A significant point of discussion in Counter-Strike is Team Liquid and their trend of always finishing in second place, but how much of an issue is it?
MiBR have shown some promise, but they haven’t returned to their previous form just yet. How likely is it that they reclaim a top three world ranking? smooya still remains teamless, is anyone even interested in him?
The answer to those three questions and more are answered in this installment of the DeKay Mailbag.
Is any team interested in smooya?— ɯaurice (@mauscribe) May 27, 2019
Last I was told he didn’t have any real offers from a professional team. I find that quite odd because he is too impactful as a player and AWPer to remain teamless. I would point towards a buyout but his buyout is actually quite reasonable from what I know. Eventually BIG will be tired of paying him his benched salary (if he has one) and just let him free of his contract.
Don’t forget that he also can’t play ESL events for another three months or so due to playing with Renegades, so any team attending Cologne is off the table. My guess is he joins a new team after Cologne or the Major.
What does Liquid need to overcome their Finals losing streak??— Charlie, sporkliest gorl (@spaceMomGG) May 26, 2019
Time, more than anything else. This five-man lineup is still pretty fresh and they still need to iron out a few issues in my opinion. Making a roster move this early would be premature.
I really wonder what they could have been able to do with more time to practice in between big events instead of playing smaller ones like BLAST Pro Series and cs_summit. My guess is they would look even better.
People need to realize how good of a problem it is to have so many second-place finishes, many teams wish they could even reach a fraction of the finals that Liquid does. They aren’t far off from turning the corner completely, but they need time.
What is happening with Refrezh and Snappi in OpTic? Will they only replace Snappi with TeSeS or possibly replace Refrezh with a Norway player like Tenzkie or possibly RUBINO?— woooow (@sleep3k) May 26, 2019
The only change I’m aware of right now is them benching Snappi for TeSeS. They are not in a position financially to buy players out right now with the whole Infinite situation. I think MSL will give this lineup a solid amount of time to mesh before making another move like that.
Any news on big?— Benni Scheller (@BenniScheller) May 26, 2019
Nothing new to report with them. I assume they retain this lineup for the Major and then reassess afterward. I do think bringing smooya back wouldn’t be a bad idea though, if all parties are willing.
has ex 3dmax been in talks with any orgs yet?— bagin (@baginxc) May 26, 2019
Not that I know of.
What are your thoughts on the recent form from mibr? Do you see them taking their top 3 spot back?— The God (@TwoGods1) May 30, 2019
I think they are in a do or die position at the moment because they have shown flashes of resurgence but nothing super convincing. Additionally, FURIA is improving at an exponential rate and I feel like that will put pressure on them to get things going.
Things will go downhill fast if they aren’t the best Brazilian team anymore. I don’t think they crack the top three, I expect Liquid, Na’Vi, and Astralis to hold those spots for the foreseeable future.
I dont think G2 will ever be top 8, so what will it take to get Vitality to top 5. ALEX replacing Happy, then later becoming full igl has helped, but do they need one more roster change to become elite? And if so who— Hazemore (@Hazemore04) May 26, 2019
Given their recent performance I don’t think they need to make a change. They should ride this momentum into the Major and see what happens.
If faze pull out of csgo do you think the team will just be sold off as a team to another org or each player sold individually to separate orgs?— ZeGermanPotato (@ZeGermanPotato) May 28, 2019
If that happened, I expect they’d go their separate ways. I don’t see all of the players being willing to sign brand new long term contracts with a new organization. I could be wrong though, that’s just my intuition.
What realistic teams does autimatic have chance to get on if he decides to leave c9— Cheeky (@MaxFunnell) May 27, 2019
Any team in NA besides Liquid as well as some decent European teams. I don’t see him leaving C9 anytime soon though.
Where'd ESG Tours go? Any word on if Mykonos was a nail in the coffin? Old news I know, but I enjoyed their last event.— Pr0nogo (@Pr0nogo) May 27, 2019
This is a good question but I honestly have no idea. I will look into it.