lurppis also states that the quote listed earlier in the thread are not cherry-picked as pretty much every 1.6 pro he has spoken with dislikes CS:GO and is unsure if they would even consider playing the game professionally based on its current state. The Finn also says he would likely only compete if the game had a million dollar prize pool tournament, which he states Valve have told him they would not be implementing.
First of January I created a thread called "CS:GO - losing hope?" and asked if we should keep giving feedback in hopes of something being improved over time or if we should just give up, seeing as they don't seem to care about our opinions nor even bother to comment on them. It's been two months, no answers other than from fellow players who shared the same concern.
As far as I can tell they only want to listen to the people who they know will agree with their changes (e.g. former CGS players who prefer CS:S over 1.6 these days[and in some cases aren't even anywhere near up to date on competitive 1.6]; Volcano, Ksharp) rather than face the reality of the game not being any good right now.
It will be interesting to see what will happen if CS:GO does take over CS 1.6 in IEM (as I assume it will) because from talking to other top players, hardly anyone (well, GeT_RiGhT does) seems interested in trying the game.
Why? Because it's not fun. It's a terrible game right now, and it's not by any means fun. Those opinions from kuben, neo, starix and me aren't just hand picked, that's what every top player thinks as far as I can tell.
In fact, Saturday night starix asked me if I would play CS:GO if it came with a $1,000,000 tournament like DotA 2's The International, and I said I probably would because it would simply make sense from the monetarial point of view.
However, when we asked about it in New York, Valve said they won't be hosting one of those for CS:GO.
Why? Why would they, when they can "force" events to switch to CS:GO from CS:S/CS 1.6, whereas DotA 2 couldn't stand a chance against HoN and especially LoL without the $1,000,000.
One of those $1,000,000 tournies would actually be the only way Valve would stand a chance at getting some of the big names to switch over. I don't know about you, but if the people I've gotten used to playing against and watching (Na`Vi, ESC, SK etc) wouldn't play CS:GO, there is no way I would watch it.
I know a lot of people who no longer play CS, but still watch it. I would bet money CS:GO wouldn't even get to 1/3rd of the 70k viewers CS 1.6 got this IEM in its first season.
Just my two cents,
Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen "
lurppis has been playing amongst the best in the CS 1.6 world since late 2005 when his wings team, famously featuring brother naSu, shocked the world by winning the European qualifier for WEG Season 3. The team had upset 3D at CPL World Tour Barcelona earlier in the year but it was following the WEG qualifier that their trajectory was set for the top tier. In 2006 the team acquired ruuit and contE from astralis and almost instantaneously were vaulted into the top four teams in the world.
Since that time lurppis has placed 3rd at WCG 2006, 3rd at KODE5 2006, 1st at NGL-ONE S2, 1st at WSVG Lousville, 3rd at Arbalet Cup Europe 2009, 4th at the IEM IV Global Finals, 3rd at Arbalet Cup Dallas, 1st at Beat IT 2010, 3rd at IEM VI Guangzhou and 2nd at IEM VI New York.
At the IEM VI World Championship last week his team came close to escaping the very event Group B after a win over fnatic but a loss in their final game to Lions, coupled with Moscow Five beating fnatic, saw the Finns eliminated. Despite not making the playoffs the team finished with only one loss at the end of group play, two draws also contributing to their inability to reach the playoffs.
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