device on returning to CS: "I had the thought: do I even want to go in this circuit again?"

The Danish AWPer addressed a range of topics in BLAST's Overtime interview.

Astralis battled their way to Spring Final qualification with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over OG, picking up the final spot on offer in what was the last game of the BLAST Premier Spring Groups.

It wasn't all smooth going for the Danes, as they suffered series defeats to Vitality and Heroic before needing to scrape past OG, but ultimately they ensured Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz's return to LAN was a successful one.

Fresh from securing a spot in the Spring Final, device sat down with Mohan "⁠launders⁠" Govindasamy and Danny "⁠mahone⁠" Hsieh for the BLAST Overtime interview to address a range of topics, including what he got up to during his break from professional play, his thoughts on the changing CS meta, and how he rates Astralis newcomer Christian "⁠Buzz⁠" Andersen.

device's return to LAN was ultimately a success

First up device addressed a question about his time off, specifically regarding July last year when he was racking up an impressive number of hours playing FACEIT, and whether this signaled a near-return that did not come to fruition.

"No, actually I never tried to put a time on it," he stated. "I worked a lot with a therapist on just in general dealing with stress, it's always been my biggest issue, my body just doesn't handle stress well. I'm trying to learn to better that, I've never really taken time to fix that or try to fix that. For me it was more like… you have that feeling that this is the time, and that is how I feel right now and why I came back." He went on to add "I also had the thought, do I even want to go in this circuit again? Because it's tough, but being here is just giving me all the right emotions and it's really nice. Obviously it's tough and stressful but in a good way, and I feel like I have found a way better life balance now that gives me some peace."

The sniper was also asked about his approach to these FACEIT pugs, and whether he treated them like training. "Honestly, it was mostly troll games," he laughed. "We have this Danish TeamSpeak where all of the other pros sit, and I actually never talked to that many of those people, because on Astralis we didn't play much FACEIT honestly. It was really nice to get to know a lot of the guys from the old Copenhagen Flames, and all of the other top pros."

The conversation eventually turned to device's return to LAN, and the Dane was quick to agree with the idea that the game against OG had been a stiff test for him. "Yeah it was, definitely," he stated when asked if the match had felt like a good stress test. "It was a good stress test on trying to find impact, trying to help the team comms, which is mostly what I try to do when I can't get the good shots in."

device gave his verdict on new teammate Buzz

The interview then moved to the topic of what has changed in CS since device's break, and specifically what the biggest difference between playing in Ninjas in Pyjamas and Astralis had been. "Oh it's hard, I do think all the teams follow the meta," he responded. "NIP don't play the chaos so much, we knew that when we were going to play against them, they haven't adapted to that or don't want to play that CS." He continued to talk about the current meta, describing it as "playing the chaos" and opining it as "very IGL-based," before going on to describe his thoughts on the current role of the AWPer. "The AWP right now is in a meta where you throw a lot of flashbangs and grenades" the Dane began. "I did that in NIP as well, but also you need to have moves on every map on the T side as well, otherwise you are a dedicated flash-thrower and the gun is too expensive for that."

Later in the interview he was asked about what had changed in CS that he had to catch up on, device focused on the mechanical prowess of the modern professional. "People are getting way better individually," he stated. "I feel like I am mechanically getting better and better, but everyone else is raising the ceiling. I think some people who look worse now haven't gotten worse, I just think that because some people train 10-12 hours a day, everyone is getting better."

To close the Overtime segment, device provided his insight on his new teammate Buzz, and he was full of praise for the 19-year-old. "Honestly he's really good," device said of the youngster. He went on to state that he had "played with him in FACEIT since March last year," and thus knew Buzz's game well. "He has shown glimpses of what he is capable of, but it just takes time to transition into tier-one CS. I do think when you look at the games we played as well, people have been focusing him and trying to abuse him, and I think that plays a part in how the mind works."

Canada Danny 'mahone' Hsieh
Danny 'mahone' Hsieh
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Canada Mohan 'launders' Govindasamy
Mohan 'launders' Govindasamy
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Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
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Denmark Christian 'Buzz' Andersen
Christian 'Buzz' Andersen
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2023-01-30 00:33
8 replies
whammy | 
England Wham!
T H E 🐐
2023-01-30 00:33
togs | 
Brazil hfdjk
I wonder how can he cope with stress having Buzz on his team?
2023-01-30 02:41
2 replies
Estonia tomKaasik
2023-01-30 07:01
Sweden Aebexz
Probably great, considering how bad Astralis been since he left and considering buzz’s struggles there won’t be any press on him reaching them to the stars.
2023-01-30 09:01
+1 ez device
2023-01-30 09:07
2023-01-30 09:38
the article is not about s1mple ;)
2023-01-30 10:07
2023-01-31 23:36
United States thespecht
One of the GOATs
2023-01-30 00:33
xx | 
North America minte
undisputed goat
2023-01-30 00:34
Thanks for returning Devve
2023-01-30 00:35
Denmark Kon10R
Welcome back, Sir! 👍👍
2023-01-30 00:36
He meant "circus"
2023-01-30 00:36
4 replies
Latvia Licha_
i read that as circus aswell 😭
2023-01-30 00:37
2023-01-30 00:45
axaxa a
2023-01-30 00:53
United States zovint
Ereerrrer Xdd
2023-01-30 02:13
2023-01-30 00:36
2023-01-30 00:37
why'd he go back to asstralis? so cringe
2023-01-30 00:41
14 replies
Where else lol Tsm?
2023-01-30 01:01
13 replies
should have joined a real team like heroic
2023-01-30 01:53
11 replies
Europe kuu1
Astralis 4 majors > Heroic 0? Plus you can't really kick Cadian, an IGL AWP-er and, ever though he is great with rifles, I wouldn't see device want a "rifler" role. There is still hope that Astralis will become great once again. Both device and blame are playing well.
2023-01-30 02:16
3 replies
so what? fnatic have majors too.. doesn't mean they're a team worth joining. That asstralis lineup is significantly weaker.
2023-01-30 05:26
2 replies
It's pretty clear from the article that that's not that important to him
2023-01-30 06:22
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Sweden hitAQN
fnatic not worth joining? kekw
2023-01-30 17:28
Apparently "real" teams lose to EG
2023-01-30 06:53
Heroic is not the 'team' 0 major
2023-01-30 06:57
Hungary term1nus
Bhahahahaha, wtf, and how did you imagine that? Device replaces Cadian as awp-IGL? Or does he become a rifler instead of Teses or Jabbi? Also, what the hell is a "real team"? Like, what are the requirements for a team to be considered real?
2023-01-30 10:59
3 replies
fr, these guys just say the dumbest shit imaginable and don't even try to provide a normal alternative, like where tf does he even imagine dev1ce going instead of astralis. NiP or Na'Vi?? lmao
2023-01-30 11:10
2 replies
ur moms house u weeb
2023-01-31 04:21
1 reply
Your dad joining your mom and her boyfriend in bed instead of watching from the closet would be a better move than dev1ce joining Heroic
2023-01-31 18:20
Oh yes because heroic is full of open spots right now, and they probably want to make player changes after reaching #1 spot. Why not go to Heroic indeed. Genius
2023-01-30 19:53
Stay with NIP lol
2023-01-30 06:20
He’s still got it, consistent and quick reaction times. Astralis finally have a reliable awper again. The OG game was great to watch
2023-01-30 00:51
4 replies
Europe kuu1
It's not only that. He also has the positioning, a very important quality for a top player.
2023-01-30 02:18
3 replies
Indonesia ivanovky
+1 Device maybe not as fast m0nesy, zywoo or s1mple but he read games very well and often has good positioning.
2023-01-30 05:17
agree yeah he always finds himself in the right spot
2023-01-30 10:33
1 reply
+1, I'm no device fan, but this is true
2023-01-30 18:22
2023-01-30 01:01
Netherlands arTvamp
GJ Device, can be proud already before all this but also after.
2023-01-30 01:11
Australia imissdevvy
Device <3
2023-01-30 01:20
Turkey PhauX
2023-01-30 01:43
2023-01-30 01:47
Indonesia Mizuki2906
2023-01-30 02:42
Device still consistent. He mastered being consistent in games
2023-01-30 02:45
he is still top 5 player, the team just sucks Would love him on liquid instead of osee
2023-01-30 03:03
2 replies
Don't think too much would happen imo Elige and yekindar are some of the most extreme hot-cold type of players...but they are mostly cold
2023-01-30 03:52
unironically the only team he would fit, other than astralis. considering that the oSee is better rifler than awper and misses a lot of crucial awp kills.
2023-01-30 11:13
how can I watch this interview????
2023-01-30 03:32
and how does he feel about the fact that S1mple is the GOAT now and he lost that competition?
2023-01-30 04:56
3 replies
i guess he don't care about that competition after everything he been through
2023-01-30 05:51
I am sure hes happy with his 4 Majors
2023-01-30 09:01
1 reply
Sure but losing something feels mostly bad
2023-01-30 15:03
Goat 🐐
2023-01-30 05:22
2023-01-30 06:07
Dev1ce new baitF
2023-01-30 06:59
Finland FlNLAND
Leave CS and go to supermarket checkout? Sure you had the thought, sure.
2023-01-30 07:25
India slayr121
2023-01-30 08:08
Welcome back goat
2023-01-30 08:34 I expected way worse for his comeback. Xyp has to go tho, he's done.
2023-01-30 08:50
2 replies
Romania styl3noxe
untill they can find a real star rifler they have to keep him.Getting another youngster just to pray he will be good someday and then changing players again is not the right move.They are one real good player away from being a top 1 contender.
2023-01-30 11:33
1 reply
I think Buzz may have potential, for example perfecto blew in the beginning and came out to be very decent player
2023-01-30 12:10
All you need is a better team that fits your skill and you'll be way happier. FACTS
2023-01-30 09:21
5 replies
maybe he's good friends with glaive and xyp
2023-01-30 10:34
4 replies
Yeah but he returned to play professional CS , he probably wants to win stuff which he can't with this Astralis lineup
2023-01-30 14:25
3 replies
OG aren't exactly a terrible team, they have recently (within 1 month) beaten Vitality, Heroic and Liquid. So I wouldn't say it's impossible for Astralis to win something.
2023-01-30 16:21
2 replies
I would. Liquid are way worse than last year so far. Also, beating a team that beats good teams doesn't mean you can too. Astralis has 0 shot against a bunch of teams right now.
2023-01-30 18:07
1 reply
2023-01-30 18:49
Latvia Sibul
damn shoulda retired
2023-01-30 10:44
How can he be the greatest if he's never been number 1?
2023-01-30 11:22
3 replies
Romania styl3noxe
cuz it s not only about stats.Nobody will ever beat s1mple, he is definitely the best of all time.However, the greatest is another thing.
2023-01-30 11:34
2 replies
France P0vTr
GOAT Maikelele beat s1mple 1vs1, not relevant
2023-01-31 18:23
So you're saying the best of all time and the greatest of all time are 2 different things?
2023-02-01 04:32
Feels so good to see him back again competing with s1mple and the rest, can't wait for a NAVI versus Astralis though.
2023-01-30 13:19
Denmark penguinpal
Great to have the GOAT back!
2023-01-30 16:16
2023-01-30 18:12
happy to see him back. Alone made Astralis fun to watch and competitive against anyone again as expected
2023-01-31 16:43
Turkey annttiigs
Can't get over that he left NiP after diagnosed with stress. for sure, there are a lot not has been published about the situation but still I feel the letting-friends-down situation :)
2023-02-01 15:16
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