So you think it's impossible they are just taking slightly longer to settle in? And that their current low-form, which has only been a thing for a few games, is a permanent, unfixable condition that deserves an immediate kick?
The guys are on 3 year deals for crying out loud. If that isn't a sign of Cloud9 giving them plenty of time to settle in and develop, I don't know what is. And sure as all damned hell - HenryG and the rest of the Cloud9 staff running the org and the team know more about professional CS than any of we do.
I don't think they are the obvious weaknesses, in the team's first games es3tag was the "obvious" weak link. Now he's better. People criticized ALEX, because he had bad form for a few games, and said he was never cut out for tier 1 CS and that his stint with Valorant was just a stint. Then he dropped 54 frags in a map versus ENCE. People said floppy would never make it in EU, and he's already had some god-awful performances. Now he's better.
So, three out of five times, the critics have been proven wrong. Yet after only 9 games played, people are saying woxic and mezii are the "obvious" weak links and should be removed. So I take it we're judging all teams based off their last 9 games now? In which case tabseN is the obvious weak link in BIG and should be removed immediately - his last 3 games were shit!
There's some kind of weird bias where just because the Cloud9 roster was expensive, which by the way isn't entirely true - the whole 2.1 million thing with es3tag was not his buyout (reported to be around $500k), it was the complete value of his contract, including 3 years worth of salary. Sure, it's a high number, but you can bet your ass any pro player on a long term contract has a very similar value - there's nothing special about it. Anyways, just because they signed some impressive contracts, people expect the team to be Major-champion-material straight out of the gate? It makes no sense at all.
So please, anyone who's criticizing Cloud9 - please just be quiet for a month or two, and come back in February and then it's fair to judge them accurately. But judging a team only 9 series into their existence? Bull fucking shit.