Last Chance France
The French Counter-Strike scene is in its final transition period for the foreseeable future. France has been known for public disagreements between teammates and for recycling the same players until they become LDLC for as long as I can remember. This is seemingly the final top tier roster consisting primarily of French players possible. This iteration of G2 is the last chance France has at making it to a respectful ranking internationally. If the ECS Season 5 Finals have given any indication, it will probably be a slow death that will last over the next 6 months.
As much shit as I give the French scene, I do have a sense of pity for them. I am sad to see a scene that has a gigantic fanbase crumble because of . While I am under the belief that fans of a certain team need to be harder on said team, the French scene has had a history of getting away with blaming a certain player and ignoring the real issues behind just one player of a roster.
Kenny "kennyS" Schrub has not been half the player he needed to be since 2016. Neither has the old in game leader of Envy Us Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer. A lot of the veteran players have been regressing in their performance and style. Admittedly the style that the French scene used to show in “the good ole days” was quite easy to counter in today’s standards. The CT and T positions were quite common with no variation or randomness and it heavily relied on the other team looking for aggression. For today’s standards, the French scene is way too predictable. And when you do not have the fragging power to back it up, you will run into a lot of circumstances where you lose a lot of advantageous trades to top teams even though they are in the advantageous position.
The latest iteration of G2 spells disaster. Unless someone on this roster suddenly becomes the best player in the world, other than kennyS, G2 will fail. After realizing that Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux is still hot garbage and has not played competitively in a year, and then having a sacrificial in game leader such as Kevin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans will be the end of this team. The previous G2 was supposed to have the most fragging power in the world but all 5 players underperformed drastically. Expecting the same core players with two people who were historically worse should have been insanity. Yet it was not, and the new G2 is not even close to some of the top 20 teams player for player. Structure only works if you have people who can benefit off of it. This new G2 seems to be physically unable to. The worst part is that you will never be able to narrow it to one person, it will be 2-3 people each game who do not perform and lose the map. That is not even taking into the consideration that G2 could be outplayed, which would bring another dimension of hell to this lineup.
G2’s roster sends shockwaves through the rest of the scene. With Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt or
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire rumored to go to Cloud 9, and Happy becoming a free agent once his contract with EnVyUs expires, the 2nd best French team, for whatever that sentence is worth, could either be equally as bad as the first or even worse. There is little to no development with the French scene, meaning that any 2nd team that France has will likely be cannon fodder. Especially if they ever take the risk of using a younger player.
For the foreseeable future, it does not look like much will change in terms of results. The top French team will disappoint at events while the 2nd best team coasts in tier 2 and only go to the occasional Dreamhack Open events. That is what the state of the French scene is at right now. Here is to hoping FPL can develop some noteworthy French talent.