• Anthony Vitale

Rapid Reactions: MSL to Rogue

After losing not only their in-game leader but primary AWP player Casper "cadiaN" Møller to North, Rogue have landed themselves the very leader North removed in Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen.

Danish in-game leader MSL, formerly of North, finds a new home in North America to begin a new with Rogue
Danish in-game leader Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen, formerly of North, finds a new home in North America to begin a new with Rogue

Following Rogue's success in qualifying for the New Challengers stage of the FACEIT Major in London earlier this year, North had their eyes on the team's captain after unexpectedly failing to qualify themselves. It was no surprise that this result would throw the team into an odd limbo with their roster, but, at the same time, this move was one that seemed to have come out of no where.

After Rogue lost two of their most key team roles after just one move, they turned to German AWPing in-game leader Kevin "kRYSTAL" Amend. kRYSTAL played most recently with Ghost Gaming on Loan from Imperial, which ended on the 25th of September. Rogue ended up signing the player to participate in the ongoing seasons of ECS and ESL Pro League.

Thus far, Rogue have proven to be a middle of the pack North American team in ECS with a 5-5 record while they fall behind in the ESL Pro League with a 5-13 record towards the end of the season. With that, they have looked to change their formula once again to achieve success.

MSL is a Danish leader who has been touted as one of the more intelligent of our time, and with the lack of these figures in the scene as a whole, let alone the North American scene, Rogue look to capitalize off such an opportunity. He will undoubtedly bring a level of tactical depth that the players have been deprived of since the team's formation. It has to be assumed that Australian Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland will return to assuming the role of primary AWPer in this team, a role that he has not held since his departure from the Renegades back in early 2017.

All in all, the move seems to be one that can only benefit the team. From where they stand now, a new level of strategy that some of these players haven't been exposed to before should help mold them into a more tightly lit unit. The roster should prove to be a slightly stronger contender in the North American ranks, and hopefully more of a fearsome force internationally as well.