Mousesports confirms that they will be benching Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski. In his place will be Martin “STYKO” Styk, who was last on Cloud9 as a stand-in.
.@STYKOcsgo returns to the starting lineup of mousesports and will replace Snax with immediate effect.
— mousesports (@mousesports) October 15, 2018
This news comes after reports came in last week about Mousesports considering a replacement for Snax. After their elimination at the hands of OpTic Gaming at StarSeries, the team would hold a team meeting. However, the Polish star was not present for this reunion. There, they would discuss the future of the roster, and possible replacements for Snax. The addition of STYKO was a decision that was expected from many Mousesports fans. Hopefully, the organization has learned their lesson, especially since they reportedly spent almost $300,000 on Snax’s transfer.
According to Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný, the team has had communication problems for the past few months now. On paper, replacing STYKO with Snax was looking like a great move. However, it seems that although Snax brought more firepower to the team, they did not think of the effects it would do to their synergy. STYKO would provide less firepower, but much more crucial information to the team. This may have been what Mousesports needed, as they already have a couple great fraggers in Robin “ropz” Kool and Miikka “suNny” Kemppi.
On the other hand, STYKO did not mesh well with Cloud9 in his stint with the North American team. Why? Cloud9 was in need of way more firepower, after losing Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip to MIBR earlier in the year. Also, they would lose in-game leader Tarik “tarik” Celik to MIBR right after ESL One Cologne. The Boston Major champions were desperate for talent, and they jumped on the opportunity to sign STYKO when he was benched.
Unfortunately, Cloud9 would find little to no success with their revamped lineup. Even adding former Fnatic in-game leader, Maikil “Golden” Selim, would prove to be useless. In the end, Cloud9 would sign Golden to a contract, and even add long-time Fnatic member, Robin “flusha” Ronnquist to the roster. Meanwhile, STYKO would return to the Mousesports lineup.
The big storyline right now is the relative fall from grace that Snax is going through. Once one of the best players in the world, the Polish superstar now is searching for a home again. He has not been able to find much success in the past couple of years. The biggest tournament that he has won lately was ESL One New York with Mousesports. However, the last time he won a tournament would be back in June 2017 at the Adrenaline Cyber League.
Snax just needs to find the right situation for him. Back on Virtus.Pro, the team was in a downward spiral that hasn’t stopped yet. It was reason why he would look for greener pastures. On Mousesports, they could never find the synergy to utilize his skills properly. Even with all the recent failure, Snax is still a premium player who can put up incredible numbers on any given day. Snax will be a hot commodity on the Counter-Strike market, and we expect him to be acquired by a team in the near future. We wish Snax the best of luck in his upcoming endeavors!
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