A month-long search by one of Counter-Strike’s biggest names for a fifth member of their team has finally come to a close.
German esports organization Mousesports has for over a decade been among the premier names in the game. But June has been a difficult month for the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team.
Timo “Spiidi” Richter was dismissed from the squad due to his inability to meet the team’s practice time expectations. This dismissal followed the team failing to make the top eight at Copenhagen Games, a disappointing result for the German side.
The team thought that they had found a solution in German player Tobias “Troubley” Tabbert, but that situation fell through when Tabbert’s current team, Planetkey Dynamics, refused to release him from his contract.
Making things worse, the situation played out publicly on Counter-Strike forums and news sites. This apparently convinced Mousesports to proceed a bit more quietly from there on out. But rumors again began to bubble up regarding the team’s mystery fifth member when Finnish side ENCE announced it was disbanding after its star player, Aleksi “Allu” Jalli, had been spotted practicing with the Mousesports team.
The squad has now made things official with a formal announcement declaring the addition of Jalli.
Jalli was effusive in his praise for his new organization in a statement on the Mousesports website.
“I am very glad to announce that from now on I will be playing for one of the biggest organizations in the world and I will do my utmost to repay the faith they have in me,” Jalli said.
Jalli will immediately begin play with the team in their ESL Pro Series ventures and has already assisted Mousesports in qualifying for the G3 event later this summer in London, England.