blameF: "I told k0nfig that I'd like to play with him for the rest of my career"

We spoke to the Astralis newcomer during the media day at BLAST Premier Fall Final to gain some insight into how his move from Complexity is panning out.

Astralis are set to make their first appearance with Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke, Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer, and coach Alexander "⁠ave⁠" Holdt at the BLAST Premier Fall Final on Wednesday, taking on NIP in their opening match at 21:00 . The addition of the former Complexity duo has finally stabilized the Danish team's roster after a lengthy period of uncertainty, and we'll get our first glimpse at how the new composition is looking in short order.

blameF finally received his medal for being the sixth best player of 2020 during the media day

To find out how Astralis are doing ahead of their opening match, HLTV spoke to blameF on media day, during which the 24-year-old shared some insight into his return to a Danish-speaking lineup, and spoke to joining Astralis alongside k0nfig, who will play his first official in over four months after being sidelined due to a wrist injury in August. He also touched on how he is helping take some of the weight off Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander's shoulders by helping with preparation and by bringing new ideas to the table during practice.

It's been a pretty rocky couple of months with the end of Complexity, on stream you spoke about a couple of issues with the way the team was when it came to an end. What's it been like for you making the move to Astralis after that whole turbulent era on Complexity?

For me personally, it's been amazing to get to play in Astralis. The way they operate, the way the players think, and the way they handle criticism and all that is just completely different from what I'm used to. They're very focused on fixing mistakes and it's always in a nice way, so I really appreciate the way the practice has been going. Every day I look forward to the next day, and that is something I've been missing a little bit at the end of Complexity, so it's been amazing and hopefully it's going to keep being amazing.

With joining Astralis, you're back on a Danish lineup after being international for the better part of two years. How is it being with your countrymen?

It helps a lot just because we work easier with each other, it's easier to work with other Danish people. You kinda think a little more the same and have a little bit of the same opinions of how to play Counter-Strike. Obviously all Danish players have looked up to Astralis at some point, so even before joining them I knew a little bit about how they played because I've been watching all their demos and all their matches. I's just easy to play with other Danish people, and obviously we also talk in Danish, so that makes it a little bit easier as well.

You stuck together with k0nfig joining this team, was there some sort of talk between you two about joining a lineup together, or how did the move to Astralis as a pair come about?

It wasn't like we were a package deal or anything like that, but I did tell k0nfig very early in Complexity that I would like to play with him for the rest of my career, just because of how nice he is. His attitude toward me has always been so great, and as an IGL I really appreciate that. His playstyle is so aggressive and individually skilled that it's just such an important piece to have on the team, always, that you have one guy like that who can go up against the best aimers in the world easily, so that's just a big plus for me.

When Astralis contacted me I told them that if you guys want me, I would really like to play with k0nfig in my next team, so I told them that, and then in the end he also joined Astralis. Obviously for me it was an easy choice as well.

Speaking of k0nfig's raw aim and individual skill, he had a wrist injury in August. How had his recovery been as far as you've seen?

I think the injury is not going to hurt him in the sense that he has had enough time now to play himself warm again and be good individually, I think more the time off is going to hurt him because he hasn't played in officials for so long. I don't know the exact word for it, but you can get a little bit... not warm, really feel comfortable on the server when you haven't played officials in a long period of time, and he had a little extra time that he didn't play because of that injury. That might hut him a little bit, but k0nfig is k0nfig, he's always going to be insane, I'm not too worried.

Going back to talking about the new lineup, you've also picked up ave. I'm not sure how much time you've actually had to work with him given that I think he's still transitioning from his old job, but what has that experience been like, even in a limited capacity so far?

As you said, I haven't worked too much with him because of other stuff, but the short amount of time I have talked to him and worked with him, he's been great. Just the kind of coach I like. He's very tactical, it's really nice to have a guy that really wants to go into the details, that helps me a lot because that is something I appreciate a lot as well, maybe because I've been a caller.

I really appreciate going in and really trying to figure out how we make a round even 5% better, or how we make this system a little bit better, so I think that's very nice from him. He's just such a good guy, I don't think he's going to cause any problems, he has such a good attitude, he's really nice giving criticism, I just think he's a great guy.

Delving a little more into the IGL situation, you said towards the end of Complexity you wouldn't mind not being the primary caller, if I recall correctly.

I said I would do whatever my next team wanted, it's not like I have to call. If a team wants me to rifle and I feel like that's the best role for me, then I will do that, but if a team contacted me and said hey I want you to IGL, I would be down to do that as well, so it's more like I would do anything my next team prefers to make sure that I fit into a nice team with good roles.

Okay so with that in mind, what's the breakdown on Astralis between you and gla1ve, obviously he's the IGL but how is that dynamic unfolding?

Yeah obviously gla1ve is the caller, he's the guy that's calling on the server, and I try to have a really good attitude in the sense that I try to not mess with his calling. I really want to make sure that he is comfortable before I try to come in and add a lot of stuff and all that, but I have tried to help him a lot with preparation for practices, I feel like I've come in with a lot of new stuff and sending him new stuff that he can get inspired by. I let it be up to him if he wants to use it or not, but I try to every day come with a lot of stuff for him so he doesn't have to do too much work other than calling.

I know for myself how it is to call, sometimes it can be a lot of pressure on you, so it's nice, I would've liked as well when I was calling if someone came with ideas or something like that, so I feel like that's what I'm trying to help him with right now.

Astralis have been talking a lot about helping Lucky improve and develop as a player, so what is your impression of him coming into the team so far and how are the roles looking?

Obviously I don't want to talk too much about roles and stuff because we haven't played yet. I think Lucky is a great guy, I'm very impressed with how calm he is, I don't think he's a guy that gets stressed out or anything like that. He just does whatever the team needs. It's not like he has a big ego or he's trying to prove himself to the world, like 'I'm the best in the world' or something like that, he just tries to fit into the system and help the team.

How much practice time have you actually had coming into this event, and what're your expectations given some of the other teams that are here?

We haven't had much practice time, I think we had a total of 11 practice days if I'm not mistaken. We had just enough to go through a map pool, get some maps going, but obviously we haven't had that much time to really prepare anything. Saying my expectation for the event is always hard because you're kind of shooting yourself in the foot if you say something too high, but I think it's okay to have high expectations but also be alright with not accomplishing them for the first event here.

I'm hoping and a little bit expecting that we're going to do well, maybe win a couple of matches, at least do some upsets, but I would also be okay if it doesn't happen and we don't look that good because I understand that without much practice time and without much time together, it's going to be hard against some of these teams. Obviously playing against a team like NAVI or NIP that's doing really well, or are top five in the world, that's going to be a little rough.

You're also guaranteed to play in front of a home crowd on Friday, how does that feel especially with being able to represent Astralis there?

It's going to be amazing, I haven't played in front of a big Danish home crowd yet so that's going to be awesome, I'm really looking forward to it. I'm getting a lot of messages that a lot of people are still going to cheer for Astralis even though they lost half the team, so that's amazing to hear. I'm just hoping that we can make the Danish fans proud.

Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
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Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
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my god he is huge
2021-11-24 13:29
3 replies
Who wouldn't love to play with g0dfig
2021-11-24 13:32
you think he tops?
2021-11-24 13:32
thats what she said
2021-11-24 13:35
2021-11-24 13:30
24 replies
I like Blame but i dont like the fact that he said “I only play with you for the rest of my career” 😳😳 > cs > loyalty Pick one. We know that doesnt exist so that was so bs….🙄
2021-11-24 13:35
23 replies
If loyalty doesn’t exist in CS then what about tabseN and BIG? If that isn’t considered loyalty I don’t know what would be
2021-11-24 13:40
15 replies
gla1ve | 
Denmark JKTP
Osee and ES too.....
2021-11-24 13:41
11 replies
Asia Acasthe
Ropz and Mouz...
2021-11-24 14:17
10 replies
s1mple and navi
2021-11-24 14:27
9 replies
where would s1mple play instead of navi? g2? faze? lul
2021-11-24 14:33
7 replies
its not like he has played in an international roster before
2021-11-24 14:34
3 replies
you cannot count Liquid, it was before NaVI
2021-11-24 14:36
2 replies
you can, it shows that he'd be willing to join an international team
2021-11-24 14:48
1 reply
or maybe it means he's tried international teams and realized they just aren't his pot of soup
2021-11-24 17:31
He stuck with Navi for years despite them constantly choking. This is the first time they've actually given him the entire team he needs.
2021-11-24 16:53
You forgot about 2017 navi. Seized, guardian, edward, flamie and s1mple.
2021-11-25 13:46
1 reply
2021-11-25 14:03
2021-11-24 14:33
what about ropz and mouz
2021-11-24 14:17
Tabsen can love big as much as simple loves navi BUT what if the org decides to not extend ur contract???😉😉 rekt then. Even if u are loyal af. They can still backstab u
2021-11-24 14:26
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Orgs aren’t loyal I agree on that. But a player can genuinely be loyal to a team or teammate As for BIG they will extend tabseNs contract as long as he is willing to stay with them as they know he is the best player they will ever have on their team for the foreseeable future
2021-11-24 14:52
excuse you.. GoAt_RiGhT and f0rstGOD <3
2021-11-24 13:41
2 replies
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Croatia Mikylm
2021-11-24 13:47
Yeh they said friberg forest nip4life??? Ooh hi dignitas ☺️☺️
2021-11-24 14:27
2021-11-24 13:44
for now i think it makes sense. go to any other team or go to astralis with k0nfig, you know what almost any dane would choose
2021-11-24 13:57
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Ofc dont get me wrong im hardcore konfig fan. He was with obo and Blame best juggernaut.. now it crumbled
2021-11-24 14:28
Germany azmq
He said he'd like to play with him for the rest of his career, not that he 100% will. That's obviously dependant on both of them keeping up their skills and having teams willinh to hire both of them together
2021-11-24 17:30
Australia B_Tannen
That's a deadly duo.
2021-11-24 13:30
1 reply
2021-11-24 14:23
Nice lol Great duo
2021-11-24 13:31
4 replies
Some said c0nfig's injury could ruin his career, hope he hasn't lost his touch
2021-11-24 15:31
3 replies
Canada qui9
gla1ve said it didn't make a difference, so let's hope he is right
2021-11-24 15:53
doesnt seem so
2021-11-24 22:37
1 reply
looking better than ever imo
2021-11-24 22:49
Friendship goal <3
2021-11-24 13:33
ngl this one and stewie2k's interview is like two completely different realities
2021-11-24 13:38
ok I'll never call him baitf again respect
2021-11-24 13:41
1 reply
real chad move!
2021-11-24 14:00
North America drac0z
blame <3
2021-11-24 13:42
India aR__
He is as cracked as he is jacked
2021-11-24 13:47
India INDI_Roxor
is it only me or does it feel like most of the statements that he made were contradicting with what glave said? like ave being a tactical coach and him helping glave find new stuff so early and all that?
2021-11-24 13:47
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gla1ve called ave "more analytical and withdrawn than zonic" and blamef said he was "very tactical", no real contradiction if i understand correctly what about calling, gla1ve said blamef would be important to "give a new dimension" in the future, but they don't have enough time to prepare and for now gla1ve's main caller. blamef also said they didn't have time and that he doesn't wanna interrupt gla1ve
2021-11-24 14:31
1 reply
yeah seems that.. guess i misunderstood a little. Cheers
2021-11-24 15:32
You both better perform then, Astralis doesnt give af and will bench bots
2021-11-24 13:47
blameF and k0nfig deadly duo. Now blameF is free out of the IGLing. Astralis will be very dangerous team to face against.
2021-11-24 13:55
2 replies
exacly:D cant wait to see then in action
2021-11-24 14:24
1 reply
im saving expectations for 2022. astralis will be farming experience for the rest of the year, they are new roster
2021-11-24 14:36
Chile esanchez47
Not gonna lie, this Astralis looks scary.
2021-11-24 13:56
3 replies
+1 But im 100% sure that they need 3-4 months practice and many matches even in tier2.
2021-11-24 14:08
2 replies
Yeah, teams always need time to work on their synergy. Don't worry, the topics about disbanding or removing players after first loss will always be here, giving us material to laugh.
2021-11-24 14:42
1 reply
+1 But today im weird sure that Astralis will take this bo3 after three maps.
2021-11-24 14:51
blameF: "When Astralis contacted me I told them that if you guys want me, I would really like to play with k0nfig in my next team, so I told them that, and then in the end he also joined Astralis." also blameF: "I was kicked (from Complexity)."
2021-11-24 13:57
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Are those two statements supposed to contradict somehow?
2021-11-24 16:56
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Yes, because K0nfig was reported to go to Astralis well before blameF was ever "kicked" from Complexity. Meaning he had been talking to Astralis for some time as well and that he wasn't kicked at all. He chose to leave. Not that it matters, but he could have at least been honest about it.
2021-11-24 17:37
5 replies
Again, those 2 things don't contradict at all
2021-11-24 22:59
1 reply
Yes they do. Use your brain.
2021-11-25 09:26
Yea way he phrased it rather seems like he had an input before contract was signed with Astralis or before Complexity deal was out. I am not sure how long his coal contract is, it is possible that he got kicked before the end of contract when they learned he won't be staying after. Statements do not directly contradict, just what he said is opposed to the order of news we got, k0nfig got to sign with Astralis before BlameF did, even if blameF had one foot in there already for which we didn't know of.
2021-11-25 14:02
2 replies
You understand that he could've been in talks before getting kicked out of Col right?
2021-11-25 14:20
1 reply
I kinda said that in the last line I wrote, guess you didn't understand that part....
2021-11-25 14:27
he shouldnt upset the gla1ve/Xyp core or he'll be kicked sooner than you can say Benchskji
2021-11-24 14:03
United States Rambeard
I miss him in coL, but will always root for him no matter what team he plays for.
2021-11-24 14:23
Astralis adding BlameF and Konfig is great. I just believe the best team would've been: BlameF Konfig Magisk Dupreeh Lucky (until they get another awper) Glaive and xypex could go. I admit they both got the right vibe for a team, they keep compose when it's needed.
2021-11-24 14:47
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lol gla1ve is the best igl of alll fucking time he is more valuable than any of those players and you would kick him hahahahahahahahahahah silver elite
2021-11-24 15:08
2 replies
exactly, the only reason the team is still standing and the people still care it s because of gla1ve.If he would have left everything would have been over.
2021-11-24 15:37
1 reply
ofc greatest igl of all time i dont know how much will zonic departure hit him but he is still without doubt best igl on the scene by country mile
2021-11-24 16:44
lmao 2 role clashes. Blame and Magisk. Konfig and Dupreeh.
2021-11-24 15:57
>the best team >doesn't including gla1ve theres a limit for stupidity tbh
2021-11-24 17:19
this event is going to be epic
2021-11-24 15:34
I wanna see, if he can get good stats without calling arround himself/baiting others
2021-11-24 17:03
Ireland reyno0o
BlameF in star player roles only focussing on fragging is going to be exciting to see
2021-11-24 17:51
nice bromance
2021-11-24 19:15
Hungary Shiron212
2021-11-24 19:45
what a sexy beast :D
2021-11-25 04:02
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