mousesports 3rd at DreamHack Tours
The mousesports Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team claimed third place at the recent DreamHack Open tournament in Tours, France. Only falling to later Grand Champion G2 Esports, the team led by Chris „chrisJ“ de Jong managed to deliver a promising first tournament with Robin „ropz“ Kool, the recently acquired shooting star from Estonia.
How well can mouz perform with ropz?
DreamHack Tours was a much anticipated event for mousesports. Not only was it the first tournament since DreamHack Austin eight weeks ago, in which mouz played with the departing Nikola „NiKo“ Kovac, but it also marked the very first pro tournament of Robin „ropz“ Kool. The 17-year-old Estonian player gained quite some popularity by performing extraordinary well in the Faceit Pro League against seasoned CS:GO veterans, and his debut in the pro scene has been a long awaited one.
Since joining mousesports in April 2017, the shooting star has showcased his raw talent several times in the ESL Pro League, helping his team to qualify for the EPL Finals in Dallas, TX later this year. Playing online is a one-sided affair, and he knew that his pro tour debut at DreamHack Tours will be an important one. While most young players can play their first tournament in a protective bubble to gain experience, ropz was supposed to have an immediate impact on his team, in front of the French crowd in the Centre International des Congrès de Vinci.
Besides ropz, a second player stood out recently - Tomas „oskar“ Stastny. The Czech player was benched in October 2016 after the Gfinity tournament in London, regained his energy in the following months, returned to the starting roster in January this year, and boosted some impressive numbers in ESL Pro League, ECS and online qualifiers since then.
Overall, expectations had a reason: mousesports was performing well as of late, qualifying for ESL Pro League Finals with two games left, a 66% winning rate and just one map behind regular season leader North. They also performed well in the recently started ECS Season 3, so fans and critics alike were eager to find out, if this new mousesports lineup can live up to their online performances of recent weeks.
Groupstage yay - playoffs nay
The tournament itself started well for mousesports: a 11-4 halftime lead on Cobblestone was converted into a 16:10 victory over Heroic in the first match, followed by a dominant 16:03 on Mirage over Natus Vincere, who were only allowed a total of eleven rounds in the last three encounters of both teams. With two wins out of two matches, mousesports advanced to the semifinals, as the #1 seed in group A.
In the semifinals, mousesports had to face G2 Esports on home soil. With a 1-day break on Sunday, mousesports couldn’t hang onto their great form from the first day, losing the opening map Overpass in the Best-of-three semifinal series with 16:08 to G2. Another 05:10 halftime deficit on Cache wasn’t the end of our lifeline, as mousesports managed to crawl their way back into the game, winning 16:14 to force the French team onto a third and final map, which was lost 06:16 on Cobblestone in the process.
"Proud of how the team and especially ropz played in DreamHack Tours! It's a good start for our new line-up, hope we can continue improving." - chrisJ
Promising performance that can be build upon
DreamHack Tours 2017 ended with a bronze medal finish for mousesports, a well-performing oskar and Robin „ropz“ Kool, who did fine in the first pro tournament of his career. The new desired ingame leader Chris „chrisJ“ de Jong and coach Sergey „LMBT“ Bezhanov managed to form a unit out of 5 players, while his new role didn’t affect chrisJ all too much - at least not in the group stage.
Coming back from Tours, the players know which parts need some tuning before they’re heading to Dallas, TX end of this month to compete in the $750,000 USD ESL Pro League Finals.
Photos: DreamHack (Header), HLTV.org (Body)