Can anyone stop MOUZ NXT's Academy League reign?

MOUZ NXT will be heavy favourites when WePlay Academy League begins, but who can challenge them?

The fifth season of the WePlay Academy League begins on Monday July 25, with an expanded 14 teams battling it out for the title and the lion’s share of a $100,000 prize pool.

A double round-robin group stage will see the group winners advance to the playoffs, whilst the 2-4th teams in each group proceed to the Play-In stage, a gauntlet-style bracket that will decide two more teams for the playoffs. The playoff bracket will be a double elimination best-of-three.

Will siuhy and co. triumph once again?

The question on everyone’s mind for this season, is this: can anyone stop MOUZ NXT?

The rulers of the Academy League

MOUZ NXT have taken every single WePlay Academy League title on offer thus far, and the team has seen some of their previous stars propelled into the tier-one scene with the main roster in the form of Ádám "⁠torzsi⁠" Torzsás and Jon "⁠JDC⁠" de Castro. Not only has the team succeeded in the Academy Leagues, but also in tier-two online events, picking up top-fours at a couple of Malta Vibes events with the previous lineup and taking scalps against teams like forZe during REPUBLEAGUE with the current one.

It was particularly impressive to see MOUZ NXT grab the Season 4 trophy having rebuilt the squad, the additions of Jimi "⁠Jimpphat⁠" Salo and Miłosz "⁠mhL⁠" Knasiak proving shrewd ones, with the latter picking up a 1.26 rating across 20 maps during the title-winning campaign. That roster remains for Season 5, and they will undoubtedly be heavy favourites to remain undefeated champions.

The challengers

The Germans of BIG Academy have come second in the last two seasons of the Academy League, one with Karim "⁠Krimbo⁠" Moussa in the lineup, the other with Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne. With k1to on the roster, the young BIG squad have a wealth of experience to call upon, and their star man Marcel "⁠hyped⁠" Köhn was the third highest rated player during Season 4, with a 1.26 rating over 16 maps.

They also recently won the Y-Games Pro Series, outplacing the likes of AGO and far outstripping their 5-8th placed Academy brethren NAVI Junior. With recent success under their belts, and the prior pedigree in this competition, they will be second only to MOUZ NXT on the list of favourites.

BIG Academy will need to leverage k1to's experience

The best of the rest

Astralis Talent are usually there or thereabouts at the top of the Academy League placings, and with the best-rated player from the last season in the form of Frederik "⁠Fessor⁠" Sørensen, they will undoubtedly be dangerous once again.

The Brazilians FURIA Academy deserve a mention for their upward trajectory, going from 9-10th in Season 3 to third in Season 4, and they will be keen to continue their improvement this time around.

ENCE Academy have been the headline addition to WePlay Academy League’s fifth season, and they will field a lineup that sports some hotly-touted talent; Youssef "⁠juissi⁠" Adam in particular impressed during Elisa Open Finland Season 2, and Henri "⁠HENU⁠" Ylilehto put in some solid performances during Fragleague Season 8.

There are a couple of unknown quantities outside of ENCE Academy, with PROSPECTS and Young Ninjas sporting much-changed squads when compared to Season 4, and they may be able to harness the surprise factor when taking on the more established rosters, though we're still waiting to see what their lineups look like.


The groups for WePlay Academy League Season 5 are:

The schedule for the first day of play is as follows:

Monday, July 25
16:00 Denmark Astralis Talent vs. Ukraine NAVI Junior
17:15 Sweden Young Ninjas vs. Europe OG Academy
18:30 Turkey Eternal Fire Academy vs. Poland MOUZ NXT
19:45 Sweden PROSPECTS vs. Russia Spirit Academy
21:00 Norway Apeks Rebels vs. Germany BIG Academy
22:15 Brazil Young Gods vs. Finland ENCE Academy

The rest of the schedule and any other information about the tournament can be found on the event page.

Denmark Frederik 'Fessor' Sørensen
Frederik 'Fessor' Sørensen
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
267
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
Poland Miłosz 'mhL' Knasiak
Miłosz 'mhL' Knasiak
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
493
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
Germany Jon 'JDC' de Castro
Jon 'JDC' de Castro
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
521
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Hungary Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Ádám 'torzsi' Torzsás
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
478
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Germany Marcel 'hyped' Köhn
Marcel 'hyped' Köhn
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
116
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
Finland Henri 'HENU' Ylilehto
Henri 'HENU' Ylilehto
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.82
Maps played:
65
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.73
Finland Jimi 'Jimpphat' Salo
Jimi 'Jimpphat' Salo
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
129
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
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Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1275
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
Germany Karim 'Krimbo' Moussa
Karim 'Krimbo' Moussa
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
355
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
Finland Youssef 'juissi' Adam
Youssef 'juissi' Adam
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
10
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.71
#1
brett | 
Germany aL1337
yes
2022-07-23 23:00
12 replies
Don’t lie mens
2022-07-23 23:10
11 replies
k1to will smoke these kids
2022-07-23 23:11
9 replies
as far as i know skyye will play in place of k1to
2022-07-23 23:21
4 replies
k1to will join another team soon,he played yesterday FPL without BIG in his name
2022-07-23 23:42
3 replies
BIG are stupid to let k1to go
2022-07-23 23:46
2 replies
why should he stay as 6 men? maybe to sprout or idk
2022-07-23 23:49
1 reply
yeah no he shouldnt stay as 6th but I still believe he could have been a part of o very succesfull BIG roster. even tho he was only standin, he could have lead BIG Academy to very succesfull tournaments.
2022-07-26 08:24
Last time we saw how he smoke them
2022-07-24 07:36
3 replies
I wasn't known this smoking.
2022-07-25 09:11
2 replies
You know very well , that happend to you twice
2022-07-25 11:46
1 reply
I stopped smoking in 2013
2022-07-25 13:26
ok
2022-08-09 11:04
#2
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Czech Republic Devidee
NO
2022-07-23 23:00
#3
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Latvia De1Co
Yes
2022-07-23 23:00
GIGACHAD juissi will
2022-07-23 23:00
7 replies
+11
2022-07-24 00:45
+1
2022-07-24 08:47
#80
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Finland Hassu
Any juissers?
2022-07-24 09:20
2 replies
any juissers? 😂
2022-07-24 18:17
1 reply
Sorry but 😂 is not allowed
2022-07-25 08:27
#94
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Finland Nollegee
Juissi god
2022-07-24 15:56
Who????
2022-07-25 13:29
Nice news bro now show me reshuffles
2022-07-23 23:00
6 replies
#8
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Pakistan LoOuU2
JKS to G2 Trust me
2022-07-23 23:01
5 replies
#82
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New Zealand Melting
Please no anywhere but g2
2022-07-24 10:00
4 replies
#89
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Pakistan LoOuU2
JKS to Tyloo?
2022-07-24 12:19
3 replies
#90
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New Zealand Melting
nah they should clone him so we can have 5 jks' in a roster
2022-07-24 13:17
2 replies
5 jks standin = major
2022-07-25 09:12
1 reply
#106
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New Zealand Melting
+1
2022-07-25 09:41
#6
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Pakistan LoOuU2
EZ for juissi
2022-07-23 23:00
1 reply
#87
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Czech Republic BlastTM
+1
2022-07-24 11:49
EF CAN
2022-07-23 23:01
Ence can
2022-07-23 23:01
MOUZ NXT is not just academy team, they should play against better opposition
2022-07-23 23:01
1 reply
They do, they regularly play in solid t2 events
2022-07-23 23:12
Ez4ence
2022-07-23 23:01
solek team
2022-07-23 23:04
#13
 | 
Brazil dio_scuro
me
2022-07-23 23:04
#14
 | 
Finland 5way
EZ4ENCE
2022-07-23 23:05
xertion goat rookie
2022-07-23 23:06
OG kinda under rated
2022-07-23 23:08
3 replies
+1
2022-07-23 23:27
+1 I Picked Marix on my fantasy
2022-07-23 23:33
Ogademy
2022-07-24 00:40
You really shouldn't expect too much from a new squad so i think ENCE will only go 12-0 in groups and win every playoffs match
2022-07-23 23:12
1 reply
+1
2022-07-24 08:25
Lets go podi!
2022-07-23 23:08
#19
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Europe EmirCS
YES! EF Academy will! kekw
2022-07-23 23:09
#20
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United States zovint
Just put them in a higher tier/tier 1. No such thing as a reign in a non tier 1 league.
2022-07-23 23:09
#21
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United States Zedsamcat
me, i have been signed to col academy
2022-07-23 23:09
juissi will eat mouz
2022-07-23 23:10
1 reply
XD we have a dreamer here
2022-07-24 10:11
CoL should sign them- better team than their current roster
2022-07-23 23:16
No, but regali to Astralis please
2022-07-23 23:16
NOPE!
2022-07-23 23:17
Bug academy
2022-07-23 23:18
EZ4ENCE
2022-07-23 23:22
#32
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Canada firtlast
navi, faze, junior, etc.
2022-07-23 23:24
#33
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Czech Republic joeyyy12
YES
2022-07-23 23:26
great, you just jinxed it
2022-07-23 23:29
Dev1ce return in ninja academy
2022-07-23 23:29
faze academy can, AKA navi
2022-07-23 23:31
Let's go Fnatic. It's BANJO TIME 😎
2022-07-23 23:34
No
2022-07-23 23:34
Academy league reign? if anyone has a 'reign' in academy league they probably shouldnt be in academy league
2022-07-23 23:39
EZ4ENCE
2022-07-23 23:42
I can
2022-07-23 23:50
EZ4ENCE feels good to be back to saying this
2022-07-24 00:00
#48
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Romania Belong2Rvr
well ... Navi Juniors on the favorite list but not a single word about Fnatic Rising who beat Mouz and seriously challenged them last season ... I understand Regali is no longer in the team but they still have hot prospect Volt and 2 players who played even for the main Fnatic (Peppzor and Banjo)
2022-07-24 00:01
#49
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Norway Snaids
ez4ztr
2022-07-24 00:03
#50
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Uganda M4CK1NHO
if ef win single map dude just give them the trophy
2022-07-24 00:24
OG i think will do very very good.
2022-07-24 00:29
#53
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CIS E5KH
jimpphat 35 avg monster will destroy everyone
2022-07-24 00:30
Jimpphat vs podi and henu would be great to see !
2022-07-24 00:34
Jimpphatt 35 avg will eat everyone
2022-07-24 00:39
does k1to even play?
2022-07-24 00:50
EZ 4 JUISSI
2022-07-24 00:52
When will eg start playing in this kind of tournaments
2022-07-24 01:03
#61
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Sweden slyde123
Tournaments like this are GREAT for the scene GL!
2022-07-24 01:04
You should have changed the ef academy roster already it has been fully changed
2022-07-24 01:04
Just give xertioN a good team and a stage, and he will shine. Man’s better than both JDC and torzsi. He should be a top-20 spot contender in one or two years under correct guide from experienced players or coaches.
2022-07-24 01:13
#64
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Chile 1cristiaan
liquid academy
2022-07-24 01:21
No.
2022-07-24 01:40
#66
JW | 
Sweden EntonXD
Spooke from prospects 1v5 hahaha
2022-07-24 02:09
Im the only one that can stop them, but i would feel bad for getting on the server and destroying them
2022-07-24 03:03
xertioN > JDC > Bymas = -Bymas +xertioN
2022-07-24 03:11
so ez 4 juissi
2022-07-24 03:17
#70
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Turkey phy330
ef got a new roster update plz
2022-07-24 05:29
Mouz if they promote half their NXT roster
2022-07-24 05:30
No
2022-07-24 08:20
jimphat 5.2k elo 35avg god will stomp these kids
2022-07-24 08:39
#77
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Sweden axelious
Does anyone know who will play for YN?
2022-07-24 08:51
#78
JK | 
Asia flipflop
well they don't have jdc and torzsi now, so it'll be tough to hold it this year.
2022-07-24 09:02
1 reply
#99
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Israel LoreX3
they are still strong, mhl and jimpphat are doing the job
2022-07-24 18:18
no
2022-07-24 09:18
#81
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Germany at0myq
Yes, Spirit Academy will
2022-07-24 09:44
EZ for tricked
2022-07-24 10:20
Only aging can stop them.
2022-07-24 10:32
Mouz senior team
2022-07-24 10:56
Mouz can
2022-07-24 12:12
Furia acc win the whole thing.
2022-07-24 13:40
juissi too powerful
2022-07-24 13:43
#93
 | 
Finland Teukkasd
Jimpphat got this
2022-07-24 15:34
#95
 | 
United Kingdom mrpc1901
Well it's a good question and the post brings up a lot of good points so you have to consider all the options so it's pretty clear
2022-07-24 18:05
1 reply
#97
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United Kingdom mrpc1901
no
2022-07-24 18:14
#96
 | 
Serbia DjapeZ
no
2022-07-24 18:09
No
2022-07-24 20:39
1 reply
#107
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Poland paputekk
furia bestest
2022-07-25 11:44
gotta back mouz since they hired dex.
2022-07-25 08:18
Jimpphat is pretty good ,his furture so shine and bright , and he's just 15 OMG
2022-07-26 05:43
Hkta can
2022-07-26 21:59
#118
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Sweden XenoRex
yes
2022-08-04 05:45
Poor kids.
2022-08-07 20:28
yes
2022-08-08 00:48
Stop the jinx
2022-08-08 00:49
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