es3tag takes over AWPing

Gijs Verhoeff
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Illustration by NovaH. Source: Cloud9

Who knew picking up a player known for his visa and ping issues, kicking him and forcing a rifler to play AWP, and then eventually giving it to a hybrid player, would cause us all to raise an eyebrow. Not Cloud9 apparently.

In what has to be one of the more predictable moves of this year, ALEX has passed the AWPing role on to es3tag, to hopefully remedy the slump Cloud9 is currently in. Is it a slump if you've always been in it?

Yes, es3tag has the level. And yes, ALEX on the AWP could've worked out. And yes, woxic was, on paper, a god-tier choice for the big green sniper. But there were also plenty of red flags. Why Henry "OH WHAT'S HE DONE THAT FOR" Greer didn't pick up on them earlier is the bigger mystery here.

Alright, now that we have that out of our system, let's analyse this move.

Sure, you'd much rather have an actual AWPer, but like we've explained in an earlier newsletter, the "floating AWP" meta is all the rage right now. Yes that's what we're dubbing it. And a player like es3tag is a prime player to slot into such a meta, in our opinion. Who knows it might even help prop up his stats.

He's shown time and time again he can keep a good level on both rifle and sniper, and this frees up ALEX' brain for more tactics. In short, on paper, Cloud9 should profit from this. Although look where "on paper" got them before.

February 21, 2021

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