By Taras Bortnik
Special to VPEsports
Another Major and another trophy for Astralis. Following the squads hosting of the trophy, VPEsports sat down with Danny “zonic” Sørensen, the teams coach.
zonic discussed the teams success, his role as coach, what he’s had to sacrifice, and the competition. You can read the full interview below.
VPEsports: After all these victories, you are probably a big reason why Astralis are so good. What makes you so special among all the coaches?
But for me it’s… I don’t look to other coaches that much. I trying to focus on making sure that my players are motivated, evolve themselves, and that we have a high quality of practice so we keep being innovative, being able to learn from our mistakes. I feel like I am putting my heart and soul into this team so when we playing on stage and I’ve been preparing for certain opponents or when we are practicing at home or boot camp or when I have personal conversations with players – every time we go on the server, I still want to make sure that I give 100% of myself to make sure that we win. And the only one thing I can do at the end when I stand behind them is to roar and make sure that I am there for them.
zonic: I think it comes down to after each Major or any other tournament we go home and then we evaluate – what was really nice for us, what was wrong, where is a room for improvement? And then one thing that I think we do really well so far is that we skip a lot of events, comparing to other teams. We don’t want to attend all events, we want to have a break, for example after this tournament players will have 4-5 days of break. For me it’s really important that players get to see their families, friends, girlfriends, cause I think that will play a huge part in their being hungry and motivated all the time. I think a leader should go first and for me it’s really important that I’ll go first to show them that even if I have two kids at home and wife, I still work 100% for them.
There are a lot of things that I missed – my kids first walk for example or first day in school. I missed that for being with Astralis. For me, it’s really important that they also know it. So they would feel like ‘Ok, we somehow owe this to Dani because he’s really working hard for us’. I am super proud of what they have become.
VPEsports: Prior to the match you said that you had a hard time before the grand final. Why?
VPEsports: Do you believe one of the reasons that Astralis is so unbeatable is because Cobblestone isn’t in a map pool anymore?
VPEsports: We all know about Dupreeh’s loss. Can you tell us about how you managed to keep him in good shape and mood for this tournament?
VPEsports: Did you have any individual talks?
VPEsports: What do you think about people trying to copy your playstyle?