Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen is one of Counter-Strike’s greatest players. He has won four Valve Majors and the first Intel® Grand Slam, winning over $1.9 million dollars in the process.
Behind every legend, there is a human being. A human with friends and a family, dupreeh is no different - his first game of Counter-Strike was at a friend’s birthday party in primary school. His first gaming PC was his dad’s work PC. He would play with his brother after school, and travel with his dad to weekend tournaments.
His world made sense. But then, in 2010, dupreeh’s father was diagnosed with cancer. To escape, dupreeh flung himself even further into Counter-Strike, escaping into a different world. And dupreeh got good - really good. His dad would continue to drive him to tournaments, supporting a dream he did not understand. But he could tell it was a dream that gave his son something to strive towards.
In 2013, dupreeh got his first break when he joined Copenhagen Wolves alongside FeTish, cajunb, 3k2 and device. And, nearly immediately, the duo of himself and device rose above the rest. Dupreeh would entry-frag, a notoriously difficult role, but still be the team’s star.
By 2014, the squad had added Xyp9x, putting in place the legendary core of Xyp9x, device and dupreeh. Now known as Dignitas, the team continued to improve as its players gained experience and became known for its strong CT sides and the curse of not progressing further than the semi-finals of big events.
To combat these shortcomings, they swapped in-game-leaders, FeTish for Karrigan, in 2015. This change would elevate Dignitas (now TSM) to become one of the best teams in the world. TSM became one of the only teams capable of beating fnatic during their era. Dupreeh’s entry fragging was as good as ever, driving TSM to their first top tier trophies that year.
Yet, despite karrigan improving their T sides, they never quite managed to break their mental block with semi-finals. At MLG Columbus, after making another organisation change, this time to Astralis, the Danes would beat tournament favourites fnatic once more before stumbling at the next hurdle, in a semi-final loss to NAVI.
With Astralis’ trajectory - and dupreeh’s performance - threatening to roll back for the first time since their emergence, Astralis made another IGL change. Karrigan was replaced by gla1ve, and the impact was immediate. The team would finish the year with 2nd place at ELEAGUE Season 2, before winning ECS Season 2 Finals in Anaheim. This meant they went into the ELEAGUE Major in Atlanta as weak favourites and this time the mental pressure did not get to dupreeh and co. Coming back from 12-6 down in the final, Astralis would defeat Virtus Pro to win their first Major title.
Astralis looked to be starting an era, a sentiment that seemed to be confirmed by a dominant performance at IEM Katowice in 2017, with dupreeh’s sensational desert eagle ace turning the tide in the final.
dupreeh, though, was no longer the star of the team. It was young gun Kjaerbye, not device or dupreeh, who had dupreeh’s old entry fragging role and the most influence in the major final in Atlanta. Now the lurker, dupreeh was reduced to be the third star in the squad. He was still performing to a high level but yearned for the impact he used to have heading into bomb sites first.
And when Kjaerbye fell foul of inconsistency, Astralis did not pack the same punch, losing to Gambit at the next Major of 2017 in a massive semi-final upset. 6 months later Kjaerbye shocked his teammates by announcing his departure to North, believing he could regain his Major-MVP form with his old in-game-leader MSL.
Astralis scrambled for a replacement, with the two names on the final shortlist being k0nfig and Magisk. Magisk won out, partly because his preferred role was the aggressive lurker, freeing dupreeh to return to Kjaerbye’s role, entry-fragging like he had in TSM.
By removing a player the team did not even want to cut, Astralis freed dupreeh to take his place back as Astralis’ second star, and Magisk’s consistency gave them a trio of stars as good as any in world Counter-Strike. Astralis built up slowly, but after a win at DreamHack Marseille and second place at IEM Sydney, the squad would win twelve of the next sixteen events. Astralis had got the era they had threatened to have in 2017, and dupreeh was at his career peak on an individual level too. He won another Major in London, and Astralis went into IEM Katowice 2019 as heavy favourites.
This is the story of the player dupreeh, but the human being, Peter, was going through a lot too. While Astralis constructed a dominant reign, dupreeh was powerless to help a father whose health was declining. He was travelling to tournaments once or twice a month, throwing himself into Counter-Strike as he had in 2010, trying with all his might to distract himself from his world collapsing around him.
In early 2019, his father’s health reached breaking point. He was moved into a hospice, and dupreeh moved back home to say his goodbyes. Due to depart for Katowice on Tuesday, dupreeh had to decide whether he was going to pull out of the tournament, but his father, for one last time, told him to pursue his dream:
His father passed away on Monday, and on Tuesday dupreeh departed for Katowice, his father’s last words to him ringing in his ears.
Once more, dupreeh had to escape with CS. He warned his teammates that his performance might drop off but it turns out there was no need. He and Astralis were impervious in Katowice, losing just one map all event, to Renegades in the group stage.
As dupreeh raised the trophy, there was only one man in his mind - his father, the man who had taken him all across Denmark to tournaments, given him financial advice, read the terms of service before installing a new game on his work PC, and above all else, loved and supported his son’s dream. The dream that was now a reality - dupreeh was one of the best players in the world, and part of the greatest team of all time.
In dupreeh’s words, his father “left us with the faith that I was going to be okay. That all of our hard work paid off.” That, it certainly did.