HUNDEN: "If the confidence doesn't disappear I think we can match pretty much every team at DH Summer"

We caught up with Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen prior to DreamHack Open Summer to discuss Tricked's expectations for the $100,000 event, the Europe Minor qualifier run, and the state of the Danish scene.

Tricked recently failed to qualify for the Europe Minor following defeats to Heroic and Ancient in the closed bracket, and now have their sight set on DreamHack Open Summer, kicking off this Saturday in Jönköping, Sweden.

HUNDEN's team will be in Group A at DH Open Summer

Prior to the event, HUNDEN, who has been with Tricked since the turn of the year, opened up about various topics, including their Minor qualification campaign and their prospect this weekend.

On Wednesday you were one win away from the Europe Minor but Ancient took the spot instead. What went wrong in that game?

I have never felt this heartbroken. We felt as a team that this was our chance to finally prove we could qualify for the Minor. The expectation got into our heads and we lost all of our confidence when they started to counter our strats and the plays we execute really often.

We never really played our own game, and I called really badly on pretty much all the T-sides. So this one is pretty much on me! Sorry team and sorry to all the HUNDEN lovers.

Have you prepared specifically for DreamHack Open Summer or were you focused on the Minor qualifier?

Most of the preparation will be done on the train to Sweden. We will have a few hours in which we will talk about our mistakes during the Minor qualifier and we will adjust our play style when the tournament starts.

We still got a lot of things we did not show in the Minor qualifier. So we have some new cards up our sleeves—I think we can surprise a lot of teams at Dreamhack Summer!

Your first game in Jönköping will be against TaZ's Aristocracy, whom you defeated in the open qualifiers for the Minor but lost to in the ESL One New York open qualifiers. Does that add another layer to this game? Will you approach it differently?

We don't like to play against Aristocracy. They seem to have a good understanding of their T-sides all the time. It feels like they are prepared for every counter play you try to do against them. But we manage to take the Minor closed qualifier spot from them, so I think we can beat them. We just need to be even more prepared, and our coach Winspai will do that for us!

Winstrike and AVANGAR are also in Group A. What are your thoughts on them?

AVANGAR have looked really good in 2019. They are used to playing against top teams now, we still play like a decent tier 2 team, so I think we can catch them off-guard. They have been improving a lot, and they might be the favorites for this tournament. But if we get them in the winners' best-of-one, and if we get a good start, we can beat them but it will be really hard!

Winstrike with Edward—they are heartbroken like us. Neither of us made it to the Minor. They might have the feeling that it's time to prove themselves. But I don't think they have had enough time to prepare for any of the other teams in the group.

What are your expectations heading into DreamHack Summer?

We need to beat either Aristocracy or AVANGAR to get to the semis. So that is our goal for this tournament. But if we reach the semis, it will be best-of-three games. If the confidence doesn't disappear I think we can match pretty much every team at this tournament.

This is one of the most stacked DreamHack Opens in recent history. Do you think that tournament organizers and the community itself are starting to look at your team differently and, as such, you’re getting more opportunities?

I hope they are! We managed to be in the Top 30 for seven weeks in a row. That is pretty good for a new team with so many rookies on it. This is the rookie year for Sjuush and he is improving all the time. I hope we can prove ourselves here, especially now that we won't go to the Minor. It's the end of the season for us and I hope we will finish it with some really good results so the community will start to support us.

What do you think about the current state of other Danish teams? Do you think Astralis can get the #1 spot back? Will North be successful with valde in-game leading?

The current conditions of Heroic and OpTic are rough at the moment. OpTic is still looking for a good fifth player but they have been in that situation since the start of the Danish lineup. So I'm not sure if they will ever fix this lineup. One thing is for sure, they will never be a top five with this lineup.

Heroic tried to go the "NiKo" way and gave blameF the in-game leader position. The roles on both teams are not fitting and most of the players on those teams are just thinking about themselves and want the best possible stats instead of helping the team. It's not good for the team and I think that is why they will never take the next step to get into the Top 10.

The core of Astralis will always get the #1 spot back. They are so talented and work their asses off. I think they know they fucked up in the last few months by pretty much only attending BLAST events. They relinquished the top spot in the world and that is stupid in my opinion.

North and valde—I think they have found the key to success. JUGi on the team is a perfect match, and with Kjaerbye and aizy shining as well, this could end up being the best North lineup so far. But if they lose their motivation and hype again, they will end up like a "normal" North team once again. So it's up to the coach, mithR, and valde to keep the motivation high.

What will you focus on going forward since you won't be competing at the Europe Minor?

The ESL One New York closed qualifier and the Good Game League on LAN if we qualify. So the summer is going to be busy, but won't include what would be the most important tournament for us (Europe Minor). Right now our focus is on improving our playbook, so we can match the better tier-two teams in the world.

Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1369
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
#1
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Poland MrLegionista 
ez4Hunden
2019-06-14 21:00
GODHUNDEN -ecovice+GODHUNDEN EZ top1 for astralis
2019-06-14 21:03
#11
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Austria shaakeh 
HUNDEN #1
2019-06-14 21:01
HUNDEN BEST
2019-06-14 21:02
Danish God
2019-06-14 21:14
#45
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Brazil ZerongBr 
-gla1ve +hunden
2019-06-14 21:23
#112
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Denmark Jackson2185 
+1 they need the firepower
2019-06-16 21:34
#63
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Russia N1kDaN 
+1
2019-06-14 22:12
#7
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Austria shaakeh 
expected
2019-06-14 21:01
#10
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Denmark Twick_ 
Bunden god back
2019-06-14 21:01
#13
Khaos | 
Sweden Unluko 
Good player for sure!
2019-06-14 21:01
#25
oBo | 
Dominican Republic EllisWas 
Why does he look like Guardian's older brother that got into some bad shit but is now kind of getting back on track
2019-06-14 21:03
Hahaha this!
2019-06-14 21:15
#2
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Germany cylerion 
lul
2019-06-14 21:00
#3
France RAX_ 
ZYWOO LE VOITURE
2019-06-14 21:00
#4
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Europe HLTV_Incel 
ez god hunden
2019-06-14 21:00
GOD HUNDEN
2019-06-14 21:01
n word police here
2019-06-14 21:01
#32
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Brazil stewArt1 
N
2019-06-14 21:09
reported
2019-06-14 21:51
#81
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Brazil stewArt1 
for what
2019-06-15 00:44
You know what you did writing "N" is illegal in 2019
2019-06-15 04:39
n0thing did Nothing wrong
2019-06-15 08:17
#9
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United States Glowstickgamer 
God Hunden
2019-06-14 21:01
legend <3
2019-06-14 21:01
#14
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France J0riS 
THE GOD HAS SPOKEN, THE GOD WILL RRREKT
2019-06-14 21:01
GODHUNDEN
2019-06-14 21:01
#16
Blast | 
Finland JAarnio 
GOD HUNDEN
2019-06-14 21:01
LEGEND
2019-06-14 21:02
Ez for god hunden
2019-06-14 21:02
#20
Summer | 
China seba13 
Legend in 2k19 Respect
2019-06-14 21:02
GODHUNDEN
2019-06-14 21:02
#22
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North America howsa 
GODEN
2019-06-14 21:03
gOD
2019-06-14 21:03
#24
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India Noobdian1 
God hunden
2019-06-14 21:03
0/8
2019-06-14 21:04
#27
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Korea Hunyango 
GODHUNDEN! The player liquid always dreamt of having to be the real no.1 team. Spirit still top 1
2019-06-14 21:06
#28
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United States Nohj_ 
GOD HUNDEN
2019-06-14 21:07
#29
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Denmark Buglezz 
GoDen
2019-06-14 21:07
#30
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Belgium jorneiro 
GOD HUNDEN, only crazy can stop this team
2019-06-14 21:07
DOG HUNDEN
2019-06-14 21:08
GOD HUNDEN
2019-06-14 21:10
god hunden
2019-06-14 21:11
GOD HUNDEN
2019-06-14 21:12
Respect the god
2019-06-14 21:12
#37
Valiance | 
Myanmar xdcc 
atleast cr4zy wont get eliminated by hunden in groups
2019-06-14 21:13
#38
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Brazil stewArt1 
HUNDEN bad like c9.
2019-06-14 21:14
np for HUNDEN
2019-06-14 21:14
LORDHUNDEN!!!
2019-06-14 21:14
#43
rallen | 
Europe feex19 
Soz ur losing to Aristo tmoz
2019-06-14 21:16
#44
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Germany ToiletShitter 
GOD
2019-06-14 21:18
#46
ZywOo | 
France Qaze 
Ez for the dog
2019-06-14 21:24
Savage
2019-06-14 21:27
GOD HUNDEN
2019-06-14 21:31
#49
sergej | 
Turkey kebaboi 
top1 in the world
2019-06-14 21:33
Omg Omg he is back. My God! OH LORD HUNDEN IS BAAAAACCKKKKK!
2019-06-14 21:33
#51
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Lithuania Watelis 
I see this player for the first time and hes taking shit:)
2019-06-14 21:33
#52
flusha | 
Denmark Mudza 
I see this player for the first time and hes taking shit:)
2019-06-14 21:39
#70
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Lithuania Watelis 
Ure very fun gays:)
2019-06-14 23:21
#74
flusha | 
Denmark Mudza 
Ure very fun gays:)
2019-06-14 23:35
I see this player for the first time and hes taking shit:)
2019-06-14 21:51
#72
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Hungary janikiraly 
I see this player for the first time and hes taking shit:)
2019-06-14 23:23
#53
NEO | 
Ukraine s1v9mple 
GOAT
2019-06-14 21:40
#54
Maka | 
Sweden meistr0 
Gonna meet GODHUNDEN tomorrow POG
2019-06-14 21:41
#58
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Brazil hugoooo 
Biggest meme of CSGO history, maybe tied with Dosia
2019-06-14 21:53
he's better than you'll ever be
2019-06-15 19:55
#104
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Brazil hugoooo 
Sure, because he's a pro player and every pro player is better than an amateur? Specially an amateur that has been playing CS for 19 years lmao
2019-06-15 19:57
#59
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
OMEGALUL
2019-06-14 21:56
XD
2019-06-14 22:00
#61
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United States xiquo 
Maybe they can be like furia for 1 lan. Good on em for making it. 😎
2019-06-14 22:06
HUNDEN GOD
2019-06-14 22:12
There has to be so much respect for a guy like him, he's always there qualifying with new talents and future stars. Even if he does not shine himself, he can be proud to have produced so many talents.
2019-06-14 22:21
GOD
2019-06-14 22:26
#66
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Europe Cirro 
hahahahahahHAHHAHAHAHAHAH HuNdLULeN
2019-06-14 22:34
XDDDD
2019-06-14 22:48
God hunden
2019-06-14 23:01
GOD
2019-06-14 23:18
#71
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Morocco de_cpl_mill 
Bot Hunden
2019-06-14 23:22
#73
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Serbia midafi 
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2019-06-14 23:34
LETS GO MY MAN MR. HUNDEN
2019-06-14 23:37
<3
2019-06-14 23:37
#77
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Poland Sad_Boy 
0/8
2019-06-14 23:49
What a meme, he is most useless player than fox and ocean axaxaxaxaxa
2019-06-15 00:03
Lmao he discovered so many talents you dumb shit he is a legend and you are a loser so gtfo
2019-06-15 09:08
#95
autist | 
CIS bjornzz 
Nt hunden
2019-06-15 14:03
legend which didn't won anything and lost vs washed up polacks with 4-20 dont reply anymore retard
2019-06-15 17:48
Lmao you are a pure retard he is not a good player that’s for sure but he is like Blad3 he discovered a lot of talents and now that talents are in top teams rn and who you are? You are a fucking hater loser degenerate bettor who lost money on Tricked maybe so shut the fuck up
2019-06-15 18:03
tAleNts TaLentS TaLentS blah-blah--blah If a person is talented, he does not need a curator. Good examples are Ropz, sdy, Jame or obo. lol B1ad3 >>>>>> Hunden. He was in many majors and was in legends and won tier2-3 lan events. And even he realized that he was useless on the pro-scene. But Hunden plays somehow bad, justifying it by IGL'ing and sitting on salary. You just a fucking fanboy.
2019-06-15 18:23
lmao you have to be the most retarded person ive ever seen "If a person is talented, he does not need a curator." This just proves how little you know about the game. Do you think everyone just plays pugs and then suddenly they are good? No. 95% of all pro players learn from a player early in their career. They learn about teamplay, rotations etc. in the early stages of their career. That doesn't just come from playing pugs. Lmao B1ad3 was only in majors because he came from a shitscene who had their own minor and therefore it is so fucking easy to qualify for a minor/major in the CIS scene.
2019-06-15 20:00
F3 never played in minor, because they constantly won the qualifications on major and went to the mainstage
2019-06-15 20:13
Finally someone smart +1
2019-06-15 21:26
Fanboy lmao i’ve never been a fan on any team you are retarded
2019-06-15 21:26
#79
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Serbia nocturnSRB 
oih hunden
2019-06-15 00:04
#80
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United States DervGuy 
ULTRA GOD HUNDEN
2019-06-15 00:40
GOD HUNDEN
2019-06-15 01:23
#83
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United States @FyreCS 
Hopefully we shall see a good run from them! EZ4GODHUNDEN BTW
2019-06-15 01:49
#84
GuardiaN | 
World Darge 
It's greeat how straightforward he's about other teams, our God Hunden has spoken and said the harsh truth of danish CS.
2019-06-15 02:31
#85
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France FanchD 
GOD HUNDEN SO EZ FOR HIM
2019-06-15 02:47
GOD HAS SPOKEN
2019-06-15 03:26
#88
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Canada fIy 
no actually you cant
2019-06-15 05:46
Firing shots to all danish teams Who else could do better
2019-06-15 10:15
EZ4GODHUNDEN
2019-06-15 10:30
GOD HUNDEN
2019-06-15 12:22
Good luck GOD hunden
2019-06-15 12:47
xaa
2019-06-15 16:12
#97
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Poland Kobel_ 
well that aged badly
2019-06-15 16:31
#101
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United States eu4ia_ 
4-20 blazeit
2019-06-15 19:10
well
2019-06-15 19:31
Best player in the world. No match
2019-06-15 21:20
#111
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Denmark Fonder 
great game
2019-06-16 16:54
-gla1ve +hunden and astralis will become top1 again
2019-06-17 06:41
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