The Top 5 Craziest CS:GO Moments Of 2017
This year has been an eventful one for the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene, for a lot of reasons. It’s easy to forget some of the earlier drama that happened throughout 2017, so I’ve put together this little reminder for you.
It wasn’t easy to choose, but here I’ve highlighted the five craziest CS:GO moments of 2017.
- Immortals CS:GO team at DreamHack Montreal
This ordeal started with Pujan "FNS" Mehta (who played for CLG at the time) posting a tweet that implied that Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe, Henrique "HEN1" Teles, and Lucas "LUCAS1" Teles were all hungover while playing the semi-final of the tournament. FNS apologized for the post later, but the damage had been done.
These three players then showed up late to the grand final against North, which meant they had to forfeit the first map of a best of three. Immortals then lost the next map, losing the grand final in an unprecedented way for the team.
But the drama didn’t end there. kNgV- had responded to FNS’ claim on Twitter with the threat of killing him. The now frequently memed tweet was what led to Immortals’ suspending kNgV- from the team as announced in a statement from CEO Noah Winston. Twins LUCAS1 and HEN1 later requested to leave, and the trio were released from Immortals soon after.
They would later join up with fnx and bit to form the roster for 100 Thieves, a new team that would compete at the upcoming ELeague Major in Boston. Meanwhile, the remaining Immortals players Lucas "steel" Lopes and Ricardo "boltz" Prass would part ways with the organization and join other teams, signalling the end of an era for the Brazilian CS:GO squad.
- Stunna and the crazy fan at ESL One: Cologne 2017
At ESL One: Cologne 2017, an overly eager fan attempted to storm the stage while host Tres "stunna" Saranthus was mid-interview with another fan.
It wasn’t so much that it happened as it was Stunna’s amazing reaction which caught the internet’s attention--he immediately shoved the invader away with a killer look and then resumed the interview as if nothing had happened.
That, and the fact that the person who was being interviewed also seemed hardly phased, is what capped off this iconic moment. It also helped that stunna was trained in the military, a fact that the community was quick to point out in their collective, humorous reactions.
- PEA and the Player’s Rights movement
Next up we have the Professional eSports Association versus players drama, aka the back-and-forth open letter exchange that ran from late December 2016 into January 2017. There’s a lot to sift through here, but I’ll try and break it down as simply as possible.
It all started with the formation of the Professional eSports Association, or PEA. According to a report, it was said that teams that were a part of PEA would be forbidden from competing in ESL’s Pro League. This would affect multiple esports organizations, including Cloud9, TSM, CLG, Immortals, and Team Liquid.
In response, the players chose Scott "SirScoots" Smith as their representative, and he posted an open letter to PEA protesting this. According to the letter, the decision to stop these teams from competing in EPL was made by team owners and the players weren’t consulted. They weren’t happy about it.
PEA was allegedly going to launch its own CS:GO league, which the teams would compete in instead of EPL. Several players posted their negative reactions to the decision on social media, and team owners would respond with their side of the story by posting chat logs.
The internet pitchforks really came out when Sean “Seangares” Gares was let go from Team SoloMid as a result of the drama, and then TSM owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh was interviewed by Duncan “Thorin” Shields to share his point of view, subsequently redirecting the pitchforks back on Seangares for not doing the job he supposedly initially signed up for.
PEA then responded with an open letter of its own, posted by Immortals CEO Noah Winston, and it gave the players an ultimatum; pick EPL or pick PEA’s league, and the team owners will agree to go with whatever is chosen, but players could not choose both.
In January 2017 PEA announced that it would be suspending plans to operate a CS:GO league, evidently because the players chose EPL instead. There was a lot more back and forthing in between on medium and Twitlonger, but this is really the gist of what happened. Phew!
- ESL allows VAC-banned players to compete in its tournaments
In March 2017, ESL announced that it was introducing a new rule to allow CS:GO players who had been VAC banned to participate in ESL’s tournaments, so long as it had been two years since the initial ban.
It’s worth pointing out that this rule means that VAC banned players are now able to compete in ESL tournaments but match-fixers are still banned no matter what. And if ESL was to host a major backed by Valve, then VAC banned players would still not be allowed to enter.
The news was met with a wave of different reactions from the internet. Some folks were excited because it meant they could see some of their old favourite players compete again. While others were quick to say they were not supportive of the rule, saying it gave cheaters an undeserved second chance.
- Valve releases Dust 2 rework
Dust 2, possibly the most iconic map of CS:GO. It has a long and storied history, and is personally my favourite map to play on. So when Valve revealed it was working on an overhauled Dust 2 without warning, it was a huge and unexpected deal.
The update dropped in October 2017 and changed a lot of the map, featuring a huge visual change to its aesthetic. According to Valve, the new map’s tweaks also were made to improve player readability and refine movement on the map.
The reception to the new Dust 2 has overall been quite positive, and Valve has been responsive in patching out bugs. Presumably, it’s only a matter of time before we see Dust 2 return to the pool of active duty maps and be used in tournaments once again--something I cannot wait to see.
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