Complexity's AGM on Valorant and NA CS

December 19, 2020
Article by:ย John "JAYEL"


In this episode, Xner and JAYEL talk with AGM from Complexity Gaming's Valorant team. Michael discusses how his transition to Valorant was and what it was like getting signed by Complexity. We then start to compare CS and Valorant and get into the details of NA's current CS scene. It was a great interview, thank you Michael!

This video was recorded on December 17th, 2020 at 11:15 PM EST.

Time Stamps:

โ€00:00 Start and Intro
โ€02:30 AGM's CS career
โ€04:40 AGM's transfer into Valorant
โ€06:00 First feelings from playing Valorant
โ€07:00 When AGM knew he was switching to Valorant
โ€07:57 What is the Valorant scene and network like
โ€09:07 Signing with Complexity Gaming
โ€11:44 Playing Valorant with people from different games (CS, Apex, OW, etc.)
โ€13:25 Success formulas for the best Valorant teams (TSM, Sentinels, 100T)
โ€15:00 Valorant is more individualistic than CS
โ€16:45 100 Thieves Valorant
โ€17:43 Valorant dynamics can transfer & benefit CS gameplay (innovation exists)
โ€20:00 What draws people to Valorant besides money-dreams
โ€21:50 AGM's view on NA CS right now
โ€23:28 The importance of staying in school--not everyone will go pro
โ€25:00 Just because you make MDL does not mean you are pro
โ€26:00 IGLs rarely go pro
โ€27:40 Multiple languages on a team (i.e. Portuguese and English)
โ€28:40 MDL "Practice Season" for S36
โ€30:43 Are more tournaments the answer for NA CS
โ€31:50 Idea to have tournaments specifically for T3 only
โ€33:25 ESEA is currently throwing money at the wall
โ€35:15 Esports business model is off
โ€36:00 ESEA should take notes from Mythic League
โ€39:00 Comparing Riot (Valorant) and Valve's (CS) business models
โ€40:40 Org owners need to know where their money is going
โ€43:00 CS and Valorant comparison whirlwind banter

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