100 Thieves might be the first of many teams and players who desire to play in EU instead of NA. There are many reasons beside the persistent corona pandemic. Here is why!
100 Thieves have been one of the most successful and popular esports organizations in Northern America. Only one year ago they signed the ex-Renegades roster. Now they have released their players to give them the opportunity to become successful in Europe.
You can read more about this in this article: 100 Thieves exit CS:GO
Even Evil Geniuses Star-Player Tarik “tarik” Celik comments in his tweet that NA CS is officially dead:
Europe is currently more attractive to CS:GO Players than NA
NA CS IS OFFICIALLY DEAD, I WENT & SAID IT.
PINGING EU CS FOR HELP, RT TO SPREAD AWARENESS.
— tarik (@tarik) October 13, 2020
No competition against other regions
100 Thieves CEO Nadeshot’s decision was based on the teams’ desire to compete in Europe. Due to the coronavirus, international games are cancelled and North America can’t compete against leading European teams. To provide the proper support for his players Nadeshot explained that 100 Thieves don’t want to hold back any players from achieving success.
That’s why NA Teams are in talks to go on European trips for end-of-season tournaments. This would allow all the best teams in the two regions to compete against each other for the first time since IEM Katowice after the coronavirus pandemic upended the esports calendar and forced almost every major competition to be split into regional divisions.
No tournaments no income
But there’s hope! Flashpoint 2 has announced that it will create a tournament with teams from both regions, including Gen.G and MIBR. Also ESL plans to end the season with the IEM Global Challenge, an eight-team $500,000 LAN tournament taking place in Cologne on December 15-20. This tournament will feature four European, three North American, and one CIS squad.
Many players switch sides playing VALORANT
That’s the current HLTV.org Ranking in Northern America:
The gap between teams in NA is gargantuan. Comparing the teams’ points it is easy to see. First place Evil Geniuses have 758 Ranking Points. 5th Place Team Triumph only gathered 41 points. Meanwhile, 10th place RBG gained only 18 Points. All in all the difference is gigantic.
For comparison that’s the European Ranking right now:
Here you can see how tight the competition between the European teams is currently. Astralis managed to become first place again with 969 Points, with OG on fifth place with 591 Points and 10th place mousesports with 389 points.