The mouz CSGO roster will be moving forward without rifler Martin ‘STYKO‘ Styk and longtime in-game leader, as well as AWPer, Chris ‘chrisJ‘ de Jong.
Mousesports confirmed via a blog post that they had made the decision to part ways with the two aforementioned members of their CS:GO squad. In addition to this, the Germany-based organization also announced that they will be making changes to their coach, Sergey ‘Imbt‘ Bezhanov, as well.
The latest Mouz CSGO roster hospent the better part of 2018 establishing themselves as legitimate contenders, highlighted by huge upset win over Team Liquid at ESL One New York 2018. However, because of their low placement at the FACEIT London Major months prior, they were forced to qualify for the IEM Katowice Major via the Minors. Expected to all but run away with the top seed, the European Minor of the Katowice Major instead saw mousesports crumble and fail to make it out of the group stages.
mousesports have made some surprising roster decisions in 2018. After benching STYKO and spending a lot of money to pick up Janusz ‘Snax‘ Pogorzelski, they would let go of Snax only to bring STYKO back.
While losing STYKO definitely hurts, the team should feel chrisJ’s departure more. As the longest-tenured member of the mouz CSGO roster, his presence on the team simply just cannot be overstated. His performance as the AWPer has often meant the difference between losing and winning titles for mousesports, even if his game-winning players very rarely earned him any accolades.
mousesports have yet to announce who they’re going to bring in to replace their departed players.
What’s Next for the Mouz CSGO Roster?
Ranked as high as fifth in HLTV’s CS:GO rankings as of January 28, it’s clear that mousesports definitely did not play up to their potential at the IEM Katowice Minors. However, what’s most surprising is that they let go of two of their best performer players during that particularly disappointing run.
Both chrisJ and STYKO played relatively well at the IEM Katowice Minors, with chrisJ even playing his way into the top players of the tournament with a 1.13 rating, albeit in only five maps. Instead, the team retained the team’s worst performers. Tomáš ‘oskar‘ Šťastný was particularly bad at the IEM Katowice Minors. Although, both he and Miika ‘suNny‘ Kemppi, may have earned the benefit of the doubt, as both, along with Robin ‘ropz‘ Kool, all made the list of the Top 20 players of 2018 by HLTV.
Either way, the departure of chrisJ and STYKO leaves the squad with two gaping holes with no clear upgrades as replacements in sight.
One name that floats into mind that could capably fill chrisJ’s shoes as the team’s in-game leader is Finn “karrigan” Andersen. Former BIG AWPer, Owen ‘smooya‘ Butterfield, is also another potential player that mousesports could pick up.
Either way, regardless of who they add, it’s safe to say that it’ll be a while before we see start seeing mousesports winning tournaments again.
What do you think is the best next move for the mouz CSGO roster? Will we see karrigan play for the so-called “budget FaZe” team? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.