Match Preview: Team Dignitas versus Mousesports
Thu 13th Apr 2017 - 8:06am
After the announcement of the new Team Dignitas CS:GO roster, the team started meticulously practicing and getting used to playing with each other. Roughly three weeks after the announcement, the team is finally going to play their first official match against the German side of Mousesports in the Esports Championship Series: Season 3. ECS is an eight-week tournament where each team will face one another in a series of two best-of-one matches. Europe’s best teams are partaking in the third season of ECS and the team will need to show their absolute best in order to clinch a spot at the LAN finals.
Match will be played on the 16th of April at 15:00 (CEST)
Game preview and what to expect:
This is the first game for the new roster and it is anybody's guess what kind of playstyle and approach the team will have. Despite the team being new, the roster is filled with potential and consistent players and this is something the team will have to prove in their first match. Mousesports also has something to prove with the very recent pick up of Robin "ropz" Kool. Expect a match without too much in-depth strategy. Instead expect more basic set plays and a lot of aim duels.
The two maps that will be played out are Mirage (Mouz) and Overpass (Dig), with Overpass being the more CT-sided map of the two.
With the recent loss on Nikola "NiKo" Kovač to Faze Clan, Mousesports’ firepower has been significantly weakened as well as strategically as NiKo was the cornerstone of the entire team’s structure. The modified Mousesports still presents a challenge, however, as Christian “loWel” Garcia Antoran and Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný have shown they can be one man shows and easily change the momentum of the game. Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad and Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel will have to challenge and keep loWel and oskar at bay and not allow them to get too comfortable.
Chris 'chrisJ' de Jong has been the primary AWPer for Mousesports for a long time (who has become more of a rifler recently) and his performance will matter a lot to Mousesport's success versus Team Dignitas. He has been inconsistent with his AWPing but when he is on point, he is a hard opponent to play against. With the addition of oskar, who is a primary AWPer, it does not get any easier. Ricardo “Fox” Pacheco and Mikail "Maikelele" Bill will have to out AWP the Mousesports AWPers to open the game up for the rest of Team Dignitas. There will be a good possibility to see double AWP set-ups from both teams.
The dictating factor will be the CT-sides for both teams, with an advantage going to Mousesports as their roster has been playing together for longer than ours. The boys from Team Dignitas will have to either show up big time on the T-side, even as far as winning the T-sides on both the maps, or show that in the three weeks of practice, they have found a good formula for the CT-side.
On Mirage, middle will be the main area of contention. The team that will have better control over middle will be able to control the game and give themselves an advantage. Overpass is one of the least played maps for Mousesports, making it a good pick against them. From 2016 to this date, Mousesports has played Overpass 17 times out of which they have won eight. They have only played the map two times in 2017, losing both games.
Faruk "Pita" Pita will be the surprise factor. As the team is new, Mousesports will not be able to watch past games and create counter-strategies. This means that if Pita created more in-depth strategies, there is no way Mousesports can prepare for them. This is something that could catch Mousesports off-guard and would work greatly in favour of Team Dignitas. The team could also focus on the site (when on T-side) which has Denis "Denis" Howell on it, as he has been consistently one of the weakest links in the Mousesports team.
The tournament is stacked with top teams and a strong 2-0 start versus Mousesports would make a statement that Team Dignitas is ready to fight for those LAN spots. This would also allow more leniency later in the tournament when facing the likes of Astralis, Faze and G2.
You can watch the game below on sunday (16.04) at 15:00 (CEST).