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Opinion

Why Znipe is the best CS:GO VOD site

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

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

For those who aren’t familiar with it, Znipe is the best CS:GO VOD site. There are a few reasons for this. First, they have a clear and obvious way of cataloging tournaments and VODs, making it much easier to find a specific VOD on the site than it is browsing through a tournament organizer’s YouTube page or randomly searching YouTube. Second, a bunch of features are incredibly helpful in analyzing the game. You can jump to any particular round in the game, so you can skip over rounds that you don’t need to analyze or look at (ecos come to mind). At the same time, you can skip to the next round when you know the current round is over. Most importantly, it gives options to switch to different player PoVs, and it creates a timeline of their kills throughout the match.

That makes it much easier to analyze what kind of kills a player is going for and how impactful they are. For instance, fer dropped 30 on cobble against G2 at Malmo, but if you use the site, you’ll realize that they weren’t the most impactful frags of the match. Another way you can use Znipe is to have two player PoVs from the same side, so you can understand how the two-three players are playing together by either taking map control or holding a site. Another way you can use it is if you know how two teams play, you can put on two players who will have to duel during the map. For instance, on nuke in a game between G2 and Gambit on Nuke, the two most likely players to clash are AdreN and kennyS. AdreN is the player Gambit sends out to secure yard/secret; kennyS is the player G2 sends out to hold that entire side of the map. So you can see the developing mind games and adjustments between the two players.

The only weakness the site has is it doesn’t cover all tournaments. But for the ones it does cover, it’s far and away the best VOD site.

If there was something that could be improved, it could be the way spoilers are handled. I personally don’t care, but there are some spectators who prefer to be unspoiled when going into a VOD. This sort of thing hasn’t existed since Gom.tv shut down for SC2, but when they did do it, it was impressive. They had a setting where you could click and either get the spoiler-list or the non-spoiler list of games from a specific tournament. From there, they made sure that in a best-of-three, Games 1 and 2 were larger. This way, a viewer couldn’t intuit if there was no Game 3 just off of the time of the VODs alone. Finally, they organized playlists for the non spoiler section so that you just let it autoplay through the tournament.

That’s a possible thing Znipe could add, or double monitor support. As I only use one monitor, I don’t know how that would work. But for a lot of hardcore gamers, most of them are using double monitor setups, so that’s also something to consider.

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