Sam “DaZeD” Marine, a CS:GO caster and former professional player, ranked up to The Global Elite, the highest rank in the game, by defeating two silvers in his Twitch stream last night.
DaZeD underwent solo-queue matchmaking games all the way to Global, a near impossible task to complete for the average player, as part of his “Road to Global” content series. The fancy Global badge is one that approximately one percent of the player-base wields.
His last match as Supreme Master First Class (SMFC) on Dust II was pretty one-sided. Although DaZeD suspected three of the players of cheating (including his teammate) during the match, he jokingly thought he was playing against silvers—he was right.
When the final scoreboard popped up at 16-2, the rank up noise cue sounded and his three-month-long Road to Global series concluded anti-climatically. “Oh my god. Literally the worst rank up game of all time,” DaZeD said when it was over.
Everybody’s ranks displayed shortly after and it turned out that DaZeD’s team was completely stacked against the other team. His team consisted of one Global, two SMFCs, and two Legendary Eagle Masters (LEM), which are the top three ranks in CS:GO. It wasn’t the same for the other team though.
His opponents had a wide variety of ranks, including Global, LEM, Master Guardian I (MG1), Silver Elite (SE), and Silver IV (S4). Relative to Global, MG1 is seven ranks below, SE is 13 ranks below, and S4 is 14 ranks below, which makes little to no sense at all.
“That’s how I get Global–beating up on silvers,” DaZeD said in disbelief as he lounged further back into his chair.
Rank up games are typically played when the game pairs players up against others with higher ranks. It was the complete opposite for the Counter-Strike personality. His rank up game was a total anomaly, possibly because the silvers and the MG were queued with the higher ranked players for boosting purposes. This could be assumed because the rank disparity is only allowed in teams of five.
“These ranks are too challenging for me,” MG1 player said at halftime.
Regardless of the game’s oddities, DaZeD’s three months of dedication towards reaching the top one percent was fittingly rewarded. Nice job, DaZeD.