Astralis star Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz is assured that he’ll as soon as once more carry out on the highest stage, although he warned that it’s going to take time for him to rediscover his type.
After months of hypothesis, the Danish participant lastly accomplished on October 27 a transfer again to Astralis, the group the place he constructed a lot of his fame throughout 5 eventful and trophy-laden years between 2016 and 2021.
However as a lot because the transfer invokes a way of familiarity, it represents one thing of a dive into the unknown for dev1ce. Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen, whom he performed alongside for practically a decade, is gone, and so are Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif, his teammate for 3 years, and his longtime coach Danny ‘zonic’ Sørensen. The staff can also be in disarray, nonetheless attempting to course of the compelled exit of Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke, a brand new coach is required after Martin ‘hint’ Heldt was faraway from his submit, and Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth’s future stays a topic of hypothesis (regardless of nonetheless having three years left on his contract).
It’s lots to unpack, however dev1ce is aware of what he’s strolling into. And if there’s a participant who can ship a jolt of life into this staff and return it to the top of the sport, it’s dev1ce, who gained 4 Majors, one Intel Grand Slam, and 14 of his 19 MVP medals in his earlier stint in black and purple.
“It feels actually nice to be again in Astralis, a spot that undoubtedly appears like dwelling to me,” he instructed Dexerto. “I do know a number of the gamers already and loads of the employees working right here, and everybody has been very welcoming to me.”
dev1ce is predicted to take initiative and assist unfold out a number of the load on an Astralis staff that has been discovered missing within the firepower division. He was a extremely dependable and productive AWPer throughout his time with Astralis — incomes the moniker ‘Mr. Constant’ — and this was by no means extra evident than in his absence. He stood because the measuring stick for many who got here after (first dupreeh as a makeshift resolution, then Philip ‘Fortunate’ Ewald and Asger ‘Farlig’ Jensen as full-time AWPers). All of them struggled below the unrealistic weight of expectations that got here with filling such large footwear.
“I’ve had a number of conversations with everybody on the staff about what they need from me and the way I can greatest add worth,” dev1ce stated about his position.
“We’ve talked about me being proactive and vocal and being free to make performs, which fits me very nicely.”
A much-needed break
After nearly a 12 months away from competitors, dev1ce is itching to return to motion. He performed his remaining match for NIP — the staff he had left Astralis for in a mega deal reportedly price $700,000 — on December 5, withdrawing from IEM Winter midway by means of the match on account of well being causes.
dev1ce performed for NIP for practically eight months earlier than taking sick go away
By then, private issues had began taking a toll on his psychological well-being. He appeared distraught after losses, changing into more and more annoyed with every setback. After his staff’s elimination from the BLAST Premier Fall Remaining, he was overcome with emotion and needed to be comforted by broadcast talent James Banks and NIP COO Jonas Gundersen.
“The method main as much as my sick go away was very robust on me,” he stated. “I had had a number of indicators of it changing into worse, however I sort of uncared for issues and stored going. I began having small panic assaults/nervousness and I needed to faucet out, determine what was happening and settle for that I used to be not match to play.
“I began engaged on myself with a therapist and have been doing that since January to raised myself, study the instruments wanted to be the very best model of myself and be able to compete once more. Being out for this lengthy additionally implies that though I really feel able to compete, the fitting factor to do is ease into issues at a slower tempo to not find yourself in the same scenario.”
dev1ce left NIP lower than 18 months into the three-year contract he signed in April 2021. It was a transparent signal of his dedication to the venture and of his position within the group’s long-term planning, however earlier than the top of the 12 months, it was reported that he was enthusiastic about returning to Astralis.
Each dev1ce and NIP instantly quashed such speak, however the Swedish group’s lack of updates about their star participant’s scenario grew to become a narrative in itself in 2022. On the identical time, NIP’s different gamers expressed their desire to move on from dev1ce for the sake of stability.
In parting, dev1ce and NIP dealt with the scenario with professionalism and sophistication. It is a transfer that fell wanting everybody’s expectations, but neither get together is enthusiastic about rehashing what went incorrect.
“Being at NIP was expertise, I really feel like I had relationship with everybody there and so they had been understanding of my choice to take the time I wanted,” dev1ce stated.
“We shared some success collectively and I really want all of them the very best.”
Including to his legacy and competing with s1mple
“He [dev1ce] is inactive, however he simply must play scrims and he’ll get his type again,” NAVI’s Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev not too long ago stated.
dev1ce agrees with that evaluation. Throughout his break from competitors, dev1ce stayed in form by enjoying FACEIT video games, however this gained’t essentially switch to a staff setting. He can’t give a prediction on how lengthy it’s going to take him to be at one hundred pc once more — he gained’t know what sort of form he’s in till he has began practising and competing —, however he’s assured that his particular person stage has not dropped.
“Issues change over time in CS:GO, however one factor I did all through my break was staying on high of the meta, enjoying the sport and preserving myself centered on the trajectory again on the server,” he stated. “I do know that the expectations for me are tremendous excessive, however I actually consider in my skill to nonetheless be at an elite stage. It’d take a short while for me to be absolutely prepared at my peak, however I spent plenty of time throughout the break specializing in CS and enhancing stuff that’s wanted to compete on the highest stage, each mentally and bodily.
“It’s fairly necessary to take all the pieces daily after such a protracted break free from “work”. Coping with observe and competitions is manner totally different than FACEIT. That being stated, I really feel like I would have the ability to take my particular person talent to a brand new stage, having been capable of focus extra on the main points of the person a part of the sport enjoying FACEIT.
“I’d have a tough time giving a share of the place I’m at proper now. I’d slightly my stage on the server be the choose of that.”
s1mple and dev1ce are sure by mutual respect and admiration for each other’s success. s1mple holds dev1ce in such reverence that the Dane is the Main-winning participant that the Ukrainian would add to his NAVI lineup, regardless of the apparent position conflict that this could create.
Whereas recuperating, dev1ce noticed s1mple overtake him because the main holder of MVP medals. With just one occasion left for Astralis this 12 months, Elisa Masters Espoo, dev1ce will be unable to meet up with s1mple’s tally of 21 medals earlier than 2023. In the meantime, the Ukrainian could have three extra possibilities so as to add to his medal depend this 12 months. (NAVI will attend the IEM Rio Main plus the Fall Remaining and the World Remaining of the BLAST Premier circuit.)
2022 would be the first 12 months since 2013 that dev1ce won’t be in HLTV.org’s Prime 20 participant of the 12 months rating. Between 2015 and 2020, he was by no means ranked decrease than fifth.
“It’s really wonderful what s1mple has achieved in CS,” dev1ce stated. “I respect him lots as a competitor and most significantly as an individual. I consider in my very own skill to get again to the elite, although, however I’d slightly simply carry out nicely on the server and let that do the speaking.
“My targets are the identical as they’ve all the time been, specializing in the staff efficiency slightly than the person accolades since they sort of simply come you probably have success as a staff. So proper now I’m attempting to determine how I may be the very best model of myself and match that with what the staff wants. If meaning I can problem s1mple for a number of the loopy data as soon as extra, that will clearly excite me, too.”
When he joined NIP, dev1ce spoke at size about how he wished so as to add to his legacy within the recreation and emulate NBA famous person LeBron James in successful titles with a number of groups. However with just one trophy and one MVP medal obtained throughout the time he spent with NIP (each from IEM Fall, a slightly mundane occasion), he is aware of that he didn’t accomplish what he got down to do when he switched houses. So what’s he seeking to obtain as his journey comes full circle?
“I’d not say my objective has modified,” he stated. “Being again at Astralis appears like being dwelling, however it’s a utterly new staff and we can’t simply lean on the success we had earlier than. The main focus is on making a successful tradition and a staff that may problem for main titles.
“Since I’ve a really aggressive nature, there are many issues to attain. I do probably not consider the entire stuff that I’ve finished however primarily I’m simply specializing in the journey and what we will obtain right here as a staff. The targets are Main and the opposite large tournaments hosted all year long. Particularly IEM Cologne.”
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