oskar returns to mouz, chrisJ benched
After a disappointing showing at the ELEAGUE Major, mousesports have recalled Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný to the lineup, while Chris "chrisJ" de Jong will be moved to the substitute position.
The Czech sniper Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný joined mousesports in August of 2016, but found himself on the bench just two months later after he was removed from the first team due to private matters. mousesports replaced him with Christian "loWel" Garcia Antoran, who impressed at one of his first big international LANs ESL Pro League Season 4 finals.
oskar returns to the mousesports roster
However, after mousesports faced a bad result—failure to get out of the groups of the ELEAGUE Major—they decided to shuffle the roster once more. This time it will be oskar returning to the main squad to replace their longest standing member Chris "chrisJ" de Jong and taking over the AWP role.
This is what mousesports CEO Cengiz Tüylü had to say about the change in the official announcement:
"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." - mousesports CEO Cengiz Tüylü
Tüylü also added that oskar proved that he was willing to work hard for his second chance, while the 25-year-old AWPer stated the following:
"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." - Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný
chrisJ said that he was shocked by the decision, but that he can understand it:
"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." - Chris "chrisJ" de Jong
"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." - Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
The team will debut it's new roster in the IEM Katowice qualifier this Saturday, February 4th.
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