RUSH: "Zellsis needs more time, and he is going to get that"

William "RUSH" Wierzba has leapt to the defence of Jordan "Zellsis" Montemurro following the youngster's first event with Cloud9.

The 20-year-old debuted for the ELEAGUE Major Boston champions at iBUYPOWER Masters, where he averaged a team-low 0.74 rating in the three matches that the squad played, against fnatic and Astralis.

The former Swole Patrol member joined the team on a trial basis at the end of 2018 due to Maikil "Golden" Selim's medical issues and has been listed as a coach for IEM Katowice, which will allow him to play for the team should the Swedish tactician miss the event.

RUSH believes Zellsis needs more time to show his worth

With the ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational coming up, RUSH played down the significance of Zellsis' lacklustre performances in Los Angeles, insisting that the player will need time to get used to his new surroundings.

"I think it comes down to a lack of practice with him," RUSH told members of the media during a conference call. "We only had like three or four days, maybe less than that, to play with him.

"It was his first time playing at an event with big teams, besides with Swole Patrol, which was more like tier two teams, so it was not as good.

"He needs more time, I think, and he is going to get that coming up."

Cloud9 will potentially attend IEM Katowice with just two of the players who were at the previous Major, where the team were sent packing in the New Legends Stage with just one victory in three games.

When asked to compare the line-up that competed in London with the current one, RUSH highlighted the effect that the arrivals of Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey, two former Major champions, have had on the team.

"I think that we have more experience in the team now," RUSH said. "I think before we kind of had a lot of hesitation in the team.

"With kio and flusha, everyone knows what we have to do. They have won a lot of Majors, flusha has won three, kio has won two, so they know what they have to do to win.

"It is a matter of moulding Zellsis into the player we want him to be. If he can do that, and I think he can if he is confident enough, we just have to wait and see what we can do, and give him more roles that he is comfortable in."

With Golden currently inactive, flusha has taken over as in-game leader, and RUSH praised the 25-year-old's style, admitting that it suits him better than the more aggressive approach that the team used to take.

"We use some of the same setups and strategies that we had with Golden, but flusha's calling style is a lot different," RUSH explained.

"With Golden it was a lot more reactive, like a fnatic style. With flusha it is a lot slower and more methodical, he wants to take his time in the rounds, wants to think about what he wants to do, it is not about instantly reacting to teammate plays or to what the opponent is doing. It is a mix of both.

"To put it in smaller terms, Golden's style is way more aggressive and fast-paced, and flusha's is more slow paced and methodical.

"The best style for the team remains to be seen because we have a new player, so we do not know. Personally, I like it with flusha."

United States Jordan 'Zellsis' Montemurro
Jordan 'Zellsis' Montemurro
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
508
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
548
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1247
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
#1
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Argentina Macaca_Sinica 
nice
2019-01-25 00:00
hes not tier 1 materiel to be honest
2019-01-25 06:16
Is anyone in the beginning? Usually when you hear about a new young player its because of great aim and not because of deep understanding of the game
2019-01-25 07:04
beginning ??hes played for like 10years +
2019-01-25 07:16
So he’s been playing at a professional level since he was the age of 10 or below? Wow you must be good at research lol Give the guy a chance, if he doesn’t fit then he doesn’t fit.
2019-01-25 08:26
+1 lmao
2019-01-25 09:53
#58
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Spain N0Love 
Exactly
2019-01-25 10:09
#60
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Ukraine illinoize 
+1 he reminds me of brax
2019-01-25 10:52
#63
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Indonesia Astranesia 
+1 Dont listen to him
2019-01-25 11:39
#88
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Indonesia v1ctin 
+1 Give the guy a chance
2019-01-26 09:27
#91
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World memyselfandI 
Be nice like Dupreeh :D
2019-01-26 13:06
#43
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Sweden Unluko 
Yeah
2019-01-25 06:52
#2
finebomj | 
Other KyLu4k 
Hmm
2019-01-25 00:00
#3
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United States ShawnM 
Rush the beast
2019-01-25 00:00
I don't see that'll happen soon
2019-01-25 00:01
#5
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United States circles308 
flusha is slow bc he is busy looking through walls
2019-01-25 00:01
Lmfao
2019-01-25 00:14
+1
2019-01-25 02:58
#61
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Ukraine illinoize 
Lol
2019-01-25 10:52
gobb interview inc
2019-01-25 00:02
No, my kebap friend
2019-01-25 00:18
yes my eu friend
2019-01-25 00:21
#27
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
No my Constantinople friend
2019-01-25 00:35
Would be pretty nice. Gob always gives a ton of insight in his interviews.
2019-01-25 00:28
Not before the start of the event, I’m afraid. He was suppposed to be in the conference call but could not make it
2019-01-25 00:30
:( that sucks
2019-01-25 16:22
#7
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United States Dr1GeR 
np
2019-01-25 00:02
#8
arT | 
Lithuania SiK_ 
get that bread?
2019-01-25 00:02
+1 bread incoming c9nfirmed
2019-01-25 01:33
#41
jasonR | 
North America J_Nasty 
Ez C9 trophy
2019-01-25 06:04
#9
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United States m1santhr0pe3 
ok will
2019-01-25 00:07
C9 can be good, lets get it at eleague
2019-01-25 00:07
#11
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Spain deBurrows 
The best style for Rush was stanislaw calling in Optic by far.
2019-01-25 00:08
#26
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Bulgaria Molen 
thats why he won a major with tarik hm?
2019-01-25 00:34
#31
REAL | 
Spain deBurrows 
still he had a lot more impact in Optic. Even themselves knew that major win was a fucking miracle.
2019-01-25 01:08
haha you are delusional
2019-01-25 09:41
if you made those teams today, the optic squad would be better. stan, mixwell, naf, rush, tarik > stewie, autimatic, ska, rush, tarik
2019-01-25 15:23
#85
jasonR | 
North America J_Nasty 
+1
2019-01-26 04:12
#92
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World memyselfandI 
Optic were better in their prime. They actually performed for more than one tourney.....
2019-01-26 13:07
if you're trying to implicate that c9 was a one hit wonder, look at their record before the major...
2019-01-26 15:10
they won the major, get over it
2019-01-26 10:45
#37
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Israel TimeDani 
That’s why he was the 5th best player in the major? Skadoodle and Tarik consider for mvp Tarik won ofcorse Stewie was good autmatic played good till the final and rush is rush
2019-01-25 02:43
#12
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Philippines xxxhoshi 
c9 top 10 before the major confirmed
2019-01-25 00:09
so did FNS
2019-01-25 00:11
#14
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United States NO_BUG_NO_BIG 
C9 1-3 calling it now.
2019-01-25 00:13
#15
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Denmark UX_Designer 
Sounds like Golden is in the past.
2019-01-25 00:14
#93
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World memyselfandI 
Probably history. But as he didn't choose this break himself at all, he is being treated nice. Who knows how serious his health issues are.
2019-01-26 13:09
zellsis is talented but i dont think hes quite ready for the level of lans c9 attends and is expected to compete at. hope he proves me wrong tho
2019-01-25 00:17
#20
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United States codgun 
Yeah definitely, I hope this year is our year.
2019-01-25 00:22
#49
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France cedd 
adding flusha and kio was a great idea. you cant get players of that caliber in NA.
2019-01-25 07:50
#86
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United States jay_320 
Of course you can. They are just on other teams. Difference is that C9 of the past had all the money, prestige and salary. Nowadays NA is a much different world. If this were 2015 or 16 C9 would have had the NRG guys now.
2019-01-26 04:27
#21
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Germany MoreOnTop 
I think that is the very good.
2019-01-25 00:22
Nice words you got there, but instead of saying things like that you should prove it on the server
2019-01-25 00:23
#28
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Indonesia MeX0NNNN 
7v5 c9 overpowered
2019-01-25 00:39
so many better options than zellsis
2019-01-25 01:05
I've played against zellsis numerous times in ESEA league matches, and he always played super, super shady. Seems he's been absolutely awful at the game on LAN... So either he's been cheating up until now or he's eventually going to be a really really good player once he gets in some more experience.
2019-01-25 01:07
#34
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United States Fledge 
yea it was his first LAN with a new team at a shit tournament. Give him some time and we will see
2019-01-25 01:22
I kind of want to call bullshit at this point. He is playing like an Open player, regardless of C9's situation. This is crazy.
2019-02-16 22:17
#35
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Myanmar xdcc 
It's ok flusha can help him out. Also didn't kio move his skins back in the day kqly got banned?
2019-01-25 01:23
#89
AmaNEk | 
France ZywHere 
I heard it was scream who did moves his skins
2019-01-26 09:34
#32
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Myanmar xdcc 
= cya golden
2019-01-25 01:21
#33
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African Union mikecool 
No rush with RUSH ;) likes it slow with flusha
2019-01-25 01:22
RUSH implying c9 isn't a tier 2 team
2019-01-25 04:33
Apparently time is what everybody needs to not be trash, lmfao. I'd be surprised to not see improvement if you live in a teamhouse playing cs:go 24/7, retarded thing for rush to say.
2019-01-25 04:43
He was the 4th best player on Swole Patrol don’t know why they decided to pick him up
2019-01-25 07:26
#48
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Sri Lanka kvezee 
I think it like norb7rt from Winstrike. From noname to a normal player
2019-01-25 07:49
#47
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Sri Lanka kvezee 
not 1st april
2019-01-25 07:48
#50
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France cedd 
zellsis was weird pick imo. dude hasnt even proved himself against t2 yet.
2019-01-25 07:51
Nice
2019-01-25 08:33
kick_zellsis_ffs
2019-01-25 09:04
#54
ZywOo | 
Netherlands Banchk 
Hes better than s1mple i guess
2019-01-25 09:12
#57
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Korea OKOptimistic 
Is there anything noteworthy about this Zellsis guy? I've seen him play on stream and LAN but I don't see anything special about him
2019-01-25 09:57
#64
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Belgium Donderinho 
nah
2019-01-25 11:42
#59
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Vietnam DiamondTohka 
gives zellsis time but not FNS? alright cool.
2019-01-25 10:48
#62
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United States CallMeNahum 
You have to have talent to get time so FNS got none
2019-01-25 10:55
zellsis will never become anything, you can see by his playstyle and its just not going to be a star player.
2019-01-25 12:56
#81
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Ukraine mpletop1 
When s1mple was 19, he was in a major final
2019-01-25 16:16
hahahaha
2019-01-25 23:05
#84
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World spazerdagamer 
Lmao this reminds me of the old time how everyone hated Cloud9 for picking up Stewie and after few events, everyone fell in love him. Stewie part 2 but with Zellsis? I wanna see it happen and I think it will also make up for a great story if it does.
2019-01-26 01:18
#87
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United States jay_320 
Zellsis is just a shot in the dark. The team will likely end up re-tooling the team after the major. There's no gurantee Kio and Flusha will stay after the major. Golden is bad and his system is generic. Take a shot on a guy he probably won't be much worse at worst. Big upside if you hit. Still just a shot in the dark. If the current four can make this a winningish destination then C9 will see all this as a upside after the major in getting new talent.
2019-01-26 04:33
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