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Is it even fair to call OG and NIP big teams any more? Maybe we should be talking about Grayhound instead as a big team. Oh, they also lost. Never mind then.
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nexa has gone on break, and OG haven’t missed a beat.
That’s to say: They’re just as mediocre without him as they were with him.
We’ve bashed OG before for calling out of spawn every round, for baiting flameZ, for still pretending NEOFRAG is worthy of star trade-fragger roles but even we thought they’d qualify out of THIS group.
Losing to fellow stand-in JACKZ and Vitality is one thing, but the #8-ranked team (yes, they’re actually that high) had no excuses in the lower bracket.
paiN are no slouches, sure, but degster should never be recording just 16 kills in a 16:14 loss on map three. He’s a star awper who doesn’t get openers and throws fewer flashes than mopoz — if he’s not harvesting kills in the mid and late round, he’s next to useless.
Even more embarrassing was that OG went on to lose to NIP, who looked terrible all week before and after their OG win.
OG have farmed their BLAST partnership for all it was worth to get to 8th in the world, meaning it didn’t take a genius to see this collapse coming a mile off.
They looked uninspired even in those wins, with a thinner playbook than my lecture notes from this year of university. But, they have always looked like that. The wins they did get were as unsustainable as EG’s win over Heroic.
Think of all of degster’s 1v2s, all of flameZ’s bullshit entries, or F1KU’s crazy multi-kills. They were never going to be more than gatekeepers with this style unless they somehow maintained individual overperformances.
What’s the solution? Maybe degster can start calling instead of niko, bringing a bit more of chopper’s CIS style in. But we’re not certain he’s got the personality nor the chops to do it.
It’s a nightmare. And there’s no easy fix in sight.
All Esports teams try to be on the cutting edge. Sometimes, this involves being inspired by recent events. Like when someone at Case saw what Arkansas was doing and went “we have to get in on that”.
Enter Snowzin, the 15-year-old prodigy picked up by the Brazillian org.
Previously the baby-aged assassin spent time on Godsent’s and Log Grandes’ academy teams going largely unnoticed. He wasn’t destroying stats the way m0NESY did, in fact, his stats weren’t impressive at all. He has a career average of 0.94 HLTV rating.
That’s bang average until you remember: He’s 15. If he’s already competing and doing well enough now, imagine what he could do in the future. Most players improve astronomically between the ages of 15 and 20 with their peak coming around 22.
With Snowzin already surrounded by pros ready to teach him, who knows what peak he can reach? There’s even potential for him to grow into the next superstar that wins nothing on FURIA.
In all seriousness, Brazil has had a serious drought of competitive teams at the top recently.
If there was a plan, maybe copying Brazillian football teams could be the play. Produce wonder kids en masse, keep them for as long as possible, and then profit.
We’ve played enough Football Manager to know that’s the road to success.
What’s the most tilting loss you’ve ever had?
A quadruple overtime loss where you lost a 1v1 at 15-14? A 14-5 choke? How about a complete CT side collapse after T side dominance?
Whatever it is, you can take some solace in the fact that even one of the best teams in the world can completely capitulate from 14-1 up and lose the bloody map.
FaZe Clan were up against Vitality in what is essentially a seeding game, so it’s really not that important, and flew out of the blocks into a 14-1 lead on the T side of Anubis.
Now, CT side on a new map, especially one like this, is never easy. But they needed two - two! - CT rounds to win the map. They, uh, at least got overtime?
Vitality clawed their way to overtime and overpowered FaZe Clan, sneaking through to map two and winning the series in two in another close one on Nuke. FaZe did recover mentally, but then lost in OT again. That’s gotta sting.
Still, could be worse. At least they qualified.
OG-conquerors NIP came up against the only team who conspired to lose to OG, 00NATION. After going up 1-0 and taking the piss on Twitter, they were dealt a swift comeuppance. 00NATION, with a stand-in, reverse swept NIP and moved on to playoffs.
We’re not saying this group was incredibly weak, but… 00NATION with a stand-in qualified.
NIP can’t even use the ‘stand-in’ excuse. They lost to a team whose IGL was absent. We’re sure it’s somehow not Aleksib’s fault.
That’s not all; somehow paiN vs Grayhound was a lower bracket final game. Because NIP also lost to Grayhound and paiN toppled OG; this group was a completely nonsensical omnishambles, and NIP and OG are to blame.
Maybe Group D will be better.
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