Yet another ideological predicament has fallen upon the professional Counter-strike community, as CS:GO casters, analysts, and players are divided by the debate on whether or not players should be ridiculed based on their performances.
After a weekend packed full of entertaining Counter-Strike between Northern Arena Montreal and the iBP Masters tournaments, players such as Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo and Wiktor ‘TaZ’ Wojtas spoke out against what they saw as jokes gone too far.
Edouard ‘SmithZz’ Dubourdeaux’s name was tossed around by the CS:GO casters and analysts of both tournaments, and these jokes and jabs have drawn the attention of other analysts and casters as well. Two camps seem to be forming over the issue at hand.
I love to watch good games, and good casting,analyst, we have plenty of it,people are doing great job,but now more than often cross the line
— VP TAZ (@g5taz) 14 November 2016
@FalleNCS the amount of things this guy has accomplished in CS is insane. But yeah lets keep having fun shitting on other people. Assholes
— Gabriel FalleN T. (@FalleNCS) 14 November 2016
As a caster myself, it is difficult for me to maintain my position on this matter without seeming biased; however, I do believe that eSports has grown to the point where players in the public eye will and should be ridiculed based on their play – but with a caveat.
Recycled memes and witty jabs borne the negativity that plagues online gaming communities, and as such casters and analysts should maintain their professionalism and give real contextual analysis if they are going to tear down a player for their sub-par performances.
By that same token, both FalleN and TaZ need to realise that while the jokes in question were not delivered as professionally as they could have been, they do bear a great deal of truth. SmithZz as an AWPer has long since struggled to outshine even his rifling teammates, and has had a history of lacklustre performances stemming from fumbled opportunities to help his team win.
It was never about whether SmithZz could compete with rival French AWPer Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub, but rather that even teammate Richard ‘shox’ Papillon seems to perform better with the $4750 sniper under pressure. It is a good thing to see players sticking together in the face of something they see as unfair and undue; however, this clip sums up what it can be like to watch SmithZz under pressure.
Athletes in traditional sports face media scrums and ridicule from the analyst desk on a near daily basis, yet this comes with the territory and nature of the job. The problem here is that casters and analysts are straying from investigative ridicule in favour of one-off witticisms.
This is not to say that the comedic element of casting must be removed to maintain professionalism, but rather that casters and analysts should back their jokes up with hard analytical evidence from time to time and know that even they can take things too far.