Pretending online CS matters again

Harry Richards
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How did we do this for two years?

No, seriously. Online CS is a world where a final contains a 16:13, 16:14 and 19:17, with the best team in the world LOSING, as the three maps and yet there is zero tension whatsoever.

Even syrsoN showed up, which definitely occupies the uncanny valley; this is the guy who averages a 0.99 rating against top 5 opponents on LAN and you want us to believe he dropped a 1.33 rating against FaZe in a grand final?

We can make BIG onliner jokes all night, but we’ll try and make this tournament matter to real, LAN CS. Sort of.

Roobet cup was, to all extents and purposes, a warmup for IEM Cologne. And BIG, who will have the home crowd behind them if they make it to the LANXESS, have just got as mediocre a confidence booster as you can get.

Not only did they edge FaZe 2-1 in the final, they also 2-0’d another team who were using the event as practice, Cloud9, in the semi-final. But, we wouldn’t release the “I was right” video just yet, Mauisnake.

That series came on the back of 10-kill-a-game hall of famer tiziaN single-handedly smashing C9 with a 1.44 rating — if that isn’t a sign that online CS means less than nothing, we’re not sure what is.

But yes, there are some storylines. It is now three events in a row without a trophy for FaZe, Spinx struggled against FaZe again, and Xyp9x’s corpse even showed brief glimpses of life in Astralis’ run to the top four.

But, realistically, who’s arsed? We’ve had enough of this now — let’s get back to stadiums.

June 30, 2022

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