Valve releases a statement about their recent decision to restrict Counter Strike coaches’ interaction with their players to only; warm up, halftime, and timeouts. Valve says “teams having coaches are not in line with our goals, one of which was to make it possible for new teams to emerge and compete at the highest levels…Teams are in fact, transitioning away from fielding players that have a wider breadth of skills… instead relying on coaches to handle some of that work. We intend the Majors and Minors to be events that can be won by any team of 5 players that demonstrate excellence in all skills of CS and this adjustment is intended to ensure that this remains true. Activities such as keeping track of the economy, calling plays, and general situational awareness are important components of CS gameplay. If a person is performing these actions, we consider them a player. The goal of our events is to identify the best five player CS teams that exhibit the best combination of all CS skills, the current participation of coaches in the game is not compatible with that goal.”
Does eliminating coaches in competitive Counter Strike tournaments help the…greater good?
Forcibly reducing the ability for coaches to coach a team is bad for the coaches and makes it harder for organizations to have consistency in gameplay when trading players. It does help Valve with their goal of cultivating players that have a wider breadth of skills instead of relying on coaches to handle that work.
They are going the way of the Dota… the reason Dota is one of the most popular Esports titles of all time is because of how difficult it is to master, making it more competitive. Having a coach does make life easier because thinking about the economy and calling plays doesn’t occupy space in your mind, making it easier. So by removing that from the equation it makes the game more difficult, making the mastery of multitasking complex strategies on multiple fronts almost impossible. But that makes for more competitive gameplay and appreciation of the struggle to attempt mastering the many skills it takes to win in Counter Strike. Their argument of doing it to make it a more level playing field for players is weak, but their argument of making the game harder to play does makes it more entertaining, that’s the leg they should be standing on. Because we don’t want to watch checkers, we want to watch someone playing checkers, while smoking a cigar, waxing their moustache, foot juggling a soccer ball, throwing a dart, while singing the star spangled banner. Now that’s a game we can get behind.