Thorin's wish for 2019: An MLG Major for CSGO

As you may or may not be aware, we were lucky enough to welcome Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields to our studio last week for an episode of The Luckbox Podcast and it was pretty much what you’d expect from the Esports Historian.

Over the course of an hour or so he was able to cover a number of topics, from how he fell in love with Counter Strike to how his personality has affected his life away from esports, and obviously much more.

Toward the end of the podcast, he and Sujoy got on to the topic of event organisers and their predilection for innovation, or not as the case may be. This is pretty pertinent in 2018 particularly, as CSGO has seen the Boston Major, widely praised as one of the greatest in esports, and also FACEIT’s troubled London Major, which Thorin famously was not invited to.

He has warm words for MLG, a group that hasn’t been involved in CSGO for a while now, but many (including us here at Luckbox) have said they would love to see back in the scene. It is MLG’s attitude toward fan and industry expert feedback that he’s quick to praise, and even today the LANs MLG ran for CSGO are considered legendary, supporting the idea fans would also welcome them back to the scene.

With IEM/ESL due to run the next Major in Katowice, it is likely it’ll be a while before we see the Esports Historian on a panel at a Major again, but with two due in 2018 there is a chance. Sadly, MLG’s purchase by Activision means they are less likely to be involved that was the case back in 2014, but anything can happen in esports, and it would be incredible to see them come back to the scene.

Thorin's appearance came in episode 11 of our esports podcast and we encourage you to check out what we think is one of our best episodes yet. We’d also like to thank Thorin for taking the time to come and talk with us, and echo his wish for more innovation at CSGO Majors in 2019 and beyond.

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