gla1ve: "It feels really good to have device by my side once again"

"I didn't even realize that it was that long ago since we were in a playoffs, so it feels really good," said Lukas "⁠gla1ve⁠" Rossander after their win against Cloud9.

Astralis have had a turbulent 2023 so far. The Danish squad missed out on an appearance at the BLAST.tv Paris Major, and were thus forced to watch from the sidelines while playing in online events such as CCT South Europe Series 4 and Brazy Party. That seemingly gave new additions Christian "⁠Buzz⁠" Andersen and Alexander "⁠Altekz⁠" Givskov enough time to bed into the team, as Denmark's most-winning team looks revitalized in their return to tier-one competition.

At IEM Dallas, gla1ve and company fought through Liquid and Cloud9 to secure a playoff berth, with a game against ENCE on the horizon to decide if they enter the playoffs in the quarters or semis. After their impressive win against Cloud9, gla1ve sat down with HLTV to talk about the new additions, their road at IEM Dallas, and expectations for the playoffs.

gla1ve, congratulations, you're into the playoffs. Tell me how that feels, your first one [at a Big Event] since IEM Cologne 2022?

Yeah, that feels amazing. I didn't even realize that it was that long ago since we were in a playoffs, so it feels really good. I'm really looking forward to playing in an arena again. I feel like we have a much better team now than we had in Cologne, even though we also went to the semi-final back then. Hopefully we can go straight to the semi-final, win against ENCE tomorrow, and then let's see what happens.

Tell me about that new team, because we haven't talked to you since you added Buzz, Altekz, and also with device coming back. Tell me about working with this new lineup as a whole.

A lot has been happening with Astralis. Since 2023 has started we've gotten Buzz, Altekz, device, all of them really good players. Especially of course device, he's putting up really good numbers. Somebody maybe thought that he couldn't do it again, but he's proving himself over and over again and he's a really good player. It feels really good to have him by my side once again.

Then also we have the back of Astralis, I mean the coaching staff, the sports psychologist and stuff like that. That also has been changing for 2023, feels really good, now I have two coaches behind me. I've been asking for that for some time, so that feels really great.

YEKINDAR yesterday when asked about Altekz said the gap between these new young players and the tenured experienced players is quite small nowadays, would you agree with that?

Yeah, I agree. I think that's also why you see tier 2 and tier 1 is so close to each other because the game is so individual right now, you have to make plays all the time. It's not utility-based, of course the utility is really important but because everybody knows how to play with utility, everybody also knows that you need to take duels before the utility is used.

I think that's why the players are so good in tier two as well, because it's just about their aim a lot, and they have good aim.

Did device say anything to you when you knocked over your monitor, was he like, 'that's my job' or anything like that?

[laughing] No, he didn't. He was just laughing a lot. I didn't even realize that my monitor fell down before I saw his face and he was just laughing, and I was like, 'why are you laughing?' Then I saw it, so yeah... but it was nice [smiling].

You played Cloud9 in Brazy Party, you ended up on two different maps at the start of this series. Was that a conscious choice for you, not to play the same thing?

I think we kind of had the same mindset, that last time they probably knew we didn't expect Vertigo and that's why they picked it, so this time around they knew that we probably expected Vertigo and they picked Mirage. It was kind of the same thing with Overpass and Ancient going into the game for us, we tried to surprise each other a bit and this time around it worked out better for us. The veto is always fun because you don't want to pick the obvious choice all the time, then you will get too readable, so that's how it is.

Going back to yesterday, you had this overtime versus Liquid. Did you have some flashbacks of years gone by?

It was a great game against them. I think we could have won easier to be honest, we threw some rounds at the beginning on the T side so it was a little bit closer than it should have been.

Tomorrow you're going to take on ENCE for a spot in semi-finals, so a chance to skip a round. How do you feel about that matchup and being able to skip a playoff match?

It would be nice to go straight into the semi-finals of course, we want to go as far as possible. If you go into the quarter-finals it can also be nice too, maybe if you're lucky you can get an easier opponent — I know there are no easy opponents right now —, but that would be nice because we have two new guys and stuff like that, they can warmup a bit and don't have to perform instantly in the arena. But they're good guys and we will try to talk to them and make them comfortable with playing in an arena, and let's see what happens.

You were mentioning earlier about having two coaches as part of your support staff, can you talk me through what they do for you and the different roles that they have?

One of them is the main coach, and the other guy is the analyzer. HUNDEN is the analyzer and casle is the main coach, and they're both doing a really good job. They have a specific set of roles doing different things and they are working great together.

For me, it's just nice to have more eyes looking at our game and more guys helping me because I have a lot of good things that I want to do, but sometimes I need more hands to help me out so I don't have to do everything myself because then it can be a little bit too much sometimes. Being able to put out some tasks for them to do is helping me a lot and then I can have a little bit more time to focus on myself as well.

Has it helped you revitalize your calling a little bit, bring it more up-to-date in a way?

Yeah I think so because they are helping give me more time to actually watch demos, and I don't have to only think about our own game but I can actually also use a lot of time to look at opponents, what is the meta right now and stuff like that. I'm trying to do that a lot and it's working out really well, both of them are doing a really good job helping me out.

Xyp9x was a long-time member of this roster, do you feel his absence much on the server right now?

It's tough to say. Xyp9x is a really calm guy, Altekz is pretty calm as well but Xyp9x is really good at communicating. What you see about the young guys is that they are not that comfortable with communication, so sometimes they don't say what they do.

Xyp9x was really good with communication and I think communication is one of the things that we can [improve] a bit, but we are doing our best to do it and work on that. Xyp9x of course is a great guy and a great player, and I hope all the best for him.

Denmark Alexander 'Altekz' Givskov
Alexander 'Altekz' Givskov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
388
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1850
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1892
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Christian 'Buzz' Andersen
Christian 'Buzz' Andersen
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
392
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Device sucks hooxi better
2023-05-31 14:14
11 replies
#18
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United States Dyloon
+1
2023-05-31 14:35
hooxi clears devve
2023-05-31 14:41
+1
2023-05-31 14:41
+1 hooxi about to make the major at mcdonalds
2023-05-31 15:09
6 replies
I used to work at mcdonalds too. So if hooxi ends up there i can give him some tips <3
2023-05-31 15:18
5 replies
Gigachad would absolutely be doing the batches. Big mooscles carrying 3 boxes of nuggets at the same time
2023-05-31 16:20
1 reply
+1 Would pay to see that
2023-05-31 16:53
#67
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Bahamas Barakudas
No, you will put your mouth around his tip better
2023-05-31 22:42
2 replies
What ever makes him happy <3
2023-06-01 05:57
1 reply
#76
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Bahamas Barakudas
That will make him very happy and will feed your hunger at the same time
2023-06-01 11:42
hooxi cant even tie devices awping shoes
2023-05-31 18:33
nice
2023-05-31 14:14
#3
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United States KhanQu3st
How cute
2023-05-31 14:15
#4
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Saint Lucia Ratatuls)))
Bro leave the team, that is how you can help him the most
2023-05-31 14:16
3 replies
L + gla1ve will 1v3 your favourite team youtu.be/9ll6K2RPqBA
2023-05-31 14:25
2 replies
-1
2023-05-31 18:28
nt
2023-05-31 20:28
*"It feels really good to get carried by device once again"
2023-05-31 14:18
Devve abuser
2023-05-31 14:18
#7
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France Ansi
its obvious that top tier teams havent taken their time to anti strat AST yet, and AST are preying on other teams bad form (thanks to HUNDEN). prediction: AST will bounce back to top 15, but not climb much higher this year.
2023-05-31 14:19
gla1ve redemption arc has started
2023-05-31 14:19
1 reply
More like return of mastermind villain.
2023-05-31 15:01
What device?
2023-05-31 14:20
Goat igl ez
2023-05-31 14:20
RIP xyp
2023-05-31 14:21
1 reply
#65
sdy | 
United States zuelong
feelsbadman :(
2023-05-31 21:33
#12
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Sweden skorpan
Hard to be an IGL nowadays ... Needs 2 coaches ... :b
2023-05-31 14:21
lets go astralis back in arena
2023-05-31 14:22
Their utility usage brings me back memories man. Also Devve back to what he does best
2023-05-31 14:27
Did he realize this now?
2023-05-31 14:27
1 reply
No one got to ask him the question because they never really made it this far
2023-05-31 14:56
#17
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Finland inshallah
HUNDEN buff
2023-05-31 14:29
kappapride
2023-05-31 14:41
I'm sure it does feel nice to have Device by his side again, Asstralis needs someone who can physically carry the rest of the team, especially with BOT BUZZ and BOT ALTEKZ dragging the team down. Astralis should consider replacing them for more ripe "talent" to squander.
2023-05-31 14:45
10 replies
-1 name checks out terrible person. reported
2023-05-31 15:05
1 reply
-1
2023-05-31 18:29
I hope this is bad bait. Otherwise, you are stupid.
2023-05-31 15:09
#36
Simple | 
North America mcCM
alteks has been really good tf do u mean
2023-05-31 15:10
easiest report
2023-05-31 15:50
#44
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Norway Gjellan
-altekz +zyphon
2023-05-31 16:32
4 replies
+1
2023-05-31 18:29
and -Buzz +stæhr maybe too?
2023-05-31 18:31
2 replies
#75
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Norway Gjellan
that would be an upgrade for sure I think, but not as obvious of a move. When I watched stæhr play, he seemed to be a bit of a stats player too much, but I havn't watched him that much maybe a couple of demos
2023-06-01 11:25
Prophet.
2023-06-01 13:48
Must feel good to not play with lucky farlig clown show anymore.
2023-05-31 14:53
2 replies
+1 In an AWP dominated meta i have 0 idea how did Astralis make it to bloody semis of fall finals 2021 or semis of Cologne 2022
2023-05-31 14:57
1 reply
K0nfig performing out of his mind
2023-05-31 15:37
imagine astralis without device and stuck with two academy players Its a nightmare Im happy for glaive
2023-05-31 14:57
KappaPride
2023-05-31 14:57
Even device can't make your horrible calls look good
2023-05-31 14:59
who would have ever thought that playing with good players in a team would feel good
2023-05-31 15:01
devve clearrrrr
2023-05-31 15:04
No homo of course
2023-05-31 15:05
he misses his homie xyp 😭
2023-05-31 15:28
#39
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Sweden laitz
Honestly even though the Astralis era were meh… It still feels nice seeing Devve and glaive back on lan
2023-05-31 15:31
1 reply
you are just sad that Astr era was the best
2023-05-31 18:32
sooner or later he 'll kicked instead of altekz
2023-05-31 16:24
"Denmark's flagship team" You gotta be shitting me, Astralis hasn't been "Denmark's flagship Team" since 2021, Heroic is clearly the best danish Team right now and it is not even close.
2023-05-31 16:32
#47
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United States burzeus
-Buzz +xyp9x The team could be somewhat better with xyp
2023-05-31 16:55
2 replies
Agreed Hé needs to reignite the fire but I still think he could work it up with the revamped energy their are having now
2023-05-31 18:19
+1
2023-05-31 18:34
Devve is the pride of danish of CS. The GOAT
2023-05-31 17:02
"It feels good to have dev1ce carry me again"
2023-05-31 18:00
4 replies
Hahahahaha Kinda true But let's be honest gla1ve's calling has looked lightyears ahead of the shyteshow it's been hère in Dallas, and his individual aim also finally has leveled up a lot .
2023-05-31 18:20
3 replies
#69
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Bahamas Barakudas
won CCT and 2 games in dalas “lightyears ahead” Then by the people logic who said major semi final and grand finals fluke then astralis is on super mega fluke so far lol
2023-05-31 22:49
2 replies
You have to start somewhere bro
2023-05-31 22:50
1 reply
#72
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Bahamas Barakudas
I know just using dumbasses logic xD even ao called fluke is as big archievement as not fluke because other teams choked and u didnt. There is no such thing tbh they just use this as cope mechanism. Even top teams doesnt use excuses as “fluke” they know that team played better cs thats why they went far or won
2023-05-31 23:12
cute
2023-05-31 18:03
ok good
2023-05-31 19:07
devve=GOAT
2023-05-31 19:09
is he using extra lube.
2023-05-31 19:09
good good, now -gla1ve plz
2023-05-31 20:28
-Buzz +Staehr
2023-05-31 21:47
1 reply
Top contenders in a matter of a few monthes
2023-05-31 22:50
Glaive is still saving the awp from lucky
2023-05-31 22:46
#74
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Malaysia Rich1eG0h
dev1ce is back! Welcome back devvy!
2023-06-01 06:53
Aged very well
2023-06-21 23:30
brooo
2023-06-21 23:31
yeah about that
2023-06-21 23:33
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