A tough quarterfinal awaits MOUZ

In ESL Pro League Season 16, all groups are now over with the playoffs starting next . While the second and third places of the groups advance to the Round of 12 stage of the playoffs, the group winners continue their way directly from the quarterfinals.

Today, we will focus on Group C leader MOUZ, one of the teams that directly qualified for the quarterfinals.

MOUZ's recent performance

MOUZ has appeared in almost all important tournaments. However, they did not qualify for the PGL Major Antwerp 2022 as they were unsuccessful in the qualifier.

Although they participated in IEM Katowice 2022, ESL Pro League Season 15, IEM Dallas 2022 and Roobet Cup, they did not even reach the quarterfinals in any of them. Their most notable recent achievements are runner-up on the Global Esports Tour Dubai 2022 and 5th-6th at IEM Cologne 2022.

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XertioN joined MOUZ

There has been only one change to MOUZ's main roster recently. Bymas became inactive, and Israeli player xertioN started playing on active roster instead.

Both players are quite young and have a bright future. However, MOUZ managed to become the group leader in the first tournament they participated with xertioN, ESL Pro League Season 16.

MOUZ finished Group C as the leader

MOUZ with xertioN performed quite well in Group C. Honestly, I was expecting MOUZ to finish second in the group. In Group C, my favourite was Astralis. However, Astralis was eliminated in the group stage. They were only able to defeat two teams and one of them was MOUZ.

Despite this win, MOUZ finished the group as the leader with 4 wins and 1 loss. Other teams of the group were Heroic, Complexity, ENCE and HEET.

MOUZ can't make much progress in the playoffs

Currently, MOUZ is waiting for their opponent in the quarterfinals. The winner of Fnatic and Team Liquid's Round of 12 match will face MOUZ in the quarterfinals.

I predict Team Liquid will win the Round of 12 match. In that case, we'll see a great match in the quarterfinals and my favourite, by a small margin, would be Team Liquid.

Even if MOUZ somehow wins this match, it looks like their possible opponent in the semifinals could be FaZe Clan. I don't think they have much of a chance against FaZe Clan.

In short, I think MOUZ will bid farewell to ESL Pro League Season 16 in the quarterfinals. The highest performance I expect from them is that they can reach the semifinals.

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