mousesports has signed in-game leader Chris “dexter” Nong away to its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. The 26-year-old joins from Renegades, where he has spent the past year dominating the Oceania region, leading Renegades to 10 tournament wins in a row since March 2020.
dexter tallied impressive stats for the Austrailian team over that time. His lowest rating of the year came during DreamHack Open Summer 2020, where he posted a low of 1.17. The in-game leader has consistently broken the stereotype that in-game leaders aren’t also capable of fragging, filling his 2020 campaign with tournament ratings above the impressive 1.20 mark.
The 26-year-old Australian has moved his life to Hamburg, Germany to practice and compete from the mouz HQ. After dominating the Oceanic scene with @Renegades, he will lead our team for the first time during #IEM Katowice.#ReadyWillingAble #TeamRazer pic.twitter.com/pwEQbI88VF
— mousesports (@mousesports) February 10, 2021
dexter’s signing is big news, and not just for mousesports’ current roster. The move comes after three months of rumors indicating that the team was exploring options to replace current in-game leader Finn “karrigan” Andersen ahead of his contract’s expiration in March 2021. dexter’s signing strongly suggests that karrigan is on his way out, finally ending a period of limbo for the in-game leader that dates back to November 2020.
Reports dating back to August 2020 have suggested that karrigan will make his way back to FaZe Clan, which recently added Team Liquid star Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken. karrigan previously had a strong run from 2016 to 2018 with FaZe, which included a number of prominent tournament victories and a second-place finish in the ELEAGUE Boston Major.
But FaZe is a decidedly different team than the last time karrigan led it. Only two of FaZe’s current players, Håvard “rain” Nygaard and Olof “olofmeister” Gustafsson, remain on the roster, and olofmeister is reportedly headed for retirement from professional CSGO.
In an interview with HLTV last August, karrigan was tight-lipped about a potential move back to FaZe Clan.
“For now, I’m just focusing on mousesports and on becoming the best team we can be, so that’s where all my focus lies,” karrigan said.
There should be more movement from karrigan in the coming days, but mousesports fans can let themselves be excited about the team’s new pickup. mousesports will likely play its first matches with dexter during the IEM Katowice play-ins, which are scheduled to start on February 14.