What if we were able to ignore politics, alliances, friendships and broken relationships, contracts, and all that other stuff that just gets in the way? What if we could attempt to construct the best possible CS:GO team of five players with no restrictions? Imagine that we’re living in an ideal universe, where any combination of players is possible. As a fun exercise, I’m going to attempt to construct what I feel could be a potential Dream Team from the current elite South African player base. This is not grounded in reality and I’m well aware that it could never happen.
If you take this as an attempt on my part to criticize current lineups, then you’re completely missing the point. This is not an indictment on anyone’s skill or abilities in the game if they are not picked here. The object is to hypothesize and play around with some interesting combinations that could make for an internationally competitive team. It’s parallel universe stuff. It’s meant to be fun. So let’s get to it!
Saving the best for first
Anyone that knows anything about South African CS:GO would not be able to imagine a Dream Team without Bravado Gaming’s Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek in it. Neither could I. My first pick is the player that always gets mentioned by overseas analysts when they talk about the best South African players. Us local analysts like mentioning him too. He’s highly-rated with a rifle or an AWP and for good reason. Sonic is the most complete player from SA. His more passive approach keeps him alive in rounds long enough to make a huge impact for his team. Think red-headed coldzera with a Joburg accent. Of course, I’m not suggesting he’s as good as the Brazilian demigod. The similarities in their play style and approach to the game are where I see the connection. Our apex predator in SA CS is Sonic.
The brains behind the operation
The next element of great importance is the in game leader (IGL). I’ll go with Robby “blackpoisoN” Da Loca. He proved with Energy eSports that he can whip a team into shape tactically and is able to get the best out of his player resources on the server. It also helps that he is one of SA’s best pistol round players and is a highly capable AWPer. As a leader, he often takes the responsibility of finding opening kills on himself and is deadly in that capacity. He’s a valuable asset that brings skill and experience to the table.
Between Sonic and blackpoisoN, the AWP role could be shared. It would depend on the map and who is feeling more comfortable on the weapon at the time. I wouldn’t want to see either player AWP full time. My intention with this fantasy Dream Team would be for a looser play style built around a skilled group of players and solid mid-round calls. That means a sniper rifle would often be superfluous to the team’s needs, especially on terrorist side. Think Team Liquid in approach, rather than Astralis. This is an explosive side, using their outrageous aim and superior teamplay to batter their opponents. Smart, overwhelming force based off of good information.
Johnny “JT” Theodosiou of Bravado is a natural choice. He and Sonic are a formidable partnership in game. They will be the one-two knockout combinations of punches for the team. JT would play more of an entry role, using his insane first bullet accuracy with the AK to his and the team’s advantage. Sonic will be there to clean up what’s left. Dr Disrespect likes to say he embodies speed, momentum and violence. That’s what JT’s all about. Sorry Doc.
Dominic “Domsterr” Sampaio is the man I’d trust with getting the team over the line in the difficult moments. Domsterr is as gifted a CS player as any of the others but is more willing to do the dirty work. He’s the guy you’ll find in the trenches, doing the jobs nobody else wants to. Just as able to blow a bombsite wide open all on his own as he is to be the supportive element in a team. He’s the closest thing we have to a Xyp9x in SA CS. There is nobody more dangerous in the clutch.
This is the hardest position to fill. On one hand you might argue that there’s not enough of a supportive core within this team. Perhaps an experienced player like Ruan “Elusive” Van Wyk of BVD might be the man to fulfill that role. He has the fragging power to contribute well on the scoreboard. More importantly, Elusive has the experience to know how to set up the prodigious aimers around him to succeed. You go with Elusive if the objective is to play slightly more tactically sound CS. He’s the player that won’t let the team down and will to everything to help facilitate the plan.
On the other hand, if we want to err on the side of massive firepower, adding another red-hot aimer would be the preferred option. In that case, I’d gravitate towards including Rieghardt “Flexi” Romatzki of EN. He was one of the standout players in all of Energy’s most famous victories last year. Flexi brings even more formidable and consistent entry-fragging power to the T side. Of most interest is his ability to help lock down a bomb site on CT side. He has the rare ability to be a site anchor player that stays alive and delays the enemy while also picking up plenty of frags at the same time. He is one of SA’s most potent CT side weapons.
Of the two options, I’d lean towards Flexi because it would be amazing to watch so many mightily intimidating players ply their trade on the same team. Either option for a fifth could succeed though within the playstyle I am envisioning.
Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek
Robby “blackpoisoN” Da Loca
Johnny “JT” Theodosiou
Dominic “Domsterr” Sampaio
Rieghardt “Flexi” Romatzki
What about you?
I’d love to know your South African Dream Team and your thoughts on mine. Let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter. Let’s have fun with it.