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ESL Odense MVP Ropz explains how “crazy” win changes mousesports’ year

Published: 9/Dec/2019 2:05 Updated: 9/Dec/2019 2:09

by Isaac McIntyre


Newly-crowned ESL Pro League Season 10 champions mousesports have rewritten their entire 2019 narrative, tournament MVP Robin ‘ropz’ Kool said, after their underdog run in Odense ended with a 3-0 victory over Fnatic.

With dominant teams like Astralis, Team Liquid, and Evil Geniuses all in the playoff bracket, there weren’t many tipping mousesports to emerge victorious, especially after falling to Liquid 2-1 in the upper bracket’s second round.

Sparked by a triumphant three-map series victory over Evil Geniuses, including a brutal 16-0 win over their North American opponents, mousesports battled through two more of the biggest names in the scene, Astralis, and Fnatic.

While the 2-1 victory over the Danish superstars, which was marred by crowd participation which nearly led Astralis to a win, was a tight upset, mousesports put a bow on their Odense success at Jyske Bank Arena with a rapid-fire 3-0.

It was a year-defining victory in front of the Danish crowd, ropz told HLTV after being crowned MVP of the ESL tournament, and one that was built on the back of a series of reflections within the team after IEM Sydney right at the start of the year.

“We started off [the year] pretty well, we reached our first couple of playoff matches really early in Sydney, and that’s the level that we kept,” ropz explained.

“When the Major came around we really wanted to get top eight, and I think that’s where we kind of started to become shaky. We weren’t so good as a unit, and a team.”

ESLMousesports have changed the entire narrative surrounding their year with their miracle run in Odense.

Ropz admitted that a poor run at the Major, where mousesports missed the New Challengers stage and finished 9th-11th after back-to-back 0-2 losses to Vitality and Liquid, gave the European squad a very necessary shock to the system.

The Odense MVP revealed that while mousesports were “still happy” they had made the top ranks in Berlin at all because of their “crazy” qualification road, a look at the team was still in order. That came in the form of a post-major bootcamp.

There, the team reflected on their strengths in Sydney, their top-eight finish in Cologne, and the Berlin struggles. Karrigan laid out a plan for the team, ropz revealed: to make top-five before the end of the year, and prove they were a championship team.

“We were working with a psychologist and we were trying to figure out our goals, and everyone came to the conclusion that our common goal was to become a top-five team and win a big event,” ropz explained.

“Our whole goal for the year was to become a top-five team and I think at this moment we might have achieved it. I hope we have, and for 2020 I think we’re going to be challenging for top one, hopefully, because that’s obviously the next step.”

ESLThe European squad scored shock upsets over Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, and Astralis on the way to the ESL title.

According to ropz, whose last premier event win came with the team at ESL One New York in 2018, winning a “big event” has turned the whole calendar year into a success, as the team built on their lessons to finally claim silverware.

“For the whole year, this was our goal, and we did that now… even after the Major, this specific event, the Pro League finals, was what we set as the highest priority [as a chance to claim a trophy],” he said.

“We wanted to do the best here, and I’m so glad we did. I think it takes some pressure off our shoulders to perform well. Everyone has been expecting us to play well, and I think now that we have done it, we can take that pressure off.”

ESLRopz says he believes the Odense victory has lifted the pressure off mousesports’ shoulders.

As well as the weight of pressure being lifted off their shoulders, mousesports walk away from Odense with a hefty prize of $250,000 for finished first place, and a confirmed place at Valve’s next major, IEM Katowice 2020.

Behind them, Fnatic collected $80,000 for second, while Astralis and Natus Vincere were each paid out $40,000 for their top-four placements.

Mousesports next take to the stage at cs_summit 5 from Thursday, December 12. The team will also contest EPICENTER 2019 in Moscow before Christmas.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
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Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.