FlipSid3 Tactic’s performed one of the most significant upsets in CS:GO tournament history by eliminating the eight time major champions, Ninjas In Pyjamas, at ESL Cologne 2016. FlipSid3 were quickly considered to be the notorious underdogs of the CS:GO scene, but the hype didn’t last long. A downward spiral of results and team issues are pushing FlipSid3 to the brink of a depressing ultimatum – disbandment.
From major legends to major let-downs, FlipSid3 have conjured disappointment after disappointment, consistently failing to make it out of the group stage of important tournaments. Even when they qualify, fans are often left wishing a worthier team had played in FlipSid3’s place.
Granted, the team earned the tournament spots through the qualifying rounds, but playing the role of the king’s jester at every major event is bound to grate on the community very quickly. That’s the FlipSid3 fable, and it’s depressing to see a potential top team crumble in a matter of months.
FlipSid3’s only notable placing since ESL Cologne 2016 was at the Adrenaline Cyber League, – which, to be fair, is a CIS region locked tournament – FlipSid3’s track record isn’t otherwise particularly pleasing to the eye. Their ELEAGUE and Starladder placings could be taken in to account, but the two results stand out as anomalies.
FlipSid3’s roster arguably has the worst level of firepower out of the current eight major legends. AWPer Georgy “WorldEdit” Yaskin’s performances could be decided with a coin-toss, he has games where he can show up and be an stomp round after round, but more often than not FlipSid3 fail to get the economy rolling to retrieve his AWP.
Yegor “markeloff” Markelov is their support rifler, but he has fallen far from the peak rifling skills on display at ESL Cologne. Jan “wayLander” Rahkonen, the entry frag, could be compared to Echo Fox’s Ryan “fREAKAZOiD” Abadir, negative performances for days. Denis “electronic” Sharpov is a young talent who possesses the firepower, but lacks the experience to thrive in the uncertain FlipSid3 environment.
Andrey “B1ad3” Gorodensky’s strategies can only be as good as the team’s firepower. B1ad3 and his strategies are currently far too easy to read and the man seems reluctant to change it up. Too often, B1ad3 runs the slow default, and when they finally execute on the bomb site, it’s a grinder machine for the CT’s as they overwhelm FlipSid3 before they even establish a foothold on the bomb site.
B1ad3’s focus towards a slow default is flawed, and it doesn’t seem that he’s willing to change the setup anytime soon. The roster seems to have reached its peak and we may never see the pizazz that suddenly overcame them at ESL Cologne 2016. With Dreamhack Winter on the horizon, this will be their last chance to contest levelled competition.
If they fail to make it out of the group stages in both of these tournaments, considering that their opponents are on the same level as FlipSid3 (before the slump), it won’t be surprising if it’s the last time we see this iteration of the Flipsid3 Tactics’ roster together.