Cloud9 shocked by Nihilum

The North American team with the most experience competing internationally has been brought from cloud nine to the nine circles of hell following a 2-0 drubbing by Nihilum.

Cloud9 were last seen playing offline at the finals of Gfinity Spring Masters I where they achieved fourth place after losing to Virtus.pro. The weekend before the North American outfit almost managed to make it out of groups at ESL One Katowice but lost in a revenge match decider against TSM.

With apparent signs of streakiness at these events, the final gauge for examining C9's play were their online results in this past month: tellingly, they were upset quite a few times in North American leagues, however one could always fall back on the excuse that the North American scene was volatile as such online.


n0thing's C9 are left facing a reality check after today 

However, the results can now speak for themselves after Cloud9 are left packing their bags with a 7th-8th place finish at the ESEA Season 18 Global Finals following two shaming losses to mousesports and Nihilum.

de_inferno was barely a contest for Nihiulm, and led by the raw aim of Joshua "sancz" Ballenger as well as Andrew "Professor_Chaos" Heintz, the former-Denial team made their new organisation proud by sealing the first map away 16:5.

With Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert's men looking destitute and listless, de_cache saw a closely contested first half go to shambles in the second half as Nihilum simply out-aimed and out-gunned Cloud9 on all sites.

Despite Mike "shroud" Grzesiek trying to hard-carry C9 to map three, it was ultimately for nought as Nihilum took the map away 16:13.

Cloud9 walk away from the ESEA S18 finals with a 7th-8th placing and a $5,000 check as some form of mollification.

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United States Andrew 'Professor_Chaos' Heintz
Andrew 'Professor_Chaos' Heintz
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
171
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
812
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
United States Joshua 'sancz' Ballenger
Joshua 'sancz' Ballenger
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
315
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
#1
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Ukraine gungrave 
clown5
2015-04-18 21:14
5?
2015-04-18 21:15
4 then, cant call shroud a clown :\
2015-04-18 21:19
#43
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Ukraine gungrave 
yeah my bad
2015-04-18 21:19
shroud9
2015-04-18 21:21
in fact he is the most clowness player in c9
2015-04-18 21:35
#77
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Poland sajlent 
+1 so overrated
2015-04-18 21:36
Kappa
2015-04-18 22:05
#129
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Poland sajlent 
no kappa sry shroud is overrated
2015-04-18 22:13
#130
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Germany Boeny 
shroud is the only player who is doing something
2015-04-18 22:14
#174
Dosia | 
Norway Skagos 
shroud is overrated
2015-04-19 01:43
#189
Dosia | 
Russia cann0n 
+100500 best NA players , for known reasons are banned Dazed Best NA IGL Swag Steel
2015-04-19 07:42
I dont get it.
2015-04-18 21:19
5 players on team.
2015-04-18 21:22
asdad
2015-04-18 21:14
#4
Germany kreed 
jaja
2015-04-18 21:14
#6
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Slovakia VerySloVACGuy 
n1
2015-04-18 21:15
[*]
2015-04-18 21:15
#8
PERCY | 
Denmark percy 
[*]
2015-04-18 21:15
Shocked rip
2015-04-18 21:15
clown9, they don't deserve this sponsor.
2015-04-18 21:15
LMAOOO
2015-04-18 21:15
n1
2015-04-18 21:15
[*]
2015-04-18 21:15
rekt
2015-04-18 21:15
#17
World ally 
cl5wn9
2015-04-18 21:15
Shocked? No loss for C9 is shocking at this point.
2015-04-18 21:15
Aye I'm not shocked at all even though I have no clue who these Nihilum guys are..
2015-04-18 22:41
Former Denial.
2015-04-19 00:22
autimatic, valens, professor chaos, and sancz have been moving up in the NA scene for a while now. if you don't follow the NA scene much then I wouldn't be surprised you don't know them. but flowsick should already be someone you know.
2015-04-19 03:18
we wont see this lineup at a lan again [*]
2015-04-18 21:15
Are those the stats for the event so far (i.e. 4 maps)?
2015-04-18 21:22
#57
North America QNCY 
Yes Shroud is carrying that fuckin team.
2015-04-18 21:25
N0thing too, we can say. He's only 4th in the list cause RWS is the most bullshit ranking system I've ever seen.
2015-04-18 21:27
RWS aside, a negative KDR is hardly carrying.
2015-04-18 21:29
#72
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Netherlands K1NGBOAZ 
He made kills dying in the end.. The kills did matter but the rest of his team (semphis shahzam and seangares.) were shit and not able to kill anything.
2015-04-18 21:31
I watched yesterday's games but missed the ones earlier tonight. I think it is fair to say that he was pulling his own weight, but I definitely do not think that he was carrying.
2015-04-18 21:33
#95
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Netherlands K1NGBOAZ 
Ye true, I think its also very depressing to see that your teammates ruin your potential. I think shroud and n0thing should create their own new team. Just play based on skill and not trying to be skilled with this trash.
2015-04-18 21:46
shroud is fantastic, but n0thing has not had an impressive showing for quite some time now. Even if we just pretend to put shroud, n0thing, skadoodle, Hiko and +1 into one team, I do not see them challenging CLG, who are clearly top1 in NA right now and the team with the most potential. The only challenge to the status quo could potentially come from having swag and steal back, but unfortunately this may never happen.
2015-04-18 21:54
#114
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Netherlands K1NGBOAZ 
Ye so sad.. Wish US would still had iBP. Best players out there for now imo are: nitr0 ska hiko shroud and tarik.
2015-04-18 22:02
Take away the whole shitty burst and sprays in csgo, buff the ak and m4 up to be able to properly tap shot long range, and you'd see a scary n0thing.
2015-04-19 03:21
Those stats speak for themselves indeed. I do recall being surprised that c9 was so quick to pick up shahzam after he shone at that one event (was that last year's ESEA finals?) It was a risky move at the time and clearly it has not paid dividends.
2015-04-18 21:28
#22
fnx | 
United States shineNTC 
Expected.
2015-04-18 21:16
-ShaZham -sean +hiko +ska pls
2015-04-18 21:16
hiko doesnt wanna play with n0thing
2015-04-18 21:17
source?
2015-04-18 21:43
just watch from youtube hiko q&a c9
2015-04-18 21:50
ty
2015-04-18 21:55
hiko
2015-04-18 21:51
from cloud nine to nine circles of hell
2015-04-18 21:16
#25
World ally 
losing 16-4 against elevate on nuke didn't shock them? :S
2015-04-18 21:16
That's nuke...
2015-04-20 16:54
and they won against NiP in nuke, so what?
2015-04-21 21:10
#26
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United States $hemlenie69 
shocked he says lol. expected 0-4 for clown9.
2015-04-18 21:16
#27
World zzt 
i like stich's match reports
2015-04-18 21:16
#32
World zzt 
there was no map three though. fix it!
2015-04-18 21:18
huh?
2015-04-18 21:18
gauge*
2015-04-18 21:23
lol I kept looking at the word and feeling like something was wrong. fixed now, thx.
2015-04-18 21:24
#71
World zzt 
>> Despite Mike "shroud" Grzesiek trying to hard-carry C9 to map three there was no map three
2015-04-18 21:30
#73
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Netherlands K1NGBOAZ 
but he tried.. didnt work though. :/
2015-04-18 21:32
What's wrong with that?
2015-04-18 21:37
n0thing
2015-04-18 21:51
#122
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
That means shroud tried to bring it to a 3rd map but failed. Nothing wrong with the English here, just your comprehension
2015-04-18 22:06
dude...
2015-04-18 22:28
+1, the best news writer in hltv history by far!
2015-04-18 23:06
poor shroud, I honestly hate this shitty ass cloud9 team and wish they would just disband to finally give shroud an opportunity to form a better team with the likes of hiko and ska, otherwise I don't see him leaving the team due to "friendship" :/
2015-04-18 21:16
hahahhaa clown9 hahhaha fuck them anyways see valve what you did you fuck, only if exibp were not banned.
2015-04-18 21:17
-shazham -semphis inc
2015-04-18 21:17
+1 Hardest post ever for me.
2015-04-18 21:19
#33
India pulp 
Cloud9 has gone to heaven. RIP. Disband incoming. Bet they'll be back to streaming and posting selfies by tomorrow.
2015-04-18 21:18
#34
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Andorra KOVALSKII 
xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2015-04-18 21:18
The best they can do at this point is to FUCKING DISBAND. Please stop throwing shame on such good organisation and get the fuck out of here.
2015-04-18 21:18
change in roster inc :D
2015-04-18 21:19
C9 have become so bad.
2015-04-18 21:19
#45
Finland mW 
Kim Yoo Suk
2015-04-18 21:21
Monkey MVP [*]
2015-04-18 21:21
It's time for them to remove sean, semphis, and shazam. This is a joke.
2015-04-18 21:23
sean's IGL they cant remove him, hes doing fairly well
2015-04-19 01:50
disband please
2015-04-18 21:23
nihilum > c9 but funny thing is that titan/fnatic/vp all 3 with 16-2 nihilum on an avarage day
2015-04-18 21:24
"...brought from cloud nine to the nine circles of hell following a 2-0 drubbing by Nihilum." god i love your writing stich <3
2015-04-18 21:25
ty :)
2015-04-18 21:26
It is nice to see the wordplay and creativity in your reports. Makes reading them more interesting for something which is normally mundane. Keep it up.
2015-04-18 21:30
destitute and listless
2015-04-19 06:46
indiana
2015-04-19 06:49
when are you back in london?
2015-04-18 21:37
not for long and for too short of a time
2015-04-18 21:59
nvm don't care
2015-04-18 21:38
now do with lurpis and striker coup d'etat and take over hltv and fire those incompetent scrubs like twrils, alex, mira etc.
2015-04-18 23:08
#127
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up 
+1
2015-04-18 22:10
Fucking shit team. dont ask me how much, bcs too much
2015-04-18 21:26
betting sucks, ruins the fun in esports.
2015-04-18 21:29
#78
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Sweden Kasidro 
Betting adds a thrill to esports just like it does to normal sports. The problem with esports betting with skins is the lack of regulation and the ease of access to a whole new population of gamblers who many would be underage when it came to normal regulated gambling.
2015-04-18 21:37
HOW HOW MUCH? MUCH HOW? MUCH WOW, SUCH WOW
2015-04-18 21:37
#63
Lithuania fRls 
thanks for the skins m8s
2015-04-18 21:27
hiko n0thing shroud skadoodle someone
2015-04-18 21:30
dazed
2015-04-18 21:38
bent
2015-04-18 22:03
#75
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
is this even real life?
2015-04-18 21:33
WTF !!!!
2015-04-18 21:37
nvm don't care
2015-04-18 21:38
cl5wn9
2015-04-18 21:40
[*] rip clown 9
2015-04-18 21:41
expected tbh, c9 has been absolutely horrible as of late..
2015-04-18 21:41
0-4 LOL
2015-04-18 21:43
#93
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United States ferdog 
Not really shocked. Shit tier team
2015-04-18 21:45
#94
 | 
United States sxg 
you guys are suprised c9 lost to Nihilum? Every single player on Nihilum is better than sean,semphis,shahzam... I already new c9 would lose when the match was announced.
2015-04-18 21:46
#96
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
well, c9 is getting fat salaty, plays full time and got bootcamps in europe. Yes i expect them to beat NA team that i hear 1st time :D
2015-04-18 21:47
#99
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United States sxg 
then you don't watch much counterstrike. I can take one look at the aim of Nihilum and tell they were better. regardless if they're known or not. that's just how bad c9 is.
2015-04-18 21:49
nobody watches na cs
2015-04-19 02:07
Well I do watch it. For the laughs.
2015-04-19 13:15
Beats the average stand-up comedian.
2015-04-20 16:58
#97
Peru dbie 
kick ShahZam and shroud already...
2015-04-18 21:48
#101
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North America AdminIWasRDM 
Shroud Hiko Skadoodle Semphis swag (cuz Volvo grants him second chance for not being scumbag like steel and DaZeD) pls
2015-04-18 21:50
LMAO
2015-04-18 21:51
c9 shocked, but nobody else is xD
2015-04-18 21:52
NA cs is left in ruin [*]
2015-04-18 21:56
Congrats Nihilum. Give them some credit, guys!
2015-04-18 22:02
Proffesor brings chaos :D Great name hahahah
2015-04-18 22:05
C9 - JOKE
2015-04-18 22:05
when is c9 gonna drop this shitty ass team, i watched semphis and seangares stream the other day and both of them couldn't kill a fucking bot if there life depended on it
2015-04-18 22:06
#123
ANGE1 | 
Turkey RAGE_M 
Murica wins anyway :D
2015-04-18 22:07
#125
HUNDEN | 
China ene1nz 
I would pay them a 1 month stay in europe.
2015-04-18 22:08
#128
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Belgium FnX^ 
CLOWN9!!
2015-04-18 22:12
#131
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Chile shinteiner 
c9 disband
2015-04-18 22:17
let it be knownt that I was valens' first fan on his hltv fan page
2015-04-18 22:25
Just replace ShahZaM and semphis with Hiko and Skadoodle, and you will be fine!
2015-04-18 22:30
just replace the whole team by some silver elites and they will play a way better. hltv confirmed.
2015-04-18 22:34
fu nubs
2015-04-18 22:44
When will these clowns pickup Skadoodle? do they even have the slightest bit of ambition for fuck sake? do they even practise, how can a team like this be so shit?
2015-04-18 22:45
they only care about viewers
2015-04-18 23:12
Not a shock to me.
2015-04-18 22:45
time for some serious roster changes.
2015-04-18 22:51
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA HAHYAHAHAHAHHAH AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHA
2015-04-18 22:55
C9 should drop this team and pick another line-up %200 better and easy solution.
2015-04-18 22:59
#143
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Denmark cabronnn 
worst team ever hahahahahahaha
2015-04-18 22:59
well it was not rlly shocking tbh after seeing their results against nihilum on esea XD
2015-04-18 23:00
Shocked? LOL no one is shocked by these clowns anymore
2015-04-18 23:03
:(
2015-04-18 23:09
#152
tHm | 
Denmark tHm 
Ded9
2015-04-18 23:23
you can't tell my that these guys are practicing
2015-04-18 23:31
shahzam kicked inc
2015-04-18 23:32
"cloud nine to the nine circles of hell" is buzzfeed writing hltv articles now srsly what is this garbage
2015-04-18 23:36
Eh,it was a nice touch I felt. Usually the match reports are a lil too dry.
2015-04-19 00:51
Yep it's way more incentivising to try and be creative when doing match reports since they're quite rote
2015-04-19 03:31
Indeed. Keep up the good work!
2015-04-19 11:46
I literally can't point to an event C9 hasn't had a disappointing run in since Cologne. Either they're not practicing enough or the lineup isn't working. Sorry sgares :/
2015-04-18 23:44
shroud vs 9
2015-04-19 00:03
remove all players and pick up a new squad altogether
2015-04-19 00:03
Replace shazam with Skadoodle.... I also want to see Hiko there, but who you'd replace besides shaz? sean? semph? n0? but at least start with replacing shaz, then you'll see..., maybe no other changes needed... gg :( gl
2015-04-19 00:13
RIP [*]
2015-04-19 00:34
Clown9 is complete trash they aren't even in Top 3 NA anylonger. Time to start from scratch and form a new team.
2015-04-19 00:59
shahzam + n0thing gone for skadoodle and hiko I reckon.
2015-04-19 01:04
I'd like to see how this team does without Semphis. After watching the way he plays and how he communicates with the rest, it's clear as broad daylight that he doesn't belong on a professional team imo.
2015-04-19 01:09
#170
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Greece her-1g 
nice quote from divine comedy :D
2015-04-19 01:23
[*] light a candle for cloud9 boys
2015-04-19 01:36
#173
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United Kingdom peaks 
it was cool seeing Nihilum pick up a CS team but definately wasnt expecting this kind of result on LAN so soon. 2-0 against C9? .....w0w
2015-04-19 01:43
They had many chances to realize that picking shahzam was a mistake? Why wouldn't they fucking fix it?
2015-04-19 01:44
nth to fix, all indians buy products which shazam use
2015-04-19 10:58
hiko left because the team didnt feel like they needed to win they get paid by the org and get money from streaming they dont want to focus on getting better because it means less time to stream and less revenue
2015-04-19 02:37
n0thing, sgares, shroud +2 guys
2015-04-19 03:30
It's barely a shock... It's cloud9, they would lose a good chunk of ESEA Pugs, terrible team
2015-04-19 04:19
LMAO who saw semphis trying to kill the bomb defuser on mouz yesterday xD that explains why they suck so much dick
2015-04-19 04:41
i forget which event it was or what team they were playing, but i distinctly remember semphis trying to AWP mid on season and having the reaction time and aim of a gold nova. just whiff after whiff.
2015-04-20 06:31
A Vietnamese lady is behind this, it's just fishy.
2015-04-19 05:45
Stats bellow article pls
2015-04-19 08:06
#196
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Vietnam FAKTARES 
rip9
2015-04-19 11:44
New roster change inc
2015-04-19 11:49
A roster change will not help them. The whole org is a joke themself. "We dont care about winning, just give us good publicity". RIP.
2015-04-19 14:58
A roster change would great for them, idk what you are smoking.
2015-04-20 23:03
really poor c9.
2015-04-20 05:40
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