Kjaerbye: "I hope I can stay in North, I believe in this team and my future here"

We sat down with Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye after North lifted the DreamHack Open Sevilla trophy in Spain, where the Danish lurker talked about a rough year for North, his past and personal growth, and what's to come.

North had a rough year with several roster changes, including three different in-game leaders, and were unable to make it out of the group stage of a tournament all season long. Finally at their last event of the year the Danes were able to lift a trophy, albeit at the smaller DreamHack Open Sevilla tournament in Spain.

Kjaerbye hopes contract negotiations with North will be smooth

Kjaerbye walked us through North's year, including his personal disappointment when Valdemar "⁠valde⁠" Bjørn Vangså decided to move on and leave his transition to in-game leadership behind. The Danish player also had an introspective moment in which he gave us an insight into his personal growth since leaving Astralis, which ties into his great run of form as of late, and ended by talking about North's plans to kickstart 2020.

Let's start low and go high. You've had a tough season, you played quite a few Big Events and weren't able to make it to playoffs. DreamHack Open Sevilla is a bit smaller than what you're used to, but you did manage to win it. Is it a consolation to at least end with a win?

Yeah, it's been a bit of a rough season for us. Actually, the whole year, I would say. Looking back, we were close to making playoffs at several Big Events, but that doesn't matter now because we didn't reach them in the end. It doesn't matter how close we were, when you look back at the year you look at the results and the way we were playing, and for the most part, it just wasn't good enough. That's no secret. It was also a tough season for us with a lot of changes in the organization, the roster, three different callers and playstyles to get used to, so it feels really good to end the year with a win at this DreamHack. We're still not there yet, and although this makes us happy, we want to be even better.

Losing valde, a star player turned in-game leader, could arguably be the biggest change to the roster this year, how has the team evolved since?

Gade really wants to be a caller, he's putting in a lot of hours and it's a really long process, and against the teams here it worked out. When it comes to leading, valde had a really good personality, especially thinking long-term and in his career, but he wasn't done being the star player. I totally understand that, because he's still really young, but I think that with more time and if he really wanted to at this point in his career we could have become a really good team.

It was a huge blow for me that he didn't want to keep calling because I was really comfortable with his playstyle and I think we played well. We've been working hard with Gade as an in-game leader, but we lost too many games and the results haven't been anywhere close to where we want them to be. There are a lot of mixed emotions right now, I'm not sure about how we're going to approach it yet. It'll be great to have some time off.

You've been in really great form, personally, even when the team has struggled. Is that at least a bit of consolation for you?

I've learned that only team results matter to me. A lot of things happened in my career, back in Astralis we had role clashes and I had been an entryfragger my whole career up to that point, so I didn't believe I could be a lurker. This year, when things weren't going well, I decided that I wanted to try and learn something new because that's what the team needed me to do when valde moved to the leading role, and I really ended up loving it. I don't mind what role I play, but if I can be an aggressive lurker, or play aggressively on the CT sides, that's where I think I can have the most impact. I'm happy that I can play any role, I've developed more as a player and now I like learning new things.

You touched a bit on your time in Astralis and the role clashes. You tweeted at some point about letting early success get to your head. How has that experience shaped you?

It has shaped me not just as a player, but also as a person, and I believe I have matured a lot. When I was younger I wanted to be a leader and have more impact, but looking back I was just a kid. I felt happy with the people in Astralis and my life there, I'm not sure why I was in such a rush, to be honest. I looked at myself in third person, not looking at feelings or emotions, just to do what was going to be best for my career, and at the time I believed it was going to be in North because we were struggling and I didn't know if I could be a lurker. Looking back there have been huge downs and a few ups along the way, I've always been a very sensitive guy that needs to stay true to his feelings, but I've learned the hard way on my own because nobody had any impact on my decisions.

It was the road I chose, the hard road, because I put too much responsibility on myself, but as I'm slowly getting older and more experienced I feel more well-rounded and calmer as a person. I now take things a bit slower, I think more, and you can maybe also see that in the game. I may not be there yet and I want to keep learning, but I really hope to stay with North because the organization has been really good lately, there have been a lot of improvements. We just need to take it many steps up as a team. Now we're going to go on vacation, then I'll come home to renegotiate my contract with the organization, where I've been for two years, and I really hope I can stay. I really believe in this team and my future here.

Have you thought at all about 2020? Anything you're particularly looking forward to?

I'm looking forward to the Major in Brazil, first of all. Right now I need some time to reflect on the whole season, both about the team and myself. Previously in my career I talked too much, to be honest. It's okay to dream, I'm a dreamer, but don't say it out loud before you can prove it or you achieve something because otherwise you look silly, like I did when things weren't working out. That just adds extra pressure on me and my teammates and I'm not that guy, I don't think I was, it was just a phase in my life in which I wasn't acting like myself, although that's no excuse.

Now I just want to go on vacation with my girlfriend, relax, see my family for Christmas, my friends for New Year's, and then be 110% ready for next season. We're going to have a bootcamp because our first goal is going to be to earn a spot in Katowice through the qualifiers and that's going to require a lot of individual skill. We'll have to be ready quickly after the vacation.

Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
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Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
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Croatia Esketite
nah rip career
2019-12-17 10:35
26 replies
Stop deleting my posts hltv.... Not sure 2020 will be a year with much success from North, I honestly see the chances for them to disband as much higher.
2019-12-17 10:44
17 replies
2019-12-17 11:22
4 replies
i hope they disband, trash tier 3 players getting paid tier 1 salaries
2019-12-17 15:40
3 replies
Kjaerbye on tier 1/2 team
2019-12-17 17:05
2 replies
fair, he deserves better if that's what you mean
2019-12-17 19:08
1 reply
2019-12-17 19:15
Argentina zrmkr
+1 Mr. Cum Sized
2019-12-17 11:37
Sir, fra Bolddk?
2019-12-17 12:59
1 reply
2019-12-17 15:32
Israel DatBoiSus
Me too, but who knows, navi looked like a peace of shit too, but s1mple believed in the process and now they are almost #2 material. I do think a major roster change needs to happen, working around kjaerbye and JuGi
2019-12-17 14:34
8 replies
I agree a roster change could change a lot, but i feel like North have been trying different roster moves in a while without being able to succeed. I think the organization might be thinking about signing a new roster if the bad form continues or atleast make a team around Kjaerbye and aizy
2019-12-17 15:24
7 replies
Israel DatBoiSus
It's true North have completely failed with roster changes, but the reason to it is because their pickups are terrible, atleast IMO. Maybe they should go international, because non-taken danish players are not doing it for the scene lately.
2019-12-17 15:45
6 replies
Yeah I agree, I would say there is tons of talent in the danish scene to be picked up though, just not sure if its possible to pick anyone from the current MAD Lions roster, but if so Bubzkji and acor/Farlig would be very nice additions instead of JUGI and cajunb
2019-12-17 16:17
5 replies
Israel DatBoiSus
I mean sure.. But that way you're going way too "decent" or "average" for north. I still imagine stockholm dreamhack stockholm north and think they can come back, if they sign some surprisingly high level players, not sure who is in the market but i bet there's some.
2019-12-17 16:37
4 replies
Would you say that +bubszkij and acor/farlig is a stepdown for North? I wouldnt agree there, they're all young and really potential players.
2019-12-17 16:41
3 replies
Israel DatBoiSus
I do, even if they are talented, it will take so long for them to be good enough for top tier CS. North should sign an already professional player or 2, and surprise in 2020 :)
2019-12-17 16:43
+k0nfig +bubzkij +blameF(igl) -all beside kjaer, jugi(jugi also shit, but there is no good awpers)
2019-12-18 18:13
1 reply
Would say complexity players is a stepdown, Heroic players might want to do the move, the best (possible) North roster as i see it is: -Kjaerbye -aizy (igl) -stavn -Bubzskij -acoR/cadian/es3tag
2019-12-18 18:26
"rip career" -> goes on making thousands of dollar per month by his career
2019-12-17 10:57
5 replies
He could've earned even more money if he stayed in Astralis. Now this guy will forever be Snakebye and in 5 years everyone will forget him.
2019-12-17 12:39
4 replies
nah, they won't :-). Why so angry tho, having a bad life?
2019-12-17 13:29
2 replies
Definitely , he's from some middle Asia shithole lol
2019-12-17 13:42
Wdym they wont north isnt as good as it used to be its just gonna get worse for kjaerbye
2019-12-19 04:54
COULD'VE. He didn't enjoy his time in astralis as much he enjoys in North. If he doesn't enjoy playing he'll most likely just slows down the team's progress. MAYBE it could have worked out result wise but for some "being happy" is more important than being the best
2019-12-20 12:33
2019-12-17 12:48
1 reply
lul msl shit player
2019-12-18 05:47
2019-12-17 10:35
4 replies
2 dreamhack open > 3 majors apparently
2019-12-17 11:03
3 replies
Seems logic bruh xaxaxaxa
2019-12-17 11:34
2019-12-17 11:35
Cheater logic
2019-12-17 14:10
China serdim
2019-12-17 10:36
2019-12-17 10:36
how about no
2019-12-17 10:36
2019-12-17 10:36
They hope that you stay more than anything...
2019-12-17 10:36
Dude is delusional
2019-12-17 10:37
2 replies
Like poland
2019-12-17 10:39
Denmark rash1
try and read the article before posting comments
2019-12-17 13:20
Okay snakie
2019-12-17 10:38
Imagine wanting to kick him what, homie is carrying his poopy stinky teammates like why do people still let Cajun play pro cs???
2019-12-17 10:38
2 replies
hltv.org/news/28656/north-take-down-cr4z.. highest rated, highest adr, 2nd most kills. cajun can still play, his experience and second calling is some of the best u can get in dk - especially regarding the players available at the time. Stop being a blind hater and grow the fuck up :)
2019-12-17 13:32
1 reply
posting one series as proof of his quality is laughable, especially when his performance when looking at all matches from the last three months has been pretty abysmal hltv.org/stats/players/2469/cajunb?start..
2019-12-20 00:07
Damn no comment here smh
2019-12-17 10:38
1 reply
Netherlands JUNG13
Markus "Saltmine" Kjaerbye
2019-12-17 13:42
Scrawny | 
Turkey _TT
imagine being kjaerbye lul
2019-12-17 10:39
2 replies
he is making thousands of dollars monthly playing a video game and being shit on it imagine living in turkey (like me and maybe you)
2019-12-17 12:25
I wouldn't mind. I'd be kjaerbye a 1000 times before i would even start to think about being a turk.
2019-12-17 13:32
Kicking strongers is North's tradition
2019-12-17 10:39
Europe wutwute
You will do great at North in 2020!
2019-12-17 10:39
Take MSL back for the love of god
2019-12-17 10:40
1 reply
this! only way to progress!
2019-12-17 14:32
North have potential that’s for sure it’s up too then what they do with it
2019-12-17 10:40
Otherwise, no one wants you
2019-12-17 10:40
No future in North for you, Kjaerbye. Very sad. Good player but he's gonna kill his own career soon
2019-12-17 10:42
2 replies
Why is he so obsessed with that organization? u know?
2019-12-17 12:49
1 reply
good salary maybe
2019-12-17 12:50
Snakerbye Delusional, North will never be a good team as long as they have this major MVP he has snake's karma
2019-12-17 10:43
4 replies
When did he fcuk u with his snake's dikc ? Or force you to scuk his dikc.? Grow up shithead
2019-12-17 11:46
3 replies
gtfo forsaken
2019-12-17 12:09
1 reply
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
2019-12-17 12:28
dont let the spergers get to you
2019-12-17 13:34
Stealing paychecks ofc you'll stay. This team isn't worth the backing from such a huge org.
2019-12-17 10:51
North Future Pick one OMEGALUL
2019-12-17 10:52
3 replies
Swap out North with sweden OMEGALUL
2019-12-17 13:35
2 replies
how much?
2019-12-17 23:13
Sweden top 5 team right now
2019-12-20 00:11
What he means is "nobody else will pay me half as much as these idiots so please dont cut us."
2019-12-17 10:53
1 reply
exactly this! Shines right through him .. Stop talking and start performing! lol.
2019-12-17 14:39
I don't know, why did he leave Astralis for North. I think it was youngster's crazy and illogical mind. Sadly, it cost him 2 years of carrier (as North weren't really successful in last 2 years)
2019-12-17 10:56
1 reply
He actually explained exactly why in this interview. If you cared about reading it, you would know and not have to write this pointless comment : D.
2019-12-17 13:37
Wish him the best for the future, but can anyone explain his shake aim to me? I want to learn that!!!
2019-12-17 10:58
2 replies
*crisp clean lock bois*
2019-12-17 12:06
just fucking shake while you try to counter the spray pattern = profit.. sometimes
2019-12-17 13:38
Germany ConAction
there is no Future
2019-12-17 10:58
Sadly, it cost him his whole career
2019-12-17 10:59
kekw kekw
2019-12-17 10:59
i hope to never feel what he feels when he enter on hltv and see post everyday on hltv like ``Astralis back to back to back majors champions...´´
2019-12-17 11:00
1 reply
He helped them by leaving the team, so they both could grow even more. How is that a bad feeling?
2019-12-17 13:39
Latvia tibr0
Lmao nice future Could stay in astralis dog
2019-12-17 11:00
Norway Phancy11
Oof I can't imagine how frustrating it is for him watching his former teammates win 3 majors in a row plus ton of big events. While himself can barely win some dreamhack opens with his shit team lul.
2019-12-17 11:05
Sorry MR. Kjærbye, but I aren't think that
2019-12-17 11:06
stealing paychecks
2019-12-17 11:09
2019-12-17 11:13
why leave t1 team for t2/ 3 team bro :/
2019-12-17 11:17
2 replies
Just try to read the interview and you might actually understand why he left.
2019-12-17 13:41
North t4
2019-12-29 16:08
Libya nanaichini
If u really think that u r so wrong boy, so so wrong
2019-12-17 11:25
Spain 1996
dont dog you team again, last time you got big time DOGGED
2019-12-17 11:26
lmaooooo why leave astralis???
2019-12-17 11:26
Leaving Astralis: Worst decision in csgo history
2019-12-17 11:28
5 replies
Nah bro winning dreamhack is better than winning majors everyone knows
2019-12-17 12:24
3 replies
2019-12-17 12:36
2 replies
hahaha chill spainards. he is still miles above any spanish player, the only one close would be tense
2019-12-17 13:42
1 reply
No flag no opinion #freetense
2019-12-17 15:31
Not really, nobody could have possibly known what was going to result from the move.
2019-12-20 00:10
Dead team, just waste of money like g2
2019-12-17 11:30
All the lies one got to tell himself so that he won't go insane from missing out on 3 majors😂😂😂
2019-12-17 11:30
I kinda feel sorry for all the North players, they probably try their best but somehow it just doesn't work out too well. I feel they also lack concentration like G2 at times which cost them crucial rounds, these need to be eliminated if you want to be top-10.
2019-12-17 11:37
Australia Dadecum
2019-12-17 11:39
Future in North? oof
2019-12-17 11:52
Spain elskio
LOL Having fun in North axaxaxa
2019-12-17 12:07
2019-12-17 12:12
Russia Praeter
January 2020, Kjaerbye leaves North without any notification xd
2019-12-17 12:15
Russia KamaraD
Say guy who leave Astralis...
2019-12-17 12:22
thanks for creating the best of best team anyway
2019-12-17 12:22
Check my flair
2019-12-17 12:23
Riiight, if you like to be tier2 for good
2019-12-17 12:26
Yeah keep paying us money u north idiots for us to continue sucking dick, best life ever
2019-12-17 12:30
1 reply
Why is he so obsessed with that organization?
2019-12-17 12:48
I actually feel sorry for him. Could've had a great future with Astralis but jumped the ship too soon. Now he is stuck with this North team who has made countless changes and still no results. At some point, they're gonna kick him too.
2019-12-17 12:54
Brazil davidzor
It's crazy that because of his depart Astralis assembled the greatest CS GO team of all time.
2019-12-17 13:10
3 replies
Yeah and more importantly they couldn't get konfig. I remember at that time people were talking about magisk as 2nd choice after konfig. I'm sure they wouldn't be this great with konfig...
2019-12-17 13:50
2 replies
They could get k0nfig iirc but chose magisk because of the roles/positions he had. k0nfig was entry and that was dupreeh's role as well.
2019-12-17 17:57
A lot of rumors at the time about Jugi coming in as an AWPer and having device go back to rifling as well, as that was his specialty the first few years of his world ranking. Magisk was sort of the surprise pick for a large portion of the community that really showed why they were better at picking options than having the community do it for them.
2019-12-18 18:12
Gabriel "TwoFaced" Kjaerbye
2019-12-17 13:16
2019-12-17 13:24
1 reply
Although not something official, when talking about seasons the year is divided into two, before and after the player break. The one referred to here is the current one (that just ended for North as they won't be going to more events). ECS Season 7 was before the player break, hence last season.
2019-12-17 16:00
2019-12-17 16:42
Good luck kjaerbye, still a great player. Stupid comment section as always. Even if Gade is putting a lot of work I would still consider MSL an upgrade, but Jugi would have to go.
2019-12-17 18:07
2019-12-17 18:43
i dont
2019-12-18 00:12
The only solution is for North's management to get on their hands and knees and beg MSL to return Also -Jugi for the love of god
2019-12-18 02:12
laughs in astralis
2019-12-18 14:59
Denmark Pabuna
I Like north.. But they should kick cajunb and gade. +Nato +seized
2019-12-19 00:43
valde msl k0nfig kjaerbye aizy/boobski make north great again
2019-12-19 14:29
Leaving Astralis for this PepeLaugh
2019-12-19 23:50
1 reply
he created the monster
2019-12-20 10:56
Remove beliefs pls
2019-12-20 00:08
Turkey PhauX
2019-12-20 19:14
Imagine leaving a soon to be god tier team for a shitty team that can't even break into the top 10 anymore.
2019-12-21 04:13
2019-12-21 12:29
Turkey PhauX
>North >Future Pick one
2019-12-21 13:48
Die lulw
2019-12-21 15:43
he believe with that quote he can scam the org and stay for another year getting paid 20K a month doing nothing
2019-12-23 20:07
Denmark Pabuna
Kjaerbye best in the team
2019-12-24 14:57
markus "twofaced" toledo
2019-12-24 18:23
a beta male who to pretend to be a alpha mal
2019-12-24 19:58
Time will show kjearbye to be one of the greatest memes ever. Cheater really trying to win, in full denial that he is cheating while it is as obvious as possible.
2019-12-26 05:02
6 replies
more than 80% pros cheat nowadays
2019-12-26 05:09
5 replies
Yes total cesspool. how can Valve, club owners, event organizers, investors be so stupid?
2019-12-26 05:11
4 replies
since they make money they don't care but when the majority of the community stop being stupid this day we can might have a clean competitive game like the old days
2019-12-26 09:40
At some point you get to point of no return. The entire scene would crumble to pieces if a massive pro ban wave occurred. And all the parties you mentioned would suffer economically. A pretty solid motive for keeping cheating hidden. They would ALL lose on it, not just the cheaters. It would quickly spread to other esports, which would instantly suffer from a heightened increase in suspicion. At the end of the day, it's all business for everyone involved.
2019-12-29 01:22
Think about it. Anyone with a slight interest into possible ways of cheating, knows it's all about the onboard chips in mice and keyboards. Yet, private gear are still being used in tourneys. They never checked a mouse or keyboard properly. This requires direct access to the onboard chip, which you don't get by plugging the mouse into a computer. So when they say they check the gear, they are full of shit, and they are very well aware that they are. This makes them culprits IMO.
2019-12-29 01:26
1 reply
eleague did initially have really tight peripheral controls, players had to use new equipment and they were prevented from accessing it in between matches. problem was near the end of the event Auti got away with bringing in a new mouse for the final, probably because admins were sleeping by then.
2019-12-30 05:20
yes | 
Korea mryes)
2019-12-28 10:13
Everything makes sense now
2020-01-06 19:38
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