Xyp9x: "I feel more confident in the roles I've been assigned now"

The Danish veteran is happy about the changes made within the Astralis system.

In the second Elisa Masters Espoo quarter-final, Astralis took down the hometown heroes, ENCE, in a three-map series that ended in a nail-biting overtime. A 33-kill performance on the second map from Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth gave Astralis the momentum to win on Overpass.

Astralis have exceeded their own expectations this event

The underdog win for the Danes has set up a rematch against fnatic, who beat them 16-7 in the group stage. Before the semi-final, Xyp9x gave his perspective on how the veteran's experience of himself, Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander and Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer is crucial to winning on the stage.

Since Kristoffer "⁠Kristou⁠" Aamand was announced to be standing in for Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz, the expectations for the team have been low. Xyp9x spoke about how the Astralis Talent players and the interim head coach have pleasantly surprised him.

Can you talk me through the final game and all the emotions you were going through in the double OT?

It was a really hectic game, both because of the two overtimes but also just in general. ENCE played really aggressively at times and we did too so it just got messy in many of the rounds. It was down to communication and I think our team lacks stage experience at this moment right now, so it was maybe a bit of nerves in those situations but I'm really happy were able to win in the end. I'm just proud of everyone. We have inexperienced players on the team from the talent team, so it is to be expected.

You mention the experience, it was at the end of the match that you and gla1ve had some big rounds, how much does that experience matter on a stage like this?

It matters a lot on a stage like this, it's not that there is a lot of people here but there is a certain noise, and there is a certain pressure of playing on a stage. If it's a studio it's not the same. It matters a lot.

Did you expect the level of noise that we had here?

I think Finland showed up great, I didn't expect it to be kind of full here. I don't know how many people were here but my guess would be two or three thousand, I don't know. I think it will be bigger tomorrow, at least they said it was sold out, so I'm looking forward to the game tomorrow against fnatic.

There have been conversations about the structure and roles of Astralis, specifically around blameF and if there is a reliance on him to frag to win games. In the second map of Ancient you dropped 33 kills to win, is it positive to see the kills spread more evenly and is that a good sign for the future?

Well, I don't really care as long as we win the games. I saw a lot of action and I played good in that game. I don't necessarily see a lot of people in all the games that we play so sometimes the stats are misguided by where you play on the map.

blameF has a lot of the rotator positions or where there is action, so sometimes it is expected that he pops off because he is where the action is. blameF is a really good player and nobody can say anything about that. To answer the question about it being more shared or if we want it to be more shared among us, I don't really care as long as we win.

Have you been impressed by the two Astralis Talent players, and how you have made the semi-finals with them in the squad?

Sure. I didn't have many expectations from these players but I actually think they are learning quite fast. I think there is good development like there are small things you would say and the next day they would take it onboard. They do what you wanted from the day before, they come in and fix things.

It's a really good vibe as well with these players, they are here to be pros, to have a career and they come with a lot of energy and a lot of lust to win. It is really enjoyable to play with them.

You didn't have much prep as a five coming into this event, would you say you have met or exceeded your personal expectations?

I think by getting out of the group stage we met our expectations but by winning this game we exceeded them because obviously, we didn't have much preparation. We don't have device here, he's a great player and kristou is too but there is a difference there right?

With the lack of preparation, we were just happy to get out of groups. Now we face fnatic tomorrow and I am looking forward to what we can do against them, we didn't get a good fair chance in the best-of-one earlier so let's see what we can do tomorrow.

Astralis will be looking for revenge against fnatic who beat them 16-7 in the group stage

casle mentioned in an interview yesterday that the team has changed roles around since he came in, how are you feeling about the system and do you feel happy in the roles you are now playing?

I think we changed some roles yeah, I feel more confident in the roles I've been assigned now and I think it also shows in my game. So I am just happy about the new Astralis in general.

Would you say that casle is really coming into his own as a coach?

Yeah, I like casle as a coach. I know him from 1.6 so it's kind of funny that is the coach now of Astralis. He's a really good coach and I wasn't expecting him to be that good of a coach, so I'm really surprised of how good he is.

With fnatic being your match-up tomorrow, do you have any expectations from the match?

For now we haven't been able to look at the veto and stuff, but that is something we have to go back and look on, but it's just playing the game, it's just about shooting some heads. They did that in our game against them earlier, FASHR was really good against us so we have to shut those players down and just grind it out. It will be a tough game but I think we will manage.

The momentum you have gained from this tournament when you bring device in to play tournaments with you in the future, do you think that you are going to be able to capitalise on that and be on an upwards trajectory?

I mean I'm not really sure where we stand on the HLTV rankings right now, but I don't think there is a way more down than now if I can say that. So yeah it should be upwards now, at least that's what I hope and I feel like in practice it's been going really great with device when he joined the team. So yeah, I can't see a reason why we shouldn't be spiralling upwards.

Denmark Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
433
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1745
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1793
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
2038
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.61
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
938
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.61
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
Not after today
2022-11-19 17:43
8 replies
Cope. Fnatic will be wiped off the face of the earth tonight.
2022-11-19 17:44
7 replies
no russian teams in elisa to do that xd
2022-11-19 17:51
1 reply
#32
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Indonesia nouser
lol +1
2022-11-19 18:17
Did you watch the last time they played?
2022-11-19 19:03
fnatic are about to dab on the haters
2022-11-19 21:22
3 replies
Update: the haters have indeed been dabbed on
2022-11-19 23:00
2 replies
#50
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United States DarkFX
Fnatic came in and did exactly what they should do to a team like Astralis.
2022-11-19 23:19
1 reply
Absolutely. I don't know what people expected otherwise.. Sure, fnatic lost after they made playoffs in the major, but hey they did make playoffs. I don't think a post-rebuild astralis stood a chance
2022-11-20 00:08
#2
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Brazil MIBR_IS_BAD
nice for him
2022-11-19 17:43
1 reply
sure thing
2022-11-19 18:06
#3
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Somalia PartyShaker
U DONE BRO . GG
2022-11-19 17:43
3 replies
1.08 rating last month not that bad
2022-11-19 17:45
1 reply
+1...it's definitely a night and day improvement as compared to the entirety of 2021
2022-11-19 18:23
#10
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Chile Max1M))
flag
2022-11-19 17:47
nice
2022-11-19 17:43
lul ence rlly lost to astraLUL
2022-11-19 17:43
we will see minister
2022-11-19 17:46
#9
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Chile Max1M))
EZ4XYP9X, keep it up man
2022-11-19 17:46
so glad to hear that man, people always looked at the rating and blamed you but true fans will know changing your roles affected your play-style, now that you have got good core rifler and dev is back please bring back the prime form my minister <3 #tothestars
2022-11-19 17:47
1 reply
#26
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Germany Teuton1813
+1 Cutep9x bestest
2022-11-19 18:07
Literally every player after one single lifegame: "I FEEL MORE CONFIDENT IN THE ROLES I'VE BEEN ASSIGNED NOW"
2022-11-19 17:50
8 replies
Flag checks out.
2022-11-19 17:58
7 replies
what does exactly Russian flag check out?
2022-11-19 17:59
6 replies
Must be some low iq villager. Everyone with a bit if brain knows that xyp was bad because of new roles since blamef was taking xyp old roles thats why he was bad also there was alot of chsnges and overall konfig say too inconsistent for a star player.
2022-11-19 18:01
5 replies
Holy shit, stop writing these long texts on HLTV and get a life villager xd imgur.com/a/A9xyszN
2022-11-19 18:03
4 replies
Reply needs actual content.
2022-11-19 18:06
`well you are the one who should stop writing useless words here, my boi clutched more than entire mald9 squad.
2022-11-19 18:12
2 replies
saying someone IS bot not saying he WAS bot
2022-11-19 18:17
1 reply
and the other guy said it is because there is a thing called roles which was switched because of roster change, put you axile in a different role and then wait for his results.
2022-11-19 18:25
stfu u had life game ahahha
2022-11-19 17:49
5 replies
Life game? But he had way better games in his life. Oh nvm flag checks out both trash at csgo and more toxic then most ruskis
2022-11-19 17:59
4 replies
i bet u r from spain, and that is even sadder, when u say that
2022-11-19 18:13
3 replies
No spain is same toxic but atleast they have better players sometimes
2022-11-19 18:14
hes right..poortugal very toxic
2022-11-19 20:49
1 reply
#53
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Norway Gjellan
Both are xD
2022-11-20 13:50
#15
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Germany who|cars
goat is back
2022-11-19 17:52
Let's go, Xyp9x!
2022-11-19 17:52
#20
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Seychelles kinley377
keep up the good work!
2022-11-19 17:59
#23
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United States zovint
clutch minister is back!
2022-11-19 18:04
spittin fax
2022-11-19 18:17
nice joke
2022-11-19 18:19
<3
2022-11-19 18:26
carrying in 1-16 game got him confident again
2022-11-19 18:31
#38
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Iran smOocH
He's lying.
2022-11-19 18:54
#39
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Netherlands BRABBlT
I dont know why people always search for reasons to hate on xyp
2022-11-19 19:00
4 replies
mob mentality, they even hate on s1mple each time he is not posting 1.40 rating
2022-11-19 19:37
2 replies
#43
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Scotland Raziel1911
+1 a lot of people on the internet will look for and spread negativity whenever possible. It gets really tiring tbh.
2022-11-19 19:47
1 reply
#45
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India psn46
Flair
2022-11-19 20:43
i dont know either
2022-11-20 00:06
good know change dev1ices faceit password so he can play actual games with the team.
2022-11-19 19:08
1 reply
#54
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Norway Gjellan
Hahahaha
2022-11-20 13:51
bro u play with 2 standins
2022-11-19 19:51
had a good map and somehow gets article
2022-11-19 23:18
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