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Should the AUG be nerfed? CAth, jkaem, Lekr0, and zonic weigh in – Daily Esports

One of the most fascinating and groundbreaking updates to CSGO noticed the AUG and SG 553 get a drastic discount in worth. The two scoped assault rifles have been barely ever used on the skilled scene due to their worth in comparability to the meta weapons, the M4 and AK-47. The AUG initially had a $three,300 worth level whereas the SG used to value $three,000. This signifies that in a full purchase spherical, you’d must sacrifice a flashbang in case you have been on the counter-terrorist aspect or a smoke grenade on the terrorist aspect in case you determined to purchase both gun over the customary choices. You can take a look at our comparability of the AK vs SG and AUG vs M4 in case you’re questioning what units the weapons aside.

Both weapons now value solely $50 greater than their counterparts, the worth of a measly decoy grenade. This has tempted the professional scene to provide the AUG and SG a strive. While the SG didn’t fairly reduce it for many (apart from Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski), the AUG has turn out to be a extremely popular weapon to make use of on CT-aspect. In reality, it has turn out to be so fashionable that it’s now a typical sight to see the counter-terrorists not decide up AK-47s in place of AUGs, a phenomenon that was thought of customary observe again in the day. The chart under highlights simply how a lot the weapon’s reputation has elevated, following the IEM Katowice Major.

CSGO IEM Katowice Major weapon usage chart

Credit: HLTV

Naturally, the Ak-47 nonetheless sits at the high with over 37%. However, the AUG comes in very intently at over 21%, whereas the M4 household has dropped to a mere 9%. The AUG has formally dethroned the M4 as the favourite CT-aspect rifle. Meanwhile, the SG553 is nowhere to be seen.

What the professionals take into consideration the AUG

So what are the CSGO professionals saying? Should the AUG be nerfed or ought to its price ticket go up? We requested a couple of gamers at IEM Katowice to share their ideas.

Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad (Renegades)

Daily Esports: I wished to ask about the AUG. So clearly, we’re dealing with this new meta the place, at occasions, we see gamers not even selecting up AKs in favor of the AUG. What do you consider the meta we’re in proper now?

Jkaem: I don’t know to be trustworthy. I hated it so much at the begin, however I really feel like with time I’ve been getting higher with the AUG, so I don’t thoughts it now. It’s simply annoying once you’re on t-aspect when the AUG simply wrecks you at lengthy distance. So I kinda need it again to the way it was…

DES: So you assume that there’s a necessity to nerf the AUG?

Jkaem: I feel they simply must bump up the worth. The drawback is when individuals understand it’s that good, they’re simply going to spend just a little extra and purchase it anyhow. So yeah, perhaps it wants a nerf?

Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson (Ninjas in Pyjamas)

DES: What do you concentrate on the ongoing AUG meta? We see this example of counter-terrorists working round with AUGs, not selecting up AKs, and sticking to the scoped AUGs. What do you concentrate on that? 

Lekr0: I like the half the place there are meta adjustments, the place there are generally various things. It’s been MP9 earlier than, it’s been shotguns earlier than. I feel it’s good that [the designers] change the move of the sport however proper now I feel that they nonetheless ought to repair the AUG. I feel it’s good that there was a patch when the AUG was good. But proper now, I feel the AUG is a bit too good.

DES: So you assume there’s a nerf obligatory? 

Lekr0: Yes, I feel so.

Catherine “CAth” Leroux (Dignitas)

DES: What do you concentrate on the ongoing AUG meta? We’re seeing this unusual phenomenon of CTs not selecting up AKs and sticking to their AUGs.

CAth: I feel on sure maps with lengthy ranges resembling Nuke or Dust2, the AUG may be very highly effective. The scope is unbelievable. I feel for now it’s too highly effective. It positively wants a nerf. And I feel perhaps an improve on the worth to love $three,300, $three,400, or $three,500 would be higher and gamers would purchase it much less as a result of CT economic system is tough generally. I’m one among them that doesn’t decide up the AKs virtually [laughs]. But I decide it as much as drop it to my teammates and then I might purchase myself an AUG, that’s positively me.

DES: (laughs) But you’re professional-nerf principally, proper? There ought to be one thing completed about it?

CAth: It’s fascinating. It provides one thing new to the sport as a result of I don’t assume we’ve ever seen a scope this highly effective in addition to the AWP and the Scout (SSG 08). It provides a unique dynamic and I actually prefer it however it positively wants just a little nerf.

Danny “zonic” Sørensen (Astralis)

Finally, we heard just a little from Danny “zonic” Sørensen, the coach of Astralis, winners of the IEM Katowice Major. At the press convention after Astralis beat ENCE 2-zero, Zonic was requested why the Astralis workforce tends to choose up scoped weapons much less typically than different groups. Here is his response:

zonic: We haven’t truly paid an excessive amount of consideration to it. We simply tried it out. I feel it was after Ibuypower, we determined to play just a little bit extra with it however it hasn’t been like, “Okay, now everyone has to do it.” I do know for a undeniable fact that gla1ve shouldn’t be keen on the AUG. I don’t assume anybody on the workforce is keen on the SG. But my man [Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth], he likes the AUG. It’s completely different on the complete workforce and I additionally assume it comes right down to what map and what positions you will have however it’s not like we attempt to use it as a lot as potential, simply every time we see match.

Despite zonic not giving his opinion on a possible nerf, his common feeling on the AUG is that it’s viable in sure conditions and there isn’t a stress on utilizing it on Astralis.

If Astralis can win a Major with out using AUGs as a lot as others, does that change how the weapon is perceived? Is it truthful for gamers to have an alternate choice to the M4 and AK? Let us know your ideas in the feedback under.

You may also take a look at our full interviews with jkaem, lekr0, CAth, and FalleN at the IEM Katowice Major. For all different protection, simply keep tuned to our house web page!

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