Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Nick "Lesona" Johnson is an esports journalist with a focus on CS:GO and the OWL. His interest for esports started with CS:S and grew into a career as both an esports writer and an avid fan, giving him a unique perspective on both the casual and professional scenes. Twitter: @Lesona_

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CSGO: Report Suggests Cloud 9 Roster Changes Are Close

Cloud9 Golden vice benched, Roster Changes
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Following their high-speed burnout at the StarLadder Berlin Americas Minor, RushB Media is reporting that Cloud9 is looking to make major changes.


According to a report from RushB Media, the North American organization Cloud9 have benched Daniel “vice” Kim and IGL Maikil “Golden” Selim from the team. The report also states that C9 is looking into signing two new players: IGL Damian “daps” Steele and Tyson “TenZ” Ngo.

If true, the moves are not surprising. Cloud9 lost consecutive games at the Americas Minor Qualifier, ending their Major run before it started. The fan-favorite North American organization lost to newcomers The Quest and New Identity in crushing fashion, leaving Cloud9 on the outside looking in.

Daps was recently benched by NRG in favor of Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz but will play with the team in the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals due to that league’s roster lock.

TenZ, a young FPL star, has most recently played for Bad News Bears and ATK and has been an active player since 2017. He is currently 18 years old. If the move goes through, then Tenz might be the perfect fit for a team that needs players it can mold.

A Long Year for Cloud9

Cloud9 has been in disarray since two of its star players, Tarik “tarik” Celek and Jake “Stewie2k” Yip, left the team in mid-2018 for greener pastures. Since then, the team has had over five players compete for those two spots. Additionally, the North American squad switched the coaching role from Soham “valens” Chowdhury to Ronald “Rambo” Kim and then back again in the same period of time.

Next up, Cloud9 will face off against DETONA in the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals. It is unclear who, at that time, will round out the team. The Cloud9 roster is currently as follows:

  • Timothy “autimatic” Ta
  • Will “rush” Wiezba
  • René “cajunB” Borg
  • Soham “valens” Chowdhury (coach)

 

  • Maikil “Golden” Selim (reportedly benched)
  • Daniel “vice” Kim (reportedly benched)

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