valens: "I'm not leaving esports; look to build Cloud9's analytics division"

We caught up with Soham "valens" Chowdhury at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon to find out more about his future in Cloud9.

On Thursday, Timothy "autimatic" Ta revealed to HLTV.org that Cloud9 are looking into the replacement of valens in the coaching position, with Kory "SEMPHIS" Friesen, who is in Portugal with the team, being their top candidate.

valens is set to transition to a data analysis role in Cloud9

On day one of the Portuguese event, we asked valens to comment on the situation and his future in Cloud9. The 29-year-old confirmed to us that it had been planned for him to transition out of the coaching role since after the team's Major win, but the candidates for his replacement did not sign with the squad, in the end:

"Actually, maybe a month or so after the Major win back in January, I talked with Jack [Etienne, CEO of Cloud9] and I just said 'initially, I signed up to do data science work,' so we just started thinking about transitioning and finding a replacement. It just so happened that the coaches that were really close to signing with us didn't work out at the last minute.

Cloud9's continuous roster issues also elongated the process, as valens agreed to stay on as a coach for a longer period of time to help stabilize the lineup.

"So, the change should have happened a lot sooner, but because of the roster issues we had, with Stewie leaving and then tarik, I just stayed on to help stabilize the team, and then once we found a replacement I was going to step out. It just kept getting elongated just because it's CS, there is always going to be some kind of instability. "

After nearly a full year, the organization made concrete plans for the transition and are currently trialing SEMPHIS to replace valens, who will fill a position in Cloud9's analytics division instead.

"We just made a plan for it, this time, to start trialing someone - we're obviously trialing SEMPHIS. Obviously, me and autimatic have known him for a long time, played on teams with him, so he is a really good fit. That's it, the goal right now is that I'm not leaving C9, I'm not leaving esports, I'm just doing data science work to build out Cloud9's analytics division."

United States Soham 'valens' Chowdhury
Soham 'valens' Chowdhury
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.77
Maps played:
177
KPR:
0.50
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Canada Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
789
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
923
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
I remember how he rekt mibr! Good times! #NeverForget
2018-12-14 21:32
hahaha
2018-12-14 21:32
#4
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Israel md2019 
mad indian rage HAHAHA
2018-12-14 21:33
are you fireman ?
2018-12-14 21:33
f5
2018-12-14 21:34
nt baitzera
2018-12-14 21:34
cry is free baitzera
2018-12-14 21:35
#2
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
gl
2018-12-14 21:32
#5
huNter | 
Argentina TviKa 
GL
2018-12-14 21:33
finally that fat potato will not be sitting behind C9
2018-12-14 21:33
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United States Spiegel 
Yeet
2018-12-14 21:37
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Croatia feelsbadmane 
haHAA funny being fat in 2019 BTW
2018-12-14 21:46
I don't have anything against fat people look at zonic, he might be overweight but he still supports his team a lot but look at valens, he just sits there
2018-12-14 21:52
That’s because he’s not a coach. Even in the role now he was just an analyst. He’s a pure numbers and data guy. Only thing he says during matches is where they are weak, dying, or their chances of switching up bombsites. He has like zero role in strats or coaching.
2018-12-15 01:32
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North America SLGam1ng 
he is still apart of c9?
2018-12-15 02:35
so when did I say that he left C9
2018-12-15 02:53
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North America SLGam1ng 
not be sitting behind C9
2018-12-15 02:54
yea because he's not their coach anymore he won't sit behind them in their games, literally.
2018-12-15 02:55
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North America SLGam1ng 
oh i thought u meant figuratively
2018-12-15 02:56
k
2018-12-14 21:33
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Indonesia Astranesia 
PLS DONT LEAVE COACH YOURE LEGEND <3
2018-12-14 21:34
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Sweden meistr0 
-Semphis +THREAT OMEGALOL C9 EU team POG
2018-12-14 21:34
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Finland User344 
haha alright
2018-12-14 21:35
rip likwid
2018-12-14 21:35
stop burgers first...
2018-12-14 21:36
so they need a whole division
2018-12-14 21:41
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Sweden ThorinEk 
data analyst for esports team? sounds like state funded pretending profession
2018-12-14 21:45
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Korea DubuDahyun 
Cloud9 is bigger than a CS:GO team lol They'll open a training facility in 2019 for all the C9 sections to attend and open to public (including some kind of PC bang, bar, meeting rooms etc..) Analytics can be a lot of things, it's not only about CS:GO :)
2018-12-14 21:53
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Sweden ThorinEk 
i know more games are involved but thanks for the rest of the enlightment. It still sounds a bit too much but if they fire valens I guess they are afraid to get accused by feminists for you know what
2018-12-14 21:55
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Brazil VeryMibrGuy 
Really good info btw, thanks for sharing mate
2018-12-14 23:43
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Korea DubuDahyun 
forbes.com/sites/mattperez/2018/10/15/es.. If you want some more info on the subject ☺
2018-12-14 23:51
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Brazil VeryMibrGuy 
Thank you!!
2018-12-15 17:01
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United States ferric 
I mean its probsbly something legit because he can easily get a job at Google or something since hes very well educated..
2018-12-14 21:54
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World jzderf 
I'd really love to get a primer on the type of work that goes into the Data Science division for an esports company.
2018-12-14 22:33
they should just kick him t5 coach
2018-12-14 21:50
XD
2018-12-14 22:05
"analytics division " xDDDDD
2018-12-14 22:15
It's his actual job background.
2018-12-14 22:59
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Czech Republic eth1x 
I think they asked sgares to sign as a coach. He said on stream that he had some offers from top teams.
2018-12-14 23:18
sgares is retarded, wtf is he doing home jacking off doing nothing. Oh he "retired" with what? 100k in your savings wow nice. overrated fag
2018-12-15 02:00
I feel like every third person I know of is a data scientist.
2018-12-15 01:55
he should build his body as well though, he is so young & looks like a whale on the shore. Not trying to be an asshole but neglecting your health talks about yourself
2018-12-15 15:41
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