This is Part 1 of DeKay's monthly mailbag series where he answers questions regarding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sent in on Twitter.
I don't have any information here outside of what we have all seen on the surface. It's extremely unfortunate and has to have an effect on the other four guys trying to keep their morale up. I hope he gets back soon and doesn't have any further issues. Even if I knew something about his condition, I wouldn't share because I like to keep personal issues private no matter what.
I think it's pretty final for the time being, they still have a ton of work to do to all get on the same page. I would be shocked if any of their contracts are set to expire soon, that doesn't seem like something Cloud9 or HenryG would have done. I see ALEX AWPing out of necessity but also because he feels it's the best setup for this team at the moment.
Last I was told, most of them were indeed looking for rosters but it doesn't appear any of them are being aggressive. If they were, the likes of flusha, autimatic, and suNny would have been picked up already. FunPlus Phoenix finally has a team but that still leaves Gen.G, c0ntact, and Envy without one. I've heard of an organization or two considering Flashpoint recently, so it's all still a bit up in the air.
It's kind of equal to me. Valve could have prevented most of the coaching bug abuse by fixing it when they were contacted in 2018. However, more coaches could have said something privately and publicly instead of abusing it as they did. The blame is on both of them. It's no surprise that Valve took this approach, given how they've dealt with people who compromised competitive integrity in the past.
All signs point to him joining once his contract is up with mousesports in March. There really is no sense in paying for him when he is free so soon. I haven't heard his name attached to any other projects nor have I heard any other possibilities for FaZe. I expect it to happen.
I don't expect a whole lot from them. They have the ability to hit the top 20 or top 15 but that's about it in my opinion. They have some good talent but at the end of the day, I don't think they have what it takes to become a top 10 team. However, maybe the organization doesn't even expect that from them. It all comes down to expectations.
Still a little bit early on that front but given that two years will have transpired without a single Major by the time we get to October-November, I don't think it will have a huge effect. Most of the coaches aren't coaching still anyway. You just have a few here and there that have other roles inside organizations. More than likely, nothing really changes unless they are forced to do something.
Still too early to know here. He wasn't even aware he would be replaced when I originally was ready to publish the story about Twistzz. I'm going to assume that hasn't sat well with him and I don't blame him for feeling that way. He will want to prove he is a worthy asset somewhere else as soon as possible. When or where that can happen comes down to his buyout and who might still have interest in him.
I haven't heard one way or the other. Like I said in last month's mailbag, it's not looking good on that front for them keeping a team. If they wanted to stay, it would make the most sense for them to retain autimatic and build around him flusha and suNny. I find that crazy given how much they have spent to be a part of Flashpoint for them not to have pursued the options that are available right now.
I don't think any player used as sparingly as him is happy with that situation. I don't see him staying with Astralis much longer unless one of the core players decides they want to take a break again. It just doesn't make much sense.