If you read all this congrats, if not, lol
how is it blast's fault T1 teams sucked
Can’t agree on the “Majors are bad when big teams fail” part.
But no Playoffs in Legends is indeed a big downgrade compared to Rio, although me must remember that it wasn’t the standard before either
agreed with the production stuff
Wasn’t Blast bragging they would do a tour around France? lol
agree with u on the first take. No arena in Challenger/Legend stage is a shame for Blast, it looks like Blast want to save their money and this thing created condition to increase the amount of fluke teams because we all know these ones can't stand under pressure from big stage and crowd
Dudes upset theres no pretty pictures of paris. And bro we arent even in the legends phase with an arena, the actually tournament hasnt even started lol what a fool.
"So now, if NiP loses against Apeks we will have 4 Tier 2 teams in the playoffs. Who wants that? Nobody knows these teams and players. It’s not attractive, it’s boring and many people will not watch it."
I somewhat disagree with this point but I can see why people wouldn't like it. Imo, we've went long past the point where some of these teams have "fluked their way over here". If they're here, they're here. If tier1 teams sucked thus far, this has no blame whatsoever on them for actually capitalizing on it and playing well enough to make through. This creates upsets and an unholy amount of dark horses, which I personally find fitting for the last CSGO Major somehow, though some would enjoy seeing these big teams (who are in shambles form-wise rn) in front of a crowd.
People hate Tier 2 teams because they don't draw big fanbases. But the only way to draw bigger fanbases is to win events like the major. It's a catch-22 for TO's and the same mentality that brings shit like the European Super League, everyone caring about profits and views for advertisers instead of competition.
90% of what you are saying is not even Blast's fault lol
Feel like its kinda known at that time that most tier 2 teams arent in the tier 1 tournaments because of the immense gate keeping. You usually have like 80% partner teams and the rest gets through ridiculous qualifing events and maybe 1 open qualifier. Paired with sub par performances you get 3 favourites in the 0-2 spot. I guess a lot of the teams are really overthinking the major with weird punishing picks or new strats, when they probably could just played their usual game.
But I fully agree that blast organization has been really bad. You cant blame them for the missing big teams in the playoffs, but why not sell tickets for the legends or challenger stage. I am pretty sure quite a few people would have watched the Faze Navi match today. Could have also helped with hyping up the big teams considering how Furia made it to the playoffs in Rio, but maybe thats just Copium.
Two whole stages behind closed door so 3/4 teams go home even before the crowd is braindead. Isnt major supposed to be the biggest event in the year?
their system for seeding might be broken
I agree with you with BLAST not producing any content whatsoever. It's like they barely care
I'm gonna ignore the stuff about the teams because that's just how it is in sports but when it comes to Blast I agree and disagree at the same time.
What I disagree with is that you should not expect a crowd in legends. It was always meant to be a one-time thing for Rio because ESL wanted to "pander" to brazil to an extent and because they wanted to get a large foothole into that region as a potential expansion point. It was amazing to have, but shouldn't be expected and I am pretty sure that ESL operated that crowd setting at a net loss. They also have more money to burn now and Blast does not have that kind of money, they're barely staying afloat as is right now.
What I am agreeing with is that the presentation is awful, no shoulder content, no storyline videos, they keep recycling the same 5 counterstrikle videos over and over again.
Agree that the production is lackluster and they somehow managed to make the games feel less intense than Blast Groups lol.
And yeah you'd forget the major even is in Paris if not for the branding, because there's no mention of it and no personality.
Also disappointed with the perfomance of T1 teams but T2 is not at fault for winning and neither is BLAST/Valve for the open-circuit format. It is what it is.
Probably not even going to watch play-offs since there are no teams that I care about left in the major.
Niko, a CSGO legend without a major trophy missed the last csgo major trophy. N0ko
So now my conclusion of the Major after the playoffs are finally behind us:
- watching tier 2 teams play in the playoffs was not bad, it was not as great perhaps as seeing teams like G2 and Navi that I like more, but it was okay, better than expected
- the final, which I said earlier is important to decide if the tournament is good or not, was good. Perhaps not great, but good enough
- fact of matter still is, a lot of Tier 1 teams disappointed this time. Last time they reached playoffs and disappointed in playoffs, depending on who you wanted to win of course, this time they disappointed before it and partially in playoffs, Liquid was a disaster and shadow of themselves in the playoffs, but was good in legends, bizarre enough. G2 crapped the bed once reaching legends which is also weird. Navi only played well in bo1 and was trash in bo3 which shows that the team is dysfunctional. Npl didn’t pay off so far and electronic is not a tier 1 igl in my opinion. Furia was utterly bad, the reasons were already explained here. NIP disappointed as well, the team simply underperforms too often, but this can be due to role clash with Brollan and K0nfig. Headtr1ck is also inexperienced but he was funny enough the best player of them. Cloud 9 didn’t even reach the major, this is a mentality problem but probably more because of a igl that is not good enough. With 2 of the best players of the world this is pretty bad. Finally, Ence also disappointed once hitting the legends stage, same as G2, something fell apart in them. Out of 10 top 10 teams, which I consider tier 1, 6 disappointed or didn’t even reach the Major itself. The 7th, Liquid, played very bad in the playoffs, that’s basically 7 of 10 tier 1 teams crapping the bed. Since Rio, tier 1 teams seem to have problems reaching their peak at the major. Why, I don’t know, maybe because of changes that didn’t benefit them or no changes in teams that are simply not good enough. This includes the downfall of Mouz and Fnatic who didn’t reach the playoffs this time.
All in all, the Major was good, not great but also not bad.