DeKay Mailbag Part 1: Valve Predictions, Options for Gen.G and FLASHPOINT Discussion
This is Part 1 of DeKay's monthly mailbag series where he answers questions regarding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sent in on Twitter.
Valve typically doesn't go out of its way to change something unless it is left with no other option. The best example of this is that they were aware of the coaching bug but neglected to fix it until a huge scandal happened. Therefore, I expect nothing to change on that front.
HooXi is a bit of an unknown quantity given that he is twenty-five years old, been playing since at least 2015, but never really made it out of the semi-pro scene until recently. I'm not saying he won't be good, it's just hard to gauge someone we know so little about. I do however like the addition of refrezh, he has been hard done by and is still underrated in my opinion.
The key is getting these guys into comfortable positions without too much hand-holding. Peacemaker is great at getting teams functional and putting a system in place, so I think they'll be a team to watch out for in Season 2 of Flashpoint.
It wasn't tough in the sense that he wanted to join and they really wanted him to join. Dealing with FaZe Clan management is the tough part. I've never come across a more lethargic organization when it comes to their CS:GO dealings, no one else even comes close. Chances are if NiKo was with another organization, this would have been done weeks ago. The fact olof was asked to stand-in despite how long NiKo was pursued is evidence of that.
I don't have any details on the buyout, I don't like reciting those unless I see a number on a paper.
I don't really expect it anytime soon unless it's an organization that isn't an ESL signed team. Perhaps if OG does well in Season 2, they decide they want to jump all the way in, but that's a hefty price to pay in this climate. I don't think we see new organizations for at least a year or so, but we'll see. I could be wrong.
I've obviously reported discussions between them and Liazz, however, nothing is final yet. It isn't out of the question that the 100 Thieves trio stick together either. As for oBo, I'm not entirely sure yet. That comes down to who is interested and how much Complexity wants for him.
Player interviews are hit and miss really. Some people could ask better questions, but sometimes even the best questions fall flat if it's not the right player. I think with proper research and selection you can really get a great interview if you ask proper follow-up questions.
Nothing worth reporting at this point. Unfortunately, North America is sort of crumbling so there aren't a ton of places for him to go. Well, nowhere that wants to pay for him at least. It's unfortunate because he is a promising player.
From what I understand, everyone signed for that long. I don't have access to the termination clause that likely exists but I would assume it would require them to pay a hefty sum to leave. That paired with how high the Flashpoint buy-in is likely means teams will stay put until the agreement is over.
I have not heard anything at all about either. It's possible both could be in the works but I only tell you what I've heard, which is nothing. Earlier in the year, everyone said Source 2 would drop, but it didn't. I think it's fair to say it will happen when everyone least expects it or not at all.
I think had more high profile coaches been caught up in this, some would have been kept on or hired like ZoneR, starix, and HUNDEN. However, from what I heard, there aren't any others that are currently being pursued right now.
Realistically, GODSENT. If they end up shipping zehN to ENCE, but that's still unclear. Outside of them is a crapshoot really.