swag steps in for Cloud9 in ESL One NY qualifier

Braxton "swag" Pierce will play for Cloud9 in the North American closed qualifier for ESL One New York, the organisation has revealed.

The 20-year-old hot-shot will fill in for Timothy "autimatic" Ta, who, according to a Twitter post from Jake "Stewie2K" Yip, will be "out of town" during the qualifier.

Widely regarded as one of the most talented players in North America, Braxton "swag" Pierce was indefinitely banned by Valve in January of 2015 after being implicated in a betting scandal alongside three of his then iBUYPOWER teammates. 

Several tournament organisers decided to uphold Valve's bans, but last month ESL announced that all match-fixing penalties preceding February of 2015 would be lifted, opening the door for the former iBUYPOWER members to compete in its tournaments.

swag to play for Cloud9 in the ESL One NY qualifier

swag, who recently won Fragadelphia 11 with ownage, played for Cloud9 as a stand-in at cs_summit, back in April. He helped the team to finish in fourth place and averaged a 1.17 Rating, the second highest of his squad.

Eight teams will compete in the closed qualifier for ESL One New York, which will take place over the weekend, for the chance to win a spot at the $250,000 event. Seven teams have already been determined by invites, with the last spot being filled by the winner of an open qualifier.

Cloud9 will compete in the ESL One New York qualifier with:

United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert
Canada Mike "shroud" Grzesiek
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip
United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham
United States Braxton "swag" Pierce

United States Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Tyler 'Skadoodle' Latham
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1047
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.59
APR:
0.11
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:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
United States Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Braxton 'swag' Pierce
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
460
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
951
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
904
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
#2
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Australia aucs 
gl c9
2017-08-15 02:07
#38
North America r00 
so they cloned n0thing and -autimatic -stewie2k +swag +n0thing[cl0ne]
2017-08-15 02:10
#240
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Israel xpicyyy 
makes no sense
2017-08-15 18:20
#269
North America r00 
you moron they edited it but the lineup listed n0thing twice.
2017-08-20 03:15
#270
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Israel xpicyyy 
good thing u say it after 5 days idgaf
2017-08-20 15:29
#49
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Mongolia Tendies 
Good shit
2017-08-15 02:09
#219
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Germany ceeazy 
PogChamp
2017-08-15 13:34
#3
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Germany danicsgoo 
Oh yes
2017-08-15 02:08
#6
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CIS sergioff 
WOW
2017-08-15 02:08
Nice
2017-08-15 02:08
#9
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Denmark JustYes 
two n0thing? *thinking face*
2017-08-15 02:08
Swag <3
2017-08-15 02:08
#96
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Estonia swag420weed 
Last all respect for C9 because supporting match fixers
2017-08-15 02:25
#149
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United States Doge14 
Skadoodle played with swag when they fixed the match. Plus swag was under c9 for the entire ban
2017-08-15 04:33
Baited
2017-08-15 04:45
So you are saying that C9 is supporting match fixing. Scum organization!
2017-08-15 09:07
C9 never supported match fixing never wanting to do it, but swag streamed and supported c9 since he was banned. They stand him in just because he deserves some respect and some play for streaming and sticking with c9. As well as that he had a great performance at cs summit plus fragadelphia. So standing him in for c9 at esl one new york is pretty good for him, so idk what your talking about c9 supporting match fixing, because all of the players banned probably learned their lesson and decide to not match fix anymore, mainly the ibp players such as dazed, azk, swag, and steel.
2017-08-15 19:22
#247
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Estonia swag420weed 
Skadoodle should be also banned, because he helped to scam people. Shoul have said something before match
2017-08-15 20:28
Yes he's a little shit that got lucky. Feels bad for the others who got banned while ska kept on playing
2017-08-16 10:30
Fool
2017-08-15 15:27
#256
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Sweden FLAWLEZZZ 
no one cares u racist fuck
2017-08-16 01:22
+1 cant wait to see him in action again! It's a pretty big deal that autimatic isn't there though.
2017-08-15 16:46
Yeah I hope they will do good without Autimatic.
2017-08-16 02:48
Will be fun to see him play some real matches again!
2017-08-15 02:08
#41
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Sweden TomodachiOM 
Agreed, very good news
2017-08-15 02:09
#12
Mexico Moxw 
wut
2017-08-15 02:08
mah boy
2017-08-15 02:08
#15
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United Kingdom Johnm181997 
GG
2017-08-15 02:08
#16
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United States vikingswine 
CLOUD 9 TOP KEK EZ WIN
2017-08-15 02:08
nah? autamatic was better
2017-08-15 12:22
#Freeibp
2017-08-15 02:08
as
2017-08-15 02:08
#19
kebab | 
Turkey (''__") 
Dark day for csgo pro scene
2017-08-15 02:08
+1
2017-08-15 04:32
+1
2017-08-15 09:36
-3
2017-08-15 12:14
+20
2017-08-15 13:14
-21
2017-08-15 19:52
+22
2017-08-15 19:53
#263
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Netherlands 079 
-56558
2017-08-16 14:12
+9999999999999999999999999999999999
2017-08-16 14:14
#267
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Netherlands 079 
-9999999999999999999999999999999999
2017-08-16 19:54
+999999999999999999999999899999999999988898898999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999989999999999999999999999999999
2017-08-16 20:17
#20
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United Kingdom WillStar 
2 nothings rip C9
2017-08-15 02:08
#21
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Bulgaria milusheffCS 
ez 4 free brax
2017-08-15 02:08
ouf
2017-08-15 02:08
#23
Thorin | 
United Kingdom Weldo 
No wonder Dazed and AZK didnt register a team then.
2017-08-15 02:10
+1
2017-08-15 11:41
#24
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Norway Levanger 
wooo
2017-08-15 02:08
#25
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United States (Fr0st) 
Lineup N0thing Shroud N0thing...
2017-08-15 02:08
#163
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Slovakia zephh1337 
I guess you can say the lineup is nothing but n0thing.
2017-08-15 06:08
#27
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Poland 0VERATED 
Nice
2017-08-15 02:08
#31
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Latvia Faaakk 
oh lets go braaaaaaaaxton
2017-08-15 02:08
#32
NikoM | 
Argentina DeadBoyy 
nicee
2017-08-15 02:08
#34
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United Kingdom ShreN 
Unexpected
2017-08-15 02:08
HOW THE FUCK IS SHROUD STILL ON TEAM HE SHOULD BE ON STREAMTEAM
2017-08-15 02:08
Mythic Shroud xD
2017-08-15 04:40
Double or n0thing?
2017-08-15 02:08
#42
es3tag | 
Germany vipitis 
C9 top1 again, NOPE
2017-08-15 02:08
the team who have 2 n0things will always be nice lul
2017-08-15 02:09
#45
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Spain SaileSamkaed 
Its happeniiinggg Braaaaxxxtoooon
2017-08-15 02:09
#51
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United States Hosch 
He should be able to fill in well enough for tim
2017-08-15 02:09
#52
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Portugal w1G 
gl brax
2017-08-15 02:09
lol 2 nothings in cloud9s roster, thats rough, brax will need superpowers to carry this team
2017-08-15 02:10
#164
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Slovakia zephh1337 
+1 actually laughed
2017-08-15 06:09
#55
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Sweden 4Sweeeden 
2 n0thing LUL
2017-08-15 02:09
Swag is overrated
2017-08-15 02:09
2 x n0thing is still nothing
2017-08-15 02:11
#66
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Brazil hugoooo 
The other time he played a lan with c9, they didn't do so well, barely beating GA: hltv.org/matches/2299363/cloud9-vs-games.. Stewie instead of freakazoid makes a big difference tho
2017-08-15 02:11
cs_summit?
2017-08-15 02:12
#78
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Brazil hugoooo 
Totally forgot about that.
2017-08-15 02:15
it's right in the article tho
2017-08-15 14:14
#67
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United States jekl 
fuck swag
2017-08-15 02:11
nice, gl braxxx
2017-08-15 02:12
#69
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Turkey Yossi_Kohen 
it should have been shroud not autimatic :/
2017-08-15 02:12
nope its nothing
2017-08-15 02:13
agree man ;v but shroud luck is > autimatic
2017-08-15 02:14
#79
SPERMY | 
Canada lame^ 
well autimatic is going to OpTic...
2017-08-15 02:16
#183
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Australia Raychippy 
lol'd
2017-08-15 08:50
#251
SPERMY | 
Canada lame^ 
well I was half right, instead OpTic went to autimatic
2017-08-15 22:02
#100
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Denmark mikey4320 
it should have been n0thing not autimatic :/
2017-08-15 02:29
#117
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Turkey Yossi_Kohen 
nt shroud
2017-08-15 02:49
#119
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Denmark mikey4320 
Nt n0thing
2017-08-15 02:49
autimatic is on vacation
2017-08-15 04:14
#142
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Denmark mikey4320 
ik
2017-08-15 04:15
Autimatic?
2017-08-15 02:13
#74
chucky | 
Brunei aspexo 
why dafuq -auti and not -garbage2k? are you serious in my eyes?
2017-08-15 02:13
#265
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United States ShadowScheme 
autimatic is on a vacation, it wasn't the org's choice, he chose this date by himself, check his twitter
2017-08-16 14:54
#266
chucky | 
Brunei aspexo 
I was don't know this details
2017-08-16 16:44
#freeswag
2017-08-15 02:14
Brrraaaxxxtoooonn
2017-08-15 02:15
#80
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United Kingdom ChadDunbar 
does he have aspergers or something? he never looks at the camera?
2017-08-15 02:16
#81
ryx | 
Venezuela gaditoh 
kick shroud, let him be happy with playerunknown
2017-08-15 02:16
He should replace n0thing and not autimatic.
2017-08-15 02:17
#89
Xyp9x | 
Denmark STATiC^ 
i'll rather see him replace Shroud then n0thing.
2017-08-15 02:20
#101
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Denmark mikey4320 
But shroud is significantly better than n0thing
2017-08-15 02:29
#207
Happy | 
Norway H0lid4y 
n0thing has more consistency than S(tream)hroud
2017-08-15 11:55
#238
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Denmark mikey4320 
Consistently worse, sure Consistently more detrimental to the team, sure
2017-08-15 17:36
#83
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
hard for shroud without an 8x
2017-08-15 02:18
first skadoodle and now autimatic,REPLACE STUPID SHROUD AFDSFSDFDSFDSF
2017-08-15 02:18
#85
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Portugal Kikocbr 
Braaaaaxton swag pieeeeerce
2017-08-15 02:19
#86
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Brazil Collee 
Good news, just wish shroud couldn't attend instead of autimatic
2017-08-15 02:19
+1
2017-08-15 02:22
#87
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC 
what professional are you if you are gone like whatever you want... i mean wtf
2017-08-15 02:19
meanwhile, shroud doesn't even care about CS clips.twitch.tv/NurturingObservantZucchi.. and he is right, pubg is the way to go. already more played than cs go
2017-08-15 02:20
Doubtful, PUBG is just new. By next year CS:Go will still be around and PUBG will be out of the top ten viewed on Twitch daily. Is CS:Go dying, no just becoming stagnant. I think people are kind of waiting to see if CS:Go gets ported over to the new engine.
2017-08-15 05:29
#168
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Brazil Collee 
140 hours of pubg in the last two weeks, and 30 minutes of CS lol. I know he's on vacations but still. Every time C9 are eliminated this guy is streaming the other day if the tournament is in the US
2017-08-15 06:54
PZ EZ 4 C9
2017-08-15 02:22
#94
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Sweden godname 
hahahah why is shroud there? he has not play cs on like 2mounths
2017-08-15 02:24
#97
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Good luck swag, but not against my teams! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-08-15 02:26
#99
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Sweden NyXw0w 
be "out of town" during the qualifier. HAHA SURE...........
2017-08-15 02:28
"Out of town because the team manager suggested to"
2017-08-15 02:37
Do you really think they would replace autimatic with swag? ... lol
2017-08-15 04:39
#102
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United States Noelstar123 
This is obviously a good move, but I still feel it should've been shroud instead of Tim, if they want the best result possible, but as a c9 can I still think they will qualify with or without swag
2017-08-15 02:31
rip c9 autismatic is much better
2017-08-15 02:34
#104
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Serbia SF94 
*some time later* C9 wins ESL One New York
2017-08-15 02:35
1rd
2017-08-15 02:37
#107
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United States blinDi 
Now we can't get the ibp roster to make it too New York cuz swag won't be with them, feelsbadman, they can still make Oakland tho
2017-08-15 02:38
#108
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Canada Gumpypoo 
good for brax but autimatic and ska are the only solid consistant players on c9 wont expect much from them unless shroud goes huge like cologne
2017-08-15 02:38
#110
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Chile furpU 
shroud 0.5h in last 2 weeks LUL
2017-08-15 02:40
i thought you trolling lul
2017-08-15 02:44
#120
ScreaM | 
Dominican Republic casxd 
2017-08-15 02:52
I hope for the rest of the team that he will start playing csgo now instead of players shit battlegrounds
2017-08-15 15:42
he got kicked anyway LUL
2017-08-15 20:33
Indeed, looks like hes retiring
2017-08-15 20:34
xD nice Rip autimatic
2017-08-15 02:41
#113
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Chile nachooww 
-shroud +swag
2017-08-15 02:44
#114
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Romania KrieppeN 
Can't wait to see this :D
2017-08-15 02:48
nice
2017-08-15 02:48
#116
 | 
Sweden itchybells 
LOL people are not idiot to still believe that reason " Out of town? ". Sure next month or after the qualifier he's on the bench and few weeks free agent or bought by other teams lmao. it should be Shroud not autimatic.
2017-08-15 02:49
It's vacation season. I'm surprised C9 is even playing.
2017-08-15 02:52
#176
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Turkey CamelotzZz 
No way auti is their best or 2nd best player so
2017-08-15 08:02
#236
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Sweden itchybells 
2nd yeah . it should be shroud to take a vacation instead lol
2017-08-15 16:54
#121
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United States shinsanity 
next thing you know skadoodle is replaced by dazed stewie becomes the main awper EZ C9 WIN
2017-08-15 02:52
#123
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United States StewieOnLAN 
-shroud -n0thing +swag +DaZeD FOR fuck sake
2017-08-15 02:57
#124
pain | 
Ukraine in_ass 
This is currently dreeeeeam teeeeam
2017-08-15 03:00
autimatic > swag
2017-08-15 03:12
#126
Zeus | 
Other Chuckeee 
Rip. Autimatic was the 2nd guy with brain in that lineup
2017-08-15 03:18
#158
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China Yao_Ming 
whos the other brain? xd
2017-08-15 05:13
#128
flusha | 
Netherlands davin 
swag <3
2017-08-15 03:24
#129
Dev1 | 
Slovakia Trav1s 
kurwa nice
2017-08-15 03:29
#131
 | 
Indonesia kitsugi 
Let's go braxxxxxx
2017-08-15 03:43
#132
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Brazil digozamaral 
Ez for Braxton
2017-08-15 03:47
Replacing autimatic instead of shroud? lmfao. Cloud9 is a business after-all though I guess.
2017-08-15 03:52
are u dumb? its not a replacement, he's a standin because automatic is out of town
2017-08-15 03:56
"out of town" It's a money-grab.
2017-08-15 04:05
Dazed woul be so fucked and unmotivated if swag went to Cloud9. AZK would probably back off from CS again and he would be alone, lol.
2017-08-15 03:55
that sucks, he will just help them qualify and then he won't be play with them at the tournament. He is unbanned, he could've made his own team and actually play at the tournament
2017-08-15 03:56
#137
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China chen110110 
brax i love you!!!
2017-08-15 03:56
U go brax
2017-08-15 04:02
PogChamp
2017-08-15 04:12
interesting
2017-08-15 04:17
#144
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United States $hemlenie69 
k
2017-08-15 04:23
#145
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Europe vladick_69 
Gl swag
2017-08-15 04:25
#146
k0nfig | 
Denmark nalleB 
Good. We need some more disgusting matchfixers in the pro scene.
2017-08-15 04:30
#147
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Canada TwistZzZz 
WHY COULDN"T IT BE F'ING SHROUD SO I CAN DREAM ABOUT NA DREAM TEAM
2017-08-15 04:30
behold... throw is coming..
2017-08-15 04:33
"out of town"
2017-08-15 04:48
If only he replaced N0thing and Shroud instead team would be better
2017-08-15 04:49
#157
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Brazil cadik 
LUL they won't qualify
2017-08-15 05:13
LETS GO
2017-08-15 05:22
#161
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Malaysia phyzell 
And there's only one slot into ESL One. Fuck money here comes brotherhood <3
2017-08-15 05:30
Why couldn't shroud, skadoodle or nothing have been the one out of town
2017-08-15 05:34
cloud 9 major 2018 ez prediction
2017-08-15 06:23
#167
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Malaysia byaIi 
0/88888888888888888888888888888888888888888
2017-08-15 06:43
#166
fnx | 
Brazil Shoout 
- Shroud + Swag C9 will be sooooo good.
2017-08-15 06:31
The most overrated player shroud still in c9 X===========D
2017-08-15 07:18
too bad imt is gunna be there and win it but who knows miracles can always happen
2017-08-15 07:22
#171
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Latvia Tibro 
Swag whats ur name
2017-08-15 07:23
#172
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Czech Republic thek!ng 
No Cloud9 on Majors yeey
2017-08-15 07:31
Autimatic is (was?) C9's best player, so this doesn't really help C9, obviously. smh
2017-08-15 07:40
Get rid of shroud and you have a top tier team
2017-08-15 07:40
#177
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Canada PwnNewb 
easy top 1 with swag
2017-08-15 08:10
Big downgrade
2017-08-15 08:14
#179
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Israel Kp$ 
WHOAW
2017-08-15 08:16
#180
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
keeping bot nothing & no autimatic the best player rly nice choice
2017-08-15 08:18
#181
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United States hudas321 
sad only standin lol
2017-08-15 08:20
It is a downgrade even tho swag is the best possible standin.
2017-08-15 08:55
ez out of town
2017-08-15 08:59
C9 Supporting Scammers / Matchfixers What a Joke they are. Hope they lose to fair Playing Teams
2017-08-15 09:16
#189
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Europe g2ez 
automatic better than nothing and shroud +automatic -nothing
2017-08-15 09:21
#254
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United States Tater_Hater 
He's out of town....................................
2017-08-15 23:17
Hmm.. That's pretty good!
2017-08-15 09:29
no one cares /close
2017-08-15 09:35
when?
2017-08-15 09:36
#194
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Poland axmar1 
-shroud +swag
2017-08-15 09:49
#195
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Bulgaria TEDDSENN 
ez tournament ez life
2017-08-15 09:58
#196
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Hungary yodapapa 
i hope he will sell the matches today and will get some more years :))))
2017-08-15 10:04
cant wait :D swag!
2017-08-15 10:45
Hype Swaggggggg
2017-08-15 10:46
#201
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Germany turbo_rolg 
so fucking lit !
2017-08-15 11:18
#202
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France FRWR 
Fuck him!
2017-08-15 11:27
#204
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Korea DubuDahyun 
Ok then , Welcome to New York C9
2017-08-15 11:49
Swag <3
2017-08-15 11:53
The "S" remove n0thing and add Seangares/semphis xd
2017-08-15 12:03
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SHIIIEEETTT IZ FUCKING HAPPENING SOON WE WILL GET OUR 6MAN "C9" LINEUP PogChamp TO BAD THEY DIDNT - shroud + SWAG this event BUT IZ FUCKING FINE LEEEZ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2017-08-15 13:04
#213
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Finland heGUd 
WTF WHY THE FUCK STAND IN FOR AUTIMATIC???? c9 needs asian duo to win something KICK N0THING OR SHROUD PLS or kick both and get 2x better players AND ADD SWAG +Shroud +Autimatic +Stewie2k +Skadoodle +Swag
2017-08-15 13:13
#215
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Lithuania Sealll 
That wont work tho
2017-08-15 13:18
Can you read?? Stewie said auti will be OUT OF TOWN
2017-08-15 13:30
#253
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United States Tater_Hater 
Most people just read the head line and maybe a bit of the text and jump to conclusions. The majority of the make stupid posts...
2017-08-15 23:15
lmfao the GOD prediction
2017-08-15 20:03
#220
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France rezpecful 
nice way to fill a role typical na pug team
2017-08-15 13:40
R.I.P
2017-08-15 13:59
Swaggggg ;D
2017-08-15 14:04
#224
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Faroe Islands shubaNN 
-shroud +swag in the main stage plz
2017-08-15 14:32
auti is their best player if it was -shroud +swag it would be good.
2017-08-15 14:36
#226
Hungary f4p 
whos care? swag not worth a fig whitout dazed & azk
2017-08-15 14:58
EZ
2017-08-15 15:11
#228
Estonia rYm 
can you kick shrud plz and over this?
2017-08-15 15:13
who?
2017-08-15 15:44
-shroud +swag and ez top1
2017-08-15 15:44
C9 #1 hltv confirmed
2017-08-15 16:21
Good major easy win c9 my favorite team since 1998
2017-08-15 16:27
#237
swag | 
United Kingdom EgRoEg 
"Out of town" lul ez for brax
2017-08-15 17:29
The problem of C9 is not the players, not who play in it. They do not have philosophy, so their game will not always make sense.
2017-08-15 17:38
lul lasted 17 hours...
2017-08-15 20:01
#250
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Hungary Nemes 
We need IBP stickers kappa. Btw he deserved it.
2017-08-15 21:07
#252
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Ukraine TheVodkaGuy 
ibp Brax hype
2017-08-15 23:13
#255
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Ireland jughead 
fix that lineup
2017-08-16 00:48
Cloud9, in order to start winning tournaments, needed some way to put some swagger back into their lineup. With this change, even though it's temporary, C9 should have an automatic path to the LAN.
2017-08-16 02:55
#freeswag
2017-08-16 04:22
GL Hf swag, for expected :D
2017-08-16 11:59
#262
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Germany NatsuS 
As German I feel ashamed by esl to give anyone cheater and matchfixer a second chance. But that is German justice don't punishment them because They are all victims and don't care for the real victims. Get anyone the money and skins back from swag? Nope but it is important that he deserve a second chance. Esl since start full of retards admins.
2017-08-16 12:17
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