Mousesports won its first match of the ELEAGUE Major’s new Challenger Stage on Friday, 16-12 over AVANGAR. Afterward, Robin “ropz” Kool spoke to DBLTAP’s Vince Nairn about the match and mousesports’ form heading into the Major. The action continues Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on Twitch.

Vince Nairn: How do you guys feel heading into this Major?

Robin “ropz” Kool: We’re feeling pretty good. The new lineup is working out really good for us. We won a tournament and came top two twice with the lineup so far. We’re feeling confident in the major.

VN: What do you think about the shift to 24 teams and the new format?

RK: I think it’s a step forward with the Major being 24 teams. I think there isn’t that much of a difference if you compare the old system and the new one now. It’s just the two events put together.

VN: But does it feel different being considered “major” in this round?

RK: It definitely feels like we’re in the Major now.

VN: What lessons have you learned from the last Major that you want to apply this time around?

RK: It’s hard to say. I think it’s just good to have more experience at a Major. It’s my second Major. I just played the one before, so I know what to expect. I know how serious it is. It just brings the nerves of it down, too.

VN: Did the first one feel different?

RK: Yeah, there was all the people, even some of the Valve developers were there. It really did feel special.

VN: What has been the key to you guys kind of finding your form here recently as a team?

RK: I think the lineup is just clicking. We understand each other pretty good. We have the same mindset. We’re putting a lot of effort into creating great strats and making everything work. I think the team is playing pretty well.

VN: What was your strategy on CT side in the second half against AVANGAR?

RK: The first half we could have won a lot more. It could have been an 11-4 side, unfortunately. But we went out (on CT side) with the hope we would win the pistol. We knew they would play some mid-antieco, so they did that and we kind of countered that.

VN: What did you think of ChrisJ’s performance? 32 kills...

RK: He stepped up pretty big. That’s pretty rare for him nowadays, but it’s nice to have that performance on the team. We’ve got guys who can perform anytime, so it’s always nice when somebody steps up.

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