3 May 2018
I recently said of Gareth “MisteM” Ries that he’s “a star of the future, now.” Ah, the good old axtremes kiss of death. I’m quite aware that a couple of the players I’ve pointed at in the past as future stars haven’t quite achieved what I or they might have hoped. I’d hazard a guess that it probably does heap some pressure on a young player’s shoulders to be called the next big thing by a grizzled old hat-toting commentator like me. Perhaps that’s additional expectation a young player could do without when it’s hard enough trying to get into a good team and perform at a high level week in, week out.
To break into the higher echelons of local competition, newer players to the scene have to hope they make the right connections with influential older pros. These older pros function as the gatekeepers to turn away any of the riff-raff and only allow in those they deem worthy. As an upcoming player you’re quite likely to be called an onliner or a hacker should you have the cheek to play well regularly. Until more than one of the old guard of established players bestow their seal of approval on you, your career is likely doomed.
Let’s say you survive the initial onslaught that inevitably accompanies being good at the game and manage to prove yourself over a period of time as a star in lesser teams and in pickup games. Perhaps then the metaphorical hand of the old gods will reach down and pull you up into SA CS:GO’s equivalent of Valhalla. Maybe then you’ll get your shot at the top. You have to be a strong sort to push past the hackusations and insinuations to really get your shot in a decent team. In that way it functions as a sort of informal natural selection where only the strong or terminally pig-headed survive.
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