When Frederik “acoR” Gyldstrand joined MOUZ in January last year it was to conquer the top of CS:GO. The Dane was handpicked by the Germans to take over the AWP duties after an impressive spell on MAD Lions.
But why did it not work out for the otherwise talented AWPer?
In an interview with us, acoR opens up about the struggles in MOUZ and why both him and the team underperformed. Here, the current GamerLegion player point towards the lack of chemistry within the team.
It was definitely like in our team that people were thinking too much about themselves and not as a team. Instead of thinking of us as one entity, we were like five entities. Just five individuals trying to win a game and not one entity trying to win together. I think that was what ended up breaking the team in the end.
Even though you still can call us friends, it was still really basic. We just felt like colleagues who met up on the server and when practice was done, we would leave Teamspeak, that’s it. There was no conversation after the game or anything.
In our lengthy talk with acoR, he also accounts how he and his family received death threats while he played for MOUZ and why he actually considered benching himself at one point.
Personally, I ended up losing a lot of my confidence after the player break around the summer. It didn’t feel the same for some reason, everything just felt wrong. I had doubts about myself whether I wanted to keep going. I had thought about benching myself because everything was just not working out. But at the same time, I felt I had to play because I’d signed a two-year contract. I felt I owed something to MOUZ.
Q: Did you feel that the criticism around you was fair?
To some extent. Until receiving death threats to me and my whole family. Getting bombarded with death threats is something I don’t think is fair, to be honest. I don’t think anyone thinks that. But receiving criticism is fine with me. I can take that.
If I kept reading on HLTV and all the other forums, then I’ll get the feeling that it was my fault all of it. So, in the end, I just stopped reading a lot of it. Because it would get into my head. I’ve never really been a player that takes a lot of notice of all this online criticism, but in the end, it got to me.
You can watch the entire interview with acoR in the video below (timestamps included).