Our latest addition to the panel is none other than adopted German and full time American TJ 'mustafa' Meatmann.
Although not a familiar face he has been lurking in the shadows for many years and having spent 2 years in Germany he is more than familiar with the European scene and its inner workings.
"As the release of CS:Global Offensive draws closer the scene is beginning to stagnate and as such we've not seen much happen in the past month or so. Since the last i-series there have been no events to write home about and that looks set to continue until the next, and probably last, i-series for CS:S later next month.
Given that not much has happened my list hasn't really changed much. I think Toxic's performance at the i-series gives them a boost and should see them enter in at ten, as for the rest.. If there's any major changes i'll be surprised."
Richard comes from a journalistic background and has covered e-sports in print, on radio and television having worked for such organisations as GotFrag and CGS. He is the current Editor In Chief of Cadred where he contributes a weekly e-sports column. He was last year’s captain of Team UK in the ClanBase Nations Cup, although has now retired from playing.
Over the years he worked for Zboard, xciteuk, Infused and 4kings on a managerial basis. These days though he chooses to solely focus on his writing within the gaming industry.
"CS:Global Offensive can't seem to come quick enough and if it doesn't take off as a competitive title it's going to take the CS:S scene - all high hoped and starry eyed - a hell of a long time to regroup. Given the excitement of the past couple of months with what was probably the biggest and best event ever it feels like one big last hurrah for a game which really should have enjoyed more time at the top than it did.
Teams have started practicing for the new release and the cups hosted by the ESL will no doubt help kick start the competitive scene. Until that does happen it's likely we'll see more of the same in the world of CS:S... Absolutely nothing. VeryGames remain the best and could go out at the top unless there's a major upset at the up coming i-series, which looks likely to feature some of Europes best teams giving it one last go.. Before GO.
Let's just wait and see what happens."
With Oliver 'orcl' Stubley
Replacing our former French correspondent Emmanuel "Wave" Meunier on the panel will be the newest addition to the Cadred news team. Having tried and failed to make it as a player he has taken the route most do; punditryHe brings with him a vast knowledge of all things UK scene and is also actively involved with the rest of the wider European scenes.
"I've not really been paying much attention to the scene recently given the lack of anything truly interesting to follow. As far as I'm aware the German EPS has started back but that's probably the only regular competition still running as most event organisers look towards the future and what CS:GO may bring.
Epic LAN is just around the corner and that should see most of the UK scene jostling for position, but none of that should really effect this top 10 list given neither of the big two will be attending the tournament. For that we'll have to wait until i-series which means another month of boredom for people like myself..."
As the assistant editor, Michael brings with him an in depth knowledge of the European scene having spent the best part of six years playing in and covering it.
Having started plying his trade as a news contributer, he is now part of the management team here at Cadred and contributes regularly with editorials and features.
"It's probably the first time I've ever done it but my list remains completely unchanged from last months. The reasons for this are plenty but the biggest on is the fact that absolutely nothing has happened. I've lost interest in the scene given the stagnation and for now it seems like most players are just counting down the days until they can switch to the hotly anticipated sequel from Valve.
I have a feeling that mTw may surprise some people when they do as, if the grapevine is to be trusted, they've been practicing quite often on the game - with their domination of VeryGames earlier showing just that.. As for CS:S, things haven't changed and VeryGames remain the best, I hope we can see Wolves put up a fight when they meet eventually, perhaps at i-series. With them, mTw and mouz likely to attend it should be interesting.
Ben "ben0" Balcombe
The veteran CS:S player has been part of our panel for many months now.
Having captained the former Zboard line-up Ben is no stranger to punditry having been the creator of Source Junky's UK top ten, including a strange mathematical system that only he knows and now subsequently can't remember due to brain cell loss.
Having been around since 2004 Ben did take a break from the scene but has returned with great interest.
"BORING. BORING. So boring. The feeling I have now when following the scene is the one I got when CS:CZ was released and everyone decided to try it out.. Let's just hope that CS:GO isn't as awful as that bad boy was and it actually takes off competitively.
Weirdly enough I'm kind of looking forward to Epic LAN. With some decent UK teams and a few solid mixes set to attend it should be interesting to watch unfold.
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Posted 10 months ago: Mon, 09 Jul 2012 04:18:47 +0100
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