Stickers, huge Stage with flashy lights, sometimes some pyrotechnics, awkward looking, mid-20 aged pro gamers with shoddy english being dragged on stage melting in the brightness of the limelight. All that and more over the next couple of days can be seen in Cologne in what is anticipated to be the biggest Major event for CS:GO ever to be held, in terms of viewer numbers.
The current state of affairs leaves much to be desired thou: Shoddy results from some of the top teams, paired with Injuries of some of the top players in the not to distant past have left the creme de la creme of CS:GO in a weird place, where the upset was a daily occurence. The long time between the majors (couple of months only, but in CS:GO roster swaps are also fairly regular) leave qualified teams in a place where you wouldn’t put them in the current top 16, not to mention the top 8 as for example CLG. This is overshadowed by ESL continous efforts to make an exclusive deal with top teams to lock out contenders like FaceIt or Dreamhack, and Valves lack of proper involvement and guidance hurts the game in terms of lack of transparency, fighting against cheaters or new ideas to keep the game evolving, fresh or looking for room for improvement. Another point of critique are the randomized mapdraws: Out of the 7, each team bans 2, in best of 1 games, the map to be played will randomly be picked out of the remaining 3. And ANOTHER point of critique are the poorly seeded groups, you can check out Thorins youtube channel on that (Youtube handle is Thooorin)
Nevertheless: most of the best 16 teams of the world will be among those 16 that are playing and there will be the highest level Counter-Strike for all of us to admire. So i will stop bickering now and tell you where to get the all the information:
Here we go, now lets have some fun until France bashes Germany in the Euro 2016 …