The CS:GO community is up in arms after the new ruleset for Valve-sponsored CS:GO events was distributed this morning by ESL. The new rules do not allow in-game coaching at Majors, and ESL has has said it intends to follow suit.
In-game coaching is currently an integral part of the game for many pro teams, who field a lineup of five mechanically skilled players and a sixth dedicated to leading the squad in-game.
Jason "moses" O'Toole and Duncan "Thorin" Shields described the impact of the new rules bluntly.
Some of CS:GO's biggest personalities took to Twitter to vent their frustration with Valve's unilateral decision. Although coaching may make CS:GO a six-man team sport, the community generally believes it's made the game more competitive, and that removing coaches will be a step backwards for CS:GO as an esport.
While teams will still be allowed to have a coach, the new rules only allow players to communicate with their coach during warmup, half-time and timeouts. Players and coaches alike agreed that isn't sufficient for coaches to have an impact, and they criticized Valve for making the decision without their input.
A select few are looking ahead to the future.
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