dupreeh: "If I had to pick a favorite it would probably be mousesports"

To open our live coverage of IEM Katowice, we had a word with Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen to reflect on Astralis' last-place exit at BLAST Premier after they started IEM Katowice on the right foot.

dupreeh spoke about developing bad habits in practice at the start of the year, which resulted in a last-place exit in London dealt at the hands of Complexity and Natus Vincere to kick off 2020, and explained what the team has done to get back on their feet in time for IEM Katowice.

dupreeh thinks bad habits were behind Astralis' early BLAST exit

So far in Poland, the team has gotten off well, defeating Cloud9 in the opening match, in which the American-South African side gave Astralis a run for their money on Train but ultimately conceded the series 0-2. Read below to find out what dupreeh thought about the shaky Train performance and what his view on the stacked competition at IEM Katowice looks like.

You've had uncharacteristic tournaments after breaks before, but perhaps none as disappointing as BLAST Premier, why do you think the group went that way?

I think everything came down to maybe some bad habits in practice. The thing is, we had some really good preparation, I think we played really well in practice, and maybe sometimes if you don't get tested too much, all of a sudden, you hit the wall playing against some of the teams that are really prepared for you. I think that's what happened, we got too comfortable playing really well as individuals and, when we didn't hit our shots, we're like "what's going on, guys?" That's probably what went wrong.

Were you just that good in practice, is that why you developed those bad habits?

I wouldn't say we were dominating everyone, but it just seemed like everything worked for us as individuals. We just took all the duels and we won the majority of them and, all of a sudden, that created a lot of space for each other. When you don't get those kinds of frags you tend to play a little bit more passive, you start playing a little bit scared. I don't think there was anything in terms of teamplay or communication or anything that was particularly bad, and I think we played a lot better against Na`Vi in the second game than Complexity. A mix of jitters and maybe some bad habits here and there was probably the reason.

What did you make of Complexity after that loss and especially of the Vertigo pocket pick that they pulled out?

We're usually a good Vertigo team and we've had some good results, also in practice, so I think it was actually really nice that we got to play it. Everything just came down to losing some stupid rounds, playing badly as individuals, and that resulted in us having a little worse teamplay. Overall, it was nice that they picked it because we feel comfortable on it, but they just played way better than us and they deserved to win.

So with what kind of form are you coming here after BLAST?

Obviously, we had a talk afterwards, and I wouldn't say we put more focus on the game but we just went back to the things that usually worked for us. We had a talk about what we had usually done, so we're trying to get back to what worked for us. That happens to us quite a lot, sometimes we have a blowout at a tournament, it also happened at ECS, and we realize we have to get more focused, so sometimes it's really good for us to get a blowout.

We've seen a lot of the big teams struggle so far in 2020 while others like Na`Vi and FaZe have impressed, do you think there are any clear favorites here?

I think the game is really close right now, I don't think there's any clear favorite as of right now. Everyone can beat each other because it's so early in the year and Counter-Strike is in a place where there are so many good players and so many good teams that if you have a really bad day, then you're going to lose to pretty much everyone. Obviously, being prepared well for games and playing against opponents you know how to play helps but, overall, if you don't hit your shots as individuals, which can be a struggle for a lot of people after breaks, you'll end up losing. I think it's a very open tournament, I don't see a clear favorite, I wouldn't say we are. If I had to pick one it would probably be mousesports because they have had a great run at tournaments and they won the last one they participated in [ICE Challenge], so they're full of confidence. But that could eventually change if they get a bad start here, who knows.

You got to play Train against Cloud9 after the changes, with the skybox above ivy opening, how much does that change the map?

I haven't felt any changes yet, I think we've only played against one team in practice that smoked out pop dog from ivy or something, I think that's all we've seen. Apart from that, Train is a really difficult map to play as CT if you don't get control of T mid really fast, and that's what Cloud9 tried to abuse a lot, and we knew that that's what they wanted to do. Overall, it's a good change to the map that you can throw more smokes, it creates more diversity for Terrorists to create new tactics and new moves, so I think it's just a matter of time - just as with Dust2, that people figure out some B executes where you're like "holy shit, there are smokes everywhere!"

You struggled there in the match with tough starts in each half, what did you find yourself going up against there?

I think they got the timing and they got quite lucky, they seemed to win all the situations where we could have broken them, they had really good intuition on how to play those situations. If we won those, I think we could have had 10 rounds as Terrorists. We had a really good idea of how they wanted to play and we got the first frags when they came out of T connector all the time, but then we started dying to the rest of people. We just got too comfortable around shutting down the first attack and it just felt like we didn't play with enough patience. I'm happy with the win, I think the team chemistry is really good right now, and it was great to get a good start to this tournament even though they weren't one of the favorites. They are still a team that has a great upset potential, so it's always these kinds of games that it's dangerous to start with, there's a big chance to mess up, but I'm happy we didn't.

Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
28
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Rating 1.0:
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Maps played:
1555
KPR:
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DPR:
0.65
#1
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India Ez4ez
Ez for mouz
2020-02-24 15:37
12 replies
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India _SHM_
ok
2020-02-24 15:37
4 replies
ok bro
2020-02-24 15:40
3 replies
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Canada Herodionus
Ok vro
2020-02-24 15:43
2 replies
ob kro
2020-02-24 16:19
1 reply
OK wro
2020-02-26 10:18
mouz gonna lose to tyloo just watch
2020-02-24 15:58
3 replies
are you dreaming?
2020-02-24 16:57
1 reply
if you have been following mouz for a while, they lose these 50% xd
2020-02-24 16:58
xd
2020-02-25 11:18
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Netherlands SpiceNut
Flair doesn't check out
2020-02-24 16:07
uk lro
2020-02-24 16:29
Ez+1
2020-02-24 16:38
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Finland mbee
cry bot
2020-02-24 15:37
8 replies
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Finland N1ggers
Turkish brain strikes again
2020-02-24 15:38
6 replies
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Finland mbee
cry bot again.
2020-02-24 15:54
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Finland N1ggers
2020-02-24 15:56
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woxic | 
Finland mbee
2020-02-24 15:56
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Finland N1ggers
2020-02-24 15:56
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woxic | 
Finland mbee
#2 or #22
2020-02-24 15:57
1 reply
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Finland N1ggers
I choose #22 but #23
2020-02-24 15:57
My muslim friend
2020-02-24 17:22
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Brazil gux4
nt
2020-02-24 15:37
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Brazil ZlatanIsGod
Kkkkk
2020-02-24 15:37
i would pick astralis :)
2020-02-24 15:37
16 replies
Don't try to act nice, lmfao
2020-02-24 15:47
15 replies
Flair checks out
2020-02-24 15:57
>dont try to act nice >mom why russians are so toxic ban them forver mom MOOOOM
2020-02-24 16:00
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Turkey EZ4DEVICE
how was your ban
2020-02-24 16:31
12 replies
I didn't have ban, you did ;)
2020-02-24 16:47
11 replies
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Turkey EZ4DEVICE
nt degenerate your response stop for 3 days checks out
2020-02-24 19:43
10 replies
You got banned, why would I respond to useless person?
2020-02-25 06:42
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Turkey EZ4DEVICE
nt worthless random nice ban nice deleted thread axaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxxxxxaxaxaxaxaxaxxax cry is free DEVICE #1 1.57 BIG EVENTS btw zywho? crrrrryyy
2020-02-25 07:04
8 replies
Am I talking about device rn? You are seriously stupid. I think your classmates bully you
2020-02-25 07:07
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Turkey EZ4DEVICE
cry is free make more theeads about device and get banned i can feel your tears bye
2020-02-25 07:08
6 replies
At least I wasn't banned for being toxic and acting like GOATVICE aka sam2k's lost brother ;)
2020-02-25 11:16
5 replies
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Turkey EZ4DEVICE
no , you werr banmed for being a mentally challenged nazi bastard :)
2020-02-25 11:37
4 replies
You are trying to trigger me XD. Ur try is so bad XD
2020-02-25 11:54
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Turkey EZ4DEVICE
nt banned and coming back with this
2020-02-25 12:17
2 replies
Cry is free
2020-02-25 12:41
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Turkey EZ4DEVICE
cry is free
2020-02-25 15:53
mouz champiooooooonnnn
2020-02-24 15:37
Smart guy
2020-02-24 15:38
mous top1
2020-02-24 15:40
LMAO don't kid yourself The BIG favorite on every betting site is Astralis
2020-02-24 15:41
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Czech Republic y0fl0w
just puts pressure on them trying to get them choking - could work
2020-02-24 16:21
1 reply
Thanks y0fl0w always coming with the 200 iq comments +1
2020-02-24 16:21
BIG TOP1
2020-02-24 16:33
Finally someone with brain
2020-02-24 15:43
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Turkey Berhava!
trying to stay underdog while they are the favs anyway mouz will win one way or another.
2020-02-24 15:47
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Portugal lovessd
i pick MAD LIONS
2020-02-24 15:48
2 replies
Would also say ML has a good chance of surpricing this event. I favor mouse or Astralis though
2020-02-24 16:17
Something in me hopes that they at least do a half upset to the semis, I like watching them play
2020-02-24 17:47
BOTdupreeh
2020-02-24 15:48
YOU'RE GODDAMNED RIGHT IT IS DUPREEH
2020-02-24 15:49
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Australia beavr27
hahaha get fucked
2020-02-28 01:32
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Germany grabke
lol smart trying to make Mouz the favorite but really ? If there is one its Astralis based on what they already won. Mouz can win but still it would be maybe their 2nd biggest win ever after the EPL Finals.
2020-02-24 16:16
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Czech Republic y0fl0w
katowice would clearly be their biggest win in csgo
2020-02-24 16:22
Hes just saying that for Karrigan probably
2020-02-24 16:53
ye
2020-02-24 16:25
+1 God Dupreeh #Vamouz
2020-02-24 16:29
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Norway itsabJ
ez for mouz i guess
2020-02-24 16:49
eazy for best team in 2020 mousesports with pog champ chrisJ will he be able to do again the play of the decade?
2020-02-24 16:58
He is just a good guy dupreeh :) hope they Will successed anyway
2020-02-24 17:03
Lul humble words from someone who already cheated 100% on lan
2020-02-24 19:08
Navi
2020-02-24 20:17
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Russia F1Z1K
Hahahahah
2020-02-28 01:07
10,000IQ play Beat Mous without even playing them
2020-02-28 01:31
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