Come on ESL you are devaluing your own event by not having Astralis there. Whoever wins this years Katowice will have an asterisk* next to the victory cause they didn't have to beat Astralis to win. Just kick someone to make way like MIBR or IHC as they are only there to make up the number anyway.
"Considering the fact that Evil Geniuses and paiN will secure a sizeable number of points from the ESEA Autumn 2022 Cash Cup 7 North America as both have already locked in at least top-four finishes, they are likely to be ahead of Astralis in the ESL world rankings when Katowice spots are finalised."
yeah that's why ATK are #16 in the world and Nouns are #19 in the world according to esl rankings xd (same rankings that determined the invites to this event)
can't wait for mythic to be top 30 in the world for being 4th in the cash cup
"as any TO wants to keep America scene alive"
they're doing the exact opposite of that as many teams forfeited the CCT NA Series tournament in order to play a fucking cash cup, as the latter gives way more points. Good reason for any TO to steer away from NA when their tournaments are indirectly devalued by the leading TO in the ecosystem
Astralis has been bad since dev1ce left, they look better now even though they're a 2 man team.
They have to grind their way back to earn these spots after dropping too low to qualify - seems fair!
Devve left to prove that he can win without astralis but he mostly proved that astralis can't win without him lol
I think the points are collected by the players. not the team itself. And with a new player like Dev1ce, who havent been playing for a year, they didnt reach enough points to go to Kato.
Or am I wrong?
Astralis come out after Finals as Finals Boss. It would best of 7 of 7.
Team will consist of Dev1ce, BlameF and 3 of the Best players who the even who didn't made it to the Finals.
- Director of Game Development, IEM.