gla1ve on event schedule: "If this happens again maybe we will say no to a tournament, even if it is the finals"

Following Astralis' victory over Evil Geniuses, we talked to Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander about the end-of-the-year schedule, making the finals, and developing on Nuke.

Astralis displayed good form in Arlington, Texas, at the ECS Season 8 Finals, taking down Sharks, fnatic, and Evil Geniuses to reach the final of the $500,000 event. Following the semi-final match, we caught up with the team's in-game leader to hear his thoughts.

gla1ve described the schedule of the final events of the year as "sad"

gla1ve revealed that he is happy with the team's Nuke improvements, despite their loss to the North American team, but shared his frustration with the schedule for the end of the year, which sees three Big events played back-to-back.

Starting with the bigger picture, the last couple of events of the year. You are obviously a team that likes to schedule events, prepare for them, and the way they are now is three Big events within a small span of time and you can't really skip anything. How did you approach this to be prepared for all three?

It was really hard for us to schedule because, of course, we want to attend ECS Finals, Pro League Finals, and BLAST Finals. Every tournament has huge prize money and is really prestigious, so of course they all mean a lot to us. But, I mean, it is not really fair to go to three tournaments like this because after this tournament we are going directly to Odense and I'm sure that we are going to be extremely jetlagged. I think it is really sad because it is in our home country, so we want to do good there.

I mean, we have to wait and see how we are going to do, but I think it is pretty sad that it is scheduled like this. We could've said no to one thing, I guess, I'm not sure, but we decided not to. Let's see, if this happens again maybe we will say no to a tournament, even if it is the finals.

With what you said, people will comment that you are already having excuses for the tournament coming up...

(laughs) that frustrating for you guys, considering the schedule we have in CS right now?

Yeah, it is kind of sad that it is like this but I think it is a fair excuse to be jetlagged. You see a team like Evil Geniuses who went to China two times in a row and are now going here, I guess they are pretty jetlagged as well. I mean, it is really individual how you are affected by it, device and especially me, I'm having a really tough time with jet lag, so I think it is really tough. But some of the other guys have an easier time. It is really individual, but it is not the best.

Touching on the EG game, this year they've been kind of a kryptonite for your team, beating you quite a few times. Did you have a different approach to the game going into this match?

Most of time when we lose, I feel like we are losing because we are not playing our A game. I felt like we could be playing our A game today, it felt good before the match. I know Nuke was not that great, but still, it was a really close game, they are a good Nuke team and they picked it yesterday.

I feel like Evil Geniuses have a really high skill ceiling but sometimes their tactics are not the best. It feels like if they are playing against a really tactic-heavy team, like when we play really well, I think they look worse than normal. But I think they have so much individual skill, both Ethan and Brehze, they are amazing players, CeRq as well with the AWP, they have huge potential and I'm sure that we'll see them win some more events.

You mentioned Nuke, it was your home map before, then you went away for it for a while - is it still not where you want it to be?

I think Nuke is somewhat where we want it to be, I mean a lot of teams are so much better on it than they were before. Out of the last 12 Nuke games, — oh, now it is 13. So out of the last 13, we lost one, we drew one, and we won 11. Our Nuke is looking pretty solid so I'm pretty happy with it still. I think that today we should've won, we had a huge lead as well, but sometimes it is tough.

The thing I think is really tough is, when you are playing the same map so many days in a row, you have to figure out what to change in your tactic book. You don't need to make new tactics but you need to change them around. In the beginning of the game you can't do the same as you did yesterday and stuff like that. That's the thing that can be tough because you want to do your best tactics at the beginning of the game, but you can't do that every time.

Moving forward, potentially you play Liquid here, maybe at Pro League, maybe BLAST, because they are at all three events just like you. Would you like to have that rivalry also resolved in your favor, with a couple of wins against them?

No, I want them to win against us. (laughs)

Of course, I want the rivalry, I think the biggest rivalry we have right now in CS:GO is probably between us and Liquid. For the team and me it means a lot if we beat them at this tournament, it would also be nice to have the upper hand going into the last two tournaments. I think they have been looking pretty good when I watched some games from this tournament, they looked very solid, so I'm looking forward to meeting them if they win today.

Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
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I gotta agree with him the scheduling is really bad but it would be really nice of him to give other teams a chance to win some trophies after shitting on NA for the last 2 years.
2019-12-01 01:22
Sweden wyv0 
Last time they skipped tournaments they barely recovered.
2019-12-01 01:26
gla1ve desperately tries to justify how next year Astralis will only play BLAST tournaments
2019-12-01 01:27
Canada herocoolzzz 
+1 LUL
2019-12-01 02:31
who cares? complexity is a juggernaut and will dominate 2020
2019-12-01 02:39
Denmark iTipe 
2019-12-01 03:39
United States @FyreCS 
+1000 wtf XD
2019-12-01 03:46
Denmark [OLD2]Larsen 
2019-12-01 12:13
blameF | 
Denmark hEnzeee 
2019-12-01 13:48
BnTeT | 
Cyprus shmoe 
2019-12-01 14:53
Mongolia bozgor 
NA 2 months fluke era 👌😎
2019-12-01 02:50
era? Run*
2019-12-01 08:53
Denmark Derige 
>Barely recovered >Win major Choose one
2019-12-01 01:46
Dude he's talking about during the middle of the year when they looked lost no doubt they're good now but even still I don't think they're at the level they were last year tho they have reached that level a few times like at Iem Beijing where they wrecked everyone.
2019-12-01 02:58
Denmark Derige 
I know what he is talking about. But claiming that they barely recovered is not even close to true. Also saying they looked lost is also just untrue. They clearly had lost some of the motivation. And a few of the players were slumping in terms of personal form. But they were by no means close to doing anything speciel about it (roster change for example)
2019-12-01 19:09
Astralis 200iq saving strats to make themselves unreadable until the major was a great move imo, once they brought out their strats they were untouchable
2019-12-01 03:44
Sweden wyv0 
Flair and flag checks out.
2019-12-01 12:32
Nah. They have to deserve the trophy. The scheduling is good for viewers ( because obviouslly we can watch more games , as watching tier4-5 games is aids) but yeah , pretty bad for the players.
2019-12-01 01:30
I'd rather have less frequent but better events.
2019-12-01 02:37
Denmark Notallama 
I don't know about less, but quality is the key here. There should still be a lot of events for tier2 and below.
2019-12-01 03:05
Of course, but those should be events designated to be tier 2 and to give a chance to shine to lesser teams (ie dh open), not used-to-be tier1 events that get progressively worse because the good teams won't attend, just look at epicenter: no fnatic, astralis, liquid or 100t for a 500k event
2019-12-01 03:13
Denmark Notallama 
That theory wouldn't really go hand-in-hand with how it would work in reality though. There's no such thing as an event that's "designated" for tier2, besides for lower league playoffs. Nothing hinders tier S from attending when they suddenly have an open schedule.
2019-12-01 03:14
1)Prizepool 2) circuits (Grand Slam, Blast) They won't have an open schedule, just a less chaotic one, and the best teams won't attend lower tier tournament to prepare for the higher tier ones ecs Nov 28 - Dec 1, 2019 epl Dec 3 - 8, 2019 blast Dec 12 - 14, 2019 epicenter Dec 17 - 22, 2019 this is just idiotic
2019-12-01 03:25
The scheduling is only good for viewers who want to watch everything plenty of people would rather at least a week in between Ecs and EPL because many of the teams here may be jet lagged coming into that and this is only my reason personally but I really wanted to see 100 thieves win the Dreamhack open but it conflicted with EPL too much.
2019-12-01 03:01
is just a fallen tecnic scuses
2019-12-01 04:30
haha you are pathetic
2019-12-01 07:47
Turkey Diveland 
2019-12-01 01:21
United States WubbaBubba14 
2019-12-01 01:22
United Kingdom @VOSSKi_tv 
2019-12-01 01:22
United Kingdom Megamo10 
I eat thAt jk biggest virgin here
2019-12-01 01:23
China SwooksarV2 
No mens))) next step after beating NNN is beating DDD with girls)) You got this mens)))
2019-12-01 01:40
United Kingdom Megamo10 
Thanks men
2019-12-01 01:54
glaive's getting more pussay than you dude
2019-12-01 01:24
2019-12-01 01:24
2019-12-01 02:15
United Kingdom @VOSSKi_tv 
1 event, Astralis have missed countless events because playing a video game is too stressful
2019-12-01 12:52
At least astralis still can win some tournaments
2019-12-01 12:58
Poland rude_wredne 
brexit gaming)
2019-12-01 08:53
United Kingdom @VOSSKi_tv 
Auschwitz gaming)
2019-12-01 12:52
Poland rude_wredne 
While brexit is just a stupid meme (whole europe laugh at uk), joking about auschwitz is kinda meh men(
2019-12-01 19:08
United Kingdom @VOSSKi_tv 
sry mens(((
2019-12-01 19:10
Poland rude_wredne 
is ok mens)
2019-12-01 19:10
Brexit gaming would be the definition of pulling out of tournaments and saying "we will just get shitty low paid jobs and earn our own way"
2019-12-02 22:22
2019-12-01 01:25
f0rest | 
Sweden D24_Tic 
2019-12-01 01:23
2019-12-01 01:24
Denmark mrlolba 
2019-12-01 01:25
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
2019-12-01 01:38
best igl cs go has ever seen.
2019-12-01 01:25
Portugal Antzrede 
2019-12-01 01:48
Kazakhstan tomik0 
2019-12-01 06:37
Pronax > Gla1ve everytime.
2019-12-01 07:47
Gla1ve can outaim almost everybody if he's in a good day, relax.
2019-12-01 11:41
Pronax higher IQ with less forehead.
2019-12-01 13:22
Then why is he out of the scene
2019-12-01 23:54
cuz he decided to quit. What a stupid question.
2019-12-02 11:03
3 chances to get megarich
2019-12-01 01:26
Argentina Chief02 
2019-12-01 01:27
'Moving forward, potentially you play Liquid here, maybe at Pro League, maybe BLAST, because they are at all three events just like you. Would you like to have that rivalry also resolved in your favor, with a couple of wins against them? No, I want them to win against us. (laughs)' What a stupid question lmao
2019-12-01 01:31
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
liquid vs astralis isn't really a rivalry, astralis are much better
2019-12-01 01:39
It's just more the fact the interviewer basically said 'Do you want to beat liquid'
2019-12-01 01:40
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
oh yeah hahaha
2019-12-01 01:40
Astralis destroys the h2h but it's more of a rivalry because 2019 is kind of a competition of the team of the year being liquid or astralis.
2019-12-01 02:31
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
Stop being delusional lol
2019-12-01 03:33
What is delusional about that comment?
2019-12-01 03:37
Glaive legit said it was a rivalry lmao
2019-12-01 03:41
Australia CaZeR01 
R u dumb?
2019-12-01 04:27
he could answer like a true mens)) "I want closes and exciting matches that I win in the end, if it is too easy you get lazy but I need that fire to play best csgo".
2019-12-01 07:57
ropz | 
Czech Republic y0fl0w 
LUL nice excuses
2019-12-01 01:34
North America Kohix 
They're valid excuses because if you were to play 3 huge tournament, (1 being a event for the Intel grand slam and the other 2 being high prestige events with the best teams in the world), you would get pretty tired of them and want to take a break between them instead of going straight into an event after just finishing one
2019-12-01 01:40
but astralis is still winning events and making it to finals. hes just trying to help eg not feel as embarrassed
2019-12-01 04:04
Nice excuses for the tournaments coming up, gl :)
2019-12-01 01:37
Denmark MetatronKbh 
shh russsian,,,cheater country,,,doping, hope russian football will be baned,..,,cheater loser . we have a lot of trouble to taking Russians serious, you would feel the same way if you were from outside Russia, so get out.
2019-12-01 04:15
Australia CaZeR01 
Stfu edgy kid
2019-12-01 04:28
2019-12-01 04:51
Flag checks out
2019-12-01 19:55
This is true. Russia do so many bad things. All russians should realise this. Doping is wrong, invanding other countries is wrong, speaking russian in a international teamgame like csgo is also the wrong thing to do.
2019-12-01 19:09
They don’t need excuses since they will win anyway.
2019-12-01 19:54
U as we as others replying here need to actually read the interview to understand where my qoute cane from kiddos ahahaha oh boy its so funy
2019-12-01 22:56
just download discord or teamspeak when u play csgo ruski.
2019-12-01 23:04
Europe KittyChamp 
I agree with gla1ve. I want to see Astralis vs Astralis game.
2019-12-01 01:47
Astralis can suck my nuts
2019-12-01 01:59
swedes have nuts?
2019-12-01 02:44
NAF | 
Denmark Bekkr 
Hah!! +1
2019-12-01 05:11
Denmark ChirosK 
Nice try, Swede..
2019-12-01 04:39
I wonder what the odds would be - Prolly in favor of Astralis.
2019-12-01 02:00
One thing for sure, Astralis will win.
2019-12-01 02:47
Poland Chiirs 
That's actually great problem to have. The real problem is when you play no trounaments. I bet when they retire they would look into the past and see this time as one of the best in their professional career.
2019-12-01 01:56
World Beard43 
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Australia CLEGGY 
2019-12-01 02:15
2019-12-01 02:25
"Would you like to beat Liquid?" "No, i want them to win against us." nice job reporter
2019-12-01 02:44
2019-12-01 10:48
Brazil bandicoot 
just say no then you privileged smoke waller
2019-12-01 03:39
This is literally the same "excuse" EG gaves but no one shits on astralis for jet lag LOOOOOLOOOOL
2019-12-01 03:40
astralis won as many majors this year as eg did normal events cry is free, gla1ve just being nice and trying to not hurt you guys feelings too much like he did to MSLUL. msl never recovered and went silent after gla1ve called him out
2019-12-01 04:06
0/8 bait you type like a twitch kid
2019-12-01 05:38
ooooo is that a butthurt eg fan its ok that your team cant even beat mibr and mouz, we understand liquid is the only true top 1 na team
2019-12-01 06:50
Brazil cpch 
Dude is making a lot of money to play video games and crying like this
2019-12-01 03:58
gla1ve such a humble man, not burning eg as hard as he burned MSLUL. eg should be grateful astralis actually takes them seriously
2019-12-01 04:03
2019-12-01 09:39
Norway FACEIT_LVL_10 
2019-12-01 04:31
Arrogant fuck
2019-12-01 06:59
poor boy too much tournaments. Arrogant prick. I hope you don't come to any tournament. then I actually can see the game instead of your forehead.
2019-12-01 07:48
Finland nkr_niko 
When will NaVi or BIG win anything? oh yeah Astralis/EG/Liquid win every big tournament
2019-12-01 17:35
I don't care. The topic here is gla1ve nothing else. No arguments then change topic how low
2019-12-01 17:56
Jetlag won't be too bad when flying east.
2019-12-01 08:36
Die | 
Czech Republic krunker 
2019-12-01 10:50
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Brazil Folkz 
I understand his side. Preparation and time to study the other teams are the point that makes them the best team. But the rules are the same for all, all are harmed, not only they
2019-12-01 14:35
Sweden drolo 
ugly crybabe
2019-12-01 14:36
United States jay_320 
He's right. Tiny children on HLTV who have only travelled the US or Europe have no clue what he's even talking about. Going to China twice in the span of a month or flying from Denmark to Texas and back in a week fucking sucks for performance. It just does. Reality and all that shit. Luckily Astralis are probably mentally tough enough to at least give us a good match if not win outright.
2019-12-01 17:18
Finland nkr_niko 
2019-12-01 17:30
Portugal xxxRUI75xxx 
True. I fly a couple of times a year between the EU/US/Asia for work and I can vouch to that. I remember three years ago I flew to the US, UK, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan all within the span of one month. I love flying and travelling but at the end of the month I was physically burned out.
2019-12-01 19:16
Czech Republic C9in2015 
Best IGL in the whole history of CS.
2019-12-01 17:28
Yeah, because the Blast finals are on the same level as ESL Finals and ECS Finals. No event circuit that has mostly Bo1s is prestigious enough to skip other events.
2019-12-01 17:34
Rightfully so.
2019-12-01 17:48
china has money, china will have many tournaments by next year. get used to it :d
2019-12-01 19:10
You (glave) always complain and the truth is that organizers dont give a shit. Just do your fucking job instead of complaining to earn money to play cs. Ridiculous
2019-12-01 21:16
He is doing his fucking job - that’s why they are winning as much as they are. You should just get a fucking job in stead of whining.
2019-12-01 21:42
You just want all the good teams to be less well-rested so MiBR actually has a chance to win tournaments. Go ahead and LARP as a bootlicker. Pretend it isn't about how good it felt 2-0ing EG but I'm wise to your tricks, Brazil mens))
2019-12-03 04:29
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