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MSL: “There are really no excuses. It’s just about our individual play, and we are not there individually.”

Slingshot’s Vince Nairn talked to North’s Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen on Tuesday after North stayed alive in the ELEAGUE Major with a 19-15 win in overtime against HellRaisers.

Vince Nairn: What’s going through your mind when you’re down to your last map there and trying to force OT?

Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen: Honestly, we just focused on the game. I told RUBINO we were gonna push B because we had a tough time when they made some tactics on B, so I just felt like we needed to push them. RUBINO killed three, I remember, and then he killed a fourth later. So, sick round by him.

VN: It’s been a bit of a struggle to this point for you guys, and then you fell behind to HellRaisers. At 0-2 in the tournament and down in that match, how did you not let it spiral?

ML: There’s not really a secret formula or anything I can say. We just tried to focus on the round, and it worked. We were really out of it after the two losses, and it’s really good to finally get a win and some confidence.

VN: What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve met since getting here?

ML: There are really no excuses. It’s just about our individual play, and we are not there individually. If you need to be good at a Major, you need to bring the firepower and really be there, and we have not been. It’s honestly just individual level.

VN: Is there anything individually you guys can do to pick it up? Or is it a matter of just picking up confidence after winning a match like this?

ML: We try just to focus on communication and help each other. At some point, confidence and the plays will come. The win today will probably also give some confidence. We will just keep trying, and if we can hit our shots, we’ll win the thing.

VN: Since December, you’ve had three tournaments, took a break, came back, joined a new org, came to the Major. How would you sum up the last few months?

ML: It has been really tough. We had a hard time focusing on our game. We had travel days and talk with different organizations and so on. They were tough days, and I really kind of think that those days also kind of are still in us at some point. We just need to grind and keep going, and if we are getting back our confidence, we can really do damage.

VN: What’s it like getting on the new org? How they’ve treated you and what that transition has entailed

ML: They have treated us very well. It has been nothing but good things. It’s really awesome and a dream come true for all of us, playing for FC Copenhagen. It really is. It’s just been really nice.

VN: Were you a soccer fan growing up?

ML: Yeah, I followed soccer since I was a little kid. But not so much anymore. Now it’s more Counter-Strike.

VN: So as a kid who grew up liking soccer, what’s it like having the backing of maybe the most well known soccer club in Denmark?

ML: It’s amazing. Something you didn’t believe one year ago or two years ago that it would ever happen. So standing at Parken (Stadium) and looking over the soccer field while you’re playing, it’s fucking unbelievable.

VN: Yeah, what was the first thing that went through your head when you went there?

ML: It was a weird feeling and an amazing feeling at the same time. It’s hard to describe, but just amazing.

VN: What do you think of the Swiss format at the Major?

ML: I think the Swiss format is great, honestly. You have three chances. If you are not good enough, that’s how it is. But as I always have said, it’s much better to have best-of-three, but it takes a lot more days. But I think every player wants to have best-of-threes, but Swiss is all right.

Cover photo courtesy of Turner Sports/ELEAGUE