This is Part 2 of DeKay's monthly mailbag series where he answers questions regarding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sent in on Twitter.
It's tough to predict what they'll do because they've been extremely cautious since losing the Heroic deal, almost to a fault. They've expressed interest in players and have the resources to get them, but they have yet to pull the trigger on anything outside of management.
I'm not expecting anything crazy, perhaps some kind of international team that doesn't break the bank. Peca was the manager for CR4ZY for a while, so perhaps something like that.
That's a very good question that I would also like to know the answer to. A few months back I had asked around and I got the sense that most teams feel like he doesn't have all that much left in the tank. I'm sure there is a home to him but if those conversations were an indicator, I would imagine his options will be very limited.
As of this moment, I expect him to but I do think he should be open to offers if they come. I understand wanting to stick with your friends, but at some point you really have to do what's best for yourself. The one reason I feel like he will stay is because they still have a shot to get back into a Major spot with only a 20% penalty at the moment. Tough to say for sure though.
I have had no indication of where they might be going, other than that there are no advanced discussions taking place at the moment. It only just became news that floppy will stay so that will affect the interest in the squad. FPX is probably a good shout actually.
At this point, both ESL and Flashpoint have tentative plans to bring CS:GO back to LAN. It remains to be seen if those plans will actually come to fruition though. There are just so many hurdles right now.
I can only guess that right now we will continue to play online for most events, except for those who want to put extra resources into creating a safe playing environment. The tough part is travel during this period as well. If travel restrictions are removed, I think there is a chance we see a couple more LANs on the schedule.
If either of their are names on Cloud9's list, they are towards the bottom as far as I'm aware. I haven't really heard them mentioned and I doubt they would be cheap. Cloud9 could probably get a better player at the same price.
Will it be? I have no idea. Can it be? Yes, of course. It really comes down to how they approach it from a competitive standpoint.
It will help some teams who live close by in Europe but if anything it will hurt North American teams even more, unless they boot camp for extended periods of time there. It's a step in the right direction for some, but won't be completely alleviated until we have less tournaments or teams consistently turn a bunch down.
I don't have an answer for this just yet, but I should before too long. Right now everything I have heard is that they are exploring every option under the sun.
With the lack of competitive North American teams at the moment, I really don't expect any new organizations to jump in during this uncertain economic climate. We have entered a period of consolidation, in my opinion.
I actually think he is. His attitude and work ethic is incredible in comparison to most players at this point in time. From my perspective, he is good enough mechanically that everything combined will turn him into a solid professional.
The only way to find that out is for those admins to specifically admit to being aware of it. I'm not saying I won't try, but I highly doubt any of them would. It seems odd that so many knew about this for so long, but I never heard about it. Everyone talks so much that I was convinced something like this could never happen, but I was wrong. At this point, you can't blame TOs but I haven't ruled them out.