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mousesports overcome ex-Winstrike to win Snow Sweet Snow 3

mousesports rallied after a three-map semi-final against fnatic to defeat ex-Winstrike in the Snow Sweet Snow 3 grand final in a two-map series with overtimes on both of the maps to claim the $40,000 grand prize.

The tournament win comes as a breath of fresh air for the squad led by Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong, as they stumbled at ESL Pro League, finishing in 21-24th place with a 1-4 record in Group B, and were eliminated from Fantasy Expo Spring Cup after two best-of-one losses to PACT and DBL PONEY, and will now have a boost of confidence after a rough patch as they set their sights on DreamHack Masters Spring at the end of the month.

ex-Winstrike, who made their European rivals suffer for the victory, won’t have much time to dwell on their close grand final loss, which no doubt will be a tough pill to swallow after taking Evil Geniuses out in the semi-finals, as the CIS squad now has European Development Season 3 and Funspark ULTI Europe Regional Series 1 to put their focus on, as well as their ESEA Premier quarter-final match against AGO also on the horizon.

ropz topped the scoreboard in the final with a 1.36 rating and 100 ADR

The first half of Nuke, mousesports’ map pick, was a close affair as the two teams stayed neck-and-neck since the early rounds with ex-Winstrike winning the first three rounds on the defense before dexter and company brought it to a 4-4 tie by the eighth round. The half ended with the European mixture ahead by one on the attack, but their CIS counterpart tied it right back up on their first round on the offensive.

An ace by Robin “⁠ropz⁠” Kool when down 10-12 got mousesports back on track as the two teams remained close all the way to the end, ultimately sending the map to overtime. It then took the European combine not one or two, but three overtimes to overcome Dmitry “⁠hooch⁠” Bogdanov‘s men and secure their pick and take the lead in the series, 25-22.

mousesports were first out of the gate on Dust2, taking a 4-0 lead on the CT side, but ex-Winstrike didn’t take long to bring it back to a tie and even take the lead, 5-4, in another exciting half that saw the two teams battle to get ahead before switching sides, with mouz taking the half by one round.

The European squad managed to extend their lead in the second pistol round, but were quickly equalized as the two teams continued the nail-biter all the way to the final round, prompting another overtime. This time around mousesports took the lead in the first half and converted after all six extra rounds, 19-17, to secure the series and the title.

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The Snow Sweet Snow 3 standings are:

1. Europe mousesports – $40,000
2. Russia ex-Winstrike – $4,000
3-4. Sweden fnatic
3-4. United States Evil Geniuses
5-8. Poland Wisla Krakow – $7,000
5-8. Bulgaria SKADE – $7,000
5-8. Sweden Dignitas – $4,000
5-8. Finland HAVU
9-12. Denmark Tricked – $6,000
9-12. Europe Nordavind – $6,000
9-12. Poland Anonymo – $3,000
9-12. Czech Republic Sinners – $3,000
13-15. Russia Trident
13-15. Oceania EXTREMUM
13-15. Germany Sprout
16-18. Portugal OFFSET
16-18. Russia forZe
16-18. Turkey Sangal
19-20. Sweden Galaxy Racer
19-20. Sweden Young Ninjas

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mousesports stunned in Fantasyexpo Spring Cup group stage

mousesports are out of the Fantasyexpo Spring Cup, one of the regional qualifiers for the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, after finishing last in their group. The international team were the first victim of the tournament’s dreaded best-of-one format, losing out to DBL PONEY in a close Vertigo affair before being dismantled by PACT in a one-sided Nuke game.

This stunning upset will only increase pressure on mousesports, who have won just three of the 12 matches that they have played with the current lineup. The team finished IEM Katowice in 13-16th place and were bottom of their group in ESL Pro League Season 13.

mouz were eliminated from the Fantasyexpo Spring Cup after two maps

Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong‘s troops do not have any events coming up, but it is possible that they will receive an invitation to DreamHack Masters Spring, which will take place from April 29 through to May 9.

Day one of the Fantasyexpo Spring Cup ended with Sprout beating PACT to second place in Group A, which was topped by DBL PONEY, a French team headlined by Nathan “⁠NBK-⁠” Schmitt and Alexandre “⁠bodyy⁠” Pianaro. The tournament will continue on Wednesday with Group B, featuring FunPlus Phoenix, LDLC, Endpoint and Pompa.

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hampus heroics rescue win as NIP outlast mousesports in ESL Pro League

NIP have bolstered their playoff chances with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over mousesports after coming back from an opening map defeat. Surprisingly, the two teams traded each other’s map picks of Inferno and Dust2 with 16-9 scorelines to leave a Mirage decider to settle the contest. There, Hampus “⁠hampus⁠” Poser came alive with a 2.04 impact rating to lead his team from 5-13 down to a 16-14 victory.

mousesports headed into the matchup with no pressure on their shoulders after being eliminated from the playoff running in their previous loss in the group. NIP, however, had a lot to play for to boost their playoff chances as they sat on a 2-1 record with three other teams at the start of the day.

“There was a lot on the line,” Nicolas “⁠Plopski⁠” Gonzalez Zamora said in a post-match interview. “We were playing mousesports, who didn’t have a lot to lose. I’m happy with the result, but we still have a lot to work on.”

nawwk and co. will be hugely thankful for hampus’ massive Mirage impact

NIP started the series in a sluggish fashion as mousesports came out of the gates strongly with a 5-1 lead. The Swedes hit back with a flurry of rounds to level the score at 6-6 before the Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong-led squad closed out their defence for a three-round lead at the midway point. Despite picking up the crucial early rounds of the second half, NIP failed to shut down the mousesports offence moving forward as the European side cruised to a 16-9 map win, with Robin “⁠ropz⁠” Kool ending the game with a 1.73 rating.

Dust2 saw a 3-2 lead and economic advantage for mousesports swiftly flipped on its head as an unlikely full eco round with a Erik “⁠ztr⁠” Gustafsson quad kill put the Ninjas in a promising position on the CT side. mousesports kept NIP within reaching distance until the Swedes yet again picked up a pistol round, this time with Deagles in hand, to pull away from their opponents. A Fredrik “⁠REZ⁠” Sterner P250 4K in the second half pistol set NIP on a path to 15 rounds, but mousesports showed a brief sign of resistance as they secured a trio of successes. It wasn’t enough, though, as hampus and co. closed out Dust2 16-9 to level the series.

Mirage played host to the decider, where the trio of ropz, David “⁠frozen⁠” Čerňanský and Frederik “⁠acoR⁠” Gyldstrand ran riot in the first half for a 10-5 lead, extending it further to 13-5 as they began T side brightly. NIP eventually stabilised to turn the tide of the map with a colossal streak to restore parity, spearheaded by consistent multi-kills from hampus. The Swedes continued their phenomenal comeback and dominantly shut down their opposition to snatch the win from the jaws of mousesports after a 30-round contest.

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FaZe beat mousesports 2-0 in ESL Pro League

FaZe bounced back from their 1-2 defeat at the hands of Vitality in the ESL Pro League Season 13 Group B opening day with a victory against mousesports in the second round of matches, which puts the Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong-led squad in a precarious situation with two losses in as many games after their initial loss to ENCE.

“It’s always a game of chess when you play old teammates,” karrigan said in a post-match interview on the broadcast, “so it was more like ‘throw out the playbook and think on-the-fly’ and I think it worked wonders.”

As far as his progress in FaZe and implementing a new playbook, karrigan said he “took everything they had and threw it out of the window. We started from scratch and implemented my style. It was very chaotic at IEM Katowice, but you can see a different FaZe now, we’re playing to the strength of our players.”

The two teams will play their next round robin matches on Monday, with FaZe set to face another squad with a 1-1 record, NIP, while mousesports will clash with Vitality in a crucial series that they will have to win in order to keep their playoff options alive.

broky put on a show with a 1.44 rating in the series

mousesports got off to a flying start on Mirage, FaZe’s map pick, with a five round streak, but were immediately met by a fierce attack from FaZe, who tied things up linking five rounds in a row of their own. Ultimately it was dexter and company who took the lead at the half by one round and the back-and-forth continued after switching sides, although FaZe managed to come out ahead on the defense, 16-13, despite a monster performance by David “⁠frozen⁠” Čerňanský, who ended the map with 32 frags.

The close match between the two sides continued on Inferno, where Helvijs “⁠broky⁠” Saukants went off on the defense with both rifles and the AWP, racking up 19 kills in FaZe’s 9-6 halftime lead on the CT side. The FaZe youngster continued to tear through his opponents on the attack as he finished one frag shy of 30 while FaZe gained control of proceedings to cruise to a 16-10 victory.

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mousesports, FPX invited to Fantasyexpo Cup; regional qualifiers announced

The team behind the Fantasyexpo Cup, a tournament for squads from Western Europe with $25,000 and a spot at the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown on offer, has announced mousesports, FunPlus Phoenix, and PACT as their first invited teams.

The two European squads were handed spots based on their world ranking, while Jacek “⁠MINISE⁠” Jeziak and co. were invited as the winners of the Polish Esport League. The remaining five teams will be decided through regional qualifiers for Poland, DACH, UK, France, and a last-chance Western Europe qualifier.

ropz and co. have a long road ahead to reach Spring Finals

The action starts on March 5, with open qualifiers for DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein), France, and the UK. Each of those regions will feature a group stage leading up to a grand final match that will decide the regional representative in the Fantasyexpo Cup.

The Polish qualifier will be run without an open qualifier, in cooperation with the Polish Esport League, while the last-chance Western Europe qualifier on March 19-20 will see one team earn their spot in the Fantasyexpo Cup through an open bracket.

Signups for the qualifiers are available below:

DACH Qualifiers
Qualifier 1
Qualifier 2
UK
Qualifier 1
Qualifier 2
France
Qualifier 1
Qualifier 2
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The eight spots at the Fantasyexpo Cup will be allocated as follows:

When the eight teams are found, the main part of the Fantasyexpo cup will take place on March 23-25. The tournament is one of five BLAST Premier Spring Showdown qualifiers announced by the tournament organizer, alongside events for the Nordics, North America, Iberia, and Latin America. All of the events will take place in March, offering $25,000 and a spot at the Showdown.

Currently, six of the sixteen teams for the Showdown are confirmed, including Astralis and Vitality, with only two of them able to advance to the Spring Finals.

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BIG, mousesports round out IEM Katowice team list

The IEM Katowice team list has been completed with the additions of BIG and mousesports, who won the final two lower bracket series in the Play-in to secure their berth at the main event. Both teams have been placed in Group A of the ~$1,000,000 competition, with mousesports put up against Astralis in the first round and BIG set to face a familiar matchup in Heroic.

The bout between Complexity and mousesports began on Mirage, where at first little separated the two teams as the opening half went the way of the latter team 8-7 on the CT side. After sides switched, breaking through to either bombsite was a massive issue for mousesports, with Benjamin “⁠blameF⁠” Bremer‘s men closing the first map with a 9-0 run on the defense.

ropz’s heroics on Dust2 pulled mousesports to the third map

Things looked dire for Robin “⁠ropz⁠” Kool and company when Complexity entered Dust2 and picked up where they had left off on Mirage, putting up a wall on the CT side for a 9-1 run. mousesports ended up salvaging the half with five in a row at the end but still found themselves at a big deficit just after sides swapped, as a second-round win featuring a 1v1 clutch from blameF saw Complexity reach match point with ease.

With backs against the wall, mousesports finally found the recipe for success — a double AWP setup in the hands of ropz and Frederik “⁠acoR⁠” Gyldstrand — and fought back against seven match points to force the map to go to overtime. Managing to survive a few tough clutch situations, they went on to complete the massive comeback in the first set on the back of more individual brilliance from ropz.

Complexity looked stunned by the Dust2 loss and Nuke went on to look like a walk in the park for mousesports, who dominated on the offense with 12 rounds and didn’t let blameF & co. suffer for too long, closing out the series just four rounds later.

In their second chance to make it to the main event after having lost to Spirit in the upper bracket quarter-finals, BIG enjoyed a straightforward series against MIBR to clinch one of the last two spots at IEM Katowice.

On Dust2, the German side had Johannes “⁠tabseN⁠” Wodarz kick things off with a quad-kill in a 2v4 situation in the pistol round and used the momentum to dominate on the Terrorist side, securing an easy 16-3 win on the opener. They were looking to close the series comfortably after stringing together another huge streak in the first half of Nuke and did so with a 16-7 victory on their pick on the back of a flawless defense.

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IEM Katowice round-up: NIP outclass Complexity; mousesports, Virtus.pro win

The ‘Juggernaut’ cut a frustrating figure against the red-hot Ninjas, while Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong was able to beat his former team on his debut for the European side.

Three more teams have moved on in IEM Katowice Play-In’s double-elimination bracket as NIP dispatched Complexity, while mousesports and Virtus.pro picked up close victories against Renegades and Wisla Krakow.

NIP came into the game looking sharper than their opponents but couldn’t get a stranglehold on proceedings because of some shocking errors. William “⁠RUSH⁠” Wierzba and Kristian “⁠k0nfig⁠” Wienecke kept Complexity in it and prevented the game from getting away from their team, but then a quad-kill by Erik “⁠ztr⁠” Gustafsson destroyed the Juggernaut’s economy and set the Ninjas up for a 9-6 lead.

NiP will face Virtus.pro for a spot in the main tournament

More misery was heaped on Complexity in the second half as they lost the pistol round and the first full gun round to a 1v2 clutch by Fredrik “⁠REZ⁠” Sterner. One round was all that the international team could muster as NIP quickly put the game to bed.

David “⁠frozen⁠” Čerňanský went huge during the early stages of the game to inspire mousesports to a 6-3 lead, but then Renegades took control of proceedings and went on a 9-0 run. With no margin for error, mousesports‘ stars stepped up to the plate to help spark a comeback in a close game that almost went to overtime.

Virtus.pro were in control for the majority of their T side and ended in control following a seven-round winning streak for an 11-4 lead. Wisla Krakow came alive after switching to the offence and cut the gap to just two rounds before Virtus.pro won an eco round and ran away with the game.

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Virtus.pro breeze past mousesports to clinch cs_summit 7 final spot

Virtus.pro have booked the first spot in the cs_summit 7 grand final following a 2-0 win over mousesports. Both teams arrived in the semi-final stage with a perfect record, but the CIS side reigned supreme on both maps, Train and Mirage, and didn’t let their opponents gain any momentum throughout the series.

The match began with mousesports taking the pistol and the next two rounds on Train, but the game took a U-turn once Virtus.pro bought rifles and displayed an impenetrable defense, winning nine rounds in a row. mousesports were able to take only two more rounds thanks to successful hits on the B site.

SANJI was the top-fragger of the series

Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali‘s men carried the momentum into their T side and won the first three rounds before conceding one to mousesports‘s full buy. Virtus.pro, however, still had enough money to buy rifles once more and won the following round, breaking mouz’s economy. The CIS team took advantage of that and locked down the map.

Virtus.pro showed no signs of slowing down on Dust2, and clinched the first round as Jame and Timur “⁠buster⁠” Tulepov converted a 2v3 situation in the after-plant. They added four more rounds to their tally before mousesports ended their streak on the back of a B site hold. The CIS team focused on hitting the A bombsite as mouz struggled to hold it and switched to the CT side with a commanding 11-4 lead.

mousesports lost the following pistol, but they fought their way back into the game with a successful force-buy. Virtus.pro, however, didn’t allow the international team to gain momentum and answered back with their own scrappy buy. The CIS side were in control for the rest of the game and comfortably won the map to reach the title decider.

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mousesports through to cs_summit 7 playoffs over Heroic

mousesports have secured a spot in the cs_summit 7 playoffs with a 2-0 victory over Heroic. The European mixture, who beat FaZe in their opener, struggled in the first half of their map selection, Train, but were quick to pick up the pace and get the best of their Danish rivals, who weren’t able to seal a comeback on Vertigo.

The European combine were able to kick off the series with a victory on their map pick, Train, despite a slow start that saw them go down 4-11 on the attacking side. A big part of the European squad’s success came from their in-game leader, Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen, who dropped a thirty bomb in the 16-12 victory.

A weak Terrorist side on Vertigo put Heroic up against the ropes, nine rounds down going into the defending side. Despite an incredible comeback after which they took a 14-12 lead, the Danes finally fell short in the closing stages of the map, losing the series 0-2, and will now have to keep fighting in group play for another shot at making the playoffs.

karrigan pulled through in the fragging department for mouz

Heroic secured the CT-side pistol round on Train, and although they were surprised in the following two rounds, the Danes were able to get a hold early on in mousesports’ map pick, not allowing the European combine any breathing room and giving up just four rounds in the first half.

A quad-kill by David “⁠frozen⁠” Čerňanský in the second pistol round kept his team in the running, and a 1vs4 clutch by the Slovak in the first gun round started to put mouz on the comeback path. After that the European team didn’t drop a signle round all the way to a tie, 11-11, and although Heroic regained the lead, it was only momentarily as karrigan led his team to victory with 32 frags, 16-12.

mousesports went on a tear early on in Vertigo, not giving their Danish rivals any room and winning the first seven rounds while only allowing the bomb to go down once. It was finally on an A play in the eighth round that Heroic were able to get on the board, and although the Danes followed it up once, they quickly returned to being at the mercy of Robin “⁠ropz⁠” Kool and company, who closed out the first half with a 12-3 lead.

Heroic secured the CT pistol round to stay alive, bringing the map back to a contested affair in a flash as they tied it up 12-12. Casper “⁠cadiaN⁠” Møller and company continued to charge ahead, taking a 14-12 lead, but a final push by mouz stopped the Danes in their tracks as they regained the lead and went on to take the map 16-14, ending the series to secure a spot in the cs_summit 7 playoffs.

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mousesports target dexter, acoR | HLTV.org

MAD Lions‘ AWPer Frederik “⁠acoR⁠” Gyldstrand and Renegades‘ in-game leader Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong are two players mousesports are aiming to refresh their lineup with, HLTV.org and 1pv.fr have learned.

The duo would come in for Finn “⁠karrigan⁠” Andersen, who is not inclined to extend his deal with the German organization, and Chris “⁠chrisJ⁠” de Jong, the team’s longest-standing member.

Renegades’ IGL could be set for a trip to Europe

If the moves come to fruition, dexter will reunite with Torbjørn “⁠mithR⁠” Nyborg, who coached Renegades for five months in 2020. The Australian team dominated the domestic scene last year, winning all nine tournaments they attended, with the 26-year-old shot caller averaging a 1.24 rating.

The addition of acoR would solve mousesports‘ AWPing problem after juggling around the sniper rifle since the departure of Özgür “⁠woxic⁠” Eker in August. The 23-year-old Dane averaged a 1.14 rating in 2020 and won Flashpoint 1 with MAD Lions in April, but the team have struggled to replicate their early-year success and are currently ranked 22nd in the world.

On Monday, mousesports confirmed that they are exploring their options to replace karrigan as the 30-year-old player has not yet decided on his future ahead of his contract’s expiry in March. A report from theclutch.com.br in November linked him to a move back to FaZe.

chrisJ has found himself on the chopping block after a poor individual year, averaging a 0.91 rating across all matches, with that number dropping to 0.81 when mousesports faced top-5 opposition. If he departs the team, it will mark an end to his long association with the German organisation, which he joined in October 2013.

If mousesports acquire the two players, they will have the following roster:

Estonia Robin “⁠ropz⁠” Kool
Slovakia David “⁠frozen⁠” Čerňanský
Lithuania Aurimas “⁠Bymas⁠” Pipiras
Denmark Frederik “⁠acoR⁠” Gyldstrand
Australia Christopher “⁠dexter⁠” Nong

Denmark Torbjørn “⁠mithR⁠” Nyborg (coach)

Contacted by HLTV.org, mousesports declined to comment.

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