device: "I'm definitely not feeling in my best shape, but I'm happy as long as we are winning"

We caught up with Nicolai "device" Reedtz after Astralis made it through to the grand final with a convincing victory over NiP.

The Danes are now waiting for their opponent in the grand final after taking down NiP in a two-map series, which saw the Swedes put up a solid fight on Train but eventually concede the best-of-three after a convincing affair on Nuke.

device expects Liquid to join them in the grand final

After the match, we got a chance to speak to device, who commented on the first half of Train not going according to Astralis' plan before reflecting on his form and some below-standard performances as of late.

Running through the final, it ended up being quite convincing even though there was a point on Train where NiP put up a good fight, did the series go according to plan?

We started out really well on Train and we felt like we had the money control and everything, so we were pretty surprised when they got seven rounds. It didn't really go according to plan, I think you always want around 10 rounds on the CT side. Overall, we felt like we were in control, but they had some great pushes, Plopski had a round where he just pushed pop and caught us off-guard, same with f0rest on Nuke in some of the rounds. So yeah, I think they tried to play very explosively and tried to catch us off-guard, they know we are a slow team that like to take control before we do anything, so it felt like that was their game plan and we just adapted after that, started playing more slowly and it worked out.

People have taken notice of some of your underwhelming performances lately, mainly on Train back at EPL against mouz that even gla1ve mentioned as something you're not used to, and there were also some slow starts from you here in Bahrain. Are we reading too much into it or are you not feeling in your best shape?

Oh, I'm definitely not feeling in my best shape. I think that it's the end of the season, it's been tough on the mind and the body recently, so I'm just trying to put as much energy as I've got into it. I just haven't put that much work into the individual game, and, as gla1ve said on the Train game, if I just hit one or two shots we probably would have won that.

I don't really think too much about it, as long as we are winning then I'm happy. You can always improve individually but it's so hard at the end of the year to have that strength and energy and to just push through, so I'm just trying my best, honestly.

You're through to the final without anyone being eliminated at the moment. Do you as almost everyone else expect Liquid to join you there?

Yeah, I guess Liquid. In my opinion, they are better than the two other teams, so yeah, I 100% expect Liquid and I expect them to pick Vertigo in the final because it didn't work out for them on Inferno. Yeah, Liquid, and they'll probably change up the veto.

How much of that opening win do you attribute to dupreeh and his performance, though, could it have gone the other way without it?

Oh yeah, for sure. It's the game, right, sometimes some people just carry the game. I think he carried a lot of the slack, of course there were opening frags all around the team, but yeah, if you have a guy dropping 62 in two maps he's doing something that doesn't happen often. Of course, it meant a lot to us that he did that and it meant that we got a good start here. We're not a team that plays too much off individual performances, so I'm sure we could have clinched it without that, but he made it a lot easier, of course.

Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
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GOAT of csgo! Only Niko is better.
2019-12-13 15:58
Better at choking???
2019-12-13 15:59
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Finland Homeless775 
2019-12-13 16:55
United Kingdom Cryaosic 
Old joke
2019-12-13 17:01
device | 
Romania gra1red 
2019-12-13 18:20
India sp@rk 
You mean Nicolai? Ok
2019-12-13 16:04
he's the elephant of csgo
2019-12-13 16:49
shrek | 
United States 69420 
Niko good but not best Jw bestest
2019-12-13 16:55
Niko omegalul
2019-12-13 17:13
United States Crimmy_ 
niko = best igl of in csgo ever he managed to lead a super star team into failure
2019-12-13 17:26
+1 :D
2019-12-14 13:59
Niko better than device? ROFL nice joke. Niko is shit, one of the most overrated players of all time.
2019-12-13 18:29
True. Just good aim.
2019-12-14 13:59
Brazil Ahab 
don't feed the trolls
2019-12-13 19:24
LOL device
2019-12-13 15:57
maybe it's the CURSE D:
2019-12-13 16:30
Switzerland eggshells 
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Switzerland eggshells 
checks out
2019-12-13 19:16
Denmark QBE_ 
Good men))
2019-12-13 15:57
device not even top3
2019-12-13 15:57
+1, boring. Only gets kills because of team system, solo capability low
2019-12-13 16:00
This is a team game, not DM. You're watching the wrong game dude.
2019-12-13 16:15
device 5 years top 5, what about stew elige 3 years top 20, what about stew
2019-12-13 16:41
0/8 borgor
2019-12-13 17:06
nt chrisj stewie only relevant cus of god elige
2019-12-13 17:06
chrisgay? lol, wait where was EliGE boston major?
2019-12-13 17:07
sorry elige cant carry 4 bots forever men))) elige the goat of na, stewho?
2019-12-13 17:08
lol, wait where was EliGE boston major?
2019-12-13 17:08
lmao mad cus thats the only thing stewie has over elige stewie getting carried and only known for that one round nt chrisj
2019-12-13 17:08
lol, wait where was EliGE boston major?
2019-12-13 17:09
delusional stewie2k fan lol mad that stewie sucks and is the reason liquid never beats astralis? nt noscener
2019-12-13 17:10
lol, wait where was EliGE boston major?
2019-12-13 17:12
lol mad that i’m right stewie 2 kills vs faze XAXAXAXAXA carried like always
2019-12-13 17:32
you really have parkinson
2019-12-13 17:11
poor Romania talking LUL
2019-12-13 17:12
read above
2019-12-13 17:13
poor Romania talking LUL
2019-12-13 17:14
i might be poor but aint retarded like you
2019-12-13 17:17
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FalleN | 
Brazil opanco 
depressive baiter unfortunatelly :( sending prayers to you and your family, bro. always keep your head up
2019-12-13 18:50
+1 Top10 max skill
2019-12-13 16:08
You're right because he's top 1
2019-12-13 16:11
2019-12-13 16:16
Nope, nobody is close to device in performance and achievements in 2019
2019-12-13 16:22
Well ZYWOO deserves it this year ...him or device
2019-12-13 17:04
Colombia MonstarX 
Win 1 tournament and stole 4 MVP is deserved to be Top 1? Bait mates to get kills to have good rate to only be Top 1?
2019-12-13 18:02
s1mple and zywoo still better than ecovice
2019-12-13 18:06
Colombia MonstarX 
All superstars players try to be just individual and bait to be the best, device is more team player that why he's rating is lower than both
2019-12-13 20:06
nt but s1mple and zywoo better than dev1ce
2019-12-13 20:08
Colombia MonstarX 
I never say no
2019-12-13 21:20
then stfu asshole
2019-12-13 21:40
Device is far more ahead than others right now. I can just see Simple baiting and stuff always. Zywoo is what I feel the best in individual games. But Device with such consistancy is what makes him the best.
2019-12-15 03:41
Tf? Do u ever watch his games?
2019-12-14 09:05
Estonia sux3ss 
Yes. As a fan of s1mple and with my respect to ZyWoo I got to admit that device deserves top 1 this year more than anyone else.
2019-12-14 12:57
Colombia MonstarX 
I literally watch everything, even the Tier 999999 events like LOOT.Bet, but I used an example, and well, Respecting s1mple and Zywoo, device deserved the Top 1 instead them
2019-12-14 14:35
Last time astralis were skipping events, especially in china and far places, and the stated reason was device's health, now they're basically playing every event, everywhere, Or maybe he just needs a break, he surely didn't look good at EPL
2019-12-13 16:02
2019-12-13 15:58
I love astralis but device is not better than s1mple
2019-12-13 16:17
That's why he never wins. Csgo is just isn't about getting frags. That's why u lose ur rank if a lose a game and still have 50 frags. Device has both frags as well as Mvp, trophies and a cherry with better Utility usage. Simple is what I see plays some individual game rather than team play. So they never win. He is just a Frag hunter. And ya i like him a lot For his playstyle. But he doesn't deserve to win Hltv #1 when others win championships at bigger stages.
2019-12-15 03:48
Finland tiktoklover 
Device the GOAT
2019-12-13 15:58
Australia Boostral 
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NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031 
U wont ever hear that from Magisk, the best player of astralis.
2019-12-13 15:59
mimimimimiimimi hard gamer life,pussy
2019-12-13 15:59
no one cares
2019-12-13 16:00
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2019-12-13 16:03
United States jay_320 
Device has always had health issues seemingly related to travel and burnout. So has Twistzz just off the top of my head. Neither of them playing all that well right now. It is a long season I will certainly give the players that. I do hope that next year tournaments are scheduled a little better. EPL following ECS by a day, literally just means worse CS for all of us. ESL themselves tripped overthemselves with New York and Malmo being so close together as well. It's kind of silly. I don't mind having CS on a lot but when it starts to clearly effect the product I'm much more willing to hear out the players when they bitch about it.
2019-12-13 16:04
Estonia sux3ss 
2019-12-14 12:58
bad shape for device means 1.36 rating in upper bracket finals... that's the reason why he is top1 of 2019.
2019-12-13 16:05
Slovakia pgb1 
He is awp in a winning team. So hard to have. Good rating
2019-12-13 18:16
2019-12-13 16:05
wtf is he talking about shape?! You don't have to do cardio in cs. Just click with your mouse and shut up
2019-12-13 16:05
Iceland GranMa 
Im sure you would know much better than him..
2019-12-14 08:42
He's the GOAT! . . . . . . Giraffest overratedest of all time
2019-12-13 16:06
Spain elskio 
Only 1 match left for this year. cmon bru
2019-12-13 16:10
Astralis beating Liquid to get the trophy Making a statement of their own
2019-12-13 16:13
United States DervGuy 
Amazing to think how he's been in all top 20 lists since 2014, and he's been in the top 5 since 2015.
2019-12-13 16:28
Does any other player make more excuses than this clown? once his CsGo days are over he should move into politics, he already has all the attributes to become a excellent politician, excuses, more excuses and just when you think there are no more he comes up with yet another excuse, go away Dev1ce you're boring! and tell Magisk to have a wash with soap, his moon crater face is disgusting.
2019-12-13 16:28
2019-12-13 16:43
It's not an excuse, even glaive said in an interview that him and device have problems with jetlags and stuff. You being this butthurt maybe because your team is on a slump rn and can't even make it to top 20. MAGISK's face is disgusting? How about your attitude and manners? Shamless csgo fan. Go to LOL you piece of shit.
2019-12-13 16:47
Spain Chonita 
+1 imagine your team loosing and then you talk shit about a player having problems with acne...what an ass of a person
2019-12-13 17:25
Denmark Sir_Cumcised 
Worst piece of crap I ever read on hltv
2019-12-13 16:58
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
Nice excuses
2019-12-13 16:29
dupreeh >>>> device
2019-12-13 17:02
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Brazil FerW 
and still top 1 of 2019
2019-12-13 17:56
shox | 
India iejesus 
The second best of all time
2019-12-13 18:24
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