After CIS team Virtus.pro swept fan favorites Team Liquid aside in a dominant 2-0, fans took to the internet to voice concerns over Liquid’s CS:GO future — and Richard Lewis made his thoughts known.
While highlighting that Liquid have made positive adjustments, Lewis argues that Virtus.pro were simply the better team. In particular the much criticised Dzhami ‘Jame’ Ali has proven that despite many believing his rifle abilities aren’t up to par, if his team save and give him an AWP, he’ll dominate the enemy team. 50 kills across two maps is proof of that.
Mareks ‘YEKINDAR’ Gaļinskis also took fan’s breaths away. Lewis describes him as a “world talent,” noting that this current Virtus.pro lineup is pretty scary at the moment.
Discussion then moves onto the other semifinal between Spirit and Gambit, the former being one of Lewis’ teams of 2021. Citing veteran Abay ‘Hobbit’ Khassenov’s leadership the ace up Gambit’s sleeve as well as the individual talents of the rest of the squad, he concludes that the “CIS region is chock-a-block with talent.”
He clarifies that this is because the online era has helped CIS teams secure slots at major events, as well as get over the politics involved in roster building.
Noting that this is the “CIS region’s time,” it’s apparent that Lewis is excited for CIS’ CS:GO future.