MSL becomes free agent

The in-game leader and North agreed to part ways after he spent the last two months on the bench.

Mathias "⁠MSL⁠" Lauridsen has been released from his contract with North, the 26-year-old has announced on Twitter. The Dane also revealed that he is looking to either join a stable team or create a brand new lineup.

The in-game leader had been sitting on the Danish organization's bench since he and Philip "⁠aizy⁠" Aistrup were replaced by Kristoffer "⁠Kristou⁠" Aamand and Rasmus "⁠kreaz⁠" Johansson in late November as North changed its direction towards a talent development project.

MSL is open to joining an existing team or building a new project

Two and a half months later, the Copenhagen-based side announced that it has ceased operations after being unable to bring new investors on board amid the coronavirus pandemic, which caused Parken Sport & Entertainment and Nordisk Film to terminate the organization.

MSL joined North in early 2020 for a second, in large part unsuccessful stint. The team's best results in the following year were a top-four finish at DreamHack Open Anaheim and top-eight placings at the first two Regional Major Ranking events, ESL One: Road to Rio and cs_summit 6, while they underwent several more lineup changes.

Denmark Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
304
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1701
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.72
Sweden Rasmus 'kreaz' Johansson
Rasmus 'kreaz' Johansson
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
379
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1506
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
very cool
2021-02-11 13:35
FAZE MSL
2021-02-11 13:35
7 replies
#28
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Poland kvvach
G2
2021-02-11 13:44
5 replies
Lmao
2021-02-11 13:53
3 replies
#47
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Poland kvvach
yes -kenny
2021-02-11 13:54
2 replies
NiKo's ego would kick MSL out quick
2021-02-11 16:13
1 reply
+1
2021-02-12 05:35
Yes true. G2 need a awper who could hit shot. They don't need a flashy star awper because niko and hunter are present
2021-02-12 09:19
no
2021-02-12 05:31
I thought they disbanded
2021-02-11 13:35
7 replies
#15
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Germany I_Am_Jerm
yes, they did. Doesn't mean they retire lul
2021-02-11 13:37
4 replies
Should’ve
2021-02-11 13:53
when did I claim that, everything checks out!
2021-02-11 13:56
2 replies
#128
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Germany Nachofish
12 defensive astralis stan acount back at it again
2021-02-11 16:21
1 reply
12 alts?
2021-02-11 17:35
The org still exists it just ceased operations in CS, Contracts are still contracts until you negotiate out of them, which I'm sure North was happy to not pay someone to nothing
2021-02-11 13:45
Yo le noob, The team disbanding doesn’t mean the contracts suddenly go void, but in most cases the 2 parties agree to release the player.
2021-02-11 18:42
ok
2021-02-11 13:36
let's go MSL!!!
2021-02-11 13:36
valorant
2021-02-11 13:36
#12
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Jordan Zereeni
nice
2021-02-11 13:37
F
2021-02-11 13:37
noob
2021-02-11 13:37
I am also free agent :D
2021-02-11 13:38
2 replies
#25
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Brazil hugoooo
Yeah every amateur is a free agent
2021-02-11 13:43
#180
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Denmark Bagjo
Lol hehe. Good english humor hehe
2021-02-11 23:41
#19
Rapper | 
United States E_40
bye
2021-02-11 13:38
can't believe he is 26...
2021-02-11 13:39
5 replies
is that good? or bad?
2021-02-11 15:37
1 reply
in the pictures he looks older than 26 a lot, but now i think maybe it's only because the pictures, maybe irl he doesn't look that old
2021-02-11 16:57
he looks way older, like oskar
2021-02-11 17:53
2 replies
But oskar is 56...
2021-02-11 20:15
1 reply
he looks 70
2021-02-11 20:45
good 2 know, ill look around if any of my friends pug teams need igl :()
2021-02-11 13:39
best igl avaible and a decent sniper, one of few that beat prime astralis, would be perfect fit in teams like faze or mouz
2021-02-11 13:41
23 replies
#31
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Poland kvvach
G2
2021-02-11 13:46
3 replies
+1
2021-02-11 13:47
2 replies
#37
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Poland kvvach
btw nice fakeflag
2021-02-11 13:49
1 reply
fixed
2021-02-11 15:04
I cant belive how underrated he is No one on hltv gives him any respect He is 100% one of the top 5 pure igls right now in the game And people still think he is tier 3 Its crazy to me how him being gay ruined his chances of geting any oportunity at tier 1 team
2021-02-11 14:44
16 replies
He's one of only 3 IGL's that beat Astralis in the best of series in thier prime (2018). Other are Zeus and Karrigan. And he actually got MVP on DH Masters. When did you last time see IGL get an MVP on lan ? Yeah, being gay is huge problem, if he could somehow stop being gay that would be great for him.
2021-02-11 14:51
11 replies
If people accept him, the problem is fix, he dont have to change, people have.
2021-02-11 17:20
2 replies
let's be honest, being gay is always inferior to not being gay
2021-02-11 18:27
1 reply
Not for me bro
2021-02-12 06:09
how to stop being gay ? are u retard ?
2021-02-11 18:35
7 replies
there are conversion therapies and they work sometimes, he should try
2021-02-11 18:50
6 replies
nope , its ur sexual desire , how can you fix it ? thats kinda stupid to be honest believing that you can fix ur natural sexual desire towards men by therapy
2021-02-11 18:51
5 replies
Mate so you cant stop being a pedophile or zoophile? Of if you had some other even worse sexual desires. What are people an animals that cant control themselves? If somebody wants something he can achive it.
2021-02-11 18:59
4 replies
Being gay with pedophile / zoophile is not same category dude 1 is ok ,while the later is sickening
2021-02-11 23:33
3 replies
Its not about this its about sexual preference in general. Saying you cant change it is just stupid.
2021-02-11 23:35
2 replies
more stupid saying that can change someone from being gay / trans by therapy lmao Maybe trying to act infront of other they arent gay but deep down they know what they desire the most
2021-02-11 23:36
1 reply
Whatever works for them. And most people knows shit, teens trying to steer their life like what is my sexuality, who am i and so on? You most likley wont know it till your like 30 or something. Most things can be fixed if somebody likes to. Im not judging MSL who i find very good igl i dont care who he is in his personal life im here for cs. You should be also here for cs, so you wont type unthruthfull statements like "you cant change being gay" yes you can we live in society were you can change your gender,nationality,color of skin so changing sexual preference is easy to do comparing to others.
2021-02-11 23:43
He gay?
2021-02-11 15:02
1 reply
n ou
2021-02-11 15:31
Wait, he's gay? Wtf I didn't even know this
2021-02-11 15:45
1 reply
This is a weird af rumor to start. xd
2021-02-11 18:54
#125
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Poland rabusjr
Wait what? Decent sniper? XD Come on man, its not 1st april
2021-02-11 16:14
True hes kida underestimated
2021-02-11 17:32
#23
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
It will be hard for him to find a new team I feel like, he hasn't been good lately.
2021-02-11 13:42
11 replies
#40
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Poland kvvach
theres no igls on market he will find team for sure
2021-02-11 13:52
8 replies
Sunny is the only "semi IGL" avaible.
2021-02-11 14:02
1 reply
flushafakeigl
2021-02-11 15:37
#77
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
But not a high level team.
2021-02-11 14:44
5 replies
#84
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Poland kvvach
no.. but solid t2 yes
2021-02-11 14:57
4 replies
#119
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Solid T2? Man, he didn't play good even at T3, he won't get that kind of an offer.
2021-02-11 15:51
3 replies
#130
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Poland kvvach
he was 2nd best in nortth and is igl for sure he will get offer or build own team. msl espiranto, jackz 2 more decent t2 team
2021-02-11 16:27
2 replies
#137
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Decent T2? 2 medicore players already, and it's only the core.
2021-02-11 17:10
#168
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United States Prattatat
+1
2021-02-11 20:14
In a normal scene he should've been able to find a team easily but in our stat obsessed scene where people only care about skill/aim it will be hard for him. Just read these idiotic comments.
2021-02-11 14:10
1 reply
#78
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
I don't read those comments, it makes me angry.
2021-02-11 14:45
#24
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Faroe Islands AdNauseam
retire or tier 2-3 cs.. no skill player
2021-02-11 13:43
9 replies
more like t5
2021-02-11 13:43
8 replies
and which tier do you belong? keyboardwarrior tier?
2021-02-11 14:14
6 replies
i dont belong to any tier. And how am i relevant to my answer?
2021-02-11 14:28
5 replies
thats right. in that case, who are you to judge which tier he belongs to?
2021-02-12 15:38
4 replies
???? stupid answer. Thats like saying people who watch basketball cant critisise basketball players
2021-02-12 15:46
3 replies
you can criticise as much as you want, but im sure you didnt mean it in a good way.
2021-02-12 18:24
2 replies
hltv comments were created for this, kid
2021-02-13 10:44
1 reply
ok old man
2021-02-13 13:31
perfect fit for Aussie CS then
2021-02-11 21:26
Jesus christ just go to Valorant, guy has been irrelevant for 3 years already
2021-02-11 13:43
2 replies
if bongJ can find work with his shit stats and non existing calls so can he
2021-02-11 14:22
>fan of chrisJ KEKEKEKEKEKEKEKKEEKEKEKEKKEKEEK
2021-02-11 15:22
#30
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Germany NitczkaCS
He is a better fit to Faze than Karrigan
2021-02-11 13:45
1 reply
yeeah loZer clan
2021-02-11 13:48
Xizt igl MSL awp Kjaerbye Entry Basso Support Smf Lurker
2021-02-11 13:47
3 replies
This lineup is beyond bad 3 igls and basso
2021-02-11 14:16
1 reply
Lekro rifle Twist AWP MSL igl Kjaerbye rifle Basso :)
2021-02-11 15:24
no so bad with shakerbye + xizt kkkkk
2021-02-11 18:35
MS Loser.exe
2021-02-11 13:47
#36
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Turkey KillaChef
who
2021-02-11 13:48
dont even go to valorant just retire at this point
2021-02-11 13:52
#44
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Ukraine StaR1y
go Astralis!
2021-02-11 13:53
MSLUL
2021-02-11 13:54
26 yo? ahahahhaa
2021-02-11 13:55
gl msl valorant will wait for u <3
2021-02-11 13:55
And it should stay that way
2021-02-11 13:57
-cerq -stanislul +obo +msl ?
2021-02-11 14:00
> Those achievements... > t1 player LuLmao 😂😂 pickedy pick one
2021-02-11 14:06
19 replies
Name another IGL who has worked with scraps and has gotten those achievements?
2021-02-11 14:12
10 replies
“Scraps”?? He worked with decent danish players tbh...
2021-02-11 14:53
9 replies
Either scraps or inconsistent as fuck players. Never got to work with the best talent. There's only so much you can do as an igl without having the proper pieces in your squad.
2021-02-11 15:04
8 replies
#101
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Russia Jet1k
k0nifg, valde, magisk, also rubino, kjaerbye and cajun when they were good are scraps? xd.
2021-02-11 15:23
7 replies
He won epicenter with that roster what's your point? And cajun is the definition of a scrap, k0nfig had attitude problems (check his twitlonger). He still managed to win a major tournament. Name one better igl that is a free agent right now.
2021-02-11 15:30
6 replies
flusha
2021-02-11 15:47
5 replies
Name one notable achievement flusha has gotten as an igl without the fnatic core. As much as you want to call him an IGL he is not a real igl.
2021-02-11 15:57
4 replies
Only been igl with fnatic? Godsent pronax? C9 golden?
2021-02-11 17:22
1 reply
Looks like you're confused. Read the other replies again.
2021-02-11 17:29
Name one notable achievement MSL has done apart the tourney win against Astralis? Flusha atleast had a great run in 2015 when he IGLd in some tourneys afaik (might be wrong on the year, was so long ago) EDIT: The Epicenter win was probably notable, so thats 2 tournaments.
2021-02-11 19:19
1 reply
You can see MSL's achievements on his tweet. Flusha had a great run in 2016 but that was only in the begining and then it went downhill. And to add to my point flusha took over igling for one of the best squads to ever play the game. MSL never had to work with nowhere near the same talent like olof, krimz and even jw. We saw what flusha's igling achieved on C9; nothing. /close
2021-02-11 19:36
He did what, faze, navi, liquid and many more teams couldnt do. Beat prime astralis in a grand final on lan.
2021-02-11 14:20
7 replies
and it was a total fluke lol what do you mean
2021-02-11 14:22
6 replies
+1
2021-02-11 14:53
You dont suddenly fluke beating navi, mousesports and Astralis twice on lan lmfao. Not to mention they reached the SF of ECS one month later knocking out teams like Liquid and NRG. You know, you don't actually have to win 5 tourneys straight for something not to be a "fluke", it's just what spergy HLTV kids call it whenever a team they dont like end up winning. Even last year they managed (before letting go of msl and aizy) to beat teams like NaVi, G2 and NIP despite having the overall lowest rated team in all of top30
2021-02-11 15:01
4 replies
Men, your argument was the fact that he beat Astralis in their prime, and that was a total fluke as he was not able to do it again. And the ECS semis happend without him, why are you willing to write to me this much if you don't even check your shit lol.
2021-02-11 15:16
2 replies
You do know they literally beat them twice right? lmfao "tOtAl fLuKe bTW" Let's not pretend north with MSL havent beaten t1 teams every year since despite having a very weak team. Maybe if they still had him in ECS they would have gone further than SF lol
2021-02-11 21:28
1 reply
I'm talking about not being able to beat them in other event you dumb shit
2021-02-11 21:49
hltv kids wordbook: win => fluke lose => throw / matchfix frag => bait everyone apart from Astralis => washed up tier 5
2021-02-11 15:30
best awper in the hole
2021-02-11 14:10
valorant?
2021-02-11 14:28
MSLUL RETIRE
2021-02-11 14:38
Stay strong, gl with finding a team. And stay with the awp!
2021-02-11 14:38
He should find a new home pretty quickly, best IGL on the market right now and even an almost average fragger
2021-02-11 14:40
Master paycheck stealer, no ty stay retired
2021-02-11 14:41
Valorant is the only option at this point
2021-02-11 14:42
He is only 46, he has still many active years left!
2021-02-11 14:53
hair^^
2021-02-11 14:57
Every time I look at him I never believe his age. He looks like 35 years old
2021-02-11 14:59
did he make his Achievements in paint lmao
2021-02-11 15:05
MSL probably even more underrated than Aleksib and he has plenty of past achievements too. I definetely want to see him with top tier firepower in 2021.
2021-02-11 15:06
1 reply
+1
2021-02-11 15:36
Never understood the hatred around this guy, for an igl he was performing decent
2021-02-11 15:10
#94
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Ukraine Dert_
Expected (mr. Expected where are you, buddy?)
2021-02-11 15:12
msl to mad lions
2021-02-11 15:17
1 reply
+1
2021-02-11 15:23
GOAT
2021-02-11 15:18
1 reply
0/8
2021-02-11 15:34
expected
2021-02-11 15:34
MSLUL but GL, I still think you have a decent chance. The CS scene lacks IGLs
2021-02-11 15:48
MSL is The legend of Denmark one of the best igl we have right now <3 hope for him to find tier1 team and win some huge events. MSL is god haters dont @ me, not gonna waste my energy on you
2021-02-11 15:59
1 reply
"One of the best IGL we have right now" Glaive, Karrigan, and BlameF would like to have a word with you.
2021-02-11 16:18
mobile.twitter.com/xsepower/status/13598.. I like this guy, I’d love to see him in international team even with his “4/10 english” :D
2021-02-11 16:03
2 replies
He deserves a team, but probably wouldn't work out well with MSL if MSL still wants to AWP. Flusha Sunny Xsepower Lekr0 Kjaerbye/MSL would be kinda cool tho. Or Nemiga kick speed4k for him.
2021-02-11 16:28
1 reply
Damn I just realised I made a post on wrong topic :D
2021-02-11 16:38
#123
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Canada firtlast
MSL stuck with aizy and cajunb for how long? no willingness to improve
2021-02-11 16:09
#126
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Asia Blitzer
26y ? WTF
2021-02-11 16:17
Whats up with him and dreamhack, like 70% of his achievements are from the same organizer
2021-02-11 16:41
1 reply
#152
akez | 
Finland 0lter
Match fix
2021-02-11 17:59
msl is 26 lol
2021-02-11 16:55
only 26?
2021-02-11 17:02
Didn't North bow out of cs? How could they still have msl benched if they are done with cs
2021-02-11 17:06
3 replies
They’re still contracted to the org, even if they aren’t playing
2021-02-11 17:16
2 replies
I assumed pulling out of cs meant the release of their roster. My mistake dude
2021-02-11 17:18
1 reply
Yea its not that simple but obviously they All Will be released from contracts when finishing the deal with org, unless they get a transfer offer quick but unlikely as other orgs know North closed
2021-02-11 17:49
Mad lions -hooxi +MSL
2021-02-11 17:14
Go go MSL!
2021-02-11 17:16
-stan +MSL
2021-02-11 17:20
3 replies
msl bigger bot
2021-02-11 17:29
stan ? im confused. who is stan? stanislaw?
2021-02-11 18:05
1 reply
stanley he's the manager
2021-02-11 23:52
#151
akez | 
Finland 0lter
30k month salary player pog
2021-02-11 17:59
MSL back to gn4
2021-02-11 18:32
msl is tier 3 player
2021-02-11 19:01
Should have gone to Faze instead of karrigan.
2021-02-11 19:02
#167
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Hungary raffai
I suprised everytime by the fact he is only 26 yo xD
2021-02-11 19:43
the team destroyer MSL
2021-02-11 20:38
#172
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Czech Republic cajky01
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Worst IGL ever!!!
2021-02-11 20:50
#173
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Australia jd4ddy
I mean, renegades are in need of a new player.............
2021-02-11 21:25
MSL (IGL/2nd AWPer) oBo (Rifler) D0cC (Rifler) tudsoN (AWP) EspiranTo (Rifler/Entry) Coach: kuben
2021-02-11 23:54
#184
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Brazil Catatauu
mibr msl
2021-02-12 01:56
can someone pick this guy up???
2021-02-12 02:26
i can already see mouz regreting their decision this guy could have been the gla1ve of mouz if you all know karrigan's back story
2021-02-12 02:28
rating 0.92 rip
2021-02-12 02:53
he's only 26? i figured he'd be like 32 by now
2021-02-12 06:09
1 reply
hes been 26 for 10 years
2021-02-12 07:12
G2 MSL
2021-02-12 10:17
#195
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Finland FlNLAND
dreams escaping faster than hairline
2021-02-12 12:54
I thought he was same age as Taz LUL
2021-02-14 16:26
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