Oskar returns to active roster
The ELEAGUE major is almost over but there are already new challenges around the corner. After our very disappointing performance in Atlanta, mousesports decided it was necessary to make changes to secure competitiveness heading into the busy Spring schedule.
It wasn't meant to be. The mousesports Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team went to its second home in Atlanta with high hopes after a very solid preparation. "It's what makes this failure even more disappointing. We had extensive holidays, we had a long bootcamp, where the guys worked hard and had very good results in practice but once the pressure was on in Atlanta we couldn't deliver the performance we had hoped for. We show some potential here and there but we can't manage to do the next step. With how fast paced the tournament circuit is, we decided it is necessary to change things on and off the field. Besides the change in the lineup, we will further professionalise the conditions and the 'team around the team'. With that being said, it is time for everyone on our lineup to step up and maybe review their work attitude going forward.", says mousesports CEO Cengiz Tüylü.
Effective immediately, there is a major change to the team. Tomas "oskar" Stastny will move back into the starting five. "For a while, Tomas has proven that he is willing to work for a second chance. We all know that he is a great player if he has his focus right and we believe he is ready to start all over again", says Tüylü. AWP-Specialist "oskar" says he is ready to go: "I feel great. I fixed a lot of things in my private life and I'm finally ready to play CS on a top level again. I was waiting for another opportunity and I was constantly working on my skills."
Tomas will step into the role of Chris "chrisJ" de Jong, taking over his exact position to minimize adjustments for the rest of the team. The longest standing mouz member will move to the bench. "The decision came as quite a shock to me. I can understand it, tho. The core of the lineup has tried many different things for a long time and it just never seemed to work as much as we all wanted. I would like to wish the guys the best of luck for the upcoming Katowice qualifier and Dreamhack Las Vegas. Personally, I hope to prove myself again in the future. I am still very motivated to play and will certainly not give up on the game. Huge thanks to all our fans that supported us through all highs and lows", says Chris.
Our Team captain Nikola "NiKo" Kovac thinks a change was inevitable: "Chris is a long time friend and the best roommate I had on the circuit. We are all very close in the team and we believed that our chemistry would carry us but it could only take us that far. So obviously this is tough for all of us. The new team will be hungry for success. I want to apologise to all of our fans for the bad performance at the major. We are going to start over and get results in as quick as possible."
We will follow up this report in the coming days with more information around the team. The first test for our new starting lineup will be the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice Qualifier on Saturday, February 4th.