With the full list of teams set for the StarLadder Berlin Major, we all now must wait nearly a month for the New Challengers Stage to begin. Roster discussion is at a stand-still for most Major bound teams, but there is still plenty on the table to discuss.
Has Fifflaren started a movement? What was Boomb14 tweeting about? Should Cloud9 or NRG make a roster move soon? Answers to these and much more are in this installment of the DeKay Monthly CS:GO Mailbag.
This is part 2 of DeKay's monthly mailbag - if you missed Part 1 you can catch up here.
What should the next move for C9 be? Stick with the roster they've got and see where it takes them or try and make a move for 1 or 2 more changes?— Jake V. (@TheJakeVanO) July 28, 2019
They need to give the roster a full chance before they make another change in my opinion. A leader like daps will need time to help them build their map pool and find where they are most comfortable in a best-of three environment. It would be crazy to cut someone so early into this new project. I think they should keep their roster the same until the end of the year.
Do you think the Fifflaren / NiP exposé is the beginning of something? Like finally getting rid of some skeletons that's been in the CSGO scene's closet.— Sebastian (@detbrusar) July 28, 2019
When Fifflaren first mentioned he wanted to talk to Richard Lewis about it, that was my first thought. I hoped it would result in many more coming out and telling their story about NiP as well as other organizations. I spend a ton of time working with people to help them get money they are owed on a regular basis, but a majority of them never want it going public. In most cases they are afraid that it might hurt their reputation and don’t want to risk it. That’s not a healthy way to live.
I have had a ton of people reach out since his interview, so yes is the answer to your question. Who knows how many have contacted Richard. I’m loving every second of it.
Do you think Valve will get involved with more tournaments in the CS:GO scene in the future that aren't majors? For the majors themselves, do you think the prize pool needs to be increased?— Ryan (@k3arCS) July 28, 2019
I don’t see them getting more hands-on outside of Majors, that’s just not the Valve way. Sure, prize pool being increased wouldn’t be bad but money alone won’t help them feel more prestigious though. I think getting the community involved similarly to the way they do with the International would be a huge step in the right direction. Stickers are pretty lackluster in terms of revenue these days so I’d like to see them reinvent that process somehow.
Additionally, they need to approach the awarding process for Majors a bit more diligently moving forward. I’m over the process of giving the new guy a Major each year and “seeing how they do.” It’s time to return to giving it to the organizer with the best pitch and the most amount of resources to put on a memorable event.
What's the situation with bodyy?— Erick Shufeldt (@erickshufeldt) July 28, 2019
I unfortunately don’t have an answer for you there, I haven’t heard his name pop up in a while now.
Do you think cr4zy might make a roster change by replacing letn1?— Lukas (@lukksius) July 28, 2019
Unless there is some sort of internal conflict, I don’t see that happening. They just made the Major for the first time, so I can only imagine spirits are very high at the moment. I expect their lineup to remain the same unless nexa or huNter get picked up by a bigger organization later on in the year.
Do you know something about g2 kicking lucky?— Sk1nex (@NotSkinex) July 28, 2019
I have not heard that at this time, no. Although, knowing shox, that is probably the guy they would pick if they do in fact want to make a change. Like many teams, the Major will decide how they will approach their roster moving forward.
What are your thoughts on Boombl4's remarks about his time on QBF, and having money taken from him? This seems to be a continuation of a trend of organizations conducting shady business without repercussions because of people seemingly not speaking up until long after the fact.— Will Vickers (@WVick7) July 28, 2019
I’ve been actively working on a story about his experience for about a week now and it’s really unfortunate. In a way, he isn’t exactly owed the amount he tweeted about, but he did in fact have money stolen from him. I will explain it in a report within the next few days.
At the end of the day Quantum Bellator Fire was an extremely amateurish “organization” who had a team that got extremely lucky during their run at the Boston Major. There are a ton of these shady organizations that still remain, but as you mentioned people don’t like to speak up. I hope my contribution as well as others eventually get us to a place where things like this don’t go unmentioned publicly for as long as they typically do. I’ll try my best to make sure that happens.
JW (one of flusha's close friends) told the stream that Flusha would never join NiP in his opinion due to the drama with Pita and not very close relationship with all the players on NiP. Why didnt you say fnatic is looking at him?— Hamshanks (@Turner03Ur) July 28, 2019
Any update on the FaZe situation?— Baitzera (@Baitzera_) July 28, 2019
Like many teams, nothing will change until after the Major. After that, I’m pretty certain that neo will not remain with the team. Moving forward, things could go a ton of different directions but I haven’t heard one way or the other just yet. I have a feeling the team will head their separate ways if their next lineup doesn’t work out, but that is purely speculation.
any possibility of ence upgrading with sunny? maybe -aerial? any thoughts/info/ also opinion?— TysoNOG- (@tysonog1) July 28, 2019
I do think that is an option after the Major and I believe that is partially the reason he is still not playing with a new team. People do have to remember, he is still under contract with Mousesports though. He does have a buyout and I do not believe it is a cheap one. ENCE will have to be absolutely sure it is the best decision for them as a team if they are going to spend that kind of money. They had at least one player want suNny in the team and talked with him on multiple occasions about possibly joining following the Katowice Major. The team was just in too good of a spot to justify making the move in the end.
Where do you see Astralis in the next few months? They have performed very poorly after the major and in the last few months they only beat Fnatic, Nip, Heroic, and C9 when it was in shambles— LO5T (@LO5T4) July 28, 2019
They are in a pivotal spot right now because their performance moving forward will decide how the future of the team will go. If they turn things around, they are a team who can pick up incredible momentum and storm their way back to the top quickly. Although, if they can’t find their confidence, it will be a quick drop in the world rankings and inevitably a roster change situation. Personally, I think they will improve and give Liquid a serious challenge. I don’t see them as the number one team again though.
Even though JW said in an interview the team is feeling good together, were there any planned roster changes?— bagin (@baginxc) July 28, 2019
I don’t believe the team had pre-existing agreements to make any roster changes. They really did give the Minor a fair shake and tried as hard as they could. I’m sure some of them knew that being replaced was a possibility if they failed to qualify for the Major, but nothing was planned officially from what I know. Most teams heading into Minors and Majors will have a good feeling about their upcoming performance, that’s how confidence works. No one actually knows how good things will go though.
Do you think NRG will make changes if they don't get good result in Berlin?— Liquid - Meran (@meranvh99) July 28, 2019
I really don’t think so. I feel the same way about them as I do Cloud9, give them time. The only way possible is if they bombed out of the event without a single match won, but that’s not likely. They added a new in-game leader, so it should be expected that it will take time for him to get to work and for the players to adapt to their new playstyle. I think it is a bit unrealistic to expect instant results when so many things will have changed internally within the team.
Any news of what direction ex-Optic is going? Any of them going together or will we see them all split up? I would love to see Refrezh and k0nfig work more with MSL— Han Joo 'Cracker Barrel hater' Park (@Croudss) July 28, 2019
All signs have been pointing to them sticking together and signing with a new organization. I do not have any information as to if they have gotten that done yet or if it’s still in progress.
Do you think 100 Thieves will be looking to build something of an international super team or will they settle for an ex-Optic level squad?— TopiT (@TuppurainenTopi) July 29, 2019
100 Thieves don’t want to come into CS:GO again and have a team that might not perform that well. If and when they come back, they want to have the best chance possible to have a really good team. I don’t expect them to sign ex-OpTic because there are still too many question marks with their level of play. Not to say they aren’t capable at becoming a high ranked squad, I just know 100 Thieves want something a bit more certain.
What do you think has to change for fnatic to be a top team once again ?— Maximilian Schank (@Maximil27126470) July 28, 2019
It’s pretty simple in my opinion. They need to replace Xizt or have someone else in-game lead. That one change alone will do wonders for them.