Mousesports sent waves around the CounterStrike world yesterday when they announced the return of former team member Tomas 'Oskar' Stastny replacing Chris 'chrisJ' DeJong as the team's AWPer. ChrisJ was the longest standing member for Mouz, so the move was a little unorthodox - team captain Nickola 'Niko' Kovac took to Twitter to try to clear the air on the roster move.
"I know that it is a big surprise for you that we replaced Chris "chrisJ" de Jong with Tomáš "Oskar" Šťastný since he was 2nd best-rated player in our team and a long time member of mousesports," NiKo said. "But you also have to understand us, we obviously have our reasons why we did this, which we can't obviously share with you guys. What I can say to you is that I'm gonna do everything that I can to make this team better."
The most notable change being that NiKo will be stepping down from the in-game leader for the team, with Timo 'Spiidi' Richter taking it over.
"We will do whatever it's needed and possible to make better results in our future," NiKo continued. "In the end, what should sound reasonable for you is that we changed AWP Player for another AWP. All I ask from you guys is, patience and not so much hate towards us, we are not going through easy time either as you might think, especially after this decision which we made, Chris "chrisJ" de Jong been my longest teammate in this team and one of the best persons I've met out there and I respect him even more now how he handled and took this situation."
Mousesports' new roster will debut at the IEM Katowice qualifiers on Feb 4, where they will hope to redeem their 12th place finish at the ELEAGUE major.