mousesports overcome ex-Winstrike to win Snow Sweet Snow 3

The European combine came out on top in a two-map series with overtimes on either map to claim the title.

mousesports rallied after a three-map semi-final against fnatic to defeat ex-Winstrike in the Snow Sweet Snow 3 grand final in a two-map series with overtimes on both of the maps to claim the $40,000 grand prize.

The tournament win comes as a breath of fresh air for the squad led by Christopher "⁠dexter⁠" Nong, as they stumbled at ESL Pro League, finishing in 21-24th place with a 1-4 record in Group B, and were eliminated from Fantasy Expo Spring Cup after two best-of-one losses to PACT and DBL PONEY, and will now have a boost of confidence after a rough patch as they set their sights on DreamHack Masters Spring at the end of the month.

ex-Winstrike, who made their European rivals suffer for the victory, won’t have much time to dwell on their close grand final loss, which no doubt will be a tough pill to swallow after taking Evil Geniuses out in the semi-finals, as the CIS squad now has European Development Season 3 and Funspark ULTI Europe Regional Series 1 to put their focus on, as well as their ESEA Premier quarter-final match against AGO also on the horizon.

ropz topped the scoreboard in the final with a 1.36 rating and 100 ADR

The first half of Nuke, mousesports’ map pick, was a close affair as the two teams stayed neck-and-neck since the early rounds with ex-Winstrike winning the first three rounds on the defense before dexter and company brought it to a 4-4 tie by the eighth round. The half ended with the European mixture ahead by one on the attack, but their CIS counterpart tied it right back up on their first round on the offensive.

An ace by Robin "⁠ropz⁠" Kool when down 10-12 got mousesports back on track as the two teams remained close all the way to the end, ultimately sending the map to overtime. It then took the European combine not one or two, but three overtimes to overcome Dmitry "⁠hooch⁠" Bogdanov's men and secure their pick and take the lead in the series, 25-22.

mousesports were first out of the gate on Dust2, taking a 4-0 lead on the CT side, but ex-Winstrike didn’t take long to bring it back to a tie and even take the lead, 5-4, in another exciting half that saw the two teams battle to get ahead before switching sides, with mouz taking the half by one round.

The European squad managed to extend their lead in the second pistol round, but were quickly equalized as the two teams continued the nail-biter all the way to the final round, prompting another overtime. This time around mousesports took the lead in the first half and converted after all six extra rounds, 19-17, to secure the series and the title.

Matchpage
0
2
7th April 2021
22
Nuke
25
17
Dust2
19
 ex-Winstrike K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
59 - 57 +2 78.9 1.12
61 - 58 +3 79.9 1.06
57 - 55 +2 67.0 0.97
48 - 54 -6 65.9 0.96
47 - 61 -14 70.5 0.94
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
73 - 58 +15 100.7 1.36
62 - 60 +2 92.5 1.18
48 - 44 +4 62.3 0.96
51 - 57 -6 57.3 0.89
51 - 55 -4 62.1 0.86

The Snow Sweet Snow 3 standings, including Regionals are:

1. Europe mousesports - $40,000
2. Russia ex-Winstrike - $4,000
3-4. Sweden fnatic
3-4. United States Evil Geniuses
5-8. Poland Wisla Krakow - $7,000
5-8. Bulgaria SKADE - $7,000
5-8. Sweden Dignitas - $4,000
5-8. Finland HAVU
9-12. Denmark Tricked - $6,000
9-12. Europe Nordavind - $6,000
9-12. Poland Anonymo - $3,000
9-12. Czech Republic Sinners - $3,000
13-15. Russia Trident - $3,000
13-15. Oceania EXTREMUM
13-15. Germany Sprout
16-18. Portugal OFFSET - $3,000
16-18. Russia forZe
16-18. Turkey Sangal
19-20. Sweden Galaxy Racer -$3,000
19-20. Sweden Young Ninjas - $3,000
21-23. Kazakhstan K23 - $1,000
21-23. Romania Nexus - $1,000
21-23. Albania BLINK - $1,000
24-26. France LDLC - $1,000
24-26. Poland HONORIS - $1,000
24-26. Denmark Copenhagen Flames - $1,000
27-28. Portugal GTZ Bulls - $1,000
27-28. United Kingdom UMX - $1,000

Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
793
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
926
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
ez for ropzicle
2021-04-07 23:16
13 replies
#5
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United States Burger_King
Sexter edit: wtf, why havu, fnatic & eg didn't get money
2021-04-07 23:18
12 replies
#19
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Bosnia and Herzegovina xdkeroo
They were invited to the playoffs, while the other teams qualified through 1 or more swiss stage
2021-04-07 23:19
-dexter pls, very bad igl, it's not even been 2 months but I know a lot about cs. I'm very smart man.
2021-04-07 23:20
8 replies
#27
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Estonia R0B1NK
LOL
2021-04-07 23:21
I know a lot about CS.... Minus guy which had to move to another continent, learn all callouts, come to team which had historically one of the best IGLs, get used to EU CS etc. etc. Cuz it was already 2 months. Yep, seems like you know a lot about CS as i can see.
2021-04-07 23:26
6 replies
He can obviously do better, he knows a lot about cs. Don't disrespect THE DDSkidrow...
2021-04-07 23:46
how much more effort does one man have to put into a post to make their sarcasm painfully obvious
2021-04-08 02:48
4 replies
But you have to be honest, right now, Mouz rely too much on Ropz and individual. I watched the nuke game against ex-Winstrike and I hurt my eyes watching that horrible teamplay and random rounds. Dexter was not particulary good. But a win is a win. GJ mouz
2021-04-08 03:17
3 replies
sure. they're not perfect. they might not even be good after 1 year (or ever) if this roster holds. I'm not saying dexter is the solution for their problems, but I certainly fucking hate it when people judge fresh teams and have high expectancies very early on for no fucking reason.
2021-04-08 14:17
2 replies
It's sure, at least, nobody on mouz side said something like : "we gonna be top 10 in the next 2 weeks". When I look Mouz's game, I feel something is lacking. I cannot really tell, probably it's teamwork, routine. They have already looked better thought
2021-04-08 21:34
1 reply
I mean, the IGL played his whole career in a very underdeveloped region with same language comms and now he's in Europe, routinely playing vs good teams (t2 EU>any AU team) so he has to adapt to the style of play we've got. He also has to lead 4 people of different nationalities, it will take a while for this roster to solidify itself.
2021-04-08 21:47
Group stage Swiss Bo3 - Top 8 teams receive $3,000 each. Playoffs Single elimination Bo3 - Winners of the first playoff round receive an additional $1,000.
2021-04-07 23:23
because they were invited (to playoffs)
2021-04-07 23:31
#2
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Sweden Nokkeri
RiP FNAtic
2021-04-07 23:16
1 reply
#119
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Portugal 3dent
with JW u wont go back to good old times..
2021-04-08 13:07
#3
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Finland ManLikeRopz
fun game it was
2021-04-07 23:17
5 replies
yeah but the quality was very bad
2021-04-07 23:17
3 replies
sometimes it's nice to see some messy but exciting cs
2021-04-07 23:21
2 replies
yeah the weekly dose of clownfiesta that we all need in this forum :D
2021-04-07 23:21
Agreed. Sometimes a scrappy game is entertaining to watch. Who needs tactics when the match turns into a brawl...
2021-04-08 13:14
yodaspeak
2021-04-08 07:30
#4
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Russia Dideex
luckysports
2021-04-07 23:17
9 replies
mimimi.. is it their fault that winstrike did so many stupid braindead plays?
2021-04-07 23:18
7 replies
#30
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Russia Dideex
every round kill in smoke, awp gives -90, is it not luck? and I will not deny that 2v5 mous won rightly
2021-04-07 23:22
3 replies
yeah so? if you throw so many advantages away its not unlucky.. they deserve the lose
2021-04-07 23:23
You probably didn't see the 20 kills that el1an got while being full blind or through smokes with awp
2021-04-08 09:12
1 reply
He sees what he wants to see
2021-04-08 10:16
#103
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Croatia KraljBrk
it was winstrike 3rd best of 3 during that day. Mens winstrike win if that is first best of 3
2021-04-08 08:13
2 replies
Mouz played since 3pm until 11pm as well. Shit excuse.
2021-04-08 09:12
Nope winstrike played 2 bo3 that day and so did mouz. Winstrike actually had advantage because their match with EG went a lot faster than mouz fnatic match. Winstrike also started playing at 11:00 Mouz did at 15:00 winstrike actually had every advantage with time schedule they could have asked for. Sooner start. faster match. More time to prepare.
2021-04-08 10:19
#59
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Indonesia raesvg
Flair checks out
2021-04-07 23:45
1. 40k prize 2. 4k prize 5-8. 7k prize Nice.
2021-04-07 23:18
6 replies
Playoffs R1 Winners $1,000 Main Swiss Top 8 $3,000 Regional Swiss Top 8 $2,000 Regional Groups Top 16 $1,000
2021-04-07 23:19
2 replies
ty
2021-04-08 04:01
#104
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Germany X5ander
so Fnatic $0, thats hard, they play for free. :-D
2021-04-08 08:30
I think teams were payed per win they achieved or something like that It was like that the last time as well, and it kinda made sense but also was strange
2021-04-07 23:20
2 replies
paid* Payed isn't a word Don't @ me
2021-04-08 06:51
1 reply
@DeathNaught You’re right of course ty
2021-04-08 07:21
Nt winstrike
2021-04-07 23:18
#9
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Denmark Guwyo
Dexter already has more trophies than Karrigan.. Karrigan is finished and mouz will be top 5 soon in my book.
2021-04-07 23:18
6 replies
#47
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United States Zysyphian
what?
2021-04-07 23:35
#58
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Hungary Leviax
what?
2021-04-07 23:44
Jokes aside, I think that Dexter is really starting to come into his own. I see him staying and really starting to deliver. Acor is currently a massive question mark. He simply does not have the impact that he needs to if mouz is top be a top contender. Bymas probably needs to go. Simply too inconsistent.
2021-04-08 00:01
3 replies
On the contrary, I feel Dexter is not looking solid as an IGL and as a player. I saw him playing on others teams and I know that he can be better than that. Right now, he takes horrible individual decision, don't get a lot of impact and his strats are pretty average.
2021-04-08 03:21
2 replies
So, that is exactly my point - there is plenty of scope for individual improvement. Mouz has always been a team of mavericks and I am sure that Dexter fits into that mold. Not sure that Acor and Bymas do.
2021-04-08 03:26
1 reply
Acor was good with Madlions and show some good moves, but for Bymas, I am 100 % agreed with you : his aim is shaky, bad decision-making and look overall lost.
2021-04-08 03:45
That’s nice and all But can we shortly remember that tarik wasn’t able to hit 2 guys with their backs turned to him and thus lost the map and the game for EG in the semi finals
2021-04-07 23:18
3 replies
i still feel bad for him... things like that can happen to everyone.. the only good thing is that it was just a weekly cup. imagine his fail would be in a major semi final or something like that
2021-04-07 23:20
1 reply
Yeah it would be way worse if it happened in a t1 event but still that cannot feel good, especially against an orgless team that’s nowhere near the best in their region It’s still one of the most facepalm-moments i can remember in recent cs, especially because the thought behind his play was pretty great, just executed terribly in the end
2021-04-07 23:24
xd
2021-04-07 23:22
EASY WOOOO DEXTER CARRY
2021-04-07 23:18
#13
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Lithuania Falafelis
Amazing final, very intense. And congrats to mouz, they are starting to look better!
2021-04-07 23:18
Good to see mouz play at their level now!
2021-04-07 23:18
#17
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Indonesia cheyuki215
Gg's ropz if ex winstrike dont get org g2 should buy out el1an if they need awper pretty good.
2021-04-07 23:19
Ropzen carrying as always. But these 4k from SEXTER *__*
2021-04-07 23:19
grinds the whole tournament, goes to the grand final and ends 2nd, receives 4k just like 5-8, mouz comes in quarters, gains 40k wtf
2021-04-07 23:23
6 replies
+1
2021-04-07 23:25
yeah kinda unfair mouz on the other hand would've gotten nothing if they didn't win
2021-04-07 23:38
If they were invited to the tourney, it's ok because of regional qualifiers rewards
2021-04-08 01:24
1 reply
I don't deny the weirdness of that of course
2021-04-08 01:25
+1 wtf 4k
2021-04-08 06:34
BASED tournament
2021-04-08 09:14
ez for Sexter and the crew
2021-04-07 23:21
not a bad to win tier 3 tournament
2021-04-07 23:25
They gave tricked 6k and winstrike only 4k? Wtf
2021-04-07 23:25
1 reply
i think you get 2k for being 3-0 in groupstage or somth like that edit: wtf it says 3k men
2021-04-07 23:32
G2 sign el1an now while he's free pls
2021-04-07 23:30
6 replies
Would be perfect fit for g2
2021-04-07 23:35
5 replies
top 3 name on hltv
2021-04-07 23:36
4 replies
1)you will have tier 1 awp 2) niko back from this sh1t idea with awp to rifle 3)say goodbye to the bot like jackz or amanek 4)takes him for free
2021-04-07 23:39
3 replies
maybe they should kick both jacz and amanek and sign another player, maybe ropz or fl1t
2021-04-07 23:39
2 replies
would be strong contented for top 1
2021-04-07 23:40
1 reply
g2 story, huge potential and trash team that can be tier 1 on some days and tier 7 on others
2021-04-07 23:41
#39
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Estonia thisba!tes
Sign el1an, g2 He is a beast!
2021-04-07 23:30
5 replies
same second as #38 lol
2021-04-07 23:32
1 reply
#45
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Estonia thisba!tes
Same opinion, m8 :)
2021-04-07 23:34
#64
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
why is spirit academy logo better than the main one?
2021-04-08 00:00
2 replies
#69
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Estonia thisba!tes
good question :)
2021-04-08 00:11
1 reply
#70
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
yea im very confused :( maybe its because there is no A on the word "Spirit"
2021-04-08 00:12
#44
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Luxembourg x1fy
EZ4MOUZ
2021-04-07 23:33
EZ4MOUZ TOP1 SOON
2021-04-07 23:36
Congrats!
2021-04-07 23:37
can we appreciate them shoulders of ropz. Must be aching....
2021-04-07 23:41
#61
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Russia KEMSN
LUL SO EZ... TOP 1 INCOMING
2021-04-07 23:47
terrible production, low fps and shitty hud
2021-04-07 23:53
will ropz get mvp for his outstanding performance in snow sweet snow?
2021-04-07 23:54
#65
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Peru Elkauza
less go
2021-04-08 00:01
Ez for sexter
2021-04-08 00:08
#68
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CIS sasha1608
Mouse barely won winscringe, mouse is so disgusting and awful team
2021-04-08 00:08
6 replies
Don't discard winstrike, they're a really good team right now
2021-04-08 01:28
2-0
2021-04-08 09:15
4 replies
#112
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Russia Dearboleg
2 OTs with multiple mappoints for ws
2021-04-08 10:03
3 replies
with insane amount of luck.
2021-04-08 10:06
2 replies
#123
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CIS sasha1608
No,I'd rather say mouse got lucky, cuz nobody can explain what exactly winstrike were doing in some situations :DDD
2021-04-08 15:08
1 reply
i think lack1 got lucky
2021-04-08 16:19
#71
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Europe Cirros_V2
Crazy match. Only shit thing is that ex-win got the same money as 5-8... So fking fair.
2021-04-08 00:19
hltv 2 days ago: KICK DEXTER LULMAO hltv today: wow SEXTER that's why we come back to hltv
2021-04-08 00:25
2 replies
Lmao facts you know how it goes
2021-04-08 00:36
1 reply
Thats the cycle of hltv.
2021-04-08 10:22
#74
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Sweden Svahn
Aaaaaand no one gave a shit. This was DIG or Fnatic but they failed like noobs. sad shit
2021-04-08 01:19
3 replies
cry is free
2021-04-08 02:11
2 replies
#93
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Sweden Svahn
what? "cry is free" wtf does that mean :D oh u kids :D
2021-04-08 05:01
1 reply
flag checks out xaxaaxax
2021-04-08 06:56
washed-up t2 team wins t3 even congrats literally free money
2021-04-08 01:26
2 replies
2-0'd EG but nt
2021-04-08 09:17
1 reply
Those who lost to ex-Winstrike but should have not to? Top NA scene is a discussion for another whole topic...
2021-04-08 10:29
Congratulations to Ropzsports for one of their only victories this year. Hope they find a good home for the young man so we can see an actual good team do something with their talent.
2021-04-08 01:37
1 reply
+1
2021-04-08 01:45
#82
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Australia csRIOTgo
EZ 4 Accountant IGL CPA/CA really do help you!
2021-04-08 01:59
#84
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Russia KEMSN
That was soooo EZ
2021-04-08 02:13
#92
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Estonia ropzsports
godz
2021-04-08 04:02
ropz win Snow Sweet Snow 3
2021-04-08 05:09
oh the ex winstrike dudes really needed that money, but still good showing, hope they get a new org soon!
2021-04-08 05:14
#99
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Kazakhstan kikimbeR
Robin as always Cool <3
2021-04-08 07:01
#102
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Poland SebL
mouz is showing a little bit of life left in them, maybe the core of ropz, frozen and acoR could still build a TOP 10 team together. ex-Winstrike is looking really good, I actually expected them to rekt mousesports in this final, I'm kinda surprised with this result.
2021-04-08 08:01
Snow Sweep Snow 5678 three times per week
2021-04-08 08:37
#111
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Hungary saxxo
Two ot against an orgless team from a different tier. It means something.
2021-04-08 09:49
1 reply
+1 lol
2021-04-08 10:14
GG Mousesports! Excellent matches and definitely a good show in form from what we have wanted to see for a while. :D Ropz still a top 5 player as always.
2021-04-08 13:34
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