MSL: "I heard device say we don't have tactical depth on Dust2 so I hope they pick it again"

We sat down with OpTic's in-game leader Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen after his side defeated FaZe in the Group B elimination match to talk about the state of OpTic and their run in New York.

OpTic started their run in New York with a loss to fellow countrymen and rivals Astralis in the opener, but were then able to send FaZe packing in the elimination match. Now, they will have a chance to once again play Astralis in the Group B decider match, which will grant the winner a slot in the semi-finals to face the Group A winner, Liquid.

OpTic felt in control the whole match against FaZe

In the interview, MSL touches on several topics including their match today against FaZe, bringing René "cajunb" Borg onto the team in Ismail "refrezh" Ali's stead, grinding in online qualifiers and tournaments, and finishes by sending Astralis a message to once again pick Dust2, a map OpTic lost 1-16 in the opener.

You started off on Nuke today, which you won 16-11. You took a lot of the close rounds and some clutch situations, getting the best of FaZe. What was it that made those rounds go in your favor?

We had a very good idea of how they were going to play and I actually think that, even though you say we won a lot of close rounds, there was really just one in which k0nfig shot three guys down coming from ramp. Even then, we were already in good positions because we knew how they were going to play and we got them where we wanted them. I even think we threw some rounds on T-side, especially the 5vs3 pistol round... we could have had a massive T-half. We picked Nuke because it was the only map we could see what they were doing on and we wanted to pick it to prepare well against them on it, which worked well. We were never feeling like we wouldn't win the match.

Dust2 came after and cajunb had a pretty good performance there and has been a solid Dust2 player throughout his career. Has bringing him on made you more confident on it?

Actually, we haven't been very confident on Dust2. We had a rough CT-half and also the T-side against Astralis, where they countered us pretty hard. But he played insane this match and overall I think as a team we played really well. We didn't have any idea of what they were going to do so we just focused on our own game and had good team play and made good agreements before the match, which worked pretty well. And yeah, cajunb played insane.

Tell me a bit about the decision of bringing him into the team and letting refrezh go, who was a player that at the end of last year was being watched by a lot of people as someone who could explode. It seems things didn't quite work out in the end and you went with cajunb instead.

We played the qualifier with cajunb as a stand-in and, actually, weren't planning on bringing him on. After the qualifier we felt that he brought what we needed in terms of not making a lot of mistakes, which is really important nowadays, having players that don't make many mistakes. So he just brings some calmness and makes players better because of it, which is why we chose him. I don't think refrezh is a bad player or anything, I actually think he's quite good and he's reflecting that a lot, so I'm sure he'll do well. His role was the exact same as cajunb's so we had to make the decision whether we wanted to bring in cajunb and in the end that was what we wanted.

Tell me a bit about TeSeS, he's part of this up-and-coming Danish generation. Last weekend we saw his former teammates sjuush and acoR do well at the V4 Future Festival, can you tell me a bit about how he is impacting the team?

He's a good player and had a good in-game leader in haste, who I think taught him a lot about communication and so on, which he's really good at. I just think he needs some more experience and some more time to become very, very good in the future. He's already doing well now, but with time he will be very, very good.

As you said, you played the qualifier with cajunb, and you're in this place where you're grinding and trying to get back in shape. How is that going?

It's not going so well, I'll be honest, online qualifiers are the hardest part of CS right now. There are so many Tier 2/3 teams that are so hard to beat. Everyone has good tactics and plays well together, so you really need to be 100% there to win and we're not always there.

It's something we've talked about and when we go back home we'll figure out a way to be more focused. Maybe we can have more bootcamps from which we play the qualifiers and online tournaments because we need to be more on, but I do think that we've played well at this LAN, which is a good sign.

Talking about bootcamping, you're playing with the OpTic jerseys and so on, but that's coming to an end. What does the future of the team look like, have you figured anything out yet?

We've had some talks with a few organizations, but nothing final, so we're just waiting to see what will come.

You're playing here in New York and then Malmö is coming up soon thereafter, Big Events that are important for you to get back into the circuit. How have you prepared and what's your mindset coming into these events?

We prepared a lot for these tournaments. We played for a month and ten days and although we struggled online before coming here I do think we're very prepared. We just need to show up here now. We have a pretty deep playbook and we haven't even shown everything we have yet, so we have a lot for Malmö as well. Hopefully we'll show up, it's all about communicating well and playing well together, and the ability to surprise. With that said, we had Astralis here as our first opponent and we'll have Liquid in Malmö, tough draws, but it is how it is when with our current ranking, we just need to do everything we can to surprise and get some good results.

Have you talked about what results you want to get?

Yeah, our goal is of course to make playoffs at both events, but realistically it's hard, especially here. We have to beat two top 5 teams, but the goal on my teams is always to win.

You have a rematch against Astralis coming up, how do you feel about that?

I feel good. They are an insane team but I have always had a good time playing against Astralis and I hope we can surprise them. I heard device say we don't have tactical depth on Dust2 so I hope they will pick it again and we'll see who has tactical depth.

Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
583
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1445
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
#1
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Vietnam EssenEsser 
Agree!
2019-09-27 21:33
#2
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Czech Republic Xedys 
Same
2019-09-27 21:33
Wow VeryNiceGuy watching the game rather than F5ing
2019-09-27 21:34
#18
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
16-1 coming up again
2019-09-27 21:35
he meant top 5 in nordic arena or V4 Cyber Cup
2019-09-27 21:42
Savage ahahahaha
2019-09-27 22:00
MARKED, but with niko playing that bad i call bullshet
2019-09-27 21:44
wrong niko. this is not faze
2019-09-27 21:45
#88
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
2019-09-27 22:31
and then Astralis got Jebaited into picking D2 and got 16-1'd never forget
2019-09-27 23:08
same
2019-09-28 04:05
Baiting Astralis axaxaxaxxaxa
2019-09-27 21:33
#4
Zeus | 
France faithlessz 
lol
2019-09-27 21:34
#5
jhd | 
Finland JHdash77 
OMEGALUL
2019-09-27 21:34
Lmao
2019-09-27 21:34
THIS TIME YOU BE DESTROYED 16:0
2019-09-27 21:34
#9
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South America FAN_OF_M16R 
MSL ahahahha 16-1 x2
2019-09-27 21:35
dam
2019-09-27 21:35
LUL
2019-09-27 21:35
#12
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Brazil bernog 
LOL
2019-09-27 21:35
#13
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Poland Gervush 
lul trashtalk
2019-09-27 21:35
LMAO
2019-09-27 21:35
ok
2019-09-27 21:35
touchy touchy
2019-09-27 21:35
#17
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Portugal beatje 
Oh shit MSL is coming for them
2019-09-27 21:35
hahahahahaha ya you thought
2019-09-27 21:35
#20
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
MSL genius playing mindgames, Astralis wont pick D2 now
2019-09-27 21:36
#92
Frankie | 
Finland jUPPE! 
No, they have to pick it now. Otherwise they look like pussies.
2019-09-27 22:40
+1
2019-09-28 00:06
#111
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Argentina p1nguinit0 
+1
2019-09-28 01:59
#21
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Sweden Akoulad 
clown!
2019-09-27 21:36
MSL you dont want the smoke trust me
2019-09-27 21:36
Cringe
2019-09-27 21:36
#24
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Russia ToughGuy 
So why did u say this to us?
2019-09-27 21:37
MSL you can suck my clit
2019-09-27 21:37
#38
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United States Trump2020KAG 
How about cats? They have nipples. Will u suck cat nipples?!?
2019-09-27 21:41
I suck any nipples. Humans, animals. Any form my man
2019-09-27 21:43
sore loser xd
2019-09-27 21:37
#27
MUTiRiS | 
Portugal PR1DZ 
device the cockiest player. you look at him and you see that he's a cocky northern guy who's fake af. then ppl talk about coldzera, who's an honest guy.
2019-09-27 21:38
+1111 but the worst is gla1ve. You literally see this guy cannot be happy for anyone if Astralis loses, he is just a fake toxic guy
2019-09-27 21:43
#70
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United States bigsex69 
he's just passionate, bro. enthusiastic.
2019-09-27 22:05
No man. This is not just enthusiastic. It's enthusiastic if you don't want to lose and always do your best to win. But it's another thing if you literally carry hate with you and are not happy at all for the winner when you lose. I don't say cold is right in every point but I feel exactly about astralis like he about device when he told that after astralis was on top device stopped talking to him and others and looked down on them
2019-09-27 22:15
#144
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United States bigsex69 
hate fuels the dark side. it's one of the reasons astralis is winning.
2019-09-28 11:48
#63
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Poland C4ctusjack_ 
Cocky2k is most cocky guy ever he still talking trash even if they loss soo
2019-09-27 21:51
+1 device no personality, coldzera made him cry with facts and logic
2019-09-27 22:12
Sorry favela guy
2019-09-28 16:58
#28
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Canada Michaelides 
LULW
2019-09-27 21:38
#29
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Poland Kleigen 
why did he even say that shit?
2019-09-27 21:38
To prove they are improving on Dust2 to Astralis?
2019-09-28 01:03
you're gonna get raped again you bald clown
2019-09-27 21:39
Nice move talking shit about player's hair on the internet
2019-09-27 21:41
Lmao you're malding
2019-09-27 21:42
Fortunately not my dude. I hope I will never like MSL. And I hope I will never end up in my mums basement to write shit about CSGO player's hair like you ;)
2019-09-27 21:46
definitely talking to a bald german
2019-09-27 21:46
#57
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Bulgaria Testforfun 
Nah its just every mans fear because almost all of us will go bald at some point. Could be at 18 could be at 68. Making fun of it doesnt do you favours
2019-09-27 21:48
Hairs transplants = problem solved
2019-09-27 21:49
#67
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Bulgaria Testforfun 
You have to wait for it to stop, or else u would have transplanted hair in the front and balding behind. I've researched cuz I panicked like a year ago LOL
2019-09-27 22:02
LOL thanks for infos!
2019-09-27 22:06
no, you just have to get multiple transplants throughout time lol like wayne rooney fallen is next, he already had one
2019-09-28 04:18
#32
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Oof. MSL ready for a straight up 2nd danish bloodbath battle.
2019-09-27 21:39
Astralis will 16-0 them on dust2 for sure
2019-09-27 21:39
#34
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France DesmondHumes 
God Msl, the best danish igl!! Show them men ))!
2019-09-27 21:40
They will pick it you noobs
2019-09-27 21:40
OMEGALUL
2019-09-27 21:40
#37
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United Kingdom @VOSSKi_tv 
hair^^
2019-09-27 21:41
Can't wait to see MSL outawp device again
2019-09-27 21:42
#46
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
+1
2019-09-27 21:43
#42
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Russia xtkjdtr01 
Yes i hope they will
2019-09-27 21:42
#44
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Finland Smoonah 
that 4head tho
2019-09-27 21:42
i like MSL nice guy, hope best for him
2019-09-27 21:43
#50
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Denmark GOATstralis 
He’s so funny
2019-09-27 21:43
#52
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Greece Petsos 
Lets see optic get a quick 2-0 elimination so msl can dream about being a top 5 team
2019-09-27 21:45
#53
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Lithuania aels 
GOAT igl msl will repeat what he did with north hltv.org/matches/2325766/astralis-vs-nor..
2019-09-27 21:45
#55
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Japan Jotaro 
Classic msl just like when he was on North lose D2 16-1 then destroy astralis on D2 next match up
2019-09-27 21:46
Hahaha. Oh well, having a few tactics left in the bag doesn't mean having depth, nor being close to Astralis' variety.
2019-09-27 21:48
#60
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Germany j3llY 
thats bait
2019-09-27 21:50
#61
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Georgia Fatal Fighter 
glave gonna pick it again for sure
2019-09-27 21:51
Yeah, they've been practising anti Astralis D2 strats, next time it will be 16-2 to Astralis not 16-1.
2019-09-27 21:51
#64
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Turkey Im_OK_guy 
MSL will ban d2
2019-09-27 21:59
#66
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Lithuania KoksSkirtumas 
Funny guy :DD
2019-09-27 22:01
shots fired
2019-09-27 22:02
OMEGALUL if you remove the 3 from 35th they are really 5th POG MSL called it
2019-09-27 22:41
#95
kennyS | 
Denmark Nu1u 
haha
2019-09-27 22:48
:D
2019-09-27 22:06
If they pick D2 again and you lose T side 14-1 or so again would be so funny kkkkkkkkkkk But I'm cheering for u MSL, fuck blastralis
2019-09-27 22:11
Astralis don't have tactics on dust either. Look at them against Evil Geniuses. The only think they've done on T side is rush B. A attacks almost never worked out (except one 2v5 victory) Astralis were demolished on Long and Short both. Even Mid to B Split aren't working that well. So if Optic steps up - they have a slight chance of beating Astralis.
2019-09-27 22:12
0/8, too obvious bait, he should practice on hltv forums
2019-09-27 22:13
indeed, all great IGLs practice baiting techniques regulary
2019-09-27 22:26
#77
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Armenia gr1nch 
msl rekted device once he will do it again
2019-09-27 22:14
device rekt MSL too many times to count
2019-09-27 22:18
#85
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
who cars msl rekted him twice in same tournament
2019-09-27 22:27
nt bait
2019-09-28 00:13
lol old man nt bait
2019-09-27 22:19
#81
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Ukraine beazztov 
double bluff
2019-09-27 22:20
#82
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
"...so we can lose it again."
2019-09-27 22:22
0 iq bait quote, as if they can fix their terrible D2 in 1 day
2019-09-27 22:25
#86
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Turkey Beaniwnl 
Damnnnn
2019-09-27 22:28
200IQ
2019-09-27 22:28
#89
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United States Rambeard 
I mean I hope they play better than they did the first time.
2019-09-27 22:36
#90
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Canada thelegend27 
6-16 8-16
2019-09-27 22:38
MSLUL going to get shit on again... back to Tier 3 events for Trashtic
2019-09-27 22:39
device is the fakest pro. in public he acts like an angel but everyone knows behind the scenes hes toxic and rude. i hope optic fucking destroys astralis.
2019-09-27 22:41
where is he toxic? saying they dont have tactical strats on DUST2 ? lol
2019-09-27 23:24
another 16:1 incoming.
2019-09-27 22:57
#97
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Brazil BAN_ASTRALIS 
KAKAKAKAKAKAKAKAKAAKAKA MSL
2019-09-27 23:05
#99
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Austria gex0r 
one of the most underrated IGLs. and apparently he's a fucking good AWP too
2019-09-27 23:12
#100
Estonia rYm 
omega
2019-09-27 23:14
Imagine being MSL and having any confidence
2019-09-27 23:16
nt msl but you gonna lose to Astralis again today
2019-09-27 23:47
#106
Twistzz | 
Greece 1926 
you really don't want them to pick it against you mr 60 year old looking 24 year old guy
2019-09-28 00:20
Always love big word from noname trash who will never be relevant in tier 1-5 scene.
2019-09-28 00:20
Nt oskar
2019-09-28 04:09
#108
arT | 
Lithuania SiK_ 
they did, gl NoobSL
2019-09-28 00:47
#109
JD | 
Poland PSZ 
And now you gonna lose 2:0 good job XDDD
2019-09-28 00:51
nt 60 years old
2019-09-28 02:30
#113
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Canada Michaelides 
KEKW
2019-09-28 02:30
#114
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Philippines p0k1em0n 
Yup, dev1ce was right lol
2019-09-28 02:31
#117
arT | 
Lithuania SiK_ 
Bald And Dumb. read the first letter of every word from the first sentence.
2019-09-28 02:32
LUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLUUUULLLLLL
2019-09-28 02:34
O M E G A lol
2019-09-28 02:35
xaxaxaxaxa
2019-09-28 02:40
lul
2019-09-28 02:41
Wow, thats big rekt :(
2019-09-28 02:43
#124
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France iNolake 
it didn't age well
2019-09-28 02:43
#125
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Sweden D24_Tic 
AAGGAGAGA
2019-09-28 02:44
tactical depth LUL
2019-09-28 02:45
#127
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Argentina Fa7e07 
lmao
2019-09-28 02:45
#128
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Canada thelegend27 
nothing that msl says ever ages well
2019-09-28 02:47
#129
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Canada Abolition 
HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA
2019-09-28 02:51
ahhahhahahahahahha Device was right LOL, what a joke
2019-09-28 03:22
#132
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United States GiantDays 
how'd that work out for you
2019-09-28 03:52
#137
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Denmark Sir_Cumcised 
Ouch
2019-09-28 05:04
Device was right xdddddd
2019-09-28 06:48
#140
Xyp9x | 
Turkey drizit 
Why do people make statements like that even tho they know they talk crap.
2019-09-28 07:28
#141
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Poland bakusiell 
LOL
2019-09-28 07:57
This didn't age well
2019-09-28 09:10
+1000
2019-09-28 13:19
#143
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Serbia livefour 
Lol
2019-09-28 09:30
MSL u're such a trash.
2019-09-28 14:17
sit down
2019-09-28 18:01
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen 21 - 41 -20 55.7 0.65
2019-09-28 20:10
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