In what came as a setback for the European juggernaut, mousesports were eliminated from IEM Major: Katowice 2019, earlier this month. Mousesports has been showing tremendous form since quite some time with decent finishes at tier 1 LAN tournaments, although the squad couldn’t get past the likes of Valiance, twice.
The German organization has managed to retain itself within the top five positions in HLTV’s global ranking backed by decent outings, excluding the Europe Minor.
EU Closed Qualifier
Mousesports qualified for Europe Minor through the Europe Closed Qualifier. ChrisJ and co. qualified directly into upper-brackets, although they couldn’t get past the Minor. Mousesports lost the group A opening match against Valiance. It was a nail-biting encounter but the latter got the better off, despite ChrisJ’s 32 frags in the regulation. The opener was a lackluster outing for mouz firepower – Ropz & suNny.
On the following day, mouz encountered OpTic Gaming in the elimination match in a best-of-three scenario. Mouz concluded the match within two maps while the ‘Green Wall’ was sent packing. Mousesports lived to fight another day.
The German organization again faced Valiance in the decider match of group A. The decider didn’t go well for mousesports as Valiance won train and cache. Train eventually went into Valiance’s bag 16-12, although, mousesports made a commendable effort. On the contrary, Cache was a one-sided affair favouring Valiance 16-8. Eventually, mouz was eliminated with merely 5th-6th position at the Europe Minor.
This was quite a big blow for the mouz squad. Ever since ESL One: Cologne 2015, this is the first time that the ChirsJ led line-up wouldn’t appear at a Valve sponsored major.
Unfortunately, the community will miss mouz stickers in the Steam Store throughout the major. Regardless of the major, mousesports has had decent results with this line-up. Triumph at ESL One: New York 2018 & StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 4 depict their impressive outings throughout the season.