when it comes to pugs then yes maybe but for pro teams they know exactly what they are doing and if they buy an awp chances are they are prepared to put it in the best position possible to succeed. Right?
Would you rather KennyS buy m4 and nades or awp?
No reason to touch the m4 or AUG in terms of it's power , just up the price of the AUG , than we will probably have a meta of one 1 AUG per team still since it's powerfull but not everyone will buy it cuz economy...
They literally reduced it 150$...if they up it to 3300 it wont be played again. I dont understand the problem - previously you had a m4 which is less powerful than a galil considering the fact that a T can often buy a galil and still have the 1hs potential cuz cts dont always get a helmet and galil is 2000 compared to m4 3100. Ever since they nerfed the a1 the m4 has been trash but the only viable weapon cuz of economy. (if you eco 2 you can buy m4 with 1-2 nades around it which obv you couldnt with an aug)
I think it would still be played again. This little price drop experiment was successful in showing pros how useful the weapon is. If it goes back to $3300 people will use it more than they did last time it cost $3300.
That 200$ difference between m4 and AUG was big , that's a whole flashbang.Now that they experienced the weapon and realised how good it is i'm 100% sure that , even with the old price , you will have atleast one AUG in the team...
3100 + 650 = 3750 + smoke + flash = 4250 => if you go for 1900+2400 buys you can make it. If you have lets say 4900 you would go for 3750 + smoke + flash + incendiary = 4850 not for 3950 + smoke incendiary or smoke 2flashes ... it might not be evident in casual/competitive/faceit games but in pro games utility is way more important. My opinion tho