Should Cloud Be On a Pro League Team?
After a rough loss to OpTIc Gaming in the finals of the relegation tournament, Denial eSports failed their primary mission of earning a spot in the Pro League. This has been a major disappointment for everyone within Denial, as this team, formerly known as French Toast Mafia, seemed to be destined for a Pro League spot.
Although Denial members Abel “Rammyy” Garcia and Michael “Falcated” Garcia look to be some of the biggest options for Pro League teams during this period of "RosterMania," veterans such as Scottie “Cloud” Holste have not been receiving the same level of attention, even with their valuable experience and leadership.
Recently, a Halo player by the name of Hypotonic brought some attention to this situation by making this Tweet.
Cloud responded with the following statement.
From Cloud’s response, we can all see that he is a bit frustrated with the current situation he is in right now. Being one of the most respected competitors in the scene, it would make sense for Cloud to feel this way, but is his excuse for not being on a pro team valid?
As one of the oldest veterans still competing, there is no doubt that Cloud can be a valuable asset to almost every team in the Pro League. As a four-time event winner, he knows exactly what it takes to win and he will do his very best to put his team in the best position to do so. I am sure most teams recognize the benefits Cloud brings to the table, but some may fear that what he brings simply isn't enough to win anymore.
Many would agree that Halo 5’s aggressive play greatly benefits those who are able to hit their shots accurately. This means that the more individually talented players in the scene are rewarded much more than less individually talented players, no matter how smart they play. Although I greatly respect Cloud and I recognize the values he can offer to teams, I can't see him as one of the more individually talented pros in the scene, considering all the talent we currently have.
With today's competitive era being more focused on talent and individual skill than ever before, most of the top teams are really only looking for young prospects, such as Rammyy and Falcated, who they can mold into seasoned veterans over time. Although Cloud’s excuse for why he hasn't been picked up by a pro team may still be true, I doubt that is the only reason.
Today's generation of Halo simply isn't designed for most of the older tatics some of the veterans are used to. With a game much different than past Halo titles that promotes a completely different style of play, some may feel that veteran experience doesn't match up to the great potential of a younger, more individualy talented player.
In my opinion, this isn't a very healthy way to pick out your teammates, as I still value the importance in experience, but as of right now, this is how most teams are picking their players.
Do you think Cloud deserves a spot on a Pro Team? Let me know in the comments section below.
Zachery Chevere can be contacted on Twitter @PmL_Zarhaz
Image credits go to Hypotonic, Cloud, Halo eSport Wikis and 343 Industries