dupreeh: "I think 2020 is going to be somewhat of a test year"
To close out our BLAST Pro Series Global Final live coverage, we talked to the MVP of the tournament, Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen.
The 26-year-old talked us through the grand final against Liquid, in which the Danes once again proved their dominance over the North American squad, completing an undefeated run at the Global Final to clinch their sixth trophy of 2019.
As the Bahrain tournament was the last of the year for Astralis, we also got dupreeh to look back at some of the team's highlights and asked him about how the landscape will change in 2020 with rumored new leagues coming in and changes to the BLAST format.
Despite the 10-1 start on Inferno, it looked quite tough for you to close out, in the end - tell me about the dynamic there.
I think everything just worked out really well for us in the beginning, we played really well, communication was on point, we had a really good idea of what they were going to do. We played the utility game perfectly and we just played our A game, I don't think they had a chance at that moment. I think we started being a little bit too eager, going for too many aggressive plays when it actually worked out really well for us just playing passively and using our utility whenever they used it. But we started out really great, which boosted our confidence.
Nuke looked to be getting close again after Liquid clinched that second pistol round to go up 9-7, but it seems that every time they are in a good position, you come back with something incredible like that forcebuy.
I don't know what happened in that round, I just remember that people were dying and, all of a sudden, gla1ve started killing people with the Deagle and then we won the round! That's just what happens sometimes in CS, people just make magic out of nowhere. Big kudos to gla1ve for winning that one, but I think we have to give a lot of credit to device and gla1ve on Nuke because they are the ones that are really, really great at playing the outside area, denying smokes and getting information, how many people get towards secret and everything. That just makes the job for me, Magisk, and Xyp9x so much easier, that we know if only one guy crossed or the entire team crossed, when to rotate and when not to rotate... They do a massive job outside.
We talked about your own performance earlier after that first series against Liquid and you kept going after that, earning your second MVP. Was there anything special about this tournament?
I have a little joke inside the team that whenever I have a really good tournament there is also someone else in the team having a really good tournament, and they end up playing just a little bit better than me. Obviously, I'm really happy to get my second medal and the first of this year. Being a really aggressive player and having a playstyle that is as aggressive as mine, it can be really hard to claim these MVPs, especially because sometimes you run in and get slaughtered, sometimes you just get unlucky with your timings. But when timing is clicking and you know how to approach everything, it just gets so much easier, and I think that first game I had against Liquid just gave me a really good confidence boost and I just kept going.
When Bahrain was announced, it was a big question mark when it came to the CS crowd, what did you think of the support here, after all?
I think it was great. Obviously, it was a small venue and there weren't as many people as we've been used to, but it was great to see that so many decided to come here and cheer. And everyone loved Counter-Strike, they seemed to be cheering for all the teams, so it wasn't really a one-sided crowd at all, so that was really great. It's great to see that a place where we don't really go that often to play Counter-Strike wants to support the scene and show that esports is a great thing. It's been a huge pleasure to be here and I'm looking very much forward to the next time we go to the Middle East to play Counter-Strike.
You had some ups and downs in 2019. First of all, what are you most proud of from this year, and, on the other hand, are there any regrets? Anything you could improve for 2020?
Let's start with the proudest moment. For myself, that was when we won the Major in Katowice just after my father passed, as a more personal one. That's the win that means the most to me in my entire career. But winning both Majors and still being able to claim as many trophies, we won three out of four last tournaments we played in, and obviously we had a disappointing loss in Odense, but that's what happens. It's really great to end it on a high note and win here, show everyone that we're still the best team in the world, and going into the Christmas break that we did everything we could and won. I don't think there's anything I want to regret. There have been some decisions that some people might think we could have done better, but that's how it is, you make decisions and sometimes it's the right one, sometimes it's the wrong one. Overall, I'm just happy that we had a really good ending to the year.
With so many rumors going around about 2020 and how the landscape seems to be in for a change, how do you think next year is going to look? Is it going to be very different from what we're used to?
I think there are going to be a lot of new things coming into play, with new leagues coming in and more exclusivity, and it's going to be really interesting to see how the BLAST format will work out now, as well. I think it's going to be a weird year in some ways, there will be a lot of new tournaments coming in, and the travel schedule might look a little bit different, but also for the better, maybe it's going to be for the worse, we don't know. I think it's going to be somewhat of a test year next year, with all of these new leagues coming into play. I think it's going to be an interesting year in different ways, but it could also end up being a year that could be a little bit frustrating.