 20:21
Panama Cyain10 
Astralis will be the new SK
2018-12-16 02:54
2018-12-19 13:26
Panama Cyain10 
2018-12-19 16:04
Brazil Allistar 
Just wait for cobble's return.
2018-12-16 02:57
2018-12-16 03:06
They'll just perma ban it because it'll replace Cache most likely.
2018-12-16 05:28
New cobble would be fun to see introduced
2018-12-16 11:36
New cobble is trash, I prefer the version before the halloween
2018-12-17 20:47
2018-12-19 13:26
Hong Kong GoGirlAbbie 
2018-12-16 03:01
Thailand beam2546 
Cobble return and Asstralis will die instantly
2018-12-16 03:03
miNd | 
Denmark JUGi 
I actually think this lineup of Astralis would be sick on cobble. Magisk played cobble with north, and had one of the best games of his life individually on that particular map against VP i a major semifinal. At least on CT he destroyed VP.
2018-12-16 03:24
zeus's lineups have historically been amazing at cobble, and liquid's been great on cobble ever since the lineup with s1mple. fallen was always great at calling on cobble too. though im 100% sure astralis will have an amazing cobble if it comes back into rotation, I think most of the top teams could give astralis a run for their money on cobble.
2018-12-16 05:27
A bit arrogant. And that's when you start to fall....
2018-12-16 03:07
2018-12-16 03:15
Well you have to be arrogant to win and to make comebacks, for a long time Astralis were saying they weren’t the best but they can’t even say that they aren’t the best anymore
2018-12-16 03:46
Denmark LnDcsgo 
Well you have to be arrogant to win Whaaat? xD
2018-12-16 10:08
Hvid | 
Denmark bas2696 
What was arrogant?
2018-12-16 03:32
Denmark hanzteezy 
Imagine being a mibr fan
2018-12-16 04:33
flag checks out
2018-12-16 08:19
He isn't being arrogant, just realistic, there's a difference
2018-12-16 11:40
How can you possibly say this and not see that SK was far more cocky
2018-12-17 01:46
2018-12-17 03:08 These tears will return, sooner or later.
2018-12-17 11:02
India MihirX27 
Pride comes before a fall, yes, but Magisk of all people knows the worth of not losing hope, y'know, considering his rise from the ashes of his Past in North.
2018-12-17 15:16
2018-12-16 03:24
EliGE | 
United States EdgyBlob 
Wow stop being so humble, you're MVP of a BO1 tourny.
2018-12-16 03:44
Brazil jfcampos2 
2018-12-16 13:29
zonic | 
Denmark mainz 
Properly because of haters like you he stepped his statements up a bit, must be rough to be fans of teams Astralis beat tho ooof
2018-12-16 14:28
True he can't beat your MVP of saying "fuck off mom" when she tells you to leave the basement
2018-12-17 01:48
rain | 
United States LuckyCS 
It won't be long till they fall
2018-12-16 03:49
I love how confident Magisk has become. It really shows in interviews how much he has developed. He sounds a bit cocky here but I mean who wouldn't? 20 years old and going from a mediocre team to be number 1 by a mile within a year. I bet their shrink has done amazing work with him :)
2018-12-16 03:59
India bozzmob 
Yes. I agree. He has transformed a lot in the last 1 year!
2018-12-16 04:41
Poor optic, coulda made a lot of money selling magisk if they knew astralis was this good
2018-12-16 05:12
India bozzmob 
Very true.. They could've made a lot of money. And both north & optic will be repenting.
2018-12-16 05:30
Indonesia Exodd 
Are they still using that lady shrink till now? I still remember how everyone fawned over her lol
2018-12-16 05:49
They even got what amounts to an ex navy-seal motivational coach now. I dunno if that finnish sports psych is still working with them
2018-12-16 06:13
Shes not there anymore. Its the ex navy seal, who is doing all of the psychological work on them, as well as working with their motivation
2018-12-16 09:39
What's his name?
2018-12-16 11:43
Lars Robl
2018-12-16 12:49
Used to be my favourite player until he went to astralis
2018-12-16 05:41
Sri Lanka kvezee 
2018-12-16 05:58
Your favorite for those tbag and BM? LUL
2018-12-16 08:07
Gotta love the tbag
2018-12-16 11:43
Teams fall off when players say stuff like this.
2018-12-16 05:49
Israel nawledge 
yeah but magisk thinks he's the best while he wont even be in the top20, hope boringstralis wont be as dominant in 2019
2018-12-16 08:22
zonic | 
Denmark mainz 
I dont see him stating anywhere he thinks hes the best? nice story you´re making up there
2018-12-16 14:30
Israel nawledge 
lol, i said that magisk has too much air. his team is fkn boring
2018-12-16 14:33
zonic | 
Denmark mainz 
what?????? You´re linking me a article about Niko now???? are you okay? and then you edit nice
2018-12-16 14:35
zonic | 
Denmark mainz 
"yeah but magisk thinks he's the best while he wont even be in the top20" You need to keep your weird stories together buddy, go nap i think you need it
2018-12-16 14:36
Israel nawledge 
so just because he didnt say it anywhere doesn't mean he thinks that hes the best? ...... 0/8
2018-12-16 15:13
zonic | 
Denmark mainz 
Holy shit im not even gonna respond to that you´re just straight up retarded
2018-12-16 15:31
Israel nawledge 
dont know if you have down syndrome or just trolling, hard to tell honestly
2018-12-16 15:37
zonic | 
Denmark mainz 
Yeah you ran out of arguments and lost lol i´m done replying to you. Kid
2018-12-16 15:38
Israel nawledge 
ran out of arguments? its more like you cant accept facts, fucking idiot lol. btw winning arguments on hltv is the best thing ever
2018-12-16 15:39
Gla1ve in the picture lol
2018-12-16 05:49
Indonesia Exodd 
Astralis has become the villain of CSGO pro scene, 2019 will be interesting
2018-12-16 05:50
2018-12-16 11:45
2018-12-17 20:53
Brazil gtaube 
Prepare for 2019, new brazilian era is coming
2018-12-16 06:00
I hope so. Astralis vs Fallen's squad is always a great matchup. And they showed that here at the end even with Stewie and Tarik. Fallen vs Astralis is just a classic match at this point. I so hope MIBR will be pushing it to the limit in 2019, hell even pass Astralis if necessary. But just give us those insane BO3's again.
2018-12-16 06:18
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
Poor NiKo
2018-12-16 06:39
NiKo is toxic
2018-12-16 11:47
funny kid. nothing is eternal glad to see new teams in 2k19.
2018-12-16 07:19
Toxic guy
2018-12-16 07:21
No he isn't
2018-12-16 11:48
he's cocky as hell
2018-12-16 11:50
Perhaps, but toxic and cocky isn't the same. But if anybody has a right to be cocky about their abilities and achievements, it's the Astralis players
2018-12-16 11:56
Yeah but being cocky is still a bad thing, he should be confidence, not cocky.
2018-12-17 11:11
This going to be the Astralis laugh thread in 2019. Magisk jinxed.
2018-12-16 07:25
Philippines etalynx08 
Excited now on the upcoming major in February.
2018-12-16 08:01
Brazil cadik 
expected magisk >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> s1mple aka eco/exit fragger aka baiter
2018-12-16 08:02
Singapore FallBlade 
nt dev1ce
2018-12-16 08:37
Israel nawledge 
fun for you maybe, but its not fun to watch boringstralis playing xd
2018-12-16 08:21
Yeah so boring, watching a team that nearly plays perfect Cs with little to no mistakes.. So boring if you are a typical noob who is only achieving nothing
2018-12-16 09:15
Then don't watch them for crying out loud! Great counterstrike isn't boring. If you want to watch low level CS, then there's plenty of matches out there for you.
2018-12-16 11:52
Israel nawledge 
Maybe it's not boring for you, but even niko said " im tired of astralis winning everything "
2018-12-16 14:04
India MihirX27 
Unlike you, He's literally tired of playing against them, so I guess he has a right to say those words. As for you, my dear friend, you can always watch matches that do not include Astralis, y'know. Sports are but a means of viewing entertainment.
2018-12-17 15:20
Israel nawledge 
he said hes tired of SEEING them winning everything
2018-12-19 12:14
device | 
Sweden plikz 
LUL magisk thinks he is good because device carries him every game
2018-12-16 08:25
Denmark Duckter007 
2018-12-16 08:35
device | 
Sweden plikz 
indeed lol
2018-12-16 08:49
He meant you
2018-12-16 11:53
Kjaerbye top1 (2018)
2018-12-16 08:35
2018-12-17 20:54
Astralis bandwagon fake fans are the one having the most fun with it it seems, spending their time baiting and being proud over accomplishments that have NOTHING to do with them fags. Im glad tomato face got some success in the end tho, he has always been insanely talented and just didnt have luck playing with dickheads like MSL or konfig
2018-12-16 09:05
Just kids and cancer community
2018-12-19 14:27
Canada herocoolzzz 
savage rekt brutal
2018-12-16 09:16
yeah you win and make every final boring. less audience to watch a csgo tournament final
2018-12-16 09:24
Denmark Takob 
just stfu, if u really like csgo, u dont think its boring. Its like they know u sit out there and look, so they can give u new ideas, utility lineups, popflashes, boosts and new insane angles.
2018-12-16 09:59
There is plenty of low level CS out there for you if you find great CS boring. You could follow the Chinese scene for instance
2018-12-16 12:00
Great cs does not mean one team always win with new and precise tricks and utility uses. A good performance includes high and low tides. Just like S1mple can get an ace last round but first killed this round. When you have done something insane, you'll get the audience's passions. It not about you are tier 1 or tier 1k. And when it comes to Astralis, nothing is insane and they always win. What are you expecting from a Astralis play? New tricks? Can you use it in your pub play? I just watch a game for relax and fun and don't want to watch something precise like a robot win everything.
2018-12-16 12:32
Liberia weALLcheat 
Are you that level of retarded. They play best teamplay in whole pro scene. CS is team sport and they are best as team
2018-12-17 16:26
India MihirX27 
Dominant CS is only boring for those people who really really want RNGesus to fuck up the match their watching, so that the uncertainty of a Win gives them kicks. You might wanna watch Astralis vs LDLC on D2 on the FACEIT channel from the online part of ECS S6, if you wanna see some action-packed loss on Astralis' Part.
2018-12-17 15:24
MAGISK AT BLAST ISTANBUL “winning never gets boring” my mannn👌👌👌
2018-12-16 09:28
toxic magisk... i hope u all fail in 2019 :D
2018-12-16 09:33
Finland itsansuu 
2018-12-16 10:41
2018-12-17 20:55
Trash cheater not even humble of gettin carried by gla1ve the smoke killer. Before this team you were garbage and now you hold site like nobody lmao. WP MAGISK
2018-12-16 09:54
There is no cheating, don't be a fool
2018-12-16 12:01
2018-12-17 20:55
#RipAstralis if they remove nuke from active map pool
2018-12-16 10:06
NAF | 
Denmark Bekkr 
They wont. Cbble might come back instead of cache. but thats just gonna be the exact same map pool for astralis, since they can just perma ban cbble
2018-12-16 12:28
Well i dont know the odds but im hoping they ban nuke
2018-12-16 14:23
NAF | 
Denmark Bekkr 
Maybe. who knows. But nuke is growing in popularity, so i'm not sure it's going away anytime soon. we'll see.
2018-12-19 14:24
Its getting more populas coz of astralis
2018-12-19 15:35
cocky boi: its ez and fun to beat these noobs
2018-12-16 10:31
oh u so powerful acne gnome
2018-12-16 10:34
so arrogant lol
2018-12-16 10:43
He is not arrogant at all. Cocky perhaps but Astralis players have that right for now
2018-12-16 12:03
zonic has a great career
2018-12-16 11:16
pizzaboy so cocky
2018-12-16 11:17
Mr. Tomato Pimple face
2018-12-19 14:27
duh duh duh duh duh
2018-12-16 11:42
Remenber to stay humble
2018-12-16 11:56
PlesseN | 
Sweden zhok1 
2018-12-16 12:18
cheater btw
2018-12-16 12:50
Brazil v0lt1 
2018-12-16 12:55
someone post this on his twitter when they start gettin fked in 2019
2018-12-16 14:33
China withsn 
how about overpass? fucking dog
2018-12-16 14:50
shroud | 
Switzerland AL1eN^ 
It will be x2 funny, when they all would be banned for cheats.
2018-12-16 16:20
Heheheh this would be crazy
2018-12-17 21:37
nice ez 4 the best team to ever touch cs in 2018 enjoy the time tho 2019 will be FIRE we will have a NA top team again, and br top team get yo ass ready danes xD
2018-12-16 16:45
China withsn 
2018-12-18 12:44
Sweden godname 
who care´s about CS in 2018
2018-12-16 23:53
Everyone wanna know gla1ve NVIDIA settings...
2018-12-17 01:16
And zyp9x aswell
2018-12-17 21:00
Hehe... with success comes cockiness indeed.. Good fun.. but he's jinxing it From april'19 the downturn begins, mark this date.
2018-12-17 10:31
I think before they will start to get down and raped by other teams
2018-12-17 20:59
They are not going to be owned, but they'll lose close games as they slack on their pink cloud while competition heats up.
2018-12-17 21:28
I see MiBR giving a fight and even winning while they're with two americans, struggling with communication. With roster changes this can me a lot more common, and even with other teams aswell.
2018-12-17 21:32
2018-12-17 21:36
Liberia weALLcheat 
they will be even more dominant in 2019
2018-12-17 16:28
2018-12-17 20:58
Just wait, toxic carried magisk. You're going to be raped by MiBR, poor girl.
2018-12-17 20:58
Who hurt you? Sad fuck.
2018-12-18 03:49
Lmao you're the butthurt
2018-12-18 11:43
Why so toxic Mr. Pimple ? Wash your face sometimes pls
2018-12-18 01:21
2018-12-18 12:27
Hating is more toxic though, look in the mirror dood
2018-12-18 14:02
2018-12-18 14:19
Greece deST) 
He can buy a new face with all these dollars he made during 2018 just by playing a daed geam
2018-12-18 12:30
csgo never died and never will hoe
2018-12-20 00:53
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