"We're talking about 2018, and current form and skill. I could talk about how insane shox and screaM were in 2016, but have you seen them lately?"
This didnt change, he is superior with rifles to most of other pros even nowadays, he just doesnt have to show it that much since he picks up awp more often than rifles but his skill with rifles didnt get worse.
"That's a complete lie. Many other players have better movement than him. Device is a player within a strong system. He is trained by astralis to fulfill his role. Put any other capable awper/rifler hybrid in the team, and they would surpass him for sure."
If you call it a lie, then you are blind. device moves around map more than anyone else and its harder to predict where he is than to predict other players. He constantly changes his positions, sites, he rotates just as he pleases and hes doing this more than anyone else. Btw, how is he trained by Astralis to fulfill his role? lol, hes been fulfilling his role even in time when Astralis didnt even exist and he would always play as he wanted to, not as others wanted him to. This is his playstyle, not sth Astralis or sb else trained him to do, wtf
"NiKo would DEFINITELY do better in astralis, due to him being extremely capable with the awp, and on a whole other dimension with the rifle."
Extremely capable with the awp? Hes a good awper, sure but he would never make a good primary awper, never. He doesnt have the right skillset for this and he whiffs even easy shots way too much. Sure, he gets some sick highlights or kills with it from time to time but he would never be very consistent while playing with awp. His rifles are better but he isnt a good fit for Astralis, he isnt a player who would suit into the team. Now he plays in a team that is great fit for him, he calls around himself so he plays exactly how he wants to = he plays his best and he wouldnt do better on Astralis that wouldnt fit him that much. No one makes a better fit than device for that team and the only one who would probably do better is s1mple but only because hes miles ahead of anyone.
"Wtf are you saying here? You are contradicting yourself immensely. Device also doesn't hit EVERY SINGLE shot like you implied, he's an above average awper."
Im actually not, thats not how I meant it but I wrote it like a retard, I should have read it at least once, my bad. I meant that pure skill-wise he is not as good as s1mple, GuardiaN, FalleN, kennyS but purely as an awper he is much better than any other awper but s1mple rn. He can outawp everyone not because of his skill but because of his playstyle, smartness and cleverness and thats what makes his awp star level. Btw, I have never implied he hits every single shot, I wrote "almost", more than everyone but probably s1mple, thats different