Mathias ‘MSL’ Lauridsen is a Danish CS: GO player, practicing the role of a lurker and in-game leader for his team, North. His strong abilities for his squad is getting information about their opponents, what they are doing in-game and predicting what they would do next.
North MSL is a fan of another esports team, Virtus.Pro for their strategic mindset. Being a professional gamer, traveling has become a part of his life, competing in prestigious CS: GO tournaments. While visiting new countries, he likes to relax by the pool, releasing the tension and pressure or perhaps walking around the streets, sightseeing. After all the practice or after competing at esports tournaments, Lauridsen loves to hang out with his teammates in celebration for winning matches.
Where it all began:
Mathias was always good at what he set his mind to, practicing to be a better player in sports and video games. He began playing Counter-Strike Source realizing that he could actually be good at the game, training himself on different strategies and abilities.
As soon as CSGO was released he practiced to get familiar with the new version and pursued his professional career in August 2012 with esports team, Blight Gaming. Lauridsen never stopped playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, moving on learning and improving on CS strategies and his gameplays with other pro teams like HastaLaVista, Western Wolves, Reason Gaming, 3DMAX, unu.AIN, Copenhagen Wolves, and Team Dignitas.
North is a Danish esports company that was created in January 2017 with the help of the Football Club Copenhagen and Nordisk Film. The gaming association supports only a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team that started out with former Dignitas players. The current North CS: GO team consists of MSL, aizy, Valde, with the latest additions of Mertz and Kjaerbye who together will train harder to win esports matches.
MSL and his team North have participated in the Eleague Major Boston 2018, CS Summit 2 and IEM Katowice 2018. Other esports tournaments, the Northerners have attended include ESL Pro League Season 6 – Finals, Blast Pro Series: Copenhagen 2017, EPICENTER 2017, IEM Oakland qualifiers, DreamHack Open Montreal and DH Masters Malmo 2017.
North MSL has acquired the competitive gaming skills competing against top teams like Ninjas in Pyjamas, Heroic, BIG, Faze Clan, Astralis, NV, Immortals, G2 Esports, Virtus.Pro, Chief Esports Club, Fnatic, and SK.
The all-time great accomplishment for MSL win was while competing for Dignitas at the premier esports tournament EPICENTER 2016. DIG dominated the Playoffs beating Fnatic in the Quarterfinals and Natus Vincere in the Semifinals. Reaching the Finals, Dignitas was defeated Virtus.Pro with an incredible score of 1-2, winning the Championship title and a cash reward of $250K.
The second achievement for MSL was at the esports tournament, ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, representing North. Going through the Group Stages, the Counter-Strike squad beat top teams like Mouz, NRG, Navi, and Optic. Advancing to the Semi-finals, the Northerners beat Team Liquid which led them to the Finals. The deciding Final match was won by G2 Esports who defeated North with a record of 3-1, to finish in second place winning a $100K.