MOUZ and NBK- Part Ways

MOUZ have officially parted ways with Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, who left the organization on Friday, August 12.

MOUZ have officially parted ways with Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt, who left the organization on Friday, August 12. The news comes following reports of NBK- joining Team Falcons, where he will play alongside former Team Vitality player Kevin “misutaaa” Rabier.

End Of A Seven-Month Stint

NBK-‘s departure from MOUZ was officially announced on Friday, confirming the end of the Frenchman’s seven-month stint with the organization.

NBK- joined MOUZ in January 2022 when he arrived at the team whilst the MOUZ underwent a major roster overhaul. Before joining the German esports organization, NBK- enjoyed a short stint in Valorant but returned to CS:GO as soon as MOUZ came knocking on his door.

NBK- joined MOUZ as a replacement for Robin “ropz” Kool, who eventually joined FaZe Clan, but filling in the shoes of the Estonian CS:GO superstar did not come easy, and success was hard to come by for NBK- and MOUZ.

Unfortunately, NBK- has not achieved much in either of the two tournaments. MOUZ ended IEM Katowice in ninth-12th place and suffered another early exit from ESL Pro League Season 15, in which they ended in 13th-16th place.

The 30-year-old’s journey with MOUZ was rather short-lived as he got benched from the active lineup just two months into his stint in March 2022. NBK- has been since an inactive member of the German esports organization and has attended just two CS:GO tournaments with MOUZ, including IEM Katowice and ESL Pro League Season 15.

Due to the team’s lack of success, MOUZ eventually decided to bench NBK- who got replaced by Jon “JDC” de Castro in March. During his stay at MOUZ, NBK- has averaged a modest 0.97 rating, albeit he has played just 25 maps for the organization.

Now, the French veteran was finally let go from the team, and is allowed to explore his options as a free agent. Although he has yet to announce where he’ll continue his career, rumors suggest NBK- is close to signing a contract with Team Falcons.

Next Stop, Team Falcons

According to recent rumors, NBK- is close to signing with Team Falcons, a Saudi Arabian esports organization that is currently undergoing a roster overhaul. Although yet to be confirmed, there have been rumors of NBK- wishing to return to his native France and play in an all-French roster, which Team Falcons can provide him.

Team Falcons first entered the CS:GO scene in May 2021, when the organization signed an international roster that failed to achieve much.

Following months of instability and roster changes, Team Falcons eventually decided to pivot towards fielding an all-French roster.

In February 2022, Falcons announced the signing of a new lineup consisting of Ali “hAdji” Haïnouss, Bryan “Maka” Canda, Nicolas “Keoz” Dgus, Jordan “Python” Munck-Foehrle, and Steeve “Ozstrik3r” Flavigni.

The new lineup has achieved some success, namely winning ESL Championnat National Spring 2022 and ESL Challenger League Season 41: Europe. However, Team Falcons did not achieve much at the highest level of play.

In a bid to find more success in the next season, Falcons are looking to make changes, which according to recent reports, will happen in the coming weeks. As revealed, Falcons are looking to sign misutaaa and NBK-, who have now been both released from their previous teams.

The French duo is said to be replacing Nicolas “Keoz” Dgus and Jayson “Kyojin” Nguyen Van on the active roster.

Meanwhile, MOUZ are not planning on making any changes to its lineup, which has remained the same since the signing of JDC in March. But the team doesn’t need to make any changes given their recent success.

Although MOUZ have not won any big events in 2022, they have done enough to break into the top 10 in the global CS:GO rankings – the highest MOUZ have been since July 2021.