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Do you believe the Australian scene could, possibly in the near future challenge for more spots at events?— O X X O L I N E (@OxxolinE) October 15, 2018
With Chris J playing well lately as an awper and Styko back in the starting lineup again do you think Mousesports should get rid of Oskar and find another good rifler like Krimz or an NA player like Auti or Ethan— Diego (@DiegoPe08026866) October 15, 2018
Is there a team looking to get MSL? In your opinion how good was North decision to change him and Niko with cadian and gade? Will FaZe keep karrigan?— maucs (@deadmaucs) October 15, 2018
is navi going to cut edward?have there ever been rumours about edward being kicked?whats hobbit future?— Stas Novikov (@svennyyyyy) October 15, 2018
On what team do you think cromen will end up?— brax (@Braxshinoa) October 15, 2018
Any chances of a c9 comeback with Stewie? Or tarik maybe both?— Sk1 (@NotSkinex) October 16, 2018
What do sources says about Space Soldiers? — Ruckus (@why2ez4me) October 16, 2018
They have a decent number of orgs interested. One concern is their ability to get visas on a regular basis, though. I’m told SK Gaming has no interest in returning to CS:GO anytime soon, but you never know. Someone will pick them up, though.
How does Valve together with others, plan to preserve the authencity of CS:GO Majors (incl. Minor qualis, the road to majors)? What can be done and what should be done next?— Felix (@felixkaukiainen) October 15, 2018
Anything Valve plans to do, they keep to themselves until it happens or just before it happens. They like to make small changes at a time, as we saw with the two 0-3 teams in the Legend stage getting sent back to the Minor. It will take some time for us to reach a point where everyone is happy with the Major structure.
Is NaVi looking to change?— Birk (@birkobird) October 15, 2018
Unclear at the moment.
I think a team will beat them in a best-of three soon. MiBR showed it’s possible. I don’t, however, believe their era will end anytime soon. They are miles ahead of much more than in the server. The players have turned into true professionals in and out of the server, which gives them a leg up on the rest of the world. I think this will be the most dominant era in CS:GO since Fnatic’s run back in 2014-2015.
Is there any news on mouz replacing Oskar or sunny?— Himanshu Jindal (@Gifdal) October 16, 2018
Is there going to be a cis superteam?
I think if Mousesports does end up changing in the near future, it will be one of those players who moves. It would be an Oskar benching or sunny getting plucked by a more skilled team. Either way, I don’t expect it in 2018 unless the STYKO reunion doesn’t work out.
What's happening with pasza at the moment? He sent out a tweet saying he would release a statement but never did. Possibly retiring?— Tom Pearce (@Tom_Pearce99) October 15, 2018
I’m not entirely sure what his plans are. I think retiring is a possibility though for both neo and pasza.
Flipsides roster is still in limbo, any news on who is going to play and any news on markeloff, havent seen him in a while— Primary Asset (@anthonysimon_15) October 15, 2018
Unfortunately haven’t heard much on that front in recent weeks.
Are there any teams looking to hire FNS such as Rogue or nV?— eSpeakYummy (@MMYUMMYyoutube) October 15, 2018
Any rumors about optic getting karrigan?— TIGER (@T1GERCSGO) October 15, 2018
Rumors? Yes. Do I think they are legit at this moment? Not really.
Now that ska is retired, Who are your top 3 pics for c9 to pick up?— Pjammin (@pjammin) October 16, 2018
Hard to say exactly. I think Draken is an obvious pick because of Golden and Flusha. But if they go with another European, that means they’ll have to take the EU route through the Minor system in the future should they not make it far enough in Katowice. I’m not entirely confident on any others, it could be anyone they feel fits. There is always the chance they try to take a chance on a younger unproven player like they did with Stewie.
Do you know why autimatic took over awping from skadoodle?— Daniel Belliveau (@BelliveauDan) October 15, 2018
Because Skadoodle wasn’t feeling confident with it and either had already or planned to tell them he wanted to step down from the active roster.
Are there still rumors of smooya leaving BIG, is so would it be due to himself or the team or both?— Mac McCauley (@macattackmicmac) October 17, 2018
I still hold the same sentiment. If he has an opportunity to join a team he is interested in, he’ll do it. Even if the team is worse than BIG. I’m not sure who’s fault that is for him not being 100% committed, but a little of both I’d imagine.
Where could Draken and Adren end up? And where would you like to see them?— Thomas Holm (@MrHolm5) October 17, 2018
I’d like to see Draken spend some time at the lower level to gain confidence and eventually end up again on a top Swedish or international roster. He has the talent for it. AdreN should have been on Na’Vi six months ago if you ask me.
Does C9 already have a new 5th in mind to replace ska or do you think they will hold tryouts like they did for stewie since it's mid season?— Dewba (@DewbaCS) October 16, 2018
I’m sure they have some loose ideas but they’ll definitely hold some tryouts during the process.
Do you think NiP should at a igl, because they're losing all of their online games right now— Kampffrosch (@Kampffr0sch) October 16, 2018
I don’t put much stock at all in online matches, but I agree they don’t like inspiring. I think a player like Hampus would be a risk, but a risk worth taking. There is too much skill on this team that isn’t being utilized and he would help structure it properly.
No rumors that I’ve heard. Everyone seems really happy for them.
Is there any news about faze clan roster change and who’s the most likely to grt benched ?— Hema Hamad (@Hema96S) October 16, 2018
All sorts of rumors exist but nothing I’m putting much stock in. I think people don’t realize how much more resistant the org is to spend money compared to the past. If they make a move they want to make sure it’s absolutely worth the money. It’s obvious that Karrigan would be the one to go if they do make a move.
will g2 management make any changes to their csgo team other than reducing their salary? Seems a bit mild after 'No words to describe the disappointment generated by the results from our CS:GO team.'— K1lled (@justintayz) October 16, 2018
I think some sort of change is inevitable if they don’t make an improvement. Unfortunately this team was hyped to all hell, so they’re feeling the pressure. The next couple events will be pivotal.
Favorite and least favorite parts of this job— Floppy Dorito (@thefloppydorito) October 16, 2018
Favorite: Helping players/people within the community. I love each and every aspect of it from start to finish. Most help I provide is behind closed doors so the public never sees it, but that’s fine with me.
Least Favorite: The level of immaturity in this industry. I could talk for hours about it, but it's not worth it.
Do you see MIBR becoming a top 2 team in the following months? What do you think they have to do to get there?— The God (@TwoGods1) October 16, 2018
Yes, I do see it happening. Fallen needs to do whatever he did at Blast Pro Series to feel as comfortable as he did and over time when that will help each and every member find their identity. Fer doesn’t have to replicate what he used to do, but once he finds his comfort zone they could really start hammering teams.
Where will ScreaM end up?— qOLDY (@qoldyy) October 16, 2018
I’m not really sure. I find it so odd that skilled players like him and KioShiMa can’t find a spot on a decent team. Likely means some sort of political grudge exist in different areas for them, limiting the number of players willing to play with them. Eventually they’ll find something; the question is how long will it take to find.
Is Pimp still looking to play professional counter strike despite not finding himself on a roster this season? Have swole patrol ever received significant offers to represent an org and what are they looking for that has prevented them from joining an org as of yet?— Dewba (@DewbaCS) October 16, 2018
As far as I know Pimp would still like to play professionally. Unfortunately his most recent plans didn’t pan out. I had heard rumors of a few orgs being interested in Swole Patrol but obviously nothing ever came to fruition. I think mainly because they haven’t made it to Pro League yet. Once they do, they’ll have a few to choose from.
Unlike traditional journalism, there's less of a barrier between esports journalists and their readers. Reddit is a site that can help your work find an audience which you can personally interact with, but that comes with its own pros and cons. Can you speak to this dynamic?— Sharif (@2bki_) October 16, 2018
Reddit is a double edged sword in that aspect. The key to handling the bad aspects of Reddit is understanding that the ratio of people that bad mouth your work is almost always very minuscule in comparison to those who read your piece, enjoyed it, and then moved on. Without Reddit, I probably wouldn’t have ended up at places like Slingshot or DBLTAP, so I have to remain thankful to it.
What do you think it's going to take for a team like Bravado Gaming (or any other South African team) to break into tier 1 CS? What do you think our scene is currently lacking?— Matthew Thomas @ Comic-con (@The_BARGUILD) October 16, 2018
I’m not too keen on the South African scene but I do know there are some players to keep an eye on. I would say the No. 1 thing any country that is up and coming in Counter-Strike lacks is experienced players to learn from and/or practice against. Bravado has taken the first step by moving like they have so if that progression can continue, the scene will only grow and improve. It takes a ton of time and dedication but it will get there.
What IGL do you think could replace Karrigan on FaZe? Do you think that change would fix FaZe’s problems or should they look to drop another player? If FaZe needs to drop another who would you drop and who would you pick as the replacement?— BonJwa (@BonJwa_GA) October 16, 2018
I think the best move FaZe could make would be to add MSL right now. Mainly because the number of competent in-game leaders that are available is quite small. It’s not the best move possible, but it would help them improve in my opinion.
What happens to Snax now? And why did mousesports even make the styko change in the first place?— William Egerton (@weginator) October 16, 2018
Snax has a few directions he could go, but right now it’s a bit unclear. He likely hasn’t even decided yet. Mouz made the change because they likely had a jaded view of the type of player Snax is and could become on their lineup. Counter-Strike is littered with “the grass is always greener” type roster moves that often fail. Remember the Fnatic split to Godsent before they reunited again?
Tips to get into esports in the uk?— Morgan Tennant (@TehMorgster) October 16, 2018
It depends what you mean by “in.” Do you want to to work at events? Do you want to write? Do you want to play? All of them require different things. One common suggestion for all three would be to attend as many events as you possibly can and network with as many people as possible. That, more than anything, will open up opportunities.
Have there been talks about updating/changing the csgo competitive map pool?— Doom (@DrDoom12912) October 15, 2018
What’s the possibility of Scream going to G2. I know there hasn’t really been any rumors on this but he was at ESL New York so you never know what could’ve been said between the players.— Jamb (@adambenzin) October 15, 2018
I don’t think it’s likely right now, but if things really break down on the team they might have no choice other than to give him another opportunity. Some sort of dynamic exists on the current roster that does not want him on the team, it appears.
Do you think there's any legitimacy to when the former Space Soldiers players said that their game was affected psychologically by the problems they were having with the organization?— Jonathan Crane (@AGRussel) October 15, 2018
I absolutely think that has had an impact. I’m excited for them to find a new organization and improve on their game without that headache.
Is c9 just making a odds and ends team to eventually build a good team or is this them giving up on cs?— Alex (@sovereign_csgo) October 15, 2018
You don’t commit to Flusha and Golden while planning to build a giant new facility if you plan on making an odds and ends team. I just think they don’t know how they want to structure the team moving forward. Do you add a third European or a third North American? Picking one or the other might divide the team if they aren’t all on the same page.
How well do you think this C9 lineup can compete with other top teams?— Jon K (@Jkline_34) October 15, 2018
That’s a hard question to answer without knowing their new fifth player. I see them as a fringe top 10 team internationally unless they get a huge signing.
(2/2) Opinion on politics conserning talent choice for Big Events/Majors? What is happening with all Norwegian team around Cromen? Tnx in advance and huge compliments for al the work you are doing :D— Denmla (@JastukOdTrske) October 15, 2018
I think that the best talent should be picked for Majors, it’s a shame that personal politics got in the way at the most recent one. Valve shouldn’t be allowing tournament organizers so much freedom with an event that is so sacred.
Cromen and Rubino decided to join Tempo Storm for the time being. I think the all-Norwegian team is something that would happen a bit further into the future.
What’s the hardest aspect of esports journalism?— Dom Phillips (@DomJournalist) October 15, 2018
People not understanding how journalism works or what it even means.
What is the biggest problem that stops Liquid from lifting trophies, how would they cope with that problem?— Caleb (@CalebEigen_cs) October 15, 2018
Nerves and luck. They have shown on numerous occasions that they crumble under pressure at different points and lack a super vocal individual that can rally them outside of Zews. They’ve been terribly unlucky at drawing Astralis or having really good runs at events that Astralis is also dominating. I think they just need to stick it out and maintain a “Win or Learn” mentality.
Will vp change sth in the Future?— Benjamin Scheller (@BenniScheller) October 15, 2018
VP is super unclear at the moment. It wouldn’t shock me if they move on from the old guard sometime soon.
A few questions incase any are repeats:— ZeGermanPotato (@ZeGermanPotato) October 15, 2018
How long is guardians contract with faze and if it ends soon is he considering retiring?
Did mouse look into anyone other than styko?
How much longer is s1mples contract?
If Guardian hasn’t re-signed, I believe he has just under one or two years left on his contract. I was never able to confirm if FaZe had the players sign two or three year deals. Different numbers have been mentioned at various times. I don’t know if any other team interests him, so yes I believe retirement isn’t too far off for him.
Do you think that Liquid will win an event before the end of the year?— CoolDog69 (@KevO6759) October 15, 2018
I don’t think they do in 2018 but in 2019, yes.
What were all of the options that Cloud9 were looking at before deciding on Flusha? @dekay— zestjz @ IEM Chicago (@zestjz) October 15, 2018
You’ll have to wait for the next edition of Sources Say for that one!
JW and Krimz has been mentioned to thought of the idea of going international. Which players (except ScreaM) where they interested in?— Joel Cronström (@Grobbius) October 15, 2018
I don’t think they got that far along in the process to actually consider players they’d have tried to sign.
Even with OpTics 3rd-4th placing at Starladder are they looking to make any changes?— Casey Quinn (@Casey_quinn14) October 15, 2018
I expect their lineup to stay the way it is for the rest of the year unless they land someone like Karrigan.
What is the state of faze right now and what can we expect— dollytf2 (@halifaxhoward23) October 15, 2018
FaZe has a lower ceiling with NiKo in-game leading. He is too good of a player to lead. I would say things are unsteady right now and to expect a change at some point in the near future.
Who are you?— wadu hek (@Vjaceslavs13) October 15, 2018
I’m just a normal dude.
I have no idea.
Which teams do you think the economic changes and gun rebalances would benefit the most?— Cornelius “Epic As Heck” Attarondak (@CataTrash) October 15, 2018
I think they’ll benefit teams like Astralis. Any team that is crafty with utility and force buying will benefit most.
Who do you think the best free agent on the market is?— Infinite (@Infinite_Ouya) October 15, 2018