Forrest “var1ables” Campbell’s Counter-Strike shakedown returns after a month hiatus with a recap of the events of October
Note: None of this the opinion of insideresports, it’s sponsors, potential sponsors, staff, friends, family, people who look at the site or basically anyone who has ever been important. This is the opinion of some guy who nobody cares about, who just happens to write for insideresports.com
Well that month sucked. All of three events....and all bored me to death. OH WOW THE NEW COL.BR PLAYERS EVIL GENIUSES OH GOD THAT'S SO EXCITING. Yeah if you’re completely oblivious to the scene. FNATIC ROLLING RANDYS AND LIONS AT SOME SMALL LAN OH GOD SO EXCITING. The only exciting thing that really happened was mTw losing to Full-Gaming, and even that was expected seeing how Full-Gaming has upset mTw, what? Like 4 times in the last 2 months? Well i might as well recap the moves and such for this month.
MYM raiding forZe
Meet Your Makers bolstered their subpar roster by adding some in the best young talent in the eastern world inSergey “Fox” Stolyarovand Mihail “Dosia” Stolyarov.They hope that these two can make them competitive in the rest of the eastern European counter-Strike world, which has had a resurgence in the past few months with DTS.chanix, Na’Vi, forZe, and themselves all becoming a threat for the traditionally western dominated European counter-strike scene.
I have a real respect for these two, as I've been watching them since they have played in forZe and both are those players which are really good, but they are jut on a really horrendous team. Now that they have some proven experienceEduard "ed1k" Ivanov, Roman "ROMJkE" Makarov, and Alexandr "xek" Zobkov. Those three will provide the strong base, much like DSN, f0rest, and cArn did for GeT_RiGHT and GuX when they joined fnatic or like walle, heaton, and potti provide a strong base for zet and ins to expand on in the class NiP lineup. Or they could blow up in there face and have no chemistry at all. Only time will tell.
forZe rebuilds, DTS chanix adding one
Forze, now being down to three, decided to say “what the heck? Lets go international” and added Kiril "ANGE1" Karasiowfrom DTS.chanix, which hasn’t done much since they joined the organization. Oh yeah, they also added quite possibly the most experienced counter-strike player in Eastern Europe inDmitri "hooch" Bogdanov who played with virtus.pro, UN1TED and MYM. Lets just say i think that there is two teams in Russia(plus one Ukrainian) which they have to worry about.
DTS.Chanix immediately filled the spot left by Karasiow by adding the relatively unknown Ruslan "krutoi" Kolodenskyiwho apparently played for kerchnet...but i wouldn’t know seeing as i have absolutely no idea who this player is.
Sunde out, ArcadioN in for mTw
The biggest news of the month came out of a now second best team in denmark, mTw, as they have lost one of the strongest players in the history of counter-strike Christoffer "Sunde" Sunde who has decided to move to greener pastures and end his career. After two successful years with the organization, winning a kode5 and WCG and placing second at the most recent WCG. He cited changes in strategy,play style and feel for his change and that major changes must be made by the team in order to take back the coveted number 1 spot. I personally assume that he would retire, but i thought he’d hold out until the end of the year after the the final major events were finished, but obviously his lack of motivation and their recent poor placings forced the issue for the players and the organization.
To replace him they pick up former Full-Gaming playerTimm "ArcadioN" Henrikseneffectively doing what compLexity did when they recruited Rambo just before they moved to counter-strike source, limiting the options of their opposition. They hope that this, along with the statements made shortly after the move by their rival’s players, that Full-gaming may be forced to disband, destroying their only competition in the country.
Mousesports add 1
Full-Gaming’s problems only grew as they lost yet another player, however to a very different foe. Mousesports, who has been one short since the tragic death of Antonio "cyx" Daniloskibefore IEM shanghai, and the team has not made much noise on their domestic, European or international level since that tragic occaision. To take the open spot they have acquiredFinn "karrigan" Andersenfrom Full-Gaming to take the spot, and hopefully compete in the international scene again.
However it’s not all rosy, as another problem has arisen form the mouseports organization. Rumors have arisen that three of thier current six players are going to retire once their contracts with the organizations are up, those players beingManuel "Tixo" Makohl,Fatih "gob b" Dayik and Navid "Kapio" Javadi. Two of them, Fatih and Javadi, have been rumored to be retired for almost the entire year, with Makohl slowing down in terms of fragging ability, and Javadi openly stating that he will retire after the fall season of counter-strike. Dayik was the big surprise, the clever strategist has shown no sign of slowing down in terms of talent and ingenunity, however with a majority of the team retiring and the tragic death of a team mate their are good reasons to move on now.
So now we have a serious problem on our hands. The best known brand in Germany - and one of the best known brands in eSports - may be force to abandon their home country of Germany and adopt another roster because the talent in Germany is severely lacking as they can’t exactly go to attax and just steal their talent. And their willigness to take in a player from another country shows that they are open to adopting a team from another country, which will make mousesports the fourth team to have abandon their home country in the G7 - joining compLexity which recently went Brazilian, fnatic next with their Swedish roster and a Australian/British roots, and finally Sk-gaming who has a Swedish roster despite their Germany organization.
So this is kinda part of the October right? And it falls into the first part of the famous Halloween statement: A trick. This is was quite possibly the worst event of the year, and may be one of the worst events I've ever seen....ever. Seriously, did the players forget how to play counter-strike? And then you get the whole cheating scandal with EG and it only makes the event worse.
So first round Frag eXecutor proves their knowledge ofPatrik “cArn” Sättermon strategies and playstyles as well as their match up of Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg to Filip “neo” Kubski. Next You have the eventual WEM champion WeMade FOX, who had played like garbage for the last year, beat Evil Geniuses at their first event with bothTomi “lurppis” Kovenanand Derek “dBoorn” Boorn. Apparently the new talent will get with the practice in America doesn’t help them progress pass the first round, but that may be more due to practice than anything.
SK-gaming, who like WeMade FOX, have been HORRENDOUS since they lost GuX played with Marcus “delpan” Larsson and his former team mate and now constant SK-gaming ringer Andreas “moddii” Frid have the sheer talent to get past the first round against the extremely rusty Power Gaming roster. Na’vi, just like Na’Vi always does, moved past the first round against Tyloo with little trouble.
The first round of the losers bracket featured Tyloo rolling the rusty Power and on the other side of the bracket is possibly the most contentionous match of the whole tournament. Danny “fRoD” Montaner, quite possibly the best player in north America, ghosted the position of Patrik “f0rest” Lindbergby looking at the massive projector which was behind them allowing them to win the OT round and progress in the tournament. Well All i have to say about that is - WTF WEM, and WTF Montaner? Cmon man, this this is Bucsh league. For one the admins should have called the round IMMEDIATELY once they saw Montaner calling it - which is clear with the video evidence we have - and asked him to turn around when he was turning back to look at the big screen. Next wtf montaner? This isn’t your first rodeo and you know the rules, and you should be a good damn sport. There are no excuses for this shit. I’m the first to say you play to win the game, and a win is a win, but shit, this is just blatant disregard for the rules and good sportsmanship.
Well that didn’t matter anyways as Sk-gaming beat Na’Vi by two round in the upper bracket and Na’vi met, and dismantled, my compatriots 16 - 3. The other side of the upper bracket with WeMade FOX beating Frag eXecutors 16 - 14, allowed Frag eXecutors to show why Europe is better than Asia by beating Tyloo by 7 rounds.
So this set up the upper bracket final with Sk-gaming vs WeMade FOX showed another occasion of Europe being better than Asia with SK-gaming winning 16 - 7 in the upper bracket final. The lower bracket semifinals Frag eXecutors played Na’Vi and much to EVERYONES CHAGRIN Na’Vi lost, making it the first event that i can remember with this caliber of talent that Na’Vi wasn’t in some form of final. The lower bracket final had WeMade Fox had a narrow victory with Frag eXecutor 16 - 11 allow a rematch of Sk-gaming and WeMade FOX. Sk-gaming played, and lost 2 - 0, WeMade FOX and that was the worst final i’ve ever seen in my life. It looked like SK-gaming said “hey, lets give them round when we have man advantage?” furthermore it was like they forgot what asian teams are great at - AIMING.....Seriously man. wtf sk-gaming, so many rounds you had position, man, and weapon advantage and STILL LOST.