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The Problem Of The CS:GO Professional Scene And The Nonsense Of Busy Schedule

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If you love to watch CS:GO professional matches recently, you will realize that there are lots of high-tier matches every single day. The top-tier teams and players are facing each other almost every day.

For the past few years, some of the CS:GO players are having trouble finding their focus and motivation to play the game. Especially after the coronavirus outbreak, the schedule of the tournaments and the online era of the game created a massive amount of matches.

Not only it affects the players, the excitement about the big tournaments and watching the big teams clashing each other doesn’t give the same satisfaction as it did in the past, because we are seeing them playing every day.

For example, Gambit Esports is the best CS:GO team in the world right now according to hltv.org. They played ten official matches last month, and almost all of them were best-of-three matches. One of them was best-of-one, and the other one was best-of-five.

Additionally, we should mention that there are lots of tournaments that are held in the same month. Instead of using the single-elimination bracket, they are using the consolation or double-elimination model in the tournaments, which makes the loser team play even more matches.

Having lots of matches on the high tier doesn’t bring any excitement for most viewers anymore if there are no roster changes, because they just recently watched the teams and know what they could bring to the matchup.

Also, we can not see creative and surprising tactics as we did in the past. However, this is not only because of the number of matches the teams are playing, it is also about the game that didn’t change a bit for years.

The Players Who Take A Break From CS:GO Due To Burnout

As we said earlier, playing lots of matches is not healthy for the players. Some of them start lacking on focus, motivation, and determination, and some of them feel stress, fatigued, drained, and many more.

Besides playing on the busy schedule alongside practices and scrims, players don’t really have time to reset their minds during the player breaks. For example, the player break starts after ESL: One Cologne ends, and after fourteen days, the journey starts again.

Although it sounds like fourteen days is pretty fine to have a break, most of the teams are starting to practice to the first tournament during the player breaks, which possibly creates lots of frustration.

One of the first players who talked about this frustration was Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson. He took a break from the game a couple of times in 2018 and 2020, and now he is considering about retiring from the game.

After the coronavirus outbreak, the players who dominated the scene, Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander and Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth, also took a break from the game for months. And recently, Aleksi “allu” Jalli left ENCE due to burnout problems.

The tournament organizers and Valve should take this matter seriously because the current state of the scene is not healthy for any of the players and will create more problems in the near future.

After the departure of allu, Ninjas In Pyjamas player Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz is one of the players who wanted to take attention to this problem and mentioned that nobody could understate this schedule problem.

Here is what dev1ce said:

“Oversaturation is the key word here, and it hurts the players the most. Can’t understate this, but we are not machines and we will see more and more people fall to the stress levels that would be fine if there was time for restitution.”

You can check out his post below.

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