NiKo: "changes didn’t go as planned"

With Dreamhack ZOWIE Open Leipzig starting tomorrow, we talked to two of mousesports's players ahead of their first LAN event of the year to hear about their expectations.

Changes for mouz during the off season saw Fatih "⁠gob b⁠" Dayik being subsituted by Timo "⁠Spiidi⁠" Richter, and forcing the team to adapt to the new circumstances. Team veteran Chris "⁠chrisJ⁠" de Jong along with now-IGL and young star Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač took some time to answer a few questions about the changes in the team. 


NiKo will be in the limelight at DH Leipzig 

mousesports's year kicks off in Leipzig, where they will have the tall order of facing off against Virtus.pro in their first match. The rest of their group includes Astralis and dignitas, making moving on to the playoffs certainly a challenge. 

There have been a few changes in the mousesports camp since last year, the most notable being a roster change and changes within the roles of the players in the team. Spiidi was brought back onto the squad, so my first question is: where is he going to fit into the lineup?

NiKo: I don’t really know how to describe his role, to be honest. If I had to put him in a role it would be support. He is playing that role really well and he actually improved a lot in a short period of time. He can play way above expected in certain games for sure, let's see!

Right after gob b left the team, it seemed Kapio was going to be calling the shots. However, you have tweeted about calling recently. What is the current IGL situation?

NiKo: Our changes didn’t go as planned. We lost Navid "⁠Kapio⁠" Javadi right after we removed Fatih because he realised it wasn’t worth it for him to give up the job he has now for CS:GO. After that there weren’t any options left and we decided as a team that best option would be that I take the IGL role for now, untill we find the right man to coach us.

Is an IGL/coach situation possible? We just saw at the SL i-League StarSeries XIV finals coaches being incorporated into the game on a 6th computer. Is that something mousesports has been thinking about, or do you want to keep it to the traditional five players in the server? 

chrisJ: It is something we are thinking about for sure, but it has to be the right person. It is the whole reason Kapio came into the picture. Sadly, Navid doesn’t have enough time to dedicate to CS:GO this year so we will have to look for another option if we want a full time coach.

From a strategic standpoint, is the team still holding on to gob b's style, or is the change in leadership moving the team toward the looser style of leading which has become more popular as of late?

NiKo: We haven't changed much since Fatih left as my role is not permanent, so we will use what we have, our skill. The players have more freedom now, everyone needs to show up if we want to achieve good result out there.

Your first event of the year is on home soil (for three of the players, at least) at Dreamhack Leipzig, which the team has been bootcamping for for the past week. How has the bootcamp gone? What are the team’s feelings coming out of this week of preparation?

chrisJ: It felt like the bootcamp was too short, we only made serious progress on a couple of maps. We feel ready for the event, though, since we are solid on quite a few maps and have confidence in our skills.

Your first match will be against Virtus.pro, who beat you in the final at CEVO Season 8 finals where you took a solid second place. Do you think your new lineup has more of a chance against them now than then? What are the team’s expectations of your first LAN of the year?

chrisJ: At the CEVO Final we got blown away by VP, we just didn’t have enough energy and the plow started to roll too hard for us to stop it. We have beaten VP before on LAN, though, so I’m really confident we can repeat that feat with our new lineup. We are expecting to advance to the semifinals, anything else will be a disappointment. 

You have a major qualifier in a month's time in Columbus and you still have one shot at qualifying for IEM Katowice right after Leipzig—how important is doing well at this weekend's tournament compared to getting into those bigger events?

chrisJ: I would say Columbus and Katowice are a lot more important for us. That doesn’t mean we don’t care about Leipzig so much, we are a new team and are looking to find a good start to the year and build our confidence. If we play well here in Leipzig we will definitely bring that momentum over to the qualifiers for Katowice and Columbus.

Do you think mouz being number 12 on our world ranking is a fair showing of where the team currently stands? What are the goals and markers the team wants to hit during the year?

chrisJ: It wouldn’t make sense to rank a new team much higher. I feel we need to prove our ranking nearly from scratch again. We are aiming for at least top 8 this year.

Are there any last statements you would like to make?

chrisJ: Thanks a lot to all our fans who continue to support us even though we had to make some hard decisions in recent times. Also thanks to mousesports and their sponsors BenQ, UNiKRN and SENNHEISER.

Don't forget to check out our preview for DH ZOWIE Open Leipzig for more information about mousesports and the rest of teams in attendance.

Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Fatih 'gob b' Dayik
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
975
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Germany Navid 'Kapio' Javadi
Navid 'Kapio' Javadi
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1616
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Germany Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Timo 'Spiidi' Richter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1485
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1268
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
lueg | 
Czech Republic Lueg 
first edit:gl niko
2016-01-21 16:06
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Finland azzy707 
3rd
2016-01-21 16:06
#8
lueg | 
Czech Republic Lueg 
nah
2016-01-21 16:06
"Right after gob b left the team, it seemed Kapio was going to be calling the shots. However, Kovač has tweeted about calling recently. What is the current IGL situation?Right after gob b left the team, it seemed Kapio was going to be calling the shots. However, Kovač has tweeted about calling recently. What is the current IGL situation?" Admins,pls fix. Edit:done
2016-01-21 16:21
#48
lueg | 
Czech Republic Lueg 
Hello scream
2016-01-21 16:29
Dad? Is that you?
2016-01-21 17:23
the king has spoken.
2016-01-21 17:33
#12
lueg | 
Czech Republic Lueg 
xD
2016-01-21 16:07
worlder
2016-01-21 16:22
#47
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Estonia VatusNincere 
worlder xdd
2016-01-21 16:27
nice interview
2016-01-21 16:06
#43
beyoNd* | 
Germany zinnia 
copy pasta @ second paragraph
2016-01-21 16:21
#4
Poland vaph 
expected
2016-01-21 16:06
#7
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France jaimez 
the font is terrible
2016-01-21 16:06
#63
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Germany P3tR 
Dafuq thats the same font they use in all their articles.
2016-01-21 17:15
#69
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France jaimez 
they changed it
2016-01-21 17:29
ayyyy
2016-01-21 16:06
Niko <3
2016-01-21 16:06
#13
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Russia Reph 
NiKo <3
2016-01-21 16:07
#15
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Turkey FeverSpeed 
Now Gob b is in NA Rip mouz
2016-01-21 16:08
#18
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Denmark clutchkongen 
no chance!
2016-01-21 16:09
how to nerf player, make him igl
2016-01-21 16:09
Ikr who the hell thought that was the best idea niko is their best player
2016-01-21 18:03
yea
2016-01-21 18:12
Aff i hate when news writer use the last name instead of nickname
2016-01-21 16:09
yep its so annoying.. always have to mouz ;) over the names to see who they are talking about.. i can understand that hltv wants to show professionalism by naming the players by their name... but in reality... everyone knows the players by their nicknames...
2016-01-21 16:14
n1 gl mouz!
2016-01-21 16:10
#23
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Finland 2no2qr 
Bring back GOD B if you want to win.
2016-01-21 16:11
because they won so much with "god b" ? /facepalm
2016-01-21 16:15
because they will win more now ,right ?
2016-01-21 16:32
we'll see, it's their first event. with gob b they were stagnating, that's for sure. a change was the logical consequence.
2016-01-21 16:34
#88
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Finland 2no2qr 
because they were better with "GOD B" go watch games like mirage against g2 at cluj and you wont be so clueless
2016-01-21 19:40
hltv.org/match/2298961-mousesports-g2-dr.. lost gob b -32 such a hero, definitely suited for top level cs.
2016-01-21 19:43
#95
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Finland 2no2qr 
Ofc you are just looking at stats... I was talking about the POV video watch the game from yt or download demo.
2016-01-21 20:29
i have seen the game live...
2016-01-21 20:39
They actually did place 5 Top4 Placements in 2015 on events as Gfinity or CEVO twice as a rather new team. Lets wait if they can be as good as they were with gobbs leadership.
2016-01-21 19:46
#24
Ale | 
Finland ksib 
-misselele +niko pls faze
2016-01-21 16:11
-fox -makelelelelele +allu +niko
2016-01-21 16:37
#53
Ale | 
Finland ksib 
why not
2016-01-21 16:37
:)
2016-01-21 16:39
#75
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Brazil Nobuga 
+1
2016-01-21 17:56
#81
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Reunion m0thman 
-fox +niko
2016-01-21 18:21
#82
Ale | 
Finland ksib 
fox > maikelele
2016-01-21 18:22
#83
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Reunion m0thman 
what makes you think that? He only performs against tier 2 and tier 3 teams. Maikalele is in a slump and plays the same level as fox
2016-01-21 18:37
#103
Ale | 
Finland ksib 
his slump has to be eternal then. i just have the gut feeling that fox is better, nothing more. considering they're equally rated its hard to say
2016-01-21 22:29
#104
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Reunion m0thman 
yeah but fox's rating includes when he shrekt on tier 5 teams while maikel was playing on nip iirc
2016-01-21 23:24
#113
Ale | 
Finland ksib 
well, past 3 months fox 0.99 maikelele 0.97
2016-01-22 14:35
#114
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Reunion m0thman 
hmm who did fox perform against 1+ even
2016-01-22 18:46
#115
Ale | 
Finland ksib 
1.16 against navi recently, pretty back and forth imo. fox tends to do better when the others slump and vice versa
2016-01-22 21:19
#116
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Reunion m0thman 
Still lost tho, I just think maikelele's experiences shows and foxes inexperience shows at the level that matters. Since they are both inconsistent stat-wise I think they should keep the more known of the unknown quantities lol
2016-01-22 22:06
#117
Ale | 
Finland ksib 
fox awps a tad bit better imo, they just need someone who's solid at doing it. having niko would allow fox to stick to awping
2016-01-22 22:08
GL mouz, lets how they do with niko as igl
2016-01-21 16:13
gr8
2016-01-21 16:13
niko igl and no coach :D
2016-01-21 16:13
:o love these interviews. keep them coming plz :D
2016-01-21 16:13
gl but no gob b no win
2016-01-21 16:14
I guess we will see what kind of effect kicking Gob b has on this team. Still I wish you guys the best of luck. I don't know why you couldn't have had Gob replaced ingame and asked him to be an external IGL. I feel like that dude was pretty smart in this game.
2016-01-21 16:15
no gob b no party no anything, just bring this fat man back and mouz will start winning tournaments!
2016-01-21 16:15
this sounds like they made a mistake by keeping kapio and releasing gob... would be a good point to ask gob if he wants to comeback and coach the team...
2016-01-21 16:16
#38
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Lithuania HomeInvader 
wait what i dont understand can someane explain
2016-01-21 16:16
niko as igl wont work, they need a reliable coach rip
2016-01-21 16:19
lol niko as igl, what a fail really. A star player like him should never be igl, he should focus on actually fragging, but thats what happen when they kick their igl
2016-01-21 16:22
#46
shox | 
Germany rakFABI 
clickbait title, shame on you hltv.
2016-01-21 16:27
clickb8'd
2016-01-21 16:34
Mouz #1 this year confirmed. Let's go
2016-01-21 16:42
Make us proud Nikolinho ;)
2016-01-21 16:43
Hopefully Niko's performance won't that affected by calling. Would be a waste.
2016-01-21 16:45
-maikel +niko gg ez
2016-01-21 16:52
They should let gob b be the coach/igl and add spiidi instead of kapio as coach and now niko igl....
2016-01-21 17:02
are u drunk?
2016-01-21 18:20
tldr: MOUZ IS FUCKING RIP WITHOUT GOB B
2016-01-21 17:16
Give gob b a good salary and make him the coach , only chance for succes in this team.
2016-01-21 17:21
They r missing Johnny R
2016-01-21 17:22
I think they should be aiming above top 8 this year - I mean they're already 12th so that isn't exactly ambitious.
2016-01-21 17:27
why isn't niko in a tier 1 team yet? such a waste...
2016-01-21 17:33
what do they think kicking gob b and gettin no new igl for that. Germany only have trash igls gob b was best choice mouse silver forever and with gob b silver too but they were silver Tier 4
2016-01-21 17:40
no gob b in mousesports fak
2016-01-21 17:45
#77
Pieter | 
Netherlands Grifte 
-spidii + pronax Problem solved ;) In all honesty, can't see this working out (at least nog in the long term). Making your star player, the youngest and also the one 'worst' in English (I suppose?) on the team your IGL, hmmmm.
2016-01-21 18:03
Why do people mention pronax like he would or wants to join any other team than the one he is going with.
2016-01-21 19:34
replace denis with cLy and top8 ez
2016-01-21 18:15
no gob b = no power. R.I.P. Mouz [*]
2016-01-21 18:45
#85
rain | 
Serbia BODIROGA 
GOD NIKO
2016-01-21 19:00
stop with the use of the name please <3
2016-01-21 19:05
chrisJ will rape tomorrow
2016-01-21 19:52
rape the desk when he gettin rekt every round like a bot
2016-01-21 20:04
If gob b was a better fragger, this team would have been an easy tier 2 and with potential to upset in tournaments. They didn't need to change up their roles and how the team operates, they just needed an IGL that could produce kills like Happy, Flusha, Fallen, even Karrigan or Zues. They just need to find someone who has IGL smarts, firepower, and who isn't a German hacker. Until then this team will continue to lose 3v5 all day.
2016-01-21 20:09
#94
method | 
United States f0xes` 
Hopefully assuming the IGL role for mouz won't impact niko's fragging ability too much ... he's too good to make that kind of sacrifice. GL mouz
2016-01-21 20:19
#98
World xdp_ 
best thing would be to bring in gob b as a coach, but thats unlikely :(
2016-01-21 20:50
Use nicknames, not surnames; don't clickb8, make better questions (pretty sure people would like to know if niko feels like IGL role will impact his performance and things as such) kthxbye
2016-01-21 21:10
just get gob to coach?
2016-01-21 21:53
Thats what u get when u kicked one of the best igl in eu
2016-01-21 21:56
GL guys
2016-01-21 23:52
Gob b had the brains not skill... Mouse should have offered him a coach job in my opinion instead of booting him. Best of luck to mouse and gob b
2016-01-22 00:57
and this is the end of mouseports
2016-01-22 01:27
:facepalm:
2016-01-22 04:38
eZ
2016-01-22 07:51
Gonna post impressions live from DH Leipzig. twitter.com/WARSTORMcsgo
2016-01-22 08:35
gl niko
2016-01-22 08:48
niko and chrisj deserves better team.
2016-01-22 22:11
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