Here is the second half of the Monthly Mailbag I do where I answer questions sent to me on Twitter. Read part one here.
Possibility of moves for Navi? Random question but would you correlate more professional Organisations with greater success? Astralis and such seem to have much more support and infrastructure than Navi (looking from the outside of course)
— IncognitoTomski (@IncognitoTomski) November 29, 2018
I don’t expect a move for Na’Vi until after the Major. If they place well there I could totally see them keeping this five man lineup.
I think the professionalism that organizations have make a very small difference at the end of the day, but that small difference is monumental at the very top of Counter-Strike. The routine and focus on health Astralis has developed and instilled with their players gives them the upper hand on almost everything outside of the server. It isn’t a large aspect of why they are so dominant, but it’s another reason they are so dominant.
Who will be fer’s substitute in blast pro lisboa?
— Thiago Parry (@thiagoparry) November 28, 2018
That is purely up to Stewie and Tarik, I’m not sure if they’ve decided just yet. I’d guess someone from NA like Brax if he’s allowed at BLAST.
Would you call device’s 6 MVP’s this year justified, and what ones do you think he did deserve or didn’t deserve?
— Impact (@ImpactCS_) November 28, 2018
I think they are all justified. It’s easy when you’re on the best team to get overshadowed by the accomplishments of the team alone and he has done his best to show just how consistently good he is. This will go down as a very special year for dev1ce and it’s almost a shame that s1mple has done so much, because that’s what people will remember more.
Thoughts on C9 going majority EU? Do you think this project will last long? What do you think liquid needs to do to grab a tournament win?
— Theta (@theta2k) November 28, 2018
C9 is tough because I don’t see all three Europeans willing to live in North America long term, but I also don’t see RUSH and autimatic being willing to move to EU. I think they’re going to have to pick one way or the other before too long. This lineup can work but I’m just not too confident in all the little discrepancies getting ironed out properly for them to flourish. I’ll answer Liquid in a another question.
When do you think will we see the first team with a six-men rotation, where the starting five will be picked based on form, map, opponent, etc.
— Christian Lennartz (@clennar1) November 28, 2018
I think we are a couple years out from that, but the idea seems interesting. You would have to have absolute confidence that the players you are moving in and out are head and shoulders above their counterpart on that specific map to justify doing it with regularity. Counter-Strike is a hard game to consistently be good at while playing at the international level. It would only take a couple poor games from one of those 6th men before issues would start. Five players already have a hard enough time getting along. Adding a 6th would be difficult.
What is snax doing right now?
— Benjamin Scheller (@BenniScheller) November 28, 2018
He’s just riding the bench for the inevitable future. I haven’t heard one way or another on his situation so that leaves me to assume no one has really inquired on him. You’ll remember that I published his buyout figure of $300,000 so that ultimately means his new buyout is just as much if not more.
What’s next for Boltz?
— Savjy (@SavjyXD) November 28, 2018
That’s a good question, I haven’t heard anything about him. It sucks that he disappeared so quickly and he definitely deserves to play on a decent professional team. Maybe I can find out in the near future.
Will liquid win a big title soon or do you think there is change needed for that?
— finisher180 (@finisher180) November 28, 2018
I just don’t see an obvious move they can make that doesn’t require them to pay insane amounts of money. They should remain the same if they can.
How much do you think legends like GeT_RiGhT or Olof can still bring to the table and do you see them staying in their top teams for at least another year?
— AdmiralCrunch (@TobKar99) November 28, 2018
Their experience and natural instinct inside the server will always be worth something to a team, but the days of GeT_RiGhT being a dominant force all but over. I’d expect both of them to be around for a few more years should they choose to do so. Veteran Swedish players have always been held with high regard.
Any information on the tournament format of the upcoming major? Are people truly unhappy with Bucholz?
— Dr. sp1nj (@sp1nj) November 28, 2018
I haven’t heard about the format for the Major itself, I’m pretty sure it will remain somewhat similar to that of the Minor which is double-elimination groups.
Do u think autimatic can continue the awping reins for c9? Or do u think they should get a primary awper?
— JMP_6677 (@jmp6677) November 28, 2018
I think they should work towards getting a primary dedicated AWPer but the trouble is finding one. They’ve offered people in the past from NA and no one has been interested. I’m not sure a move makes sense in the current climate.
How does it work with C9 keeping their EPL NA Season 9 spot and also their ECS one despite having three EU players?
— Cameron (@CamehZoR) November 28, 2018
They get to keep their spots.
Why don’t top CS teams in general support academy teams
— Mtty (@Maticussy) November 28, 2018
Tournament and WESA rules have been made to prevent them from participating in the same events.
Is there a possibility that taco goes back to MiBR in replace of Fer?
— Jordan wddsdsd (@Jordan12360) November 28, 2018
I don’t think so, at least not anytime soon.
Anything related to team liquid, considering a group stage exit at a big event and sadokist mentioning behind the scene “roster change rumors” there might be some news there
— Jadjadz (@Jadjadzz) November 28, 2018
There haven’t really been roster change rumors, just the natural discomfort that occurs when you’ve had so many runner up finishes. Things definitely aren’t perfect but again, who do you go out and get? No specific player really makes sense right now so if anything were to happen, it will be after the Major. They already made the Semi-finals in Malta so once again they’ve shown their ability to bounce back, despite it being a lower level of competition. I’m curious to see what they can do at the EPL Finals if Twistzz feels a bit better.
What do faze clan and envyus look like for the future both with struggling rosters what roster changes or things do they have in mind or are rumored to make change because 2 huge orgs with lack luster results won’t last long
— Jachro (@JachroYT) November 28, 2018
FaZe Clan just won an event so they aren’t too upset with their current situation. I do think Karrigan’s days are numbered though. Just like many other teams, they could make a move after the Major as well. Envy will definitely make moves soon. I’m not sure what they’ll do though just yet.
What do you think about byalis and snax future?
— Sk1 (@NotSkinex) November 28, 2018
The future isn’t looking too bright if I’m honest. The two of them have burned a number of bridges with people in the Polish scene and they don’t intend to play with each other as far as I know. Snax will have a tough time getting out from under his contract.
is alternate going to pick up another team if they do disband like you said, or is alternate attax dropping out of CSGO
— Shinra Beta (@bakadesusenpai2) November 29, 2018
I’m not sure exactly, I think it’s possible both teams sit out from CS:GO for a while. It all depends on who becomes available.
Do you know any info with liquid and what players they’d like to replace and who they would like to get if they do want to make changes?
— P(goon)jammin (@pjammin) November 29, 2018
As I mentioned above, I don’t think they’ve even got that far into the conversation. If I had to randomly speculate, I’d say NAF goes to a different team somehow. Time will tell.