HUNDEN: "If we can keep on moving like this, we are going to be dangerous in the future"

We caught up with Nicolai "⁠HUNDEN⁠" Petersen after MAD Lions eliminated OG from ICE Challenge to discuss the quarter-final series and their upcoming rematch against mousesports.

MAD Lions successfully booked a spot in the semi-finals of ICE Challenge after besting OG 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the tournament. The Danes are now pitted against mousesports in the semi-final, hoping to exact revenge for the opening series that went they way of Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen and co.

HUNDEN's squad is prepared to give mousesports a solid rematch

In a post-match interview the team's captain, HUNDEN, gave insight into the match against OG and shared why his team got caught off-guard in the veto. Additionally, he touched on the rematch series against mousesports and how he feels it will pan out the second time around.

Bubzkji mentioned that the team needs to learn to translate its group stage composure into playoff matches. How did you manage to do this in time for the OG match?

I think we tried to keep up the fire and bring in the heat when we started the game. We tried to be on point with everything, much like we do in the first games of LAN tournaments. With the off day yesterday and with the preparation we had, everything was just on point today, and we knew exactly how they were going to play. We also prepared Nuke, but we got a little bit caught off because we didn't think they'd pick it.

The map veto was an unknown going into the series against OG. What did you manage to research in the past couple of days that allowed you to have such a convincing showing?

They are a new team, and we've practiced against them a lot, actually. We had a good idea of what maps they felt good on, and what maps they didn't feel good on. We had two opportunities today and we weren't sure what they were going to ban in the beginning. I had a really good feeling about the game because our map pool is so deep right now, we can pretty much play six out of seven maps. It feels really good to go into every single best-of-three when you can play all the maps.

One of the reasons the team is a notoriously difficult opponent for even some of the most experienced rosters is your deep map pool. A lot of teams, both young and experienced have troubles with this - tell us about how you managed to develop it.

In March we started with Bubzkji on the team, and we have just been grinding and working so hard for almost ten months now. When we have time to practice we just go in and try to fix the small mistakes on every single map, so no one can punish us badly. That is really good for us, and it seems like we can change up the map pool up all the time. Two months ago we didn't play Mirage, and now we play it and it's one of our best maps. If we can keep on moving like this, we are going to be so dangerous in the future.

Briefly on the series against OG: Nuke had a strong CT side, but you struggled to produce much on the offense in the first half. What were some of the issues you faced on the T side?

I think we had a hard start on the T side. We only got three rounds when the score was 3-9, we were broken two times or something like that; we had a really rough start. All the star players on OG showed up, it was so hard for us. In the end, we found a few openings and we got the last three rounds, so the momentum was on our side at the end of the half. I think when we got to the CT side, they didn't have anything to come up with, and we knew exactly how they were going to play. It was so obvious what the game plan was today.

Train saw the opposite, in that on the T side, towards the end, you were very dominant and confidently closed out six consecutive rounds to conclude the series. What are your thoughts on the second map and how it went?

Train has been our best map for ten months now, and it seems like people can't figure out how we are approaching the T side. We have a really strong T side and it's crazy to play each time and see people get surprised. Train was just a normal day for MAD Lions, and I'm really happy that we played so well on it and could finish this game 2-0.

You're now going for seconds against mousesports in the semi-finals. How will you approach the rematch differently from your opening series?

When we met them in the opener, I think we should have won Mirage, it was our map for sure. We got wrecked a little bit on Dust2, but I think we are going to surprise them in the veto because they are the heavy favourites to win this tournament.

We are going to surprise them, and I'm good friends with their coach as well, so I'm going to play some mind games with him. Let's see what we can bring, and I think we can give them one more close game because I don't think they like to play against us, to be honest.

Denmark Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.81
Maps played:
1567
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.70
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
GOD!
2020-02-04 15:57
10 replies
GOD HUNDEN
2020-02-04 15:58
2 replies
GOD HUNDEN TOP 1 REST = OMEGALUL
2020-02-04 16:50
I love the Hunden has got this "GOD" brand. Especially because "GOD HUNDEN" means "GOOD DOG" in Danish. So every time you guys write it, I hope he somewhere goes "WOOF!" :-)
2020-02-04 23:05
GOD HUNDEN!
2020-02-04 15:58
too bad most of his players will be poached if they do become strong
2020-02-04 16:50
5 replies
They have a good upcoming org behind them now. I believe this team want to see how fast they can take this together.
2020-02-04 17:12
4 replies
+1 only astralis can have any chance of poaching these guys cus of the prestige of being on astralis
2020-02-04 17:16
3 replies
And Astralis wont change anything so //close
2020-02-04 17:28
2 replies
astralis worst player is better than mad lions best player so yeah
2020-02-04 17:29
1 reply
Agreed, but Astralis has also proved that you don't need the best players in the world to have best team. You need the best mix of players, with the best possible org behind them. I see a lot of that in Mad Lions so they might end on being a solid top 10 team. BUT I said the same thing about Ence a year ago, so only time can tell if they can keep the good vibes going.
2020-02-04 22:57
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Slovakia Chrisf30
Ez
2020-02-04 15:57
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Poland Julka
Best Igl in the world
2020-02-04 15:58
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China Geetheguy
Danepower
2020-02-04 15:58
#6
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Kazakhstan bjornzz
Yep
2020-02-04 15:58
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Europe idk_either
GOD HUNDEN
2020-02-04 15:58
GOD HUNDEN
2020-02-04 15:58
THEDOG
2020-02-04 15:58
GOD HUNDEN THE MESSIAH
2020-02-04 15:59
HUNGOD
2020-02-04 15:59
I really hope HUNDEN knows about his godlike status is csgo community. Not even joking.
2020-02-04 16:00
2 replies
No doubt he does. He probably already read your comment to. :)
2020-02-04 16:16
he does, look at his twitter bio
2020-02-04 17:16
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France Strasbourg
Another bold statement from the God himself: HUNDEN! Never stop disappointing us. He will come and take his team to #1.
2020-02-04 16:00
HUNDEN GOD TOP 1
2020-02-04 16:02
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Denmark iTipe
pROUD dANE hERE
2020-02-04 16:03
THE HUNDENNING
2020-02-04 16:04
They just have lucky games tbh, Acoq luk
2020-02-04 16:04
GOD HUNDEN
2020-02-04 16:04
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Estonia qoznyyy
ez4godhunden
2020-02-04 16:05
yes
2020-02-04 16:05
GOD HUNDEN <3
2020-02-04 16:05
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Poland SebL
Not enough firepower to compete with T1.
2020-02-04 16:06
>HUNDEN >be dangerous Pick one
2020-02-04 16:07
2 replies
blasphemy EDIT: Infidel, don't oppose our beloved teacher.
2020-02-04 16:30
Reported for blasphemy
2020-02-04 23:30
GOD HUNDEN BEST IGL 2020
2020-02-04 16:07
he is such a good igl, just imagine if he could shoot
2020-02-04 16:08
2 replies
God, that would be INSANE! He might be practising in secret his aim
2020-02-04 16:47
1 reply
You just cant shoot good no matter how many you train when youre focusing on strats and where are your teammates and where should they go and when, where to throw nades and when etc
2020-02-04 17:29
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Finland Smoonah
is hunden jew??
2020-02-04 16:11
Sorry man, but in the future you won't even be part of this squad XD
2020-02-04 16:11
2 replies
Without HUNDEN they wouldnt even be in top 30
2020-02-04 17:30
1 reply
+1
2020-02-05 09:11
You already looking DANGEROUS GOD HUNDEN But keep improving so you look even more HUNDENGEROUS I am fan of you, play like noob but outsmart every one using 100% capacity of your giant brain
2020-02-04 16:15
lol @ hltv for releasing this interview before the vetos.. i'd be pissed as hunden. or its just a mindgame..hmm
2020-02-04 16:23
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Hungary Shiron212
You already are!
2020-02-04 16:27
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Finland subhumen
so DOG!!!1
2020-02-04 16:27
someone can explain me why hunden is called best igl? his rating is 0.8 and i never saw him perform great... why is he best igl? it is new meme?
2020-02-04 16:34
3 replies
hes one of the few who can create a good team from scratch with unknown players. how he can shape young/inexperienced is just outstanding. he did it a few times already, sadly his teams were always picked apart (bought) by teams with more money. yes his aim is not up with the best but he makes more than up for it by beeing a very competent leader. when he stops playing himself, he will make a great coach.
2020-02-04 16:40
He has made every Danish talent on The scene. Learned Gla1ve, MSL, And so on his philosophy of being an ingame Leader, and how to do so. He has been training almost every single player That has ever been playing on Astralis, North, Heroic or The old OpTic. Just to see his players getting bought by them. He made The Danish system of playing Counter Strike. Thats why Denmark has so many insanely talented players despite being a very small country.
2020-02-04 16:52
0/8
2020-02-04 23:17
Not enough firepower! But a good team.
2020-02-04 16:35
2 replies
they need +suNny -HUNDEN
2020-02-04 17:03
1 reply
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United States ctb^_^
yes bc kicking igl worked good for ence as we can see
2020-02-04 18:29
ahhahahahh
2020-02-04 16:38
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Netherlands NahT_
next major new legends
2020-02-04 16:40
another boring pure danish team... how many is that now? 4? 5? 6? they should ban denmark from csgo coz they basically ruined it with their boring playstyle... and the reason they are more successful is coz they only make safe plays but never the cool ones and every other team has to as well now to be competitive...
2020-02-04 16:47
2 replies
Imagine how any other team sport would look like with your example. We would never see great passings, teamplay or assists in Football again. Only some 20yo Neymar type of player trying to dribble everything when he has The Ball. You dont love CS:GO. You dont love The game. You dont love amazing teamplay. Go watch fucking highlight movies.
2020-02-04 16:54
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Denmark Alphamon
Highlight reels don't win trophies.
2020-02-04 17:55
ALLAH
2020-02-04 16:56
GOD
2020-02-04 17:00
2020-02-04 17:12
Dog
2020-02-04 17:14
1 reply
Reported
2020-02-04 17:26
Imagine hunden winning a major xD Would be deserved af tho. He’s the father of all danish cs teams
2020-02-04 17:32
Just go B every round, ez win against HUNDEN teams.
2020-02-04 17:51
GOD HUNDEN!
2020-02-04 18:57
EZ 4 LORD HUNDEN
2020-02-04 19:00
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Germany Tagesschau
thats for sure
2020-02-04 21:01
GOD HUNDEN
2020-02-04 22:26
Praise LORD HUNDEN
2020-02-04 23:31
we believe in you god
2020-02-04 23:46
Didn't know Destiny plays CSGO.
2020-02-05 08:06
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United States soondead
IF WE CAN KEEP ON MOVING LIKE THIS, WE ARE GOING TO BE DANGEROUS IN THE FUTURE" HUNDEN - 28 years old
2020-02-05 08:18
Happy for the real OG HUNDEN
2020-02-05 09:06
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