A month ago or so I was actually
There's a bunch of NA teams in pro league (excluding GODSENT / FURIA)
Liquid, EG, Extra Salt(?), coL, Party Astronauts pretty bummed out about NA CS
Now, I'm actually super excited, it's slowly healing.
1. Valorant Players coming back
Not every valorant player needs to come back, but some of the bigger ones like autimatic, floppy, (ethan potentially, at the smaller level Cooper, etc. ) is really cool to see. It shows that some of them actually do care about CS and isn't totally about the paycheck.
2. A lot of pro league teams
that's 4 orgs, and a orgless team
if Extra Salt don't sign PA and keep Sonic and MarKE, they might be able to keep their pro league spot in addition to coL having a pro league spot with their new roster. So best case scenario, 5 NA teams in pro league! More likely is 4, because I bet PA gets signed by Extra Salt.
3. Exciting new rosters
Liquid's roster is super intriguing, everyone is questioning shox but my focus is more on nitr0, I think this team can definitely be really good, maybe a roster change in there will elevate them down the line
EG looks promising, especially with maLeK as their coach, I really wanna see their 5th before I pass judgement though. Autimatic, Stew, Brehze solid asian trio (kek) and if CeRq gets motivated, then this roster can bang.
coL - THIS ROSTER IS FIRE
GRIM, JUNIOR, FaNg, JT, and floppy.
damn even without oSee, this is a banger team, watch out for these guys especially with better facilities and more EU opportunities.
4. Free Agents + more opportunities still waiting
Extra Salt can definitely sign and stick around with some of the cash they get from coL
U still have MarKE and Sonic under contract, or u can go a different direction and sign Party Astronauts, some of the BnB guys, or pick up guys like RUSH, cxzi, Cooper, etc.
There's a lot of potential and with pro league spots like this, I wouldn't be too shocked if we see some mixups and pickups in the NA scene (RBG +Cooper would be straight fire, bnb + coop also could work)
RISING NA TALENTS/ FREE AGENTS : Party Astronauts, BnB (specifically Swisher and Bwills, shake not bad either. Cxzi, Cooper, viz, -> triumph core right there
Minus - dope awper, HexT -> up and coming rifler on RBG, jitter too, some of choco guys like CLASIA
RUSH / tarik(probably not bc he wants to stream): reliable NA vets w/ loads of experience
NA Looking stronk and I'm optimistic bc of some val guys coming back, pro league spots, exciting rosters, and the potential for more