24 May 2018
The start of Leg 3 of VS Gaming’s Masters CS:GO league is imminent. Next week will see most of the country’s best teams caught in the desperate struggle to avoid relegation while cementing their places in the league for the following leg.
A powerful motivator
I think the addition of a promotion/relegation system is an immensely positive change for CS:GO Masters. It gives the teams something to play for, to be sure. In previous years, the only time the league play really mattered was right before LAN, where the placings affected seedings offline. Outside of that, it tended to feel like the teams were just going through the motions.
Now there are definite and very real stakes. It’s a big incentive to make sure you give your best and stay in the highest division. It means there are winners and losers every leg and gives the league meaning for viewers. I’m a fan.
The biggest loser(s)
It’s a rather crushing blow to face relegation. Both of these teams had a tough time of it in Leg 2.
They struggled with roster turmoil throughout Leg 2. It even got to the point that they were forced to play 4v5 and with their MGO owner as a stand-in. A rather sad state of affairs for a team that’s been a stalwart franchise in Masters. Their new roster was announced recently, including the controversial addition of former convicted cheater k1ngdomSoldier. They will need to prove their worth in the Premier Division to get back to Masters. There’s enough talent and experience in the team to be reasonably confident that they’ll be able to do so.
Another entirely luckless outfit when it comes to team composition problems. Captain Quinten “AbSyN “ Weening said they were forced to compete with only four players after Sam “P_anda” Nortje abruptly quit the team. They couldn’t even grind out a single win. I do feel for both Sentry and Exdee.
Perhaps it should lead to some conversations around the roster lock rules. It’s not good for anyone, especially not VS themselves, that the quality of their most prestigious league can be severely diminished in this way by a player simply leaving a team unexpectedly. There’s got to be a better way to police roster changes to avoid this happening again.