ropz: "I think a lot of people are overhyping us"

We sat down with Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool after his MOUZ defeated MIBR in their ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals opening match on Inferno, 16-8.

After successfully qualifying for the Europe Minor during their bootcamp, MOUZ kicked off their run at the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals in Montpellier with a victory, taking down MIBR on Inferno, 16-8, after a slow start on the CT side. Their next rival will be HellRaisers, whom they will play for a spot in the playoffs.

ropz believes mousesports could break into the top 5

After MOUZ' initial victory in France we talked to ropz about the progression of the team over the last months, the importance of events like these Pro League Finals for a roster like theirs, how this team is different from the German organization's last quintet, and about their opener against the Brazilians.

Let's start out by touching upon the importance of this particular event for the team, and what you want to take out of it.

This tournament is one of the most important for us because ranking-wise it means a lot. If we get a good placement here we will get more invites in the future, which is why we decided to bootcamp before this and before the Minor. We've been practicing pretty hard for this event and we think we can do good here.

And how did the practice go?

The bootcamp was good, the mood is good... The most important part was qualifying for the Minor, which we did during the bootcamp, and that kept the mood up. Everyone is hitting their shots, the practice is good, and I think it's showing that we were a much better team coming into today's match.

You've been together for a few months now but you haven't played that much. You won Tours, which was a good Medium Event to win, and you made it through to the Minor, but where do you see yourselves in the whole ecosystem?

I think we're around the top 10, at least in the ranking system, but I think a lot of people are overhyping us. I even saw some betting odds making us top 4 for this event somehow, people are putting high expectations on us, and I like that, but we're also just working hard to try and reach that. All of the teams are trying to get back to roots since Astralis aren't technically top 1 anymore, although I feel like they still are. We can definitely get into the top 5 if we get a good placement in this tournament, and then Cologne is our next most important tournament as far as determining our place in the ranking. This and Cologne are the two most important ones.

When the team made changes it was a huge overhaul, as one of the original players, how do you see this team now that you've had some time together? How is it to go from playing to win, to this newer structure?

Personally, I definitely feel a lot more confident as one of the original players. I know how the system should work and what is needed in order to win. Teamwise, it's much less stressful since we got karrigan, he's putting the team together very well, everyone knows their place, what to do and what not to do... frozen is very young still, but he's showing he's an "old" player already in our matches, so I think this team is really great. We all have the same goal, to be the best, and we're just working really hard to reach that.

What do you think the projection of the team is, and how far can you go with this current setup?

I'm not sure, I think a fair goal would be to make the Major playoffs to retain our spot. Ranking-wise I think we can break top 5 or top 3 if we do well at tournaments like this. A lot of teams are just trying to grind right now to be the best and there are so many big tournaments that all of us are practicing so much for. If we can keep going we can make top 3-5.

You said this tournament was important ranking-wise, but with some of the mid-top teams missing, there are many looking for a strong semi-final finish. Do you think that would be a big boost for whoever can do that?

Definitely, once you start beating the middle-ground teams it's a big confidence boost because then you know that the only step left is to try to win something and beat the best, so the more maps we can win against these middle-ground teams, the more confidence we'll get, and then that will help us get more wins from top teams. Right now everyone is trying to take down Liquid and Astralis, the two top dogs here, and it would be nice to play against them to test ourselves and what we're worthy of, so hopefully we'll be able to see that.

Tell me a little bit about the MIBR match. They were a team that some people expected to grow and become better with time, but they're kind of in rough waters now. What was the match against them like, and what were you expecting?

We saw after the veto that Inferno was through and I personally thought it was going to be a tough match, which it proved to be at the start, but then we got ourselves together somehow. They won a lot of shakey rounds from us in which we made some mistakes, we were down 2-6 and were able to bring it all the way to 9-6 before the half, which was a good comeback by us. You didn't really see this happen in the old mousesports, but this is a new roster and the mood is just much better compared to the old roster.

This team can handle these situations much better, and this match proved it. After going down 2-6 we won 14 rounds to close it out 16-8 so it was a really great comeback by us. I feel like MIBR are a really strong team and I'm not sure what's not working for them. Personally, I still kind of fear them because they have the Brazilian superstar lineup, and I hope everything works out for them.

Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
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True. Still insane team.
2019-06-18 18:21
4 replies
2019-06-18 18:21
United States Rakitic
100% agree with you, my friend. Once I saw who mouz were adding I was hyped on the spot!
2019-06-18 18:27
2019-06-18 18:30
mibr -------> "middle-ground team"
2019-06-18 20:14
Poland Unluko
2019-06-18 18:21
17 replies
You tried so hard...
2019-06-18 18:21
12 replies
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st
and got so far
2019-06-18 18:21
5 replies
in the end
2019-06-18 18:24
2 replies
Twistzz | 
Singapore 3st
it doesnt even matter
2019-06-18 18:25
it doesnt even matter
2019-06-18 18:29
but in the end
2019-06-18 18:25
But in the end
2019-06-18 18:28
And got so far
2019-06-18 18:21
4 replies
2019-06-18 18:26
3 replies
Ez for bee team
2019-06-18 19:45
2 replies
mice eat bees for breakfast
2019-06-19 13:07
1 reply
not really
2019-06-19 13:08
Poland Unluko
So did germany during ww2
2019-06-18 18:32
unluko maluko
2019-06-18 18:21
Denmark devnr1
2019-06-18 19:09
2019-06-18 23:37
fck u mf piece of shit u asshole #2 unlucko fckn shitt
2019-06-19 08:28
Poland Jancz1
2019-06-18 18:21
Finland CucumberFIN
Maybe yes
2019-06-18 18:21
smart boy
2019-06-18 18:21
no LUL
2019-06-18 18:21
2019-06-18 18:21
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United Kingdom EKersh
2019-06-18 18:21
Good work vladik
2019-06-18 18:21
1 reply
it was such a sad day when he left faze
2019-06-18 21:43
He said it himself lol
2019-06-18 18:22
Germany sloth02
2019-06-18 18:22
2019-06-18 18:22
Kinda yes but still insane potential
2019-06-18 18:23
so now that he said it himself people can shut the fuck up
2019-06-18 18:24
Sweden ronkaball
2019-06-18 18:24
if karrigan doesn't suck every game this roster can go nuts
2019-06-18 18:25
11 replies
karrigan has been popping lately
2019-06-18 19:33
Karrigan is playing very well atm
2019-06-18 20:14
Moldova AJollyDoge
Karrigan is the reason this team is doing so well. FaZe must regret getting rid of him.
2019-06-18 20:27
8 replies
ı'm not sure about this but karrigan<3<3
2019-06-18 20:53
Not really, Faze needed a change. Someone had to go away. We never know if kicking someone else would be better or not.
2019-06-18 21:15
3 replies
If you need a change kick niko. Ask mouz how it worked out for them. After niko sold the clan was finally in top 10
2019-06-18 21:58
2 replies
2019-06-18 23:28
fck off u lill cunt dont know anything abt CS and vomiting shit over here. NiKo >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> s1mple >>> any_pro player . so just get lost
2019-06-19 08:36
Cook Islands DeXXuS
Not really at the end of his days in FaZe he was terrible...
2019-06-19 08:20
2 replies
His role in FaZe was IGL, not entry fragger or anything like that. Kicking him resulted in a pretty devastating losing spree.
2019-06-19 11:48
1 reply
Cook Islands DeXXuS
Sure, but you cant forget why NiKo was IGL at the end... FaZe lost fate in his leadership and you cant really blame them as their results were not good. Roster change has to come in time when he was kicked. If he would play and lead them like he do now in mouz they would never kick him...
2019-06-19 14:41
good interview, nice to see he is kinda humble and knows they are not yet a top team
2019-06-18 18:29
2 replies
Turkey Samsun85
Better than G2 and vitality for sure.
2019-06-18 23:25
1 reply
2019-06-19 16:37
in estonian, “us” translates to “made in brazil Esports Team”
2019-06-18 18:29
1 reply
Netherlands shawtyyy
2019-06-18 18:52
France J0riS
But at least they can rekt M0-10R xaxaxaxa
2019-06-18 18:30
Humble Ropz best Ropz.
2019-06-18 18:31
I think so too rops
2019-06-18 18:35
2019-06-18 18:39
2019-06-18 18:35
Amazing team, they deserve it I think
2019-06-18 18:36
kennyS | 
United States @rex
Top 10 my ass! This is top 5 100%
2019-06-18 18:37
1 reply
title checks out
2019-06-18 20:33
Indonesia Exodd
I like humble comment like this, focus on the grind & aim for the top boys
2019-06-18 18:43
But the real question is. Faze vs mousesports, when will it happen and will karrigan prove he was not the problem????
2019-06-18 18:44
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Denmark V1kss
Well if north lose to faze and mouz beat hellraisers. Might be happening.
2019-06-18 18:55
1 reply
Romania Iosif
Mouz will beat HR, not sure about Faze beating North, but they have high chances.
2019-06-19 08:50
Can't wait too
2019-06-18 18:57
Thursday, 15:30 CEST
2019-06-18 18:59
Want mouse to beat Faze's ass XD
2019-06-18 20:08
4 replies
never gonna happen budd. just dream of such illusions
2019-06-19 08:38
3 replies
We'll find out in 24 hours XD
2019-06-19 21:50
2 replies
found out??
2019-06-20 07:28
1 reply
They rekt Faze! And i'm happy about that XD
2019-06-22 00:24
2019-06-18 18:46
2019-06-18 18:47
Aftet fixing the clutch issue,they will be top 5
2019-06-18 18:49
Deserved tho, both the team and ropz are great
2019-06-18 18:54
2019-06-18 18:56
Does mousesports keep sunny prisoner?
2019-06-18 18:57
5 replies
I think he's free agent right now
2019-06-18 19:00
1 reply
2019-06-18 19:00
yes, he is locked in a cage in the basement of mouz' headquarter in hamburg
2019-06-18 19:00
2 replies
yes i confirm, i are feed him some hamburg-ers
2019-06-18 21:06
1 reply
Ropz bestest indeed, I touched him irl once.
2019-06-19 09:12
no confidence ropz confirmed cuck
2019-06-18 18:57
3 replies
say this to his face idiot, hes 220 cm 200 kg muscle mountain, he won strongest man award for 19 years straight, winning his first title when he was only 1 year old.
2019-06-18 21:08
2 replies
xdxdxdxd everything checks out
2019-06-19 08:32
1 reply
is that tree talking?
2019-06-19 11:49
Yah coz you used to be a Top 5 team dumbass. There's no overhype, you just started making crappy decisions and sucking ass.
2019-06-18 18:58
1 reply
name checks out
2019-06-18 21:09
True but how do you wanna not get excited about a young fresh lineup like this under a good leader, theyve every key to win and get better, no excuses
2019-06-18 19:12
i love this lineup of mousesport, they reminds me cs 1.6 Johnny r; neo, papst, elemeNt, blizzard, gore.line up from different countrus
2019-06-18 19:48
2 replies
Malaysia Suno[t]
+1 but element is the only one a foreigner tho lol and although gore is austrian but he speaks german
2019-06-18 20:55
1 reply
Estonia RaimanS2k
In Austria, the offical language is german so there's no but
2019-06-19 09:17
??? Okay
2019-06-18 20:00
Yea people are retarded
2019-06-18 20:17
who overhypes u? lost best players, added karrigan..the fuck, ropz u needs a dr and fast
2019-06-18 21:39
1 reply
Czech Republic Dur4ngo
Trolling? xDD
2019-06-19 07:35
apEx bf is ropz
2019-06-18 21:41
+1 defeating BR CS means nothing.
2019-06-18 21:45
True , mousesports best team in the world
2019-06-18 22:40
Estonia RopzTop1
mouz top 1
2019-06-19 02:07
Yes I'm over-hyping you. Now go win the event
2019-06-19 04:54
i really like mousesports but looking at the odds sometimes before the match starts i feel like people expect to much from them. i was sure this would be an even game against mibr
2019-06-19 09:09
Spain elskio
Astralis aren't technically top 1 anymore, although I feel like they still are. You‘re right
2019-06-19 13:53
Noone: RopZ: I think a lot of people are overhyping us
2019-06-19 14:32
well yes, but they have the potential so actually no
2019-06-20 07:32
I think so.
2019-07-04 18:43
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