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Opinion

An example of dev1ce scouting

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A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

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I just thought this was an interesting move. In Astralis vs. FaZe Clan in the StarLadder Kiev finals, the teams were playing Mirage. Dev1ce does this move you will rarely ever see him do when he has an AWP. He rushes up through a smoke at connector and then no scopes NiKo. I’ve thought about this for a long period of time, and I’m pretty certain that this was dev1ce abusing a tendency of NiKo’s positioning.

What I mean by that is, some players have positional tendencies when playing around a smoke. Felps/Snax, for instance, can always get baited into jumping into one at any moment (though Felps has been better about it since joining SK Gaming, but I think that’s just FalleN telling him “No”). So while this was the first time dev1ce has ever played this iteration of FaZe, NiKo was still NiKo, and he likes to play closer towards the smoke. Dev1ce knew that if the smoke was there, he could abuse that opening for an easy pick into the round.

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