Astralis go into the ECS Season 5 finals because the agency favourites right now, and in-game chief Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander is feeling fairly assured. Speaking to SE7EN.WS throughout the media day at Wembley yesterday, the 23-year-old birthday boy mentioned the crew’s preparation forward of their match towards Cloud 9.
“I think we deal quite well with the pressure of being the favourites, and have done for the last couple of tournaments,” he says. “Right when we won DreamHack Marseilles, we have been the favourites to win almost every game we went in to, so we have been dealing well with it.”
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“We have a sports activities psychologist serving to us speak as a crew, which actually helps as properly. It is especially crew periods proper now, however we’ve had particular person periods prior to now, and it’s actually good. I truly assume this crew is admittedly conscious of what’s going on round them and we’re actually open about speaking about what’s occurring in our heads, in addition to speak about how we need to set ourselves up in our matches, each individually and as a crew.
“We had been positively one of many first groups to make use of a sports activities psychologist, and now that folks see how we’re doing, they’re realising they need to have one as properly.”
The Danes, who gained DreamHack Marseilles whereas solely dropping a single map, have impressed with their current run of success. Gla1ve attributes this partly to their confidence on each map.
“We can play all seven maps, and if you can do that you have a big advantage in every game you go into,” he says. “If you just hit your shots, you’re probably going to win the game, so we are really happy with [how] our map pool and strat book is looking right now. The things we have been missing in the last two or three tournaments, we have been working on, so hopefully, we can show that.”
“I do think we are the best we have ever been. Magisk has huge firepower, he is an offensive player, on the CT side he is really aware of what’s going on around him, he plays with his teammates and he’s just a really good player. I think I have evolved to be a better player as well individually, and zonic has been making a lot of changes too. The other three guys are just the way they were before because they were amazing all the time.”
The Danes have been busy making ready for his or her first match towards Cloud 9, however the in-game chief admitted he was cautious of Cloud 9’s roster state of affairs. Last month, the North American crew introduced they’d be benching FNS after the event, leaving groups guessing who their in-game chief could be. Despite that, gla1ve stated Astralis will likely be taking part in their sport.
Astralis will face Cloud 9 within the first match of the event right now from 13:15 BST (05:15 Pacific).