MSL: "We want an AWPer who can kill a lot and play smart"

LucasAM
July 12th, 2018 15:43

We caught up with Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen after North's first game at DreamHack Valencia and talked about benching Daniel "mertz" Mertz and trying out English communication.

Despite a slow start in the match against Giants, going down 0-7 on the CT side of Inferno, North managed to keep their composure and come back to win their first game of the tournament 16-8, advancing to the winner's match of group A.

MSL feels like mertz needs some more time playing CS at a lower tier

In an post-match interview, we learned about MSL thoughts on AWPing talent in Denmark, North's CT side issues and his impressions of playing with Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas.

What was the decision behind bringing mixwell as a stand-in, and why him?

We talked about getting an English-speaking stand-in to try it out because I think we're lacking AWP talents in Denmark. Or we have talents, but we want an AWPer who can kill a lot and play smart, so we wanted to try playing with him because he's a smart player and good with the AWP, and we can also see how it goes with playing in English.

Talking about AWP talents, mertz is a talent, but didn't work out on the team. Can you let me know what happened there?

I think he's a big talent but I just think he needed some more time playing lower level CS. For example, take s1mple, he played on HellRaisers, FlipSid3, etc. before he turned up on the big stages, so I think mertz needs more time to develop himself and figure out how to play smart and also play his style. He just needs some time and to work really hard.

At the beginning of the year you struggled a bit, can you run me through the evolution of the team in the past few months?

I think at the beginning we were playing OK, but we never felt like we were playing well or up to our potential. We played better on our CT side than we did the last couple of months. I think our T side got good on every map after a while because ave and I put in a lot of work and everyone knows their role and what to do. Our T sides were good even with mertz, but the CT side was a complete disaster. I think that's why we became a bit better, but if you want to beat the best teams you really need a good CT side.

This begs two questions, one being ave, he's been on for quite a while now. What has he brought to the team? How is he helping out?

He's helping out with a lot of things, set-ups, tactics, pushing me about mid-round calls and about fixing a lot of mistakes, and so on...

The second question is then regarding that CT side you talk about. You've been struggling on it, so what's the solution you're going to try and instill to get your CTs back to a good level?

First of all we need to find a fifth player, but yeah... we just need to go home and work before the Major. It's hard to know what will make our CT side good, because they're so much about individuals playing their role well and not taking too many chances, but at the same time taking the right chances and aiming well. Lately, we have just been taking the wrong duels, making the wrong stacks, and it's all because we lack confidence. So yeah, just need a lot of work.

How are the English comms going? When you picked up mixwell for the event part of it was to get to use English comms. How is that working out, and would look in the future to pick an English-speaking player up?

This is actually a test for us, how it will be. I think we'll look back after this event and evaluate how it went with mixwell and using the English comms. We can see from there. Right now we're not sure about our fifth and we need to see. We just played with English comms and it was very weird in the beginning but it turned out to be fine and I think it went pretty well. It's a fun experience at least.

Coming into the event, what were the goals? To take the whole thing?

When you play in North you always expect or want to win, so that's definitely the goal. At the same time, anything can happen and it's not like we're saying "oooh, we should win this." It's just that we need to have the winning mentality and, of course, we will do everything we can to win.

Who do you think are the biggest rivals here, G2?

Yeah, they are definitely going to be the hardest opponent. They have been playing really well and they have been finding out how to play, so I'm looking forward to hopefully playing against them.

Lastly, tell me a bit about before the event. You didn't have time to play with mixwell, right? So have you prepared at all, how are you coming into this?

We woke up this morning and went through some of the stuff on Inferno and Train because we knew those would be the maps we needed to prepare. So yeah, everything happened this morning, [yesterday] we just chilled a bit and enjoyed life by the pool because mixwell came in at night and some of the other guys came in really late.

But you practiced this morning, or?

No, we didn't practice, we just went through our stuff, and then we played on feeling.

Spain Óscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Óscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
592
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1331
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.16
Denmark Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Daniel 'mertz' Mertz
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
469
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
#1
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Maldives eseinwald 
ok nt north
2018-07-12 15:43
expected
2018-07-12 15:44
#8
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Finland hotdog^ 
sounds like a diss on mertz
2018-07-12 15:44
#33
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Austria shaakeh 
WTF mertz can do that
2018-07-12 15:49
#45
kolor | 
Russia naviguy 
mertz is already top talent,he proved that in Kyiv,Starladder,when he got an EVP award
2018-07-12 15:55
sadly inconsistent m9
2018-07-12 16:20
#84
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Denmark RealPissant 
Not nearly as much as Aizy, this is double standard..
2018-07-12 16:35
aizy is a joke but?
2018-07-12 16:50
doesnt count my friend
2018-07-12 16:50
MSLUL TALKING ABOUT SMARTNESS 4HEAD
2018-07-14 04:38
#4
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France edrissss 
I'm faster than shakeeh wtf
2018-07-12 15:44
#34
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Austria shaakeh 
expected
2018-07-12 15:49
#7
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Czech Republic 2FaZed 
Mertz was not the problem
2018-07-12 15:44
#22
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Russia SH1RO1769 
gg
2018-07-12 15:45
#64
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Germany waien 
Lol hellraisers and flipside back then >>>. North now. Msl rates his team way to high
2018-07-12 16:06
North now > Bug
2018-07-12 16:37
press x to doubt
2018-07-12 16:49
#97
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Germany waien 
North< Faze(with noobmeister) < bug If you wanna play i can too
2018-07-12 16:51
Every team in csgo > Bug clan
2018-07-12 16:52
noobmeister has 2 more majors than Bug ever will Cry is free
2018-07-12 16:52
#103
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Germany waien 
After 2015 : every cs go player> noobmeister
2018-07-12 16:58
Just wait until Eleague my friend.
2018-07-12 16:59
#106
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Germany waien 
We will discuse after eleague I say noobmeister at best 4 best player in faze
2018-07-12 17:02
5th best Faze player > any Bug player
2018-07-12 17:04
#110
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Germany waien 
Last game : Big 2:1Faze Any big player> any faze player Except niko
2018-07-12 17:19
Wow they beat them in 1 game.
2018-07-12 17:19
#113
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Germany waien 
On hltv 6 maps From 2017 3:3 + 3 maps from esl colonge = 5:4 after maps for big Ez big> Faze
2018-07-12 17:24
Isn't that counting the games where Bug became Bug?
2018-07-12 17:27
#120
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Germany waien 
Maybe But there is no bug anymore only big And so far Big2:1 Faze
2018-07-12 17:49
lol one of the worst players talking about somethi g.
2018-07-12 16:15
Ex ♿️pTiC on N♿️rth wooo
2018-07-12 16:53
#3
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France edrissss 
k
2018-07-12 15:44
ok
2018-07-14 10:25
#5
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United States SmokaDaWeEDs 
Hahahaha
2018-07-12 15:44
#6
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Mexico Drogadicto_ese 
hahhahaha please kick MSL
2018-07-12 15:44
Doesn't everyone?
2018-07-12 15:44
#79
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Europe sweet0 
+1
2018-07-12 16:22
#144
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Sweden Keyagen2 
+2
2018-07-14 10:23
#85
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Switzerland BottomFragger 
+1 the player he is describing is basically dev1ce, gl lol
2018-07-12 16:36
Papas here
2018-07-12 15:44
#11
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United States Acetk 
Get Hunden he can play any role flawlessly
2018-07-12 15:44
+1
2018-07-12 15:51
#12
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Russia Momen3 
Hmm
2018-07-12 15:45
a
2018-07-12 15:45
#14
jks | 
Australia Mosski 
REEEEEEEEEEEE
2018-07-12 15:45
#15
ScreaM | 
Turkey AKagNA 
Isn't that what everyone wants?
2018-07-12 15:45
M0e
2018-07-12 15:45
#17
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Russia SH1RO1769 
shots fired
2018-07-12 15:45
#18
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Finland yesyess 
ofc u want a player whos perfect, who wouldnt LOL
2018-07-12 15:45
#19
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Germany gigaTV0803 
Maybe get keev
2018-07-12 15:45
oof mertz
2018-07-12 15:45
expected from MSL "2face" Toledo
2018-07-12 15:45
#59
shroud | 
Finland Kyl1E 
-MSL -2face -Toledo pick one
2018-07-12 16:04
fan of streamer omegalul
2018-07-12 16:05
#134
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Europe ImAmnesiac 
Pick 3
2018-07-13 07:53
#23
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Brazil l0ner 
mixwell is cute
2018-07-12 15:45
#24
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Netherlands Njit 
Wtf this is the stupidest sentence I've ever heard anyone say.
2018-07-12 15:45
#25
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Netherlands Njit 
MSL Braindead LUL
2018-07-12 15:45
#26
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Brazil Charizaldo 
calling mertz dumb hahahaha
2018-07-12 15:46
expected LUL
2018-07-12 15:46
#28
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United Kingdom Pex15 
"kill a lot" xD
2018-07-12 15:46
L M A O
2018-07-12 15:47
I mean denmark don't really have an awper except device and hes not even a main awper
2018-07-12 15:47
#42
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Slovakia SLAVak 
JUGI?
2018-07-12 15:53
yeah I guess jugi is a good awper, other than that they dont really have a good awper
2018-07-13 08:12
#43
kennyS | 
Belgium SavageO 
Jugi?
2018-07-12 15:53
#44
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Portugal tarikesque 
Natosaphix and Jugi?
2018-07-12 15:54
Everyone can play awp even dupreeh hes better
2018-07-12 16:02
NatoSaphix is actually a beast
2018-07-12 21:10
#31
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Turkey hesoyamx 
xantares good awper
2018-07-12 15:47
#32
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Sweden Staffan1 
maybe also should look into to players who can control spray
2018-07-12 15:48
#37
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Netherlands Njit 
Then he should kick himself
2018-07-12 15:50
#35
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Austria grammar_nazi 
imagine how mertz feels reading that line. LMAO he might aswell just say: "we want a good awp"
2018-07-12 15:49
#124
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Netherlands nijoW 
lol true. msl is just dumb for saying that
2018-07-12 17:58
Hello u have Mr.Natosaphix he is smart and top frags on Sprout whose been playing in tier 2/3
2018-07-12 15:50
#38
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Italy unb11 
dont think they can find an danish awper that better mertz, maybe JUGI but OpTiC will not release him
2018-07-12 15:50
feelsmertzman get it? haHAA
2018-07-12 15:52
#41
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Malta fistAA 
Msl wants an awper who can kill a lot but then he kicks mertz and picks mixwell. Fuck logic & msl
2018-07-12 15:53
#47
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Portugal tarikesque 
Mertz doesn’t kill a lot and he’s not smart. Mixwell is just a stand in and he’s a lot more experiencef and smarter than mertz.
2018-07-12 15:55
#76
ScreaM | 
Turkey AKagNA 
Actually i saw a lot of smart plays from mixwell and if you look at to some highlights you can tell he is good.
2018-07-12 16:17
well who doesn‘t look good in highlights lul
2018-07-12 16:37
#132
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Singapore derpydm 
benita
2018-07-13 07:30
s1mple ?
2018-07-12 15:55
#48
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Denmark clutchkongen 
Yes msl because mixwell had HUGE impact the past months on the teams he played on! Top kek north doesn’t know what the fuck they are doing anymore and actually they haven’t for while.
2018-07-12 15:55
#49
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Europe treyhard 
msl's brain LOL biggest bot and dumbest igl in the earth says mertz isn't smart and doesn't kill much, ok
2018-07-12 15:56
and the other four can say: "we want an igl who can kill a lot and call smart."
2018-07-12 15:57
#73
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Czech Republic Rewask 
+1
2018-07-12 16:11
#83
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Italy L__Lawliet 
+1 made my day
2018-07-12 16:32
+1
2018-07-12 17:06
#51
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Turkey TheFruit 
North: We want an IGL who can kill and doesn't make retarded roster changes every month.
2018-07-12 15:58
can they just kick MSL instead of the players
2018-07-16 12:09
#52
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Poland hubbbbi 
+pasha
2018-07-12 15:58
#53
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World Asqueer 
it's Mixwell ^^' look twitter
2018-07-12 16:00
Lmao
2018-07-12 16:01
#55
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Turkey ozzy4128 
U r looking for Woxic then
2018-07-12 16:01
#57
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
Strange decision. They want to have someone like s1mple but who the hell doesnt want. There is noone like this who doesnt have t1 team already.
2018-07-12 16:02
So kick yourself if you want smart team
2018-07-12 16:02
#68
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United Kingdom msax 
stfu MSL is beast
2018-07-12 16:10
stfu MSL is bot
2018-07-12 16:10
#126
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Malta fistAA 
0/8
2018-07-12 21:07
#152
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Switzerland Unikorniss 
+1
2018-07-16 12:05
#60
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Russia evg1804 
MSL is noob. He kick Magisk and now he play in the best team in the World, he kick Mertz and I think that Mertz with new team will destroy North
2018-07-12 16:05
sure they do, but why the fuck would a good, smart AWPer want to play for a bottom feeder shit team like North? under a guy like MSL? who does this sweaty forehead cunt think he is, he thinks he can just pick and choose between AWP talents like he's shopping for groceries. fuck this team and fuck MSL. mertz was bad but still too good to play under that ungrateful despot anyway
2018-07-12 16:05
How about cadian or natosaphix?
2018-07-12 16:06
And I want 100 million dollars
2018-07-12 16:07
#77
ScreaM | 
Turkey AKagNA 
This might be easier to get
2018-07-12 16:18
#66
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Serbia Removekebab13 
If the headline was about mertz criticising msl then it would make sense, but as it is its just funny how self absorbed msl is
2018-07-12 16:09
MSl is the cancer
2018-07-12 16:09
ofc he is always trying to find the problem in other players beside aizy,msl and aizy both should been benched for a wihle
2018-07-12 16:10
I'm a free agent. Contact me via DM if you're interested in conquering the CS:GO world in only two months.
2018-07-12 16:10
saying mertz was not smart? :D
2018-07-12 16:10
#151
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Switzerland Unikorniss 
+1
2018-07-16 12:05
#74
BnTeT | 
United States EdgyBlob 
hyperlul
2018-07-12 16:12
#80
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Czech Republic stejn 
what a shit, mertz was one of the best of North current lineup...MSL shows the world again, that he is not only ugly but stupid too.
2018-07-12 16:24
MSL: "WE WANT AN AWPER WHO CAN KILL A LOT AND PLAY SMART" Maybe you need good IGL no some braindead ?? IGL with good aim.. ??
2018-07-12 16:25
U mean mertz is braindead ?
2018-07-12 16:28
i say about MSL, mertz was good awaper...
2018-07-12 16:49
I replied to post
2018-07-12 16:50
"I think we're lacking AWP talents in Denmark." What he meant to say was " I think all of the AWP talents in Denmark are on better teams."
2018-07-12 16:40
He really thinks 2014 Hellraisers are small team, they were the North of 2016-17 back then. Top team, just lacked trophees
2018-07-12 16:41
#90
xms | 
France Daniska 
I hope mertz go to real good team and destroy North next time
2018-07-12 16:47
#93
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Macau Bent0 
MERTZ: WE WANT SMART IGL , WHO CAN FRAGGED AND CARRY HIS OWN WEIGHT
2018-07-12 16:50
#101
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Brazil kurtsouza 
ME!
2018-07-12 16:53
#102
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Estonia RaimanS2k 
Me, i would love to join, im mg2 and kda 1.36 which is really INSANE, just hmu ;)) x
2018-07-12 16:56
#105
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Mongolia justice11 
this awper wont join tier4 team
2018-07-12 17:00
#150
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Switzerland Unikorniss 
+1
2018-07-16 12:05
Damn, I hoped for mertz stickers
2018-07-12 17:16
North roster moves are the most rediculous in the history of CS:GO. First MSL benching magisk around a year ago, now he is lurking for the best team in the world. Now kicking mertz who is a relatively good fragger. MSL should kick himself, 0 firepower, low tier calls.
2018-07-12 17:23
#123
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Indonesia FinZzz 
not to mention konfig for kjaerbye xD
2018-07-12 17:57
"We want an awper who can carry me because I can't frag" - MSL Just kick this idiot already. He is so full of himself it's laughable. Good luck finding a top tier awper willing you play with you MSL, you won't though.
2018-07-12 17:26
denmark 0 iq lul
2018-07-12 17:28
Savage
2018-07-12 17:34
#118
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Poland malekkkk 
mixwell team destroyer XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2018-07-12 17:35
Kill a lot and play smart Pick up mixwell Lol
2018-07-12 17:45
#141
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Spain lxz3 
rekted
2018-07-13 20:18
#121
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
>kill a lot and play smart >mixwell
2018-07-12 17:50
#122
Norway KF3 
Hola :)
2018-07-12 17:57
#149
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Switzerland Unikorniss 
+1
2018-07-16 12:05
The only reason why MSL isnt out of the team its bc he`s the IGL, fkn bot. Disband incoming guys... This team wont grow up much anymore He kicked Magisk, cajunb & konfig WTF is he doing? Hes thinking & playing in his own world and in his own game. What an autist tbh Not mention how arrogant he is... No future for north xd
2018-07-12 20:41
#128
Xyp9x | 
Turkey aesky 
isnt it his job to help him " develop himself and figure out how to play smart and also play his style. "
2018-07-12 23:34
#129
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Hong Kong DIshsoap_OW 
Then should be-mertz +JUGI not +mixwell
2018-07-13 01:37
#130
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Europe EneXus 
Don't we all want that tho?
2018-07-13 01:57
#131
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United States eqinterix 
MSL thinking he is an all-rounder when the problem evolves around him. ROFL
2018-07-13 05:41
The worst igl ever just roasted mertz. Lol. i hope mertz will find a team that will destroy north, just like magisk did.
2018-07-13 07:39
in msl mind only him and aizy are good others are trash
2018-07-13 12:31
he wants to make the best team of all time but he forgot that he is on that team.
2018-07-13 14:04
#135
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Czech Republic Khaz1 
BOT MSL North is biggest joke right now
2018-07-13 07:53
can't believe this. how to succeed without a stable team. wasting time again and again trying out. and Maxwell, really?
2018-07-13 11:21
#140
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Denmark monroEski 
Denmark is lacking AWP talents, are you high MSL? Natosaphix, cadian, stavn could all be beasting in North
2018-07-13 16:01
+1 All huge talents who will be wrecking for years to come. Put Jugi on top of that, and I think the Danish scene is looking just fine on awp talents. I know its might be a longshot but personally I would really like to see Pimp given a second chance in a decent team. After a rough personal time he really seems to be putting in the work to find his a-game again. And he sure has experience and the smartness that MSL is looking for..
2018-07-15 00:25
#154
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Denmark monroEski 
I agree. Pimp really seems to be pimping up his game. I always liked him as a player and as an expert. He seems to have hell of a lot knowledge and experience about the game. Replace him with MSL and give him an In game leader role, that would be interesting
2018-07-16 16:55
ALLU
2018-07-14 10:21
Uncalled-for public diss of an up-and-coming guy who tried his best and actually did wery well. Mertz wp! I’m sure we will see alot more from you. I love the fact that North is an ambitious org, but these impatient roster changes has got to stop already. Had they only kept their 2016 lineup, I’m sure they would have won a whole cabinet full of shiny things by now..
2018-07-15 00:52
#148
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Switzerland Unikorniss 
+1
2018-07-16 12:05
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