After a series of bad results, mousesports decided that it is time for roster changes. The first one who found himself on the chopping block was Chris “chrisJ” de Jong, followed by Martin “STYKO” Stykand mousesports’ coach Sergey “lmbt” Bezhanov.
Given the fact that mouseports was not able to qualify for the next Major, IEM Katowice 2019, I believe that this was a right move to do. Both STYKO and chrisJ were on a decline in early 2019, and to be honest, they are the main reason why mousesports did not qualify for the Major.
STYKO benched again
This is not the first rodeo for STYKO. He was benched by mousesports in 2017. At that time, STYKO was replaced by Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski. Even though he tried his best to find a team for himself in North America, he was not successful. To be honest, while he was standing in for Cloud9, he was their best player. But yet, they did not want to play the transfer fee mousesports wanted.
After Snax’s poor performances, the organization decided that it would be ideal if they were able to bring STYKO back on that support role. At first, it seemed like a great move, but eventually, other teams abused STYKO’s lack of individual skill.
What’s next for chrisJ?
ChrisJ was the longest active member for mousesports. He was a part of the squad since 2013. Throughout his time with mousesports, chrisJ was able to win a total of 4 trophies, the biggest one definitely being ESL One New York 2018.
In my personal opinion, chrisJ was the main reason why mousesports was not able to do anything on Europe Minor. His performance against Valiance lost mousesports that best-of-3 series.
ChrisJ is a CSGO veteran, and I am sure that he will find a team for himself. At the moment, barely any team is looking for a player of his caliber, and he might struggle to find himself a tier 1 team.
Mousesports’ deadly trio
Now that German organization was able to get rid of their driftwood, they need to rebuild. Furthermore, they need to rebuild their CSGO roster with quality players.
In my personal opinion, mousesports does not need any more firepower. They have plenty in the likes of Robin “ropz” Kool, Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný, and Miikka “suNny” Kemppi. These guys are all incredibly individually skilled and talented. However, they should look for a better in-game leader and a support player.
The market is wide open for them, and there are a lot of quality players waiting around the corner. However, they should definitely wait for the IEM Katowice 2019 to end, since a lot of players announced that they will be willing to listen to offers if their team underperforms on this Major. God knows, maybe mousesports can get Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostylievon their roster. Now that they are lacking an in-game leader, Finn “karrigan” Andersen is the only name that comes to my mind.
Mousesports on a lookout for a new coach
Mousesports did not only bench their two players, but they have also terminated lmbt’s contract. To be honest, I am glad they did that. Mousesports was playing without any strategy. Their defaults executes and timings are awful. All of this was calling for changes.
However, CSGO market is not really filled with quality coaches, and it is going to be interesting to see who will mousesports go for.