Finn “karrigan” Andersen, professional Counter-Strike player and in-game leader for FaZe Clan, has been acquired by German organization mousesports.
FaZe Clan, a team filled with high-caliber players from Bosnian Nikola “NiKo” Kovač to Swedish Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson, have been on a downward spiral. The team saw some success throughout 2017, but descended in the rankings going into 2018 after repeatedly failing to perform on stage.
The team that was once considered the best in the world for a short stint of time has failed to live up to their high expectations. They were once considered the “superteam” of Counter-Strike, but have struggled to stay toe-to-toe with the likes of Astralis, Team Liquid, and Na’Vi.
In February 2019, karrigan was loaned to Team Envy, where he narrowly missed the opportunity to compete at the IEM Katowice major. He and his team performed in the Challengers Stage, but were defeated in best-of-one series by Cloud9, Renegades, and Quantum Bellator Fire.
Karrigan has now been transferred to mousesports, alongside Özgür “woxic” Eker and David “frozen” Čerňanský. The German team is another squad that saw success in 2018, but have since fallen out of favor.
“The first days with these guys have been awesome, I hope that it will show in the coming months how we improve as a team,” karrigan said in a press release.
The lineup consists of a mixture of young talent and experienced players, with karrigan, woxic, frozen, Robin “ropz” Kool, and Chris “chrisJ” de Jong making up the five-man roster.
Woxic is a particularly impressive addition to the team, giving mousesports the means to frag at a high level. He’s a Turkish player who’s seen success with his former team, HellRaisers, and has proved to be consistent with the AWP.
Additionally, frozen has joined the team as the entry-fragger. He’s a young talent at just 16 years old, but he’s a shown class and potential. He took multiple first-place finishes at minor events so far in 2019 with team NoChance, as well as performing exceptionally well with Czech team eXtatus, in 2017.
The new lineup is scheduled to compete at ECS on March 18 before heading into the new ESL Pro League season in April.