CSGO Major in Brazil, Dosia to China, More – CSGO Recap 11/18/2019
Welcome back to another exciting day of CSGO news! Today we’ve got a look at the reveal of the CSGO Major in Brazil, rumors of Dosia going to China, Vitality’s crazy decision to still sit NBK, and more.
As always, we’ve got a lot to cover today, so let’s dive on in.
A Major in Brazil
After years of calling for a Major in the region, it’s finally happened: Brazil is getting a CSGO Major.
According to a report from Dekay on DBLTap, the first Major of 2020 will take place in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro and is expected to take place in May.
Expected to be branded “ESL One Rio Major,” the CSGO Major in Brazil will be ESL’s seventh hosting of the most prestigious tournament in CSGO and will see already recording-setting reigning champions Astralis look to cement their legacy with an insane fourth straight title.
While the CSGO Major in Brazil is sure to be an exciting event, fans have been mixed on the selected location for the tournament, with many concerned over safety at the event given recent issues in the country.
Given how relatively fine the Olympics and World Cup Brazil hosted several years back were, things should be fine, though we’ll definitely be watching the event very closely.
Valve and ESL have yet to officially comment on the report.
Dosia to China
While the Major looks to be going to the Brazilians, elsewhere in the world we got an interesting rumor from OverDrive on Twitter stating Dosia may be returning to CS:GO in the least likely of places: China.
The long-time Gambit Rifler has been inactive on the Gambit roster since late May and has been quite silent on social media since March, so no response to the rumors and their validity has been given.
Our source in China, Flora, however, has confirmed to us that Mou and Dosia are both in Shanghai currently meeting with a team there called OneThree, so there is a lot supporting this rumor.
We’ll keep our ears to the ground and keep you updated as we learn more about the situation.
Vitality Still Sitting on NBK
Our next stop today takes us across Asia and into Europe where Vitality has been struggling following the benching of NBK back in September following their top-eight finish at the Berlin Major.
Since then, the team has only placed top two at a single event, taking fourth, 13th, and top eight at other events since.
Despite the team’s declining performance, they still seem intent on keeping him on the bench, drawing much ire from the community over what many see as a poorly timed move on the orgs part.
This ire prompted a reply from NeL on Twitter, who stated that,
“People saying that Vitality should have kept NBK really have NO IDEA of what happened and can’t understand when A WHOLE TEAM, INCLUDING MIGHTY ZYWOO, didn’t want to play with him anymore. XTQZZZ said it on record. Do you think it fell out of the sky? Or maybe there’s a reason? It’s not because a team is winning that everything is fine, and the opposite is also true, losing doesn’t mean that there are problems.
Teams have no time to practice and fix problems as tournaments keep happening. And I’m not saying that everything will be fine with Vitality or that losing to Fnatic with kreaz is alright. They have to work and prove to everyone that they did the right move. EPICENTER will be the first real test as they would have time to prepare.”
Clearly keeping NBK on the roster wasn’t going to work, but perhaps, based on what NeL noted, Vitality should investigate taking a break from events to sort things out and get back to their monster form they were running until the Major.
HenryG Calls Out TO’s
Our last stop of the day takes us over to the world of casters, as now Caster of the Year HenryG has called out TO’s for their failure to let casters know about invites to events well ahead of the actual event.
According to HenryG, broadcasters, “keep broadcasters under the thumb by keeping us in the dark regarding scheduling/event dates for 2020. Booking us last minute with no idea what’s on the horizon gives us no way to plan our lives outside of work.”
Other casters jumped into the conversation discussing their frustration with the system and the struggles most have had planning around other jobs and family when they don’t find out about an event until the last possible minute.
Isaac’s Personal Take
Having been a TO for events in the past, I can understand why small local events a bit may be late on getting casters, but for large scale events with tens to hundreds of thousands on the line, this shouldn’t be the case.
Casters shouldn’t only find out about offers weeks before the event and shouldn’t have to wait months to get their pay.
If anything, these constant struggles should really get the talent to consider unionizing: it would help give them more power in negotiations and provide a stronger wall against being taken advantage of as individuals.
That’s all we have for today, thanks for reading. We’ll be back tomorrow to bring you more exciting CSGO news, so stay tuned!