In the third and final installment of this month’s mailbag, I discuss the final questions from the Counter-Strike community that involve Team SoloMid, ENCE, FaZe Clan, MIBR and more.
Anything new on TSM?
ANYTHING NEW ON THE LEGENDARY NORTH AMERICAN ORGANIZATION KNOWN AS TSM (TEAM SOLOMID)? SORRY FOR SCREAMING BUT I BROKE MY CAPS LOCK KEY
— jeff bozos (@bathwaterabuser) October 27, 2019
TSM is always keeping an eye on the environment to see if anything meets what they’re looking for. The thing is, they have a very specific set of stipulations for their team if they are to return. They aren’t willing to overlook anything just for the sake of re-entering CS:GO so there is no way to know if it will ever happen.
Are most of your sources inside or outside of teams?
I know you’ve answered this before and do not want to reveal your sources. But could you tell us whether most sources are inside or outside of the team? I’m just trying to understand how your roster leaks work ^^
— AdmiralCrunch (@TobKar99) October 27, 2019
It would be unethical to even say one way or the other on that one. As I always say when things like this are asked, use your best judgement and you’ll likely be correct.
How much did G2 payed for Hunter and Nexa?
How much did G2 payed for Hunter and Nexa
— MOthafuckq (@aleksa_pupovic) October 27, 2019
I don’t have the total just yet, but it definitely wasn’t free. I should know more in the near future about the deal.
Are FaZe Clan satisfied with broky?
Are faze satisfied with broky? Do they want to keep him?
— Stefan (@The_FetS) October 27, 2019
From what I can tell they are, but I don’t know for certain. He has done well thus far in my opinion, so I don’t see why he wouldn’t stick around for a while.
What will be the best new Polish team, and who would be on it?
What player or what team will be the new best polish team? If any...
— Spaghetti Yeti (@SpaghettiYeti0) October 27, 2019
I couldn’t tell you, I barely get to watch enough Tier 1 Counter-Strike as it is.
Will ENCE continue to receive event invites?
Do you think ence is gonna keep getting invites or do they need to grind qualifiers and maybe some DH opens?
— Henri Hyttinen (@HyttinenHenri) October 27, 2019
They will still get invites, maybe just not as many though. It will be on them to make the most of the invites they do get or as you mentioned, it will be back to qualifiers for them.
Who's in-game leading for Ninjas in Pyjamas?
Who's IGLing for NiP? Is Lekr0 back at it or is there someone else?
— Rad Onofrio (@rad1ey_) October 27, 2019
I have no idea, it changes every week.
What happened to Renegades being sold?
What happened to renegades being sold?
— Nathan Vella | OkraN (@OkraNcs) October 27, 2019
Renegades getting sold was never something I reported. My report highlighted that their current deal with their org was coming to a close. That means they have/will re-sign with Renegades or they will move on to somewhere else. I have no idea where they are in that process though at this time.
Are ENCE's recent struggles due to a new roster?
Do you think ENCE's recent performances are a result of a new roster and little practice, or do you think this trend will continue?
— Jaron (@Ibpsack) October 27, 2019
Initially, yes. They did have a brutal road schedule that didn’t allow them to innovate. Now that they’ll have some time, there won’t really be any more excuses. They’ll have to perform right away to make any sort of justification for kicking Aleksib.
Are there other international teams in the works? 100 Thieves? Dignitas?
With all of the big free agents on the market, are there any other international teams in the works behind the scenes? Anything being put together by 100T, Dig etc?
— HeliiZ (@Wheatley006) October 27, 2019
Nothing at the moment, from what I know. That can change at any time of course, but we are at the tail end of roster movement for most teams until a bit further into 2020.
Expectations for FaZe Clan?
What do you expect from this FaZe lineup , should they get a experienced IGL or this lineup can work?
— UrimHD (@Urim_HD) October 27, 2019
I expect a top 8-10 team, but nothing more than that without a dedicated in-game leader.
What's the player response regarding the StarSeries Season 8 format?
What's the response from the players regarding the format in Turkey? (Starseries S8)
— Joakim smedman (@jocke_nice) October 27, 2019
I think most teams enjoyed the format and knowing that they could still battle back on multiple occasions if they had a mishap. It is a format that truly helps decide who the best team is at the event and reduces the effect fluke results can have on an overall tournament.
Although, I would expect complaints if every event had this format. Players like variation, so it is nice to have once in a while.
Where's a reasonable place for MSL to land?
With the current need of IGLs in the pro scene where is a reasonable place for MSL to land?
— Doom (@DrDoom12912) October 28, 2019
He should have a ton of teams trying to get him but sadly I doubt that is the case.
The only reasonable place I see him ending up is back on North. It just makes sense.
What's going on with Vitality?
What the hell is going on in vitality?
— Robin (@SirNuk3) October 28, 2019
I think it is pretty early on still to expect too much from them, but they are likely trying their best to mold shox into the roster. NBK did a ton of underappreciated work, so someone has to pick up that slack if they want to achieve the same results or better. It just takes time.
Expectations for Dignitas' roster?
Dignitas possible roster?
— Nour John (@Baiatu_Felinar) October 28, 2019
I’m not sure who is even out there for them to get, unless they grab a whole team from another organization. There are more orgs than top teams at the moment.
Any news about Hiko?
Any news about Hiko joining/starting a new team?
— Marlando Bloom (@Marland101) October 28, 2019
I have not heard anything, but I hope he has something in the works.
Is there going to be a North American major in 2020?
Is there gonna be a NA Major this year if you’ve heard anything
— zach (@xZoito) October 28, 2019
It’s still early due to the May Major, but I do think we are due for another Major in North America. Won’t be long before we find out.
Any info about the ex-Luminosity players, except for Steel?
Do you know anything about the ex-LG players, besides Steel?
— Edu (@edubettiol) October 28, 2019
I do not, I haven’t heard a single thing.
What's still missing for MIBR?
What’s missing for MIBR to become a great team again?
— Lucas Landa :flag-br: (@lucasduarteidk) October 27, 2019
I think about this a good amount and I just can’t figure out what they are missing. Map pool is definitely a huge aspect, I don’t see where else they appear confident other than Train. That is something I expect Fallen to fix though.
I guess maybe I expected more of an impact from kNg? I’m not really sure.
Is there a chance that TenZ returns to Cloud9?
Is there a chance that TenZ going to return back to the cloud9 roster if Subroza trail ends with him leaving the team?
— Naheek (@Naheek2) October 27, 2019
0% chance as far as I know.
Who are the most well paid players?
Who’s the most well paid players in cs go?
— Chuckyyy1 (@Chuckyyy14) October 27, 2019
Why didn't FaZe Clan acquire aleksib?
Why didn't FaZe get Aleksib?
— LummyTum (@LummyTum) October 27, 2019
They didn’t believe he would be a good fit for the team. I’m not sure exactly why they felt that way though. I think paying both his buyout and Coldzera’s wouldn't have been possible either.