CS:GO Commentator Moses Discusses the Best Route to Becoming a Pro Player: "[CS:GO's] equivalent of college sports" - Dexerto

CS:GO Commentator Moses Discusses the Best Route to Becoming a Pro Player: “[CS:GO’s] equivalent of college sports”

Published: 4/May/2018 10:27 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:48

by Ross Deason


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive analyst and commentator Jason ‘moses’ O’Toole has shared his thoughts on the likes of FPL and Rank S, stating that he believes they are now the best pipeline into the professional scene.

FPL (FACEIT Pro League) and ESEA’s Rank S are the highest levels of PUG matches that you can play in CS:GO and have become a place where virtually all top players hone their skills in a more relaxed environment to their team practice.

But just how important are they when it comes to discovering new up-and-coming talent? When you consider the fact that players like FaZe Clan’s Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač, SK Gaming’s Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip, and Mousesports’ Robin ‘ropz’ Kool all got their big breaks due to their performance in PUGs, it seems like the answer is “very”.

During a recent debate on Twitter, CS:GO commentator Roy ‘StrongLegs’ Ahad told former Torqued player Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery that he believes up-and-coming should concentrate more on finding a spot on an MDL team and proving themselves there than in FPL or Rank S.

FACEIT’s Milos ‘Mikey’ Nedeljkovic eventually responded to the thread, pointing out that most teams that have taken a risk on FPL or Rank S prodigies have seen more success than teams who tried to recycle old talent endlessly.

Moses, a former professional CS 1.6 player and current commentator and analyst for CS:GO, then threw his hat into the ring, saying that he believes players with a strong work ethic and good attitude will do better from FPL/Rank S than they will from playing with lower level teams in lower divisions.

He went on to explain that he sees FPL and Rank S as CS:GO’s equivalent to college sports and said that they are now the “best and most effective way into pro divisions”, citing poor scouting and talent development from top teams as one of the reasons.

The discussion is certainly an interesting one and it could go around in circles for an age but recent history would certainly favor moses’ opinion on the matter.

Of course, StrongLegs’ argument that players cannot wait around forever and should be able to balance playing for a lower level team while also grinding out Rank S or FPL matches is certainly a valid one.

The start of the Twitter thread, and all of the replies discussed in this article, can be found here.


Report: Valve cancel upcoming 2021 CSGO Major

Published: 5/Dec/2020 11:20

by Calum Patterson


CS:GO publishers Valve have scrapped plans for the game’s next Major tournament, which was set for May 2021, according to an email sent out to organizers.

According to a report from HLTV, the Major that was due to take place May 10-23 will no longer go ahead, presumably due to the global health crisis and travel restrictions, with Valve expecting impacts to still be felt in six months.

This was also why the previous Major, ESL One Rio 2020, which was meant to have taken place in September, was canceled. In the announcement from ESL, they stated “While Valve is currently not able to say when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio.”

In the email to organizers, Valve explained their plans in more detail, including confirming a Major to be held in Europe later in 2021 has been agreed with a partner and venue.

Rio Major logo
The ESL One Rio major was canceled in 2020.

CSGO Major in 2021

“We are still disentangling our prior commitments,” Valve said, “and currently have both a partner and an EU venue designated for a Major later in 2021.

“Assuming it makes sense to proceed, the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24.”

The last Major was StarLadder Berlin, which concluded with Astralis’ victory in September 2019. That means that it could be a full two years since the previous Major before we see another. With plans for it to take place in Europe, it means that all of the last four Majors will have been held in the continent.

In the email sent to tournament organizers and obtained by HLTV, Valve added that it “doesn’t have any new information about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR)” system, but welcomed feedback from the recipients.

At least in the meantime, while there are no Majors, CS:GO just launched it’s new Operation, Broken Fang, after much anticipation, adding a wealth of new content and features.