Timothy “autimatic” Ta leaves Cloud9 today along with Damian “daps” Steele and Kenneth “koosta” Suen to join South Korean organisation Gen.G! In addition, assistant coach Chris “Elmapuddy” Tebbit has also departed to join as their Head Coach.
Autimatic joined Cloud9 all the way back in August of 2016! With his departure, Cloud9 no longer have any remaining players who won the historic ELEAGUE Boston Major 2018 where Cloud9 defeated FaZe Clan 3-2 in the Grand Final to become the first (and only) North American organisation to win a CS:GO major! The latest edition of Cloud9 was formed back in July, but results have been very rough for the NA Team. Their last performance was at BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2019 where they finished dead last. Soon after, they pulled out of DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019. It was then that rumours started to swirl that this roster was going to go their separate ways.
In the official announcement, Cloud9 stated that they are retaining the services of Oscar “mixwell” Cañellas. However, there was no update on Tyson “TenZ” Ngo who was benched back in October, (whether or not Cloud9 will bring TenZ back into their new lineup is yet to be seen) or on Yassine “Subroza”‘ Taoufik who joined on trial back in on October.
Gen.G is a big player in the Esports scene, having top teams in games like League of Legends and Overwatch. However, this will be their first venture into the Counter-Strike scene. They have managed to secure a very solid 3-man core, but where they take the rest of the roster is anyone’s guess, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Matthew “Wardell” Yu joined this roster in the coming days.
Cloud9 have stated that they will have more updates on the CS:GO team soon and that they will not be departing Counter-Strike.
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