CS Summit 3 gives talent a chance to shine despite issues
The third iteration of the CS Summit came to a close night with something of a whimper, if truth be told.
While the event itself had all the usual levels of production and wit you'd expect of a Summit, there were certain aspect of the way it had been organised that limited the overall success it could hope to enjoy over the weekend just passed, as well as a few decisions made that probably didn't help.
The main problem the TOs had was the fact that most of the world's best teams were in Copenhagen for Blast Pro Series, leaving the Summit boys to work with the likes of OpTic, NRG and BIG Clan. There is definitely a lot of talent in those teams, but when you think that previous events had SK Gaming vs Team Liquid, or Cloud 9 at the sharp end, this was not able to shape up in quite such an impressive fashion.
Secondly, there is an argument for saying Summit took the informal thing too far this time. Some of the in-jokes between Duncan 'Thorin' Shields and other members of the cast were frankly uncomfortable to listen to, and verging on inappropriate given not only the nature of the cast, but Thorin's history with Brazilian player kNG.
The former Immortals and 100Thieves player lost his contract after making homophobic jokes at Thorin’s expense on Twitter, which at the time was rightly condemned. The repeated knob jokes, including references to "black monsters" were a little bit jarring, as was the argument he and Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert had, but he was equally responsible for some of the funniest and most entertaining moments, something fans will always love him for.
Showcase for CSGO talent
Outside of those issues though, there is a lot to recommend the event as a showcase for potential talent, and it would be amazing if they were able to secure enough prize money to get the bigger teams in to future iterations. The best of three format with a best of five final is massively refreshing after all the best of one shenanigans favoured by sponsors but not fans, and with the likes of Na'Vi, Astralis and Liquid it would have been one of the best events of the year for purity of results.
Sadly, with the way the schedule is at present and the fact $150,000 isn't a massive prize pool by 2018 standards, we'll probably never get to see a true Summit, with all the world powers.
However, as an event, it is both unique and special, and should be cherished by anyone who loves CSGO. The past two winners both went on to greater heights, and NRG, eventually champions of the third iteration, will be hoping the same happens for them as they go into IEM Chicago and beyond.