VAC Banned Finnish CS:GO Prodigy Joins MOUZ NXT As Substitute

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Finnish CS:GO Prodigy JIMPPHAT Joins MOUZ NXT as Substitute

MOUZ NXT turns towards a rather young player!

Aditya Singh Rawat
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As a temporary replacement for JDC, MOUZ NXT has gone ahead and added the Finnish CS:GO prodigy Jimpphat to its roster for the Pinnacle Cup III.
Jimpphat was handed a VAC ban in January 2018. The 15-year-old will be unbanned on January 2023 according to the new 'RMR Eligibility Guidelines' by Valve.
He has already played his first match for MOUZ NXT at the tournament and will be seen in action once again tomorrow on 24th March.

The academy CS:GO team of the German esports organization MOUZ has acquired the services of a 15-year-old Finnish prodigy, Jimi "Jimpphat" Salo, for the currently ongoing Pinnacle Cup III.

With more than a year of experience on his side having previously competed with local Finnish esports organizations like Conquer Gaming, SJ, NYYRIKKI Esports, and IQUE.gg, the young rifler has now been granted an opportunity to showcase his talent on a bigger stage.

With Jon "⁠JDC⁠" de Castro being promoted from MOUZ NXT to the main roster, the academy team was down to just four players, this is why Jimpphat was approached to stand-in for the side temporarily.

However, Jimpphat is currently banned from participating in Valve sponsored tournaments due to a VAC ban that was issued to him on 26th January 2018. As per the new RMR Eligibility Guidelines issued by Valve, he will be unbanned on the same date next year (2023).

VAC banned Finnish CS:GO prodigy joins MOUZ NXT as stand-in for Pinnacle Cup III

Jimpphat is one of the most talented CS:GO players in recent times who has worked his way to the top of the Finnish scene. He has been competing locally since 2020. He started his journey with a team called IQUE.gg with whom he competed for a duration of five months before moving on to NYYRIKKI Esports.

After spending just two months with this team, he was signed by SJ before finally making his move to Conquer Gaming three months later in November 2021 and is currently playing under their banner.

The young rifler has shown great skill and potential to be the next big player from Finland, earning a chance to showcase his talent as a stand-in for MOUZ NXT at the currently ongoing Pinnacle Cup III.

He has come into the roster as a substitute for JDC who was recently promoted from the academy team to the main MOUZ lineup. The team was short of one player short right in the middle of the tournament. MOUZ NXT currently stand at fifth place in the group stage of the tournament which comprises 16 competing teams.

The 15-year-old already played his first game with MOUZ NXT yesterday on 22nd March, as the team secured a clean '2-0' victory against GamerLegion.

Jimpphat secured an overall HLTV rating of 1.04 across the two maps (Nuke and Ancient) with a K/D of +3. He will be seen in action again tomorrow on 24th March as MOUZ NXT prepares to go up against Finest in its final match of the group stage.

MOUZ NXT defeated GamerLegion by a '2-0' scoreline

The Finnish CS:GO prodigy is actually the younger brother of Jere "sergej" Salo, who is an established professional player form Finland. Sergej has played with teams like HAVU Gaming, ENCE, and GORILLAZ.

It will be great to see how Jimpphat performs in the remainder of the tournament and whether it will be enough for him to guarantee himself a spot on the academy team's roster in a more permanent capacity.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.