Here is the first part of the answers to your twitter questions about the French scene where I give my opinion.
What's next for Ex6tenz?
— The father (@DonHaci) 29 novembre 2018
The first thing is to think about his contractual situation. Can he be freed by G2? If not, how much is his buyout and who could buy him? In both case, I think that he’s not a quitter and I have no doubt that he still has that motivation in him. What’s promising is that he wasn’t that bad on the server and I know that point was something annoying for him. To be honest I think he will wait for a bit, see what happens, probably until the major.
As a Belgian it'd be great to see Ex6 and ScreaM make/join a team together. Very unlikely though, right? 🇧🇪
— Koen (@FleuryWasTaken) 29 novembre 2018
If ScreaM is still on the market after the major, a team with that belgian core wouldn’t sound crazy to me. They have a good friendship, played together in the past and ScreaM is also a brand, useful to create something. They would need other players around of course, It may depend on how the LDLC and G2 teams fare but I’m pretty sure that something nice could happen.
This G2 team and Vitality are finally top tier teams bringing in new talent instead of shuffling around the same 12 or so players. Why do you think it’s taken this long for your white flag waving brothers to take more chances on younger talent?
— Ryan (@RyanAtRBM) 29 novembre 2018
Before 2015, results were good, so no real reason to bring in new guys. Then it’s all about timing and opportunities. DEVIL was the first one, then bodyy, SIXER also had his chance for a comeback, then xms, hAdji, ZywOo, and now JACKZ and Lucky. So that’s not really true, new players have been injected regularly since the last victory of a French team at a Major.
Do u think SmithZz will continue playing, if so what are the options?
— arch (@archcsgo) 29 novembre 2018
No, not for a while at least. SmithZz’s return showed a poor level, explainable after more than a year without playing the game AT ALL. So he would have to work on that if he really wants to comeback, but as he said in his statement, he didn’t enjoy his time playing after his comeback. So another comeback is unlikely to me. So what’s next for him? He can now help G2 as an analyst/co-coaching role, he’s such a positive person to be around that he can help them on a day to day basis for sure.
Are there any promising developing IGL's in the French scene or is the future in the hands of shox & NBK?
— eden (@nedecsgo) 29 novembre 2018
France had a good amount of leaders in CS:S and 1.6 (HaRts, Ex6TenZ, KRL, Ozstrik3r, AsP, etc.). Most of them didn’t make the switch to CS:GO or didn’t stay for long so there’s a real lack of IGLs in our scene. Happy came in a little by surprise, seeing him with such a level and surpassing Ex6TenZ was surprising. As of today, in game leaders in the top teams (shox, NBK, ALEX, davidp) are players that learned from Ex6 and try to renew a working method that seems to run out of steam over time. Today, pure leaders are pretty rare, most are players that try to lead because no-one would do it. matHEND, wallax, Lambert are leading in the french subtop for years but never had the possibility to step up. As of today, the only leader that I would be excited to see at high level in France is MAJ3R. He has everything for the job: Experience, good mentality, results and is a good player overall. He’s still young in the role and that’s what’s exciting.
Why didn’t @ScreaM_ got picked up by any french team?
— juanchi (@JuanchiM59) 29 novembre 2018
Why kio cant play in French teams?
— Wings2 (@Wings2_tt) 29 novembre 2018
The results of the French teams since 2016 are not like they were anymore. The problem with ScreaM is the same as with kioShiMa. All the players have known each other for years. When french teams are not winning, they don’t want to bring in players they know by heart. Because they know what they can bring, also what they cannot bring and how they behave in every situations, including the bad moments. Basically, they don’t want to do the same mistakes that they already did. That’s why they picked new players because there’s still the hope that they will complete the team how they want in game and out of the game, which would not necessarily be the case with ScreaM and kio.
Is there any chance @Ex6TenZZZ joining Vitality soon?
— Elari Tõnström (@elariBAY) 29 novembre 2018
No. NBK already explained that he respects a lot Ex6TenZ but he doesn’t want to play with him anymore, at least under his lead. Unless something goes really bad, I don’t see Ex6 as a viable solution for Vitality.
-where is that itv with faculty (is he allowed to do one?)
-if it wasnt shox who took the decision about ex6 and smithzz, who exactly then?
-is there any orgs interested to pick ex6 or smithzZ as far as you know?
-has LDLC received any offers for their players ?
— antoine (@roffle900) 29 novembre 2018
“-if it wasn’t shox who took the decision about ex6 and smithzz, who exactly then?”
Players didn’t decide the moves. The coach maLeK and manager NiaK decided the strategy. maLeK was coaching 3DMAX before joining G2. Two players from 3DMAX joined G2… I think it’s pretty clear.
He’s still waiting for an offer from a good team, I would say a top 30 team or a team with a good project. I don’t think that he’s waiting for a big financial offer, at this point I think that he’s just looking to enjoy an interesting project from an esport point of view. France or International.
“-is there any orgs interested to pick ex6 or smithzZ as far as you know?”
Way too early.
“-has LDLC received any offers for their players ?”
I think a lot of people are looking at AmaNEk right now, he should be the next big thing in our scene. He can lead as well so he’s definitely someone to keep an eye on. Especially when contracts are ending in the near future.
What's next for @ScreaM_ – french teams imo to weak (like 3DMAX or LDLC – G2, Vitality are full teams), in the international scene are no free slot he could get in. So when do we see again his 1TAPS?
— GrizzlyBear (@GrizzlyBear1337) 29 novembre 2018
I think he could join LDLC or 3DMAX if they are in good leagues (3D can qualify for pro league for example). Maybe G2 after the Major if bodyy doesn’t improve. I don’t think he will join Vitality.
Will kioshima remain on c9, and if not, where will he end up
— #CRNK Konstus (@EinKonstus) 30 novembre 2018
He’s playing for C9 right now and shouldn’t move at least until the major.
The second part will come Wednesday.