With the IEM Katowice CS:GO Major about to kick off its final stage, DeKay is back with another Mailbag looking at some of the biggest questions from the community.
There's less than 24 hours left until the playoffs of the first CS:GO Major of 2019 gets underway, and there's plenty at stake for all the teams involved.
Depending on how each teams perform, we could be set for a number of roster moves once the post-Major shuffle gets underway.
Part 2 of DeKay's Mailbag will look at a few of the teams that could be set for moves, as well as look beyond the Major to what's coming during the rest of 2019.
Who will win the Major?
Which top8 surprised you the most? Who are you rooting for? And your bet would be in which team to win?
— Joao Mariani (@joaohmariani) February 26, 2019
The biggest surprise for the entire Major in general has to be Renegades. I put them in to make Top 8 in my Pick’Em but only after the Challengers Stage. The appear very cohesive and I’m amazed at how well AZR plays while also being the in-game leader. They almost look like a mini Team Liquid.
Speaking of Team Liquid, they are my choice to win it all. I think their path to the Final is clear cut and they are overflowing with confidence.
Could tarik have landed somewhere other than NRG?
What other offers did tarik have besides NRG?
— Ben (@KERBENJi) February 26, 2019
I’m not 100% certain of every team that reached out to him. My guesses would be teams like Envy and compLexity.
Where will karrigan land?
Where do you think Karrigan will end up going ? , NA pay check or regaining success in EU ?
— Patricio Muñoz Ramos (@PatoMunozRamos) February 26, 2019
If I had to put money on it now, it would be either Envy or Mousesports. In that order. Still uncertain at this point though.
What are FaZe Clan's long-term plans?
Is Faze looking at ChrisJ as a possible fifth player before the Major? AdreN is just a stand in, right? Ir not ChrisJ, who else is Faze considering for the Job? Ty
— Antonio M. Martin (@antoniomg16) February 26, 2019
I think that is doubtful. I’m not sure how keen NiKo is on working with ChrisJ again. I think it wouldn’t be a bad idea though. It is hard to say how everyone on that team feel about him.
I haven’t heard any rumors about it being possible yet. Again, it is early because FaZe are still in the Major.
Are BIG looking to make moves after a disappointing Major?
With BIG's massive failure at the major how likely are they now to pursue potentially getting ChrisJ?
— Will Vickers (@WVick7) February 26, 2019
I think them looking to players like ChrisJ or woxic is a real possibility. There have a been a few rumors pointing that direction, but it’s still a bit early yet.
What's up with Ghost and steel?
Why has Ghost abandoned steel? (Org and teammates)
— YamsInACan [Yamin A] (@Yams1nACan) February 26, 2019
Contrary to what most people think, it has nothing to do with being able to play Majors or not. It’s not my position to discuss what exactly at this time. Maybe in the future.
Is a French roster shuffle on the horizon?
With no French teams making the playoffs, how long until the next French shuffle and who do you expect to move?
— Dewba (@DewbaCS) February 26, 2019
I don’t expect much movement from them. At the most, G2 maybe making a singular change? That’s the only thing I feel is possible, but for now I wouldn’t be surprised if they stay put.
What about a Danish shuffle?
Any news on a danish shuffle?
— Donald Duck (@Originnzzz) February 26, 2019
Not that I’m aware of. From what I’m told, Mertz was in fact sick and Heroic held him out a tiny bit longer rather than immediately throwing him back into the fire.
I haven’t heard of any real movement yet around North and OpTic. We will see.
Can MIBR beat Astralis?
Do you think liquid will beat astralis in the finals? Do you think mibr has a chance of beating astralis?
— The God (@TwoGods1) February 26, 2019
I explained the first part above. I don’t believe MiBR have the map pool to make it past Astralis though.
What's next for pashaBiceps?
Will pasha play in a competitive team again? Mabye with olof because it is a dream of both to play once together?
— BMG (@BMGoI) February 26, 2019
I haven’t heard anything about Pasha and his future. He doesn’t strike me as someone that is interested in grinding from the bottom. It will probably come down to the quality of offers he receives.
Playing with olof doesn’t sound like something that would actually happen. Who knows though.
Can compLexity replicate their success in the future?
Was the Col performance a complete fluke, or do you think they can actually remain a quality team moving forward? Who do they try to pick up to improve that roster?
— Jake V. (@TheJakeVanO) February 26, 2019
I don’t have a ton of confidence in them. I’d be shocked if either n0thing or Rickeh remain with them moving forward. They would have to make a huge splash for me to count on them to carry any sort of momentum the rest of the year.
Stanislaw played out of his mind and they can’t expect that to happen on a regular basis.
Is a new seasonal league on the way?
Which TO is setting up the new seasonal competition (like pro league or ECS)?
— Daniel Powell (@DanielMPowell) February 26, 2019
None that I’m aware of. Everything appears very static at the moment with mostly format changes occurring. Ask me again in six months.