gla1ve: "The organisation sometimes wants to try something different, you gotta respect it and do your best to keep your spot"

Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander sat down with HLTV for a talk after his team recovered from an opening loss to put away Eternal Fire.

Astralis ended last season on a high, grabbing a top-four finish at IEM Cologne and rising to No. 3 in the world rankings. Since the player break that progress has faltered, with the team suffering early exits from the BLAST Premier Fall Groups and ESL Pro League Season 16.

Already in a rut, the Danes' preparations for the RMR were dealt a hammer blow when Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke was forced to withdraw from the squad through injury, forcing the squad to bring in Astralis Talent youngster Mikkel "⁠MistR⁠" Thomsen as a stand-in.

After losing their opener, Astralis are back on track

Despite the tough circumstances and suffering a loss in their opening game, Astralis showed resilience to bounce back with a victory over Eternal Fire. After that win gla1ve gave an interview to HLTV to talk about his team's results so far, how it has been integrating MistR into the squad, and the effect the rumours surrounding the team have had on the players.

It must feel great to be on the board?

Yeah it feels really good.

It was a tough game against NIP (chuckles), we couldn’t do any prep against them because they changed their AWP player and also have a new in-game leader. We rely a little bit on anti-stratting I would say, not because we can’t play without, but it’s a big advantage for them to play Nuke where they have a lot to watch of us and we had nothing. I don’t think we played that good however, we lost some stupid rounds.

The next game felt really good, against Eternal Fire, they are a strong team and one of the best in tier-two I would say at the moment. They are getting some pretty good results and have a good map pool, so we are happy with that win.

Obviously you came into this event with a last-minute stand-in, is it tough to get into the right headspace under those circumstances?

It’s always tough to play with a stand-in, I think especially for me because I feel like I have a responsibility to help him a lot, trying to make sure he remembers what he needs to do in different tactics. We have a lot of maps that he needs to learn. I think that has been pretty tough.

In practice it has actually been going pretty well I would say, not beating all of the good teams but beating the teams we kind of should, so we came into the tournament with a bit of confidence. Of course it was pretty tough to evolve on that confidence after the NIP game, but this one will help.

MistR had some impactful rounds against Eternal Fire, particularly on T side, how have you felt about his performance so far?

I think he’s a really strong player, he surprised me a bit when he came into the team and we practiced with him. His understanding is pretty good, his aim is pretty good, and sometimes he is also coming up with some ideas on what we can do, pistol rounds and stuff like that, things that help an in-game leader and coach. I think that’s really important as a player.

What were the expectations for the RMR, bearing in mind you arrived with a stand-in?

Of course if we were playing with k0nfig I think we would expect to go through, now it’s more that we know we can go through but if we are maybe a little unlucky with our matchups and we’re not hitting our game, then we are probably not going to go through.

Yeah the expectations are much lower, but we are still aiming to do it.

Talking more generally about Astralis in recent months, towards the end of last season there was a lot of progress, you had good results at Pinnacle Cup Championship, Roobet Cup and IEM Cologne, and climbed up to No. 3 in the world.

It feels like that progression has stumbled a little bit coming out of the player break, how has it felt to you?

It’s tough to say. I could feel that we started to play better in the later part of last season, we tried to bring it with us and we talked about keeping the momentum going for this season. We played okay at BLAST in the group stage, didn’t really play that good afterwards in the gauntlet system, so yeah it has been pretty tough, especially Pro League right?

We don’t feel like we have been showing up the way we should, so to be honest it has been pretty devastating, but now we have to focus on this tournament and qualifying for Rio.

Could you put your finger on what happened? Was it the player break coming at a bad time or something else?

It’s so tough to say, you can’t point your finger at something and say it’s because of that one thing. We tried to change some stuff around and maybe our mindset could be a little bit like “we lost on this map, let’s try something else,” instead of saying “that was one bad game, let’s do it a little bit different next time.”

I think we have had been pretty fast at losing confidence on maps, every time we lose, doesn’t matter if we lose to a 'bad team' or a 'good team', we just lost confidence so quickly on our maps, which felt pretty sad. I think we need to change our mindset a bit about those things.

I know there isn’t much you can tell me about the k0nfig and device rumours flying around at the moment, but does it affect you coming into a tournament with so much furor surrounding the team?

No, I don’t really think so because we all want to go to the Major and it means a lot to us. This is a really important tournament, and we all want to give everything we have.

You never know what is going to happen in the future, and that includes everyone on the team, also me. Our results haven’t been that great, and I understand that the organisation sometimes wants to try something different, you gotta respect it and try to do your best to keep your spot on the team.

I feel that it’s good to have open and honest conversations about stuff as well, so it’s not like everybody knows something but this guy doesn’t, I don’t think that’s good.

It’s good as it is now, where the coach and the organisation are making the hard changes and the players aren’t involved. I think that’s good.

Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1724
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1593
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Mikkel 'MistR' Thomsen
Mikkel 'MistR' Thomsen
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
151
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.69
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2022-10-05 16:05
Player owned org LOL
2022-10-05 16:06
2 replies
#13
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Poland Zgrzyt
exactly my thought
2022-10-05 16:08
#49
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India NinX
Astralis has not been a player owned org since what 2017 or 2018 ?
2022-10-06 06:36
#6
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United States bennjayx6
OMG -GLA1VE +OLOFMEISTER CONFIRMED
2022-10-05 16:06
2 replies
#11
arT | 
Asia ke1fu
so who igl baitf again like in complexity?
2022-10-05 16:07
1 reply
#16
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United States bennjayx6
docC will move to coach position and call once every 5 rounds
2022-10-05 16:09
#8
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China GuileEe
nt gla1ve
2022-10-05 16:07
so sad that gla1ve is not respected being absolute cs legend
2022-10-05 16:07
4 replies
+1
2022-10-05 16:21
+1
2022-10-05 18:15
#40
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Germany Teuton1813
+3
2022-10-05 18:30
+1
2022-10-06 01:54
refrezh IGL dev1ce AWP Staehr blameF Zyphon new Astralis
2022-10-05 16:08
#15
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Denmark Rubix__
-Galive +karrigan HLTV confirned
2022-10-05 16:09
any1 think they might go international?
2022-10-05 16:10
2 replies
#21
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Germany felixG
Very unlikely I would say. What I could see: Integrating someone from a nordic country (if they really cant find a talented enough player in DK) but only if they could be sticking to danish as in game language.
2022-10-05 16:15
1 reply
That's the first step in becoming an international team. Just like NIP
2022-10-06 12:25
Glaivestralis
2022-10-05 16:11
#19
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Czech Republic JameS_19
Interesting. Similar to devve’s interview before joining NiP
2022-10-05 16:13
well...things are gonna change. thats for sure. but when it comes to astralis, you never know what to expect.
2022-10-05 16:15
Device Incoming 100%
2022-10-05 16:24
#24
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Germany mrzxea_cs
Its no secret Astralis sucks as an org.
2022-10-05 16:26
1 reply
+1
2022-10-05 16:34
Very interesting interview, nice to say Gla1ve talking about how they lose confidence after losing a map against good or bad teams. Something I've definitely say about Astralis now is a lack of confidence
2022-10-05 16:31
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Serbia Ruffus
Well, it doesn't make much sense, he talks about how self-confidence is the biggest problem, and that "self-confidence problem" is only noticed on a couple of maps, this remained until the gla1ve and farlig. I'm not sure what the changes will be but Astralis is a very strict organization so decisions can be very stupid. All hands are on Trace, Astralis manager and analyst, ultimately they bring about change
2022-10-05 16:33
anyone else read this in gla1ve's voice?
2022-10-05 16:36
3 replies
#42
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Germany Teuton1813
+1 Always. It's so damn annoying.
2022-10-05 18:32
+1 it just automatically happens lol
2022-10-06 08:04
yep same here
2022-10-06 11:44
goat glaive
2022-10-05 16:57
if he likes open discussion so much I'd expect him wanting players to have more of a say in how things are run
2022-10-05 17:26
It's funny that ENCE does it differently. org is the money and sAw and Snappi (and other players give their opinion also) pick the players for shortlist and org tries to sign them. After roster has best up to date info about talented players and what to look for.
2022-10-05 17:45
2 replies
#35
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Finland HARD4ENCE
Giving power to the players isn't always the smartest thing to do though. Like when allu and co. destroyed ENCE Finnish lineup by kicking Aleksib and the management was spineless to prevent it.
2022-10-05 18:08
1 reply
Seems that you have no idea what you are talking about :) Pretty sure sAw wanted rid of allu or at least suggested to management that he should be benched. Also big portion of management has changed, because they wanted a clean slate.
2022-10-05 18:15
"I feel that it’s good to have open and honest conversations about stuff as well, so it’s not like everybody knows something but this guy doesn’t, I don’t think that’s good. It’s good as it is now, where the coach and the organisation are making the hard changes and the players aren’t involved. I think that’s good." thats the most PR answer i've heard in my life ahahahaaha. so device will come back 100% the real question is whats happening with k0nfig?
2022-10-05 22:12
3 replies
agreed, it's not the 1st time gla1ve says he knows nothing about roster changes because it's coaching stuff's decision which is obviously not all true and was not true in the past. he said the same thing when the funny 7 man roster was a thing but later we found out the old astralis members didn't want to play with bubzkji because they preferred to just stick together. tbh it's convenient for him to say "I know nothing, my job is just playing the game"
2022-10-05 22:22
2 replies
+100000
2022-10-05 22:24
+1 true
2022-10-06 11:45
So many words and so little information
2022-10-05 22:17
1 reply
what a course in PR does to a man
2022-10-06 08:05
well at least he is honest about his expectations from the RMR props to him instead of giving the same old bs like- we try our best and try to win
2022-10-06 08:05
Fatherhood made gla1ve super calm. I doubt we ever see him rage again. As for the confidence thing. Thus us device's strong point. He is rvs last guy to tilt. Watched many games where he got really bad starts, games he oftdnended up top frsgging in. I think blamef and gla1ve are the only two players who aren't in danger of getting benched, but I also think that they are kind of planning to transition gla1ve into a coach role. Mentally he is kind of already the spiritual leader that zonic once was. Not that gla1ve is bad player, but I can easily imagine him becoming an even better coach. If device returns, it might not be instead of fstlig at first. Device is hybrid player who is equally good with awp and rifle. Xyp9x & k0nfig are the first to go. If K0nfig can't fix his confidence, he is in great trouble, as he totally depends on it to perform. Xyp9x is just not that good anymore.
2022-10-06 08:54
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