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American CS Catching Up?

For almost 2 years, the Counter Strike 1.6 scene has slowly been rising again due to the death of the CGS [Championship Gaming Series]. Many have noticed that American Counter Strike was severely weak against the top European or Asian teams. However as the months have gone on and teams such as Evil Geniuses and Complexity have been going out to more international competitions, we’ve slowly seen many more wins over European teams- especially those coming from Team EG.

While I personally recognize Complexity as my favorite team, in general I support all of American Counter Strike and it is certainly very exciting when the Americans can get a win over the top European teams. What I mean by this is that during this past week some amazing, practically exciting, moments in American CS at Arbalet Cup 2009, which certainly startled many of us. We saw Team Evil Geniuses, probably one of the underdogs of the entire tournament, take out not only mTw, but also Again who won WCG 2009 against a very hungry Team Fnatic. They were also able to go into overtime against SK-Gaming but ultimately fell to a score of 20-17.

Some of you will argue and say well the games were best out of 3, and that a real legitimate win isn’t valid unless it’s played out among three games. Despite that, the simple fact that American CS teams were able to beat these incredibly skilled teams is still an exciting new look on how we, as Americans, are slowly becoming skilled enough to compete with the best of the best again. And I personally as a follower of the Counter Strike scene would love to finally see America back in as a top contender for international competitions once again, such as the golden days of Team 3D and old-school Complexity.

Currently many of the top global competitions such as WCG, Arbalet Cup, and Dreamhack have ended for the Americans. Only when 2010 comes around during events such as ESWC Paris and the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship will we ever be able to see America once again take on teams such as Fnatic, SK, Again, MYM, mTw, and much more.

It truly seems that 2010 will be a very exciting year for all of American Counter Strike. Team EG will be hungry for more wins coming back from some great victories at Arbalet, and Complexity will be taking time off of school in 2010 to prepare against international competition as well. So be on the lookout as 2010 will be THE new year of American Counter Strike.

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