Zero real competition compared to now
Also, shall I remind you the whole NiP project received CSGO betas before the release? way before the rest would even know about the game
When first players touched CSGO all of NiP squad had like 600-1000 hours already
That's a margin to start with, and going forward, the skill gap was so obvious in the first 2-3 years.
Competition was absent and his legend is made-up, sorry