Sources: MAD Lions Exploring the Addition of refrezh and HooXi


MAD Lions are exploring the possible additions of Ismail "refrezh" Ali and Rasmus "HooXi" Nielsen, according to multiple sources close to the team. It is unclear at this time who they would replace, but one source indicated it could be Paweł "innocent" Mocek and Asger "AcilioN" Larsen.

Following their Flashpoint Season 1 victory, MAD Lions have struggled to replicate that success back home in Europe during the online era. Their best performance since that event was a playoff appearance at DreamHack Masters Spring Europe. Prior to the mandated player break, they failed to qualify for cs_summit 6 and missed the playoffs of DreamHack Open Summer and ESL One: Cologne Europe.

HooXi and refrezh are members of the x6tence organization, whose entire CS:GO lineup was purchased from Copenhagen Flames back in June. They were invited to the cs_summit 6 event due to their placing in the European regional Major ranking but finished last place. MAD Lions have not participated in several Road to Rio tournaments that have taken place as a result of replacing Nicolai "Hunden" Petersen following the first roster lock.

refrezh was discussed as one of the top pieces of Danish talent back in 2018 after standing in with Cloud9 and went on to join OpTic Gaming at the end of the year. During his time under Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen’s leadership, they won DreamHack Open Summer 2019. However, after the lineup fell apart he was not recruited again by any of the larger organizations.

"We do not comment on hypothetical or actual contract negotiations with any of our current or prospective players," a representative of MAD Lions said.