Farlig: "I'm doing my best to ignore social media"

After Astralis made it to the IEM Cologne group stage with a close victory over BIG, HLTV.org sat down with Asger "⁠Farlig⁠" Jensen to talk about the German event and the AWPer's first three months with the team.

Astralis stepped into the IEM Cologne Play-in on the wrong foot, dropping to the lower bracket off the bat after a stunning loss to 00NATION in the opening round. Passing Complexity first, the Danes faced off against recent Roobet Cup winners next and made up for the tough first loss with a hard-fought victory over Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz's team to advance to the next stage.

Astralis have been going through fundamental changes, Farlig says

In our interview with Farlig after the second match, the AWPer spoke about Astralis' stumble in the opening match and their recovery in a confidence-inspiring victory against Roobet Cup winners BIG. Farlig went on to look back at his first three months Astralis and how he has adapted to the team, and spoke about community pressure and calls for the return of Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz.

I wanted to go through IEM Cologne first. You guys started out with the loss to 00NATION, and it seemed like a really slow start for you in the tournament. What happened?

It was definitely a slow start, part of it you attribute to a slow start, we lost some really crucial rounds, I remember in particular the 5-4 round, it's haunting us. When we lose the close rounds in a best-of-one it becomes really hard to win the match, right? A few crucial rounds make all the difference, but yeah, we had a slow start and they played well. Props to them.

They were pretty happy about the veto and getting Mirage, is it something you talked about after the fact, that maybe it would have been better to go another way?

Obviously if we would have been completely eradicated the whole game and we felt like there was no chance for us, we would have second-guessed the veto, but after watching it we felt like if some of the crucial rounds went our way we probably could have won it, in our opinion — obviously, they'll have a different opinion. But no, there's no real point of contention there and, in general, I don't think we're a team that's like 'oh, we lost this map' or whatever. Everybody agreed on what maps to play beforehand, so there's no point in bringing any comments after.

I want to ask about the comeback on Nuke that you just had against BIG, where you had a really good second half, especially, on the CT side. What was the key to turning it around from the 1-9 deficit at first?

We were behind 1-9 on the T side as well?! The T side was a real struggle, I remember we were 3-11 and Lukas [gl1ave] did the 1vs3 in the final round and everyone was joking like 'yeah, that was the round we needed, that might actually make us win the game because it's a huge difference between 3 and 4 rounds.' But I don't know, I think we have a belief especially in our CT sides on a lot of the maps, that we have a really good CT side. It's a bit harder to mount comebacks on the T side, but we believe our CT sides are strong, especially on maps like Nuke and Overpass. We believe in the way we play, at least on CT.

This is around to a three-month point for you in Astralis. How do you reflect on these last three months and how you've adapted to the team?

I think I definitely had a pretty hard time adapting in the start. If you look at me now, sometimes you can probably still see that it's the case, right? But I think that we're at a point in which we're... I wouldn't say completely rebuilding, but definitely changing a lot of things on some maps, fundamentally. For example on Overpass, maybe it's not as palpable from the outside, but we completely changed the way we play to make it a bit less structured and stuff like that.

We're changing that on a lot of maps, some of them we've kept a lot of the same, like Nuke, which is a map that, to be fair, we've been pretty good on. We're changing the way we play pretty fundamentally now and when I joined the team we didn't make the changes, initially, we stuck to some of the old structure. We reached a point after IEM Dallas, or a bit before, where we really began making fundamental changes to how we approach some maps, especially ones where we have a tough T side. We're not changing the CT sides that much because, at least in our own opinion, they've been pretty on point.

We're just making some bigger changes now and we have a joke within the team based on the Roobet Cup and the Pinnacle Cup, we had two deep runs and now we're joking about making a third one. But we're really happy that we got this win, specifically, because during my time on the team we've struggled a bit against the better teams. It felt really good to beat a BIG that comes off the back of the Roobet Cup win, to us it felt like we beat a pretty good team.

Astralis will play FURIA in the first round of the group stage

What about yourself, individually, how happy are you with the way you've been performing so far with Astralis?

Woah! I feel like I've been performing horrifically. It feels horrible playing that bad, right? Not that I'm going to talk myself up like some fucking huge star AWPer, but I feel like I've definitely performed better on my older teams. But yeah, I mean it doesn't feel that great. I'm obviously doing my best to ignore social media because there's more of it when you're in Astralis, but I think it's just a process. If I had to give my own opinion up to this point, obviously I'm not happy with how I'm performing.

What is it you can do better? What's the main problem for you?

It's hard to say, sometimes you have the confidence, sometimes you don't, sometimes it can be really hard to find it, especially when you're in a bad... I guess you can call it a slump, but I wouldn't say I'm slumping, it's just when we have really difficult matches. I feel like I'm getting better at it. At least I'm getting more consistent now, which is a good thing. Some of the maps I'm still struggling on, like Dust2, I never played on any team that was good on it so I feel a bit behind on it, but yeah, I feel like it's getting better at least.

You mentioned the social media pressure. Whenever there's talk about Astralis, it will often go 'what can Astralis do better?' or 'bring back device,' stuff like that is always going to be coming, especially with rumors swirling around. Is this something you try to not let get into your head? How does it affect you?

I definitely try not to think about it. If device comes back what the fuck can I do about it, right? It is what it is, all I can do is play the games that I'm going to play, however many that is. Maybe it's many now, so I try to play them better. Mostly for my own sake because it feels horrible to let down the team, that's what I'm trying to avoid.

Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
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Denmark Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
Asger 'Farlig' Jensen
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Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
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2022-07-07 10:37
4 replies
he just exposed devje coming back, GODFARLIG ty4news :))))))))
2022-07-07 11:25
1 reply
Hungary akamarky
u wish
2022-07-08 19:05
Why do you main scout bro
2022-07-07 13:04
farling <3
2022-07-07 13:06
2022-07-07 10:37
Smart choice - just continue grinding
2022-07-07 10:38
6 replies
Netherlands arTvamp
2022-07-07 11:03
+1, best response no matter what
2022-07-07 14:51
if he leaves astralis sucessfully he may have a better time finding a new team for sure
2022-07-07 18:58
3 replies
he'll probably have an easier time than bubzkji or lucky since they played bad in t1
2022-07-08 01:51
2 replies
not gonna lie i wish lucky was still in astralis he was a very good rifler not so much with awp but maybe gla1ve could just take it
2022-07-08 05:35
1 reply
-xyp and letting lucky rifle and get like anyone else to do awp could've been a competitive team
2022-07-09 01:43
Nice mentality
2022-07-07 10:38
8 replies
Mopoz owns u
2022-07-07 10:41
7 replies
Junior owns you
2022-07-07 10:41
6 replies
Your mum owns me
2022-07-07 10:53
3 replies
Russia super_rat
yo, i found my twin on this site
2022-07-07 10:56
2 replies
2022-07-07 11:09
1 reply
Atomic_rat next
2022-07-07 14:42
Europe Utaii
Literally any awper is better than Junior....and i m not a Farlig fan at all.
2022-07-07 14:36
1 reply
I know
2022-07-07 14:56
Hungary Norberto25
He also ignores deathmatch i think
2022-07-07 10:38
4 replies
2022-07-07 10:45
1 reply
2022-07-07 11:32
2022-07-07 11:10
nice nickname predicted to flair
2022-07-15 09:13
2022-07-07 10:40
Germany mysterE
that last para hit hard lmao
2022-07-07 10:40
1 reply
Canada MiLkBaGzz
+1 must suck knowing that the second device gets better he will be off the team.
2022-07-07 13:44
doing his best to ignore practice
2022-07-07 10:42
1 reply
lmao i love how you turned this around hahaha 8/8 this would bait many people
2022-07-07 11:13
Portugal dracø
If he's talking about it, he's doing a bad job at ignoring it :\ Keep on grinding and shut them up
2022-07-07 10:45
2022-07-07 10:45
1 reply
2022-07-07 12:12
Farlig is a great awper just needs some more time, you got this !
2022-07-07 10:46
OK actual interview with an Astralis member where they are realistic and honest. Wtf.
2022-07-07 10:48
6 replies
Who's not honest in the astralis team?
2022-07-07 11:15
4 replies
Astralis used to be notorious for having their players give extremely disciplined, run-of-thmill interviews. Dodging topics and questions like politicians.
2022-07-07 11:17
3 replies
Idk, the new lineup always agreed that they struggle and not meet the expectations
2022-07-07 11:19
astralis a head of it's time , now every company on earth does that
2022-07-07 11:43
Canada MiLkBaGzz
2022-07-07 13:45
nobody is really honest in these interviews,not just astralis players
2022-07-07 12:47
2022-07-07 10:49
Just a bunch of jobless individuals. I do agree that farlig isn't performing, he is also awear of that, but being rude to someone is not a solution.
2022-07-07 10:50
Truth hurts
2022-07-07 10:51
2022-07-07 10:53
2022-07-07 10:53
Very affable guy. I feel bad for him that he has to avoid social media because of clowns like #7 who are failures at life, so they spew bile on the internet to make themselves feel better for a moment.
2022-07-07 10:56
3 replies
+1 me too, he doesn't deserve the hate
2022-07-07 12:04
1 reply
Well, as you can see, a lot of people are idiots and they always think that if you play pro you have to be good every time, one stumble = more logs under your feet.
2022-07-07 12:11
Austria holzpyjama
2022-07-07 12:10
Has device been on social media at all? Any updates? Has he streamed anything??
2022-07-07 10:58
10 replies
actually just checked about an hour ago, before this interview. Couldn't see anything edit: Tbf tho, mental health is no joke, and you know he has been struggling with mental health in the past aswell, and last fall basically his whole life fell apart. Mental illness is no joke when you have a stable life, no less when you life is unstable - and also doesnt help to be famous and have all this pressure to come back i think.
2022-07-07 11:06
8 replies
Man he’s wealthy and overall physically young and healthy. He has mounds of cash, can start a new life anywhere, and is Highly skilled in his craft. He needs to get a grip… It’s not like he’s poor, has PTSD from military combat or suffering from trauma. Dude is a 1/10 in terms of real life stress…
2022-07-07 13:46
7 replies
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Canada xyzoo
thanks for saying this
2022-07-07 14:03
4Head Just get a grip
2022-07-07 14:18
True, but different people have different types of struggles, everyone has their problems. Just because you have money doesn't mean you'll be happy, in the end i hope he gets back better than ever.
2022-07-07 14:21
no correlation between wealth and mental/generel health if ur ~median income or higher, so who gives a shit if he has mounds of cash. Young people in their twenties are as depressed as people in their sixties, so who gives a fuck that he's young. Psychically healthy is actually not even true as he has had some stomach issues but that's kinda whatever. He is highly skilled in his craft, sure, but i don't get why that's a counter for why he needs to get a grip, does people bad at their craft dont need to get a grip? And final point; u have no fucking clue if he is suffering from trauma. I probably come of as a whiny kid, and i'm not trying to take his side, but people who says 'get a grip' to a possible mental illness pisses me off. Imagine if i said that to a wealthy young guy when his leg was broken, like that's not how it works
2022-07-07 14:45
3 replies
You are definitely a lib/dem supporter Lol. Victim mentality written all over ya. His struggle is not legit compared to 99% of the world. Soft as fackk
2022-07-08 00:36
2 replies
My political stance would be a given when looking at my flag, literally voting right-wing in dk, but nonetheless, yeah i would be left-wing in NA. He and i might be soft, but that's an opinion you have, and data support that mental wellbeing is a bigger problem than ever before, SO i can say 'you are such an uneducated con/lib supporter', not gonna bring us any closer together. Whatever
2022-07-08 00:45
Imagine crying because you get mad at people who sniff Trudeau hair on a counter-strike forum. edit: also farlig based
2022-07-09 01:59
no he likes stuff on twitter sometimes, but thats it
2022-07-07 12:48
When is Device coming back?
2022-07-07 10:59
At some moments Farlig looks so good, even with rifle he has some great rounds. If he can keep consistency Astralis can do big things.
2022-07-07 11:01
roeJ | 
Turkey RV14
fartlig eu junior 🔥
2022-07-07 11:03
Faroe Islands Lcebaby
2022-07-07 11:03
CIS FlugZero
Better do your best to hit some shots
2022-07-07 11:04
Keep crying
2022-07-07 11:11
Europe xrnavkha
W fit Farlig
2022-07-07 11:15
2022-07-07 11:15
device comeback confirmed?
2022-07-07 11:18
1 reply
He got mentioned now , so it gotta be floating somewhere if he had it in his mind to mention Could be in the air who knows
2022-07-07 17:15
Europe j04yyx
-blamef - konfig -farlig +device +magisk +dupreeh Top 1 winning major team !!
2022-07-07 11:20
you can do it farlig
2022-07-07 11:23
farlig is smart, better stay out of social media and the cesspool of children and mad bettors (also known as hltv). People are retarded
2022-07-07 11:25
Poland moistu
that's wrong Mr. Farlig, if you were looking at HLTV, maybe you would know that people want to replace you with a device, so it's time to improve
2022-07-07 11:29
I think he should do his best on server sometimes :()
2022-07-07 11:33
acoR better
2022-07-07 11:36
Latvia laiziolas
Negativity mr. Farlig in 2021 are very big thing. Smart thing to ignore everybody, cuz most only want put you down no matter what. And those people who gives out negativity mostly are very young, ugly, and stupid kids.
2022-07-07 11:36
Edgy kid cursing in interviews.
2022-07-07 11:41
Sweden AFCx
Farlig if you see this you failed.
2022-07-07 11:50
1 reply
this is not social media, just angry autists forum
2022-07-12 07:34
he knows fartlig
2022-07-07 11:51
Obviously he is not ignoring it well if he's the one who brought it up lol.
2022-07-07 11:59
2022-07-07 12:09
2022-07-07 12:18
better stay away from cs trashlig
2022-07-07 12:20
Poland shima1
Based Farling, let them bark.
2022-07-07 12:21
India ga7axy
2022-07-07 12:22
love farlig.increadibble skill.
2022-07-07 12:22
I have seen moments of brilliance. I have also seen moments of stupidity, often gets caught out with his knife in his hand or pushes when he shouldn't. When he has confidence he plays well. He has the mechanical skill to be one of the best, just needs time to learn from his mistakes.
2022-07-07 12:33
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Poland 138|
2022-07-07 12:47
stay away from HLTV, Farlig. 90% in here is unfounded hate.
2022-07-07 13:04
United Kingdom alexmorten
It's a shame because I really like farlig and do want him to stay. Realistically he is a good awper just still needs to adjust to tier 1. And it's sad that he gets all this device talk thrown at him. However I would of course want device to return, despite really liking farlig, who can say that they wouldn't want devve back. Even though he tainted is reputation being a bit of an idiot talking shit while in NIP. I do also think that is mostly NIPs fault. I still love him and hope he returns. But that would be a sad outcome for farlig of course.
2022-07-07 13:15
u doing wrong
2022-07-07 13:22
Brazil bruno_
-farlig +junior
2022-07-07 13:36
2022-07-07 13:40
Cry baby
2022-07-07 13:41
Sweden skorpan
Smart, but … Start to deliver and u can use social media again, go go go
2022-07-07 13:44
must feel real nice to qualify for an event because every player had more than 6 kills gj Astralis
2022-07-07 13:48
trasnlation: "Yo Les noobs, I read your critique on social media (hltv forums), but I am trying my best, cut me some slack"
2022-07-07 13:53
No wonder he ignores social media, people are toxic af
2022-07-07 14:44
Smart kid
2022-07-07 14:57
Brazil bugesy
good imagine if he had to see his girlfriend tweets
2022-07-07 15:03
Not a good sign.
2022-07-07 15:46
roeJ | 
Finland dvlx
yeah farlig is doing his best glaive and xyp should be axed instead
2022-07-07 17:20
Didn't expect farlig to be harsh with words with that baby face lol
2022-07-07 19:49
Just get better kekw
2022-07-07 20:06
Honestly and all jokes aside, farlig seems like a chill dude
2022-07-07 20:22
Ukraine Bidus
What does he mean? What's special about it? I just don't use it. Problm solved, and if you are using it, then just stop. Problem solved.
2022-07-07 22:25
2022-07-08 14:19
Well actually 🤓social media ignores farlig.
2022-07-08 15:19
bro is so bad
2022-07-11 17:01
Do your best to play better Haters always here
2022-07-11 18:23
Japan slier
good move to ignored social media cause social media full of bronze player that talk like that they have won major dozen times
2022-07-12 14:37
India _Nexius
Most of them are kids or mad bettors who can't understand shit.
2022-07-15 09:03
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