I'm sure they have plenty of money from sponsors, and it hasn't been long since the major win.
RUSH is a good anchor, but he's worse than ethan and naf and elige at about anything else. And elige is the best player in NA IMO, he's a must on any top team. You can't say "C9 fix" and then take players from liquid if your not just trying to give an NA dream team, it looks like thats essentially what you're doing so heres my dream team.
Elige - Entry
Tarik - 2nd awp, star player / IGL
Nifty - AWP / IGL
Autimatic - Support
Twistzz - Lurk / Rifler (lurk is outdated)
Here's my Realistic C9 fix, (no liquid players, only 1 expensive buyout)
Autimatic - Stays on the team from before.
Nifty - IGL/AWP replaces SKA, RNG isn't a big org and nifty was a risky pick at the time they signed him his buyout shouldn't be that big.
RUSH - Stays on the team
Ethan - Should be very expensive from NRG seeing how he was CLGs star player when they signed him.
Options for 5th
HIKO - its a risk, he's back and forth on rouge but his buyout shouldn't be too much and he has a lot of experience. Getting back on c9 could be a confidence boost.
N0thing - Could bring nothing back, he didn't do horrible on mous and he wasn't terrible the last time he played for c9 but if they want to be a top 3 team again, this isn't how they would get that. He's a safe pick for a decent player or stand in if we are staying NA otherwise just keep styko as a standin
Stanislaw - people forget about him as a rifler before he was an IGL, he was solid at being a role player before he was forced into IGLing.