device: "A few days off and then back to work"

After awarding Nicolai "device" Reedtz the MVP award, we briefly spoke with Astralis' AWPer about securing another title and the challenges BLAST's format brings.

Astralis were flawless in the group stage, winning all five maps, but didn't look as dominant as they often do, letting their opponents reach ten or more rounds in each game. After losing Dust2 to Liquid in the first map of the grand final, the Danes bounced back with two one-sided victories, on Inferno and Overpass, to claim yet another trophy.

Astralis lifted their second trophy of the year in São Paulo

Talking to device, we heard that most of Astralis' preparation for the second day was focused on the MIBR Overpass game, that they had very limited info on Liquid going into the grand final, and that they will be skipping IEM Sydney.

Touching on the group stage, you won all of your matches, of course, but at least a couple of them were close. With the format as it is, being high-paced, was pacing yourselves and saving energy something that came into play in the group stage?

We definitely didn't hold anything back or play loose in any matches. I think this tournament is very tough for a team like us because we like to prepare for our opponents and now they also changed the veto system so we didn't know the maps beforehand. The second day is really tough because you are done at 11 o'clock the first day and then you have to wake up at 9 o'clock to try to watch videos of the other teams and you don't really have time to prepare.

This time we focused really hard on MIBR and Overpass because we knew that if we win that game we had big chances going through. And as you say, the pacing is tough, but it is the same for everyone. All of our matches were double-digits, not something we are used to, also maybe the new economy played into the role of that, because it is really hard to reset the opponents. But yeah, we won all of our matches and we are really happy with it.

Something NAF touched on in the mid-series interview is that they didn't really practice Inferno that much. Did you expect them to be better prepared going into the grand final, especially considering at the Major people were propping them to reach the final and play you?

I think you don't prepare for other games than the next one, so I didn't think they prepared for us at the Major that much. We haven't prepared Inferno against them either, for this tournament, so we were kind of like... We knew Stewie was holding B because we saw that at the Major but other than that we were going in kind of raw, without information and that is just how the format is, it creates some weird Counter-Strike sometimes, but I think our T-side on that map is very strong and we've shown that multiple times.

Dust2 against Liquid was a pretty close map, do you think that playing the map so much in the group stage was actually detrimental to you in the grand final?

No, we won four times, we like the map, we focused a lot on it, actually, and some rounds here and there could've gone our way, we didn't have a great economy at the end of that half, I had the 1v3 where I lost the 1v1 to NAF in the end. I think if we would've won that round we might've won the game because then they didn't have any money as well. It is just Counter-Strike, you can't really go into details and be too sad about losing the rounds. The best part about it was that it was their map and because of that, we knew we had two strong maps coming after that. That is kind of our mentality, we like to play the opponents map first because then there is no pressure going into your own map, and you know you have the momentum going into the third map.

What is happening for you going forward? I think zonic kind of confirmed that you are not going to [IEM] Sydney, can you tell me about that decision and what is coming up for you next?

Yeah, Sydney... I can't go there, that is basically the reason we're not going, my body doesn't cope with the jetlag when we are going that direction that well, so we skipped it this time. We are going to [BLAST Pro Series] Miami next, and before that going home and preparing for that.

We have to figure out a good way to play BLAST events because it is a different format and we are not comfortable doing it, but I think a lot of teams are also not comfortable with it yet. We are just going to try to find out how we can prepare and so on, other than that, maybe take a little break, it is also really stressful to be at these tournaments. So probably a few days off—relaxing with family, girlfriends, whatever—, and then back to work.

Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
2019-03-24 03:49
2019-03-24 10:26
Austria shaakeh 
2019-03-24 14:39
Brazil bandicoot 
2019-03-25 07:18
fnx | 
Brazil matwoks 
stay a year off, please
2019-03-24 03:50
2019-03-24 03:50
fnx | 
Brazil matwoks 
no, im just dunno
2019-03-24 04:22
2019-03-24 09:21
f0rest | 
Brazil cathory 
HAHAHAHA dont cry now
2019-03-24 15:29
Stay a year off and they comeback 16-0 everyone
2019-03-24 04:06
India Devv|noob 
2019-03-24 04:45
Europe Vallon2 
So mad.
2019-03-24 05:14
Should respect the fact that Astralis are so good. Them being good means that other teams need to adapt and improve in order to beat them and that kind of shit increases the overall skill level of the scene.
2019-03-24 09:53
United Kingdom Dogehino 
I agree it's just annoying how so many teams are working hard enough. I say Liquid and ENCE are working hard but other teams just aren't doing enough
2019-03-24 11:42
France LanaRhoades 
How do you know ? Personally i know that g2 are working a lot , Vitality also , North , Windigo and AGO are also working a lot :)
2019-03-24 12:01
Denmark Lemmyyy 
Tier 2-3 teams. They can work hard, but sometimes it's the minimal factors that are important.
2019-03-24 12:16
France LanaRhoades 
ENCE was a tier 3 team ;) Vitality has good major winners + ZywOo G2 has 2 fucking good youngsters + 2 legends + Amanek very good player North has Kjaerbye , Valde and aizy Windigo has Shipz , Poizon AGO have a good team chemistry , nice players :) Imo these teams have potential to be tier 1 if they continue to work
2019-03-24 12:35
Denmark Lemmyyy 
Indeed they have. But not Aizy haha.
2019-03-24 15:02
I can agree surely for windigo because they are banging rn :D Its nothing like before :D I mean there was time when i watched a lot of their matchs and everything was "Lose", but not now :D They work really, REALLY hard to not disappoint their fans and maybe one day been tier 1 team and major winners. :D
2019-03-25 11:05
Finland eMBeJaana 
2019-03-24 03:50
2019-03-24 03:53
Twistzz | 
Chile Fseba 
Pasao a pico el chupatula qlo
2019-03-24 03:55
Chile strong221 
2019-03-24 04:13
Twistzz | 
Chile Fseba 
viva chile siono
2019-03-24 04:22
Chile strong221 
we are the best country of shile hmno
2019-03-24 23:09
2019-03-24 03:55
Asia fakedollface 
"girlfriendS" -device 2019
2019-03-24 03:55
2019-03-24 03:59
HAHAHAHAHA I thought it was only me who noticed. +1
2019-03-24 04:50
the team ones x) but ye could be hmm/20
2019-03-24 06:31
Germany mogh 
roflmao, emilia hult and her scientology bitchclub
2019-03-24 10:13
Groupies, you know
2019-03-24 11:50
He spelled the gold digger in a wrong way
2019-03-24 12:57
Turkey Aybars1 
2019-03-24 04:10
Indonesia Joji6661 
God please nerf this guy
2019-03-24 04:11
Pussy. Go to Sydney
2019-03-24 04:13
he's scared, lmao astralis want to farm on blast.
2019-03-24 07:44
Are you allowed to go there without wearing a scarft these days?
2019-03-24 15:47
Danish people make no sense.
2019-03-24 17:49
NiKo | 
Asia LustBoi 
looks like A team than will continue to dominate 2 more years, at least !
2019-03-24 04:21
Let me say this to the kids tomorrow morning opening this thread. Cry is cheap🙋🏽‍♂️
2019-03-24 04:33
Xyp9x | 
Denmark megz 
2019-03-24 08:12
It’s not free. As far as we know, tears consists of water and 0,9 gram salt per litre. And both of these ingredients are not free. Here I listed the price of 10 litre tears for the countries of the G8. I used the following formula (price is in US Dollar): (price 100 gram salt/100)x9 + (price 1 cubic litre water/100) = price 10 litre tears France: 0,20 $ Italy: 0,17 $ Germany: 0,19 $ United Kingdom: 0,22 $ USA: 0,18 $ Canada: 0,18 $ Japan: 0,18 $ Russia: 0,16 $
2019-03-24 08:31
El Salvador prolife 
You are the real mvp mate
2019-03-24 09:23
Xyp9x | 
Denmark megz 
Copypasting from an old forum post doesn't make an mvp
2019-03-24 09:49
That's why UK have no scene, they just can't afford the tears. Mibr jokes incoming.
2019-03-24 15:15
United Kingdom CLaPpp 
I'm cry laughing and I'm so skint I'm not sure I can afford it.
2019-03-25 01:45
Australia sad_faze_fan 
faze just wouldnt practice
2019-03-24 04:45
Asia fakedollface 
NiKo ResidentSleeper confirmed
2019-03-24 04:51
Argentina M4estre 
Good guys astralis giving everyone else a chance.
2019-03-24 04:54
yeah right, I mean the reason that they dont play sydney is because of jetlag, I mean its a big chance for getting a nice trophy and ofc its IGS season 2 time. they just have to attend many IGS tournemants to win cash man ^^
2019-03-24 05:13
no they're just scared
2019-03-24 07:45
you're scared, you when you think of something, you write it too, it's pure psychology ,,, you're so easy to read,
2019-03-24 09:03
how can i be scared of other t1 teams, if i don't even play cs go?
2019-03-24 17:49
No one has said that astralis are scared, you say they are scared, where does it come from, go back to russia and talk about SCARED,,,don't come back.
2019-03-24 19:10
go back to russia and talk about scared? Wait who said that, kid from Denmark, ur country was so scared of Nazis, so they supported them (not the ideology, just supplies), go to Denmark and talk about SCARED, and then u'll remember, don't talk anything about u don't know any fucking thing.
2019-03-25 17:09
torben | 
United States andatop 
Ez for device
2019-03-24 04:55
gotta blast -emilia hult
2019-03-24 05:01
Thank god, they skipped an event to let other team join the grand slam.
2019-03-24 05:20
Yes, the Astralis players are generous gods
2019-03-24 11:54
Sadokist | 
Myanmar xdcc 
as long as they attend more than 50% no chance for others
2019-03-24 14:24
United States btescobar 
you can see the smiles slowly getting wiped off from their faces
2019-03-24 06:30
Back to kill just in ecos
2019-03-24 06:39
How much?
2019-03-24 11:55
shox | 
India iejesus 
2019-03-24 07:27
dsn | 
Other Onizuka_go 
How about Forsaken?
2019-03-24 08:30
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
How about shox?
2019-03-24 09:32
Still the GOAT nontheless
2019-03-24 11:55
shox | 
India iejesus 
after simple yeah
2019-03-24 13:51
Denmark DanishDelight 
> Overrated > Agrees that he is the goat after S1mple Indian logic?
2019-03-24 14:27
Xyp9x | 
India Da_to 
Who delete my comment? :(
2019-03-24 07:33
I did
2019-03-24 10:55
shox | 
India iejesus 
thank me later
2019-03-24 13:51
It feels like Astralis is the only team which is actually preparing for events / opponents / maps / stuff and all other teams are just playing 30 mins DM before a big event ... I'm 100% sure other teams could become also way more successful, i dont think Astralis has even the 5 best players on paper, but since they are obv working twice as hard as anyone else, they are by far the best now. Meanwhile Niko is creating mouz 2.0 with personal decoys LOL
2019-03-24 07:35
TL and ENCE seem pretty prepared too and about FaZe if it would be mouz 2.0 NiKo's stats would've been better
2019-03-24 11:37
I reckon you're right. Ence and Liquid do prepare too though. But everyone else ought to stop fingerring one another and start doing some work.
2019-03-24 11:58
United Kingdom CLaPpp 
Man, if you make a team out of top players you would have a terrible team. You don't need five top players to have the best team in the world and Astralis already proved that.
2019-03-25 01:55
Turkey Rtax 
2019-03-24 07:56
2019-03-24 11:59
bloodR | 
Finland bIoodR 
I am proud to say that Astralis are most complete team in the world of all time.
2019-03-24 08:23
dsn | 
Other Onizuka_go 
definetely sure. I cant imagine there is a team that can beat their records and consistency.
2019-03-24 08:35
Ence and Liquid seem to know what it takes to put up a fight, they still have a bit of way to go but they're surely on the right path.. Mibr and Faze are a mess and Navi rely too much on Electronic and S1mple.
2019-03-24 09:28
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
+1, since electronic not performing in 2019, navi losing vs trash teams like heroic...
2019-03-24 15:11
GOAT The haters will cry but the truth can be brutal.
2019-03-24 12:00
2019-03-24 08:26
>Not confortable with blast format >5-0 Pick one unless you are Astralis
2019-03-24 08:38
Croatia Netkov 
Just retire, thanks.
2019-03-24 08:44
2019-03-24 09:45
They won’t win star series, just watch
2019-03-24 09:11
"I want to thank my wife and my girlfriend"
2019-03-24 09:56
2019-03-24 10:10
dsn | 
Other Onizuka_go 
I'm feeling Thank u
2019-03-24 10:26
Scared of Sydney? Lmao
2019-03-24 10:23
Israel ZiinTotH 
Absolutely great mentality. At this rate it will take a lot of time for anyone to be able to beat astralis...
2019-03-24 10:33
United States ph3n0m3n 
umh... so 90% of population work at least 5 days/week but when esport team do the same it's "impressive" and "admirable" LUL
2019-03-24 18:57
World euqin 
Wait that guy is 23yo and can't cope with jetlag? This guy's gonna be dead in 10 years
2019-03-24 11:36
Denmark DanishDelight 
Guess you are new and haven't heard about his illness that made him take a break in late 2017, early 2k18
2019-03-24 14:24
World euqin 
No because nobody knows what it's all about
2019-03-29 13:19
Yes they do. Just because you know nothing, and haven't checked up on things before making comments, doesn't mean that nobody knows
2019-03-29 19:11
World euqin 
I never said they didnt. I said that they never told us what it was.
2019-03-30 13:12
Other fo3nixz 
"live long enough to become the villain"
2019-03-24 11:36
Europe esportilove 
2019-03-24 15:48
Europe esportilove 
Really Nice!!
2019-03-24 15:50
Sidney is just too far away with their scheduale. Cool with events all over the world. But the jetlag is hell. It takes time adjusting both ways too.. actually a lot of time imo. But ofc it is great the aussies can get some good pracc. You'll never get anywhere playing wallabies all day
2019-03-24 17:04
2019-03-25 05:14
Macau iaokachon 
dev1ce so sick.
2019-03-25 06:22
lol astralis skipping tournaments so they cant lose and stay 1 forever, their next tournament is once again a blast one as expected, I guess nobody has a problem with the fact that astralis owning company are basically BLAST organisers
2019-03-25 09:05
I mean, why risk your health to go to events that are very far where you can attend to one closer?
2019-03-25 10:39
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