Can Karrigan's Mouz Stop ZywOo @ BLAST Fall Finals? - Dexerto

Can Karrigan’s Mouz Stop ZywOo @ BLAST Fall Finals?

Published: 8/Dec/2020 22:39 Updated: 10/Dec/2020 10:21

by Bill Cooney


The upcoming week of BLAST Fall Finals matches promises action and intriguing storylines aplenty as teams vie for a spot in the Grand Finals and the biggest share of the $425,000 pot.

Mouse knew they were in for a tough one in the first match of the Quarterfinals, taking on a Team Vitality that was the overall favorite in the tournament, so far. Karrigan had a pretty good idea of what to expect from them — but stopping it proved to be another matter entirely.

The French team is doing pretty well for themselves lately, having already qualified for January’s Global Finals, before taking down mousesports 2-0 to start the week off. They’ll face the winner of Astralis v. NaVi, the latter of whom have already qualified for next year’s Globals as well.

From the other side of the Atlantic, Furia has impressed so far with an aggressive playstyle that’s caught some teams off-guard. But they’ll be looking to correct the little mistakes when they face G2, which have been what’s hindered Furia in the competition so far.

OG vs. BIG should also be one to watch, with Aleksib and co. going from simply dismantling teams, to what seems like the complete opposite at the drop of a hat.

We’ll find out which teams manage to end the year off on a high note, and if Furia ever decides to play it a little safer, when the BLAST Fall Finals wrap up on December 13.


Cloud9 CSGO terminates woxic’s contract three-months after forming the “Colossus”

Published: 18/Jan/2021 18:44 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 18:46

by Andrew Amos


Cloud9 are making another change to their long-term CS:GO “colossus,” reportedly benching Turkish AWPer Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker for ex-Chaos’ Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach. The former mousesports star is just three months into his three-year contract.

Update on January 18

Cloud9 and woxic mutually agreed to terminate the AWPer’s contract after trying to navigate problems that were “almost insurmountable.”

CSGO fans are now looking ahead for what may come next as C9 officially look for a replacement AWPer and head coach, as woxic will now plan his next move apart from the org.

Original story follows below

Cloud9 is undergoing big changes heading into the 2021 season. Turkish star woxic could be on his way out of the colossus just three months into his three-year contract.

The star AWPer is reportedly being benched “due to non-performance related issues,” according to Rush B Media, but a person close to the team “did not believe that there was an internal disagreement that took place which would cause [woxic] to be [benched].”

woxic playing for mousesports at DreamHack Open
Woxic is set to be benched on Cloud9’s CS:GO colossus for American rifler Xeppaa.

The team had mixed results after their late-2020 rebuild, finishing last in Flashpoint Season 2, but third in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.

W0xic has posted middling results at these recent events, with an average HLTV rating of 1.00 since joining Cloud9. He has struggled to shine like his 2019 peak with mousesports, where he played a part in claiming the European squad a ESL Pro League Season 10 title.

First in line to replace woxic is the now teamless Xeppaa. After the disbanding of Chaos, the squad has gone their separate ways, with the likes of Nathan ‘leaf’ Orf and Anthony ‘vanity’ Malaspina swapping to Valorant.

The 20-year-old American rifler shone during Chaos’ rise at the end of 2020, helping the squad win IEM Beijing 2020, DreamHack Masters Winter, and secure a podium spot at ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Summer.

Speculation has also been rife about who else Cloud9 could potentially be signing. Cloud9 General Manager Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer posted a Tweet with four emojis indicating two contracts being signed.

With the removal of Kassad at the end of 2020, the second signing could indicate a return of former Assistant Coach Chris ‘Elmapuddy’ Tebbit. The Australian coach has been linked with Cloud9 yet again, less than two months after leaving the squad for Gen.G.

Cloud9 are yet to confirm either the benching of woxic, or the signing of Xeppaa. We will update you as more information arises.