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Denis “denis” Howell is a long-standing member of mousesports and Major veteran. His team has been in some flux with Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný having a very brief stint on the roster, but the team has stabilized after they acquired Spanish player Christian “loWel” Antoran.

Ahead of their group stage games in ELEAGUE Season 2, denis took the time to talk with theScore esports about the situation around their latest roster.

The mousesports roster has been in a bit of flux, changing players (Johannes “nex” Maget to oskar, then back to nex, then to loWel from PENTA Sports), as well as coaches (Aleksandar “kassad” Trifunović to Sergey “lmbt” Bezhanov).

How has this instability affected team atmosphere and chemistry, if at all?

It hasn’t negatively affected the team atmosphere so much, as I think it’s better than ever, but obviously it is tough as we need to get used to each other on the field.

Changes were necessary to keep moving forward though. I think right now we have a really good group from what I can say after just a few weeks.

Regarding the coaches, why did the team not stick with kassad, considering he helped the team achieve a Top 4 finish at ELEAGUE? What does lmbt bring to the team?

After all those decisions are made by the management after getting feedback from the team. kassad did help us a lot during his time, but we were still missing some vital parts in our game, such as structure, consistency and our map pool wasn’t good enough.

We talked to several coaches, and even to some more prominent ones than lbmt, but Sergey impressed the most with his ideas and so mousesports decided to give it a shot. We have improved on our map pool a lot lately and I hope we can prove it offline as well.

oskar gave a lengthy response to his benching and said that it was his own decision, as he felt he was slowing down the team. He also mentioned “internal team matters,” but did not elaborate.

Can you speak further on the situation from your perspective? Is this a situation you believe that could have been improved or avoided altogether?

Everybody knows that oskar is a great player and I was looking forward to playing with him. When he talks about “internal team matters,” I doubt he refers to a personal relationship he had with one of us. The problem was more that oskar wasn’t focused on CS:GO to a degree that we needed in our team.

He had other things on his mind and wasn’t comfortable with all the time we would spend on the road in the coming weeks. Of course, it sparked doubt within the team if we could reach our goals together.

In the end it was his decision to take a step back. Right now we have so much to prepare for and to play, that I am happy that the situation is solved and we have a strong new player within our team.

Your former PENTA Sports teammate Kevin “kRYSTAL” Amend has already memed about you guys “poaching” loWel from PENTA, but why did you guys decide on him?

It is not easy to find a fitting player. Personality, position and abilities all have to fit and the player has to be interested in playing with us. Plus our management has to find a solution with the other team.

I am actually surprised we could get such a good fit as loWel in such a short time. When talking to him, you realize right away how motivated he is to play with us and how badly he wants to succeed. With his attitude I have no doubt he will be a great asset.

mouz has one of the most nationally diverse teams in CS:GO, are there major concerns bringing in so many nationalities into one team? Do you believe it’s overall more beneficial to ignore borders when scouting for talent?

I don’t have any concerns, it doesn’t really matter actually. We communicate in English anyways, so the nationality is not important.

We have a really fun team at the moment and to be diverse can be beneficial when scouting for talent because we are not bound to one language like some of the other teams.

I really hope we don’t need that advantage in the near future though and that we will continue with this current lineup. I think it has a lot of potential.

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.

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