zonic: "We have a deep playbook and it worked out even if we had a bit of a rocky start"

We stopped Danny "⁠zonic⁠" Sørensen in the mixed zone at Blast Pro Series Miami after Astralis' two victories to talk about the team's first day at the event.

Astralis, the tournament favorites at BLAST Pro Series Miami, started off their run at the event with two victories on Inferno over Cloud9 and Natus Vincere to go with a clean record into the second day of play at the Watsco Center, where they will face MIBR, FaZe, and Liquid.

zonic didn't expect Na`Vi to play the way they did on Inferno

In the quick chat we had in the mixed zone, zonic talked about the two matches of the day, against Cloud9 and Natus Vincere, the importance of keeping all of the maps in the map pool fresh and practicing them on a regular basis, and the coming inclusion of Vertigo.

The first match was against Cloud9 on Inferno, they're a new team, run me a bit through it. How did you go into it?

Yeah, we couldn't prepare against them since they changed three players. We knew from back when Golden was calling that he likes to push Banana, so we talked a little bit about that. I think it would hinder us if we put too much focus on trying to figure out how they'd play, so we just played to our own strengths.

It's a bit weird nowadays because we usually rely on our preparation, but yeah, we have a deep playbook and it worked out even if we had a bit of a rocky start. First game of the tournament is always a bit weird, and going up against our former teammate cajunb played into it as well.

Then the Na`Vi match, which was maybe more exciting for the fans on paper... Do you think it was a mistake on their part to let Inferno through?

I don't know, I don't think it's for me to say, you should ask that question to them. For me, we have a very good map pool and we've been very fortunate to beat some of the best teams in the world on their map pick, previously, so I understand why they would take a different road. Since we're not playing Nuke and Inferno that much, maybe they've worked on it, and I believe they looked great on Inferno at StarSeries. So yeah, I didn't expect them to go to Inferno, but it was quite all right.

You say you don't play Nuke and Inferno that often anymore, but at the same time you have these amazing streaks on them. How do you keep them going?

We keep practicing them, I have a record of all of the practice we do and the maps we play each week. It's very important that we continue playing Nuke and we keep spending hours on the server trying to find new stuff because the meta is shifting all of the time and we don't want to suddenly run into a team that's playing a completely different Nuke than what we're used to. It's really important that we play all seven maps. I think it's important to keep working on the map pool, but yeah, going into BLAST and knowing it's mostly best-of-ones, Nuke was probably the map we played the least during practice.

How about the match itself, they started winning early on, but then you brought it back convincingly and closed the first half 10-5.

We won the pistol and lost the second round, then we didn't have much economy because we decided to force, and it has been a good map for us to force on... When we got full utility we got control of Banana, which was a bit difficult, but we got some backup from some of the A players so that gla1ve and Xyp had some late round utility. It was really important to get that control and after five or six rounds they played a bit weird, they didn't play as we had anticipated, and we just got rolling once we got the economy on the CT side.

A more general question to close it out. Cache will be out for Vertigo soon, which helps you in the map pool. Have you thought about it yet?

Yeah, we're definitely going to play Vertigo. We knew it wasn't going to be here at this event and I don't think it will be until Madrid, so we haven't put too much focus on it, but we will definitely play it.

Denmark Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
Danny 'zonic' Sørensen
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United States aust_h 
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France yo_les_n00bs 
2019-04-13 03:50
Thanks to F5
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Poland Unluko 
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United States famousguy 
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nEGRo | 
United States Raptorial 
2019-04-13 03:44
Glaives banana goes deep
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Finland Smoonah 
best team ever yeehaww
2019-04-13 03:46
United States WashamGaming 
ast suk
2019-04-13 04:25
Denmark Kon10R 
That may be an incorrect observation ... if you watch the ranking list, income over the last year, the records and winstreaks ... I understand if you support other teams (looks like Liquid?), but then you may fraze it a bit differently, like: "I hope Liquid put up a good fight!" I do too! But to say that Astralis suck may be slightly off ... :O)
2019-04-13 05:55
Romania Xyst 
Such a nice guy.
2019-04-13 07:38
Denmark Kon10R 
Thank you, Sir! I see NO point in arguing with each other like 7-year-olds in here. We may support different teams, but I don't "hate" my opponents (in chess) or scream and yell, howl and growl against supporters from other "camps" like an undeveloped Neanderthal. After all: Without skilled opponents we just wouldn't have a GAME to watch! Yes, I support Astralis, but would LUUV other teams to pick up the pace! ;O)
2019-04-13 07:58
Romania Xyst 
If everyone was like you, the internet would be a better place.
2019-04-13 22:28
United States WashamGaming 
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Denmark Kon10R 
Thank you for the kind words. It costs me absolutely NOTHING to speak, write or behave in a decent manner. WashamGaming has an American flag: Why on Earth shouldn't he support Liquid? That doesn't make him a "fangirl" or "gay" or "stupid fuck" or whatever the 7-year-olds call each other in here. Yes, they lost alotta finals to Astralis last year, but that doesn't make Liquid "suck". In fact none of the top teams do!
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Denmark meganice 
Hahaha you owned that little sad crying jealous girl my danish-viking-brother :)
2019-04-13 15:04
Denmark Kon10R 
He ... I understand why people complain about Astralis being so dominant, but It's just ... I mean ... you wouldn't ask Louis Hamilton or Chris Froome to slow down a bit to make a race more exciting to watch! ;O) But I must also say, that I stay away from expressions like "little sad crying jealous girl" and all that. It doesn't add to a decent and respectful behavior or polite discussion. The Liquid lineup looks promising: Hope to see some great csgo matches!
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Denmark meganice 
"Call a spade a spade" Thats not being disrespectful. But i agree with you :)
2019-04-13 16:54
Denmark Kon10R 
He ... You saw the Astralis - Navi game yesterday? Scary stuff! Take care, my friend!
2019-04-13 16:57
lmao and u r delusional
2019-04-13 05:56
Denmark Cleandog 
Sucking the life from noon teams like C9 and Navi
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Denmark Kon10R 
Wonder why anybody would challenge the Overlords on Inferno at the moment ... but then again: You gotta try!
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Asia LustBoi 
I think they will dominate next few years if no super mix team appear or team like mibr, fnatic keep playing poorly
2019-04-13 06:03
navi retard
2019-04-13 07:18
Denmark Two_Inch_Man 
zonic>pick one
2019-04-13 07:51
stfu zonic you disgusting slam piggy
2019-04-13 10:50
Denmark Cleandog 
lol allulover
2019-04-13 11:19
allu is retard but at least not ugly fat stupid bully
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Denmark Cleandog 
Like you?
2019-04-13 23:09
like zonic.
2019-04-14 01:25
What is slam piggy?
2019-04-13 15:11
I like those kind of interview with some tidbit of real information. It's refreshing from the usual: yeah we forced and it worked hurrrrrr, at least it shows some profesionnalism wich is welcome in esport.
2019-04-13 11:35
zonic seems like such a nice guy
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WE HAVE A DEEP PLAYBOOK AND IT WORKED OUT EVEN IF WE HAD A BIT OF A ROCKY START" Me thinking, did astralis lose or just edge it out? Nah they won 2-0, 16-10,16-7. hahah they are too dominant
2019-04-13 14:57
Finland f1nch 
this comment didn't even last 12 hours oof
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Europe Cr3eP_70 
Mr. Zonic, Would you like to rephrase that sentence about how deep is that book? Thank you...
2019-04-13 22:00
Brazil NIKOLD 
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Finland f1nch 
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