autimatic: "I was going to take a break from the game until the Major"

To get a different perspective on the changes in Cloud9, we interviewed the only remaining member from the previous squad, Timothy "autimatic" Ta.

Earlier on Friday, we spoke to Damian "daps" Steele about the creation of the new roster, but we also caught up with autimatic to get a perspective from the only remaining member of the previous lineup.

autimatic was originally going to wait until the Major to see what his options would be

The 22-year-old told us about his original plans after the disbandment of the former lineup and what sold him on joining up with daps's new project, as well as his return to rifling:

Let's start with where you left off with the former Cloud9 team and how this new team came together from your perspective. Did you ever have a different plan when you realized your previous lineup wouldn't work out?

Well, after France, I knew that the team wasn't going to continue together. I obviously started looking at my options because I didn't think that we could even have a team on C9. Once Soham and Jack presented this team to me, I was definitely interested because I know daps is good at starting from scratch and really good at building teams. I talked to daps, we had like a four hours long conversation about CS, and I agreed with a lot of things that he was saying and the way he viewed the game. From that point on I decided that was going to stay on the team.

daps said he was adamant about you not AWPing, did you share that sentiment? Did you plan on coming back to rifling?

I think the main thing for me was that I was just so used to AWPing because, for me, when I initially switched I never saw myself as a rifler that is AWPing. I tried to make the full transition to just being an AWPer. But there were definitely times on my old team where I felt like we would have won if I had the rifle because I could have had more impact in certain areas of the round. daps was definitely adamant about me being a rifler. At first, I was a little defensive just because I was like 'I think I'm doing a pretty good job' (laughs), but no, in the end, I definitely agreed with him that I should be rifling and that I have more impact. Right now it's just getting into the groove of things again because, as a rifler, a lot of things have changed in terms of how you use your utility and things like that. I view it completely differently than I did a year ago. There are a lot of things I've learned about rifling from flusha, as well, that I'm still trying to implement into my game. Right now it's just a completely new learning process, I'm not doing the same things I did before when I was on the old C9.

Going back to the disbandment of the former team, was there ever any other option that you were seriously considering outside of this new lineup?

I was going to take a break from the game, I was going to take maybe a month or two off until the Major. And then after the Major I would see what was happening because I didn't think any teams would make a big change right now, so I was just going to see after the Major which teams were looking and go from there.

Tell me about your initial thoughts on the team and how it's been working together.

It's been going really well. Obviously we aren't winning every scrim, we're not destroying in scrims or anything like that, but the main thing is that I think we're learning every day, which is really important. Right now, we're just feeling it out, seeing how everyone plays and how we can fit in with each other, that's a huge part. I think the thing that daps is doing really well is he's kind of letting us fail at times because every time we mess up, as long as we correct it or we're aware of the problem for next time, I think that's the biggest thing. It's also really good that we're not immediately implementing structure with the brand new team just because I think that sometimes when you have structure you rely too much on it. And then you lose the X factor.

How does daps compare as an in-game leader to Golden?

The problem that we had with Golden was that he was Swedish so sometimes it was hard for him to articulate his thoughts to the team, whereas daps is obviously a native speaker. It's a lot easier for him to convey ideas and concepts to us and overall, I think the big thing with him is that he's a really good communicator. That's been huge for our team in the early stages so far.

Can you give me your thoughts on JamezIRL?

What's cool about Jamez is that he's always learning, or he's trying to learn, that's really cool. He's also a super-hard worker, he takes notes on like every round of every scrim and he can tell us exactly what happened, what the call was, what the mistake was. Sometimes it's a lot for the players if we're just looking at the notes, but for him, if he's able to see all that information and come out of it with a general idea of what's going on that we can improve on, I think that's really huge for us. So far I really like working with him, he's a cool guy and I think he's very perceptive. He's just here to learn about Counter-Strike and to get better as a team.

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2019-07-13 03:00
Am second lmao
2019-07-13 03:01
Aleksib | 
Finland ENCEL 
More like VerySixthGuy ahaha
2019-07-13 03:36
Name checks out
2019-07-13 04:23
2019-07-13 09:02
Bulgaria Amerikana 
2019-07-13 10:07
2019-07-13 20:05
China lxxl 
Hopefully daps will save the day
2019-07-13 03:03
Maybe.. we'll see.
2019-07-13 03:04
Spain N0Love 
No koosta pls
2019-07-13 11:17
Canada thelegend27 
2019-07-13 03:08
Good team
2019-07-13 04:27
2019-07-13 05:54
North America ZachS721 
Plz no papi
2019-07-13 03:01
Poland Hanse 
2019-07-13 03:01
lol nice one
2019-07-13 11:12
Germany Fl0RR3 
Good luck
2019-07-13 03:01
Autimatic is the GOAT
2019-07-13 03:01
He's good but not goat.
2019-07-13 03:03
He is for C9.
2019-07-13 05:34
i like autimatic but nothing in his career puts him anywhere near the goat...
2019-07-13 04:33
He could be with a good team
2019-07-13 04:48
thats opinion...simple has never played on a good team and he is way better than autimatic.
2019-07-13 21:16
Denmark dlinko 
Autimatic 1 major. How many major, s1mple, elige, zywoo, NiKo??????
2019-07-13 20:28
oBo | 
United States 1nsaneMe 
That just shows how overrated a major title is. Lmao
2019-07-14 13:54
Denmark dlinko 
2019-07-14 14:05
oBo | 
United States 1nsaneMe 
Achievements in a team game =/= how good of a player someone is. Hltv rating/impact in game = how good of a player someone is.
2019-07-15 02:31
United Kingdom UKCS_BESTCS 
It's because he's spent so much time being loyal to a failing team, he could have gone to sk with Stewie or literally anywhere else.
2019-07-13 20:28
no1 knows how things wouild have gone if he went to was a team on a downward spiral, thats why they took on stewie and tarik. For all we know it could have gone even worse with auti instead of tarik. Look at their results before stew/tarik then with stew/tarik and now after stew/tarik...nothing is working for them
2019-07-13 21:14
United Kingdom UKCS_BESTCS 
That's why I said "or literally anywhere else" Things turned out well for stewie in the end anyway
2019-07-13 21:21
i dont think he could have gone anywhere else tho....what other top 10 teams wanted him? But yea things turned out great for stewie
2019-07-13 21:25
United States the_dukes 
2019-07-13 18:22
Portugal NMS_467 
Autimatic is the SHEEP
2019-07-13 03:03
Until the Major and then what? Participate in Major as a viewer, lol?
2019-07-13 03:02
Reunion guentobu 
cringe :D
2019-07-13 03:20
2019-07-13 03:42
This man leaves comments on articles after not reading it.
2019-07-13 04:17
Before reading it*
2019-07-13 06:12
And then look for a team after the major is over, as it clearly says in the interview. Do you know how to read? No one smart would try to find a new team 2 months before the major
2019-07-13 18:43
Deserves a good team like this though
2019-07-13 03:03
China hdgamerrr 
more fire power than the old lineup but still,i dont think that they can get back to tier 1
2019-07-13 03:06
I guess we will have to wait an see
2019-07-13 03:23
Germany AutiSimple 
agreed. but i have a good feeling about this. hoping they will reach top 10 but it takes time. would be great if they can at least give a good fight when facing top teams
2019-07-13 03:45
China hdgamerrr 
the best thing is autimatic can finally go back to rifles instead of an awp
2019-07-13 04:12
oBo | 
United States 1nsaneMe 
Yes +1
2019-07-14 13:55
A team with koosta and daps on it lmao
2019-07-13 08:03
Auti knows he needs to go god mode to have a chance at the.major.... gl boii
2019-07-13 03:04
Spain N0Love 
They don't play the Major
2019-07-13 11:19
United States Frotha 
Kinda still going to do that....
2019-07-13 03:04
Denmark Dy_Arceus 
Dope asf tbh after these interviews i feel better about koosta and mixwell
2019-07-13 03:04
Finland juh1z 
2019-07-13 03:06
Brazil BlueLighting 
2019-07-13 03:07
Brazil BlueLighting 
edit: +Snakezera
2019-07-13 03:07
Europe BCon 
Lol, so now he's a snake after being with the team for four years, winning 2 majors + being the MVP both times? I understand he doesn't want to try and carry what is now a shit team that does fuck all in the scene.
2019-07-13 14:02
Brazil BlueLighting 
he's leaving in a really bad moment, just before major starts....
2019-07-13 21:11
It is better than the team having a player who is extremely demotivated, and knows the squad won't stand the test of time. It just wastes rebuilding time to stay in a broken team.
2019-07-13 21:22
India harsh251997 
2019-07-13 03:07
He needs to create another NA superteam GL to him
2019-07-13 03:07
fake | 
CIS [toast] 
Rush next team???
2019-07-13 04:15
Sweden meistr0 
Autimatic: "At first, I was a little defensive just because I was like 'I think I'm doing a pretty good job' (laughs), but no, in the end, I definitely agreed with daps that I should be rifling and that I have more impact." THANK YOU DAPS, f*cking finally lol.
2019-07-13 03:08
2019-07-13 11:00
Spain N0Love 
Who was going to AWP in the old lineup instead of him? Golden, Kio, RUSH? Auti did a prtty good job imo. He can be 2nd rifler in this team but I think koosta will take the 2nd AWP just because he is trash with a rifle in his hands
2019-07-13 11:21
Exactly my thoughts :D
2019-07-13 11:54
I can't wait to see Tim compete with a competent team again. The noose was calling me back when vice and cajunb where on the team.
2019-07-13 03:10
Brazil LeoZ 
Autimatic to NRG
2019-07-13 03:15
United States traviticus 
tim takes 2 month break still better than 90% of pros ez
2019-07-13 03:23
team is looking good, but i am not sure about Koosta, i think Wardell would be better option. Koosta can be someone who will take very important role and be just average or below average as awper, this can let them down
2019-07-13 03:29
Brazil Brazilian Wax 
The awper is mixwell...
2019-07-13 03:44
oh really nice, i like mixwell on awp, maybe this can work with Koosta as not that important player after all
2019-07-13 04:15
Mixwell is the awper. No reason go get Wardell now
2019-07-13 03:46
The thing is that Wardell's still contracted to Ghost, remember that the other members were released (koosta here) and mixwell aswell. I think they will try to shuffle things if koosta/mixwell don't perform as expected!
2019-07-13 05:44
Spain N0Love 
Koosta maybe but Mixwell said he wouldnt come back to NA unless it was a serious project. I know I'm biased but I think they talked to him about being centerpiece of the team not some experiment waiting for Wardell to become available. And btw, I've been watching Wardell with Ghost for a long time after he got the massive hype and he did absolutely nothing but whiffing awp shots. I'd rather take Mix all day.
2019-07-13 11:25
Ofcourse, mixwell is a god when he is under an IGL that works for him, under daps, he is very good!
2019-07-13 19:56
United States 9ine_qBk 
There's a YouTube video on C9s channel released a few days ago where daps says that they tried to consider wardell but he was way too much committed to ghost at this point he wasn't considering leaving. Instead wanted daps to join ghost. EDIT: Here's the link to that video.
2019-07-13 06:14
Very professional approach
2019-07-13 03:36
Even now he’s still learning from Senor Vac, we miss you flusha :(
2019-07-13 04:12
Moldova AJollyDoge 
Yeah is Flusha even coming back ? Or did he retire.
2019-07-13 11:03
Spain N0Love 
Pretty sure he will come back when he's ready personally and they offer him a good project. I think NiP after the Major could be a possibility for him.
2019-07-13 11:27
United Arab Emirates X_Equinox_X 
2019-07-13 17:54
France LanaRhoades 
International teams are bad asf because you need to have the best communication possible to make a team work and for the long term.
2019-07-13 04:13
this isnt international tho, mixwell lived in NA twice
2019-07-13 04:54
France LanaRhoades 
#96 just below
2019-07-13 13:46
4 people are fluent in English and one of them is a polyglot so I don't see the communication problems
2019-07-13 05:45
France LanaRhoades 
#95 just below
2019-07-13 13:46
Spain N0Love 
4 have English as their first language and Mix is perfectly fluent and has a 2-year experience playing in NA before. I don't see those comm problems just based on language capabilities.
2019-07-13 11:29
France LanaRhoades 
I don't talk about C9 , i talk about the interview and his talk about golden swedish IGL. It's about international teams in general
2019-07-13 13:47
United States n3h 
Glad to see automatic back to rifling. He was always a very impactful player with the rifle.
2019-07-13 04:17
TaZ | 
Brazil Anux 
Who is jamezirl? Sixth player?
2019-07-13 04:38
Their new coach, he used to coach at Ghost
2019-07-13 05:46
And he will be working with Valens (Soham) behind the scenes.
2019-07-13 06:47
TaZ | 
Brazil Anux 
2019-07-15 15:36
k0nfig | 
Denmark QDouble 
Oh nice now i can bet c9 0-5 and make some money
2019-07-13 05:10
Spain N0Love 
Imagine betting in a Blast event lmao
2019-07-13 11:30
auti should join good team like Liquid. he is so powerful player
2019-07-13 05:17
India Smauxx 
exactly my point. Its such a waste even with new C9 Roster. If Guardian retire Faze can be good team for him. Autimatic AWPER Rain Niko Remove OLOF +Someone. Also +1 Good IGL.
2019-07-13 18:05
Denmark Muamelele 
y would u put tim on awp n not get a dedicated awper lmao
2019-07-13 19:40
India Smauxx 
Didn't he started awping for C9 when they got Golden and Skadoodle left? I am pretty much sure he became primary awper for C9.
2019-07-13 19:57
Denmark Muamelele 
yes, but hes more effective as a rifler, if ur gonna drop olof anyways u might as well let him rifle cuz hes way better wit the rifle
2019-07-13 20:04
United States jay_320 
I think this C9 core is going to be good. There might be another change if Koosta doesn't work out Rush is in the wings obviously but I think the Autimatic, Daps and Mixwell core is a pretty damn good one. Past that Tenz is probably going to be on entry and while I know there's a lot to entrying there's also a lot of just banging heads which 18 year olds are generally pretty good at. I'm excited to see this squad develop and I think top 15 by the end of the year is absolutely achievable especially with the field as it is.
2019-07-13 05:27
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
what was the point of picking koosta and mixwell of he wanted to play with awp? especially when both of them are better with it
2019-07-13 06:16
United States ScanDull 
I'm optimistic about Auti going back to rifle, Daps as IGL, and Mixwell as the primary AWP, at the very least. We might be able to take C9 seriously again if they keep working out things and figure out the right fit for their new lineup, but I guess we'll see
2019-07-13 06:24
Poor auti
2019-07-13 06:42
United States Bo_oM 
2019-07-13 07:02
Korea Damianlee 
This lineup has to perform, Tim deserves it
2019-07-13 07:07
2019-07-13 10:57
Other ReigN007 
Tim rifle > Tim awp without a doubt
2019-07-13 07:08
-Koosta + Obo and c9 would be a top 5 team World. NA would have 3 top 5 teams and EU would continue to struggle as Faze and Astralis fade into darkness
2019-07-13 07:24
why u hate eu so much?
2019-07-13 08:51
Israel Ystyg 
Give him a chance dude
2019-07-13 09:21
Astralis fading into darkness, thats a joke right? Everyone can see that they are in a slump right now and still they beat almost every team without much effort. When they get back on track they will destroy liquid again.
2019-07-13 09:38
Moldova AJollyDoge 
FaZe omegalul. Have you heard about Vitality, Ence, or any other team in the top
2019-07-13 11:04
I have and they are on the rise which is why I didnt mention them. Ence is actually fading so Ima have to see them soon to even consider them a threat
2019-07-13 17:32
Pretty confident on this C9 lineup now
2019-07-13 08:31
France Dov 
Why break, they haven't played a game in months, vacation this whole year
2019-07-13 09:04
World euqin 
Hey stewie
2019-07-13 10:02
Norway Barter6 
Good interview. Glad you asked about JamezIRL so he is not forgotten. Ofc autimatic should rifle. What a joke to have him awping when his rifling skills are on par with flusha's at his peak.
2019-07-13 10:59
I like this C9 Lineup. Thank Daps for this opportunity. What a legend in nurturing and building teams.
2019-07-13 11:01
Ukraine ksay 
rifling like flusha ;)
2019-07-13 11:08
daps is correct auti is good with rifle
2019-07-13 11:13
tarik | 
Australia Moonayyy 
"I was going to take a break from the game until the Major" So he was gonna play fortnite instead???
2019-07-13 12:22
Norway CheNaLii 
I really believe this lineup has potential. Could get top15 by the end of the year. I really want these guys to succeed. They definately deserve it
2019-07-13 12:48
2019-07-13 14:04
Daps is worse than golden and they're both garbage so that alone says enough about this new team. They're going to end up in the bottom of NA which, considering its size, is the worst region.
2019-07-13 15:25
Best team in the world Worst region Pick one Also, you you really think people in the Western US can practice against people in the east? Can't really consider it one region. Much easier to practice against a diverse population of teams in Western Europe
2019-07-13 18:45
Denmark Muamelele 
u can prac anywhere in europe tbh
2019-07-13 19:42
yeah lol. liquid winning bcs faze chose neo and ast is in shambles. theyre not winning cause theyre playing good, simply just the other top teams playing horrible. NA LUL until they make another source.
2019-07-15 18:49
I hope that he will play well, and everyone will remember about Cloud9. I really do not understand why he will rest
2019-07-13 16:26
1ST time we see this line up and if there good i wanna be the guy who said i won on that cloud 9 roster lmao so i got 200$ for cloud 9 to win blast pro series i feel like liquid after winning the grand slam arent really looking that hard to win this event and if this new line up can do good i can see them taking it :P
2019-07-13 17:20
Spain mokerz 
autimatic, you are such a great guy. Follow your dreams you are amazing bro
2019-07-13 17:55
best NA player
2019-07-13 20:10
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