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Team Liquid CS:GO Player NAF Reveals Why They Decided To Move Europe – Is The North American Scene Dead?

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Keith Marković, known as “NAF,” is a 23-year-old Canadian CS:GO player who has been playing under Team Liquid jersey for over two and a half years. Previously, he had played for teams like Optic Gaming, Renegades, and more.

Earlier this year, Riot Games announced their newest FPS game, Valorant, and most of the players and organizations in North America decided to switch to Valorant. Because of that, lots of people stated that the North American Counter-Strike scene is dead now.

Following these changes, there were only a few teams left to play against in North America, and the best teams like Evil Geniuses, Furia Esports, Team Liquid, and Complexity Gaming decided to move out to Europe to play the game.

NAF spoke in a recent interview with hltv.org and talked about the main reason why they wanted to move out to Europe instead of playing in North America.

In the conversation, NAF mentioned that lots of the matches in NA felt like they are playing only PUGs and FPLs. Also, he pointed out that people are just wide peeking to the enemies and trying to abuse the internet connection.

NAF admitted that they could have bad habits and tendencies while playing against those teams and said that it would be better to play against the European team right now, and that’s why they decided to leave the North American scene.

Interviewer asked:

“North America is in a bit of a slump with players switching games, organizations dropping teams and so on. How has that affected you?”

NAF replied:

“It’s kind of hard to achieve or accomplish something new right now in North America. There’s just a lack of teams and the playstyle feels very puggy at the moment, it’s like playing a bunch of FPL games. We’re on a team, but it still feels like playing an FPL game, so it creates bad habits, bad tendencies, and stuff like that.

I think the way we play will work a lot better against European teams than it does against North American teams, I’m a lot more optimistic against European teams because in NA there’s just a lot of running around, wide peeking and people trying to abuse the internet, pretty much.”

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