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Xyp9x: “I think our progress should have went (linear), but it went (exponentially).”

Slingshot’s Vince Nairn caught up with Lukas “Gla1ve” Rossander and Andreas “xyp9x” Højsleth after Astralis’ quarterfinal win against Natus Vincere in the ELEAGUE Major on Friday.

Vince Nairn: What are your initial reactions to winning today?

Lukas “Gla1ve” Rossander: It was such an amazing game. I think it was one of the best games I played, not individually, but one where you have the best feeling when you play. You don’t recognize how much fun you are having when you are playing because it’s so serious, but we had a lot of fun. We just focused a lot, and I think we were on point for that game.

VN: How would you describe the second map? I don’t think anyone was expecting Mirage.

LR: I think it was sad that we had a bad start on CT side of Mirage because I think it’s usually a pretty good map for us, actually. It was a bit sad, and we managed to turn it around when they were up 9-2 and we got the four last rounds.

VN: You personally have had a pretty crazy 6-7 months. What has this journey been like for you, starting from ESL One Cologne and all the way through here?

LR: It’s just been an amazing journey for me with this Astralis journey team. I didn’t expect it to go this well, and I’m just really happy. I didn’t recognize how big of things we made together. It’s amazing, but I’m just focusing on next game all the time. Then, when the Major is done, I will look back and probably be really happy with these results.

VN: What is your reaction to taking down Na’Vi today?

Andreas “xyp9x” Højsleth: It’s great to have beaten Na’Vi in the quarterfinals. By many known as one of the best teams coming here, at least looking at the group stage matches as well. I’ve been excited about playing this quarterfinal, so it feels great to finally be playing it and to be successful.

VN: Have you progressed faster than you expected to since getting gla1ve?

AH: I think our progress should have went (linear), but it went (exponential). What happened is of course, nice we can win tournaments like we did back int he days. Now is the test if we can keep up with winning tournaments and being at the finals.

Cover photo courtesy of Turner Sports/ELEAGUE