Former Cloud9 Star n0thing Discusses shroud's Return to CS:GO and Their New Team With Other Legendary Players - Dexerto
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Former Cloud9 Star n0thing Discusses shroud’s Return to CS:GO and Their New Team With Other Legendary Players

Published: 16/May/2018 17:34 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 17:21

by Ross Deason

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Jordan ‘n0thing’ Gilbert has clarified a few points about the new team featuring himself, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, and a number of other veterans and legends of the CS:GO scene.

News of the new team originally broke when shroud revealed that he would be playing in the next season of ESEA Open competition with some familiar faces.

The roster, which features two of shroud’s former Cloud9 teammates in the form of n0thing and Sean ‘[email protected]’ Gares, was later discovered on ESEA, causing a great deal of excitement from community members.

Two legends of European Counter-Strike, Robin ‘Fifflaren’ Johansson and Tomi ‘lurppis’ Kovanen, are also on the team along with Norwegian caster Halvor ‘vENdetta’ Gulestøl and a number of other veterans.

The team’s matches are likely to be streamed by the likes of shroud and n0thing and shroud had already said that there will be no team practice as the project is only for fun.

However, some fans seem to hold the belief that this is the start of a return to professional CS:GO for some of the players. This caused n0thing to take to Twitter on May 15th to clarify that shroud definitely isn’t coming out of retirement and this is nothing beyond “1 fun (streamed) match per week”.

However, this won’t stop fans from looking forward to the team’s debut match and there is a high likelihood that the first streams will pull in more numbers than the average group stage match for a tournament.

The comments about players potentially leaving if there is “something else they have to do” likely refers to players like himself and [email protected] who haven’t officially retired and could potentially still join another team.

Signups for Season 28 of ESEA Open are now closed and shroud, n0thing and co. should have their first match scheduled in the coming days.

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3kliksphilip claims CSGO’s Deagle doesn’t need buff despite player outrage

Published: 28/Nov/2020 3:33

by Andrew Amos

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Philip ‘3kliksphilip’ Dyer has weighed into the CS:GO Desert Eagle debate, saying that the $800 hand-cannon doesn’t need a buff like players have suggested. Instead, the popular YouTuber believes the gun is well-balanced.

The Desert Eagle is one of Counter-Strike’s most iconic guns. Countless plays have been made with the hand-cannon, from Happy’s Play of the Decade Ace, to Xizt’s huge clutch way back in the 1.6 days for Fnatic.

However, recently players have gotten in an uproar over the gun feeling weaker than it ever has before. Dozens of posts have skyrocketed to the top of the /r/globaloffensive subreddit, all claiming the Deagle doesn’t live up to its former glory.

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The Deagle has been put under the microscope by the community for being weaker than ever before, but 3kliksphilip believes the claims are baseless.

“The Desert Eagle is flawed. Not because it is overpowered or underpowered, but because its intention is missed by the developers. It is supposed to be a high skill, high reward type of gun. Yet that doesn’t seem to be the case,” one post by Woody_S said.

However, YouTuber 3kliksphilip has debunked these claims, saying they’re not backed by facts. They’re reliant on nostalgia, which doesn’t even really exist, to base a point that the Deagle needs a buff.

“I think it’s dangerous to see older games as to what CS:GO should aspire to imitate. Compared to any other game in existence, CS:GO’s weapons have been far more rigorously balanced to ensure they all serve some sort of purpose,” he said in a November 27 video.

“All those frags you’ve seen from pros are as much luck as anything else. There was one difference back then, and that was the second shot fired was just as precise as the first.”

He broke down the stats of the Deagle to prove his point. The gun is one of the most accurate in the game, beating out all other pistols, and even most of the rifles. While it’s never claimed to be the “most accurate,” it’s still “surprisingly accurate,” like the weapon’s description says.

“The gun has never claimed to be the most accurate in the game, not by a long shot. The Deagle does live up to its expectation of being surprisingly accurate though.”

Valve did try to fill the community niche for a sniper-like hand cannon in the R8 Revolver, but that missed the mark due to the long wind-up. Now, the community wants that ideal gun to be the Deagle, which Philip says is illogical.

“For what people want from the Deagle, you’d be better off making an entirely new weapon to fulfil these criteria. But Valve did make a new weapon ⁠— they made the Revolver, which players can opt for instead of a Deagle, but don’t because it’s a bit rubbish.”

R8 Revolver in CSGO
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The R8 Revolver has failed to fill the void CS:GO players want.

There has been a decent patch proposed by community modders. The Weapon Balance Mod’s latest update, which 3kliksphilip highlighted, would decrease the Deagle’s high damage drop off, while reducing its base damage and armor penetration to reward headshots.

While these changes won’t be making it into the game properly, at least for now, 3kliks wants the community to realise that the Deagle is in a better spot than ever before. He used a side-by-side of 1.6 vs CS:GO as a comparison, and the Deagle in the 2012 release is far more accurate.

“As far as competitive Counter-Strike goes, RNG has always had a part to play with the Deagle. Those wanting less of the random element should be praising the gun for the state that it’s in right now in CS:GO in 2020.”