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Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

One of the first CS:GO tournaments I watched was MLG X Games Aspen. I didn’t know anything at the time, so I was surprised when I tuned in to see a Brazilian team. As I found out later on the desk, the Brazilian team wasn’t relevant in the international scene at all and this was one of the few tournaments that allowed an open spot for them to qualify. Kabum then went on to get some upset wins.

This was the start of the Kabum/KeyD Stars/Luminosity lineup that eventually became the best team in the world. At the Kiev Major, I was reminded a bit of that story as this was the first Dota 2 Major for a specific slot for the South American teams. This time SG qualified through. In their first series they went 1-2 against OG, either the best or second-best team in the world.

While I don’t think this will lead to another world conqueror (as you need both hard work, talent, attitude and luck to pull that kind of thing off), the critical thing is it might. Beyond the tier 1 events that are meant to get the best of the best, more events should try to give some chances for these weaker scenes to compete as meeting better players from better regions can be the catalyst to better teams and players from areas people could never think of.


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