gla1ve: "This was one of our best showings in a long time"

Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander chatted with us after lifting the IEM Beijing trophy and being awarded the MVP medal, the first he has ever won.

Astralis lifted the silverware at IEM Beijing after going on a nine-map winning streak, from their opening match against against local team ViCi to the best-of-five grand final against 100 Thieves. The Danes also had a remarkable series in the semi-finals as they lost but two rounds in a 2-0 thrashing of FaZe.

gla1ve led Astralis to victory in Beijing

The Danish in-game leader shared his happiness regarding winning his first MVP medal after previously coming close during Astralis' era in 2018, and talked about his team's current form and what awaits the Danes in the coming months as they prepare to play their final events of 2019.

First things first, you have finally won an MVP award. How does it feel?

It feels amazing, I never thought I would get one because I fought for one for so long, and every time I felt like I played a good tournament, especially in 2018, there was a teammate who was better. I was pretty close at DreamHack Masters Marseille last year, but s1mple stole it, so I'm really happy that I got it.

You did not drop a map the whole event in a really dominant performance. FaZe were only able to get two rounds yesterday, today you won all three maps in a best-of-five. Is the good old dominating Astralis coming back?

It's tough to say, it's only one tournament right now and we crashed out [in the groups] in Copenhagen, so to say that the old Astralis is back would be a bit sad because it wouldn't look too good, right? It's just one tournament, we have to work hard now to keep the level we had here, but I'm really happy with what we showed and I think it was one of our best showings in a long time. It was like playing the Major playoffs again.

Did you expect to have such a good tournament, coming into it?

No, not really, although I was expecting us to have a better tournament than we had in Copenhagen because it's a different format, one that suits us better. We had a pretty good gameplan and we had been working hard on both Nuke and Inferno, which we knew we'd play a lot, so I was pretty confident in our Nuke again and that made it a lot easier for me to feel confident going into the tournament.

Tell me a bit about the FaZe blowout, 32-2 across two maps. Were you surprised by how easy it was?

When you're FaZe and you're used to playing against a team with an in-game leader that has 70 ADR and you suddenly play one that has 120, you're going to have a tough time no matter if your teammates are also playing well, and they were playing amazing. There was nothing to touch on, no negativity, everyone was on the same page and we just knew what to do. I think FaZe also had a pretty bad game, so them having a bad game and us having a good one made it look pretty easy for us.

The biggest moment in the grand final today against 100 Thieves was maybe the 14-14 on Vertigo to close the first map out, but pretty straightforward other than that. How was it and what did you think of 100 Thieves?

It was tough on Vertigo because we had no idea how they played and we didn't exactly know 100% how we wanted to play ourselves because we only had practice matches, so when they came up with something new we just thought, "OK, what are we going to do against this?". We just tried to work around them and try to find some stuff we could use. We had tried some things in practice but we weren't sure if they would work. Some things did, some didn't, so now we need to scratch some things and make come up with some new things. We need to think about what we'll do on Vertigo.

100 Thieves is a pretty good team, but when you prepare against them you'll have an easier time because I don't think their playbook is that big. If you look at FaZe on Inferno, they have so many tactics, but when you look at 100 Thieves they don't have as many, so that's a difference between those two teams, for example. They have huge individual players, a lot of skill, jks and jkaem have both been really solid at recent tournaments, so I look forward to playing them more.

The year is starting to wind down, you have three events left. What does the final sprint look like?

Right now, when you stand here right after lifting the IEM Beijing trophy, I think saying that we want to win one or two more tournaments is fair. Two tournaments would be really nice for the team before going on vacation, it would be amazing, so that's my goal. We haven't talked about the goals for the next tournaments yet, but mine would be to win two more tournaments to make it a really good year for us.

There are a lot of teams circling around the top. You are a well-oiled machine, you have Evil Geniuses, who have been going up and down but can win tournaments, fnatic, who are showing up, Liquid disappearing a bit, FaZe... how do you see the rest of the pack?

There are so many contenders right now, us, EG, fnatic, FaZe, Liquid, NiP are doing a good job now too, Na`Vi.. that I think this is the moment in which you can pull through and get ahead of the rest if you do good late in the year. If we have three good tournaments, that would be our chance to show we are better than all of those teams. That's what we need to do, but it's going to be really tough. It's all about hitting the right day and tournament right now because you have one good tournament, then the next one you crash out and lose to some team that you shouldn't lose to, and it feels like it's the same for every team. I'm looking forward to seeing if everybody can find the right procedure to add more stability to their game and we can see better games.

Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
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gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
2019-11-10 17:00
United States FrothaIPBan 
Dominated Number 9th and 8th team in the world, what a great showing!!!! In honestly this Tournament was pretty bad in terms of good games. (Excluding Faze v EG game)
2019-11-10 17:17
2019-11-10 17:44
United States FrothaIPBan 
Dutch CS
2019-11-10 17:47
gla1ve kunger
2019-11-10 18:03
Atleast i have healthcare and a good education system unlike you. PEANUT BRAIN! HAHA
2019-11-10 19:26
Ethiopia BlackBird101 
had nothing to do with what he was saying, nice brain
2019-11-10 20:09
2019-11-11 07:08
Belgium Sedo04 
2019-11-11 10:13
default excuses by usa no scene fan xxxxxxxd
2019-11-10 17:47
United States FrothaIPBan 
No excuse in these 2 sentences, reading comprehension 0???
2019-11-10 17:49
first: "Dominated Number 9th and 8th team in the world, what a great showing!!!!" second: "In honestly this Tournament was pretty bad in terms of good games. (Excluding Faze v EG game)"
2019-11-10 17:52
United States FrothaIPBan 
That’s not an Excuse!!! Hello Excuse- to puts blame on something else or on someone
2019-11-10 17:55
gla1ve | 
Denmark flapdur 
You blame poor opposition for Astralis domination ... so yes, you pass blame. But haters of Liquid did the same, when Astralis were absent during some NA wins.
2019-11-10 18:43
United States FrothaIPBan 
2019-11-10 19:50
gla1ve | 
Denmark flapdur 
Right on
2019-11-10 19:51
lol EG rank1 lost to faze that was 32-2'ed by astralis. Vitality lost to Vince that was 3-0'ed by astralis ... only liquid should have been there. but liquid has been beaten continuously by astralis too. cmon retard. astralis is world's best team, get over it. they had a "break" from february until major in september where liquid had the upper hand, that was it.
2019-11-10 18:02
United States FrothaIPBan 
Yes because NRG core hasn’t lost to Faze before , retarded logic of if this team lost then the other team must have no chance
2019-11-10 18:03
it's a strong indicator within a short period (e.g. within a tournament). fact is that vitality and eg were offered their chances but failed missions that astralis manage to complete with extreme ease. why do we even have to argue whether astralis is the best. 32-2, 4 majors, 1 grand slam, seriously. they didn't win against them, but they won against them indirectly
2019-11-10 18:15
kryptonites has always existed in cs.
2019-11-10 18:33
This is so true !
2019-11-10 20:16
teams have different play styles, different play styles work better against others etc etc. dumb af logic lol
2019-11-10 22:41
yep. and they proved their play style were better against these two teams than faze and vitality. that's the same as proving they are to some extent better than these two teams. because being better than the other team is not just 1 to 1. it is about being good IN GENERAL. are you really so narrow-minded only looking at 1-1 fights ...
2019-11-11 03:12
but you were looking at the individual matches, so i was comparing the individual matches
2019-11-11 04:53
JW | 
Greece CMi_ 
with this shit logic, it doesn't matter astralis lost to EG. Idc if they didnt lose to faze before. They did now. Twice.
2019-11-10 22:35
AZR | 
France Bizandbie 
Na fan mad ))))) I love you to <3
2019-11-10 19:48
United States FrothaIPBan 
Ty White flag <3
2019-11-10 19:50
AZR | 
France Bizandbie 
Donald trump flag <3
2019-11-10 20:13
FaZe vs. EG was pretty mad
2019-11-12 08:24
2019-11-10 17:01
who cares? One spray, one kill, just Nvidia, no skill egg head
2019-11-10 17:02
So poetic mens))) I'm crying
2019-11-10 17:03
+1 kkkkkkkkk he must be a dj
2019-11-10 17:07
flair checks out
2019-11-10 17:04
2019-11-10 17:12
2019-11-10 17:14
+1 Xaxaxaxa oooh menssss XXXXXDDDDD Gla1ve top1 puncheable face
2019-11-10 17:52
Hungary mEZENCEphalon 
2019-11-10 17:01
innocent | 
Europe Mcpleu 
2019-11-10 17:02
Why? Did Nvidia release new update?
2019-11-10 17:02
Zonic lost some weight gj gg gl
2019-11-10 17:03
Argentina cheapdeed 
2019-11-10 17:03
ZywOo | 
Greece Arba_ 
Just SG 553 aka Krieg Bro
2019-11-10 17:04
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
And it's gonna be your last
2019-11-10 17:06
nice brain
2019-11-10 17:10
Tarik fanboy has no brain... WOOOOOOOO bomed out in groups. MD take the L buddy boy.
2019-11-10 17:45
mens)) 😎
2019-11-10 18:35
United States DervGuy 
2018 Astralis with Kreig = undefeated in tourney monkaS
2019-11-10 17:09
i dont like Astralis, but man. What a showing of them. And this guy gl1ave sick fragger igl
2019-11-10 17:09
actually a nice and humble interview
2019-11-10 17:12
suNny | 
Finland jakem0n 
2019-11-11 00:02
Hong Kong Joseph_Tin 
The best IGL, very happy to see Astralis in China. Hope we can see you next year.
2019-11-10 17:21
Turkey berkovic 
flair checks out ):)))
2019-11-10 17:25
The best IGL of all time, i don't really understand why people hate him and his team so much. They just do what they have to do and it is not their fault to dominate the tournament.
2019-11-10 17:34
Cuz they are the best. And the best team of all time. The best always gets hated. (Good example is Liquid their summer run) and sports in general.
2019-11-10 17:46
Or especially fnatic when they were dominating it was so much hate.. it was unbelievable
2019-11-10 18:13
Yeah every SAD kid is hating once there team isnt relevant anymore.
2019-11-10 19:26
Fnatic was different - soooooo many suspicious clips in their 2015 era. That's what ignited that insane hate for flusha in particular. But in general I agree... people tend to hate the best team.
2019-11-11 01:11
2019-11-12 21:07
Probably like GSW
2019-11-10 21:42
Denmark Menterx 
Sad but so true....
2019-11-12 19:37
Finland J3bediah 
As much as i hate them i still gotta admit Astralis bois got a good and professional attitude
2019-11-10 17:41
France cedd 
sometimes it is boring watching astralis win, but gla1ve is a sick player and huge respect to him. best cs igl of all time
2019-11-10 17:42
Sweden D24_Tic 
2019-11-10 17:43
Gla1ve, the top1 Punchable player of CS has the Eggiest Head of E-Sports Scene. I have pictures to prove!
2019-11-10 17:57
Denmark glaive 
Im sorry that my face is annoying you, little streetpooper! But you'll just have to get over it, cause you'll be looking at it for the rest of your life :0))
2019-11-11 10:14
Reported for fake account.
2019-11-11 17:37
Denmark glaive 
Why is my account fake?
2019-11-11 22:15
cya 99 years nvdia cheater
2019-11-12 00:00
Denmark glaive 
At least i got more money than your entire family tree. Go smoke some crack, little favela dirtbag :0))
2019-11-12 00:06
xaxaxa die
2019-11-12 00:06
Denmark glaive 
I will! In many, many years! With my entire family and my kids around me. You'll probably get slumped over in some roadside, little streetpooper :o)))
2019-11-12 00:09
lul first country n living this silly lonely life rope yourself soon
2019-11-12 00:12
Denmark glaive 
No no no, thats where you are completely wrong, little third worlder. Im just doing this before going to bed. Nothing gets me more ready for bed than reminding streetpoopers how digusting and worthless they are!
2019-11-12 00:14
Denmark Menterx 
You are sad on so many levels...
2019-11-12 19:39
Denmark glaive 
Based on some shit i wrote to a HLTV retard? Wow. Clever hypothesis!
2019-11-12 20:08
Brazil Gunzel 
2019-11-10 18:05
gum to teeth ratio 2/1
2019-11-10 18:35
Gla1ve el capitano
2019-11-10 19:12
hate astralis but they are gods,.
2019-11-10 19:25
Denmark glaive 
yes we are :0))
2019-11-11 10:13
Sweden NILSSON1114 
Well if Fnatic was invited the danes whould be on their way back to Denmark in the semifinals.
2019-11-10 19:30
True true God Flusha would handle Kustraliksen
2019-11-10 20:32
Sweden NILSSON1114 
100%, true my friend.
2019-11-10 22:53
congrats! zhuge
2019-11-10 20:33
ASTRALIS TOP 2!!! SO GOOD WTFFFFFFFF!!!! Gla1ve bestest!!! (North Top 1)
2019-11-10 20:56
Denmark QBE_ 
GOAT igl
2019-11-10 21:17
Denmark glaive 
2019-11-11 10:12
Denmark QBE_ 
Real gla1ve? Pogg
2019-11-11 10:37
What a humble and fascinating human being he is A CS genius, to say the least
2019-11-10 21:35
Algeria W0r 
Sure you did
2019-11-10 23:27
African Union mikecool 
Australis are a top team man. Good to see them showing their depth and 100thieves vulnerabilities. Good learning experience for all.
2019-11-10 23:41
nice cs, boring team
2019-11-10 23:42
Insane performance but we gotta remember that they only had to beat 100T, Faze and Vici to win the title.
2019-11-11 00:05
lmao what he really says is "this is one of MY best showings in a long time"
2019-11-11 00:48
If coach is allowed to speak during game, I think Zonic actually helps a lot with igl It is obvious that absence of Zonic made them lost badly on day 1 of Blast Pro
2019-11-11 00:55
an IGL earning a MVP impressiv dude
2019-11-11 01:03
that guy sucks ahahah
2019-11-11 03:30
Finland Smoonah 
reported for using Asianface
2019-11-11 03:30
deserved . best IGL
2019-11-11 03:44
MSL still the best IGL in the history of cs
2019-11-11 09:06
Denmark glaive 
Where is his Major trophies? Im the motherhecking best. Everyone else in this scene doesn't matter. It's ME who decides the meta and THEY will have to adapt. I AM COUNTER STRIKE.
2019-11-11 10:12
You should not do that. Its unlikely that glaive would appreciate that some random dude is impersonating him and saying juvenile and stupid stuff.
2019-11-11 18:20
Insane showing for sure
2019-11-11 12:48
broky | 
Latvia dawls 
Yeah didn’t see the game but took a closer look at scoreboard, gla1ve was owning everyone like a mad man, gg wp
2019-11-11 12:51
i hate astralis
2019-11-11 13:05
Ireland Jchmcgovern 
aw yuss
2019-11-11 18:04
mock | 
United States fizZz^ 
I mean obviously? its your first win in a while. You dont need to state the obvious
2019-11-11 18:12
2019-11-13 08:40
bro hltv losers don't care
2019-11-14 12:20
Best team of Counter Strike ever, hands down
2019-11-14 12:23
insane team Astralis..
2019-11-14 12:26
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