device: "Obviously, the year-end top-1 player title is unreachable for me"

Nicolai "device" Reedtz, the AWPer from NIP, during a press conference dedicated to the start of the ESL Pro League Season 14 playoffs, admitted that he is out of the competition for the title of the best player in the world in 2021. The Dane noted that at this particular point of his career, he is more focused on team, rather than individual tasks.

The parts quoted are the translation from our Russian website.

Obviously, the year-end top-1 player title is unreachable for me. The way I play right now is focused more on improving the team before the major. This is our main goal. In this regard, we are showing progress and have already taken several high places in tournaments. We know that we are capable of winning over any team. We just need to fully develop self-confidence.

According to device, over time, he has come to realize that in order for a team to succeed, he doesn't have to show outstanding level of play from an individual point of view.

At the beginning of my way in NIP, the pace of communication was an insignificant problem that I had to work on. Now I am trying to understand how much I need to focus on individual play. Interaction with less experienced partners, comapred to those I had earlier in my career, is the greatest challenge. Under the leadership of hampus and THREAT, we show compelling CS. The older and more experienced I get, the more I understand that it is not necessary to always be at your best in terms of personal statistics for team to succeed. Our goal is to understand what it takes to play good ahead of the major, which remains the main benchmark.

Reedtz said that the performance of his team, who lost to Liquid and FURIA, in the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 14 was unsuccessful. Nonetheless, the Dane believes that the win over Gambit in the last round of group D will give the squad confidence before the start of the playoffs.

The group stage looked like a roller coaster. The first match against Liquid was our worst game - we were simply destroyed. Then we won two meetings, but lost to FURIA, who played with a coach. It was not humiliation, just a bad game that did not display our real level of play. That defeat was like a wake-up call before the final game with Gambit. Even in a situation where advancing to the playoffs did not fully depend on our result, I wanted to show my level. The victory over Gambit, in turn, prompted a boost before today's meeting with mousesports.

Let us recall that the NIP - mousesports matchup will take place today, September 7, at 17:00 MSK. The winner will advance to the ESL Pro League Season 14 quarterfinals, where they will face OG.