oskar replaces nex on mousesports

by Dennis Gonzales Aug 22 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Helena Kristiansson / ESL

Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný has joined mousesports, replacing Johannes "nex" Maget.

"Even with the latest improvement, we felt that we needed to give a new impulse to the team. I am really excited to see oskar in a mousesports jersey and I am sure, so are our fans. I feel like oskar is the right fit for us, as he is not only a great player but also clicks with the team on a personal level." mousesports CEO Cengiz Tüylü said in a statement.

The move confirms an report from ESPN's Jacob Wolf on June 27, which said that oskar signed a forward contract with mousesports.

mousesports' lineup now looks as follows:

  • Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
  • Chris "chrisJ" De Jong
  • Denis "denis" Howell
  • Timo "Spiidi" Richter
  • Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný
  • Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović (coach)

mouz’s lineup has been stable for over eight months — ever since Spiidi joined the team on Dec. 16, 2015 — though they have not had much success in the major tournaments that they’ve qualified for. They qualified for both the MLG Major Championship: Columbus and ESL One Cologne 2016 Majors, but finished in the Bottom 8 in both of those tournaments. Their most notable performance was a Top 4 finish in ELEAGUE Season 1.

nex’s removal may come as a surprise to some, as he has so far averaged a 1.05 HLTV rating in 2016, the second highest on mouz just below NiKo, but there were likely other factors at play.

On the other hand, oskar comes into the lineup with a 1.23 rating in the year, well above even NiKo’s 1.18 rating.

Though oskar’s career spans back into the CS 1.6 days, he has only become a household name in CS:GO since joining HellRaisers on Oct. 6, 2015. His explosive performances have not garnered much real-world success in tournaments, but they’ve helped to raise his own profile, gaining the attention of mouz in addition to former Team Liquid coach James “GBJame^s” O’Connor.

mousesports will debut their new lineup in ESL Pro League Week 2, where they will face off against Fnatic’s new lineup.

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Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev. You can follow him on Twitter.