Around the end of june, mousesports decided to put Martin “STYKO” Styk on the bench. To replace him, they brought in the Polish player Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski from Virtus Pro. Not a bad idea knowing that Snax used to be one of the best, if not the best player in the world at some point. Even if these days are long gone now, the potential and the experience is there and he could help the team to finally pass that next level.
But, as we know now, Snax wasn’t really the first choice. In an interview for the Flickshot podcast, Dan “apEX” Madesclaire explained that he was really close to join mousesports and a deal was almost done. Players agreed on apEX, apEX agreed on joining mouz. Only obstacle left: G2 Esports. As negotiations were ongoing, G2 asked for too much money and delayed answers. The situation forced mousesports to turn to Snax.
We recently learned that in fact, another player was in the mix. Few sources told us that Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert almost joined mouz during that period. The American player replaced Oskar at ESL Belo Horizonte right before the move for Snax. His time in the team went really well, mouz ending up 2nd, losing the BO5 final 2-3 versus FaZe.
The good result at ESL Belo Horizonte gave ideas to the team and n0thing was asked to join on a permanent deal before ESL One Cologne. n0thing agreed to join the team in Europe and to play for mouz. Unfortunately the deal fell through because of personal details, one of the main reasons being the difficulty to bring him and his girlfriend to the old continent.
Was that decision the good one? Time and the Major will tell. But first feedback is telling us that Snax to mouz might be a mismatch and that the team is not totally satisfied with the move and what the player brings so far. Unless mousesports can have a crazy run at the Major, it appears that changes are a strong possibility in the future, with Snax not being the only one mentioned for a change.
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