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CS:GO Offseason: mouz replace chrisJ, NiKo IGL No More

January 31, 2017 - Esports

The ELEAGUE Major 2017 is over and the scene is entering a short offseason where teams will start reorganizing to hopefully do better in the next one or keep their edge in case of the teams which did very well in this one. Mousesports is the first team to start making moves. That is not surprising when you keep in mind how bad the team was in the ELEAGUE Major.

Speaking of their preparation and disappointment of the results after the tournament, mousesports’ CEO Cengiz Tüylü said:

“It's what makes this failure even more disappointing. We had extensive holidays, we had a long bootcamp, where the guys worked hard and had very good results in practice but once the pressure was on in Atlanta we couldn't deliver the performance we had hoped for. We show some potential here and there but we can't manage to do the next step. With how fast paced the tournament circuit is, we decided it is necessary to change things on and off the field. Besides the change in the lineup, we will further professionalise the conditions and the 'team around the team'. With that being said, it is time for everyone on our lineup to step up and maybe review their work attitude going forward.”

Reacting to the disappointing performance, mouz decided to take Tomas “oskar” Stastny off the bench to replace Chris “chrisJ” de Jong as the team’s AWPer. Speaking of the move, oskar said, "I feel great. I fixed a lot of things in my private life and I'm finally ready to play CS on a top level again. I was waiting for another opportunity and I was constantly working on my skills." While chrisJ was surprised by the move, he also understood the reasons for it, wishing his team the best of luck in the future.

Aside from the actual players, mouz expect to improve the “team around the team”, the coaching and management staff to help the team prepare for matches and take care of their living situation more effectively. While that is always welcome, one has to wonder whether that will truly help as the issue with mouz has been that one of their players and now former IGL, Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, replaced as IGL by Timo “Spiidi” Richter, is the only one on the team who is undoubtedly a star level talent. The rest… while good, can’t pop off and hard carry the game just like that. That left NiKo trying to do something alone, which is not how you win tournaments. Especially when the one who’s supposed to carry also has to think about things meta strategy instead of putting virtual bullets into virtual Terrorists or Counter-Terrorists. Hopefully, the oskar and spiidi things will help mouz to start winning some games, however, they probably won’t start winning big tournaments unless the management builds a better core around NiKo in the server.