The comp is just much higher on the coasts – Midwest only has a couple people that place highly or are a threat to win in their respective games at majors (GG is exceptionally high-level in MW though).
I think for the Midwest to grow more top players, people need to ask why that is (as Nathan asked me), and more closely examine what the coasts are doing in terms of skill instead of assuming MW is getting little credit unjustly.
From my personal experience, I can say that when I started getting OK at 3rd Strike I thought I could beat almost anyone. I went to Final Round 8 w/ Fugee + friends trying to make some waves in 3s – I beat some really good people in casuals, got to play (and lose) to top names and got 5th in the tourney by virtue of not really having to play anybody crazy good.
At that time I just played, I didn’t see the gap between myself and top players, for ex the NE crew, who were REALLY good but I was getting wins off of because my play style was really raw. Fugee, Tim and I would have arguments about skill vs. experience, things like that.
The more I got into 3s and the more I traveled I realized how bad I sucked at 3s on the overall.
IMO Becoming a top player requires
E: The high-level ability to tell what makes top players successful, and knowing what they’re doing that you’re not.
Just my two cents on how people get to the highest level. Those points can sound like they’re at odds with each other, but when you become a high-level player they actually work in tandem and reinforce each other.
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