hello lady and gentlemen of HLTV.org
apologies for my lack of threads over the past few months despite my return, i've been very lazy i am oh so sorry for this.
but now i am back with a topic that i feel very strong about, where is it that Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut should go?
in case any of you are new to the scene or live under a very fat rock i will explain who ZywOo is. ZywOo is french prodigy who was first noticed when playing for the team AaA and his time in FPL. ZywOo played with a few other french randos and he was the best player in AaA by far. now i know it seems like nothing special and theres probably hundreds of undiscovered talents suffering in orgless teams and FPL challenger league but ZywOo is special, so special in fact that when the french organisation Vitality entered the world of CSGO they had to have him.
at this point ZywOo was still unknown to the majority of people and only those who really followed the scene closely would know of his talent. he'd probably played a few LANs but most of his games were online and as we all know, online means nothing in the world of professional CSGO. i was also doubtful, so doubtful that i even made a thread about it when people began suggesting that tier 1 orgs should start looking to pick him up saying that he had not really proved anything yet: hltv.org/forums/threads/1765551/zywoo-no..
alas, myself and any other doubters were proven wrong when Vitality picked up ZywOo and he really began to prove himself. in his first year playing in a professional setting ZywOo has picked up 2 tournament wins and 4 HLTV MVPs, lets be clear this guy is a fucking animal, he has only ever gone negative in 2 events in his life and both of them were qualifiers in 2017 and before where he played with what is essentially match making players. ZywOo has not gone negative since 2017 and certainly not negative at a professional level.
the guy is unstoppable and many are comparing him to what the vast majority will say is the best player to ever grace CSGO and that being Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev. s1mple being the current best player in the world people love to see the two titans clash and theres a really sick HLTV.org picture of the two of them shaking hands. the current state is that people are literally disregarding every other player right now in the race for HLTV.org #1 and #2 because most people are certain (myself included) that these 2 kings will occupy those spots but who will claim the glorious #1 spot in 2019???
s1mple and ZywOo are similar in many many ways, some good, for example they are both some of the finest players we've ever seen, they can both rifle, pistol, AWP exceptionally and really they have no weaknesses, THEY have no weaknesses, the only thing that holds them back is the players they must play with 4 other people who are clearly not a good fit with them. i ventured on to reddit and i saw a very interesting comment, yesterday FaZe played against Vitality on inferno and ZywOo was playing B, the comment in question said that you could literally see that FaZe saw ZywOo was playing and legit just went the other way, they didnt even want to risk playing on the same site as him and would just leave, the fact that 1 chubby frenchman is enough to scare the entirety of the FaZe roster away is proof enough that he is something special. s1mple on Na'Vi same thing, his team holds him back, s1mple is very loyal to Na'Vi however and seemingly will never leave, either that or they pay him so much he doesnt even care about being the best (at this point im thinking it is probably the latter)
ZywOo is younger however and is more impressionable im thinking, it is clear to see that the currently Vitality lineup does not work well so changes must be made for ZywOo, a team can either be built around him as he is by far the best player and he is allowed to pick the people he wants on his team or he moved to a European team, this option is harder however as ZywOo's english is not very good. i arent thinking that ZywOo will want this type of pressure, when the team removed Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt from Vitality, ZywOo wanted nothing to do with this and abstained from the voting process. ZywOo is simply too nice to have a team built around him.
this is big problem because you cant be the best without being a little bit ruthless and making some selfless decisions. if s1mple wanted to he couldve had anyone on navi removed at anytime but he was obviously good friends with all of them. ZywOo has the power to do the same, he can make his own monster team if he so wants.
personally i think the best thing for ZywOo is honestly for him is another french shuffle, Vitality or G2 need to decide to build a team around him but who would the other 4 players be? let us run through our options:
Kenny "kennyS" Schrub, the original hero of France, people probably fantasise right now about the two meeting on the same team and for a time it looked possible with kennyS possibly joining Vitality when the team was created but alas it has never happened and they are yet to meet on the same side. kennyS is of course an AWPer and ZywOo is also but as i already mentioned his rifling skills are also phenomenal so i dont think he will putting the AWP in the capable hands of kennyS.
NBK-, ZywOo obviously didnt seem to have an issue with NBK- but a lot of other players did, wether he wanted NBK- to stay because he thought he was a good player or because he simply did not want any beef is unknown, Vitality's results under NBK-'s lead were shaky at best but the team still had some good results
Richard "shox" Papillon, it is worth noting that shox and NBK- dont really get on at least on a in game level, the two have never played on the same team for long without one being removed in favour of the other, they simply dont get on and as a result you cannot have 2 on the same lineup, their issues seem to stem from both wanting their own style of IGLing which is vastly different and as a result, they cant in game well.
Dan "apEX" Madesclaire, apEX is currently a teammate of ZywOo and as of right now his stats are pretty bad. i remember back in 2015 when some would say that apEX was the best entry fragger in the game, he has since fallen off in recent years and he just cant frag as well as he used to. he has a good game every now and then but its more not than often.
Vincent "Happy" Schopenhaeur, Happy is probably and sadly out of the equation at this point, he briefly played for Vitality when the team was first created but was the first to be cut from it. with Happy being out of the game for so long its possible he will have had time to reinvent himself but i cant see him returning to the scene anytime soon as i have insider info you know
The rest of the G2 boys, Audric "JaCkz" Jug specifically is having trouble with the english communication. as G2 is now a european team with the addition of 2 of the CR4ZY boys, they have to speak england, it has been stated that JaCkz has trouble with this as just liek ZywOo , his english is not perfect, as a result this is costing the team some informational advantage. it is likely that Nemanja "huNter- Kova? and Nemanja "nexa" Isakovi? also do not have perfect english and all this does not help the team. European for the french seems to not be the way to go but i dont think we should count out huNter- completely as he is very talented player and is a solid rifler. same story for nexa as well really.
the overall issue with Vitality i think isnt that they are a bad team its just how inconsistent they are, i dont think the team meshes well together and ZywOo is always the one to do everything at the end of the day
hope you enjoy this read