Some big changes have taken place with the CS:GO Major system, with there now being 24 teams competing that aren’t even necessarily the top teams in the world. Team Cloud9 recently discussed their feelings on this big change, and it definitely seems like it was a move that not many are too fond of.
Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip was asked about his recent comments about the diminishing accomplishment of qualifying for a Major. He said that “Yeah, I think the first thing that everyone noticed is that it’s 24 teams, and it’s not the 24 top teams in the world. It’s kind of hard to say who are the top 24 teams in the world right now because there are so many teams that are competing right now and teams are beating each other not on a consistent basis, so it’s going back and forth pretty much. I think that it’s worse because, when I first started playing, professionally on Cloud9, I thought that making the Major was the biggest thing that could happen in CS:GO, but now that 24 teams can do it and it’s not even the 24 teams at the top of the world, I think that devalues it a lot.”
He then goes on to say “Now that they get stickers as well, I feel like stickers don’t even mean anything to me anymore. I feel like when you have stickers in the game it’s a symbol of yourself and a lot of fans just kind of idolize you through your stickers, and they want to be a part of the player, they’re just showing appreciation for the player or that they’re a fan and buy stickers now. But now I feel like since every team gets it, it’s not as valuable, it’s not as hype as it was before, so I hope Valve does something about that.”
It’s going to be interesting to see how these changes to the CS:GO Major system plays out, and how it’s received overall once the dust has settled. It’s entirely possible that they could end up reverting to the old way if there’s enough of a backlash, but we’ll just have to wait and see.