DBLTAP’s Jarek “DeKay” Lewis caught up with Andreas “xyp9x” Højsleth after Astralis won the FACEIT Major: London over the weekend.


Jarek “DeKay” Lewis: How does, not just this match but the entire run, how does it feel for you compared to the win in Atlanta?


Andreas “xyp9x” Højsleth: The win in Atlanta meant a lot more for us because it was the first one, and the way the final went as well. It was very narrow. It wasn’t a clean sweep. It was tight maps. I don’t feel the same hype after winning this one as the first one, but I’m very happy and very relieved that we won this Major. It’s really a dream come true to win two Majors.


JL: How do you feel for Magisk?


AH: I can imagine what he’s feeling. It’s probably the same sort of feeling we have. It’s great for him, and I’m very happy for him. He deserves that. He’s a great player and teammate. I can only enjoy him having a good run.


JL: How did you expect that final to go?


AH: I didn’t expect Nuke to be as dominant. We were just unbeatable on Nuke. Everything was going well. We were just so overpowered on that map. Maybe it’s because teams aren’t playing it so much, and they’re focusing on other maps. We know all the rotations, and communication is really vital in Nuke. If you don’t get those right, the whole round is screwed.


JL: How do you think going forward you can maintain this level? Because everyone copies you, right? But who are you guys supposed to look at and copy? You don’t have someone to look up at.


AH: For the past six months, it’s been like this. I feel not much would change in the coming months. Everyone copies us. We can see it from match to match. It’s crazy. We do something the first day (of a tournament), and the next day in another match, we see the same thing (from another team). It’s just about us having time to be innovative. I feel like we are creating the meta. We are creating how a team should function. We are creating how a CS:GO team should be playing right now. Liquid is one of the guys copying our structure and how to do things, and I think that’s why it’s going well for them. I expect to see more copying and seeing how we are structured as a team and how we prepare for games and stuff like that. I think it will come naturally for other teams.


JL: You as a player, you have a unique play style. In my eyes, you play very patient and let the game come to you. How did that come to you? What is it in you that does that?


AH: I think what helped me was I was a star player once at Fnatic. So I know how to be a star player, but I also taught myself how to be a support player. When I played in Fnatic back then, I learned a lot from trace. He was kind of the support player at the time and showed me a lot of good things. Over time i just embraced the role and took it on. I don’t think I copied anyone or looked after anyone, I think. I made the role myself. It’s also because I’m level-headed, and I don’t get nervous.


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