At the minute perhaps but look back at the major. NaVi were favourites yes but apart from them the playing field was super even, take Entropiq and CPHF for example.
Perfecto was experienced in CIS teams and known there before, B1t had very good stats in the academy team and played with them for a while so they knew what to expect.
Now why the fuck would a team ever take an experienced but washed pro into a team instead of giving a new, much more talented and hungry player the chance to prove himself, especially if you have already set up a good system with experienced players to support the new one. It's not smart looking into the future and probably not for the present either.
These roster moves of teams consistently picking up the same old big names for a few months to just find out why they were kicked from their last team have hopefully finally stopped.
Gambit won their way through the entire Tier 2 scene, literally stomped through tournaments in the year prior, why should they not have success in the Tier 1 scene? Also online definitely helped them in the start to gain some confidence.
NA is not competitive yeah. But it hasn't been for ages, there were usually only like 10 top level players on usually 2, maybe 3 teams. And those usually played in Europe most of the time, sometimes with good success, sometimes not so much. But I think thats a problem for another topic. Liquid are still competitive, just shaky. But count the past NA teams together, there weren't many successfull ones in the last few years and instead this year there are lots of new EU and CIS teams in their place.
BR has Godsent who are very promising, but apart from them you're right. But only the old SK/IMT were ever consistently at the top and that probably won't happen again which has been clear for a while now, not just this year.
G2 played good cs, no matter which AWPer they had this year.
Vitality might be going for roster changes but only because they want to win the next major, with their current roster they could be able to do that too but chances aren't too great either.
For Gambit: sooo young players can never get to the top? gtfo thats retarded af, literally doesn't make sense. They have an experienced Team around them and Hobbit, former major winner and 4 very talented players who also seem to be pretty smart and very hardworking. Why on earth wouldn't they be successful?
NiP has one of the best current IGLs, a decent system and a big ORG behind them, it's certainly their best lineup in years even though improvements could be made
Heroic is kind of inconsistent yes but also have 5 players who could be star players on any normal team and good strats and teamwork. They played pretty decent over the entire year and brought in their own playstyle
VP have one of the most talented squads out there, Yekindar literal god considering its pretty much his first 12months, they have an experienced core and apparently a good system, their playstyle is quite questionable
FaZe is probably not a Top 10 team this year, Astralis might not be either and Entropiq certainly isnt
Why on earth would an org not sign an academy player instead of paying 5x the money for someone like flamie or coldzera who has failed their previous teams massively. Look at Col, literally doing the roster changes you'd like and dying pretty much immediately. They got to a good level by giving young upcoming players a chance and got to the top even, then lots of things went wrong for different reasons.
Teams are afraid of signing big players? I think youre not following the scene at all. The biggest roster changes of all time are about to happen in the winter break with lots of recognizeable names. Last year Dev1ce changed teams, Niko changed Teams, both probably top 5 of cs ever. Nobody right in their mind would change their roster massively this summer right before the most important major, especially the way RMR points are distributed.
Thinking implementing a new player will not shortly lower their form is unrealistic, nobody is the perfect replacement right away, also s1mple has stated they mistakes in the way they implemented B1t, giving him the wrong roles etc.
Literally almost all the rookies this year were successful, idk what you're talking about. B1t is just the prime example. All 4 of Gambits young players, Yekindar, Broky, Misutaaa, mezii, CPHF, hades, Godsent, Entropiq, Spinx, Bymas was the mouz' best player at the major, and so on.
And there are so many more who have come up in the recent few years who have completely stunned the scene, take zywoo and ropz for example, why on earth would you get a 1.6 pro these days who was kicked out of his old teams for not performing well?
If you wanna watch "big names" stealing paychecks, playing the 150th game against the same old opponents without any new strats go watch NA "soccer" or Valorant I guess.