chrisJ: "We have most of the basics down now[...] We can actually play some proper CS together"

We caught up with mousesports' in-game leader Chris "chrisJ" de Jong following their 2-1 series victory over fnatic to talk about their run in Atlanta thus far and what to expect leading up to their semi-final bout against Astralis.

The European mixture left Cologne in a wary 9-12th place-finish but quickly bounced back in Atlanta, beating FaZe in their opening series at ELEAGUE Premier.

After being taken down 1-2 by Natus Vincere, mouz managed to go the extra mile in their three-map series against fnatic, securing the final spot in the semi-finals to make the playoffs of a LAN event for the first time with Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski.

chrisJ says they have a chance to take down Astralis

In the interview, we chatted with chrisJ about mousesports' run in Atlanta thus far, how well they've groomed their CT side at this tournament, and the team's preparation and expectations leading up to their decisive match against Astralis.

You're coming from Cologne, where you finished 9-12th, and you kicked things off here with a series win over FaZe. How did the team feel to come in and take down FaZe right off the bat?

I don't think the win was anything super special. We just really didn't feel like Cologne had set so much about how good we can be. We only had one day to practice for Cologne, but for this tournament in Atlanta we had a week, which is still not enough time. We went through a lot of stuff and we have most of the basics down now. We can actually play some proper CS together.

Anyway, yeah, we were happy we beat FaZe because we had not beat them in a best-of-three offline. So that was nice, but then again, they had just started playing with Olof again, so obviously they were not going to have their roster at full strength.

After FaZe you went head-to-head against Na`Vi and had a pretty good start, securing their map pick on Inferno, but after that things started to deflate. What are some things that went wrong on Train that may have carried over onto Mirage?

Our T side on Train right now is not at all where it should be yet. We just aren't fluent at doing everything everywhere on the map, which is how we won Train often before, like, put pressure here, pressure there or somebody will find a gap on the other side of the map. We just don't have our synergy going quite yet.

Even though our practices went quite well, we just haven't managed to perform quite like that in official matches. Maybe it's also because Na`Vi are good on Train, so credit to them, but we obviously have a lot to work on. Personally, it kind of swooped me a bit because I totally felt out of it on Train and I didn't get back into the game, so, yeah... it was tough.

Now looking at the series against fnatic. You didn't have the best start on Inferno, which resulted in losing the map, but you turned things around on Train. What finally clicked on Train that gave you guys the momentum going into Mirage?

At first we weren't thinking about picking Train because we had lost the last two or three maps we had played with Snax on Train. Even though we weren't solid on Train... we still decided to pick it because we felt we are only going to be better.

Our coach realized a few things about how fnatic play Train, so we just played the setup we knew would be able to beat them because they are not as good as Na`Vi on Train. They don't quite have that big of a playbook, so that's why we decided to pick Train. Then, the things that the team talked about prior to the match worked for the most part.

We spoke with you in Cologne regarding some concerns about the CT side with Snax's addition. You have now secured a semi-final spot here in Atlanta. How are you feeling about your CT side thus far in this tournament?

I believe we have improved our CT side. Before, when we were playing with STYKO, we were having really big problems at some point with our Mirage CT side because we couldn't string rounds together, ever, and our opponents kind of figured out how we were playing. At some point our CT-side just didn't work anymore, so we tried to change stuff, but it didn't work, so now with Snax, we are playing our Mirage CT-side differently.

Snax is basically playing STYKO's position, while oskar is playing where I played, then I'm doing what oskar did before. We switched things up in that sense because, for example, oskar didn't really like playing window/A because he felt like he didn't have much of an impact or room to play. Now I feel like he can do more of what he wants to do and he has that freedom in the team. We created something new because our old-style seemed a bit overused.

Now that you have secured a semi-final spot. There are a couple of off days before the playoffs start. What are you going to do as a team and individually during those off days?

We are going to practice each day, play a few maps and talk about stuff - obviously prepare for Astralis. We aren't going to relax or anything, we want to f**king beat them (laughs) or at least give them a good fight since that's something we haven't really done in the past. We realize it's going to be a hard match and we are going to do everything to give our best.

Talking about Astralis, what are your expectations going up against the Danes?

It's going to be really hard...We were hoping to top our group to make things easier for us in the semi-finals, but our goal is to win a tournament and we are going to have to beat them at some point. So, it's going to be a hard match, but I believe in our new line-up. We have a chance to beat Astralis.

Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1527
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1428
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
#3
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Luxembourg Squadoodle 
yes u are RIP to that one dude who was reported for being first.
2018-07-27 18:25
Holy shit ur 1st how
2018-07-27 18:21
Snaz? btw stop report first comments.
2018-07-27 18:24
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India swast1k36 
#3 first WutFace
2018-07-27 18:37
#56
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Indonesia Crysta 
Rip, got first but deleted, But i don't have any content on that comment so its okay
2018-07-27 18:52
#72
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Luxembourg Squadoodle 
OMG , this is so sad. Now you suffer of Sacoma...
2018-07-27 20:48
Why'd u get reported? Just because u were first? I don't understand
2018-07-27 21:32
#78
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Belgium HLTVnewfag 
Comments that hunt for first place will get deleted, deserved for these 9 year olds.
2018-07-27 22:17
#85
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Portugal shark17 
lul
2018-07-28 00:45
#6
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Poland fR3EZi 
ez
2018-07-27 18:18
#7
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Bulgaria Amerikana 
nice
2018-07-27 18:18
#8
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Norway felt 
you'll still lose lmao
2018-07-27 18:19
nt faze
2018-07-27 18:19
#19
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Czech Republic QuertyX 
nt rain
2018-07-27 18:21
#24
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Germany cartii 
FaZe LUL
2018-07-27 18:22
#26
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Norway felt 
LuL what? How many trophies did FaZe win this year and how many did Mousesports win? Kthxbye.
2018-07-27 18:23
#31
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Germany cartii 
FaZe 2 Mouz 3 nt though
2018-07-27 18:25
#36
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Poland KasPro 
He tried OMFG
2018-07-27 18:28
#37
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Norway felt 
3? lmao what 3? they won 2 and one of those was a tier 4 tourny but go on
2018-07-27 18:29
#39
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Germany cartii 
still they won 3
2018-07-27 18:29
#73
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South Africa nimmaJ 
Starseries, V4 and...?
2018-07-27 20:49
#74
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Germany cartii 
ESL Pro League in April (?)
2018-07-27 20:57
#76
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South Africa nimmaJ 
You mean their result in the online league? That's a league not a tournament. They placed 5-6th in the offline finals.
2018-07-27 21:07
You mean the tier 4 tourney were all Faze fans said: "Easy money for Faze" and got deleted then by VP? lmao
2018-07-27 18:34
+1
2018-07-27 19:03
+1
2018-07-27 19:29
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United States DervGuy 
Oof got em.
2018-07-27 19:37
#68
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Europe EneXus 
faze boys getting cucked here LuL
2018-07-27 19:40
#75
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Germany cartii 
Haha +1
2018-07-27 20:58
Dude just take a sit you got OWNED
2018-07-27 20:00
lmao
2018-07-27 18:29
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Finland Smoonah 
nt cromen
2018-07-27 18:36
#52
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Czech Republic ufonk 
Salty stuff
2018-07-27 18:47
nice dude
2018-07-27 18:19
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frozen | 
Germany smouzes 
Nice GodJ
2018-07-27 18:21
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United States Globebuster 
nt cryJ
2018-07-27 18:21
s
2018-07-27 18:21
EZ4SNAXIK
2018-07-27 18:22
lol. never kick your support player
2018-07-27 18:22
WTF just happend?I was 1st!!!
2018-07-27 18:22
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Reunion zizi1234 
no
2018-07-27 18:24
maybe 2nd
2018-07-27 18:24
#32
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Reunion zizi1234 
yes my post got deleted as well
2018-07-27 18:26
#49
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India swast1k36 
You deserve that for your name LUL
2018-07-27 18:43
ur isnt better lul
2018-07-27 18:44
#54
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India swast1k36 
But hasn't Edward won any majors in 1.6?👀
2018-07-27 18:51
yea a lot,but not in go
2018-07-27 18:52
#57
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India swast1k36 
XD
2018-07-27 18:52
Chrisj in team Proper cs Pick one
2018-07-27 18:22
Polish CS Pick one
2018-07-27 18:36
#50
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India swast1k36 
Burn 1000
2018-07-27 18:43
#53
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Netherlands Legendarycrab 
chrisJ is not the best captain ever, but he is a great mix of leading and fragging.
2018-07-27 18:48
#59
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Finland TomBale 
+1 Gotta love ChrisJ... He seems always so bright and smiley! I like him alot...
2018-07-27 19:02
#62
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Netherlands Legendarycrab 
He's almost like finish people are. We Dutch people are down to earth, say what is on our mind. It may sound cold, but you know what you can expect when we say something. I remember in CS 1.6 days, every Dutch person just played some scrims/mix games via IRC, we knew we wouldnt go anywhere.. Dutch scene was dead. But ChrisJ battled through the scene, we have/had a small Dutch site where everyone knows everyone. Everyone knew ChrisJ, he was a good player, but we didnt expect CSGO. ChrisJ kept playing, I bet he didnt go to school or anything because he believed he could be pro. And he did it. Respect to him, the chances in our scene was (is) low. In NL you almost have 0% chance to go pro in CS.
2018-07-27 19:10
Why dont you cry some more? Chris even went to university before pro cs. What is your excuse now frikandel
2018-07-27 19:33
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Netherlands YourT 
Frikandellen zijn goud bro
2018-07-28 12:52
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Czech Republic ufonk 
gl tomorow ChrisJ.
2018-07-27 18:24
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Russia Bueonok 
chris good man, gl team
2018-07-27 18:26
#34
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Poland KasPro 
Ez for Mouz styka was trash
2018-07-27 18:28
#44
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Finland Smoonah 
stickos haha
2018-07-27 18:37
#48
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Poland KasPro 
EGGGGZDEEEEEE
2018-07-27 18:42
Snaz LUL
2018-07-27 18:28
#40
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Brazil fallenzera_SK 
snax god
2018-07-27 18:33
#46
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United Kingdom TypicalBrit 
chris de bong to rekt astrash.
2018-07-27 18:37
They need all on point to win vs Astralis
2018-07-27 18:37
yes. but they are second best after astralis in my opinion
2018-07-27 19:50
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Russia dushmanSP 
after astralis they're 3rd (oh wait, they're 5th)
2018-07-27 22:38
s1mple is the best player in the world at the moment. navi, however, is maybe the 4th best team after Faze and Mouse
2018-07-27 23:23
#83
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Russia dushmanSP 
nt baiter, but nobody cares about you
2018-07-28 00:21
#90
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Netherlands YourT 
agree, mouz + faze + astralis, then navi
2018-07-28 12:53
#58
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Czech Republic BlaweR 
They can play without pressure, everybody expect Astralis to win. This could help mouze to play flawless CS and maybe even win this.
2018-07-27 18:55
mouz and flawless cs in one sentence hshshsgsha
2018-07-27 19:35
#91
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Netherlands YourT 
if snax is on point, guaranteed win
2018-07-28 12:54
#61
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Indonesia Mednay231 
GL
2018-07-27 19:05
#63
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Indonesia Exodd 
Let’s go Chris de Bong
2018-07-27 19:26
gl against the greatest team of all time AstraGODS
2018-07-27 19:51
#87
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Germany gigaTV0803 
Greatest team of all time was kinguin lineup of dreamhack cluij-napoca
2018-07-28 05:31
#92
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Netherlands YourT 
old NV was insane as well, with kennys, apex, nbk, kio and happy
2018-07-28 12:55
#80
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Poland bakusiell 
Lets go #SNAX
2018-07-27 22:40
#82
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
nah,no chances vs devveking
2018-07-28 00:01
If only Snax learn his new role i think Mouz can do some dmg but i dont think they can beat Astralis or NaVi right now. I know Snax is not carry anymore, oskar-sunny-ropz are resposible for fragging but he need to deliver more than 6-10 frags per map...
2018-07-28 00:36
ez for godJ, 2-0 mouz
2018-07-28 04:27
#88
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Netherlands [Np]KNz 
LANMEISTERJ !
2018-07-28 10:46
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