Forgot to add TMB MUST be a part of the roster
My first entry: MSL, TMB, KennyS, RigoN, Calyx
Flusha, TMB, ottond, michu, flamez
I'll give this a go.
- MSL (IGL & 2nd AWP)
He's free and probably the best free experienced IGL available and frags better than most other FA and benched IGLs. Could also be utilized as a 2nd AWPer on some maps.
- ottoNd (AWP)
He was playing really well on c0ntact (although inconsistently) and he is free as well. I was also considering GuardiaN, but he's older and I think under a good IGL ottoNd could be shaped to become more consistent and more impactful. ottoNd is also sort of proven on LAN, so that's a plus.
- oBo (Star player)
Really young and still proven player with a lot of talent. He's free as well and could be utilized well by a good IGL. Only thing I'm a bit worried about is how he suddenly left CoL and went home, but I doubt he would do that twice especially after saying he's fine with joining an EU team. He's also young and could be even better and shaped to fit a more diverse playstyle.
- SHiPZ (Entry frag)
I'm not totally sure if he is an actual entry fragger, but he is really talented and he has played with ottoNd before. I'm quite sure he could be bought out from SKADE. He's also young and could be shaped to a proper entry fragger.
- b0RUP (Support/Role player)
Could probably be bought out from Heroic. He was struggling statistically quite a lot, but he can be very impactful, which is good for a support player. He could have good chemistry with MSL, since they are both Danes and I think he could get back to that really impactful support role.
Edit: Just noticed TMB must be part of the roster, fak
TMB - AWP
MICHU - Entry
Calyx - Lurker
rigoN - Rifler (Support maybe?)
NBK-/flusha - IGL
Right now I just realized I fucked up the topic - it is supposed to be MAD Lions edition
erkaSt - cuz dudes an overall good player, jack of all trades, high level english and overall a pretty good guy. also he looks like a fun dude and a great teammate. and he was good against better eu teams on lan when he was on grayhound.
calyx - dudes free. decent rifler. good on a good team mediocre on mediocre team bad on a bad team. if this teams good then he is good. also pretty much an ok teammate kinda quiet no drama guy. so in a relaxed team he can actually play better.
flameZ - cuz he is good
smooya - i dont care what anybody says, the dudes good and all. id take woxic since he was free but he had problems with calyx also i cant stand his sens. also he plas syper shit tilted. smooya beasts when he gets tilted.
hampus so he can igl and frag also if its gamerlegion i need a swede.
FlameZ (star rifle)
NBK (support/second caller)
TMB motm osee bubzkji nbk
buzkji motm and osee are friends so i dont think it would be too random
Kioshima (Rifle) (IDK if he even plays csgo anymore)
bodyy (Rifle) / JaCkz if G2 end up replacing him again
Seeing as Mad Lions would be going for an international lineup including TMB, I figure they have a small budget for buying some cheap players.
First player would be TMB, as he is their star player they kept. I believe he secondary AWPs and just rifles?
Second of all, we'd need an IGL. There's a couple option. Lekr0, Flusha and MSL come to mind. Flusha might join considering he wants to IGL, but assuming he's too expensive, Lekr0 would be a strong choice to buyout and lead this squad, as he has a lot of firepower.
Adding onto that, B0rup might be good pickup as he would still want to play and he could play the support and bitch roles.
Now we have an IGL, a secondary AWP and a support. Now we just need an AWPer and an entry, right? For that, we can pickup Thomas. Thomas is a very strong and solid rifler capable of anchoring and entrying.
Lastly, the rest of your budget can go towards an AWPer and star player. In my opinion, Farlig would fit the last spot. He's a great solid AWPer that is not all that expensive, and he would fit chemistry wise.
That would leave the lineup as:
TMB, Lekr0, B0rup, Thomas and Farlig, leaving it a mostly scandinavian lineup. Arguably, you can change B0rup to ChrisJ for the experienced AWPer and secondary caller, then optionally change Farlig to a star aimer, like Kjaerbye if the price is low enough.
If i was the gm i would try smt like this
A storied igl trying to regain his glory with a gr8 young talents from poland
A veteran in kio (2time major winner) and calyx who has star potential when unlocked
Bubzkji (wanna leave for sure and probably not that high buyout)
Lekr0 (experienced IGL with some firepower)
Xsepower (star awper)
Calyx (very good rifle especially for free)
TMB - Rifler
Flusha - IGL
SuNny - Support / Secondary caller
Calyx - Entry
xsepower - AWPer
Wrong title I believe.
TMB - Develop him as an awper
chrisJ - Showed some sparks IGLing FPX. If not, then flusha
Bubzkji - Returns, maybe learned some stuff while benchwarming
flameZ - Rising star on development
fer - maybe it could work, though it would prefer peacemaker was still there.
ML. MSL as IGL
ML. TMB as entry-fragger
ML. Aizy as star-rifler
ML. Lekro as support rifler
ML. Kjaerbye or Gade for rifler
Flamez star rifler
Bubzkji to lurk
Fer 6th player swapping with tmb
Peacemaker or kassad coach
So, if TMB is still part of the team then:
- TMB (If not - Espiranto)
- xsepower - AWP - he said his english is 4/10, even if it is really not perfect, after some time among english-only speaking team, he will be better
- NBK - a good choice, with experience and fine for support role or maybe even 2-nd caller, but as negative side - "other view of the team" got him out of many teams, so maybe take b0RUP instead, yet less experience
- Kjaerbye - he wasn't in his best form for so long, but I still think he can be great player in team where he will fit in.
- MSL - like, the best free IGL, if I haven't missed anyone there. Also did decent job AWP-ing so can be 2-nd one
MICHU - Rifler
TMB - Rifler
MSL - IGL
xsepower - AWP
NBK - Support/2nd IGL
idek if this'll work, they have good skills, just need MSL and NBK to mentor them to be a skilled team.
Since MAD want to build around TMB incredible talent i'd say they need to go into a Mouz or vitality approach of surrounding your talented youngsters with insane experience that will play for him and maybe another youngster to keep up the frags.
LEts first start by analyzing TMB himself, he's a very talented second-entry rotation player, a very stereotypical star rifler, so its going to be easy to build around him, a good example of what i want the team structure to be would be like NiKo's mouz since tmb basically fills the same roles(although hes not nearly as talented, yet) so what we need is
-A solid IGL(the Gob B of the equation, an igl that can make the team move around and most importantly put tmb in good positions to frag)
-A supportive and reliable AWPer(We need an AWPer that doesnt go for flashy and risky plays, we need a good supportive awper, the old-school ChrisJ kind of way)
-The solid entry fragger(The Denis/Nex of the crew, a mechanically sound entry that doesnt need to be the best at fragging but needs to create space for the second entry to come in and frag out with info)
-The last-into-site/anchor(The spidi of the team, the player that has to pick up the scraps when the plays fail and has to save the situation, the most delicate role probably)
and i have a great pick for each one of these roles
Solid IGL: Flusha, he has voiced his wanting to be an IGL, hes an insanely smart player that I think can be trusted to be a solid IGL thanks to his experience and his mechanics(altough not as sharp as the past) are still good, letting him be a good lurker even during his last days in Fnatic, definetely trust him to get the job done.
Reliable AWPer: XsePower(A great piece of the forze team, he was always more of the dev1ce school of awping, very consistent, lots of holding angles, very few crazy peeks and flicks of the more inconsistent kind that we are used to seeing in young awpers like iDisBalance, Degster or Smooya, he will be perfect as an awper and potential second star without having to be active and aggressive)
Entry Fragger: MICHU(A gifted mechanical entry with an insane amount of maps played, he will bring not only strong entry gameplay like he demonstrated in Envy but also a good deal of experience along with flusha and the next player)/Kjaerbye(A riskier choice considering his recent form and especially salary, but if you want talent alone, Kjaerbye is still one of the most talented entry fraggers to come out of denmark and if he can find himself like he did during Faze's only event win with him as player he could really level up this lineup)
Last-Into-Site: NBK(NBK has always been a top support player and I think putting him back into the position that made him famous will be the perfect play, on OG he used to be the hard entry and despite stats being bad, his eye test wasnt bad at all, he still has tier 1 mechanics and a great brain for the game, other than being a very important figure outside of the server, if you put him in a position where he can frag and mop up rounds, im sure he will deliver and lets not forget he is the kingmaker, his influence on TMB and Xsepower can be unvalueable)
Kenny - awp
Lucky - entry
Jackz - support
niko(the bad one)/ michu/tmb/anyone- star frag
flusha IGL, lurk
Tmb entry/2nd awp
xsepower main awp
MICHU rifler, 2nd entry
ML picked TMB up at first to replace Acor as an awper, they now decided to bench the remaining players and go for a full european lineup, I feel like TMB should just pick up the rifle again like he did in AGF. I think this move will make Mad Lions the new Envy, lots of money thrown around and bad results IMO.
What I think they should do is try to rebuild the DK scene, as Cadian said in a tweet that the scene was kinda falling off apart from Heroic, Astralis and Copenhagen Flames.
My fantasy lineup would be:
With this lineup I think that MSL could actually build something decent and I'd like to see him in a rifler role/2nd awp role while Lucky is kinda like a bet, I don't think he costs that much, he's young and he's got a lot of time to improve and I'm sure that under MSL's leadership he could become one of the best T2 awpers.
Kjaerbye tho is someone I'm not sure would join Mad Lions because of his buyout which I think is pretty big as he *just* got benched by Faze and his salary could be a problem too, so I feel like that Zyphon would be a better fit as he's just 17 and
In the end, it's a mix between experienced players and high potential players, if they act just like Gambit and grind the online cups they could actually grow very very fast in my opinion.
MSL - IGL (goes to 2nd awp)
oSee - AWP
Calyx - Rifle
TMB - Rifle (no awp for him)
Cynic or meyern ( I think that Cynic could preform given the right opportunity and meyren if given the opportunity I think he will be able to preform.
KennyS/ Guardian if Kenny is too expensive
Flusha (IGL and support)
Kyojin (promising talent)
Olofmeister/ Lekr0 if Olof is going to retire