casle: "It's pretty good to have dev1ce back"
Despite the loss against ENCE, Astralis had already secured a playoff spot in Dallas after their win over Cloud9. After the game with ENCE, Dust2.us' Jeff "mnmzzz" Moore talked with Peter "casle" Ardenskjold, Astralis' coach, about his players, particularly Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz, his recent rise in the Danish scene, the feeling of coaching his first S-tier event, and more.
Please note that the full interview can be found below on YouTube, while the transcript has some key snippets from their conversation.
dev1ce had an absolutely insane match and series. He's been on fire the whole event. What is it like for Astralis to have a real world-class AWPer again in the program?
Obviously, it's pretty good to have dev1ce back. As you can see, he is pretty comfortable saying he is one of the best, and by far the best AWPer in Denmark. We have wanted him for a long time, and of course, it's really good to have him back.
I think another key factor in this team's recent success is the fact that Buzz and Altekz have really come into their own in this tournament. Can you discuss the two players' development since joining Astralis?
We tried to make a lot of room for them, telling them to just do their things and we can talk about the mistakes after. It's still a learning process for them but we are trying to make them do some peeks and we are trying to make them feel comfortable and confident.
You are coming up from the days of being a player onto your time with Team Singularity and you went to Astralis Talent and now you are the full coach of the Astralis main team. How does that feel to you, to finally be on the top Danish teams?
It's pretty good. I have been working full-time as a teacher before when I was the coach in Team Singularity and Masonic. Afterward getting full-time on Astralis Talent and then I did a pretty good job on the Talent team and then move up to the first team, and yeah, I absolutely love it.