Mousesports, one of the most successful CS: GO esports teams in Europe, are looking to the ESL Pro League Season 9: Finals with confidence after revamping their roster earlier this year.
Adding a new IGL in Finn “karrigan” Andersen alongside Özgür “woxic” Eker and David “frozen” Čerňanský to their team in March was the start of the rebuilding process of mousesports, who had big plans and even bigger ambitions going forward.
While there were a lot of questions regarding the new additions to the team and their synergy, all the doubts disappeared rather quickly.
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The duo of Robin “ropz” Kool and Chris “chrisJ” de Jong alongside their newly added teammates entered their first tournament at DreamHack Open Tours, which they won in a convincing fashion. While by no means one of the bigger events on the circuit, it still presented some tough opponents.
Mousesports were placed in a Group A with Valiance, Windigo and Instinct Gaming. They ended the group stage with a 2-1 record and progressed to the playoffs where they faced AVANGAR, currently ranked 13th in the world.
Although AVANGAR dominated in the group stage (2-0), mousesports crushed the Kazakhstan team with big wins on Train (16-8) and Dust II (16-7). A quick win got them a ticket to the finals for a rematch with Valiance, who defeated them 6-16 in the group stage.
Coming in as underdogs, mousesports proved to the world they should not be underestimated with impressive 16-12 and 16-11 wins on Train and Mirage respectively to secure the title.
Despite the impressive show mousesports put up at DreamHack Open Tours, they were average at best at IEM Sydney, where they managed to defeat BOOT-d[S], BIG and Renegades but failed against MIBR.
Nonetheless, there is a lot to look forward to for mousesports fans. Their new addition karrigan is doing what he does best, which is play the IGL role and help stars like ropz and woxic shine. The experienced Dane is known for fixing gameplay issues at any team he joins, as evince by his stints at TSM, Astralis and FaZe Clan.
The next big test for mousesports is the ESL Pro League Season 9 finals series, which will kick off on June 18 in Montpellier, France.