A good many North American teams feel that the reason European teams do so much better in competition is that a CSGO pro gets much better competition in Europe.
Problems North American CSGO Pro teams face…
For example, Team Liquid’s leader Nick Cannella, known as ‘nitrO’, said recently that he finds that teams in North America are not willing to play on certain maps in online play.
This makes it very difficult for a professional North American team to get practice on those maps, which puts them at a definite disadvantage when they go up against pro European teams.
NitrO says, for example, that Team Liquid has a lot of problems getting competent teams to practice with them on Nuke.
This is in sharp contrast to when the team is in Europe.
There they can always find teams competent enough to practice with. Of course, most teams don’t really provide a big challenge to a Pro team… But it’s always nice when teams playing online are willing to ‘go the distance’.
The benefits of experimentation in online play…
Both the pro team and the team playing against them benefit in such a scenario.
The non-professional team benefits from ‘going against the greats’. Getting a chance to observe top CSGO Pro strategies in action, as well as getting a measure of their own skill as measured against professionals first hand.
This is not necessarily a negative experience.
Going toe-to-toe with the best teams in the world and putting up a good fight is something definitely worthy of respect.
The Pro team benefits even more from such casual online play
They get the chance to experiment with team-work and strategies.
Without the stress of fighting a team that’s an equal in skill.
This gives them a chance to experiment in a relatively relaxed manner.
This doesn’t happen on some maps in North America
Pro teams in North America find that it’s difficult to find competing teams in certain maps. As NitrO of Liquid says, it’s almost impossible to train in Nuke in North America. This is because no one wants to play it.
Of course, one can find opponents in the lower-tiers, but such teams don’t really pose a challenge to a top-tier team.
Boot camping in Europe
Top American teams like Team Liquid are resorting to boot camping in Europe to complete their skill set.
Not being able to apply strategies across all the playable maps in CSGO is virtually a ‘strategy for defeat’ in itself, and North American teams are moving to Europe to develop strategies across the entire set of maps.
They find it works
Playing in Europe, teams find that they have enough competent opposing teams to go up against in virtually any map.
There are also other advantages to training in Europe, in that there are so many enthusiastic players online at any given time that a team has the additional convenience of being able to practice whenever they wish.
No matter when the team goes online, there are competent European teams willing to take them on.
Team Liquid is definitely happy with their boot camping experience in Europe. NitrO said that while they may not have faced top-tier teams in training plays online, they definitely faced teams competent enough to test their skills, team-work and strategies.
And that, ultimately, is what training plays are all about.