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Mousesports overhaul CS:GO roster following IEM Katowice disaster

Published: 5/Feb/2019 10:05 Updated: 5/Feb/2019 10:20

by Connor Bennett


Mousesports have parted ways with two of their most popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive star players after a failed IEM Katowice Major run.

The underdog roster had risen to the upper echelons of CS following championship wins at StarLadder Season 4 and ESL One: New York in 2018. However, things didn’t go as planned in Poland – where they had been expected to battle through a difficult European Minor but ultimately qualify. 

Prior to the Minor, in-game leader Chris ‘chrisJ’ de Jong admitted that Mouz hadn’t practiced much before the event as they took a holiday break in December. The team was eventually knocked out by Valiance after going 1-2 at the Minor. Now, they’ve made changes to shake things up.

ESL/Helena KristianssonNot practicing before a Minor isn’t great planning.

The German organization has announced that long-time star chrisJ and support player Martin ‘STYKO’ Styk will be placed on the bench while new options are considered. Coach Sergey ‘lmbt’ Bezhanov will also be stepping away from the team moving forward.

“After the most successful season of our history, we already saw some issues within the team towards the end of the year and unfortunately we couldn’t turn it around in Katowice,” Mousesport CEO Stefan Wendt said in the team’s statement. “To secure competitive success in 2019 we feel it is necessary that the team gets a fresh start.”

Finnish star Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi also stated: “Parting ways after one and a half years and 19 offline tournaments is not easy but sometimes a few steps back can be multiple steps forward. There are no hard feelings or any bad blood inside the team, we just drove ourselves into a situation we couldn’t get out of and something had to change.”

suNny added: “It was the most successful run for all of us and I hope that this will change the careers of all of us for the better. Looking forward to a new and fresh chapter now, where we can be consistent contenders for titles again.”

The move leaves Mouz with two roster spots to fill as only Tomas ‘oskar’ Stastny, Robin ‘ropz’ Kool and Miikka ‘suNny’ Kemppi remain on the active roster – as of writing.

It’s unknown as of now who will replace the benched pair but keep your eyes to Dexerto all the breaking CS:GO news and updates.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.