Counter-Strike is home to a plethora of talent regardless of age. Courtesy of HLTV.org, this trend is set to continue at the upcoming StarLadder Major from August 28-September 8.
The youngest team is newcomer Syman. This team qualified through the CIS Minor, in which, they finished second place. Syman has an average age of 20.4 years old across its entire roster.
Considering Syman have never been to a Major, this will be an extremely difficult test. Moreover, as the average age is the lowest of all teams, extra nerves and pressure could be prominent. However, we have seen that young talent can rise to the occasion under pressure. For example, 18-year old Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut is now considered the second best player in the world due to his great performances.
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Brazilian team Made in Brazil (MIBR) are the oldest at 27.3 years of age. However, this is due to the removal of Marcelo “coldzera” David on the roster with his replacement being coach and Counter-Strike veteran Wilton “zews” Prado, who is 31 years old.
However, zews is not the oldest player at the StarLadder Major. This title goes to FaZe Clan player Filip “NEO” Kubski, who is 32 years old. NEO has been heavily criticized for his time on FaZe due to his lackluster individual performance and in-game leading. With rumors of coldzera joining FaZe to replace NEO, it seems as though the veteran will be pushed out eventually.
By contrast, compLexity player and North-American prospect Owen “oBo” Schlatter is the youngest player at the StarLadder Major, he is just 16-years old. With a similar situation to those on Syman, this will be the first Major he attends. As we have seen previously with 16-year old prospects like Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye in 2014, oBo could certainly follow in his footsteps.