Karrigan Claims 2 Danish CS:GO Teams Have a Monopoly Over the Country’s Talent
The CS:GO captain of FaZe Clan, karrigan, has been absent from the Danish scene ever since gla1ve took his place in Astralis in October 2016. After that, the veteran went on to create international squads like FaZe Clan and MOUZ, and it doesn’t appear that he wants to return and compete against his countrymen.
This is because Heroic and Astralis, the bigger organizations investing in Danish Counter-Strike, have leverage over other teams, which reduces the pool of players if you’re thinking of assembling a Danish project, according to karrigan.
“I think that if you are making a team in Denmark like Heroic and Astralis, you have to do a lot to keep your players because the players will be picked up by the big Danish organizations,” karrigan said in an interview with Blix today. “And I think that’s been my concern for the last five, six years, right? That’s why I stayed with an international team to be able to take individual players from other regions.”
Although karrigan enjoyed success with FaZe and MOUZ in previous years, 2022 was the best year of his CS:GO career. He led FaZe to win IEM Katowice, IEM Cologne, and most notably PGL Antwerp Major, and ended the myth that international teams weren’t capable of winning a Valve-sponsored tournament.
Aside from karrigan, there are other notable Danish players currently playing abroad. The former Heroic rifler refrezh joined the German organization Sprout after he was benched by Heroic in June 2022 and is playing with Victor Staehr, who’s one of the greatest Danish talents at the moment. They most notably qualified for IEM Rio Major together.
“People are seeing that an international team can also do really good damage, as we had a really good year as an international team,” karrigan said. “So, I think you’ll see more Danish players seeking that way, unless there’s a big sponsorship, where they try to focus on being purely Danish, as we have a lot of good Danish players.”
One thing is for sure, though, with how bad Astralis’ year was, the organization will certainly try to poach a Danish pro playing elsewhere to assist dev1ce next year in the mission of taking them back to the top.
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