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By Timothy 'merusame' Ellersiek
Aug 15, 2005 12:48


One day I started playing Counterstrike, it was Beta2 between 1999 and 2000. To that time we were maybe 80 Clans in the Clanbase Germany and everyone new everyone. The ESL wasn't even born, it was called DECL and was not nearly as interesting as the clanbase. Practice Clanwars were totally out, noone actually bothered to practice for a coming up proper clanwar.
The atmosphere between the players in those times were just marvelous. No flames, no swear words and no teasing. At one point of the counterstrike development always more and more people started to buy and play the bloody game. God knows why everyone chose especially this game. The boom started around cs 1.0 I would say. This is were I come to the point. I feel like that I belong to the "basis" of the counterstrike scene in Germany. With the other clans we built up a kind of community that lived in a total harmony. From time to time though the game became quite easy to learn and people only playing the game 3 months were so talented that they played as well as we did. The new players sort of took over the scene and always more oldschool players went inactive. In the German EPS this isn't much different. Out of 16 clans there are maybe 100 professional counterstrike players, and only maximum 5 out of the old times. Somehow sad.

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