ropz: "Our common goal was to become a top five team and win a Big Event; I think we've done it"

After mousesports' grand final victory in Odense we spoke to the tournament MVP, Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool, who explained the team's recent successes, how they were achieved, and what the ambitions for the near future are.

mousesports won their second international event in the space of two weeks after defeating fnatic in a lop-sided best-of-five series in Odense. After a heavily-contested MVP medal race, ropz scooped the award for his outstanding performances throughout the event, where he averaged a 1.24 rating.

ropz attributed the tournament victory to an outstanding team effort

In this interview, the Estonian shared his thoughts on achieving back-to-back tournament victories and winning his first MVP medal. Additionally, he broke down both the semi-final and the grand final series, detailing how the squad managed to come back against the No.1 team in the world, Astralis and later proceed to defeat an impressive fnatic squad in three consecutive maps.

This is your first MVP medal since joining mousesports in April 2017. What does this achievement mean to you?

It feels amazing to get the MVP. This tournament was truly a team effort, as I mentioned in my tweet. Everyone stepped up in the right times, I played a really good group stage, then slightly fell off in the playoffs series, but that's where my teammates stood up, so I think everyone had their moments this tournament. I guess I was just more consistent, which kind of helped me to get the MVP. I really have to thank my team because chrisJ, woxic, frozen and karrigan saved our asses multiple times, and that's why we won this tournament.

When we spoke after the match against ATK, you mentioned that anything short of a grand final placement would've meant you failed to meet expectations. How does it feel to live up to the ambitions you set?

It feels great to say something and do it. That's how it is if you're a pro, because you have to set goals and you have to achieve them. People said we had already done well, but we had been reaching quarter-finals and semi-finals very often already, so why would we want that? We obviously want to go further and that's why I say this stuff. We really wanted to get to the grand final and win the tournament. I'm really happy we managed to do it.

The recent past has been intense for the team, in that just a week ago woxic was handed his first MVP medal in Shanghai, and here you are with your second back-to-back title and the medal. How have you managed to achieve this kind of form?

We started off pretty well, we reached our first couple of playoffs matches really early in Sydney, and that's the level we have kept. When the Major came around we really wanted to get to top eight. I think that's where we kind of started to become shaky, we weren't so good as a unit and team. We're all very young guys, except for karrigan and chrisJ, obviously (laughs), and we all have the same goal of becoming better. We all believe in the system because karrigan is a great in-game leader.

After the Major we let things settle down for a bit. We're still happy we made it to the Major, because we had a crazy Minor, so to speak, but yeah, some time after the Major we had a bootcamp and that's when we started to pick up some form. Our whole goal for the year was to become a top five team and I think at this moment we might have achieved it. I hope we have, and for 2020 I think we're going to be challenging for top one, hopefully, because that's obviously the next step.

In general, if we talk about this team, we had a meeting during one of the bootcamps. We're working with a psychologist and we were trying to figure out our goals, and everyone came to the conclusion that our common goal was to become a top five team and win a Big event, and I think we've done it.

Before we talk about the grand final, let's discuss the semi-final against Astralis. The series was incredibly close, where you managed to pull ahead in the end against all odds. Train was won in overtime, and on Dust2 you ground out eight back-to-back rounds to win it 2-1. Take us over the series and how the team kept composure despite the situations you found yourselves in.

On Train we felt really comfortable. We knew what they were going to do on the T side, we knew what their gaps were on CT, so Train was really comfortable. Talking about the veto, we were really close to picking Overpass, because karrigan had a really good gameplan going into it, but I'm glad we didn't as they picked it and it turned out so well.

Overpass was kind of a fly-by from them, but going into Dust2 I think it was a 50/50 at that point. They had a really good start on the T side and I think we couldn't lock down some of the rounds we should have because frozen was having an unlucky game and woxic couldn't find any gaps. They were abusing A Long really hard, so it was a tough game for the guys on A. They had some unreal timings splitting B and stuff like that. I think they played really well on the T side, but when it came to our T side, I have to say woxic and chrisJ saved our asses there. chrisJ stepped up on the start of the T side, and then woxic hit some amazing shots and we were just climbing back.

When it was 14-8, karrigan had some of these moments when everything just clicks in his brain and he makes the right call every single time. Everywhere you go there's just one guy and we easily re-frag him, and I think that's what happened. Karrigan was just calling amazingly on the T side, and that's how we came back.

The grand final that just concluded was a 3-0 affair. Did you expect it to be so lop-sided? What went your way on the three maps that meant a brief series?

I felt really confident for some reason, and I could see it a 3-0 before the match even started. I think we were the better team, map pool-wise also. Obviously our Mirage has been looking shaky but we changed some roles there and we felt a lot better on it in practice, and I think it showed today also, we had a pretty good CT side.

On Inferno maybe we were a little shaky, but we started off pretty well, we had a good few CT rounds, but then we ran into a brick wall with fnatic. I think we did some aggressive pushes that we shouldn't have. On the T side karrigan stepped up with his calls, he's amazing as an in-game leader and he showed time and time again that we can close these maps even if we're down on the T side. It doesn't really matter what the score is, we can do it. I think everyone was playing really well in this grand final, that's one of the reasons we went 3-0. Karrigan had some sick rounds, woxic was hitting some sick shots, I was a solid rock on the sites.

I think fnatic were also struggling individually. Obviously Brollan was up there, but I guess the rest of their team couldn't really find themselves. It can happen, and I think fnatic are a great team. They won Malmö and they made the grand final here. I think it was a great match nonetheless, even if it was 3-0. They were leading most of the time and we just climbed back. I think on another day the score might've been the other way round, but I'm happy with it.

Considering your recent success, what are the team's expectations and ambitions heading into the final two events of the year, cs_summit 5 and EPICENTER?

For the whole year the goal was to win a Big Event, and we did that now. Even after the Major this specific event, the Pro League Finals, we set this event as the highest priority. We wanted to do the best here, and I'm so glad we did. I think it takes some pressure off our shoulders to perform well. Everyone has been expecting us to play well, and I think now that we have done it, we can take that pressure off.

Talking summit and EPICENTER, they won't be as tough as this tournament was, but I guess we're going to be heading into summit as favourites. Hopefully we can perform well there. EPICENTER is going to be a big event with teams like EG, Vitality and Na`Vi, so I guess we're going to prioritise it more. Obviously, we still want to win summit, but EPICENTER is going to be the more important one as there are better teams and a bigger prize pool, and it just is a better tournament overall.

We hope to finish off the year the same way we did now, we have two tournaments to go and hopefully we can perform well there.

Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Rating 1.0:
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2019-12-08 22:43
9 replies
Nice script
2019-12-08 22:42
3 replies
lov u robin.
2019-12-08 23:16
Scripts anot allowdd on HLTV
2019-12-09 00:56
1 reply
2019-12-09 01:04
2019-12-08 22:42
ropz isn't even german
2019-12-08 22:50
1 reply
2019-12-10 11:29
2019-12-09 00:52
Netherlands JUNG13
2019-12-09 15:01
United Kingdom replicanoob
very nice
2019-12-08 22:42
3 replies
ropz is a veryniceguy agreed!
2019-12-09 01:05
2 replies
Yekindar is worst cheater I've ever seen
2019-12-09 05:57
Albania Edjon
wtf mens ropz isnt a baiter
2019-12-09 13:12
still not a top 5 team lol
2019-12-08 22:42
10 replies
if even not they would be close
2019-12-08 22:43
They are
2019-12-08 22:49
Denmark XmobGames
Wth are you talking about. Both 100T and faze Clan are in the top six rn, and mouz are way way better than both.
2019-12-08 22:49
But they are tho. Just because you look at the hltv rankings it doesnt mean they aren't.
2019-12-08 22:50
2019-12-08 22:50
r u dick head hltv rankings update every monday so stfu and wait
2019-12-08 23:56
How so? Obviously we have Astralis, Liquid, EG, and Fnatic in top 4, but there is no obvious top 5 choice. Faze, 100T, G2, NaVi, Mouz, ENCE, Vitality. Could be any of those, and Mouz is the best candidate
2019-12-09 00:50
3 replies
Liquid has only made to 1 final and 1 semi final in last 4-5 months , one of them had 3 new teams in the group stage How tf they are top 5
2019-12-09 04:23
2 replies
Because they choke hltv rankings too
2019-12-09 05:10
winning 2 cups in 1 month
2019-12-09 06:21
nt try
2019-12-08 22:42
Keep playing well for 3 months and then we can talk about whether mouz is top 5
2019-12-08 22:42
10 replies
Netherlands ZoMilan
There's no team who have played well the entire last 90 days honestly
2019-12-08 22:46
9 replies
2019-12-08 22:54
5 replies
So, where is the other four?
2019-12-08 23:03
4 replies
you expect him to be able to count to 5? come on man, go easy on him
2019-12-08 23:35
3 replies
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Brazil Skilo
2019-12-09 00:52
2019-12-09 03:30
You're right. Mb
2019-12-12 14:58
Maybe 100T?
2019-12-09 09:50
2 replies
lmfao a single grand final reached and top 4 at the major thats all they got mouz just got 2 event wins one being a tier 1 event
2019-12-09 12:23
Netherlands ZoMilan
For their standards, maybe
2019-12-09 14:15
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Denmark QBE_
2019-12-08 22:42
ok kool
2019-12-08 22:44
6 replies
2019-12-08 22:52
4 replies
2019-12-08 22:53
3 replies
For what lmao
2019-12-08 23:16
2 replies
he edited mens
2019-12-08 23:16
Other Awimawe
Reported you too
2019-12-09 01:44
2019-12-09 01:16
What a great interview it is, congratz ropzicle
2019-12-08 22:49
Croatia Netkov
Hey, ropz haters.
2019-12-08 22:50
humble guy ropz
2019-12-08 22:52
good performance but tbh 1 event doesnt mean shit, lets see how they perform during their next 2,3 events :)
2019-12-08 22:54
9 replies
CAC? 16-0 EG? 2-1 Astralis? 3-0 Fnatic? Even Read the Interview? 0/8 NT
2019-12-08 23:55
8 replies
cool close 2-1 vs astralis and a victory against fnatic, wow they are surely rank 1 now best team ever insane
2019-12-09 01:07
7 replies
so when astralis has a close series that means they aren’t good? nice brain
2019-12-09 01:18
1 reply
+1 No brain
2019-12-09 20:25
United States Leapoz
nobody claimed they were top 1. even most of us mouz fans are saying #5 is where they will probably be after the ranking update tomorrow. theyve won 2 tournaments in a row ($500k in 14 days) 16-0'ed EG, beat the best team in the world 2-1 in one of the most exciting series in a while, and then 3-0'ed one of the teams who has been looking the strongest lately. like i said, nobody legitimately said mouz top 1 and believed it, you just made that up. mouz still has plenty to prove.
2019-12-09 02:01
3 replies
+1 Very reasonable comment, those are rare novadays.
2019-12-09 12:20
+1 NA fake flag, Y faje flag retard Merica or are u just an anomaly???
2019-12-09 20:27
1 reply
United States Leapoz
imma be honest, no clue what "Y faje flag retard Merica" means, but I am American. born in the USA, never lived outside of the country.
2019-12-09 21:53
Nt German can't read or even sarcasm never said Mouz top 1. 0/8 My learn to read next time.
2019-12-09 20:29
1 reply
2019-12-09 02:13
Faze kicked carrygun LULW
2019-12-08 23:07
mouz deserves top 5
2019-12-08 23:17
2 replies
Albania Edjon
they will be #5 for sure, 100t won't get a lot of points, neither will faze, nip or vitality, they will only get their previous points expired, while mouz will gain a lot of points from this
2019-12-09 13:14
1 reply
2019-12-09 13:15
God ropz Karrigan has trained him well
2019-12-08 23:24
7 replies
Karrigan goat igl
2019-12-09 01:30
5 replies
Spain N0Love
Gla1ve 4 majors, Pronax 3 majors, Fallen 2 majors. Karrigan is great but by no means the goat.
2019-12-09 10:15
4 replies
Consistent playoff IGL, and can make any 5 man shine
2019-12-09 11:22
karrigan is igling in his 2nd language so give him a break. Fallen tried that with stew and tarik and failed miserably, they were shit cuz he cant call in english. All those igls called in their languages. I would like to see what would be if they called in their 2nd language.
2019-12-09 14:36
2 replies
Spain N0Love
Don't get me wrong I said Karrigan is great but you can't say he's the goat with no majors over Gla1ve for example who has 4 majors and way more tier1 tournaments
2019-12-11 23:27
1 reply
Most of their playstyle comes from zonic,he is by far best coach in csgo.
2019-12-12 12:45
Karrigan mastermind
2019-12-09 05:58
African Union mikecool
Top 10 is still volatile we'll see how things shape up after epicenter and the break
2019-12-08 23:29
2019-12-08 23:46
Australia Beard43
Congrats Ropz and Mouz! It's really great that they believe in the team and their IGL. It must've been a nightmare for Karrigan on FaZe with their egos. I'm not sure if setting top 1 as a goal is wise. It's a great ambition to have and I think they may be able to do it, but it's much better to have solid achievable goals. Top 5 was a good one and they may have done it. Their work is definitely paying off though, I hope they manage to stick together and work through it when they inevitably face struggles in the future. GGWP
2019-12-08 23:59
2019-12-09 00:10
2019-12-09 01:17
ropz is a god
2019-12-09 02:01
their goal was to be a top5 team...but they became a top1 team.
2019-12-09 02:55
2019-12-09 03:02
why did i go to before watching the final ??? DOH!
2019-12-09 04:36
Robin is Kool as a cucumber
2019-12-09 04:39
"Everyone has been expecting us to play well, and I think now that we have done it, we can take that pressure off." I wonder if it's a good idea to take the pressure off when you are winning with it, sometimes pressure keeps you in the zone? I believe this is something Astralis aren't doing, they keep their pressure on at all times while being as relaxed as possible.
2019-12-09 04:47
2 replies
most of astralis core has been around for years and had their share of failure and not living up to expectations, so the level they have had now for 1-2 years, they took alot of time and experience to get there. doesnt matter if they take pressure off or not now, they have to experience it themselves to see how they can stay consistent at the top, because its different for each team. even if it fails nex, they will have that knowledge for the next time.
2019-12-09 14:42
1 reply
that's of course true, but I still think they put pressure on themselves to this day
2019-12-09 15:41
Not for long IMHO, but gj anyway.
2019-12-09 05:26
mousesports won their second international event in the space of two weeks after defeating fnatic in a lop-sided best-of-three series in Odense. —> it was BO5
2019-12-09 05:55
2019-12-09 06:05
Congratz to mouse, worthy winners.
2019-12-09 06:22
Now tactical kick of karrigan to ruin team ez
2019-12-09 06:34
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Bulgaria No_1One
"going into Dust2 I think it was a 50/50 at that point" just like every dust2 game
2019-12-09 07:30
1 reply
not when the pistol round starts and you hear “russkii jest?” and 3 other guys “jest”
2019-12-09 07:51
Nice ropz nice :)
2019-12-09 07:35
Hard to play with toxic noob brollan and washed up krimz
2019-12-09 07:53
Europe Niko0
I really like this dude. It's pretty hard to be confident about your own skill, and your teams, and still be able to come across as a humble player. He stated they played better but still didnt went on to shit on fnatic.
2019-12-09 08:08
>groupstage at the major >top5 team Pick one
2019-12-09 08:09
4 replies
Australia SUNSPY
Time is a thing you know, fucking pleb
2019-12-09 09:12
>not being at the major at all >top5 team Pick both If you don't mean what team I'm talking about. Stfu
2019-12-09 11:55
2 replies
Yeah dude but fnatic did well at the other big events,they are a bit overrated but mousesport only won 1 rellevant event the whole year and ropz is overhyping them like they won a major
2019-12-10 18:09
1 reply
Okay fnatic doing well, but in the end they also only won 1 relevant event this year.
2019-12-10 20:43
Germany zsazsazsu
My favorite Player.
2019-12-09 09:00
1 reply
Brazil wololo10
+1 Beast
2019-12-09 16:44
Germany X5ander
Hope BIG will be the next mousesports in the future !!!
2019-12-09 09:21
It all sorts it out in the end for good boys like Karrigan. Best thing that happened was the egos kicking him out, doing him a favor and making him look good in the process. Maybe he is a mastermind
2019-12-09 09:49
Estonia Mr_Paze
Well done! Mouz has finally found their teamwork.
2019-12-09 10:00
I wonder if stewie has anything to say? He was pretty vocal when he played against them.
2019-12-09 10:15
1 reply
havent heard much from him, wonder why
2019-12-09 11:44
Portugal faizk
2019-12-09 11:23
you never know in csgo, but if you go with the latest tendencies, mouz is top5 for sure. -EG clearly has some issues -100T no more events this year, they cant win points. So if mouz doesnt fail hard now, they are basically the only contender for a potentially vacant top5 spot because of their nice runs with high ranking relevance
2019-12-09 11:39
Poland blankkoo
2019-12-09 11:40
2019-12-09 12:48
1 reply
without taking any damage too, amazing
2019-12-09 13:19
Well, win astralis once in the year means is top 5... if think m16r is also a top 5 so.
2019-12-09 15:24
1 reply
Brazil wololo10
With that 16-2 they were momentarily top 5 yes
2019-12-09 16:44
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Switzerland Titan))
Respect for ropz my mens)))
2019-12-09 17:19
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