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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

I’ve never bothered to consider this problem when it comes to esports because I was originally from StarCraft 2. That is a 1-v-1 game, so no matter how hated you get, it doesn’t matter as long as you are good enough to win. Naniwa is one example. MyungSik is another. Both were generally disliked by their peers, but it didn’t matter because it was a solo game.

That isn’t the case in CS:GO. The social element can block the opportunities of players. Today Maikelele posted a Twitlonger about his reputation in the scene and his “toxicity.” Once an archetype is attached to you, it’s difficult to fight out of it. We’ve seen this other players like ex6Tenz or Blad3.

I find it annoying, but this is just another meta piece of analysis I have to think about now that I study CS:GO. Fortunately, skill still tells all — kind of. s1mple was known as a horrible team element, and it looked like he couldn’t go anywhere after being removed from Flipsid3 in 2015. Luckily, Hiko came into help and the sheer skill displayed eventually got s1mple onto Natus Vincere. Although meeting Hiko was lucky, in his own way s1mple forced this to happen because he was the one who demanded Hiko stand-in for Flipsid3.

For Maikelele, he isn’t nearly as skilled as s1mple, but his social problems aren’t nearly as extreme.


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