Xyp9x: "We're not satisfied with just making the quarter-finals"

The 'Clutch Minister' says that the team want to go even further in the tournament.

Astralis player Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth insisted that his team want more than just reaching the playoff stages of IEM Cologne as they prepare for Friday's clash with Virtus.pro in the first round of the single-elimination bracket.

Xyp9x talked about Astralis' run at IEM Cologne so far

The Danish team were under pressure to turn the corner in Cologne after enduring a tough run of results in the months that followed Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz's transfer to NIP. Astralis showed a different side to their game in the group stage - beating FaZe and Heroic, and taking Natus Vincere to three maps -, and Xyp9x acknowledged that the LAN environment has brought out the best in his team.

"I think playing on LAN has definitely helped us get better results, both individually and as a team," he said at a press conference. "I also think that we are not satisfied with just being in the quarter-finals. We are of course aiming to win it, but we're taking it one match at a time.

"Now we have to face Virtus.pro and we are focused on that. Let's see how far we can go. But of course we are happy to be in the quarter-finals."

After struggling for the right formula following device's departure, the team came up with a hybrid system for Cologne that sees multiple players share AWPing responsibilities, this way alleviating the burden on Peter "⁠dupreeh⁠" Rasmussen, who has said that he does "not feel completely comfortable" in the sniper role.

Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander, who had the most AWP kills in the team during the group stage, admitted that he has found it hard at times to play with the 'Big Green', and praised his teammates for the spirit of sacrifice and dedication they have shown in the last few months as the team have experimented with different systems.

"The AWP is really a tough weapon if you're not really good with it," gla1ve said. "If I'm having a good game then I'm pretty happy with how I'm playing, but when I'm having a bad game I feel like I'm losing some key rounds for the team. I'm just trying to do my best.

"I think it's nice to have dupreeh back on rifles, I think he's doing a great job and I'm really proud of all of the players for how they're doing with the rifles and of dupreeh for how he has been doing with the AWP in the maps that he has been playing with it.

"We're trying to play more of a free role. In some maps it's dupreeh, while in others it's me, Bubzkji or Magisk. I think we're doing the best we can. In the future, we will need to figure out something else with the AWP role unless we just win everything."

With Astralis now in contention for a semi-final berth, fans are wondering whether this is a turning point for the team after months of struggle and frustration. gla1ve said that the team can still challenge for titles, but noted that he remains unsure as to what the future will hold, with the contracts of four of the squad's members set to expire at the end of the year.

"As most people know, most of us have contracts that are running out on January 1," gla1ve said. "We don't know yet what to expect. It's up in the air who is going to be in the next Astralis team.

"We still want to be one of the top teams in the world. We're doing everything we can. We're trying to work as hard as we can, trying to fix some mistakes. In practice, it seems that some days we're doing really well, but some days we're not that good. It's more about finding a consistent level. If we can find that, I expect this lineup to reach the playoffs in all tournaments and also to win titles sometimes."

The Danish players were also asked about one of the hottest topics of discussion these days: the length of Counter-Strike matches and what can be done to pull more viewers and prevent fans from tuning out. The recent match between Liquid and mousesports took almost five hours to finish, delaying the start of the following series, which ended at approximately 3 a.m.

"Having a game finish at 2.30 a.m. is not that good," Xyp9x said. "I think they could start the matches a bit earlier. For example, start at 11 a.m. and put more time for matches to finish. Maybe [this way] they'll be done by 12 p.m.

"I think there are viable solutions, at least with this format. I think you have to look more broadly, but just having games finish at 3 a.m. is not good. Players have adrenaline pumping in their bodies after the games, so they probably won't sleep until 5 a.m., and if they have a match the next day that's pretty bad. There need to be solutions for this so that we don't have more burnout cases. It's about the format and the schedule."

gla1ve also chimed in on the topic, saying that "it's time" for the Counter-Strike scene to embrace changes and that matches are oftentimes "too long", making viewers lose interest.

"I think one of the things you can't change is freezetime because that's actually when players have a break and get the chance to find out who's buying what, drop weapons and find out which tactics they're going to run," the in-game leader explained. "Freezetime is something you can't change, but some of the other things should be changeable, and I think it's time that we consider it.

"I would like to be like the front figure for all of this and try to move ground with this, but I don't see myself going into it because I think it would affect my career too much.

"I don't know where we need to start, if it's the TOs, if it's Valve, if the team owners need to take some responsibility... But the games are too long, we can't have viewers sitting and watching a best-of-three for approximately five hours sometimes..."

Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1517
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1815
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1722
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1799
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
Clutch minister!
2021-07-15 18:31
8 replies
Well tough luck because that's all he's getting.
2021-07-15 18:32
4 replies
Ez path to final
2021-07-15 19:00
it's against VP i think they got a chance
2021-07-15 23:41
2 replies
Yeah VP and g2, easiest path to the finals for sure. But this tournament is NAVI's to lose
2021-07-16 09:54
1 reply
+1
2021-07-16 14:53
Gonna clutch the PGL Major right out of the hands of other teams!
2021-07-15 18:37
#42
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Pakistan ScarreN_
overrated
2021-07-15 19:38
1 reply
yep, thats why pro players of all format fear him post plant 1v3-5. Guess he's just overrated, you're right.
2021-07-16 08:21
ye just go retire mens
2021-07-15 18:31
4 replies
#58
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Russia m0nteq
mens wotofak)))
2021-07-15 20:03
#70
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Sweden suriel666
+1
2021-07-15 21:31
+1
2021-07-16 01:13
-100000000000000000000
2021-07-16 20:54
#4
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Denmark pebblez
ok u will reach the semis but then u will lose to G2
2021-07-15 18:32
8 replies
flair
2021-07-15 18:34
traitor of your country
2021-07-15 18:40
1 reply
He is a fake flagger
2021-07-15 19:39
#17
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United States !Flash
+1
2021-07-15 18:41
Men i understand being a fan, but why betray your country?((((((
2021-07-15 18:43
2 replies
2021-07-15 20:16
He's a well known fakeflagger. He's french afaik
2021-07-15 20:45
#28
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United States makaios
i mean you're right, but you are danish mens :((
2021-07-15 19:00
#6
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China Shinkon
go go Astralis
2021-07-15 18:34
Germany offer for every mens)) a decent way for satisfaction maybe you should try that
2021-07-15 18:34
#9
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Europe GKDNZ
OK!
2021-07-15 18:35
ok, perhaps get an awper
2021-07-15 18:36
3 replies
#50
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Tunisia LenkonFTW
yeah they should do that mid tournament , Name and flag checks out
2021-07-15 19:53
2 replies
#92
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Finland JammuCSGO
:D
2021-07-16 01:55
+1 :D
2021-07-16 08:22
#11
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United States Noobdavind
LEGEND
2021-07-15 18:36
Go beat VP and then G2
2021-07-15 18:37
if you can't handle matches just leave cs mr glave
2021-07-15 18:38
30 replies
but that's Xyp9x bro..
2021-07-15 18:40
6 replies
The games are too long, we can't have viewers sitting and watching a best-of-three for approximately five hours sometimes... Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander
2021-07-15 18:41
last part is glave
2021-07-15 18:42
#71
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Sweden suriel666
reading is hard
2021-07-15 21:32
He speaks about the viewers more than the players. That the viewers don't want to watch 5 hour long matches. And WTF is up with the surfing and alike between games. It was interesting for a few days. They should be able to present proper content at all times. Showing surf seems very very lazy to me. The DM games are also getting kind of boring after a little while. Interviews & highlights are very preferable. You know, something closely related to the games we actually tune in to watch, Take some money from the prize pool, and hire more content creators, it will pay off in the long run for everyone. IE, it will improve the quality, which will bring more sponsor money, and the prize pool will go up again shortly hereafter.
2021-07-15 22:42
2 replies
+1. That Surfmaps are always the part where I turn off fullscreen+sound and go to the next TAB in my browser. Can't be THAT hard to fill in some stuff people are more interested in. f.e. just go with Highlight clips of the day before, pre record some interviews from players about other players/teams/maps. I also like the 'future pro' videos, even if they're from 2-3 minutes only, but I find them very satisfying, since it's sometimes hard to see what happens on the map in progames from every player at the same time. You could also run a timetable for shorter breaks, thats perhaps the lowest content, but still more interesting than surf maps imho.
2021-07-16 08:29
1 reply
I aggree with all you said there mate. I watch CS.GO on TV though, but I tend to end up watching something else when there is break with low quality content and I often end up not returning unless it's a special match. Like Astralis right now :D They need to act like a TV channel. TV channels don't make sudden breaks with zero content because someone needs to piss etc, they know the price they would be paying. They need to have people whose top priority is to fill those gaps with quality content. Right now it's clearly not the top priority of any employee.
2021-07-16 16:00
Hes talking about viewer experience and he's right. Believe it or not a lot of CS fans have lives, jobs, and places to be and cant dedicate their time to watching CS especially when games are as long as they can be.
2021-07-15 18:43
21 replies
watch the game when you have time then . by that logic we should also make the football games shorter because maybe some of us dont have 90 free minutes
2021-07-15 18:49
20 replies
one 90 minute game (even one 3 hour game) versus multiple games that can last 5 hours is a totally different ballpark. If you think the same logic applies you're out of your mind. If you've ever dedicated your time to watching an entire LAN event or a day of LAN games you figure out pretty quickly it can take up your entire day. It's a hell of a lot easier to prepare to dedicate your time to one game of footy then an entire day of LAN games. For myself and I feel the same applies to a lot of people for whatever reason "watching it later" just isn't the same. If I can't catch it live I probably won't watch it later (I'll just look at HLTV).
2021-07-15 18:56
19 replies
"an entire day of LAN games" I guess you have a favorite team right ? Se their game as a priority and ignore the others if you have no time. Personally I have 2 monitors ( thinking about buying a 3rd soon ) so usually i have one on ESL stream or whatever and do my stuff on the 2nd one so im more than ok with that schedule
2021-07-15 18:59
1 reply
Yes but for some even one game that lasts that long can be a long time especially with how unpredictable the timeframe of a game can be. Even with two monitors that doesn't change game length
2021-07-15 19:14
Well playing a game is also someone's job, and so is casting (etc), if you're dedicating your life around watching ENTIRE lan then you have no life, if you can't do your job properly you shouldn't do it in the first place and change it.
2021-07-15 19:01
12 replies
That's exactly my point, If you want to watch an entire LAN you have to have no life. Do you see how that's an issue? If you're a massive CS:GO fan you can't balance having a life and watching a LAN (unless maybe you're in high school and dont work lol) You know just as much as I do theirs degens out there who will stay up well past a reasonable bed time to finish a game lol
2021-07-15 19:17
11 replies
You don't get my point, if you have a life it shouldn't be a priority for you to watch entire lan event... i'm not talking about whatever if a lan or a match is going to last 2 hours or 6 hours because it doesn't matter, what I'm talking about is if the best thing you can do in your life is watch a lan you have no life because watching entire lan is not supposed to be someone's priority regardless of how long it's going to last
2021-07-15 19:43
10 replies
That's your opinion, some people are die hard fans of the game just like some people are die hard sports fans. Just because you aren't doesn't mean they don't exist. If you wanna say they have no life because they're massive fans of something and enjoy it, they could probably say the same about your passions and hobbies. If you have none then that's just a bland boring life and I feel bad for you tbh lol
2021-07-15 19:54
9 replies
if they're massive fans they wouldn't whine about lenght of the match, die hard fans of other games (such as football) also take days off when they go and watch matches..
2021-07-15 19:56
8 replies
Look we clearly have different views and that's great, I respect it. I'm not gunna go back and forth all day with you though. Some people can't just "go take days off" for a CS:GO match let alone multiple days. Some people live in a time zone where games are staying on until 3 in the morning.
2021-07-15 20:04
7 replies
So why watch it untill 3am? I'm in cet I know all about late night matches, but I'm not going to put aside whatever I have to do in real life just to watch the game, and if someone does that that person has an issue.. and viewers should adapt to the games, not the other way around... take football as an example... people go to another country and watch it, here people are whining how they can't watch it from their homes.. You need to sort out your priorities.
2021-07-15 20:22
6 replies
You must be trolling. You really don't see the problem here?
2021-07-15 21:30
5 replies
The problem I see is the fact that few years back matches started in 9am and now they're starting 4pm... the fact that players are whining how they can't wake up early, the fact that average cs lan day was always 12 hours... I do agree that matches ending in 3am is an issue, but at the same time players are only whining
2021-07-15 22:02
4 replies
That might be. But whene a bo3 is taking 5 hours thats bad. I think the problem is all the breaks. There should be no breaks in ot. And shorter breaks between map's.
2021-07-16 19:29
3 replies
I agree with the breaks, but I disagree with the idea of mr12 completly Matches lasting 5 hours yeah.. but look at today for example, match 1 starting 16:00, match 2 starting 19:15... they could've done it match 1 starting 13:00... Players whine about a lot of stuff and look don't get me wrong I understand it, but all the stuff they're requesting game is not either watchable or playable, if they want shorter matches, games not to last that long, matches not to start early and not to start late... what are we supposed to do, have 4 bo3 games between 3pm and 9pm?
2021-07-16 19:34
2 replies
Might be a solution. I dont support mr12. I played that back in the day. And the gun round can almost win the match. I think you are on to something by starting early. But then I will not be able to watch because of work. And all thr other 9-5 people out there.
2021-07-16 20:38
1 reply
But you see this exactly is the issue.. some people work 9-5, some 6-2, some 7-3 (most), some 8-4... it's not possible to adapt to everyone, if matches start at 4pm then they will also end in 4am because on average cs days are always roughly 12 hours, yes sometimes they're 10 but that's still 2am... Cologne 2015 for example, first match 14:00 last match 22:15 (which means it ended in roughly 23:00) but that includes 4 very one sided games (16-2, 16-3)... if games were any closer it would end in 1am, 12 matches on record for that day (12xbo1), 2 streams so 6xbo1 each stream, 6 maps took approx 9 hours... it was always like that
2021-07-16 20:44
You forget most people watch CS on PC on their second Screen during playing other games. CS isn't even made to watch with 100% Concentration. Best is when sth crazy happens you are hyped, when not you do other things.
2021-07-15 19:46
3 replies
For some yes, for others no. But I don't think that's the intent. Shorter games would likely create more hype moments and people focusing more on the game then doing other stuff while "Watching"
2021-07-15 19:56
2 replies
for the money/sponsor and for the viewer count it doesn't matter atm
2021-07-15 19:57
so why don't you watch valorant?
2021-07-15 19:59
0 IQ response
2021-07-15 23:49
Having respect to all previous Astralis achievements, the quarters are their best result here. VP will win Astralis and the whole tournament.
2021-07-15 18:42
3 replies
#30
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United States makaios
lul, VP will lose with sanji having 0.5 rating once again!
2021-07-15 19:00
pretty sure it's ast > vp, g2 > ast, gambit > g2
2021-07-15 19:03
1 reply
bro, it would be nice to see Astralis comeback to tier1 but they will lose to VP.
2021-07-15 19:52
Yeah looks like 0-2 VP
2021-07-15 18:48
12 replies
#31
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United States makaios
looks like adren is b0t!
2021-07-15 19:01
5 replies
maybe but still more majors than NA adren tho xD
2021-07-15 19:22
1 reply
#38
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United States makaios
NA = not available (because they're all disbanding and moving to valorant)
2021-07-15 19:25
who asked
2021-07-15 19:27
2 replies
#41
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United States makaios
OK
2021-07-15 19:29
1 reply
ok men))
2021-07-15 19:41
This is obvious
2021-07-15 19:52
#73
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Norway 2kayn
Flag from kazachstan everything explained vp fan
2021-07-15 21:36
1 reply
im neither
2021-07-15 21:39
Check the odds mens)) everything is possible!
2021-07-15 23:15
2 replies
hello mens how is ur evening))
2021-07-15 23:17
1 reply
very nice)) just played some MC and won ez cs games with mens)) hope astralis can do good tomorrow
2021-07-15 23:19
Xyp9x dreamed on winning Navi. KEKW s1mple goat 3 aces Papatronic 2nd best rated Big boom gonna eat them all Perfecto clutch meister B1T new scream with 69% HS
2021-07-15 18:55
3 replies
He has no chance against the goat b1t
2021-07-15 19:52
#72
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Sweden suriel666
a little b1t of HS in the sun ...
2021-07-15 21:34
#95
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Montenegro IzAlaN
xyp9x > whole shitnavi
2021-07-16 07:34
wait until Vp beats you kkkkkkk
2021-07-15 19:28
#51
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United Kingdom MiCOOL
“ For example, start at 11 a.m.” wait till stewie hears this
2021-07-15 19:54
Indeed, prefer recap or something shorter than a full stream
2021-07-15 20:01
I called the time increase being an issue years ago. Increasing round times as well as bomb timers, on top of timeouts, really extended the length of matches. Some of it is because of Valve's insistence on certain gameplay elements (cost of defuse kits, mollies) and some of it was needed (timeouts). I think mollies are important, for instance, but defuse kit cost has always been a weird choice. Either way, it's extended CS to crazy game lengths. Games used to max at 35-45 minutes, excluding OT, and time/round changes were altered for both players and viewers back in the day (13 rounds, 2+ minute rounds, to 15 and 1:45). Hell, the CGS had 1:35 round times (I think, it's been over a decade, and it might've been lower than that), 13 rounds and you started at $16k, and while it annoyed players it's the one thing they got sort of right: faster games were more viewer friendly.
2021-07-15 20:10
Astralis will not win anything without a main awper.
2021-07-15 20:18
Now the excuse is "we cant hold viewers for 5hours"... please stop being richkids, you were playing 12hours a day to be pro, now you crying for a 4h game. Maybe stop faceit FPL for 4hours after midnight and you will be consider as a real athletic player Tired of pro players just crying of their situations, dont forget what you do as job.
2021-07-15 20:22
2 replies
If its that easy you should go pro too.
2021-07-16 03:06
1 reply
who said i want to be one? its their job to play the game... come back in real life, they have a dream job, well paid, just do it and stop complaining.
2021-07-16 18:52
#65
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Brazil Anarchybr
A five hour best-of-three is the exception, not the rule. Let’s not forget that one player had tech issues and they had to pause the match in almost 30 minutes because of this.
2021-07-15 20:34
i see he cry ;/ mby retire then XYP9X huh
2021-07-15 20:40
1 reply
Wdym? Elaborate?
2021-07-15 23:14
Who reads this message, I wish you a wonderful day!
2021-07-15 21:08
1 reply
thank you men!
2021-07-15 22:17
#77
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United States Rayduh
Clutch minister will beat VP hopefully
2021-07-15 22:19
GL clutch minister!
2021-07-15 22:36
ll
2021-07-15 22:37
Let’s go xyp:) hope he keeps playing good
2021-07-15 23:14
Cadian to Astralis awper! Gl hf.
2021-07-15 23:43
Well... good for you you didn't get Gamb1t in the QF.
2021-07-16 00:17
5 replies
yes, so lucky to face Na'vi in the upper final instead. You know the Na'vi that rekt Gambit in the starladder cis rmr final a week earlier and with s1mple going crazy, so so lucky. Gambit are lucky to not face the 4x major champs in their first lan playoff match and get sent home
2021-07-16 14:51
4 replies
The upper final is the final destination for the current Astralis anyway. As for the titles, they are all in the past. Current form is all that matters.
2021-07-16 15:30
3 replies
Lets see if Gambit will crumble on lan, it's not the same. Astralis is doing surprisingly good after losing their starplayer and not having an awper, better than any other team would, so dont count them out yet
2021-07-16 15:31
2 replies
Okay, let's see then
2021-07-16 15:36
1 reply
Good luck to all the remaining teams
2021-07-16 15:37
xyp9x > Nvidia
2021-07-16 01:47
1 reply
beaviz1 > nobody
2021-07-16 02:36
Astralis never even made it to Cologne finals. Would be absurd if they make it now.
2021-07-16 12:17
#101
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Ukraine l3vick
2 0, ez4vp sorry (
2021-07-16 14:27
Well, you aren't getting anything better than that
2021-07-16 15:37
No longer clutch minister tbh. I would give that to perfecto now
2021-07-16 16:01
U will be satisfied 0ld n00b :))) hehe
2021-07-16 19:33
clowns above me
2021-07-17 11:34
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