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It’s not been an easy few months for Rogue and their IGL Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen. Although the team qualified for StarLadder Season 7, they flopped out of the qualifiers for the AM Minor. And now, they’re out of the running in yet another event: IEM Sydney.

Rogue were expected to get far in the open qualifier and perhaps even win it but they ran into trouble in the quarter finals. There, MSL’s team played and lost the Bad News Bears 16-10, eliminating them from the race for IEM Sydney.

As it turns out, fans weren’t the only one that expected Rogue to win. MSL was so confident in his boys that he thought the qualifier would be a breeze.

The statement from MSL, naturally, didn’t sit well with some of Bears’ own team members and Peter “ptr” Gurney did not hold back either. “You’re a joke,” ptr replied to MSL, only for the latter to make it clear he wasn’t downplaying Bad News Bears’ achievements.

In MSL’s defense, Rogue didn’t have a lot of time to practice anyway. On Jan. 31, the team welcomed former OpTic player Nikolaj “niko” Kristensen and played the IEM Sydney qualifiers just two days later.

MSL is right about one thing at least: Rogue will have to start practicing hard if they want to make something happen. The team is qualified for StarLadder Season 7, but the league’s line-up is stacked with much worthier and proven sides such as FaZe Clan, Fnatic, MIBR, Natus Vincere and Ninjas in Pyjamas. If Rogue want to make it to the StarLadder finals, they will need a top 8 placement, and that won’t be easy to get — especially if their results so far are any indication.

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