Esports Central – Quick Hit: Valkyrie Season 2 Underway

Aug 10, 2018

In our series Quick Hit, axtremes drops his opinion with lightning speed while his hat overlords aren’t looking.

The ASUS Valkyrie CS:GO League is back. Again presented by Mettlestate, the only all-female CS:GO league on the continent is now on its second season. What’s got to make the Mettlestate crew feel particularly proud is the growth of the league from the inaugural season in terms of team count. They’ve gone from nine entrants to a commendable 13 teams in the second edition. That’s some pretty positive growth. A year ago there were only three female teams that I can recall being active in the scene.

Forging ahead

The one thing I would like to see in Season Two is a progression in terms of the overall level of play compared to the first season. As Shaun “Profeci” Murrell was saying while we were in the green room between games on the Evetech Champion League Broadcast, the female teams have no shortage of skilled AWPers. Which is a great position to be in. Where they appear to visibly lag behind regular CS:GO teams is in the rifles department. The other four players that are not the sniper, tend to seem a bit less impactful. That’s a generalization of course, because there are some great riflers in the league. I do think it’s a very valid observation though.

Economic management also seems a little off at times, with teams way to eager to force buy on pistols and SMGs. That could partially be influencing the general lack of strong rifles as the sniper is the one player saving more regularly and therefore has their prefered weapon more of the time. If one of the goals for Valkyrie is development, more teams is a good step in the right direction. However, a higher caliber of Counter-Strike coming out of the players has got to be just as important. The addition of experienced coaches to many of the teams would certainly help in this regard as well. I hope to see more of the teams taking on a coach or analyst.

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