Sarina Bruce Kings Gaming Club
Counter-Strike has been around for a long time. Does the meta shift much now, or has the game settled somewhat?
The meta shifts each time Valve release a new update. Previously we saw how strong UMPs were compared to AKs/M4s, which are meant to be the set gun buy in buy rounds. Pistols are currently overpowered and each pistol is slowly getting nerfed. Movement also changes sometimes, as we saw the 'jump glitch' at the major punishing players. I don't think the game will settle and that's what keeps it interesting. It keeps us on our feet.
How often do you need to train, and what does your training look like?
After we finish from our jobs/studies for the day we jump on and practice. From Sunday through to Thursday we train for around 4-5 hours a day, not including any official matches we might have. Training can vary from scrimming teams or dry running, as well as watching demos and other players for strategies or to learn different types of play. Outside of these hours we would be deathmatching/aim maps to improve individual aim as well as watching how other players play.
What are some of the common mistakes other players make, that let you get the drop on them easily?
Some common mistakes other players make are not trading their teammates after they die. If you start running out one by one you will easily get dropped unless that player is straight on the ball. If a team can’t adapt to your play style its easily punishable too, as well as if they play the same spots each round and don't switch it around.
How viable is it to enter the Counter Strike esports scene right now, as a new face? Is there a wellestablished 'old guard' now?
It’s a little hard to enter a scene that is well established. Everything is easier with connections and once you're in its very easy to stay in; however, if you put in enough work and prove to people around you that you want it and are willing to work for a place in the industry there's a high probability that you will earn your spot like that.