IT’S FAIRLY OBVIOUS THAT THEY’RE TRYING TO AVOID WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME
Team Liquid is still looking to recuperate and return to the top of competitive CS:GO, following a few events where new champions were crowned such as Fnatic and Evil Geniuses – the transition from September to October was quite difficult for the roster. First off, they had ESL One New York, placing 3rd-4th respectively – a single day later, they travelled across the world to compete at DreamHack Masters Malmo. finishing with a dismal 9th-12th placing. This is a reality which they’ve decided to avoid for November by taking a hiatus from IEM Beijing.
It’s a well-established component of competitive CS:GO – oftentimes event organizers competitive events days apart, leaving professionals and the community scrambling for air. Attending two events in a row is rather tiring, especially for a high-calibre team such as Team Liquid. Beginning 5 days after the BLAST Pro Series in Copenhagen, they’ve decided against travelling the distance and risking further fatigue.
One of the players, ‘EliGE’, had the following to say:
We’re almost at 200 days total traveled this year, so it’s been really hard on us mentally,Jonathan EliGE Jablonowski
We tend to forget when we’re cheering from home or in the stands, that these players need to travel and reaccustom themselves to jet lag and new environments constantly – doing so regularly has seemed to affect the players of Team Liquid. Taking breaks instead of performing worse is incredibly reasonable.
This strategy may soon resemble that of Astralis in 2017, who used to skip events to prepare better – it’s up to the players whether to decide if it’s worth missing out on prize pool and prioritizing the health of the players – it’s obvious that the wellbeing of the professionals comes first.
Let us know what you think of the decision in the comments section below – is Team Liquid making the right call?