Ghost part ways with team; WARDELL still contracted

Ghost have confirmed that their lineup's contracts have expired with the exception of Matthew "WARDELL" Yu, who remains tied to the organization.

The organization's news comes after Kenneth "koosta" Suen and Joshua "steel" Nissan announced on social media individually on Wednesday that their contracts with Ghost have expired.

After posting a Tweet thanking the entire lineup, the North American organization clarified that WARDELL is still under contract, having signed a multi-year agreement in November 2018, and that they are exploring options regarding the Canadian AWPer.

Only WARDELL remains tied to Ghost

The core of the roster had been part of Ghost since June 2018 and in that time they have most notably placed in the top eight at ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals, with their most recent result being fifth place at cs_summit 4.

steel has confirmed to HLTV.org that the lineup does not intend to stick together in the future as a whole, adding that "the writing was on the wall for quite some time" regarding the organization's plans with the team.

Ghost have parted ways with the following lineup:

Canada Joshua "steel" Nissan
United States Kenneth "koosta" Suen
United States Jason "neptune" Tran
United States Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir
Canada Matthew "WARDELL" Yu (contracted)

United States James "JamezIRL" Macaulay

United States Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Ryan 'freakazoid' Abadir
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
757
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Kenneth 'koosta' Suen
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
773
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Canada Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Matthew 'WARDELL' Yu
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
489
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
United States Jason 'neptune' Tran
Jason 'neptune' Tran
Age:
16
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
344
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Canada Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Joshua 'steel' Nissan
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
398
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
United States James 'JamezIRL' Macaulay
James 'JamezIRL' Macaulay
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
71
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.13
Wth is going on
2019-06-13 02:27
#5
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Austria ElGerda 
Idk
2019-06-13 02:27
#155
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl 
Money
2019-06-13 09:21
They are probably low on cash so they need to cut down on the paychecks.
2019-06-13 02:44
#99
autist | 
CIS bjornzz 
So they decide to pay only one player instead of 6? xD
2019-06-13 03:54
They're probably trying to get a big buyout with WARDELL since he's actually a good talent compared to the others.
2019-06-13 04:13
#118
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United States WumboCumbo 
+1 exactly
2019-06-13 05:06
I wonder if C9 will make a play for him again. Put autimatic back to rifles and cut vice. Other than that I dont see who else is good and has the money
2019-06-13 07:35
That makes a lot of sense Wumbo
2019-06-13 08:03
#160
ZywOo | 
France uNLmofo 
since C9 hasn't a major spot I doubt they gonna invest any cash soon
2019-06-13 09:55
#190
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United States Samsquanch_ 
Why not? The org has plenty of money. They should invest now and build a real team instead of the bimonthly shit fest revolving door.
2019-06-14 05:12
On the contrary, I believe that because they don't have a major spot, it would be a good time to make roster moves and reinvest into their roster.
2019-06-14 06:25
#193
ZywOo | 
France uNLmofo 
that surely how we think. but most of the compagny dont think this way
2019-06-14 10:03
What do you mean? Obviously the players they've invested in currently are not paying off, and there are better players out there that would be more likely to return their investments and then some (WARDELL is the player here). Your comment is assuming that because cloud 9's current investments aren't paying off, that they will be scared off and may not try to risk more money, which is a pretty valid opinion, but given cloud 9's previous investments into their csgo team, I think it's more likely that they'll reinvest into their csgo team.
2019-06-14 14:37
#195
ZywOo | 
France uNLmofo 
i'm just saying that many times orgs/company aren't doing the right move. I mean investing when things go bad so they can get better instead of just have a "cut the losses while we can politics" C9 is an other story and I don't know but hope they will buy some of GHOST players cause this line up was quite good actually.
2019-06-14 15:45
#187
Kinder | 
Germany YoOli 
+1
2019-06-13 21:39
#117
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Brazil VonLermen 
Probably ending cs.go team. Many organizations have others teams in other games. So where have no moneyback, they cut the team. Sad but True(yyeeaahhh Metallicaaaaaaa hahahahah ..... sorry)
2019-06-13 05:04
#133
Khaos | 
Sweden Unluko 
Rebuilding
2019-06-13 07:27
CSGO bubble bursting + FAZE meltdown = orgs have to cut costs
2019-06-13 10:24
YIKES
2019-06-13 02:27
So sad for NA
2019-06-13 02:27
F
2019-06-13 02:27
#6
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Russia allrightimdone 
Ftw
2019-06-13 02:27
#7
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Brazil sttorm 
F
2019-06-13 02:28
#8
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United States SoupSnatchin 
f
2019-06-13 02:28
blame steel
2019-06-13 02:28
#10
f0rest | 
Denmark Dmgdx 
Wait, what is really happening?
2019-06-13 02:29
#139
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Russia Lexusrx95 
What's problem?
2019-06-13 07:46
#11
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United States AproximateCS 
Rip. Half decent NA team. Disbands
2019-06-13 02:29
Yeah that seems right.
2019-06-13 02:29
#13
dycha | 
Nepal Aguminok 
na scene LUL
2019-06-13 02:29
#31
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United States Sdsutton 
Polish scene hahaha
2019-06-13 02:38
#34
dycha | 
Nepal Aguminok 
polish?
2019-06-13 02:39
#40
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United States Sdsutton 
Fan of Dycha
2019-06-13 02:44
#42
dycha | 
Nepal Aguminok 
very meme player i also have fnatic and ldlc in my list mb im swedish or french? burger logic
2019-06-13 02:47
Flair is poland
2019-06-13 02:51
Or UK lul
2019-06-13 03:08
Nepal scene?
2019-06-13 02:39
2 sherpas and 3 yaks. Best nepal team
2019-06-13 04:03
#120
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Finland James Nelson 
Yeah but they reached their peak already
2019-06-13 05:07
#146
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Denmark r0zen^_^ 
They peaked at cs summit! :D
2019-06-13 08:50
sounds like quite the orgy
2019-06-13 05:09
heard they de_stroyed Grammy Squad
2019-06-13 05:56
ayyy
2019-06-13 08:52
NA has the number one team in the world. So if NA is lol wats the rest of the world that aren’t as good as us?
2019-06-13 20:19
liquid is 5 players out of literally hundreds that are stuck in tier2-3 lvl what u talking about lad
2019-06-13 20:20
Talking about being a country that puts out the absolute best team in the world ya know. I know you don’t know what that’s like
2019-06-14 18:20
#14
gAuLeS | 
Canada Yohazin 
F
2019-06-13 02:30
lame
2019-06-13 02:30
#16
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Brazil hugoooo 
RIP OpTic RIP Ghost
2019-06-13 02:31
C9 about to disband. Losing to New Identity
2019-06-13 02:31
Some players of the Ghost team will probably sign, this will be the best option. for example: WARDELL autimatic freakazoid kioshima flusha
2019-06-13 02:38
Kio and flusha are no longer playing for C9 so highly doubt that would happen. Wardell is still in contract with Ghost.
2019-06-13 03:10
Cloud9 bought FNS for a lot of money, and you think they won't buy WARDELL. And flusha will probably return to the competitive CS GO and I do not think that he will not want to play for Cloud9.
2019-06-13 03:19
I would love the Wardell move, don't get me wrong, but the Flusha and Kio move is just unlikely to me. Flusha could receive offers from many other European teams which would be a better option for him on a personal level as he would be closer to his family and friends.
2019-06-13 03:45
Me too. C9 need a new lineup. Toss golden, and cajun. Add daps and wardell. Maybe even toss vice and add tenz. Best possible c9 lineup from current players imo
2019-06-13 04:05
#108
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Brazil yalamix 
+1
2019-06-13 04:11
#174
NAF | 
Canada Dash_ 
+1
2019-06-13 14:23
+1
2019-06-13 17:39
#161
ZywOo | 
France uNLmofo 
no major no money :P
2019-06-13 09:56
Kio and flusha are not contracted. Best possible pickups for All NA c9 Autimatic Daps Wardell Tenz Rush
2019-06-13 03:24
not bad, but maybe better -RUSH +floppy
2019-06-13 03:31
Yeah but Rush has experience. Flopp needs to join team and maybe prove himself at one or two dreamhack opens
2019-06-13 03:33
I think they need young players, especially the team will still have to do from scratch.
2019-06-13 03:39
Yeah. Thats the new thing. Is take younger players that are skilled in this new breed of young CSGO players Tenz or floppy are the best MA prospects. But Tenz has. A bit more experience playing for a few teams like ATK and these MDL teams. Floppy doesnt have that much experience but i can see him being a great player in the future too
2019-06-13 03:53
#109
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Brazil yalamix 
It could be an interesting gamble, if it happens similarly to oBo coming to complexity and playing very well on LAN
2019-06-13 04:12
Obo,brollan, and zywoo to name a few
2019-06-13 17:25
-RUSH +Infinite imo. Despite the drama he's a monster
2019-06-13 09:19
Yeah but a high profile org wont sign him until the drama has died down
2019-06-13 17:24
#141
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Poland Lukovsky 
sad that this is the best possible na lineup for C9, rip auti
2019-06-13 08:20
It isnt a had lineup but its not the major winning C9 lineup
2019-06-13 17:23
+1
2019-06-13 09:18
#115
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United States PrisMcsgo 
Kio and flusha on c9 sucked it’s not gonna work
2019-06-13 04:48
#151
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Denmark sNju 
LOL they were without doubt the three best players with Auti.
2019-06-13 09:14
Yeah exactly... Dunno what this guy is smoking... Maybe trees
2019-06-13 09:19
#188
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United States PrisMcsgo 
Bruh what did they win?
2019-06-13 22:35
Dude they were not even there for months and you expect them to do something ? They kept changing players at that time. Despite that, they were the best players in the lineup with auti.
2019-06-14 09:05
#125
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United States TylerMerritt 
Daaaaaamn
2019-06-13 05:43
#18
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Australia CuppaJoe 
F
2019-06-13 02:32
Neptune to Cloud 9. Young talent.
2019-06-13 02:32
He has been literal shit playing for Ghost he should return to school
2019-06-13 03:25
Neptune to Cloud 9. Young talent.
2019-06-13 02:32
If wardell is staying that means that they will make another team with him or that it's the only player that they can sell?
2019-06-13 02:34
#23
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Croatia gmchanger97 
That means that they want to make some money of him..
2019-06-13 02:34
Yeah I edited once I saw their next tweet "exploring options"
2019-06-13 02:34
Yeah. I would like to see C9 revamp their roster -Golden -CajunB -vice +Daps +Wardell +tenz or keep Vice
2019-06-13 03:27
#168
gas | 
Belgium Azzizzi 
Both Golden and cajunb are much better than RUSH. Guy has been dogshit for over a year now.
2019-06-13 11:59
They are negotiating with a certain organization on a buyout on his contract. That will most likely be revealed later on. Ghost have no intentions of redoing another CSGo team at this time.
2019-06-13 02:38
Insider info? Jk is obvious ghost is pulling out of the scene
2019-06-13 03:53
Yeah man its actually sad. If a team ranked 20th in the world cant make any money then it must be real hard for csgo teams to make a profit. If you start seeing more teams/orgs of this calibre disappearing then I think the scene is definitely shrinking
2019-06-13 07:40
#165
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Poland Czari10 
This is why throws happen literally every day there is no control in this scene and teams rotate success Only faze has flopped tbh but even them enjoyed relative success
2019-06-13 10:50
F It was a good team GL to the players (NOT TO U WALLDELL(jk)) 🏳️‍🌈
2019-06-13 02:32
#24
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Croatia gmchanger97 
Good and fun to watch team
2019-06-13 02:34
trying to get that fat buyout from wardell
2019-06-13 02:34
Solid strat lmao
2019-06-13 02:42
200 iq move
2019-06-13 04:10
#27
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Poland Sad_Boy 
Ez 1vs5
2019-06-13 02:35
F
2019-06-13 02:37
What the hell? Freak joined them in like January... GL anyway
2019-06-13 02:38
F
2019-06-13 02:38
RIP
2019-06-13 02:39
Damn, hopefully Wardell goes somewhere good
2019-06-13 02:41
C9 most likely. I would love to see C9 -Golden -CajunB -Vice +Daps +Wardell +Tenz or keep vice
2019-06-13 03:28
So auti, rush, daps Wardell, and vice/tenz, solid lineup my man
2019-06-13 03:29
Yeah. Its a lineup that actually can do well Stars of Wardell,auti and maybe Tenz while daps and rush support
2019-06-13 03:34
#88
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United States WilsonDS 
The sad part is we all know that this isn't going to happen no matter how much we wish it would
2019-06-13 03:40
Ik. The best we can get is either daps or Wardell. If we are vey lucky we can get both but not the full lineup. C9 dont want to take a chance on a young player
2019-06-13 03:51
#39
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United States crulix 
WTF!
2019-06-13 02:42
#43
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Brazil Brazilian Wax 
Who needs an awper right now? C9 and ATK? Probably C9, then.
2019-06-13 02:49
C9 -Golden -CajunB -Vice +Daps +Wardell +tenz
2019-06-13 03:28
#82
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Brazil Brazilian Wax 
Horrible team, maybe even worse than C9 right now.
2019-06-13 03:35
How is it worse than the current lineup. The only star currently on C9 is Auti With that lineup Daps-IGL Auti-Rifler/Second Awp Wardell-Main awp Rush-Entry If they add tenz Tenz-Rifler If they keep vice Vice-Support
2019-06-13 03:38
#89
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Brazil Brazilian Wax 
Canjub is actually decent, maybe even better than auti recently. The EU players aren't the problem in this team. You need to get rid of vice and Rush, mainly Rush... He has worse stats than Golden and vice... Vice isn't good either, but Rush is on drugs for around 2 years now.
2019-06-13 03:42
Lol. Rush was gold at the major but he has motivation issues. I think he can still be a great NA player if he gets his motivation back. But i think C9 wants to slowly return to a full NA lineup. And this the best time to do it. A great awper and IGL are available for buyouts and a really good young player is available to pickup. They can remake a great Full MA team
2019-06-13 03:49
#177
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Denmark Muamelele 
Y would u not add freak over rush
2019-06-13 16:59
#44
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Brazil LongNameNTC 
F
2019-06-13 02:49
#46
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United States Vapr 
Does anyone know why steel left?
2019-06-13 02:52
#48
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Sweden Lagge15 
End of contract and not renewed. Same with all players except Wardell
2019-06-13 02:58
#129
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United Kingdom KieranFR 
Why dont you read the first 4 lines of the article
2019-06-13 06:28
kicked for matchfixing
2019-06-14 02:02
Rip Wardell in contract prison
2019-06-13 02:54
#49
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Denmark nrth_LUL 
New eUnited LUL
2019-06-13 03:00
#50
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Finland Smoonah 
abadurrrr once again irrelevant
2019-06-13 03:05
#51
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United States DervGuy 
Poor Wardell
2019-06-13 03:05
F
2019-06-13 03:06
c9 -vice or cajun +wardell or coL -rickeh +wardell confirmed
2019-06-13 03:11
#61
pancc | 
Brazil xacinero 
"(...) WARDELL is still under contract." Can you read?
2019-06-13 03:25
The only reason they recontracted him is to make money of a buyout on his contract. They probably are not making a new team C9 -Golden -CajunB -Vice +Daps +Wardell +Tenz
2019-06-13 03:29
thats a sick lineup +1
2019-06-13 03:32
It is the best C9 lineup they can get but probably wont until the major
2019-06-13 03:34
yeah mate I've read that part, what do you think is more likely: ghost builds an entire fucking new team around just wardell that is better than c9 and coL or those two teams i listed buy him out/wardell waits his contract out to join one of them
2019-06-13 03:30
If C9 dont make it to the major -Golden -Vice -CajunB +Daps +Wardell +Tenz
2019-06-13 03:32
F
2019-06-13 03:11
Cloud 9 should build a roster around autimatic: autimatic Wardell Koosta Neptune Daps Be a pretty decent team ...maybe smooya if they can’t get Wardell?
2019-06-13 03:15
#59
Estonia rYm 
i believed in this team
2019-06-13 03:24
they know he can easily make them money
2019-06-13 03:26
Exactly. Finally somebody with braincells on this site. I think if C9 don’t qualify for the major -Golden -CajunB -Vice +Daps +Wardell +Tenz
2019-06-13 03:31
takk brör appreciated
2019-06-13 03:34
Lol. No problem
2019-06-13 03:35
Ghost going to sign optic roster?
2019-06-13 03:29
Most likely not. They are probably keeping wardell under contract for a buyout from a bigger org like C9 C9 probably gonna make sum changes if they don’t qualify for major -Golden -CajunB -Vice +Daps +Wardell +Tenz
2019-06-13 03:30
adding neptune was a joke
2019-06-13 03:33
Ik he has been shit since joining He best outcome is C9 buy wardell for big bucks then -Golden -CajunB -Vice +Daps +Wardell +Tenz if they kick vice
2019-06-13 03:36
#92
Katie | 
Israel uffiez 
stop pasting this on every comment you fucking idiot this lineup isn't even good
2019-06-13 03:49
Wtf u mean this lineup isnt good? This is the best NA lineup possible rn.
2019-06-13 03:50
#96
Katie | 
Israel uffiez 
you're delusional
2019-06-13 03:51
What would you do to fix the current C9 team? Or just XD disband
2019-06-13 03:54
#102
Katie | 
Israel uffiez 
i am merely a hltv user, i'm not in a position to say any roster changes would "fix" a team, you have no idea what's actually going on outside of stats
2019-06-13 03:57
I am merely an HLTV user too but i dont purely look at stats. I take into consideration roles and chemistry For examples Rush and auti are the only true core on this C9 of wardell daps and Tenz were to join. That would fill firepower gaps and role gaps. Plus from an outside perspective daps is an IGL who can wrangle players and keep them inline. Something golden seems to not be able too. And while yes cajunB is the second best player in this team. He is EU and very few eu players stay long term in NA. The few i can think of are Dephh and cerq. With dephh being in Na for a few years now and cerq being young they can acclimatize to NA but most eu players dont want to stay in NA for long Plus with my lineup they would have the potential needed chemistry. Auti and rush are quite and reserved players. Same as daps but Wardell is loud and idk about tenz. He is an x factor. But i dont just take in stats.
2019-06-13 04:03
#134
Katie | 
Israel uffiez 
tl;dr
2019-06-13 07:27
This reminds me of Red Reserve after Brollan left
2019-06-13 03:38
Lol me too
2019-06-13 03:39
LOL Unexpected AF I thought they were going somewhere with this lineup F
2019-06-13 03:45
Me too but neptune has been trash since joining They needed a better player instead of him
2019-06-13 03:57
#106
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Brazil CaioOlive 
Steel and/or freakazoid back to swole patrol?
2019-06-13 04:08
#111
cyx | 
Europe jujin_Ss 
F
2019-06-13 04:25
#112
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Brazil Vitor_IS 
F i guess
2019-06-13 04:39
#113
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Brazil infesterinc 
Good luck to WARDELL. Best player of GHOST.
2019-06-13 04:47
F
2019-06-13 04:48
Gl to steel. and Koosta. Remake Torqued.
2019-06-13 05:04
#119
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United States @FyreCS 
New Envy: Nifty Sonic S0m Tenz Mitch New Cloud9: Daps Autimatic Wardell Floppy Rush/Freakazoid
2019-06-13 05:06
w t f
2019-06-13 05:31
Does this make Wardell the backstabber?
2019-06-13 05:16
No. This is the worst case scenario for Wardell. The other players are all free agents but he is under the grasp of Ghost. The only way a team can aquire him is a trade(ghost have no players) or a buyout which is gonna be huge because his contract was big and he is a top NA awper atm. He's fucked and stuck on a team with no players for the time being when he could join C9 and maybe make them relevant again if they drop RUSh and Vice
2019-06-13 05:38
-rush + wardell. unless vice shows up at the Americas minor closed qualifer he's gonna get cut once their contract ends
2019-06-13 06:08
Hi C9
2019-06-13 05:43
#130
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
poor wardell
2019-06-13 07:07
#131
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Canada C4K3 
Maybe if Ghost wasn't supporting 376 Fortnite players on salary, they could sustain 1 decent CSGO roster... Poor Wardell!? Wardell is laughing, now. He's the youngest new sniping talent in NA. This kid is so set. 3-year contract to collect salary while he messes around in FPL for the next several years or has Ghost work diligently to get him a new team.. This same thing happened to CLG's male squad in 2017. Several were contracted months into 2018, despite them dropping their roster in November, 2017. So they sat easy for a few salaried months and just messed around in PUGs. Liquid and Cloud 9 could use a dedicated AWPer... ;)
2019-06-13 07:30
#163
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Germany PeKay 
Forrnite you mean the rng game omegalul
2019-06-13 10:20
#167
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Canada C4K3 
376-man Ghost roster which results in most having placed like 33rd ($3,000) in some random tournament the day they were "signed" and haven't won $$ since. Lul. Fortnite consistency.
2019-06-13 11:33
hahahaha
2019-06-13 07:26
#137
ZywOo | 
Latvia `DinGo 
#freeWARDELL
2019-06-13 07:40
would be cool to see steel and swag back together, but I doubt it'll happen
2019-06-13 07:46
#142
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Austria gex0r 
Steel and koosta to c9 instead of golden/cajun pls
2019-06-13 08:27
Cajunb is ok, let him kick retard on the RUSH
2019-06-13 08:31
Steel is banned from majors, why would c9 pick up him?
2019-06-13 09:12
Also cajunB is second best player in C9
2019-06-13 09:12
#157
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Austria gex0r 
haha i forgot this dude is STILL banned lul... sad
2019-06-13 09:32
#143
Valiance | 
Myanmar xdcc 
when you know you wont even sell others xaxaxa
2019-06-13 08:29
rip
2019-06-13 08:32
#148
di^ | 
Philippines epen 
- rush + wardell
2019-06-13 08:55
#156
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Germany staxie 
ready to sign the optic team :)
2019-06-13 09:22
Ghost Gaming will be ready for the majors!!! :D LETS GO
2019-06-13 09:32
#159
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Spain JasonRacism 
Lmfao, If Wardell wasn't contracted would be free upgrade for C9
2019-06-13 09:37
Freakazoid was the only na player I ever liked lol. Shit!!! N
2019-06-13 10:17
#166
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
NA CS LUL
2019-06-13 10:53
#169
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Greece rusty1 
RIP gl to everyone!
2019-06-13 12:44
#170
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
Cheater
2019-06-13 13:19
poor eardel he couldve beennin bot9
2019-06-13 13:36
#175
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Brazil Karlogaria 
Just 4 more minor, irrelevant players up for grabs by teams of the same or even lower tier than Ghost
2019-06-13 15:30
#182
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Ireland CashewNuts 
Imagine a world where Cooper wasn't a backstabber and Swole Patrol was still relevant
2019-06-13 18:21
Bahahahaha Hahahahahaha
2019-06-13 19:58
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United States xiquo 
Oof. They did well in 2018 oh well.
2019-06-13 20:23
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