dexter: "I chose mousesports because of the opportunity to grow without pressure [right away]"

We spoke to the Australian player ahead of the IEM Katowice Play-In and heard about his expectations for the event.

Stepping into the shoes of Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen is no easy task, especially for an in-game leader coming from outside of Europe, isolated from top-tier competition for a year. But Christopher "⁠dexter⁠" Nong is looking to take on that challenge, parting ways with the team he represented the last four years.

dexter says the team has no expectations from IEM Katowice

In our interview with the 26-year-old, he shared his thoughts on the decision to leave his region behind, settling in with mousesports, and adapting to the new squad. "For now, my main priority is understanding communication, my teammates, and hoping they understand the pace I want to play," dexter says, adding that there is no pressure on them to perform straight away.

You parted ways with the Australian squad after being part of the Grayhound-Renegades project since 2017. The end of the cooperation was commemorated with a short video that follows the team's rise over the years, starting off as total outsiders, becoming fan-favorites, and finally a serious threat internationally - as well as a dominant force back home. What was it like to leave that project behind? Are you happy with what was accomplished?

It was a bit sad, it takes a lot to leave such a great group of guys back home, we’ve built so much together and when something that was out of your control like COVID hits, then it puts you in a difficult position where you must make a choice for your own career/livelihood rather than just pure fun and games.

I’m definitely not happy with what we accomplished, I feel like we had a lot more to show the world and I’d love to always represent an Oceanic squad like that again, to represent our small region.

Talking to Renegades in the past, it seemed like you were all happy to stay in Australia, close to your regular life, and fly out overseas for tournaments and bootcamps. Is the pandemic-related situation the only reason why this thinking changed?

There are two main reasons, one was definitely the pandemic putting a halt to our careers in Australia, but I felt after being stuck in Australia for a year that I needed more to gain in CS, I was hungry but with nothing to ‘eat’. So when the mouz offer came up, I figured it was the best opportunity for me to achieve my goals with my career and grow as a player and IGL.

What is your living situation like now? Do you plan to stay near the mousesports HQ in Hamburg or is this just a temporary situation?

Right now I’m staying at a hotel until my apartment gets sorted in a few days. From there I’ll move into my own home and be able to do my own routine easier and increase my individual skill. So until that happens, working from the mousesports HQ, which is a great facility, will do. I’d just love to get into my normal life routine again with my own apartment in a few days.

Regarding joining mousesports, was that the only international offer you got at this time? What made you accept it and join the team?

No, I actually had multiple offers from a few teams. But the end reason I chose mousesports was because of the opportunity to grow without pressure [right away].

Looking at the current mousesports roster, how do you see the roles working out, both on the CT and T side? Do you have new look that you want to bring to the table, or should we expect a similar style to the old mousesports team?

I feel I want to add in a new look to the team, things will take time and the basics that we’re working with now is just the start. Everyone has such an insane amount of individual skill, something I’ve never ever seen before. I just need to find my place within my calling to regulate it so that fewer mistakes happen.

Most people recognize you as a high-fragging in-game leader, but playing with a different constellation of players and against better opposition, that level could be hard to maintain. Do you think you will be able to perform similarly in mouz, or will the calling aspect be your priority?

I’m in a completely new position as an IGL, I literally have new spots on T/CT on every single map from what I used to play. I don’t expect myself to become individually the best right now, because there’s so much to learn and from a high caliber of teams. So for now, my main priority is understanding communication (EU comms), my teammates, and hoping they understand the pace I want to play.

So I guess we’d have to see in 3-4 months time, I have no expectations of myself individually right now, other than to grow as a player in these spots and find my flair.

Despite being the oldest player on the lineup, you don't have as much experience playing the biggest international events as the likes of ropz and frozen, for example. Is there a concern that you will not be given enough respect from your teammates to lead them properly?

There shouldn’t be a reason for people to not respect me as an IGL and if there wasn’t a respectful understanding from everyone it would be a waste of time. Therefore, I’m always willing to learn new things and the approach they bring to the game as well, and I hope they do from me. But once I get the ball rolling in my new apartment and get things more straightened out, I’ll be implementing my style on the guys for them to understand and grow better.

What are you looking forward to the most now that you've joined a European team? What are your goals for mousesports?

To put it simply, I want to reach the point where we have a fleshed-out playbook/understanding of each other. So that we can change only minor details in our antistrat and be confident in our plays/strats. That’s my goal as an IGL, while after that point, anything is in the air, winning and competing against the best will be everything to me.

Your first tournament with mousesports is the IEM Katowice Play-in, and fate has decided that your first match would be against your old squad, Renegades. What are your expectations from that event, and that opening match specifically?

That match like any other in Katowice for us is just another game. People will love to hype up the game and put pressure on everything that BO1 result will give us. But in reality, there’s no pressure or expectations right now, we’re a new squad with so much stuff to work on. So no matter the result I hope we as a squad use it as a stepping stone for more learning for future competitions.

Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
765
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.65
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1783
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
#2
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Russia reguix
Choose lul
2021-02-16 10:34
1 reply
Yeah looks like he had options no cap
2021-02-16 13:15
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Ukraine twil
2nd
2021-02-16 10:34
1 reply
2021-02-16 10:37
#5
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Turkey RENNNDER
dixtar
2021-02-16 10:34
1 reply
#120
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Turkey ZaTaa
Pixar
2021-02-16 14:24
Without pressure because we all know what is going to happen
2021-02-16 10:34
4 replies
#26
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Indonesia lumayan
no NiKo = no pressure ezzzz mouse top3 soon!!!!!
2021-02-16 10:49
Obnoxious statement
2021-02-16 13:42
2 replies
Repugnant reply
2021-02-16 13:43
1 reply
Hollow minded observation between 2 disagreeing participants.
2021-02-17 08:57
Best
2021-02-16 10:34
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Romania Xyst
It is very disappointing seeing a player saying something like this.
2021-02-16 10:35
11 replies
you don't get it, he means no pressure from the org to do good immediatly
2021-02-16 10:43
9 replies
#23
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Romania Xyst
I think there should be pressure from the org.
2021-02-16 10:46
8 replies
obviously they wantr results over time but its difficult to perform right away as an unproven IGL with little time to prepare, so he probably means no presuure for the next 2 or so events
2021-02-16 11:12
7 replies
#46
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Romania Xyst
True, but a player to say that they don't have high expectations is something else.
2021-02-16 11:17
6 replies
hes just saying theres no expectations from the scene, he probably wants to do well
2021-02-16 11:21
#54
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Australia opzy
Read the whole thing instead of just the headline please
2021-02-16 11:26
4 replies
+1
2021-02-16 11:28
+1
2021-02-16 11:37
+1
2021-02-16 12:28
+1
2021-02-16 13:18
Specially when someone like an IGL leaves, its like a land without Law you feel me
2021-02-16 13:17
jk
2021-02-16 10:36
mf replacing karrigan and saying its no pressure
2021-02-16 10:39
14 replies
Of course, because filling in Karrigan's shoes isn't hard because Karrigan sucks
2021-02-16 10:42
7 replies
individually? maybe. as an IGL? definitely doesn't suck.
2021-02-16 10:57
6 replies
As an IGL he sucks, but he had the honor to play with Xizt, so thats why people consider him good. In reality it is an illusion by Xizt's magic
2021-02-16 10:59
5 replies
0/8 b8 m8
2021-02-16 11:02
1 reply
It isn't a bait dumbass
2021-02-16 11:02
pls dont try to bait again u are terrible
2021-02-16 12:20
2 replies
#114
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Europe SBC|SG_TS
does not his name check out?
2021-02-16 13:31
2021-02-16 17:56
Idd, you dont seem to be the only one delusional here. mehehe
2021-02-16 10:45
2 replies
wha?
2021-02-16 12:35
1 reply
you (cuz of name) and dexter! x)
2021-02-16 12:57
Ppl already tearing his ass up bcs unproven Aussie shit head trying to play with some of Europe's best but 'no pressure' xddddddd
2021-02-16 12:42
2 replies
i think he just got big balls
2021-02-16 12:47
1 reply
I think this is gonna go down as one of the worst transfers in history
2021-02-16 13:43
???? nice mentality men
2021-02-16 10:41
Cool
2021-02-16 10:42
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United States E_40
i think he won't deliver
2021-02-16 10:43
If after katowice and esl season team stuggling a lot. Belive me dexter mouz get some pressure.
2021-02-16 10:44
Mate are you really trying to lower expectations for a team with Ropz, Frozen,Bymas and Acor?
2021-02-16 10:44
WITHOUT PRESSURE?
2021-02-16 10:47
#25
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Reunion caMsTar_^
By ‘no pressure’ I think he meant ‘nothing to lose’. Then again, I could have completely misread it.
2021-02-16 10:49
1 reply
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Czech Republic sinko1
+1
2021-02-16 23:17
without pressure? lmao
2021-02-16 10:52
4 replies
just standard pr talk, reality = left for money
2021-02-16 10:58
3 replies
Money and prestige. This is way bigger task than what he've used to. Makes no sense that he claims that here are no pressure. If anything there is more.
2021-02-16 11:43
Reality = he is gonna copy karrigan strats
2021-02-16 12:21
Truuuuuue
2021-02-16 13:19
#34
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New Zealand SkirmishX
OCE scene is an absolute farm for them, he might as well dip his toes in EU after the cluster fuck NA was back in 2016
2021-02-16 11:01
Wdym no pressure😑 As a mouz fan I have low expectations
2021-02-16 11:01
1 reply
Feel for ya
2021-02-16 13:11
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Germany N00bsF1rst
Imagine replacing Karrigan in a Tier 1 team and having no pressure In what world is he living in lmao
2021-02-16 11:01
2 replies
Mouz doesn't give pressure. That is their philosophy that is why many young players as ropz and bymas sign there. Bymas and ropz could go to school during start their career. No other top team has this to offer.
2021-02-16 11:32
he is just gonna copy karrigans strats with mouz and thats just it. Only thing he is better than karrigan is fragging.
2021-02-16 12:22
1. No pressure? What's that mindset?? 2. The reason why he chose mouz ... Why not just answer as it is: It was the best team that gave me an offer .... I mean, I like dexter and hope he will do good but I don't think mouz fans will be happy about this interview..
2021-02-16 11:06
4 replies
By that, he certainly means pressure to win events right away. Keep in mind that mousesports with karrigan had middling results for several months before that end-of-the-year run in 2019. mousesports have two new players who aren't that experienced at the highest level and it's a good team for a player who still needs to get adjusted to the European meta.
2021-02-16 11:11
2 replies
You’re right, but i still think these changes of players came with mouz haveing higher ambitions than that. Did he even once clarify his ambitions after these 3-4 months? My feeling about this interview from him is that these low ambitions will see them lose Ropz to another team in 5-6 months.
2021-02-16 11:21
+1
2021-02-16 11:22
When mouz let player play that can go to school. There is no pressure on the team. When they play well they play well if not it happens. You would know that if you know mouz history. That is sth they offered any player also in other games. Sure they want success but there is nobody that demand it.
2021-02-16 11:37
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Namibia Nachofish
"without pressure"?? joins european top team?
2021-02-16 11:09
2 replies
2021-02-16 11:33
2021-02-16 22:40
good luck to him, I see a lot of potential there and this is an insane move for his career if it works out. Also if it pays off it puts some other Aussies on the map for EU teams to gamble with, lots of untapped potential and low buyouts
2021-02-16 11:11
1 reply
+1
2021-02-16 11:31
GL dexter
2021-02-16 11:14
So much individual skill and talent in one team, i hope they make it work.
2021-02-16 11:15
#47
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Finland jUPPE!
"But the end reason I chose mousesports was because of the opportunity to grow without pressure." Complete BS. Him getting into mouz is the biggest stroke of luck I have seen in a while. Not taking it would have been being as stupid as twist in 2015.
2021-02-16 11:18
4 replies
dexter was actually faze's first pick for the IGL role, but Dexter said yes to Mouz. Respect him.
2021-02-16 11:23
3 replies
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Asia Tachi22
dexter Faze's first pick for igl?Other than karrigan? You're kidding.Show me where you saw that.
2021-02-16 11:31
2 replies
ynk said in a hltv confirmed i think that they tried to get Jks and Dexter, but both parties declined
2021-02-16 11:32
1 reply
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Asia Tachi22
Ynk huh, that means when karrigan wasn't on the cards.Makes sense.
2021-02-16 11:34
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Bymas | 
Kuwait roye
meanwhile bymas plays with pampers in mouz
2021-02-16 11:19
2 replies
17years old have 1.00 rating in tier1 team is bad?
2021-02-16 11:39
1 reply
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Bymas | 
Kuwait roye
not saying anything im proud of my fellow lithuanian, but doesnt change the fact that he use technical timeouts to change his diapers.
2021-02-16 11:56
Good luck!
2021-02-16 11:20
>joining a top team >no pressure KEKW
2021-02-16 11:28
I think what he meant by no pressure was referring to not joining an over hyped team like C9, we all know what happened to them under pressure.
2021-02-16 11:29
2 replies
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Bymas | 
Kuwait roye
oh ye u right, other teams like g2 get trashtalked if they lose atleast 1 map,
2021-02-16 11:30
+1 people should read the whole interview and maybe think again what he means
2021-02-16 11:33
opportunity to grow without pressure? wtf is he saying that mousesports is a shit team? this guy needs a reality check for sure
2021-02-16 11:46
4 replies
where do you see pressure in mouz?? I don't see it at all. They have a player that goes to school during playing pro matches.
2021-02-16 11:48
No pressure in the sense that the team is not overhyped and have realistic expectations and time to grow
2021-02-16 12:06
#93
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Brazil wololo10
The team guaranteed him a long stay despite possible bad results, that's just it, he doesn't need to do good immediately or kick
2021-02-16 12:34
1 reply
that's just cringe from the org
2021-02-16 12:55
ok i dont like him maybe he can prove us wrong
2021-02-16 11:56
5 replies
why dont you like him
2021-02-16 11:58
4 replies
interview feels like he just joined mouz to leave for a bigger team when he can but i want mouz to be top 1
2021-02-16 12:19
3 replies
so hes not allowed to go to another team that approached him and make more money?
2021-02-16 23:10
1 reply
of course he is
2021-02-17 08:45
#135
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Australia Dadecum
if this was the case he would have joined faze when they gave him the offer
2021-02-16 23:15
#83
jks | 
Australia ShadOwO
lets go boys. who needs a frag montage when you can show all the good times with the homies.
2021-02-16 12:00
#95
Bymas | 
Lithuania a2kas
Mouz Will be top1 soon because of Bymas
2021-02-16 12:36
Chris de Nong
2021-02-16 12:55
#102
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Poland SebL
It will be interesting to see him how he plays in EU, he was godlike in Oceania. It will be hard for sure to maintaint this form, but when he gets to know his new spots better I think he can be godlike really. I think mouz is going to be play good in this event even tho they have new IGL. GL for them and dexter.
2021-02-16 12:59
"I actually had multiple offers from a few teams. But the end reason I chose mousesports was because of the opportunity to grow without pressure" What a bad thing to say...yeah it's a great that there's no pressure, but such low confidence is not a good sign, or at least...don't say that.
2021-02-16 13:02
12 replies
not having pressure =/= low confidence if he had low confidence, he would have stayed in RNG / AU scene
2021-02-16 13:20
5 replies
no
2021-02-16 13:29
4 replies
ok, nice argument
2021-02-16 15:02
3 replies
not gonna post proof because why.
2021-02-16 15:16
2 replies
prove it or...
2021-02-16 17:34
1 reply
yes
2021-02-16 18:52
hes implying that they know they'll likely change as a team and strategies etc so there will be a grace period. He's not even remotely saying hes got no pressure to perform over all, it means they understand there will be that period of time to adapt and grow.
2021-02-16 23:12
5 replies
And isn't that the case with every team change?
2021-02-16 23:20
4 replies
no not really, the community always expect them to perform straight away and sometimes that does happen. Mouz are not a top ranked team and havent been for a while, hence why he hasnt got pressure like he would have if he joined faze (and yes he was offered that, ynk said that)
2021-02-16 23:23
3 replies
that..........just feels like a dumb excuse to me, sorry.
2021-02-16 23:41
2 replies
it was never an excuse
2021-02-16 23:44
1 reply
If you say so, we just don't agree, there's nothing wrong with that.
2021-02-17 00:01
"there is no pressure on them to perform straight away." wrong. this mouz roster after getting acor is very hyped. This is not going to be like the dogshit roster you came from dexter, people expect more than "Oh well we almost got a map" now.
2021-02-16 13:09
3 replies
He means they aren't ranked highly in the world at this moment, so there's no pressure to 'maintain' the rank. It sounds like he was offered a shot in a top 5 team to me tbh.
2021-02-16 14:52
2 replies
faze offered him and jks a position but they both declined. ynk said that on hltv confirmed.
2021-02-16 23:14
1 reply
ohhh interesting, ty for info
2021-02-17 04:43
nice
2021-02-16 15:54
My friend less talking, more play.. please♨️
2021-02-16 16:13
noob man
2021-02-16 17:27
no pressure!
2021-02-16 17:52
trash player
2021-02-17 09:02
Only time will tell
2021-02-17 09:34
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Germany mainak90
I hope this no pressure thing does not turn into the something like the ence "having fun" meme
2021-02-17 09:40
looks like "no pressure" is going to be meme just like "firepower"
2021-02-17 13:36
#149
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Europe t.o.p
GL
2021-02-17 20:30
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