Sources Say by DeKay: Who FaZe considered, BIG exploring options, and changes in North America - Dexerto

Sources Say by DeKay: Who FaZe considered, BIG exploring options, and changes in North America

Published: 13/May/2019 18:48 Updated: 13/May/2019 22:03

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


The behind-the-scenes discussions and developments are never-ending in the world of CS:GO esports, and here’s the latest rundown on what’s been going on, featuring FaZe Clan, BIG, and some of the North American teams. 

“Sources Say” is a regular column that focuses on discussions and behind-the-scenes developments I can confirm or plainly just feel confident are happening, but should never be considered as an official report. 

“X team talked with Y Player” or “A player has been practicing with B team” is the type of stuff that will normally be discussed in these columns.

Counter-Strike is in a weird place where few transfers happen between high ranked teams, which is a side-effect of the growth of esports as a whole. 

Think back to the last “blockbuster” trade or transfer – it was a long time ago. A buyout figure of a couple hundred grand is now commonplace for players on teams that aren’t even in the top twenty of the world rankings. 

While most buyouts are never paid in full, the negotiation process is much more treacherous when starting as high as they do. Every week I hear of teams inquiring on players only for nothing to materialize, in most cases due to a crazy buyout clause.

Den of GeekThe massive growth of CSGO esports has led to large contracts and buyout clauses for players.

People often assume a high buyout figure is entirely the fault of the organization and no fault of the player, but that just isn’t true. 

Players have always had some influence on their buyout, aside from extreme one off circumstances. Players are even told they can “set their own buyout”, which is based on how much they are paid monthly more than anything else. 

In almost every single case I’ve reviewed, players almost always choose as high of a monthly salary as possible and in turn making their buyout figure as high as possible. 

They see dollar signs and disregard the opportunity cost that comes with being locked into a contract that no organization in the world feels comfortable paying.

Red BullIn today’s CSGO market, players tend to look for large salaries as the top priority of their contracts.

If anything, this is the new normal in Counter-Strike. Crazy roster moves will be rare and sporadic. 

I don’t see that changing unless players go out of their way to align their contracts with the Major schedule and/or sign shorter contracts than the multi-year ones being signed now. Enough of that though, let’s talk business.

BIG exploring options

Nex - TwitterAccording to reports, BIG have been looking to replace nex, even considering bringing back smooya in his place.

BIG have been exploring the replacement of nex for a few weeks now and even considered bringing smooya back for him. 

He wouldn’t have been able to play for them for around three months at ESL events due to standing in for Renegades, so they decided against it. 

Him continuing to play for them at upcoming events cements that even further. If they make a move it looks like it will be after ESL One: Cologne but could be sooner if they find the right fit.

Who FaZe considered

FaZe Clan were interested in bringing back former FNATICS star Flusha prior to IEM Sydney.

FaZe inquired with Flusha prior to IEM Sydney, who was someone I mentioned as a likely target for them many weeks ago, but I was told by multiple sources he turned them down.

It is unclear how soon he is to returning to the game and if that had an effect on his decision or not. I heard BnTeT’s name mentioned as an option also, but from the sound of it they didn’t actively try to pursue him.

Changes in North America

Beyond The SummitThe Ghost Gaming roster has about two months left on their contracts, and it’s not clear if they will choose to resign with the org.

About two months remain on the contracts of the Ghost roster, or at least some of them. It’s too early to tell if they will re-sign with the org or if that is even an option at this point. JamesIRL has interest from compLexity as a coach, so it is clear they are exploring their options in case a new deal doesn’t work out.

Spacestation Gaming aren’t expected to retain their roster in the upcoming weeks, leaving the players orgless soon if they don’t find an alternative.


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.