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theScore esports Daily (Feb. 4): mouz release STYKO and ChrisJ from active roster, MKLeo claims Smash Ultimate title at Genesis 6 and ave steps down as North's coach

by Dimitri Pascaluta Feb 4
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STYKO and ChrisJ released from mouz's active roster

mousesports have released Martin "STYKO" Styk and Chris "chrisJ" de Jong from their active roster, the organization announced on Monday.

This is the second time STYKO has been kicked from the active roster since joining mouz in 2017, having been replaced by Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski in June of last year before returning to the roster four months later.

mouz cited the roster's disappointing performance at the IEM Katowice Major's European Minor, where mouz bombed out in the group stage, as the main reason for the overhaul.

The organization also announced that the roster's coach, Sergey "Imbt" Bezhanov, is set to be replaced.

The departures mean that, for 2019, mouz will build around their core trio, Miikka "suNny" Kemppi, Robin "ropz" Kool, and Tomáš "oskar" Šťast, who each played a pivotal role in the team's several successful finishes over the course of 2018.

MKLeo claims Smash Ultimate title at Genesis 6

On Sunday, Leonardo "MKLeo" Lopez Perez won the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament at Genesis 6, the first ever major showing for the newest iteration of the Smash franchise.

This marks MKLeo's third consecutive Genesis victory, with the Mexican Smasher having taken Genesis 4 in 2017 and Genesis 5 in 2018.

Genesis 6 also saw Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma claim the tournament's Melee championship for the first time, using his Jigglypuff to beat out Jeffrey "Axe" Williamson's Pikachu in the grand final.

ave steps down as North's coach, replaced by mithR

Alexander "ave" Holdt has stepped down as the coach of North's CS:GO roster, the organization announced on Monday.

Still regarded as one of the best in-game leaders in Counter-Strike 1.6 history, ave had been with North since he took on the responsibility of coaching their Academy team in 2017.

He was later enlisted to coach the team's starting roster, whom he led to mixed results. It was under ave, however, that North managed to topple Astralis in the grand finals of DreamHack Masters Stockholm in September 2018.

"My time in North included a lot of ups and downs," said ave, in a press release. "I am of course proud of our trophies, especially Dreamhack Masters, but I am also disappointed that we did not manage to take home more medals, create a consistent top team - and qualify for this upcoming Major. I was the coach, and I take the responsibility on my shoulders."

North went to announce that Torbjørn “mithR” Nyborg is being brought on as ave's replacement.

Dimitri Pascaluta is a content creator for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

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