North American esports organization Cloud9 have announced its brand new CS:GO roster.
The team consists of Oscar “mixwell” Cañellas, Timothy “autimatic” Ta, Damian "daps" Steele, Kenneth "koosta" Suen, Tyson "TenZ" Ngo, and James “JamezIRL” Macaulay (coach). Ex-coach Soham "valens" Chowdhury will move to a “Data Scientist” role. First reported by Dexerto’s Dekay, the roster was officially announced during Cloud9’s #The9s series and a follow up announcement.
Cloud9 will replace long-standing member Will "RUSH" Wierzba, newcomer Daniel "vice" Kim, in-game leader Maikil "Golden" Kunda Selim, and Danish rifler René "cajunb" Borg. This Cloud9 roster has failed to perform to its previous major winning standards. Moreover, the team did not qualify for the upcoming Starladder Major 2019.
Spanish AWPer Mixwell will be rejoining ex-OpTic teammate Daps in this brand new roster, making it the first time these two have played together since 2016. Mixwell has performed at a high level with his full Spanish roster Movistar Riders. They recently finished fourth in the ESEA Mountain Dew League season 31. On June 2, the organization announced his departure from the team, further fueling speculation about the player’s move. Rajohn "EasTor" Linato will be his replacement.
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As RUSH was cut, autimatic is now the only member on Cloud9 from the ELEAGUE Major winning side in 2018. Although Cloud9’s form has been declining, autimatic has certainly not slowed down. He has been the most consistent player for this roster, managing a positive rating at nearly every event he has attended with the team.
Daps was the in-game leader for NRG Esports. He was put onto the substitute bench upon Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz’s addition to the team. Daps has shown that he can act as in-game leader at a top level with NRG, and certainly brings experience and game knowledge, as he led NRG to victories at cs_summit3 and IEM Shanghai 2018.
To finalize the roster, Koosta and TenZ will be the remaining additions. Koosta played with Ghost Gaming since 2018, performing at a good level. Joining him is 18-year old TenZ, a Canadian amateur rifler. Although TenZ was a free agent, he used to play for ATK in the ESEA Mountain Dew League season 31. His team finished third, behind FURIA and Singularity.
The new Cloud9 roster will be participating in the upcoming BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles 2019 from July 13-14.