AdreN: "When we entered the arena for the first time, I saw the stage and said: 'this looks similar to Krakow'"

AVANGAR became the second semi-finalists of the StarLadder Major after taking down Vitality on the first day of the playofs. We spoke to Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev after the match to talk about their continued upset run in Berlin.

AVANGAR joined Renegades in the semi-finals with a 2-1 victory against Vitality with convincing victories on Mirage and Dust2 either side of the Frenchmen's success on Inferno.

AdreN is happy the team stayed composed throughout the series

After the series, AdreN talked about the lack of pressure on the team and their ability to stay focused despite a comeback attempt from their quarter-final opponents. He also touched on the upcoming semi-final matchup against the Australians, whom they beat during the New Legends Stage.

After you made the playoffs I talked to dastan, who said that pressure wasn't going to be on you but rather your opponents. So was that the case after all, did you feel any pressure today?

No, we didn't feel anything, we just focused on how we were going to play against Vitality. We knew that they are a strong team, but the important part was how we would head into this game mentally. I'm happy we managed to come in focused and win the series.

Tell me about Mirage, not really a strong suit of yours historically, but today you managed to make it look convincing at the start of the series.

We have had problems on Mirage, but when we had the four-day break we practiced a lot of Mirage, so we just figured out how we were going to play and focused on how to play against Vitality. We knew we had some pretty good rounds on the T side, but we weren't sure about the CT side, so we just focused on that in practice.

You had a good lead at the beginning of Inferno, but ended up dropping it towards the end of the first half, what happened?

We had a good start, but I think it was a lack of experience in the big matches, when you have a lead and you know that you're winning, we were unfocused after that, we made bad calls at the end of the first half. We felt like the game was going out of our hands and they started playing really well. On the CT side, we didn't stop a few rounds that we knew they were going to do and that's it.

Even though you were on low economy almost the entire way through, you kept up the pressure in the first half of Dust2, how did you manage to not let them back into it?

We've been pretty confident on Dust2, we knew how they play and we have a lot of setups to beat the teams that are playing that kind of defense. We read every movement that they made on the CT side. When we switched sides, there was the sick round by ZywOo, but I'm happy we did a great comeback after that, it didn't affect us, so that was cool. I like that, even though it's the first big stage for the guys, I'm happy we didn't tilt and took it seriously.

Facing Renegades in the semi-finals, after your run surely you are confident going into the next series?

Of course we are confident, but no team can be in the semi-finals without deserving it, so it's going to be a big match, it's going to be tough. I know nothing is going to be easy and we just need to focus on that.

A lot of parallels are being drawn to your PGL Major Krakow run, AVANGAR weren't even expected to make the playoffs and now you're in the semis proving everyone wrong, is this starting to feel a similar way?

Actually, when we entered the arena for the first time I saw the stage and said that 'yeah, this looks similar to Krakow.' Yeah, we felt pretty good going on stage, it didn't scare us, and it hyped us up.

Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
Australia njld2 
2019-09-06 10:37
2019-09-06 10:38
Adren > Neo
2019-09-06 10:39
Netherlands HetIsPatat 
2019-09-06 11:04
individual skill, yes. but neo can igl, not sure if adren cound do that well
2019-09-06 11:31
He has already told in an interview that his English is not good enough to process the information and call in pressure situations as fast as a decent IGL should do.
2019-09-06 13:00
Great IGL in Kazakh maybe?
2019-09-06 14:14
Belgium RobinDG 
But what can we do with that?
2019-09-06 15:07
Win a major 😎
2019-09-06 18:00
Belgium RobinDG 
Yes mens new era 😎
2019-09-06 18:56
United Kingdom n33b 
Not sure NEO can do that job well either tbh have you watched faze lately?
2019-09-06 14:39
rain | 
United Kingdom Kaiiid 
He fails because his teammates are failing to do their jobs
2019-09-07 10:49
China R1KKA233 
2019-09-07 08:02
Oh man oh man
2019-09-06 11:04
Happy | 
Poland Millka 
Deja vu of Krakow? So we have just a question - who will win - Adren or Zeus? ^^
2019-09-06 11:17
2019-09-06 11:26
Austria Tw1RLY 
2019-09-06 11:39
Lulquid. You’re right.
2019-09-06 13:00
Portugal NMS467 
What you talking about? It will be EZ4ENCE oh
2019-09-06 12:52
Xyp9x | 
Denmark baccster 
2019-09-06 13:02
2019-09-06 14:14
shox | 
France Zyw0o1v9 
2019-09-06 18:30
Norway Alexed 
2019-09-06 10:37
Norway m3r0 
Avangar will win the major
2019-09-06 10:37
Actually, they’re just making things easier for Lulquid
2019-09-06 13:01
2019-09-06 23:31
Thank god stewie managed to choke Amen He was nice at his MiBR times, but now he’s an stupid arrogant kid. It’s very easy for Astralis now.
2019-09-07 00:02
2019-09-06 10:37
Dosia | 
Europe Lounatus 
2019-09-06 10:37
Germany Bicepsislove 
2019-09-06 10:38
Australia Turboblaze_  
Good luck to Renegades!
2019-09-06 10:38
The Boyz will win dem
2019-09-06 12:50
United States EliteDarkSoul 
2019-09-06 10:38
Nice from Avangar
2019-09-06 10:38
Ah shit here we go again
2019-09-06 10:38
2019-09-06 10:40
2019-09-06 10:43
Russia Sur10n 
Avg vs NRG final is comming.
2019-09-06 11:44
AVANGAR to win the major? AdreN two times major champion?
2019-09-06 10:39
qikert | 
Kazakhstan Ametiev 
Alga, moonface
2019-09-06 10:39
Europe Wallflower 
Faze: AdreN was the problem
2019-09-06 10:39
Russia Mike_Shinoda 
They won 2 tournaments with him, whattheheck
2019-09-06 10:48
tbh these events were low priority but still
2019-09-06 10:54
Both included t1 teams?????
2019-09-06 11:07
The ELEAGUE invitational most definitely did not have T1 teams.
2019-09-06 12:04
device | 
Denmark bebm 
False eleague invitation had faze c9 big and col c9 big and col are t3 teams
2019-09-06 12:40
NiKo | 
Serbia Vilota 
Still they 2-0 liquid with adreN.With NEO 0-2
2019-09-06 11:21
device | 
Denmark bebm 
different mentality for the 2 liquids they faced the liquid at miami was weak mentally, they had not gotten their streak of wins yet, the liquid at LA was in peak form if adren faze played the blast LA liquid they wouldve lost 0-2
2019-09-06 12:41
they needed a fifth for a few events. AdreN doesn't IGL, which they were looking for
2019-09-06 10:58
He wasn't the problem, but neither he was a solution that FaZe needed.
2019-09-06 11:04
This, my friend, good answer, shake hands
2019-09-06 11:15
Poland GoldNess_ 
Good comment)
2019-09-06 12:13
Malaysia Byitch 
+1 i shake hands with you too.
2019-09-06 14:34
Netherlands byznavy 
Interesting match it's was and gonna br
2019-09-06 10:40
Gambit 2.0 inc?
2019-09-06 10:40
So crazy that either AVANGAR or Renegades are going to be in the grand final. Really anticlimactic.
2019-09-06 10:42
Estonia sux3ss 
And either of them are going to win it too lmao
2019-09-06 10:44
Kazakhstan nuxyjlbka 
you never know you never know (c)
2019-09-06 10:46
Flair checks out
2019-09-06 12:05
United Kingdom n33b 
So you would prefer a 1-man army or a dead lineup, neither of which deserved to win their quarter? I'm fairly sure that would be less climactic. Better TEAM won in both cases.
2019-09-06 14:48
As a fan I would prefer a grand final with two established top teams. Of course the better teams won, but it's not about that. I'd like to be hyped for a grand final.
2019-09-06 15:49
United Kingdom n33b 
The majority of established teams have been trash lately. That's why ENCE were able to come in and make the final last time. That's why liquid were able to dominate for so long. I'm just happy to be seeing good competitive cs again. Most boring era of all time is over hopefully. We've got semis before getting hyped for what will hopefully be a good final this time anyway.
2019-09-06 15:55
It's been pretty much the same thing in every era. There's rarely more than 2-3 really good teams that's contending for the first place in the ranking simultaneously. But of course, I always want to see good and competitive games, but at the same time it's more of a personal preference. In a dream scenario the grand final would be between #1 vs. #2 in the ranking. If it's #1 vs. #15 or #16 it's a bit anticlimactic. That's all I'm saying.
2019-09-06 16:08
United Kingdom n33b 
If #15 or #16 has been beating the rest of the top 5 along the way it can be just as interesting and also a hyped final. So long as they keep their performance up throughout of course.
2019-09-06 16:15
Dude, read my comment again. I'm not saying that the team in the grand final doesn't deserve to be there.
2019-09-06 17:28
United Kingdom n33b 
I know & I am just saying it can be hype without top 2 ranked teams, hltv rank is not life. It's not much at all really when you look at liquid and vitality @ this major overall.
2019-09-06 22:35
It can. But not as much. This is highly subjective, and simply my opinion. Will probably never be as hyped as I could be by watching Renegades in a major grand finals. That's it.
2019-09-06 22:52
Finland EZ_4_FINLAND 
AdreN 2 major NA 1 major LUL
2019-09-06 10:43
I just don't like this guy
2019-09-06 10:43
Why ? You can always see he is happy to be where he is, no matter where he is. He just seem to enjoy life. Such a cool guy to be honest.
2019-09-06 10:53
I am a piece of shit, I mean, for some reason, his face just gives me a bad impression. This melted a little bit tho', through this major. cuz I know he's quite in age for csgo (29), but I can see he still enjoys and delivers. So the problem is with me, don't worry
2019-09-06 12:59
Kazakhstan MahNinja 
who cars?
2019-09-06 13:00
Estonia sux3ss 
Ez 2nd major for daddy Dauren
2019-09-06 10:43
Turkey headshotk1ng 
2019-09-06 10:43
2019-09-06 10:44
Philippines etalynx08 
Winning is like a drug, its addicting!
2019-09-06 10:48
Other admin_1 
Adren was the problem
2019-09-06 10:51
2019-09-06 10:52
Indonesia Exodd 
Lol he’s just milking it at this point
2019-09-06 10:56
He contributing so much experience, team play for AVG
2019-09-06 10:58
Germany Flachzange 
2019-09-06 11:05
Russia Sur10n 
I just been in this place before
2019-09-06 11:45
dupreeh | 
Kazakhstan axakz 
Higher on the beat
2019-09-06 16:02
Ah shit here we go again lol
2019-09-06 11:05
X2 major incoming for GODren?
2019-09-06 11:09
Denmark potatomato 
2019-09-06 11:10
Big Brain Time with adren
2019-09-06 11:10
AdreN | 
Germany YouGin 
I feel so proud, crazy. I still have goosebumps, so happy for Adren and the guys, great game.
2019-09-06 11:10
Ty for making this the easiets major win for Astralis
2019-09-06 11:11
2019-09-06 11:17
Kazakhstan dwait 
I don’t think so..)
2019-09-07 10:19
Bye semi finals
2019-09-06 11:16
Lithuania a2kas 
and it looks like my toilet
2019-09-06 11:16
Brazil NiceBrazilian 
Similar to Krakow? Avangar ez major winner lol
2019-09-06 11:16
2019-09-06 11:46
Sweden Bakkmann 
Adren 2 times major mvp
2019-09-06 11:18
Russia foggy54 
nah, in case if they win Jame would be mvp for sure
2019-09-06 14:11
nice luck bro!
2019-09-06 11:18
Argentina jturi 
I cant read the note because all the smoke around AdreN. PD: He suck.
2019-09-06 11:19
India Frost2639 
Adren be like "Ahh shit here we go again"
2019-09-06 11:23
adren should be happy he gets_carried lmao if they win this is all gambit flashbacks, would be nice vs zeus but on the other hand i want s1 to carry the cup for once 😭😭
2019-09-06 11:23
AdreN_2_major RpK_0_major
2019-09-06 12:17
french cs LUL, who supports them anyway xD go cis & russki blyat <3
2019-09-06 14:24
2019-09-06 11:29
RNG clearly anti strated Vitality on Mirage focusing A 90% of the rounds using the 1-2-2 defense at their advantage. The question is why the hell Vita took so long to adjust and make a more balanced 2-1-2 defense or at least a 1-2-2 with an agressive approach on mid and under to ease the rotations and don't be victims of RNG CPLs on A. The issue is that once the doubt got in their head on the CT sides they stayed way too passive to expect a good performance especially against RNG playing really packed and sharp.
2019-09-06 11:34
Mr Striker you misspelled playoffs
2019-09-06 11:36
2019-09-06 11:46
Well stage seems similar but stats of his definetly not. Sorry lads I really like Adren but he went downhill sadly
2019-09-06 12:03
BnTeT | 
Indonesia Crysta 
2019-09-06 12:21
Turkey Dylan_Klebold 
shit man this major like a shit
2019-09-06 12:06
Russia alebedkov 
ALGA Avangar!
2019-09-06 12:17
Xyp9x | 
CIS Fornad 
We just played our game
2019-09-06 12:26
shroud | 
Denmark pgg 
2019-09-06 12:27
Kazakhstan Ganzalesz 
Second Krakow?
2019-09-06 12:29
Nt ruski
2019-09-06 12:51
Norway flipflop 
AdreN - looks similar to Krakow Jame - not really
2019-09-06 13:19
truly one of the best
2019-09-06 13:37
Hes gonna win cuz its similar to Krakow, mark my words!
2019-09-06 13:44
Bulgaria vectralsoul 
EZ Clap
2019-09-06 14:11
Kazakhstan bloodyblurry 
2 major for AdreN? looks like so ;)
2019-09-06 14:55
AVANGAR era starts, next major is their too. AdreN_3_major. Club of the 3 major WINNERS: JW flusha pronax davis dupreeh Xyp9x gla1ve and AdreN.
2019-09-06 18:15
United Kingdom n33b 
Liquid realised other teams are finally performing after like 6 months off and are shitting their pants, choke is real, cry is free. Blastralis are still pretty ass. Na`Vi are still a one man army except it's ecotronic not p1mple this time. Still plenty of bot-like plays in them even after dropping Edward. NRG are good (carried by the great bulgarian cerq) but if 1 or 2 players don't show up they're so damn bad. Looks like RNG are actually going to be the toughest test for the boys. Let's go AVANGAR! It's Jame Time.
2019-09-06 14:57
If players don’t show up team is bad. Sick analysis breh.
2019-09-06 16:04
United Kingdom n33b 
Was inferring 1 or 2 in particular that they rely on like brehze and/or cerq. Sick understanding breh.
2019-09-06 16:06
I understood. But if 2 players don’t deliver it doesn’t matter which team, it will fail.
2019-09-06 16:07
United Kingdom n33b 
Pretty sure Na`Vi can and usually do win with 2 or 3 not showing up
2019-09-06 16:07
Depends on How you define showing up I guess..
2019-09-06 17:36
Edward | 
Ukraine rozhok 
2019-09-06 15:05
Croatia feelsbadmane 
Lets go AdreN,faze to dumb to realize they kicked their best player,better keep the party boy that doesnt practice instead lolollololo
2019-09-06 15:06
United Kingdom n33b 
Oh they'll realize, probably in denial though and on to blaming the next problem that is not really the problem
2019-09-06 15:29
Sweden Trkmag 
Krakow tb yes
2019-09-06 15:17
2019-09-06 15:21
I thought the same lol
2019-09-06 15:39
Nice one :D
2019-09-06 16:08
Taiwan Himeii 
Krakow 2 electric boogaloo
2019-09-06 16:28
Thought the same as soon I saw the stage, let's go Avangar
2019-09-06 18:03
China R1KKA233 
Gog jame
2019-09-07 08:04
Krakow nice major :)
2019-09-07 09:27
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