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DeKay on CS:GO: Why Mousesports’ failure was a blessing in disguise

Published: 15/Apr/2019 17:53 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 15:36

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis

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While Mousesports missing out on the IEM Katowice CS:GO Major could have been seen as a disappointment for the legendary organization, it turned out to be one of the best things to happen to them. 

The post-IEM Katowice roster shuffle was very timid in comparison to those of the past. No blockbuster moves happened and many of the world’s best didn’t even make changes. Despite the constant unsubstantiated rumblings of this shuffle being one for the history books, nothing of the sort materialized.

With most teams standing their ground, this limited the number of available players for many teams actually searching. One of those teams was Mousesports, who had just failed to qualify for the Major for the first time since IEM Katowice 2015. Luckily for them, one of the best in-game leaders in the world was there for the taking.

StarLadderMousesports winning the StarLadder Season 4 title after a 2-1 win over Natus Vincere.

The unfortunate luxury of failing to qualify for the Major is being able to replace more than two players, which is exactly what Mousesports did. While no rule exists against changing three or more players, most teams prefer to retain their Major invite rather than re-qualifying. 

Their original plan wasn’t their current lineup though, as evidenced by their benching of  Chris ‘chrisJ’ de Jong only to bring him back to the active lineup a month later. At first, it was expected that they would recruit two additional pieces of raw talent and scrimmage their way through 2019. 

That was until they were able to court Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen, who had been jettisoned from FaZe Clan in late 2018.

Karrigan remains one of the best in-game leaders in CS:GO history.

Many expected Karrigan to return to a Danish lineup, but that was never going to happen. If he joined OpTic Gaming or North, it would only be a matter of time before the existing talent on his lineup would be ripped from his grasp. 

Astralis is at the top of the world today, but what happens when they eventually fall off? They’ll look to those aforementioned teams and take a player of their choosing with ease. 

Instead, Karrigan was determined to repeat what he had done once before: take a mixed nationality team from the bottom to the top.

Karrigan brings a unique style of in-game leading that bodes well for a team with a bunch of skilled individual players. 

Mousesports/TwitterMousesports’ current roster features some of the most talented players in CS:GO.

He has a knack for putting his players in places they feel most comfortable and then calling around their playmaking ability. Players buy-in to this approach because they feel empowered by it, as opposed to feeling limited by a rigid tactical system. Not only do players enjoy his style, but it works.

Prior to joining FaZe, the team had hardly sniffed a deep playoff run and by the end of his tenure, they had won seven premier international tournaments. His buyout from Astralis is one of the best investments any team has ever made in Counter-Strike history. 

Mousesports getting Karrigan on board meant serious firepower was necessary if they wanted him to work his magic. Even with chrisJ coming back to the lineup, Robin ‘ropz’ Kool wasn’t going to drop the hammer on the opposition by himself, so they went searching.

StarLadderWoxic was the final piece of the puzzle for Mousesports’ new-look roster.

Fortunately for them, Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker was ready for a new adventure and was retrievable from HellRaisers. For the fifth and final spot, they turned to youngster David ‘frozen’ Čerňanský who was destined to join a top team from the moment he set foot into the professional landscape.

In their first event as a team, Mousesports swept the competition to lock-in a playoff appearance at the Season 9 ESL Pro League Finals. 

Even with the small sample size, the new lineup passes the eye-test and it looks like Karrigan is once again cooking up something special. They will undoubtedly have their growing pains, but their path to the top is clear and almost inevitable if the other players follow his lead. 

The previous roster failing to reach the Top 14 of IEM Katowice was a blessing for fans of Counter-Strike, even if it didn’t look that way at the time.

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How to watch Dreamhack Open Fall 2020: Stream, schedule, results

Published: 21/Oct/2020 15:25 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 15:26

by Alan Bernal

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DreamHack Open Fall 2020 is underway and the event is stacked with some of Europe’s most elite competition vying for the lion’s share of $115,000 and more Regional Major Rankings (RMR) points for higher standing.

There are of course the top-ranked teams that can be seen as favorites for the event like Astralis, BIG, Heroic, Vitality, G2 Esports, OG, FaZe Clan, and more. But there are also teams like Sprout, North, and mousesports who are coming from the Closed Qualifiers, looking to make a dent in the event.

The field of 16 teams has been split into four different groups that will decide the 12 orgs who will eventually move on to the Double-Elimination bracket playoffs.

Below you can find everything from results to the streams where all the action is set to go down. Follow along live and look out for more stories as they unfold.

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Though the it’s going to be all online, the DreamHack Fall Open will have highly competitive games.

DreamHack Fall 2020 stream

DreamHack is hosting all of the matches on their channel which can be found below. If there’s more than one game going on, just make sure you’re on the right feed for the team you want to watch.

DreamHack Open Fall 2020 teams

There are five teams that had to come up from the qualifiers to cement their place in the DreamHack Open Fall 2020 event.

As previously mentioned there are a total of 16 teams who will have no choice but perform at a high level to avoid an early exit. There isn’t going to be much wiggle room for error, so expect it to be a contentious tourney from the start.

DreamHack Fall Open 2020 Groups

Group A Results Group B Results
Team Vitality 2-0 Astralis 2-0
Fnatic 2-1 G2 Esports 2-1
OG 1-2 Heroic 1-2
mousesports 0-2 Endpoint 0-2

Group C Results Group D Results
BIG 2-0 North 2-0
GODSENT 2-1 Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-1
FaZe Clan 1-2 Sprout 1-2
sAw 0-2 ENCE 0-2

DreamHack Open Fall 2020 schedule

Thursday, October 15

Group Game PT ET BST
Group A Vitality 2 – 0 mousesports 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Group A Fnatic 2 – 1 OG 7:10 AM 10:10 AM 3:10 PM
Group B G2 Esports 2 – 0 Endpoint 7:10 AM 10:10 AM 3:10 PM
Group B Astralis 2 – 1 Heroic 11:00 AM 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
Group C Godsent 2 – 0 sAw 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Group C BIG 2 – 0 FaZe Clan 7:10 AM 10:10 AM 3:10 PM
Group D NiP 0 – 2 Sprout 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Group D ENCE 1 – 2 North 11:00 AM 2:00 PM 7:00 PM

Friday, October 16

Group Game PT ET BST
Group A Elimination mousesports 0 – 2 OG 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Group A Winners Vitality 2 – 1 Fnatic 7:10 AM 10:10 AM 3:10 PM
Group B Elimination Endpoint 0 – 2 Heroic 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Group B Winners G2 Esports 1 – 2 Astralis 7:10 AM 10:10 AM 3:10 PM
Group C Elimination sAw 1 – 2 FaZe Clan 7:10 AM 10:10 AM 3:10 PM
Group C Winners Godsent 1 – 2 BIG 11:00 AM 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
Group D Elimination NiP 2 – 0 ENCE 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
Group D Winners Sprout 1 – 2 North 11:00 AM 2:00 PM 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 17

Group Game PT ET BST
Group A Decider OG 1 – 2 Fnatic 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Group B Decider Heroic 1 – 2 G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Group C Decider GODSENT 2 – 1 FaZe 11:00 AM 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
Group D Decider NiP 2 – 1 Sprout 11:00 AM 2:00 PM 7:00 PM

Monday, October 19

Stage Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket QF Astralis 2-0 GODSENT 4 AM 7 AM 12 PM
Upper Bracket QF North 0-2 Fnatic 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Upper Bracket QF BIG 2-1 G2 11 AM 2 PM 7 PM

Tuesday, October 20

Stage Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket QF Vitality 2-0 NiP 4 AM 7 AM 12 PM
Lower Bracket Round 2 Sprout 2-1 Godsent 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Lower Bracket Round 2 Heroic 2-0 North 11 AM 2 PM 7 PM

Wednesday, October 21

Stage Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket SF Astralis 2-1 Fnatic 4 AM 7 AM 12 PM
Lower Bracket Round 2 OG vs G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Lower Bracket Round 2 FaZe vs NiP 11 AM 2 PM 7 PM

Thursday, October 22

Stage Game PT ET BST
Upper Bracket SF BIG vs Vitality 4 AM 7 AM 12 PM
Lower Bracket Round 3 Sprout vs Heroic 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Lower Bracket Round 3 Godsent vs North 11 AM 2 PM 7 PM

Friday, October 23

Stage Game PT ET BST
Lower Bracket SF Fnatic vs TBD 4 AM 7 AM 12 PM
Lower Bracket SF TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Upper Bracket Final Astralis vs TBD 11 AM 2 PM 7 PM

Saturday, October 24

Stage Game PT ET BST
Lower Bracket Final TBD vs TBD 4 AM 7 AM 12 PM
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 11 AM 2 PM 7 PM

Sunday, October 25

Stage Game PT ET GMT
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10 AM 1 PM 5 PM