Who would they buy that would be an upgrade?
-Liquid would never sell, especially not after just signing a new player.
-EG are having pretty big success right now and I highly doubt they would sell off their team, more importantly I highly doubt C9 have the money to buy them.
-Gen.G are still developing their roster which they originally bought from Cloud9, I HIGHLY doubt they would sell off their team after making such a bold claim as "let's bring another Major to North America", something they must know is a very long term goal. I also doubt C9 would buy back auti, koosta and daps.
-FURIA are off the table, long term contracts and there's no reason for the players to leave.
Those are legit the only NA teams I consider to be an upgrade for C9.
Maybe they're buying Ze Pug Godz, and perhaps in individual player skill that would be an upgrade, but why the hell would you sell off floppy for a team of puggers that you don't even know would work well?
I guess MIBR are a possibility but again, highly doubt that considering the way FalleN is involved with the org. I guess maybe if FalleN, fer and dead leave the team they could buy the remaining 3 players and sign two new ones? Maybe retain floppy and sign an AWPer? It's wild speculation but it's a possibility.
Signing Triumph would be a mistake at this point, since Grim is gone and they haven't proven themselves without him (also haven't even named a replacement). Chaos is also a possibility but why would they sign a team that can't play Majors? Makes no sense.