MSL: "I had some very good offers money-wise, but I didn't feel that the lineups were strong enough"

The Danish captain explained what went wrong in North and talked about his future in the latest episode of 'HLTV Confirmed'.

It's been two months since North left esports due to financial issues that were aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic. For Mathias "⁠MSL⁠" Lauridsen, the wait to return to action has been even longer, with the 26-year-old having spent the final four months of his contract on the bench.

The Danish in-game leader appeared on Monday as a guest on the 'HLTV Confirmed' podcast and discussed the issues during his second stint with North, in which he was unable to lead the team to silverware.

MSL said that the team didn't play as a unit in his second North spell

"I wouldn't use the online era as an excuse at all," MSL admitted. "I think we had a lineup that wasn't strong enough. That was pretty apparent to me and before I came back to North I knew that some changes needed to happen for us to reach our goal [of becoming a top five team in the world].

"I think I also made mistakes and I could have probably got more out of the team we had, but in the end, it just didn't work out. I also felt that we were not a team but individuals trying to get good stats to avoid getting kicked. I also take some of the responsibility for that because I was the leader and I needed to change things like that fast, but I just didn't. That's one of the things that I will focus a lot on for my next team. To make my team feel like a team."

Six months after MSL's last competitive game, every player in that North lineup seems to have moved on, except him. Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson is currently plying his trade with Dignitas, while Philip "⁠aizy⁠" Aistrup and Nicklas "⁠gade⁠" Gade have put together a new squad alongside another ex-North player, Markus "⁠Kjaerbye⁠" Kjærbye. René "⁠cajunb⁠" Borg is rumored to be creating a new team with players like Kristoffer "⁠Kristou⁠" Aamand and Fredrik "⁠roeJ⁠" Jørgensen.

Curiously enough, the Danish skipper hasn't taken part in any trials since leaving North. He has been playing pick-up games to stay in shape, some of which he streams on his Twitch channel. He is also trying to find new ways to push himself, joining Surf and KZ servers to improve his movement. But that doesn't mean that he's not eager to compete again.

"I feel like I'm ready to join a team now, I'd like that very much (laughs)," MSL said.

"At the beginning of the year, just when I had got out of North, I had some very good offers money-wise, but I didn't feel that the lineups were strong enough, so I chose to wait, which is risky, but I did it because I don't really feel that I need to hurry. I want the right project and I took a risk. We'll see if it pays off."

But MSL has set a timetable for his competitive return. He wants to find a new team by the next player break because he doesn't feel that it's good to be away from competition for more than seven or eight months. He's open to all offers, including from international teams.

"I just want players that are very hungry and a lineup that is as good as possible," MSL said. "In 2018, I got kicked after the FACEIT Major despite having just won Dreamhack Masters Stockholm, and I joined Rogue, so I'm not afraid of taking something smaller and putting in the work."

You can access the full VOD of Monday's episode of 'HLTV Confirmed' below.

Denmark Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
311
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
497
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1701
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.72
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1654
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1476
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
845
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1065
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1506
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
Nice job , MSL. GOAT of IGLs
2021-04-14 00:20
22 replies
best ever
2021-04-14 00:22
3 replies
First time first mens))) and what makes it even better - on a post about MSL , one of the best igls , future plans. His projects are always exciting. He's like GOD Hunden at finding young talents.
2021-04-14 00:25
2 replies
GOAT of what? MSL isnt even a top 3 Danish IGL of all time lmao
2021-04-14 02:50
1 reply
0/8
2021-04-14 08:24
Beat prime 2018 Astralis with N♿rth, absolute GOAT.
2021-04-14 00:25
#16
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Korea jin67300
Most underrated IGL
2021-04-14 00:26
16 replies
Yeah , but who cares if the right people/players appreciate him and are willing to let him lead them to success.
2021-04-14 00:27
#58
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Germany Droidd
you misspelled overrated
2021-04-14 02:57
6 replies
overrated? He doesnt get appreciated for anything anywhere and has never been, dafuq xd
2021-04-14 06:00
5 replies
#100
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Germany Droidd
Neither did cadiaN I mean yeah you're right he doesn't deserve the hate he gets But what has he really done? (Other then shit for the danish scene)
2021-04-14 13:39
4 replies
MSL beat teams like navi (right after their IEM katowice win last year) G2 (twice) and NIP last year alone with a team consisting of 5 players below or around 1.00 rating. The only reason that is possible is due to good anti-strats and overall game plan, he made much more out of the poor teams that he managed than most others would.
2021-04-14 14:41
???????????? Cadian is getting Hailed as the guy with the best clutch of all time by some hltv fktards right now, if anything cadian is overrated AS FUQ right now. (If i understood ur sentence right that is, havnt slept for 35 hours so i might just be stupid at this point)
2021-04-14 15:00
2 replies
#107
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Germany Droidd
It's alr, I'm not talking abt cadiaN now but he was treated like shit before all of this online Other pros even had a group chat called "Fuck CadiaN"
2021-04-14 15:33
1 reply
Now Cadian is doing great and reaching new highs , so let the dogs bark.
2021-04-14 18:14
most overrated. having such opportunities and such players in the team, he did not achieve anything.
2021-04-14 10:35
6 replies
#85
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Korea jin67300
#14 alecksib alex etc not achieve anything too
2021-04-14 10:45
5 replies
lol both are much better
2021-04-14 14:02
4 replies
How would you possibly know that?
2021-04-14 15:35
3 replies
yes it is quite obvious based on the results that MSL teams have shown over the past 5 years. over the years, half of the top players from Denmark have played in north and MSL hasn't been able to achieve at least some stable results. players who left north achieved better results in other teams. magisk came to astralis and became a superstar. prime kjerbye came to north and became a mediocrity etc.
2021-04-14 16:20
2 replies
OG is bad (Aleksib lead that team) , Clown9 Alex? Like , you really spoke out of your ass. Alex is overrated thanks to Zywoo carrying his ass. With worse players , he can't do shit as we've seen from "Clown9 project".
2021-04-14 18:18
1 reply
both did great job with their prime teams. MSL's victory over astralis was a fluke that never happened again and this is the best achievement in his career. he fucked up everything with star lineups, big sponsors etc, meanwhile cadian having weaker lineups, replacements, buyouts of his players, overcame problems every time and showed results
2021-04-15 01:48
+1
2021-04-14 12:36
#2
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United Kingdom BallisticZz
who cares about lineups. ez go take money
2021-04-14 00:20
8 replies
+100
2021-04-14 00:55
People who care more about winning and achieving their goals as a player than making money.
2021-04-14 01:06
6 replies
>MSL >Achieving anything
2021-04-14 01:28
4 replies
well at least he plays for more than just money, which is more than can be said about many top pros right now
2021-04-14 02:11
3 replies
I think he's full of shit and it's just that nobody wants him. Like he said, he didn't mind going to Rogue and doesn't mind joining any smaller teams....thennnn what is this great lineup you're waiting on guy... Guy is getting old, malding, his last few teams have fallen apart and underachieved...he hasn't received any offers. This is a last ditch effort to make it seem like people wanted him previously, in order to continue as a CSGO pro.
2021-04-14 05:51
2 replies
Yea i really wonder if he made that up. I dont think he received any great orders money-wise. At least nothing special.
2021-04-14 09:57
1 reply
I don't doubt he got some good contracts, but they were probably for pretty terrible academy lineups or something similar to help foster talent or whatnot
2021-04-14 11:40
But no lineup containing MSL can ever be strong enough. So it’s pointless
2021-04-14 10:18
#3
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United States BombTaco
Def going to find a team later
2021-04-14 00:21
Hopefully he finds a new home before it's too late
2021-04-14 00:23
1 reply
uhmm I am a nice person, i agree :D
2021-04-14 00:43
he could join dogsports and show these kids how to play cs.
2021-04-14 00:23
3 replies
sadly id take him over dexter. dexters that bad
2021-04-14 00:48
2 replies
#41
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China RAF_SIMONS
0/8 dexter god
2021-04-14 01:22
+potentially double awp?
2021-04-14 01:24
he is waiting for a tier 1 team offer but he isnt good enough to top tier teams
2021-04-14 00:24
1 reply
+1. Just trying to hype himself up like people actually want him, to trick t1 orgs to not only get him but pay good money too. Dream on baldy
2021-04-14 00:27
Maybe liquid made him an offer? Makes sense to me
2021-04-14 00:24
Lul hes too bad who wants player like him
2021-04-14 00:24
7 replies
teams that need igl
2021-04-14 00:25
#20
Phoey | 
Denmark Phoey
Yea, nobody wants an IGL who made multiple top 5 teams during his years within CS.
2021-04-14 00:30
5 replies
That always end up collapsing and removing MSL?
2021-04-14 10:22
4 replies
eventually every team will fall apart karrigan got kicked from almost every team he was in yet hes still the best igl for international teams and one of the best of all time
2021-04-14 12:56
So you mean like Krystal, Hunden, JR, Karrigan, Daps, Stanislaw, Zeus, Xizt, Pronax, Gob b, Happy, Ex6TenZ, Cadian, AcilioN, Emi And close to every other good IGL ever?
2021-04-14 19:43
2 replies
Not as frequent or quickly though. MSL is not good enough as a player, so his wish for a strong enough squad fall on the impossible situation that he would be the weak link on such a squad. He need to get leveled. Edit: But hunden is a great comparison, both great IGLs with severely lacking individual skill.
2021-04-15 10:27
1 reply
So are Ex6TenZ, Krystal, Karrigan, Emi, Daps, Zeus, Xizt, Happy, Gob b, AcilioN, JR and AcilioN. And yes they get kicked just as frequent or even more often. Cadian made it through now with Heroic. Stanislaw made it through with EG but only because of lack of other IGL’s.
2021-04-15 14:33
#10
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Argentina atriX^
MSL: I had some very good offers money-wise, but I didn't feel that the lineups were strong enough. es3tag: HAHAHAHAHA Cloud9 go brrrrrr.
2021-04-14 00:24
1 reply
+1 ez 4 pricetag
2021-04-14 00:36
MSL go to fpx pls
2021-04-14 00:25
Maybe i wrong, but i believe he already had his chance to prove something.
2021-04-14 00:26
2 replies
And he did. Dignitas was a great team back in the day , North was a solid top10-15 team too. Just because they were never #1 doesn't mean he haven't proved himself.
2021-04-14 00:30
1 reply
people forget that he led dignitas to #2 on HLTV and north to #3 on the rankings. he would be an upgrade on almost any team out of the top 10
2021-04-14 01:09
He is the BOAR
2021-04-14 00:32
kekekekekekkew
2021-04-14 00:34
#23
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Lebanon Dogman69
He rejected Mad Lions
2021-04-14 00:35
MSL to mad lions????
2021-04-14 00:37
thats cap
2021-04-14 00:40
Since when Astralis is not strong enough? KEKW
2021-04-14 00:47
Sure thing bud 😘👍🏿
2021-04-14 00:52
Sadly msl is only good at dreamhack tournament
2021-04-14 00:52
8 replies
carrying a tournament final to win against prime Astralis is something that few can brag about
2021-04-14 01:08
7 replies
Yeah Astralis can’t make it that far any longer :-P
2021-04-14 10:23
6 replies
newf4gs dont even know what prime Astralis means lmfao
2021-04-14 14:47
5 replies
Just looking at my account age you would see its order than Astralis prime. Doesn’t change the fact that they right now are terrible, which is what I was playing at. But gj on a total fail!
2021-04-15 10:22
4 replies
Doesn't change the fact that prime astralis was long time ago which is what the guy you responded to was talking about. But GJ on totally missing the point hahahaha
2021-04-16 22:03
3 replies
No, his comment has no indication of time at all, but rather boasts an off event when MSL for a change played decent. But GJ on coming in on yet an other totally pointless reply.
2021-04-16 22:06
2 replies
"carrying a tournament final to win against PRIME Astralis is something that few can brag about" are you so fucking stupid you can't even read? nO iNdIcAtIoN oF tImE, as if "prime astralis" isnt exactly that you aboslute dense cuck. But GJ not getting the point once again, also showing how fast you respond clearly indicating you spend your entire life on HLTV, how fucking pathetic
2021-04-16 22:08
1 reply
Oh out come the name calling and cuck calls, that’s when you know an HLTV kids brain is really boiling over. Maybe mum can tuck you in tonight little one.
2021-04-16 22:11
#32
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United States notawaffle
lol stupid, MSL is so bad should be just taking whatever offer you can get
2021-04-14 00:54
-fallen +MSL
2021-04-14 00:58
Translation: "I got offers from NA teams"
2021-04-14 01:03
2 replies
Yeah, I doubt lol. What NA teams? Only one I can think of is C9
2021-04-14 02:18
1 reply
If lolquid went for Fallen it’s likely they asked MSL first as well. Their goals don’t seem that high so.
2021-04-14 10:27
xaaxxaxaxaaxa whos talking
2021-04-14 01:07
#40
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United States weaboo
Should’ve taken the offers no T1 team is going to buy him
2021-04-14 01:14
#44
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Poland JKG
Yeah keep waiting for an offer from Astralis you dumb fuck It's 100 times better to take a good offer from tier 2/3 team, show what you can do and maybe then wait for something from tier 1 instead of being without a team
2021-04-14 01:32
"strong enough" , benched from n♿rth kekw
2021-04-14 01:36
#46
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Europe Nuskel
Usually "starting small" and "not strong enough teams" go together.
2021-04-14 01:51
OK so if Astralis offer you a low 3K salary, will you take it? After all winning is more important right. Although in current situation Astralis isn't the best example to prove this point...
2021-04-14 01:51
yeah keep talking shit about ''not strong enough'' when u are bad yourself
2021-04-14 01:53
Join liquid plz
2021-04-14 02:14
MSL overrated. Bald guy that trash talked about my boy ptr and the NA scene. Was benched on North hahaha
2021-04-14 02:19
5 replies
MSL = danish FalleN
2021-04-14 02:54
"my boy ptr" hahahahah some noname fat kid american who never achieved anything? MSL was right about everything he said to PTR, the kid is a loser with an ego despite playing in NA t3 with no achievments all his life. At least MSL is interested in winning, unlike washed up old losers like fallen, fer and midgetzera who never achieved anything since 2017 kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-04-14 14:53
2 replies
ptr achieved more things in NA scene than MSL on Rogue hahaha
2021-04-15 17:52
1 reply
ptr have 0 achievments in NA lmfao also who cares about NA achievments, that's the kids league lmfao. MSL won international trophies even against prime Astralis, ptr isnt fit to clean his boots hah
2021-04-16 22:21
LINK?
2021-04-15 01:54
#54
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Qatar olaolakaka
delusional
2021-04-14 02:30
Should have took the offer an got himself a hair transplant
2021-04-14 02:52
#59
NiKo | 
Sweden EteleD
So why did you stay in north so long?
2021-04-14 03:18
#60
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Netherlands dabadpad
washed
2021-04-14 03:21
-dexter +msl.
2021-04-14 03:30
msl is legend legends dont settle with medium
2021-04-14 04:51
0.7 rating legend
2021-04-14 05:05
#66
ZywOo | 
France Jaune
>BUT I DIDN'T FEEL THAT THE LINEUPS WERE STRONG ENOUGH dog isnt even a strong enough IGL KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2021-04-14 06:33
Going to EG
2021-04-14 08:16
MSLuL
2021-04-14 08:31
Gonna come back stronger this time 4 sure
2021-04-14 08:34
would love to see him in FPX, I would say he is better IGL than ChrisJ and could be solid awper as well
2021-04-14 08:37
s1.cs.money/aswZU5T_image.jpg have this beauty since I spoke to him in Katowice, I still think he can prove himself! I believe in him!
2021-04-14 08:40
8 replies
why default skin men...
2021-04-14 09:10
7 replies
because I know myself and if I placed same stickers on some skin, I would have traded it or bet it at some point, but now I got this forever :D I wanted to have something to remind me when I met him
2021-04-14 09:12
6 replies
btw when I bought these stickers, most expensive one was the gold one for 4e, so no big deal
2021-04-14 09:13
5 replies
''WHEN i MET him'' & ''I got these from him'' Has absolutely nothing to do with u buying those stickers wehn they were new, and the price is NOWHERE the same(altho he made the stickers completely useless by putting em on a gun :((()
2021-04-14 15:38
4 replies
I kinda dont understand what are you trying to say. Like honestly, what is your point? I wanted to have something to remind me that I spoke to him, that every time I play with m4, I remember that enjoyment I had in Katowice. So I crafted this. I know its vanilla m4, but thats what I wanted, because now I can not trade it away, which Im afraid I would do at some point if it was tradable. But it was not a big deal for me, because at the time I crafted this, the most expensive sticker was the gold one for 4 euros, the craft with nametag costed around 10e, which is ok.
2021-04-14 16:12
3 replies
thought #76 was another guy replying to your #75 comment trying to ''boast'' that he got the stickers cheap so he tried to lower the value of your point, sorry mate, i havnt slept for 35+ hours
2021-04-14 16:33
2 replies
ah, I see, npnp :) You should probably get some sleep tho :D
2021-04-14 16:41
1 reply
Cant, been having deep insomnia problems, too afraid to close my eyes
2021-04-14 16:47
maybe they were strong enough because you are in them
2021-04-14 08:44
MSL = Mens sucks ligma
2021-04-14 09:17
MSL -- MONEY SUCKES LULW' MSL -- Money settles loses MSL -- Mathias Lauridsen MSL -- Malding, sick, lacking MSL -- Master Selling Latency Which one is right?
2021-04-14 10:32
1 reply
#111
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United States ekwi
mousesport's sexy leader it's a sign, he should join mouz xd
2021-04-14 16:07
TAKE THEM Look at your former teammates, forming two new Danish lineups WITHOUT any salary.
2021-04-14 10:54
Fpx is still lackning an igl? If he can rifle again.
2021-04-14 10:56
tbh he was very boring on HLTV confirmed, obviously smart player and knows a lot about the game, but it was a chore to listen to him on the podcast
2021-04-14 11:26
1 reply
That's something he has to work on, I can't agree more with you. It would benefit his teammates too, because he's way too serious/calm (not to say boring but close to).
2021-04-14 11:46
FPX should get him ASAP it would be an insane upgrade for them. How the fuck they didnt consider him before getting suNny ????
2021-04-14 11:44
Tier 3 player
2021-04-14 12:14
Rejecting decent offers to end up accepting a worse offer because you don't have more offers left, classic
2021-04-14 12:15
GL to him
2021-04-14 12:34
he's so full of shit
2021-04-14 12:50
4 replies
#99
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Luxembourg TheBudi34
+1
2021-04-14 13:18
+1
2021-04-14 14:29
why?
2021-04-14 17:04
1 reply
his teams have been shit for years, there is 0 prospect of him getting top level teams interested, whatever he calls "good offers money-wise" are propably terrible fucking deals from shit teams, he's like fer, idiot thinks orgs want him because they remember him being someone in 2018 or something, MSL is done, and has been for a long time
2021-04-14 17:06
from NA?
2021-04-14 13:03
Axaxaxa man just take the money before you end up working st storage
2021-04-14 15:54
bruh had sick players on his team and didn't do fuck all. 1 tournament? massive financial backing? cringe Logo? MSL
2021-04-14 17:09
Well he seems like a pretty good player, I think he will find a team, but he won't get picked up by T1 from the beginning ofc. GL to him.
2021-04-14 22:02
yes imagine roster with msl in it of course its not strong enough
2021-04-15 18:07
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